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Sermon on "Freedom & Missions" Pastor Dr Ng Swee Ming on 15 Sept 2013

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    09 15 freedom & mission - god working with us mark 16 15-20 09 15 freedom & mission - god working with us mark 16 15-20 Presentation Transcript

    • 16th Sept 2013 51th Malaysia Day End of our 50th Year as a Nation – our Year of Jubilee Question : What is the Theme for this year’s M’sia Day celebration ?? Malaysiaku Berdaulat, Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku (My Sovereign Malaysia, My Native Land)
    • As a Nation ... “Merdeka” ! “Independence” ! “Jubilee” ! all about FREEDOM ... BUT as a Nation are we truly free ? How many of us truly feel free ?
    • True Freedom ... TRUE FREEDOM cannot be found ...  in people ...  much less in politicians, political parties or ideologies ...  or even in governments ... TRUE FREEDOM can only be found in JESUS CHRIST
    • True Freedom ... TRUE FREEDOM is found only in JESUS CHRIST... John 8:31-32 Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH will set you FREE.“ John 14:6 “I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE” John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you FREE, you will be FREE indeed.”
    • cont. to THANK GOD for Malaysia as a Nation • Good & Blessed Land • No ‘bad’ natural calamities • Rich diversity of people & produce Cont to PRAY for... • Truth, Righteousness & Justice to prevail in the Govt, Society & Nation • Peace & Harmony in the Nation • Freedom of Religion for all people
    • Freedom & Missions ... If TRUE FREEDOM is found only in JESUS CHRIST ...  Then People need Christ to be truly free  So we need to “tell” people about Jesus MISSIONS is all about “telling people about Jesus”  Going / Sending ....  Showing / Living / Telling... &  Bringing / Inviting / Persuading ... people into a knowledge & relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • Freedom & Missions ... but MISSIONs will remain just a WORD... until we work out ... MISSIONS then is all about fulfilling... the GREAT COMMISSION
    • 10 Questions Great Commission & Missions
    • 1. What does “nations” mean in Matt 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”? a) country b) ethnic people group c) language group d) family
    • 2. How many ethnic people groups (estimated) are there in the world? a) 2,400 b) 8,450 c) 16,600 d) 28,500
    • 3. Approximately how many ethnic people groups are considered unreached / least- reached world-wide? a) 1,600 b) 3,100 c) 7,100 d) 12,500
    • 4. Approximately what percent of the world’s population has virtually no exposure to the Gospel? a)30% b)20% c)10% d)5%
    • 5. Out of every $1 given to all Christian causes, how much goes to pioneer church planting among unreached peoples? a)About $.05 b)Between $.01 and $.03 c)Between $.03 and $.05 d)Less than $.01
    • 6. In Malaysia, how many People Groups are there ? a) 125 b) 149 c) 183 d) 205
    • 7. For Malaysia, approximately how many ethnic people groups are considered unreached / least- reached ? a) 38 b) 57 c) 86 d) 112
    • 8. For Malaysia, out of a total pop. of 28.3million, what is the Orang Asli pop.? a) 89,000 b) 147,000 c) 195,000 d) 223,000
    • 9. For Msia, with a total pop of 28.3million, how many are “Christians” ? a) 1.9 million b) 2.1 million c) 2.4 million d) 2.5 million
    • 10. In Malaysia, what % of the total Christian pop. is from East Malaysia ? a) 65% b) 70% c) 74% d) 79%
    • Knowledge  Understanding  Application  Transformation What’s your ‘score’ ?
    • Freedom & Mission- God Working With Us Mark 16:15-20
    • Read Mark 16:15-20 15 He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."
    • Mark 16:15-20 19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
    • Current State of Missions Introduction : 1. METHODS 4 Spiritual Laws John 3:16 Presentation Evangelism Explosion Alpha Course  Classic Alpha starting Sat 28th Sep ‘13 from 4-6pm  Chinese Classic Alpha ??
    • Current State of Missions Introduction : 1. METHODS cont... Christianity Explored Church Planting Movement Disciple Making Movement Jim Yost 7-9th Oct ‘13 Orality & Storying ...
    • Current State of Missions 1. METHODS abound ... 2. MONEY  Christians are generally comfortable financially  Churches are generally ‘Rich’ but MISSIONS remain ‘poor’  statistically 96-97% of all giving remains within the church
    • Current State of Missions John Piper : "All the money needed to send & support an army of self-sacrificing, joy-spreading missionaries IS ALREADY IN THE CHURCH."
    • Current State of Missions 1. METHODS abound ... 2. MONEY is there ... 3. MANPOWER We have many PEOPLE in our pews...  We have many CAPABLE PEOPLE in our pews...  We have many GIFTED, TALENTED, ANOINTED, CAPABLE PEOPLE sitting in our pews ... BUT  Why are they not moving out ?  How can we move PEOPLE out into missions? Need to Apply the “Law of Inertia”...
    • Missions & the Local Church METHODS MONEY MANPOWER BUT ...  MOTIVATION
    • THREE MOTIVATING FACTORS for the Church & Members... 1. God Commands It v15 2. The World Needs It v16 3. The Church Can Do It v17-20
    • 1. GOD COMMANDS IT V15 He said to THEM, "go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation...” Who are the “THEM” Disciples ? Only to the Disciples ? John 17:18-20 “As you sent me into the world, I have sent THEM into the world... My prayer is not for THEM alone. I pray also for THOSE who will believe in me through their message,...”
    • 1. GOD COMMANDS IT V15 He said to THEM, "GO INTO ALL THE WORLD and PREACH THE GOOD NEWS TO ALL CREATION...” What ? Go... Where ? Into All The World... Why ? Preach the Good News.. Who ? to All Creation (everyone)
    • 2. THE PEOPLE NEEDS IT V16 WHOEVER BELIEVES and is baptized* will be saved, but whoever DOES NOT BELIEVE WILL BE CONDEMNED. In the New Testament & Early Church ... • Believing and Baptism goes together Believing for salvation Baptism for public declaration * BAPTISM by itself does not save
    • 2. THE WORLD NEEDS IT Acts 4:12 “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
    • 3. THE CHURCH CAN DO IT V17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; v18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." POWER is given to the Church...
    • 3. THE CHURCH CAN DO IT Jesus charge to his disciples ... Luke 9:2 he sent them out to PREACH THE KINGDOM OF GOD and TO HEAL THE SICK.... Heb 2:3-4 how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it BY SIGNS, WONDERS AND VARIOUS MIRACLES, and GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT distributed according to his will. ‘POWER EVANGELISM’
    • 3. THE CHURCH CAN DO IT ‘POWER EVANGELISM’ and in v19 & 20... v19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he SAT AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD. v20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and THE LORD WORKED WITH THEM and CONFIRMED HIS WORD BY THE SIGNS that accompanied it. Jesus is not working for us ... Jesus is not working in spite of us ... JESUS IS INTERCEDING FOR US (cf ROM 8:34) JESUS IS WORKING WITH US
    • MOTIVATED To .... Respond .... PRAYING ... BLESSING ... GOING ...
    • BOTTOM-LINE : GOD Commands It  The PEOPLE Needs It  The CHURCH Can Do It What Can I Do? What Next ? Highlight 3 very special groups of people ...
    • Malaysia Total Popn : 28.3 Million Total No. of People Gps : 183 Unreached People Gps (UPG) : 57  Muslims 61.3%  Buddhist 19.8%  Christians 9.2%  Hindu 6.3%  Others 3.4% 1. PRAY & WORK for the Freedom of Religion for all peoples in this land
    • OA Statistics 2003 Orang Asli Groups Negritos/Semang Sengoi Aboriginal Malay Bateq 1,255 Chewong 664 Jakun 27,448 Jahai 1,843 Jah Hut 5,104 Orang Kanaq 83 Kensiu 232 Mah Meri 2,986 Orang Kuala 4,067 Kintaq 157 Semai 43,892 Orang Seletar 1,407 Lanoh 350 Semaq Beri 3,545 Semelai 6,418 Mendriq 164 Temiar 25,725 Temuan 22,162 4,001 81,826 61,585 Total 147,412 COAC Dec 2003
    •  There are about 869 OA villages in West Malaysia.  Total Pop: 147,412 (2003)  about 10% Christians**
    • Who will share the gospel to villages such as this in the interiors of West Malaysia? A short Video to highlight the OA Struggle ...
    • THE CHALLENGEs in OA Ministry PRAY for the 10 Barriers... 1. Basic Sustenance 2. Land titles 3. Children Education 4. Subsidy mentality 5. Church Planting 6. Discipleship 7. Offering & Giving 8. Pastor’s Image 9. Prayer 10.Functional Church
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    • East Malaysia Focus • Why the concern about East Msia ? • How does it affect us in West Msia ?
    • Pop. Census 2010: No. of Christians in West Msia.
    • Pop. Census 2010: No. of Christian in Sabah
    • Pop. Census 2010: No. of Christian in Sarawak
    • East Malaysia Focus FIVE undeniable FACTs : 1. Only 26% of Christians are in West Msia. - 74% are in East Msia. 2. They have GOD’s FAVOR - They have experienced great moves of God in the past ... now ... 3. They speak BAHASA MALAYSIA 4. Their Bible is the ALKITAB 5. They are “BUMIPUTRA’S” Bario 1972-75 Bekalalan 1982-85 Taginambur 1984-86
    • East Malaysia Focus Sad to say : Our East Msian brethren are being threatened... Poor basic education & health facilities Overlooked in development Land rights have been exploited Their future looks bleak ... Pressure of ‘Islamisation’ Education : Kemas / Pemata / Hostel Cultural & Language similarities Jobs Prospects Financial Assistance
    • Eg the Penans... A Short Video to highlight some of their issues ...
    • the Penans...
    • the Penans... 3 years ago, TRAC Board of Youth Work took action ....  0%  26%  50%
    • Quote:
    • SSMC Missions: • Sibu, Iban Leadership Training #3 @ 18-21 Sept • Sibu CPI#7 @ 9 – 12 Oct • Sibu Youth Discipleship Camp #3 @ 21 – 24 Nov • Sibu, Iban Leadership Training #4 @ 4-7 Dec
    • the malaysian church ‘a Modern Day Parable of the Church’
    • the malaysian church
    • Your Response ...  GOD Commands It Are you going to obey ?  The PEOPLE Needs It Do you care ?  The CHURCH Can Do It You and I are “the church” What are we doing about it ?
    • Conclusion  The CHURCH Can Do It Mark 16:20 “Then the DISCIPLES went out and PREACHED everywhere, and THE LORD WORKED WITH THEM and CONFIRMED HIS WORD by the SIGNS that accompanied it.”
    • Conclusion on 2nd june “... that 2013 is going to be a year of divine visitation...”