10 Sep - 29 Oct

Online Happiness Group 线上幸福小组

日期 : 9月10日至 – 10月29日 (8 个周六)
时间:下午3点至4点 /晚上8点至9点(武吉班让堂)| 下午3点至4点 (兀兰堂)
地点:线上 Zoom (链接会之后发出)

么是幸福小组?来参加,就晓得! 们邀请的对象是讲华语和还未信耶稣的家人、朋友等(BEST)。 我们将会有8周的活动如破冰游戏,好歌和故事分享。让我们一起幸福吧!今天就邀请您的朋友报名参加!

报名表格 :武吉班让堂  |  兀兰堂

Dates: 10 Sep – 29 Oct (8 Saturdays)
Timings: 3pm or 8pm (Bukit Panjang) | 3pm (Woodlands)
Duration: 1 hour
Venue: Online via Zoom (link will be shared nearer to the date) 

The Mandarin Ministry is running its second Happiness Group online. All Chinese-speaking Covenanters, pre-believing friends and loved ones are invited to join!

What is Happiness Group all about? It is about blessing people by building relationships while exploring the Christian faith. There will be ice-breakers, songs, and sharing of stories. Bring a friend or loved one and register today!

Register here: Bukit Panjang | Woodlands


幸福小组8周日期和内容

9月10日    真幸福
9月17日    真相大白
9月24日   万世巨星
10月1日    幸福连线
10月8日    当上帝来敲门
10月15日   十字架的胜利
10月22日   释放和自由
10月20日   幸福的教会

查询 (For inquiries):

武吉班让堂 (Bukit Panjang Centre)
6360 1647
john.wang@cefc.org.sg

兀兰堂 (Woodlands Centre)
6360 1623
chris.pang@cefc.org.sg

 

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
Tue, 16 August 2022

Our Primary Concern in Suffering

Observation:

What is Paul’s concern for the Thessalonians in his praying for them?

Deeper Reflection
WHAT DO WE ASK GOD FOR IN PRAYER WHEN WE ARE undergoing suffering? For many of us, what immediately comes to our mind is that God will deliver us from the suffering. It is not wrong, except that, that tends to be our primary concern.In Acts 12, when Peter “was kept in prison”, the church prayed fervently to God for him (Acts 12:5). God answered their prayer almost immediately: “On the very night when Herod…” (Acts 12:6). When God had already answered their prayer (Acts 12:6-11), the church was still “praying” for Peter (Acts 12:12). And it is very strange that when Rhoda reported that Peter was at the door, the church’s response was “You are out of your mind!” (Acts 12:13-15a); and when Rhoda “kept insisting” that it was Peter, the church “kept saying” that it was not (Acts 12:15b). This strange response of the church shows that whatever they were praying for Peter, one thing for sure was, they were “not anticipating an escape”19. The backdrop to the church praying for Peter was James being killed by Herod (Acts 12:2). So, the prayer of the church “must be for God’s protection and strength in some other way, either in a positive verdict or in some type of lesser punishment”20.Paul’s primary concern for the suffering Thessalonians in his prayer was their relationship with God and the growth of their faith in action (v.11). We need to discern God’s agenda and purpose in our prayer. In Acts 12, God’s agenda for Peter was deliverance, but for James, it was death.
19 Darrell L. Bock, Acts, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Baker, 2007), 426 20 Darrell L. Bock, 426
Application:

What should be my primary concern in my prayer to God?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for pastors and staff: To keep spiritual maturing as their primary concern in life and ministry
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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