Day 64. 1 Thessalonians 4-5 Day 65. 2 Thessalonians 1-3 Day 66. 1 Timothy 1-3 Day 67. 1 Timothy 4-6 Day 68. 2 Timothy 1-4 Day 69. Titus 1-3Day 70. Philemon Devotion What makes a good leader? Is it their looks? Their charisma? Filled with confidence? Incredibly ambitious? Great communicator? Proficiency in multiple skills? Or perhaps their self-sufficiency and independence? … Continue reading Summer NT Plan – Week 10 Devotion
Day 57. Ephesians 1-3Day 58. Ephesians 4-6Day 59. Philippians 1-2Day 60. Philippians 3-4Day 61. Colossians 1-2Day 62. Colossians 3-4Day 63. 1 Thessalonians 1-3 Devotion The doctrine of predestination is a tricky one. Some want to deny the existence of the doctrine and others want to explain it away. Why? There are a number of reasons. … Continue reading Summer NT Plan – Week 9 Devotion
Generally my blog writing doesn’t get much traction, so I’m always super thrilled whenever someone leaves a reply on one of my articles! A short while ago, a spicy skeptic posted a rebuttal to some of the points I’ve made in my article on Scripture Alone and this was his reply: “How can the word … Continue reading How can the Bible be God’s word when there are so many interpretations?
Day 50. 2 Corinthians 1-3 Day 51. 2 Corinthians 4-6Day 52. 2 Corinthians 7-9 Day 53. 2 Corinthians 10-13 Day 54. Galatians 1-2 Day 55. Galatians 3-4 Day 56. Galatians 5-6 Devotion This marks our eighth week of the Summer Reading Program. We are about two-thirds of the way through the New Testament, so we are definitely over halfway until … Continue reading Summer NT Plan – Week 8 Devotion
Day 43. Romans 12-13Day 44. Romans 14-16Day 45. 1 Corinthians 1-4Day 46. 1 Corinthians 5-7Day 47. 1 Corinthians 8-11Day 48. 1 Corinthians 12-14Day 49. 1 Corinthians 15-16 Devotion Immorality. This is a word that is increasingly foreign in our cultural context. What does it even mean? We get the word ‘immortality’. But ‘immorality’? Sounds foreign…weird. … Continue reading Summer NT Plan – Week 7 Devotion
Day 36. Acts 19-21:36 Day 37. Acts 21:37-25:22 Day 38. Acts 25:23-28 Day 39. Romans 1-3 Day 40. Romans 4-6Day 41. Romans 7-8 Day 42. Romans 9-11 Devotion This marks our sixth week of the Summer Reading Program. If you have been consistent with your readings up until this point, props to you! As you continue your devotions throughout the … Continue reading Summer NT Plan – Week 6 Devotion
2019 was a busy year for many of us. And as the year concludes, it calls for a time where we can pause and reflect on what we have learned and been taught, on our greatest joys and highest points, as well as on our deepest sorrows and lowest points of our year. One of … Continue reading Why you should write up your own mission statement
Day 29. John 19-21Day 30. Acts 1-3Day 31. Acts 4-6Day 32. Acts 7-9Day 33. Acts 10-12Day 34. Acts 13-15Day 35. Acts 16-18 Devotion Welcome to Week 5 of our Summer NT Reading Program. If you’ve managed to make it this far, it means that we are almost half way through the entire reading plan! Now, … Continue reading Summer NT Plan – Week 5 Devotion
Day 22. Luke 22-24 Day 23. John 1-3 Day 24. John 4-6 Day 25. John 7-9 Day 26. John 10-12 Day 27. John 13-16 Day 28. John 17-18 Devotion This is now our fourth week of the Summer Reading Program! For the majority of your readings this week, you will encounter the life of Jesus … Continue reading Summer NT Plan – Week 4 Devotion
Day 15. Luke 1-3Day 16. Luke 4-6 Day 17. Luke 7-9 Day 18. Luke 10-12 Day 19. Luke 13-15 Day 20. Luke 16-18 Day 21. Luke 19-21 Devotion Welcome to Week 3 of our Summer Reading Program. We are now into the third and final synoptic Gospel* in the New Testament, and here we read … Continue reading Summer NT Plan – Week 3 Devotion
Day 8. Matthew 23-25Day 9. Matthew 26-28 Day 10. Mark 1-3 Day 11. Mark 4-6 Day 12. Mark 7-9 Day 13. Mark 10-12 Day 14. Mark 13-16 Devotion We are now on our second week of the Summer Reading Program and I hope the ample devotional reading has been both a challenge but also a … Continue reading Summer NT Plan – Week 2 Devotion
1. Summer NT Reading Plan from December 2019 - February 2020 As you may have seen with Elliot's recent post, we are once again kick-starting our 2019-2020 Summer NT Reading Program. This was a ministry initiative we launched in 2018 and we have seen much growth in our members through their saturation in the Word. … Continue reading December Announcements
1. So John, we’ve heard about why apprenticeships are one of many (though crucial) strategies for raising and training Gospel workers. Tell us a bit about your journey in arriving at this space where you want to be a ministry apprentice. So I have been thinking about doing a ministry apprenticeship at the same time … Continue reading Ministry Apprenticeship FAQs
Day 1. Matthew 1-4Day 2. Matthew 5-7Day 3. Matthew 8-10Day 4. Matthew 11-13Day 5. Matthew 14-16Day 6. Matthew 17-19Day 7. Matthew 20-22 Series Introduction Welcome to the start of our 2019-2020 Summer NT Reading Program. We first launched this initiative in 2018 and it was a great success! It encouraged people to engage in God’s … Continue reading Summer NT Plan – Week 1 Devotion
Hi everyone, my name is Sherilyn and I’m thankful for the opportunity to share with you God’s kindness and faithfulness throughout my life! My testimony will be in three parts: Knowing the ScripturesKnowing the SaviourKnowing the Shepherd 1. Knowing the Scriptures I was raised in a Christian family, and from a very young age I … Continue reading Found by the Shepherd
I recently received membership at my church at GracePoint and as a way to commemorate this rather special occasion, I’ve decided to share my testimony to show you what God has been doing in my life. I’ve broken down this testimony into 6 defining moments (or 6 episodes) of how I came to faith, structuring … Continue reading Chasing after Girls, Captured by Christ
We have just finished a series of topicals and you are probably wondering what is on the agenda for the next couple of Fridays. Well from here on out, there are a couple things you can look forward to! 1. No formal program this coming Friday! If your micro-group leaders have not told you already, … Continue reading November Announcements
My testimony is not very long, nor is it very exciting, yet it is an honest and accurate account of God working in my life. I pray that my testimony challenges you to ask, “Where did my faith come from?” I grew up in church and I also attended a catholic primary school, so I … Continue reading An Account of God’s Extraordinary Work in an Ordinary Man’s Life
Introduction “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” (Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 1) We have come to the final article on the five ‘Solas,’ foundational biblical principles central to the doctrine of salvation and distinct from the teachings taught by the Roman Catholic … Continue reading Glory to God Alone
1. What is Sola Christus? Sola Christus is a Latin phrase for ‘by Christ alone’, which emphasises the most important foundation to the Christian faith, the cornerstone to be exact. It tells us that salvation is found in nothing nor anyone else but in Christ and Christ alone. 2. Background: Indulgences and the Protestant Reformation … Continue reading Christ Alone
In light of this Fridays’ Prayer and Praise night on the topic of prayer, Lynnette has asked me to write up a short reflection on a prayer found in the Bible and I have decided to break down Proverbs 30:7-9 for us, as it closely relates to one of the prayers we will be examining … Continue reading The Prayers of Agur
In the lead up to the event of Prayer and Praise Night, some of us were asked to write a bit of reflection on the topic of prayer. One of the main struggles that I have often observed, with others and myself included, in particular with corporate prayer is the lack of desire to lead … Continue reading When Praying Gives You Anxiety
What is Sola Gratia? Sola Gratia is the Latin phrase meaning ‘grace alone’ and one of the key driving forces behind the Protestant Reformation, alongside faith alone, scripture alone, Christ alone and to God’s glory alone. Grace can be defined as ‘unmerited favor towards the undeserving’. Though the Catholic view affirms that we need God’s … Continue reading Grace Alone
1. ACG End of Year Retreat In about 2 months from now, we will be having our End of Year Retreat, where it will be an opportune time for all of us to reflect on what God has been doing in our lives this entire year! It will be held on Friday the 13th to … Continue reading October Announcements
As I was picking up a free calendar from a student activities volunteer, I was asked, “Do you believe in parties?” My response in my sleep-deprived state was, “Well… I think they might exist?” which probably wasn’t the answer they were looking for. Just like how I misunderstood the volunteer, many people have trouble understanding … Continue reading Faith Alone
1. What is Sola Scriptura? Sola scriptura is the Latin phrase that means ‘Scripture alone’ and it was coined as one of the legendary slogans of the sixteenth-century Reformation movement against the false teachings of the Roman Catholic church. Chapter 1 Point 6 of the Westminster Confession of Faith summarises this doctrine nicely: The whole … Continue reading Scripture Alone
There was once a time when the church was headed on a collision course with the dethronement of scriptural authority and spiritual deprivation. Grace-seeking sinners were at the mercy of the papacy, indulgences - cancellations of sin - were sold to the guilt-trodden and many entrusted the wellbeing of their souls to the medium of … Continue reading Introduction to the Five Solas of the Reformation
Question: Regarding last friday’s ACG bible study on Daniel, my microgroup members raised up two questions which I thought would be good to write in here. 1. If after recognizing our fears, we still hold onto it and it is somehow very hard to resolve, does this mean we aren’t trusting God after all? And … Continue reading How do you battle anxiety?
You know you have hit your mid-twenties when it seems like half your weekends are spent attending bachelor parties, wedding ceremonies, and evening receptions. No doubt it seems like one of the most exciting things to do on these occasions is to speculate about who would be most likely to be wedded off next. Before … Continue reading 3 Unhelpful Phrases Single People Don’t Need to Hear
I don’t know where you are in life right now, but if you are not living for God, if you are not living as though Christ is your everything, if you are not bearing your cross and are instead chasing fading pleasures of this world, please hear this plea from your once naïve (and still … Continue reading To All My Leaders Who Have Fallen Away
Humour is one of the great blessings God has given to mankind. Spontaneous joy is often received through our laughter at the comical incidents we experience in the world and with those we interact with. Scripture also presents humour and laughter as expressions of delight: Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who … Continue reading When does humour become sinful?
1. Trivia and Games Night For those of you who are wondering what is going on this coming Friday, we will be running another ACG social! I can’t reveal too much about the specifics but you can be guaranteed it will be a great evening where we will spend more time fostering relationships and having … Continue reading July Announcements
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is … Continue reading The Right Way to Pray – Matthew 6:5-13
Reflecting back on my adolescent years when I attended a Catholic high school, we were often encouraged to pay an occasional visit to the chaplain of our school (or to the local priest nearby) to lay bare any sins that trouble our mind from the last time we visited them. These visits could be as … Continue reading Why must we keep seeking forgiveness from God if He has already forgiven us?
1. Prayer and Praise Night Prayer and Praise Night is happening next Friday on June 21st, so do not bring your John booklets and it will start at 7:30pm! We will need a couple volunteers to help Selina set up the room for the night. If any of you are keen to help her out … Continue reading June Announcements
Don’t you often feel bogged down with too many things to do, and having too little time to do it? Don’t you often wish that you could do things quicker, so you could free time to do other things you really care about? And don’t you often wish you were more productive with the time … Continue reading What’s Best Next – Matt Perman
Quite a number of you guys (including me) were quite stumped on the meaning on this verse regarding Thomas’ unusual statement, when we were reading through John 11 in Jess and Sherilyn’s study last Friday: Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may … Continue reading Why did Thomas tell the disciples to go and die with Jesus?
Those who have read the gospels would be well-acquainted with this rather daunting passage, when Jesus spoke these infamous words: “And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be … Continue reading Can Christians commit the unforgivable sin in Matthew 12:31-32?
From the early onset of childhood to late adolescence I was catechised by our education system that my very existence came about as a result of an evolutionary process, where every single living creature on the planet shared a common ancestor from a miniscule germ that lived billions of years ago. And alongside the vast … Continue reading Is evolution compatible with Scripture?
Question: We are called to be slow to anger (James 1:19-20) because it does not produce righteousness that God desires. But we've also read how God can be angry and it is justified considering how sinful we, his people, are. God's anger is thus a righteous anger. I'm wondering if we can too claim this … Continue reading Can sinful people have righteous anger?
8 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became … Continue reading Godly Regret Paves the Way to New Life – 2 Corinthians 7:8-12
I heard that a couple of you guys in the muso team have been recently discussing particular lyrics in a worship song of choice, as to whether these lyrics exhibit theological truths that are potentially unhelpful (at the very least), or catastrophic (at its very worst) to our congregation, who will be singing these songs … Continue reading Is it wrong to call Jesus my ‘friend’ or ‘brother’?
Many of us are compelled into saving faith in Christ by the all-giving, self-sacrificial atonement He performed as His all-encompassing declaration of His eternal love for the world. In many instances we assume that this was God’s ultimate design, purpose and goal in the history of mankind all along: to save sinners like us and … Continue reading Is God a narcissist and an attention seeker for wanting to glorify Himself?
One of the things that characterise young people is fervour. I remember chatting with a friend of mine a few years ago who told me his bold ambition to make a million dollars by the time he turned 30. By the looks of how he is progressing in his career right now, I'd say he … Continue reading Are we chasing with as much fervour?
1. What is the book about? ‘Gunning for God’ by John Lennox focuses on defending Christianity from the ‘New Atheists’, a subgroup of atheists that see religion as poisonous and detrimental to society, and view science and evidence as front and centre of thought and belief . In the book, Lennox systematically decrypts and deconstructs … Continue reading Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target – John Lennox
All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall … Continue reading Perseverance of the Saints
I believe that in our day and age, it has never been easier to covet. What do I mean? Well first of all, what does coveting actually mean? Few of us have this word in our mental dictionary, and so it is hard for us to see this as a 'crisis' if we do not … Continue reading The Crisis of Covetousness
In his final words to his disciples, our Lord and Saviour called them, the apostles of the church, to 'make disciples of all nations'. Part of this commission to expressed in our regular discipling of believers through regular Bible reading and doing life on life, and another part of this is through the selection, assessment, … Continue reading Gospel Lab
Reformed Evangelical Christians are well familiar with Romans 1:16 which speaks about the Gospel being available to everyone who believes: both to the Jew and to the Gentile. Consequently, we know full well that our evangelistic efforts and discipleship methods should not be targeted at one particular race or ethnic group, but to all. However, … Continue reading The Gospel for the Young and the Old
Question: Hello! I’ve recently been thinking about what we should look out for when choosing a devotional to commit to. Now I’ve only ever gone through one legit one by Tim Keller and it was amazing. This year I’m looking at something else different but it has made me more aware that I shouldn’t just … Continue reading What are some good Christian devotionals to use?