Sunday, May 26, 2019

26 May 2019

Toddler Class
Coach Carrie
Asst. Laila

Primary Class 1-3

Coach Samantha
(Asst. Angelina)

Primary Class 4-6
Coach Joel & Coach Ryan
(Asst. Lawrys)

Baptism — New Life in Christ                                       

1. LESSON: Baptism — New Life in Christ

  • In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came down on the disciples and Peter preached the gospel. 3000 people wanted to receive Jesus that day!
  • They wanted to know what to do next. Peter told them, “Repent, and be baptised, every one of you.” (Acts 2:38)
  • Repent: to “change your mind” and believe that Jesus is the only way.
  • Baptise: an outward act to tell everyone that we believe Jesus is the only hope for salvation.
  • Significance of Baptism:
  • Water Baptism is a declaration of our faith in the finished work of Jesus; it is NOT a ritual to ensure salvation.
  • When we are baptised, we identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
  • We die with Christ — our old self died with Him.
  • We rise again — we have new life (Jesus’ life) in us now.
  • Romans 6:3-5Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus werebaptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
  • Colossians 2:12 And you were buried with him in baptism, in which you werealso raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
  • Baptism is an act of faith. Faith is the “active ingredient” at baptism, and without faith, baptism means nothing. This is what distinguishes baptism from bathing.
  • When we have faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross, then we can identify with Christ’s own death, burial and resurrection.
  • We need to understand and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died for our sins and that He was raised from the dead.
  • In being baptized into Christ we “clothe” ourselves with Him or “put on Christ”. When God looks at us he does not see our sins, but Christ’s righteousness instead.
  • In Genesis 3:21, after Adam and Eve sinned (and died spiritually), God provided them with animal skins to clothe them and give them a covering. This required the shedding of the blood of animals. In the Old Testament a sacrifice for sin always required the shedding of blood.
  • Under the New Covenant the shedding of blood was still required, but this time it was to be by the sinless Lamb of God that Jesus Himself shed on the cross. And just as God clothed Adam and Eve, so too, He now clothes us — but now it is with Christ Jesus. Amen!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

19 May 2019

Toddler Class
Coach Susan
Asst. Oling

Primary Class 1-3

Coach Lily Bun
(Asst. Trista)

Primary Class 4-6
Coach Savitri

New Covenant Giving


  • Most churches, Christian workers and pastors live off people’s giving. When we give, our money goes to help others and help the Good News about Jesus to go out to more people.
  • In tNCC, the money given by all of you goes towards paying for the rental of this Wisma TA, the electricity and water bills, lunch etc. It also goes towards supporting missionaries and workers all over the world — Cambodia, North Africa, Indonesia, East Malaysia etc.
  • It’s important to understand why we give and how we should give.
  • Under the Old Covenant, people gave by law. God gave this law, the tithe, to provide for the Levites, one of the 12 tribes of Israel that serve God and did not have land of their own.
  • Tithe: a 10th of agricultural produce or the 10th animal in a herd (Lev 27:30-34) 
New Covenant
  • Under the New Covenant, we are not under the Law, so we no longer have to give by law (because we HAVE to).
  • However many Christians still give out of 2 wrong reasons:
    • Insurance: God will punish me if I do not give
    • Investment: God will bless me if I give
  • What is the right attitude in giving?
    • Know our Source of Blessing
      • In Jesus, we have everything that we need. On the cross, He took our poverty and gave us His ample supply!
      • He has more than enough for us, so we don’t have to be afraid of not having enough.
      • 2 Cor 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
    • Because we are already blessed, we can bless others
      • We don’t give so we can receive.
      • We give because we have already received from Jesus.
      • Matt 10:8 Freely you have received; freely give.
    • Give from the Heart
      • 2 Cor 9:7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
      • Give generously. Give happily. Give joyfully.
      • True giving comes from a happy heart, and it gives us a happy heart.
      • The more we give, the happier we become.
      • That’s why in tNCC, we don’t pass around offering bags every service to ask you to give money. We just provide boxes around the halls so that you are free to give whenever and however much you wish.
  • How can I give?
    • I can give my time, money, gifts
    • When we serve in ministry, we are giving our time.
    • When we give part of our allowance, ang pow money, birthday money, we are giving our money.
    • We can also give things, e.g. toys, clothes, food, to those who don’t have as much as we do.
    • Christmas is coming up. Instead of just looking for what toys or presents we want to receive, let’s think about what we can give and how we can bless those who are less fortunate than us!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

12 May 2019

Toddler Class
Coach Ochie
Asst. Tammy

Primary Class 1-6

Coach Lily Bun
Coach Trista
Coach Dedy

NEW Covenant Prayer

1. HOOK: Sullen Joe

  • Choose one kid to be Sullen Joe — must be poker-faced
  • Another kid has 30sec to do anything to try to get a response from Sullen Joe (sing, dance, funny faces etc)
    • Without touching
    • From a short distance away
  • If unsuccessful, another kid gets to try.

2. LESSON: New Covenant Prayer

  • When praying, many people think God is like Sullen Joe. We have to do all sorts of tricks to get His attention. We say, “Please” and beg and cry to get what we want.
  • Under the New Covenant, prayer is not begging God. It’s not even like writing a wish list to Santa Claus. It’s a conversation with our Father in Heaven.
  • Jesus told this story once:
  • Luke 11 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
  • A common misinterpretation of this story is that we have to be persistent to beg Goduntil He answers.
  • This comes from a wrong image/picture of God:
    • God is reluctant to answer
    • God is probably asleep and doesn’t want to get up
  • However the truth is:
  • God is not a reluctant friend but a Loving Father
    • He is ever ready to hear us and bless us.
    • He is not grumpy; don’t have to be pestered
    • We can go boldly and freely to Him anytime(e.g. son of the President of the USA doesn’t need appointment to see his dad)
    • Knowing God as Father changes the way we pray.
  • God has given us all things through Jesus’ Finished Work on the Cross
    • Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?
    • We don’t pray to ask God to do something. We look back to the Cross and claim what Jesus has done for us already! We speak it into our lives and see it come to being.
    • Our prayers move from “Please God” to “Thank you God”. We thank God for what He has done for us.
  • New Covenant Prayer:
    • Knowing who our Father is 
    • Declaring what Christ has done and expressing our thankfulness