Friday, 15 April 2016
The point that was made at the pulpit on Sunday was: The seed cannot bear fruit if it clings to its old self and refuses to be transformed. The seed must 'die'. 'Dying' here means that we let go of our old ways and allow the Holy Spirit to bring about a transformation that leads to a new way of thinking, acting and living – in Christ.
Excerpt from ‘Jesus – pure and simple’ by Wayne Cordeiro (paraphrased)
One evening, Wayne (WC) and his wife Anna (AC) were running late for a dinner engagement.
Finally, AC sprinted down the stairs and they ran out the front door, locked it and jumped in their car.
WC: “Give me the keys.”
AC: “What keys? You are supposed to have the keys!”
WC: “I don’t have the keys. You’re the wife – you always have the keys.”
AC: “I don’t have the keys.”
They called the locksmith … Sixty dollars later, they retrieved the keys and started out again for dinner. Now they were REALLY late! They didn’t converse much that evening. It was a bit ‘chilly’.
Another situation occurred several months later. WC was fuming at his wife. Jesus spoke into his heart, “Who is your lord?”
“Your lord is the one who controls your disposition, your decision making, and your choices. Have you noticed that your relationship with your wife went from good to bad in just one second? Whoever has that much power over you is the one you have bowed to as your ‘lord’.”
The keys (in the first situation) had become WC’s lord. He allowed the keys to usurp lordship away from Jesus.
Our sermon on Sunday 10 Apr 2016
Scripture ref: Jesus said,
Dear Father God, I have often forgotten that Jesus is my Lord. I repent. Please forgive me. I want to be fruitful. I am willing to ‘die’. You have already planted the embryo of a new and better self within me, just as the seed contains the embryo of the new, fruitful plant. Today, I repent of my old ways. Transform me Lord. Together with my brothers and sisters in Christ, I pray that we will – by the power of the Holy Spirit - follow Jesus’ example and die to our flesh, that we may bring forth much fruit – to the glory of Your Name. Hallelujah! Amen!
Lam Yee Ling