Image description

Thank you for taking time to find more about this ministry. This is an incarnational~evangelical ministry of God's forgiveness and redemption.  This ministry is equipped by the LORD JESUS CHRIST and led by the HOLY SPIRIT, our Comforter, to empower and reach out to meet spiritual and emotional needs of people through His WORD and prayer. By the power of the Holy Spirit persons who visit this site will be exposed to the biblical truths and how to become fruit-bearing disciples of the Body of Christ.   "10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. . . . . 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3: 10-12, 14, NASB 

our journey together



"Attempt Great Things for God; Expect Great Things from God," William Carey (1761-1834).

Image description
Image description

Finding Salvation

 

How to become a Christian

Have you come to a place in your life that you know for certain you have eternal life and will go to heaven when you die?

 Suppose you were standing before God right now and He asked you, “Why should I let you into my heaven?”  What would you say?

If you’re unsure how to answer either of these questions, you’ve come to the right place.

God’s Purpose
God loves us and has a purpose for our lives. The Bible states it this way: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

God’s purpose is that we have eternal life.

God gives eternal life as a gift.  “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

  • He makes it possible for us to live a full and meaningful life right now. “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
  • He makes it possible for us to spend eternity with Jesus in heaven. “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:1-3).

Our Need
As we search for meaning in life, we discover our sinful nature keeps us from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.

  • We are all sinners by nature and by choice: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
  • We cannot save ourselves. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • We deserve death and hell. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

God’s Provision
God is holy and just and must punish sin. Yet He loves us and provides forgiveness for our sin. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

What did Jesus do to provide forgiveness of our sin and enable us to come to the Father?

  • Jesus is God and became man. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth”  (John 1:1, 14).
  • Jesus died for us on the cross. “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
  • Jesus was raised from the dead and is alive today.  For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, He cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God” (Romans 6:9-10).

Our Response
The only way Jesus can affect our lives is for us to receive Him. The Bible says, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

  • We must repent of our sin. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out” (Acts 3:19).
    • Repentance is not just feeling sorry for our sin.
    • Repentance is turning away from our sin and turning to God through Jesus.  “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds” (Acts 26:20).
  • We must place our faith in Jesus. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
    • Faith is not just believing facts about Jesus (James 2:19)
    • Faith is trusting in Jesus as Lord (the One who directs our lives) and Saviour (the One who provides forgiveness of sin). “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame’”  (Romans 10:9-11)

My Commitment
Placing our faith in Jesus is something each person must do individually. No one else can make this decision for you. Jesus says, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:18).

  • Does what we have been discussing make sense to you?
  • Is there any reason you would not be willing to receive God’s gift of eternal life?
  • Are you willing to turn from your sin and place your faith in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour right now?

If you are willing to place your faith in Jesus now, you can invite Him into your life by prayer. You may use the following prayer or a similar one using your own words:
“Dear Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God and died to forgive me of my sins. I know I have sinned. I ask You to forgive me. I want to follow you. I turn from my sin and place my faith in You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for your gift of a full and meaningful life now and eternity in heaven.  Amen.”

As You Begin Your New Life in Jesus . . .
You have now acknowledged Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. That is the most important decision you will ever make.

 Confessing Jesus as Lord and Saviour means trusting Him to direct your life. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

Confessing Jesus as Lord and Saviour means having confidence that He has forgiven your sins. By making this decision you can have assurance of eternal life.  “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1John 5:12).

You probably have some questions about what that will mean in your life day by day. If you have further questions, please  contact me at pastor@gospelunlimitedfellowship.com.


 

 

If You Need to Renew Your Fellowship with Christ


 


 


 


God wants you to experience continuing growth in Him, but you may come to a point of recognizing you are not as close to Jesus as you once were, or you may realize you are not continuing to grow toward spiritual maturity.


God’s Purpose
Jesus wants to be Lord of all your life.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).

  • God wants your life to be useful and joyful.
    “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5. For more insight, read through verse 11).
  • God wants you to live in fellowship with Him.
    “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).
  • God wants to fill you with His Spirit.
    “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
  • God wants to equip you for ministry.
    “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  • When you fail in your walk with Him, God wants to forgive you and restore you to a useful life with Him.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Our Need

  • Sin may hinder our fellowship with God.
    “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires” (Romans 8:5. For more insight, read through verse 8).
  • We may have allowed conformity to the world to hinder the transformation God wants to produce in us.
    “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will: (Romans 12: 2).


God’s Provision
God offers six major resources for transformation and spiritual growth. In this section we have not quoted the Scriptures. We do encourage you to find them in a Bible and read them to understand how you can use each of these resources to renew your fellowship with God.

  • God uses Scripture to set believers apart and equip them for His purposes (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  • Spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, Bible study, worship, fasting, witnessing, and serving help us to grow (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
  • Family and home influences may encourage us toward spiritual growth (2 Timothy 1:5).
  • The church, as the body of Christ, encourages all to reach maturity in their faith and knowledge of Jesus (Ephesians 4:11-15).
  • God works in all circumstances of life to bring us to Christlikeness (Romans 8:28-29).
  • God disciplines His children to transform us into the likeness of Jesus (Hebrews 12:10).

Remember, although God provides these resources for growth, our spiritual growth does not come through our own efforts; it comes by God’s grace, through faith, just as salvation does.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:6-7).

Our Response                           

  • Confess any known sin.
    “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
  • Recommit your life to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
    “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
  • Yield yourself daily to Jesus and experience the fullness of His life in you as you continually grow toward spiritual maturity.
    “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).


My Commitment
As you respond to God’s call to growth, you will begin to see the fruit of the Spirit being developed in your life.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Perhaps you can identify one or more aspects of the fruit of the Spirit which are lacking in your life. Are you ready to ask God to work in you to help you grow toward the fullness of His life? If so, you may want to pray the following prayer or a similar one:

“Heavenly Father, I want to be like Jesus. I confess my sins (you may want to name specific sins); I recommit myself to you as my Lord; and I ask you to work in my life to develop the fruit of the Spirit so I may become continually more mature in my faith.”

You may have some questions about how you can live in close fellowship with Christ day by day. Contact me at pastor@gospelunlimitedfellowship.com. We want to give you more information about how you can experience the kind of life God intends for you, and if you do not already have a church home, we want to help you get in touch with people in your community who will support you in your spiritual growth.

 

Material on this page adapted from
Personal Commitment Guide,
copyright 1983, 1998,
North American Mission Board, SBC

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMEMORATING THE COMING OF JESUS, THE WORD OF GOD.

Matthew 2: 16 Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.

Herod slaughtered innocent babies in an attempt to make sure the Messiah was massacred. He taught he was a great calculator but Herod could not fathom the depths of the LORD Almighty who protects His own. Blood of innocent infants was shed in a concerted effort to make sure that the Saviour and Redeemer never lived to carry out the work of reconciling humanity to God.  No human being, however great he thought himself to be, can thwart the Work of God.

Run to Jesus, even when they depict Him as “a helpless and powerless baby” in the Nativity plays. He is the LORD Almighty and the Light of the world. He is Emmanuel, God with us. In Jesus, Yahweh (the LORD) is present, accessible, near to those who call on Him for deliverance, forgiveness and guidance.

“The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (Ps. 46:7). Yahweh Sebaoth. Yahweh as the LORD God of hosts indicates God’s sovereign rule in every realm or kingdom and, therefore, His ability to fulfil every promise because He is the promise-fulfiller.  “The LORD of hosts, He is the King of Glory” (Ps.24:10) and he will never give His glory to any of His creatures.

Our God is the LORD of celestial hosts. He created all the angels in the heavens and they carry out His will and purpose on our behalf. King Hezekiah and his people learned that our God is the Commander-in-Chief of the heavenly armies and He only needs one Angel to slay 185,000 Assyrian soldiers encamped to kill the people of God. 2 Kings 19:35.

Our God is likewise the LORD of the astral hosts, sun, moon and stars.  They are His handiwork and having created them, He controls them.  Joshua realised this when he prayed that sun and moon might stand still, that he might fight in God’s cause and for God’s glory, and his prayer was answered. Joshua 10.

Our God is also the Lord of all the animal hosts, as Daniel experienced when God closed the lions’ mouths and then opened them.

Our God is also the Lord of the birds of the sky and sea monsters. His power brought birds and sea monsters and whales into being and they willingly act as His messengers, as Elijah discovered when the ravens fed him and Jonah also, when the big fish swallowed him up and took him to the place where God sent him.

Our God is Lord over all human hosts, and would have us cease from fearing man, whose breath is in his nostrils. David used this divine title in defying the Philistine. “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted.” (1 Sam. 17:45).

As to all satanic hosts, is not God supreme in this realm too? Who is the devil?  Satan is only a dog on a leash and cannot go any further than divine permission, as the God of Job teaches.

As we celebrate Christmas and prepare to enter the New Year, let us honour the One who makes it happen, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,” and pray for His peace to reign in  this war-torn and fragmented world. Peace to you all. YAHWEH SHALOM. Wishing you a joyous Christmas and a stress-free and prosperous New Year.

 


THE GREAT INVITATION

 

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 
What is a yoke? Searching for the meaning of the word yoke, I stumbled on a book, "Encyclopedia of Bible Life". I started reading the entry on "Agriculture". I saw a picture of an animal, a mule, plowing in the Jordan Valley with a yoke attached to its neck.
"Yokes were simple wooden arches passed over the necks of the animals and joined with a bar, to which was attached the center pole reaching back to the plow. There was an art, that is, a method, of making yokes that were easy, to lighten burdens. Jesus and Joseph made comfortable ones in the shop at Nazareth. Hence Jesus spoke as an expert when he taught, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart. . . my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” 


What I am I to learn from Jesus? What is that He wants me to know inwardly that will set me free. It is this: Only in the yoke of total commitment of my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, to the absolute sovereignty of God is there freedom and life. I cannot save my life. You cannot save yourself. Jesus succinctly puts it in this way in Matthew 10:39. “Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it”.


The Word of God speaks to you right now. My friends, we are living in troubled waters. There are people committing suicide: they believe that doing that they will find rest for their souls. People are turning to the bottles, hard drugs to find peace for their inner, troubled world. Father God , teach us how to minister to your people.
In the words of Augustine: OUR HEARTS ARE RESTLESS, O GOD, UNTIL THEY REST IN THEE.

 

What solution does Jesus offer to those of us who are tired of our disorganized, nauseating, energy-sapping, bogus lives? This is the Great Invitation. "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matt. 11:28-30). He invites us to come and be His disciples, to learn humility, gentleness and love because Jesus Christ is an embodiment of those virtues.
Therefore, I propose to you that there is no peace, no rest, no relief from all struggles of life and torments of souls except by coming to Jesus, the Prince of Peace. JESUS CHRIST alone is the answer to all of our struggles to survive the ups and downs in this life.
Oftentimes, God uses disappointments, shattered relationships, broken marriage, disaster, suffering , and even agonizing trouble to break our arrogant spirits so that we can accept His great unhindered invitation to become His disciples.  Do not delay. Accept the invitation. Put your trust in the LORD JESUS.

 

GOD HAS THE POWER TO INTERVENE IN OUR LIVES AND DELIVER US FROM SITUATIONS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL. He did mine and am sooo relieved. He will do yours too in His own time. And you will be praising Him forever as I am doing every moment . . . .in my waking hours, in my sleep, walking, driving, reading, studying, bathing. Thank You, God.... Your praise shall continually be in my mouth. HALLELUYAH

 


Praise for the Lord’s Mercies.

 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
 He pardons all my iniquities,
He heals all my diseases;
 He redeems my life from the pit,
He crowns me with lovingkindness and compassion;
 He satisfies my years with good things,
So that my strength is renewed like the eagle.

 The Lord performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
He will not always strive with me,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
 He has not dealt with me according to my sins,
Nor rewarded me according to my iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who revere Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed my transgressions from me.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who revere Him.
For He Himself knows my frame;
He is mindful that I am but dust.

As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who revere Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To those who keep His covenant
And remember His precepts to do them.

 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!   (Psalm 103. Adapted translation)

 

 

PROPHETIC DECLARATION 

You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,

And called from its remotest parts
And said to you, ‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and not rejected you.
‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
 “Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored;
Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.
“You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them,
Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.
 “For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand,

Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’

(Isaiah 41:9-13 NASB)




There is none like the God of Jeshurun
Who rides the heavens to our help 
And through the skies in His majesty
The eternal God is our dwelling place
And underneath are the everlasting arms
God Himself will drive out the enemy from before us
As He has said, “Destroy!”
So shall we all dwell in safety
The fountain of each family secluded
In a land of grain and new wine;
His heavens also drop down dew.
Blessed are we all . . . .
We are a people saved by the Lord
Our enemies will cringe before us
And we will tread upon their high places.
(My paraphrase of Deuteronomy 33:26-29
)