Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. -First Thessalonians 5:16-22
We warmly welcome you to our fifteen anniversary thanksgiving service today. We are blessed to have you come and “make a joyful noise unto the Lord!”
It is always a wonderful blessing to see – but better still – feel and experience grace at work. Today we have much to thank God for and to rejoice over: fifteen years of faithful witness in the Simei-Tampines-Bedok-Pasir Ris areas. Indeed, Moriah BPC had been blessed with the boundless grace of God in the last fifteen years. We have richly experienced the grace of God at work here in our midst.
On this anniversary, let us renew our pledge, as a church of Jesus Christ, to live by the seven commands for Christian living given to us in 1 Thessalonians 5, verses 16-22.
Rejoice Evermore. We rejoice because the source of our joy doesn’t come from our earthly circumstances, it comes from our heavenly standing. We rejoice always because we belong to Christ. In 1 Peter 1 we’re reminded to rejoice with joy inexpressible because we have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Pray Without Ceasing. If we’re always rejoicing, and always focused on our relationship with Christ, that will lead us to being continually in prayer. To pray without ceasing means that there shouldn’t be a long gap in our prayer life. In other words, we shouldn’t just pray once in a while, we should pray all the time.
In everything give thanks. If you are rejoicing in Him, and you are constantly in prayer, the result will be a heart that gives thanks for all things. Thankfulness is a characteristic of the Christian. A bible teacher once said, “thanksgiving is the language of heaven.”
Quench not the Spirit. John 16:8 tells us that the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. Romans 8:14 says the Spirit leads us. 1 Corinthians 2:12-16 tells us the Holy Spirit teaches us the spiritual things of God. So we shouldn’t quench the Spirit.
Despise not prophesyings. In other words don’t reject the preaching, interpreting and applying of Scripture. God has given the Church teachers to help them understand the Bible. We should never reject good bible teaching.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Just because someone claims to be a bible teacher that doesn’t mean we’re to automatically accept their teaching. Do not accept any teaching from anyone unless it lines up with Scripture.
Finally, Abstain from all appearance of evil. To sin is to go against God’s will and to be out of fellowship with Him. To abstain from sin is to draw closer to the Lord.
Closer to the Lord is the where Christians should be, be it on this anniversary occasion or in everyday of our lives.
May God bless you all. Rev Robert Chew