Welcome to our new home! Truly, there is no place like home!
Today is our opening celebration; it is also a time for us to dedicate this place to the Lord for His glory.
We want to briefly speak on: What makes this place special?
What is this place? It is a church now. But we must understand that what makes a place special, is the people who lives there. What makes the house at No. 38 Oxley Road special? Look at the furnishing; it is quite simple and even old. But it is very special to us Singaporean, because it was the house of our late found father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
So what this makes place special? It’s us, the PEOPLE of God who worship here. We are the people of God, the people of faith, we are the church. Without us, this place will just be another place. This place comes alive because we are alive, this place is full of love because we love one another, this place is full of joy because we rejoice always in the Lord.
And because we worship here, the Lord our God lives here. Our Lord Jesus says in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” In other words, when the people of God gather to pray and praise in Jesus’ name, He is right here in our midst, to answer our prayer and to do miracles in our lives! So what makes this place special? It’s the people of God and the PRESENCE of God.
When the presence of God is here, He turns the ordinary into extraordinary, the common into sacred and holy. Two thousand years ago, when Jesus was born to be the Saviour of the world, He did not choose a royal palace nor a luxurious house. He chose to be born in a manger, in the midst of the poor people. Today, we still sing of that wonderful night in Christmas carols, how the King of kings was born in the manger. So don’t look down on the industrial environment that we are in, it’s way better than the manger. Jesus is here, is all that matters.
And our Lord Jesus is so generous, He never comes empty-handed. He always comes with His gifts, His blessings, His miracles. When the presence of God is here, the POWER of God is here.
Acts 10:38 You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
The Power of God is here to meet SOCIAL needs. Our Lord Jesus went about doing good when He was here on earth. Today He is still doing good through us, the church. He cares deeply for the poor and needy, the widows and orphans, the lonely and broken-hearted. That’s why we have the Love Your Neighbor ministry, where our people go out weekly to visit and bless the elderly who are poor, lonely and needy.
The Power of God is here to meet SUPERNATURAL needs. As advance as we are in technology and medical science, we still need the supernatural power of God. There are many sicknesses that doctors simply have no answer. But God has the answer. The Gospel is full of miraculous stories of how Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead. Today He is still performing miracles of healing through the prayers of His people.
Mark 16:17-18 These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
We are not the healer, but Jesus is. We have no power, but He has. We are the conduit of healing. We pray, you believe, God heals.
But most of all, the Power of God is here to meet SPIRITUAL needs. The verse talks about those who are oppressed by the devil.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Who is the thief? It is referring to the devil. The devil is bad, God is good. The devil steal, God gives. The devil kills, God heals. The devil destroys, God rebuilds. The devil lures you into all kinds of fear, worries, anger, bad habits, sinful life-style, no meaning and no purpose in life. God gives you life, meaningful life, purposeful life, full of love, joy and peace.
All of us rejoice that Joseph Schooling won the Gold medal in swimming yesterday. What makes it even more remarkable is that he beats Michael Phelps to it. Phelps is the undisputed and unequalled champion in the swimming world. At the age of 31 he is still winning gold medals in Olympic. But do you know that 2 years ago he was so messed up that he wanted to commit suicide? After winning all he could win, he lost purpose and meaning in life. Thank God that his Christian friend reached out to him, encouraged him, gave him a book written by Christian pastor Rick Warren, “Purpose Driven Life”. His life turned around. He got reconciled with his estranged father, married his longtime girlfriend, and today, he competes in his fifth and final Olympic.
That’s what the power of God can do for you. You see, church is not about how beautiful this place is or how wonderful the music is. Church is about people, about life change, about hearts transformed. That’s what makes us the church.
In the weeks and months to come in this place, you will see many more new faces, new members. I assure you it is not just numbers, but lives, precious lives, who are touched and blessed and changed by the Lord Jesus Christ. It is to this end that makes this place special, and it is what makes everything we do meaningful and significant.