How Long, Lord!


We are into the season of the Advent
Advent covers the four Sundays / before December 25

“Advent” from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “arrival”
In this season we remember the people
who have longed and waited for the Messiah

Today’s passage is no different / it speaks of a people in despair
asking “How long, Lord!” / and hoping for deliverance Continue reading

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Exegete Your Text, But Your Culture Too!

exegete your culture

Preaching demands that you “reprove, rebuke, and exhort.” 2 Tim 4:2. Scrutinising these three imperatives more carefully, it will mean that preachers are to reprove (admonish, repudiate); rebuke (denounce, reprimand); and exhort (appeal, implore). This is a tall order. It demands that we do more than merely exegete the text. We will have to expound the text in such a way that our listeners are cut to their hearts leading them to seek God for renovation. Continue reading

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Teach Us to Number Our Days.

Teach us Ps 90-12Psalm 90                
Christ Sanctuary – 11th February 2018    –    Andrew Lim

I want to start by talking about Moses / the writer of this psalm
His life on earth may be seen / in three lots of 40 years

* In the first 40 years Moses live in such luxury / we will never know
He was brought up in a palace / treated as the grandson of the Pharaoh
He could have anything he wanted / at his disposal
FB Meyer sums it up best:
“The cream of Egypt was poured into the cup of Moses”

* The next 40 years were spent in the backside of a desert / keeping sheep
He had fled Egypt / and eking out a miserable existence

* When he was 80 / He bounced back / we see him leading God’s people out of Egypt Continue reading

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Paul at Mars Hill


I will be focussing this morning on Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill / at Athens
This message is engraved on a bronze plaque set up there in Mars Hill
without a word edited or deleted – in its entirety – in Koine Greek

But I want to say a few words on the first part of our text this morning vv 1-9
Paul arrives in Thessalonica / goes into the synagogue
and starts to reason with them from the scriptures

But as v.5 tells us / The Jews were jealous / they took some wicked men
formed a mob and set the city in an uproar

And so at night their friends sent Paul and Silas away to Berea
And they refused to be cowed by fear
they went into the Jewish synagogue and preached the Word of God
Incidentally it’s here that we find the highest commendations
given to believers / It says here in v. 11
“these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica
they received the word with all eagerness / examining
the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 15:1-26; 35-49 – Death, Be Not Proud!

Death Be not proud

Death, Be Not Proud!  –  Easter 2017 – Christ Sanctuary   
Andrew Lim  –   1 Corinthians 15:1-26; 35-49

Mark Twain was right when he said / death is the “ultimate statistics
One out of every one dies”

Death is a reality / But many people will not accept its reality

We are uncomfortable with their own impending death
David Niven who said:
“I won’t go / I’ll kick and scream and make a terrible fuss”
And Woody Allen / witty as always / “I’m not afraid to die
I just don’t want to be there when it happens”

The denial of death is a game that’s as old as the human race

Cleopatra adorned herself imagining that she was the immortal goddess
she imagined that she was the Egyptian goddess Isis in human form
she believed she was really a deity
endowed with the persona of someone who was eternal
But in the end / Cleopatra discovered that she was no different
than anyone else / She too / couldn’t escape the call of death Continue reading

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Romans 8:18-30 – Why Do Christians Suffer Serious Sickness?

Romans 8:18-30 – Why Do Christians Suffer Serious Sickness?
Andrew Lim  –  2nd October 2011

You are in a shower / and you discover this lump in your neck
– you have an instant cold sweat / fear grips you
– quite instantly / time seems to stand still
and you conjure a dozen scenario in your mind
You go for tests / and the next thing you know it
you get a call / not from the clinic receptionist
but personally from your GP himself
and he says he wants to see you immediately
but he wants to see you together with your wife
You know when you’ve been through it / that’s the drill
they always want to see your wife and you together
You may still be in a daze
but a very very long journey has just begun for you

I am talking about sickness
– not skin rash / not indigestion / not an ingrown toe-nail
I am talking about serious life-threatening sickness

I have in the last six weeks or so been thinking very much about this
As you all know this has been a very person issue with me
in the light of Gloria’s illness Continue reading

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Matthew 21:1-11 – Who Is Your King?

Who Is Your King?
Matthew 21:1-11   –   Andrew Lim  –  17 April 2011 – Palm Sunday

Today is the first day of what is traditionally called Holy Week
This is the most significant week of the year in the Christian calendar
It is the week jammed packed with significant events
in the life of our Saviour
This is the last week of Jesus’ earthly life
In five day’s time / He will be crucified

SUNDAY / He made this triumphal entry into Jerusalem
MONDAY / He cleaned out the Temple and cursed the fig tree
TUESDAY/ He gave his teaching on the Mount of Olives about end times
while the priests tried to trap Him
WEDNESDAY / THURSDAY called Maundy Thursday / He celebrated
the Passover Meal / prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane
was arrested / faced the trial and sentencing
FRIDAY / He was crucified and died
SATURDAY / Often called Holy Saturday /His body lies still in the grave
SUNDAY / He rose again from the dead Continue reading

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