A generation of transformed and passionate youths
making a difference in our communities!
Age Group: Secondary school, Junior College
and Polytechnic Students and NS youths
Meeting times: 11 15 am to 12 30pm
(except first Sunday of the month)
Have you ever make a remark about something and was immediately told off by some well-meaning Christians not to judge? Most of us probably did. We, in the Christian circle, have a tendency to think that any “judgmental” remarks or thinking is wrong because then we will be judged ourselves. Well, another misunderstanding of scripture that put Christians in unnecessary bondage.
This mentality comes from a wrong interpretation of Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.” The danger of understanding the verse without its context. The whole passage speaks about judgement but to do so justly and correctly. The standard of judgement must be fair to all including oneself. It cannot be double standard where one rule is applied to others and another to self. In short, no special treatment – a sin is a sin, no matter who did it. Notice in verse 5 that we are to judge ourselves by that standard and then we judge others. There is no such thing as we should not judge albeit justice being served.
Verse 1 then will mandate us to judge ourselves first. If not, we will be embarrassed when we are judged by the same rule and found wanting. WE will be judged all the time as we, famous or not, will be watched by everybody around us all the time. When we live by the word of God all the time, we have no problem. We will make mistakes and, hopefully, those will not be major ones. Nobody can be perfect that they do not make mistakes. Therefore, do not be too hard on yourself if you do stumble a little. That being said, it is important not to give ourselves too much liberty.
The apostle Paul exhorted us to judge ourselves first before we are judged. If we can judge ourselves daily, it is unlikely that we will be judged (and found guilty) by anyone.
Brothers and sisters, judging our work and lifestyle is inevitable. Let us be a shining light and not a dirty lampshade.
In Christ's service,
During our last leaders' retreat, I've outlined the direction that God had impressed upon my heart for the church. We need to be:
The church must also start to fulfill its destiny, that is, to evangelise and to bring the good news to everybody, far and near. We in MPCC had been rather active in missions overseas. I hope we can be even more fervent for souls around us. About four in five people we meet everyday is lost and in need of the gospel. If we are so concerned for the victims of disasters, let us be even more concern for the people whose destination may be hell. They need the good news more urgently than anything else. All said, we still need to engage in good works and never be weary doing it.
My dear brethrens, I wish you a blessed New Year. May we decide to live a life worthy of God. May it be that some day we can always look back and say that it was a life well lived.
The love, peace and grace of God be with you all always.
Date/Time: Every Sunday 8:15am @
Date/Time: 19th July @ 8.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Chapel, 2nd Floor, MPCC
Do come for a time of united prayer in the Lord's Presence.
Starting July 5th until October 4th 2017.
Wednesday, 7.45pm to 9.30pm
War in Heaven by Revd Barry Leong (@ MPCC)
MPCC had a 2 page coverage of our history in Issue No 265. If you missed it you can view it here