Sermon Summaries

Sermon Summary: Lent Series Part 3, Sending

Ace shared a brief message to preach again from Matthew 4:1-11,

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Matthew 4:1-11 (NIV)

Ace reminded us, during this very difficult time with COVID19 and other struggles, that we are called to pray to God not to ask for the removal of the challenges but for our faith to be maximised.

“When we are being sent out into the world, the greatest weapon is not our own knowledge or wisdom, but the Word of God.”

Ace’s sermon (approx. 8 minutes in)

Ace reminded us that in Matthew 4:16, Jesus come to fulfil what was prophesied in Isaiah: “the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned”. As Christians, this sudden darkness cast by COVID19 is our opportunity to reflect this “great light” of Jesus to be loving to our neighbours.

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