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Easter Sunday Service

This Easter Sunday 4PM ⏰ set your alarms! We have a special easter service coming up and we cant wait to watch it online with you!

https://livestream.oneheart.sydney/

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OneHeart goes online

Since Sunday the 22nd of March 2020, OneHeart has moved all its church activities online.

We look forward to seeing you at our online church!

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Prayer Night

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:13-16

English Prayer Night – Fridays 8PM

Please contact Blair (hello@blair.wang) for the Zoom link.

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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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Sermon Summary: Lent Series Part 2, Calling

Ace preached from again 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)

There are three challenges in this passage that connect to our daily living: (1.) food, (2.) identity, (3.) service.

(1.) Food (v. 2-4) – because this something that everyone needs! Admittedly most of us in OneHeart have no particular shortage of food, but this is still a very important challenge for our world.

(2.) Identity (v. 5-7) – especially as OneHeart, we often experience internal conflict with our worldly identity and our identity as Christians.

(3.) Service (v. 8-11) – because all of us serve something; Jesus chose to serve God the Father instead.

Generally we are not always great at making the right decisions about these challenges and our prayers are usually what Ace refers to as “immature prayers” for easy solutions to these challenges. Jesus prays differently (Matthew 26:38-39).

38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Matthew 26:38-39

Jesus is honest and expresses what he feels like he needs, but “yet not as I will, but as You will”. Ultimately we follow God’s calling as we journey through this temporary home in this world.

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Sermon Summary: Lent Series Part 1, Fasting

Ace introduced the concept of Lent and Fasting during Lent for those not familiar with it. Fasting during Lent is a Catholic tradition that some Uniting Churches reinterpret to focus less on the actual abstinence from food, and instead focus more on our personal relationship with God.

Ace preached 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)

An important detail here is that Jesus was led by the Spirit – not led by the devil – to be tempted by the devil (v. 1). All of this was planned by God and Jesus knew this was coming: not only the 40 days of fasting (that was actually just the start), but also all the events of his public ministry and how it ended.

“Fasting is not about proving that you are a good man or woman. Fasting is about preparing yourself for going into spiritual warfare.”

Quote from Ace’s sermon

Fasting is something Jesus mentioned as a secret between God and yourself (Matthew 6:16-18). It is intended to be a private commitment to God, not a public display for other people. The same applies for worship and for whatever special commitment we choose to make to commemorate Lent.

To summarise,

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Matthew 16:24

Therefore Paul writes,

10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)

For Lent, then, the #1 focus is to do whatever fasting (not necessarily food, but whatever distracts us most) helps us to know Christ and appreciate the power of His resurrection.

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Sermon Summary: Good Soil

Ace preached about the importance of each individual Christian having their own relationship with God, independent of support from family, friends, church, etc.

Ace preached from Matthew 13:1-9 (this is all three of the synoptic gospels, which means it is important – it’s the same as Mark 4:1-12, Luke 8:1-8),

1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Matthew 13:1-9 (NIV)

To provide a clear visual, Ace shared this picture (source: Claretian Missionaries, West Nigeria Delegation):

Type 1, “the path” – Ace describes, for example, the kind of church attendee who comes because they feel forced to but their hearts aren’t really there.

Type 2, “the rocky soil” – Ace describes, for example, someone who comes to church, enjoys some aspect(s) of it during church, but the feeling doesn’t last very long. Another example is someone who “puts on a Christian mask for Sundays”.

Type 3, “the weedy soil” – Ace describes, for example, someone who had a truly transformative experience, but is about to be choked by various secular distractions – “to be honest, the best thing that could happen for you in that moment is that you die right away, because then you’re sure to be in the Kingdom”. It’s important for us to acknowledge that the secular world is fun. Recall Paul in Romans 3:9-12,

9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

Romans 3:9-12 (NIV)

Finally, Type 4, “the good soil” – given how impossibly ideal this is, Ace points to Romans 3:22-26 as the explanation,

22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Romans 3:22-26 (NIV)

An IMPORTANT WARNING Ace marks here is that many (mis)interpretations of this passage by less discerning preachers is to encourage people to “try harder to be good soil”. To clarify, Ace summarises: “our faith is not about what we are, it is about who Jesus is, and our journey is about allowing the spirit of God to impact and influence our lives to be more holy and holy as a daily battle every day”.

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Sermon Summary: “Life and Sacrifice”

Ace continued from the previous week on the topic of “how God works”. Last week Ace preached about the Parable of the Mustard Seed to explain his vision of how OneHeart’s ministry will grow. This week, Ace preached from Matthew 17:14-20,

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” 17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:14-20 (NIV)

Ace acknowledged how the current generation of youth and young adults face a large number of challenges and temptations. Therefore Ace alluded to how Jesus makes a deliberate contrast between the tiny mustard seed and the enormous mountain (verse 20: faith as small as a mustard seed, … mountain will move).

The mustard seed is significant for a number of reasons but the one that Ace wants to focus on is “life”. The mustard seed turns into a large tree because it is living. The question, then, is: what kind of life is within each of us? Specifically, to continue to metaphor, Matthew 7:16-20,

16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

Matthew 7:16-20 (NIV)

The specific kind of life that Ace implores the audience to fill theirselves with is that which is mentioned by Jesus: “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). The profound learning that Ace personally took from the Port Augusta mission trip was that Aboriginal church leaders focus on introducing Jesus as their Saviour because Aboriginal culture already has an understanding of God as creator, but the life of Jesus changes everything.

However, the other consideration about the image of the mustard seed is “sacrifice”, based on John 12:24-26,

24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

John 12:24-26 (NIV)

Ace’s encouragement for us is that the most meaningful sacrifice that could be made is the sacrifice of our personal time. Our time in this world is limited but sacrificing parts of it is meaningful because, in Ace’s words, “this world is a temporary picnic area”.

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2020 Mission Testimonies – Part 1

Emily’s Testimony

As you all may know from the videos that we’ve posted online, we travelled about 3,800km, starting from here, going over to Adelaide, Port Augusta, Warrnambool, Melbourne and back. As rewarding as it was, it was also very difficult but the rewards definitely outweigh all the difficulties and hardships that we faced. Reflecting on what the beginning was like: I admittedly was concerned about how we would be able to juggle everything. Physically, it can be very demanding staying in the mini-buses and – especially for the drivers – having to stay awake and alert at all times so that everyone is safe. Pastor Ko, Pastor Ace, Lani, Liu, myself, and a few others from the Mentor Crew drove. From my side of the story, attempting to run the media stuff without a team devoted to just media, it was quite difficult, but I’m very thankful that I had Liu’s help, Lani’s help, everyone’s help, everyone was very supportive and I can’t wait to share the rest of the videos with you all.

Just reflecting on the time we spent in Port Augusta particularly, instead of remaining behind the camera like I did during the last trip, I prayed and I reflected about halfway through when I started struggling with getting videos done every day. God was giving me a sign that it was a lot more important to focus on building these relationships with these kids and with the entire team: Mentor Crew, OneHeart, anyone else who’s joined us. I think that me choosing to focus less on creating and capturing content every second of every day, the relationships that I’ve built with everyone and the relationship that I’ve been able to build with God was really powerful, spiritual, and emotional (in a good way). I’m so excited to go back in two years.

That was our last group photo that we took at the motel that we stayed at before the Sydney team had to drop Mentor Crew off at the airport and before we started driving off back to Sydney. I’m really glad that you can’t really see my face that well because my eyes were kind of puffy from crying. But it was really good, it was a really great experience being with them. I can’t express how much I’ve actually learnt from Mentor Crew, just with their sheer drive and their passion to spread the gospel through their actions and their stories. Although there was a slight language barrier, I think the way they were able to communicate, even with that, was very inspiring, and there isn’t much that I could say to actually show you all how amazing it was. It was something where you had to be there to just witness the power and how God was and is speaking so well through them. I’m at a lack of words to explain how that was for me.

I definitely think that, in comparison to the last trip because I was still a very young Christian at the time, as a slightly more seasoned Christian during this trip, I’m really happy to say that I was able to help more people come to know God, and to actually attend a few baptisms that were held in the mornings and afternoons right before lunch, for some of the youth that actually came to our gatherings. It was just a really powerful experience.


Yohan’s Testimony

I think I’ll start with what I enjoyed the most during the mission trip. To be honest, the mission trip itself was just amazing, every part of it was beautiful, passionate; everyone was very engaged with everything, it was an awesome experience. Everywhere we went – churches, or even when we were out to play, I could feel Mentor Crew’s passion for everything, and I was slowly learning their passion. Eventually, I was able to be passionate when we were doing street ministry or even when we were at Port Augusta or the youth events.

It was certainly the longest road trip I’ve ever been on, I think the longest before this mission trip was only about five hours, maybe four hours. I wasn’t that exhausted from the driving because I wasn’t the driver, I was just in the van, sleeping the whole time. But my perspective towards road trips changed positively. Now, I don’t have any carsickness anymore, I’m completely fine with cars. So I’m really excited to go on road trips again in about two years.

But I didn’t go to play around. I certainly learnt some important things during the mission trip. I think I was able to train myself to be flexible and fight against difficult circumstances that can happen around me. Out of all the things I’ve learnt, though, I was most challenged when the leader of Mentor Crew challenged me by telling me that, if I want to preach the gospel and work for God, I need to know who He was about His Word which is from the bible, and he challenged me to read at least one chapter of the bible every day. From that mission trip and up until now, I’ve been reading at least one chapter a day. Now I’m reading Joshua and I think now this is becoming a habit and I’m really happy that he encouraged me to read at least one chapter. In the beginning, it was hard, but now it’s like a habit. I think I learnt how to create good and positive habits, not only negative ones. Lastly, I’ll share a hardship that I struggled with, and how I overcame it. The most fearful thing that I had towards this mission trip was things like street evangelism. I was really scared to talk to people outside of the church community and my English is not that great. I was really quiet in the first street evangelism, but as I watched the Mentor Crew preaching the gospel, showing who God is by their ability, I was shocked. They know that there’s a language barrier, but they kept trying and trying, so I was really challenged. By the end of the mission trip, and now, I think I’m ready to face these kinds of street evangelism at any time.


Joseph’s Testimony

Something I’ve learnt in the past 14 days: I saw Mentor Crew every day, when they wake up and when they go to bed. They just wake up, open the bible in the beginning without doing anything, they just read for 30 minutes and they’re all sitting there quietly reading and praying, and eating their breakfast. It was like a habit of reading their bible every day when they’re waking and sleeping and I realised that I rarely read my bible every day when it’s not Sunday or Saturday. I just put it on the shelf and I just do anything else I want. It really challenged me that I should be closer to God when it’s not the weekend.

What I liked about the mission trip: like what Yohan spoke about, I was kind of shy talking to people and spreading the Word of God, or the gospel: but then the Mentor Crew, even with the language barrier, they’re trying more than me. I felt really bad about myself, even without the language barrier, hiding in the corner. So through that mission trip, I tried to be more brave and I tried to be more open. I made a lot of friends there which was good. I really liked the mission trip because I played a lot of basketball there and everyone was so friendly.

And also, some of you might have heard: seven people got baptised through our mission team, so that’s really great. I was really proud of myself that I went to this mission trip. It was a wonderful mission trip and it was really worth going to. Thanks for all your prayers and support, thank you.

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OneHeart Worship Songs

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Here are some songs you may have heard on a Sunday with us:

Current Set List

  • Hope of the Nations by Brian Doerksen
  • I Could Sing of Your Love Forever by Delirious
  • Shout To The Lord by Hillsong Worship
  • Power of Your Love by Hillsong Worship

Other 2019 set list items

  • Here as in Heaven (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard) by Elevation Collective
  • Holy Spirit (feat. Cody Carnes) [Live] by Kari Jobe
  • Moving Forward by Israel Houghton
  • Reckless Love by Passion
  • Worthy Of It All by Onething and David Brymer
  • You Are Good by Israel Houghton & New Breed
  • Living Hope by Phil Wickham
  • Never Once by Matt Redman
  • Because Of Who You Are by Martha Munizzi
  • Great Are You Lord by Casting Crowns Leaning On The Everlasting Arms by Selah
  • Open The Eyes Of My Heart by Paul Baloche
  • Who You Say I Am by Hillsong Worship
  • Give Us Clean Hands by Chris Tomlin
  • Here I Am to Worship / Call by Hillsong Worship
  • I Surrender All by Israel Houghton
  • Your Grace Is Enough by Matt Maher
  • 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman
  • Everlasting God by Chris Tomlin
  • Forever by Kari Jobe
  • How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin
  • How Great Thou Art by Ascend The Hill
  • What A Beautiful Name by Hillsong Worship
  • With All I Am by Hillsong Worship
  • Worthy is the Lamb by Hillsong Worship