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It is so good to have you at church this morning. You are awesome. You drive all the way here to church or use the train to get there. Thank you for taking the time. It is much appreciated. For those overseas visitors, thank you for coming. You travel such a long way, endured the plane trip and the custom queue. Thank you. May God reward you. I want you to know with sincerity: I am sure God is pleased that you are here. It is an expression of your faith in the Creator of the Universe and the Lord Jesus Christ. You are awesome. Thank you, Pastor for inviting me to speak here this morning. It is an honour, this is a great church with a great history and an awesome God ordained future. The best days are ahead of this church. I declare to you today and I confirm what many of us already know: The Bible is the Word of God, it is unchanging. It is eternal. God speaks to each of us through his word. So let us pray at the beginning of this message: Father, give us the Spirit of Wisdom and of Revelation that we may know you better in accordance to Ephesians 1:18 in Jesus’ name. Speak to us today. Thank you. Amen. I want to thank all the teams for making this service this morning possible. Thank you for your contribution and using your gifts. God shall reward you. You are the best. My text this morning is Ephesians 4:28 (NIV) He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. At this very moment, within the next 30 minutes, our greatest need in this church service is to hear from God. All the teams in this church and I are working together with God to bring about this delivery. Isaiah 52:7-8 says the same as Ephesians 4:28. From these passages, there are 2 groups of people. There are 2 responses within one of the group. There are those who have resources and there are those who do not have resources. With those who have resources, there is one who helps others in need; and there is one who takes from others secretly, in fact, take from the ones in need. A resourceful person is well managed, kept his resources secure, and value what he has. Exodus 22:1 shows that the behaviour of stealing may not be caused by lack. If a thief is caught, he is to repay five times what he has stolen, five cattle to be exact. Think of the amount of work with one’s hands involve in raising 5 heads of cattle. The focus of Ephesians 4:28 is something to share with those in need. Let us stay locally. Who has the greatest need in Sydney, Australia? I would suggest the answer is an unborn child. This person cannot breathe on her own. She cannot drink or eat on her own. Her mother is the one protecting and feeding her while God is knitting her together. At this moment, I want to thank and think the generosity of my mother who carried me and the generosity of my father who supported my mother. Everyone in this church service was an unborn child once. I was once in desparate need and I was helped for the whole 9 months; just with oxygen alone. Not every unborn child has the support of a father. Her father was willing to give his part but he did not support the mother of the unborn child who was carrying the unborn. Not every unborn child makes it to full term and lives. In Australia, our churches have ministries and our government has agencies to help dysfunctional family stronger. It is worth carrying the unborn child. It is worth supporting the pregnant woman. There is no telling who this new baby will become. God has given her gifts and ordained a destiny for her. There is no telling how many people she will help. All the fathers and mothers in the house, you are coaches of champions. Our nation has children protection legislations because we believe the future of our nation is our children: our children with Jesus. The first commandment of God to mankind was “Be fruitful, increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it.” Genesis 1:28. The ideal original plan of God’s design is for healthy married couple of a man and a woman to build a new generation. 1992, in the Assemblies of God NSW state conference, Pastor Brian Houston said this phrase and it changed my life forever. He said, “the best thing a minister can do is to love his wife and children”. This is true. Our children with Jesus are our future. Parents, your children need you. They need your living reality of the forgiveness of God. They need your godly example. They need your prayer. They need you living the Word of God. They need your obedience to Christ. They need you to be filled with the Holy Spirit. They need your commitment to the local church, the body of Christ. They need you to tithe so that the flood gates of heaven will open over their homes. They need you to tithe so that they know God will prevent the vine in their inheritance will not caste their fruit and the pest from devouring their inheritance. They need you to show what it means for the nations to call someone blessed. They need your example of self discipline so that they will not become spoil brads. They need you to fulfil you call of service in your church so that they might build on your legacy. They need your daily earnestness because Jesus may come back tomorrow. They need your foresight to wait for Jesus’ second coming. Everyone of us might not have a good start. We have taken our parents’ mistakes. We might have stolen. However, God will forgive you and I if you and I ask him to forgive us because Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. He will purify you. He will provide a way out of temptation for you. He will refresh you. He will sanctify you through and through. He will strengthen you and protect you from the devil. God is faithful. He will keep you strong till the end and make you stand firm in Christ. When you united with Christ through water baptism, the body of sins is rendered powerless. You can sow a new seed of righteousness and reap a harvest that will change your future. To conclude I want to share a story how the church of Jesus Christ helped me. It is in my website: www.wpklee.yolasite.com. It is titled “Health”. At the age of 44, I had my first eye test by the optometrist, I still have 6/6 vision. When I was age 20, I was failing my study at university in Sydney. I just received Christ as Saviour and I was attending my local church in Woy Woy NSW. I asked God for help with my study in Jesus’ name. I remembered distinctly that there were 2 things I needed to do: attending all the lectures and stop watching television. If I kept watching so much television I would have failed study and wrecked my eye sight. Jesus protected my eye sight and empowered me to do some more good. If I did not ask the God of righteousness and truth for help, I would not have completed with my degree definitely with a computer science sub-major and you might never see this web site. If a person cannot see, he cannot do a lot of harms to others because he will miss his target. Neither can he do a lot of good or evaluate. In the time of Jesus, Bethsaida was a town filled with people making a lot of wrong decisions. A person could not see was brought to Jesus. Jesus, not only healed this man who fought blindness and had not seen anything or done anything really bad or good for a long time, he protected him by taking him out of a harmful and faithless environment first and sent him home where he could start building his life again with the goodness of God. Physical healing must accompany with life management so that a person may live for righteousness. 1Peter 2:24-25. This comes from Jesus, our Saviour and Lord and connects with the local church which the bible defined as the body of Christ. 1Corinthians 12:9 tells us that one of the nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit is the gifts of healing. I would like to take this opportunity right at this moment to help you to allow God to bring a positive change to your life. If you want a positive change and you have never turn to Jesus for that change before, to help me and the team of helpers here in the church to pray with you, pray for you and answer any questions that you may want to ask later, would you put up your hands, right at this moment, please? (Wait …………….) Thank you. Please put your hands back down. It all begins with a prayer to Jesus. I need you to repeat this prayer with me. You are praying to Jesus. I am just helping you with the words. Those who are part of the church, please pray with me also as an encouragement to those who turn to Jesus for the first time. Thank you. Let’s pray out loud. Jesus, I believe you died and rose again. I believe you are God’s son. I ask you to forgive all my sins. Come into my heart. Be my Saviour and Lord. Thank you. Amen. Congratulation! I want to assure you that all your sins are forgiven and forgotten by God. You are now a child of God. 1John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. The next step to help you build a strong relationship with Jesus, to listen to him, to know him, to activate the promises I mentioned earlier, we have a New Testament bible to you as a gift. One of the team of helpers will come and give you a copy after the service. The helper will also be answered any questions you have as well as explained briefly this prayer, this commitment you have just made with God. They will have also other resources to help you in the future. I would like to take the opportunity to pray for anyone fighting illnesses. It may be yourself or your friends and family who are not present in this meeting. 1Peter 2:24-25 NIV He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. Matthew 8:2-4 Jesus healed the man fighting leprosy Matthew 8:5-13 Jesus healed the Roman centurion’s servant. Matthew 8:14-15 Jesus healed Peter’s mother in law. It is God’s will to heal the sick. We believe God’s word, we ask according to his will, we will have what we asked of him. God is able to do immeasurably more than we all ask or think. We ask, God will act, situation will turn around by him so that healing will take place. In June 2002, my wife’s uncle went to his general practitioner in Grafton NSW about a complaint of chest pain. He was on a health food diet. The doctor advised him and his wife that he might have a serious heart attack in the near future. If he felt strong pain around his chest, then call an ambulance. After they returned home from the doctor, that same night, the pain came. They called an ambulance and they went to Grafton hospital. He died clinically in the ambulance and his wife prayed that Jesus would bring him back to life. The hospital staff brought him back to life with all the technologies. However, his heart was damaged badly with less than 20% working. Grafton hospital does not have facility to perform heart surgery. So He was flown by helicopter to Royal North Shore Hospital, enduring a 13 hours flight including setting him up. He was operated on at RNSH. Pastor John Iuliano was the first person outside our aunt prayed for him in person. According to her, he was able to tell Pastor John that he saw a glimpse of heaven. My wife and I were the first family prayed for him in person beside our aunt. He had a successful heart operation and he was able to talk to us. We prayed for him. He shook my hands with strength. He was completely healed in 2 weeks. He returned to work full-time. The specialists at RNSH considered it as a miracle. Our uncle thanked all the pastors from AOG/ACC NSW prayed for him. Please put up your hands and we as a church can agree in prayer with you and for you in Jesus’ name. We thank you that you are our healer that by your wounds we have been healed. We ask for healing, health and strength for everyone responses to this appeal including those family and friends we stood on their behalf in Jesus’ name. To God be the glory. Amen. When you get home, you will notice improvement, would you e-mail or send Pastor a note of what happened so that the church can give praise to God and rejoice with you? Thank you. These praise reports will also become landmarks and references for you in the future that God is faithful. The pastor and the church will keep standing in prayer with you. Thank you, Pastor.
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