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God Became Flesh - a Devotional Guide for Advent 2018

This Sunday marks the start of Advent in the traditional liturgical calendar. Below is a devotional guide written by Dr Poulson and Dr Koh Siang Kiang for Advent as we set apart this season to remember and celebrate the coming of Christ.

He would be born in Bethlehem

We extract the devotional for this Sunday from 'They Looked For Redemption' to encourage you to continue to use this devotional for our daily time with God.

Faith Journal (November 2016)

This journal recounts the simplicity of the gospel seen through the simple faith of a mother.

Day 31 - The End of the Story

We come to the end of the prayer devotional, and in this last entry, we'll take a look at the conclusion of the story of the Bible. This end of the story marks the beginning of an eternity of a new story, where all things have been made new. In this new kingdom, King Jesus reigns and God Himself dwells with His people.

Day 30 - War of Two Kingdoms

The passage is clear on two things

Day 29 - Singing Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

The focus of worship is not on melody, orchestration or even lyrics. The focus of worship is instead on the One who receives our praise. Worship should be centred not on the act itself, but on the One to whom the worship is directed. Today, as we worship God in song, may our hearts overflow with gratefulness to the God who saves.

Day 28 - The Family of God

Today's Reformation concert brings a diverse group of people from our church together to hold a fundraising concert for the new church building. It is a great testimony that in unity, such a diverse group of people would work together for something such as this. Ephesians 4 gives us an idea why people who are so different live, serve, and worship together. This is because of the one God we all share.

Day 27 - Every Good and Perfect Gift

Thanksgiving and gratefulness are traits that mark the Christian life. But Christian thanksgiving is not about politeness or practicing good manners. Instead it comes from understanding who God is.

Day 26 - The New Testament Life

The New Testament life is about holy living, since we have been joined to a holy Saviour. Paul stresses that our motivation for holy living is not fear of punishment but heavenly-minded hope for those who have been united with Christ.

Day 25 - Union with Christ Jesus

To be united to Jesus Christ means now, the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me, lives in me and by faith, I trust in Him.

Day 24 - Remember Your Identity: Who am I in Christ?

Who are you? The Bible tells us that for Christians, your old self has gone, and your new identity is Christ is here. But this applies not just to the individual. We ought not to consider each other in the old way either!

Day 23 - The Gospel Explained: What Did Jesus Accomplish?

Because of Jesus, being blameless means we’re no longer guilty because we have been justified. In this new identity, we live for the praise of God’s glorious grace. Not only have we been made holy and blameless, Ephesians tells us that we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places!

Day 22 - Resurrection Hope: Making All Things New

Christ didn’t just die

Day 21 - Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried and raised to life on the third day. God is so gracious to give us this wonderful hope. This is good news, not because we work to achieve it, but because it has been done for us and we receive it by faith.

Day 20 - In My Place Condemned He Stood

Redemption is all of God’s doing and none of ours. Let us give thanks for our Saviour!

Day 19 - He Did It For Us

Jesus’ complete obedience to the Father and perfect fulfilment of the Old Testament law should give us great confidence because we have received Christ’s status in full. He did it all for us! Are you still trying to please God on your own? How does Jesus’ obedience set us free from that heavy burden?

Day 18 - Knowing God

What is the greatest thing we should strive for in life? It is to know God. Jesus made it possible for us to know God personally, not just in abstract attributes.

Day 17 - The Promised Saviour Appears: Jesus Christ

Our great and gracious God, we thank You for Your plan of salvation and for the appearing of our Saviour. Help us meditate on His coming as a babe in Bethlehem, and Your plan and purpose behind it all.

Day 16 - The New Covenant Promise

God promised to give them new spiritual life through new birth. Their new hearts would have God’s law written on them and they would have a new Spirit which would cause them to obey Him.

Day 15 - Are We Better Than They?

We often marvel at the mistakes of Israel in the Old Testament accounts but man’s root problem of a sinful, idolatrous heart has not changed since our first parents disobeyed God

Day 14 - Surely Goodness and Mercy Follow Me

As His sheep, we can be assured that He will lead, protect and provide for us, and rest is available for us regardless of what we are facing. In Him, our deepest hunger and thirst are met. We are renewed and revived by the living waters He provides.

Day 13 - Judges, Kings and Israel’s Unfaithfulness

God never left His people leaderless, and in spite of their disobedience, He was faithful to provide. Our God is ever faithful, even when we are faithless.

Day 12 - Counterfeit Gods

God contrasts Himself against the false gods and idols of the world. He condemns the counterfeit gods who are empty and powerless.

Day 11 - Hearts of Repentance

God is merciful to sinners, and forgives sin when we repent. Worship the God who forgives our sin, and does not hold it against us.

Day 10 - God’s Never Giving-Up Love

God’s love is everlasting, no matter how many times the Israelites turned against Him and forgot how He provided for them. His love never gave up. God’s love is the same for us today. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:39).

Day 9 - Love the LORD Your God: Keep His Word

God is the fountain of all our blessings. Our motivation for keeping God’s Word is not from a posture of pride and self-interest, but we keep His Word out of humility, gratitude and love.

Day 8 - God Our Saviour: The Exodus

The Old Testament Exodus account parallels the New Testament teaching of our salvation through Jesus. We too, lived as slaves bound to sin until God brought us out through Christ. Like the Israelites, we are sojourners in this world which is not our home and we’re only passing through.

Day 7 - Stars in the Heavens

God is always faithful to His promise. His promises are trustworthy and reliable and God has the power to keep them.

Day 6 - God’s Plan to Save the Broken World

God put in place a plan for redemption long ago. In His faithfulness, God’s beautiful plan will redeem everything in His time.

Day 5 - People Need the Lord

The Bible says that in our fallen nature, we are sinful all the time. The experiences of cosmic disorder remind us of our deep brokenness and need for a Saviour. People really do need the Lord.

Day 4 - The Fall of Adam and Eve

The Bible gives us humbling insight into our own souls, that sinners have exchanged His glory for lesser images and idols. We often fail to recognise the gravity of our own sin.

Day 3 - My Father's Wonderful World

God made the amazing world we live in! He created the earth and filled it with a rich variety of plants and animals for us to enjoy. Let us join with all creation in beholding the greatness of our Creator!

Day 2 -- The Creator and Creation

The Bible records that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. On this Sunday, we pause to consider and worship our Creator God not only individually, but also together as families, and as a congregation.

Day 1-- Holy Spirit: Our Guide in the Word

On the first day of this month-long church-wide devotional, we learn of how Jesus Christ, the Faithful One, never abandons His disciples. Instead, He promises them a Helper.

How to use the "Tell Me the Story of Jesus" Devotional

This devotional has been specially designed for use in October to complement ‘Reformation Concert 2016: Tell Me The Story of Jesus’. Here, the writing team shares with us how this devotional was designed to be used.

Tell Me the Story of Jesus Devotional: Interview with our elders

For the past 2 weeks, the "Tell Me the Story of Jesus" Devotional has been distributed before and after our weekly services. This devotional is meant to complement and prepare GBC worshippers for the Reformation Concert that will be held on 28-29 October. In this blog post, we interviewed Elder Beh Soo Hee, on behalf of the Elders and Pastors, to have them share more about this prayer devotional.

Faith Journal (September 2016)

In this post, we are reminded to uphold in prayer, not only the children but also the dedicated teachers and helpers who faithfully serve in the Children Ministry every Sunday.

Faith Journal (June 2016) : A Father's Heart

In this post, one of our young fathers exhorts all fathers or parents to trust in God's provision for their children and to rest in God, our Father.

Reflection on the Cross

In this post, a "grateful sinner" shares his personal reflection on what the Cross means to him as he contemplates the events leading to Good Friday.

Faith Journal (March 2016)

In this faith journal, Lup Meng, our Deacon-in-Charge of the Worship Ministry, shares with us the lessons that God has been teaching him in his faithful service to the Lord and the church.

Faith Journal (1 November 2015)

This week's faith journal is written by Elder Wee Thiem Heng on the theme of giving thanks to the Lord, reminding us to have a spirit of praise and thankfulness to God despite the circumstances that we are in.

Faith Journal (25 October 2015)

This week's faith journal is written by Elder Eddie Tan who exhorts us to bless the Lord and be thankful to God for His unceasing grace, love and mercy.

We are Children of God

Following his sermon last Sunday, Pastor Oliver further shares his thoughts on the importance of knowing our identity as children of God in this post.

Faith Journal (18 October 2015)

This week's faith journal is written by Elder Tan Chong Tien who gives praise and thanks to God in worship of Him who reveals His character and actions to GBC in time past and present.

Faith Journal (11 October 2015)

The theme of this week's faith journal is "Persevering in Community". In this journal, Pastor Oliver encourages us to come together as a community, persevering in faith by loving and caring for one another, pointing each other to Jesus, when facing challenges and difficulties.

Faith Journal (27 September 2015)

Written by our pastoral staff, these weekly devotionals are meant to help us meditate on Scripture and consider the great works of the Lord in our lives. The goal is to turn our eyes back to our unchanging, faithful God in this period of transition and change for GBC.

Faith Journal (4 October 2015)

This week's faith journal is written by Elder Jonathan Yao on the theme: "by faith, always give thanks to God because of His grace, mercy, kindness and goodness toward us lasts forever". Elder Jonathan calls us to reflect on God's lovingkindness which results in our continual thanksgiving.

Faith Journal (13 and 20 September)

Written by our pastoral staff, these weekly devotionals are meant to help us meditate on Scripture and consider the great works of the Lord in our lives. The goal is to turn our eyes back to our unchanging, faithful God in this period of transition and change for GBC.

Meditations of a Grateful Sinner

During the week of Good Friday, a longtime Grace Baptist Church member shared his personal meditations and reflections on the Cross in prose and verse with fellow church members.

Drawing Near to God in Lent 2015

In this article, we learn about the beginning of the Christian season of Lent and how we can draw close to Christ Jesus in it.

Pastors & Elders Devotional Reflections - 19 Feb 2014

Each Wednesday Pastors and Elders Prayer Meeting begins with devotional sharing. This is an inaugura...