More Than We Need
Pastor Ian shares why we, as Christians, have more reason than most to celebrate this Chinese New Year.
This week we have gathered together with friends and family to celebrate Chinese New Year. Much older than any Christian festival, the lunar New Year has been celebrated by Asians for over 3,800 years. What began as a ritual celebration over the potential for a new harvest, Chinese New Year has now become an annual opportunity to gather with friends and family in order to share in blessings and abundance.
In this regard we who follow Christ, must surely have more reason than most to celebrate this Year of the Pig.
In 2 Corinthians 9:8, the Apostle Paul writes, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” Paul’s choice of words is interesting. The Greek word translated for us as abound could be literally translated, “super abound” or even, “superfluous!” In other words, God in His outrageous generosity has intentionally given us more favour than we could ever possibly use in any single day. And He does this so that we would have opportunity to steward His generosity in our lives and ministries. He does this so that we too could speak and serve and love, out of the super abundant, overflowing grace and mercy that we ourselves have received!
I pray that this Year of the Pig—especially as we also celebrate His grace together—that God would find us daily and purposefully investing ourselves in stewarding God’s superfluous grace in ways that create gospel opportunities and that bring our generous God enormous, satisfying pleasure.
This Sunday, we will discover how religion fails in this regard, and how the gospel calls us to daily turn away from our self-constructed support structures in order to embrace His abundant gift of grace. You may even want to read ahead in Romans 2:12-24 as you prepare your heart for Sunday.
- Do you have questions for our Elder-candidates? This Sunday at 11am in Room 310, our elders and elder candidates will be available to respond to your questions. Please come, ask your questions, so that you may steward the voice of God with an uncluttered heart.
- Do you have some relationships that just seem to suck the energy out of you? Next Saturday morning (16 Feb) at 9:15am, the Women of Grace will be discussing the topic, Building life-giving friendships in the body.
- Next Sunday you will be asked to respond to the unanimous recommendation of the English Congregational Leadership that we affirm Mok Chuan-Xin and Caleb Yap to serve us as elders. We will also be asked to reaffirm Elder Beh Soo Hee for a second term. Let us seek the heart of God as we prepare to respond to these recommendations.