Welcome to our online service today! We’re continuing our ‘The Big Picture’ Bible overview series today where we will be looking at ‘Jesus’ Death’.
If you’d like to help out in our online services either by doing a Bible reading, recording a prayer or a kids spot video, please get in touch with us! Just send us a message on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also continue to pray for the process of us trying to get back to meeting together in person and pray for the committee who are figuring out the safest procedures. As Pastor Andrew meets with the Diakonia Centre management this week, do pray that a good and productive conversation will take place.
Lastly, Coffee & Conversation is back this week so please join us on Zoom after the service for a quick catch up! Meeting ID: 879 5493 4855 Passcode: 303363
Please use the outline below in your own time, and see you at 10.00am.
[ A big thank you to Gilbert, Lydia, Jen, Yoshua, Hideaki, Matt, Tony, Carol and Joel for making our service today possible. ] ________
🔹O Praise the Name (Anástasis) 🔹 Once for All 🔹 ICF Online // Live at 10am -- Welcomes // Ashley -- Kids Spot: The Saddest Day // Gilbert, Lydia & Caleb -- Worship: My Lighthouse // Jen, Yoshua, Hideaki, Matt, Tony, Christina L. -- Bible reading // Romans 5:6-11 & John 3:16-21 // Carol -- Message: Jesus’ Death // Pastor Andrew -- Prayer // Joel -- Closing & Benediction // Ashley 🔹 Discussion questions: It all comes down to this! In Jesus, especially in Jesus' death and resurrection, we see God’s rescue plan for humanity come to its focal point.
1) What, apart from the death and resurrection of Jesus, is the best or most remarkable or most memorable or most personally significant TRUE story you've heard (it may even be your own story)?
2) If you haven't said so already, why is that story important to you?
3) Stories involving death are always significant. Why is death such a 'big deal'?
4) Death, according to our original God given purpose and the Bible, is unnatural. It's an introduced curse - a judgement. If that's the case, what are we made for? (See Genesis 1:26-28).
5) Following Genesis 3 God embarks on a rescue plan for humanity. It comes to its focal point in Jesus, in his death and resurrection. The Bible, in the New Testament, devotes a huge amount of space to about 60 hours in the history of the world, from the Thursday evening of the Passover till early on Easter Sunday morning. What is God doing in Jesus and why? (John 3:16-21).
6) What does Jesus' death and resurrection accomplish for those who trust him? (Romans 5:6-11).
7) God's redemptive purpose through all of history comes down to this one weekend - the death and resurrection of Jesus. Give thanks for God's saving love, for Jesus loving self-sacrifice and for the Holy Spirit's presence to bring Jesus' life to us personally. What a story - what a true story!
🔹I Stand Amazed 🔹 Benediction // Friends in Christ, companions on his life-giving way; go well into the unfolding week. Behold beauty along your paths, seek conversation with that which you fear, hold fast to conviction yet let go of limited perspective. Remain in love. Live out of love. And the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the goodness of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you and for you, now and always. Amen. __________________ Tithes and offerings: Thank you for your special efforts to pass on your tithes and offerings during this time. If you are in Cambodia, you can give your tithes and offerings by direct deposit, Wing transfer or by the ABA mobile app 'transfer to local bank' option. If you are outside Cambodia, you can give safely and securely by ITT/wire transfer or by Western Union. For more information on how to give please visit our website: https://www.icfpp.org/donate.html
Bonus activity for kids: Below is an activity you can do with your child at home based on Jesus' crucifixion.
Welcome to our service today! This morning we are sharing in our annual Sacred Assembly. I pray that this resource will help you in your reflections about both your spiritual life and the life of ICF this year.
The Sacred Assembly is an important annual occasion for us to meet together as a church to celebrate God’s goodness to us. The purpose of Sacred Assembly is based on the biblical calls like that in Joel 1:14 to ‘Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD’ to focus on hearing and obeying God.
At Sacred Assembly we have time to listen to our Heavenly Father through His Word, both individually and corporately. We set aside this time for repentance, thanksgiving, prayer and praise.
Please watch the service video on our Facebook page at 10am, and then spend 1-2 hours in quiet reflection, going through the questions below. Please aim to finish by 3pm. We encourage you to journal or write down your thoughts and reflections.
Sacred Assembly Online -- Welcome // Pastor Andrew -- Presence -- Worship: Broken Vessels & Be Still for the Presence of the Lord // Jen, Yoshua, Hideaki, Matt, Tony, Christina L. -- Giving Thanks // Christina A. -- Confession & Prayer // Pastor Andrew -- Bible Reading: Colossians 1:1-14 // Robert -- Sacred Assembly Address // Pastor Andrew -- Worship: Only a Holy God // Jen, Yoshua, Hideaki, Matt, Tony, Christina L. -- Closing & Benediction // Ashley
Questions for quiet reflection:
1) In what ways are you aware of God's goodness to you this year? You may like to go through some or all of the prayer station suggestions here: https://bit.ly/2FBOg5K
2) Give thanks for those things in prayer.
3) What are you aware of that you need to repent of in the last year? Take some time in confession and repentance (either privately or with others you trust).
4) Read Colossians 1:1-14.
5) Think carefully about the things Paul prays for in verses 4 to 14. Do you pray for these kinds of things for your brothers and sisters in Christ, and for ICF?
6) Of the things that Paul prays for which ones do you think are most necessary for ICF to give attention to in 2021?
*** If you are doing Sacred Assembly together in a small group, come together at the end of the quiet reflection and discuss the things in question 5 that surprise and encourage you. If there is time, you may also like to share some of your reflections from question 6. ***
Pray (alone or together) for your brothers and sisters in Christ, and for ICF, to be growing in the ways that Paul mentions.
We highly encourage all ICF members to join us on Zoom at 3pm where we’ll spend some time sharing the things God has said to us.
Meeting ID: 874 0832 1467 Passcode: 368993
If you’re unable to join us on the Zoom call, please email your notes to email@example.com 10am on Monday, 19th October. Notes will be compiled and emailed to ICF members by the end of the month (names will be left out for anonymity). We hope this transcript will encourage you to see the various ways God is speaking to us as a church, and it will also help the ICF Council as they plan the direction of ICF for the year ahead.
Grace & Peace, Pastor Andrew
11th October 2020 | Jesus' Life
Hi ICF family,
Welcome to our online service today! Today we’ll continue to hear about God’s rescue plan for creation and humanity as we shift our focus to the New Testament. This is the 8th topic in our ‘The Big Picture’ series and we’re starting at the most logical place – the life of Jesus. We hope the message today will be a blessing to you.
At the moment we’re still planning for how we can best meet together for in-person service, and still working with the Diakonia Centre on how we can do that safely and effectively.
Don’t forget to join us online next Sunday, 18th October at 10am for Sacred Assembly and at 3pm on Zoom where there will be space to share our thoughts and reflections. Special thanks to Gilbert from ICF North for sharing a bit about what Sacred Assembly means to him in our service today. Do look out for more information about Sacred Assembly here on our Facebook page and in our email newsletter over the next few days.
Lastly, we hope you can join us on Zoom right after this service for our Coffee & Conversation chat! Meeting ID: 882 2080 7517 Passcode: 601025 Please use the outline below in your own time, and see you at 10.00am.
[ A big thank you to Yoshua, Evan, Gilbert, Brian, Eva, Ty, Christoph and Jen for being involved in our service today. ] ________
🔹Hosanna (Praise is Rising) 🔹Christ in Me 🔹 ICF Online // Live at 10am -- Welcomes // Ashley -- Kids Spot: Walking with Jesus // Yoshua & Evan -- Sacred Assembly Q&A // Gilbert -- Prayer // Brian -- Bible reading // Luke 2:11, Mark 1:14-15, Matthew 4:23, Mark 10:32-34 & Luke 4:16-21 // Eva -- Message: Jesus’ Life // Pastor Andrew -- Worship: This is Amazing Grace // Ty, Christoph & Jen -- Closing & Benediction // Ashley 🔹 Discussion questions: 'Jesus’ Life' (The Big Picture Bible Overview, topic 8)
We have come to the New Testament and the topic of ‘The Life of Jesus’ in our ‘Big Picture’ Bible overview. In Jesus we see God’s rescue plan for humanity come to its focal point.
1) Read Luke 2:8-11. In what ways does Jesus – the Saviour – fulfill God’s promises to establish his people, in his place, under his rule?
2) Read Matthew 4:23. What three things did Jesus do?
3) In Luke 4:14-21, Jesus teaches the synagogue who he is. Who does he say he is?
4) Read Mark 1:14-18 & Luke 4:18-19. What message does Jesus proclaim?
5) How does Jesus back up his claim to be the Saviour (Matthew 4:23-25)?
6) How did you become convinced that Jesus is the Saviour?
7) How has Jesus’ teaching changed you?
🔹Cornerstone 🔹 Benediction // Go forth to sing God’s good news to others. Go forth knowing that you do not lack anything you need to be a servant saint of God. Go forth to be that servant for others. You have met God revealed in unexpected places. Go forth to reveal God to others. And may the God of timeless gifts, surprises and revelations go with you on your journey. Amen. __________________ Tithes and offerings: Thank you for your special efforts to pass on your tithes and offerings during this time. If you are in Cambodia, you can give your tithes and offerings by direct deposit, Wing transfer or by the ABA mobile app 'transfer to local bank' option. If you are outside Cambodia, you can give safely and securely by ITT/wire transfer or by Western Union. For more information on how to give please visit our website: https://www.icfpp.org/donate.html
Bonus activity for kids: Below is an activity you can do with your child at home based on being fishers of men.
Welcome to our service today! The message today brings us to the end of the Old Testament part of our 'Big Picture' series with a look at ‘The Prophets’.
For the time being we’re still continuing to ‘meet’ online while we wait for the Diakonia Centre to grant us permission to use their premises, and while we assess the responses to our survey about meeting together again.
If you would like to participate in our online service either by recording a Bible reading, kids spot video or prayer video – please send us a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Zoom Coffee & Conversation chat is still on after the service at about 10.45am so do drop in for a quick chat. Meeting ID: 883 3622 6233 Passcode: 431434
Lastly, please aim to join us online on Facebook and Zoom on Sunday, 18th October, when we will be having our annual Sacred Assembly. It will function as our service for that Sunday and we will provide more details in the next two weeks.
Please use the outline below in your own time, and see you at 10.00am.
[ A big thank you to Christina A., Jen, Milet, Yoshua and Asha for making our service today possible. ] ________
🔹Only a Holy God 🔹This I Believe (The Creed) 🔹 ICF Online // Live at 10am -- Welcomes // Ashley -- Kids Spot // Christina A. -- Worship: King of Kings, Majesty // Jen -- Bible reading: Jeremiah 31:31-37 // Milet -- Message: The Prophets // Pastor Andrew -- Prayer // The Lord’s Prayer -- Closing & Benediction // Ashley -- Closing Song: The Blessing // Yoshua, Jen, Asha 🔹 Discussion questions:
The Prophets (The Big Picture Bible Overview, topic 7)
There are 17 Old Testament Prophetic books. They are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel (the major prophets) and Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (the minor prophets).
1) Why do you think they are called major and minor prophets? 2) Do you have a favourite prophetic book? If so, why? 3) Share one memorable saying or quote or story from a prophetic book. 4) Jeremiah began his prophetic ministry in 626. He was a prophet to the Southern Kingdom (Judah). Judah was exiled to Babylon in 586 BC. As the prophets regularly did, Jeremiah said that there would still be a future – a new beginning – for God’s people.
Read Jeremiah 31:31-36. How is this new beginning described? How does this new beginning happen?
5) Recall as many examples as you can that show how Jesus fulfilled the predictions of the prophets. 6) Give thanks for God’s steadfast commitment to his promises and his love for humanity.
🔹In Christ Alone 🔹 Benediction // The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24–26) __________________ Tithes and offerings: Thank you for your special efforts to pass on your tithes and offerings during this time. If you are in Cambodia, you can give your tithes and offerings by direct deposit, Wing transfer or by the ABA mobile app 'transfer to local bank' option. If you are outside Cambodia, you can give safely and securely by ITT/wire transfer or by Western Union. For more information on how to give please visit our website: https://www.icfpp.org/donate.html
Bonus activity for kids: Below is an activity you can do with your child at home based on Jeremiah the prophet.