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Worship Your God:
"If only we had died in Egypt!"
Exodus 16:1-36 (Manna and Quail)
Pastor Jose Lam
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Worship Your God: 'If Only We Had Died In Egypt!'
“The good old days”
‘If Only We Had Died in Egypt!’ – this was Israel longing for the ‘good old days’.
Likewise when we may feel burdened in the present and anxious about the future, the past feels more comforting and familiar. We want to go back. God has been leading us until now, but maybe we don’t like where God has led us and we don’t like where God is leading us. Is it time for us to stop? Is it time to go back to a simpler time?
Prayers are answered (vv.1-12)
God leads his people into the middle of the wilderness. There is no way to make a living here, and they will soon die. Israel is unhappy with where God has led them, and they want to go back to the ‘good old days’. By grumbling against Moses and Aaron, Israel has in fact prayed to God though they did not realise it. Because God heard their words and answered their words so that they may know their God. This is what prayer is.
Though God answered their ‘prayer’, it is not a good example for us to follow. What wisdom might we learn about the way we should pray to God today?
Give us today our daily bread (vv.13-30)
In the trackless waste, God provides for his people all that they need for life and righteousness. Bread from heaven and quail for food, and divine instructions for how best to enjoy them. It is enough for each day, nothing more and nothing less so that Israel may know their God, honour their God and trust in him.
But Israel’s heart betrays their lack of knowledge, honour and trust. For they are afraid of tomorrow and do not trust the God who leads them. That is why some try to gather and save up more for tomorrow, and also why they are rebuked for doing so.
For the purpose of God’s provision for life and righteousness is so that we may know and honour and trust our God each day. When he tells us to work, we trust him and work. When he tells us to rest, we trust him and rest. In all these things God will sustain us with our daily bread in our service to him, whether it be work or rest.
Do this in remembrance (vv.31-36)
It may be good to remember where we have come from, but it is not good to go back. For the way back leads to death. God is leading us to the heavenly country. And we must continue forward day by day in prayer, in the monotony and the difficulty while counting on the faithfulness of God. For faithfulness will consistently put our own livelihoods at risk, from a purely human perspective. Doing things by faith will from time to time look like the foolish thing to do in our eyes and in the eyes of a watching world. In light of this passage it is especially applicable to the way we conduct our business and our work that seeks not to accumulate things for their own sake, but to acquire enough so that we can continue on the pilgrimage by faith each day, working and resting day by day in remembrance of Jesus on the way to the promised land.
Preliminary Theological Certificate (PTC)
A second 1.5-hour session for the Preliminary Theological Certificate (PTC) is planned to commence in T1 2023.
The Board of Elders commends the PTC as a worthy benchmark for elders and leaders of the church to aspire to and attain as a significant step in furthering your theological education. We would want for you to aspire likewise towards further theological education.
You can join PTC sessions purely to learn the course content, or you can enrol for exams which are administered online. Further information may be found at the PTC website:
Express your interest in joining the second session which will commence in term 1 next year, starting with the subject ‘Introduction to the Bible’. The day and time is TBC depending on people’s interest and availability. Please contact Ps Jose or send an email to email@example.com.
In support of God’s mission, we encourage all members to give regularly to the ESCCC Missions Fund, according to your means. The EFT details can be found on the Giving and Offerings page.
The Missions Fund will be allocated by the Missions Committee to bless ESCCC and our Mission Partners in missions work.
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Our next baptism service will be in late Q1 2023. Further details will be published closer to the date.
Individuals wishing to baptized or confirmed should get in touch with Ps Jose and must apply in writing to the ESCCC Board of Elders (email@example.com).
Individual classes for men and women wishing to be baptised or confirmed at ESCCC are run as needed throughout the year. These cover the matters of personal faith, church membership and public testimony over the course of three sessions.
All baptism and confirmation candidates also participate in two group sessions in the two weeks leading up to the baptism and confirmation service, presenting their testimonies and learning about the baptism and confirmation service liturgy.
We give to what we love. Due to the restriction of our physical Sunday meetings as a loving precaution against the spread of COVID-19, we will not be able to collect a cash offertory as usual. Electronic giving instructions can be found on the Giving and Offerings page.
Prayer and Praise
Next Week 15 January 2023
Worship Your God: "Is The LORD Among Us or Not?"
Exodus 17:1-16 (Water From The Rock)
Pastor Jose Lam
We long to see the Church being loved like Christ loves the Church.
As such we strive to care for people with the love of Christ and to prepare people to love like Christ.
The Pastors and Elders would love to serve you and help you to belong to God’s community here at ESCCC.