4 February 2007

YDM Service 2007/02/03

We started off YDM this week by jumping straight into Praise & Worship led by Joel Ang. After Praise & Worship we had our announcements. The most important announcement was that the construction of St. Andrew's Church has been approved and will be continued soon. The second was YDM's "Matters of the Heart" Valentine event, which is going to be held on the 15th of February at TTBlues from 7:00PM until 10:30PM. The pricing of the event is $10 for YDMers and Christians and $8 for non-Christians. The format of the event is a masquerade ball... so please bring a mask or you can buy one during the event.

After the announcments, the message shared by Stephen Chin was done in an interactive manner where the YDMers were asked about a few questions about what our beliefs were. At first, the YDMers were asked about what are their beliefs on Christianity. There were answers such as God was an omnipresent being, that Christianity was a lifestyle and many others. After that, the YDMers were asked what they thought the Gospel is. Again, many gave different answers about what they thought the Gospel is. The YDMers were then split into groups to discuss among themselves about what they could agree on about what the Gospel is.

The YDMers gave varying but valid answers to what they thought was the Gospel. But the message was that the meaning of the Gospel can be found in 1 Corinthians 15: 1 - 8

The Resurrection of Christ
1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Peter,[b] and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

Which is, that Christ died for our sins on the cross and was raised from the dead 3 days later and this has been witnessed by Peter, the other disciples and many more after that. And we as Christians are his witnesses to others in the world that this is in fact true and what we believe in.

Stephen then continued on to show how we can place certain parts of the Gospel into certain categories so that we can easily share the Gospel with the others and as a reminder for the YDMers what the Gospel is and they are...

1. Creation
2. Sin
3. Judgment
4. Cross
5. Resurrection
6. Response

We are then given some example verses which fit into these categories such as Colossians 1:16 "For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him." would fit into the category of Creation or Romans 3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," which would fit into the category of Sin.

The YDMers are encouraged to find these verses in the Bible and fill in these categories ourselves and to share with others these same things so that we'll all have a solid concrete basis of our belief instead of something we think we believe in so that others will see that we're all on the same page about what our beliefs really is instead of something fallible and fake.

The YDMers were then given the Nicene Creed to read and keep...

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth, of things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the begotten of God the Father, the Only-begotten, that is of the essence of the Father.

God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten and not made; of the very same nature of the Father, by Whom all things came into being, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.

Who for us humanity and for our salvation came down from heaven, was incarnate, was made human, was born perfectly of the holy virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit.

By whom He took body, soul, and mind, and everything that is in man, truly and not in semblance.

He suffered, was crucified, was buried, rose again on the third day, ascended into heaven with the same body, [and] sat at the right hand of the Father.

He is to come with the same body and with the glory of the Father, to judge the living and the dead; of His kingdom there is no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, in the uncreated and the perfect; Who spoke through the Law, prophets, and Gospels; Who came down upon the Jordan, preached through the apostles, and lived in the saints.

We believe also in only One, Universal, Apostolic, and [Holy] Church; in one baptism in repentance, for the remission, and forgiveness of sins; and in the resurrection of the dead, in the everlasting judgement of souls and bodies, and the Kingdom of Heaven and in the everlasting life.

After reading the Nicene Creed, the YDMers then went to the Church building site to pray. With the building approval, we changed our prayer points slightly to fit the news, which was to pray for the contractors of the new building and to thank God for answering our prayers.

After praying at the building site, the YDMers moved back into the parish hall and ended by praying for Jerica Chai and Rachel Ong who are leaving soon to go back to Melbourne to continue their studies.

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