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08/29/1999  "Are You Scissors or Glue in the Church?"  - Dr. Walt Russell
08/22/1999  "How to Serve God in Your Workplace"  -  Pastor Howard Hsieh
08/15/1999   "Let's Build As a Wise Builder"  -  Pastor Andrew Ho
08/15/1999
 "The Music Ministry under David"  -  Dr. Robert Cole
08/08/1999  "Being a Church without 'Laity'  "    -    Dr. Walt Russell

08/01/1999  "Serving God with Christ's Heart"  -  Pastor Andrew Ho
08/01/1999  "How True Spirituality Differs from Religious Legalism"  -  Pastor Howard Hsieh
07/25/1999   "YOU are Gifted to Minister"  -   Dr. Walt Russell
07/18/1999   "Walking Worthily Together"  -  Dr. Walt Russell
07/11/1999   "What the Church Encourages in Tough Times"  -Dr. Tony Wong
07/04/1999   "Building the Body of Christ"  -   Pastor Murphy Lum


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08/29/1999  "Are You Scissors or Glue in the Church?"  - Dr. Walt Russell
Eph 4:25-32

What kind of an impact do you have on the people of God?
Do you divide Christians with your words and actions or do you unite them?
Do you reinforce or weaken the UNITY of the Body of Christ as emphasized in Eph. 4:1-16?
Do the behaviors with which you clothe your new self in Christ bring together or separate God's people?

There are five crucial areas in Eph.4:25-32 in which we either cut or glue the Church of Jesus Christ.

Verses Our Scissors: Divisive Sins Our Glue: Unifying Traits        Reason for the Replacement                     Application  
25 Lying Speaking truthfully We are members of one another (one Body)
26-27 Explosive, sinful anger that remains Righteous wrath that is quickly reconciled the Devil will exploit unresolved & sinful anger (cause division)
28 Stealing Working with your own hands Soo you can share with others who have needs
29-30 Unwholesome/worthless words Edifying/building up words You will benefit those who hear & not grieve the Holy Spirit
31-32 Bitter, divisive feelings & actions Being kind, tenderhearted, & forgiving toward one another God forgave you!

Which areas is crucial for you to focus upon & take some life-changing steps?

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08/22/1999  "How to Serve God in Your Workplace"  -  Pastor Howard Hsieh
Dan. 6:1-5, 18-25; Mt. 5:13-16

Like Daniel, we are called to be light shining in the midst of darkness. Our workplace or place of study is our mission field. We serve God, not only in church-related functions, but also in the workplace. (Col.3:23-24)

How can we shine our light in a non-Christian working place/ study environment?

1. Through an exemplary attitude - Dan. 6:3, 8-9; Dan. 5:11; Phil. 2:14-15

2. Through the excellent quality of our work  -   Dan. 6:4-5; Dan.1:20; Col.3:23-24

3. Through our faithful response in times of trials  -   Dan. 6:6-28; Jas.1:2-4; 1 Pet.1:6-7

The result: That God will be glorified by our exemplary life  -   Dan. 6:26-27; 1 Pet. 2;12; Mt. 5:16; 1 Cor.10:31

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08/15/1999   "Let's Build As a Wise Builder"  -  Pastor Andrew Ho
1 Cor.3:10-17

I. By building on the foundation of Jesus Christ   -   1 Cor.3:10-11; Mt.7:24-25; Eph.2:20

II. By building with the best materials (a God-pleasing response -- in faithfulness and in the character of God)
1 Cor.3:12-13; Lk.16:10-12; 1 Cor. 4:2

III. By building to pass the fire standard -   1 Cor.3:13-15; 2 Thes.1:7-8; cf. Job.23:10; Zech.13:9-10; 1 Pet. 1:17; Rev.3:18

IV. By building to attain God's commendation (reward)  - 1 Cor.3:16-17; 1 Cor.9:25; 2 Tim. 4:7-8; 1 Thes. 2:19-20; Jas.1:12; 1 Pet.5:4

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08/15/1999  "The Music Ministry under David"  -  Dr. Robert Cole
1 Chron. 25:1-8

I. The director David (v.1)

II. The three leading levitical families (vv. 2-5)

III. The entire team (v. 6-8)

(24 groups of 12 for a total of 288 - vv. 9-31)

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08/08/1999  "Being a Church without 'Laity'  "    -    Dr. Walt Russell
Eph. 4:11-16

Introduction: Considering the significance of a name!

I. A specific expression of Christ's grace to us is the cluster of  gifted individuals which is to equip all other believers to be "ministers" in using their respective spiritual gifts to build up the Church.
(Eph. 4:11-12)

II. Our ministry as the saints is to result in the ultimate goal of a unified and mature church. (Eph. 4:13-16)

A concluding question for you :
How Do We Discover Our Spiritual Gifts?

  1. Begin by praying

  2. Study the Gifts of the Spirit in the Bible

  3. Determine what your desires are

  4. See if your desires are confirmed by ability

  5. Determine if your efforts are accompanied by God's blessing

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08/01/1999  "Serving God with Christ's Heart"  -  Pastor Andrew Ho
Phil 2:1-11

1.  The heart of unity.  1:27; 2:1-2; Rom 12:16; 2 Cor 13:11

2.  The exhortation to the action of unity.  2:3-5; 1 Cor 10:24, 13:5; 1 Pet 3:8

3.  The example of Christ for unity - humility.  2:6-11; Mt 16:25, 23:12; Jn 12:24

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08/01/1999  "How True Spirituality Differs from Religious Legalism"  -  Pastor Howard Hsieh
Mark 2:23-28, 3:1-6

1.  True spirituality fulfills the spirit of the law while legalism rigidly observes the letter of the law.  Mk 3:23-28; Mt 23:23-24

2.  True spirituality honors Christ as Lord while legalism exalts human traditions as god.  Mk 2:27-28, 7:5-13

3.  True spirituality manifests love for peoples' well-being while legalism contributes toward a self-righteous, critical nature.  Mk 3:1-6; Mt 9:10-13

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07/25/1999   "YOU are Gifted to Minister"  -   Dr. Walt Russell
Eph. 4:7-12

Introduction: 3 aspects of our sense of well-being in Christ

   I. Jesus Christ gave grace-gifts (spiritual gifts) to each Christian as a part of the spoils of His spiritual triumph over Satan. (Eph. 4:7-10)

 II.  Jesus Christ has given at least 19 different grace-gifts (spiritual gifts) to the Church (Eph.4:11; 1 Pet. 4:10-11; Rom.12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12-14)

III. Christ also gave some grace-gifted individuals to His Church for the purpose of equipping the saints to minister effectively and
      build up the Church.

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07/18/1999   "Walking Worthily Together"  -  Dr. Walt Russell
Eph. 4:1-6

I. Two reasons why we should have unity as a church:

II. The high cost of unity in the church must be paid by each individual in selfless, accepting attitudes and actions.

III. The basis of our unity is the unity of the ministry of the Trinity.

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07/11/1999   "What the Church Encourages in Tough Times"  -Dr. Tony Wong
1 Pet.3:7-11

I. Being clear minded and self controlled

II. Loving each other deeply

III. Offering hospitality to one another

IV. Serving others

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07/04/1999   "We are Pilgrims"    -   Dr. Albert Ting
Psa.73

I. Our doubts   vv. 1-12

II. Our struggles   vv. 13-22

III. Our commitment   vv. 23-28

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07/04/1999  "Building the Body of Christ"  -   Pastor Murphy Lum
Eph. 4:11-16

Introduction: Jesus said in Matt. 5:48 "Therefore, you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
What does He mean?

There are three definitions of perfection in the New Testament.

I. The progress towards perfection (maturity) Eph. 4:11-12    Perfection - Kathartizo

II. The purpose of perfection Eph. 4:13-15

III. The power for perfection (maturity), Eph. 4:16; cf. Eph. 4:17

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