MARCH BULLETIN

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The King’s Cross (Part 2)

We generally associate discipleship with learning, learning with books, and books with reading. Thus, logically, when someone says ‘discipleship culture’ we may actually hear ‘a culture of reading’. But is discipleship limited to reading books and, perhaps, attending conferences? Sometimes, it seems that this is what we have reduced it to.

The recent series showcasing the disciples is food for thought. There was little mention of reading or continuous classroom teaching by Jesus. The phrase we at PJEFC have chosen to describe and define discipleship is “laboring in the lives of a few” because this is what we see Jesus doing. What does ‘labouring in the lives of a few’ mean to you?

In the past months, we have had the privilege of having a few interns in the church office. Laboring in their lives sometimes meant hearing their ideas and giving thoughtful input. It meant allowing them to try out their ideas, make mistakes, and rejoice in their successes. Labouring meant having tough conversations when things went wrong, to ask hard questions that may leave you a little vulnerable too, and to remind them to rest. Labouring in their lives also meant that one needed to adhere to the standard of which we ask them to aspire (and hold them) to. Discipleship entails journeying with a person, earning the right to speak into their lives, and, like Jesus, modelling with our own lives. In not modelling well, many lose the authority to disciple others.

Does that mean we must be perfect in order to disciple? While Jesus says ‘Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect’ (Matt. 5:48), I believe that it is not perfection that qualifies us to disciple others. It is our recognition of our imperfection and our readiness to admit our mistakes that wins us the right to lead others in Christ’s ways. There is no perfect leader except the one who went to the Cross. While we aspire to and are held to His standards, we are not even near-perfect on this side of heaven. But by God’s grace and mercy, and through the labouring of others, there is yet hope. So, let us labour. Let us make disciples.

Pastor Melissa Chan
Pastor in charge of Worship & CED

 

Pulpit Series
The Gospel of Mark: The King’s Cross (Pt. 2)

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel (Mark 1:15). With these words from Mark’s gospel, Jesus takes centre stage in this fast-paced gospel account. Mark presents Jesus as an extraordinary healer, teacher, debater and leader. But more than this, he is shown to be the Christ, the Son of God, the Lord and saviour. The 2 main focuses of Mark’s gospel is Christology and Discipleship. While this 10-week series will take us all the way to Easter, we will look at it in 2 parts with chapter 8 as a turning point. Let us spend the next few weeks remembering and reflecting on the truth and power of God. We will be awed by the love of our King as we survey His Cross.

3 March The Power, Mark 4 – Elder Choong Yee Fong
10 March The Stain, Mark 7 – Elder Choong Yee Fong
17 March The Turn, Mark 8 – Pastor Melissa Chan
24 March The MOUNTAIN, Mark 9 – Tom Alexander
31 March The SERVANT LEADER, Mark 10 – Elder Chow Chee Yan
07 April YOUTH SUNDAY,Elizabeth Chin

Chinese Church Pulpit
To follow Christ passionately

3 March – Jesus said it, I just do it – Pr James Yong
10 March – Developing Disciples – Dr Tan, N.H
17 March – Waiting on God’s Timing – Pr James Yong
24 March – Ministry of the Holy Spirit – Dr Tan, N.H
31 March – Listen, You Listen – Ling Yok Wong

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

52nd AGM 17 March
Members can collect 2018 report from i-Counter
and appoint proxy if unable to attend

STRETCHER BEARER March 10
Understanding Mental Health and Common Mental Ill-Health
Please register at the i-Counter

Kairos Course starts 23 March
Please register by 10 March.

SUNDAY SCHOOL
17 March – Closed (AGM)
23 – 25 March – SS Teacher’s Retreat
24 March – Closed (1st term school holiday)

JOY Ministry
Talk on ‘Understanding Parkinson’s Disease’
by Joanne Chan.
16 March 2019, Saturday,
10.00am –12.00pm in Studio One.
All are welcomed. Please register at i-Counter.

Baptism – April 21, Classes on April 6
Forms available at the i-Counter

Parenting Teenagers Course
What does it take to parent a teenager in today’s world?
Learn about the needs, boundaries, emotional health etc. of your 11 to 18 year old.
Venue: Studio One
Date : 16, 23, 30 March and 6, 13 April Time : 4.00 to 7.00pm
Cost : RM10 for manual
Please register at i-Counter by 10 March

Home Visitation
This initiative will begin, in March after the CNY celebrations.
Aim: To foster closer bonds within the family of PJEFC
Team: PJEFC Leaders and volunteers
Note:
Nature of home visit will be casual and
would not take more than an hour.
Meals and elaborate preparations are NOT required.
This initiative is mainly to connect and to provide pastoral care.

Are you in the church directory? If not, email info@pjefc.org with your details (or if an update is needed)

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