God With Us: An Insight of UNITY

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

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Emmanuel, God is With Us! What a wonderful name!

In the recently concluded Hope Church Singapore Conference 2017, God With Us held on 03 and 04 June 2017 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Many had been blessed, revived and renewed with the anointing of this conference has. It really lingered on the theme itself.

The name of the theme is God With Us, thus, tangibly,  could feel His presence and vividly, could hear the clarity of His voice  that speaks loudly. Surely, He will meet us in our need.

What I like about this conference, was that, God is really With Us! His sovereign omnipresent is evident! He is in our hearts; In our Life Group; In our Family; In our children; In our Ministries; In our Church.

UNITY makes us clear that He is with Us. An unexplainable and indescribable feeling that I have after conference had been wrap up with a bang! — These unexplainable and indescribable feeling— the Joy in our hearts,  was the assurance that we cannot Fathom out His plans, thoughts and ways for us, as Isaiah 55:8-9 says,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Session One preaching was delivered by our very own, Senior Pastor, Jeff Chong. The message of the Lord had been clearly cascaded to us through him by delivering, Fact, Not Feeling. The assurance, as Believers, should know by heart and not to be skeptical, whether the message is from God. Thus, the message that we receive is a Fact or a Feeling?

I am delighted to share it with you, as, I am delighted too, when I heard it preached by our beloved Senior Pastor, Jeff. Let me summarizes it… (Resource Session 1: Fact Not Feeling)

Feeling is unreliable, subjective, and deceptive. Sometimes, we feel that God is far away. We must make far beyond feeling. As Believers, how can we assured that God is with Us? And Is more than a feeling.  Three Facts that God is With Us:

1. The Word of God Declares so. 

God is With Us because the Bible tells us so..God is with us in our Vision and Mission. He is with us, Always, and that is His promise.

Matthew 28:19-20 

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Our assurance that God is With Us, is when we confess to God that we sinners. As believers this is very important tat we understand it.

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Do not give up! In any situation of our lives, When we faced rejection, do not give up. God Is With Us!

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Perhaps,  for some of you, you feel that God is not With you; With a bad reports from the medical reports, you feel that God had abandoned  you…

Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

Unsure that God is With you. You feel unloved…

Zephaniah 3:17

The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

God sings over you. God rejoices over you with singing. I encouraged everyone to be deeply rooted and grounded in His Word. Because if you are rooted and grounded in His Word, you are able to know that God is with You. Not Just how you feel. I would like to encourage you to read your Bible daily. Don’t need to spend the whole hour in reading the Bible, just only 15 minutes, everyday of reading the Bible.

2. The Spirit Assures Us.

The Spirit assures that God is with us. Not only the Word declares us, but the Spirit assures Us that God is with  us.

1 John 4:13

“This is how we know that we live in him and He in us: He has given us of his Spirit.”

The Spirit assures us, that we belong to God and that God is With Us. The Holy Spirit help us to experience the tangible reality presence of the Father. 

John 14:26

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

The Holy Spirit will help us be reminded what all had Jesus had taught us. The Holy Spirit is the very present of Christ, while are still here on earth. He let us know that God is with us!

When you COME TO KNOW CHRIST, YOU HAVE A SEAL OF THE Holy Spirit. WHEN you baptized in the Water, you jumped in the water, BUT when you baptized in the Holy Spirit, you are now in the Water (Living). God want us to have the experience of the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 47…

The Bible tells us that we have to go deeper, first ankle deep, then knee-deep, then shoulder deep, until the Holy Spirit overwhelms us. 

Because God loves us more, we want every member to experience the power of the Holy Spirit.

One key reason why someone did not get Holy Spirit baptized, is passiveness. 

The Holy Spirit works with us. Holy Spirit baptism is not a one-time off kind of thing. We need to continually commune with God.

3. The Church Embodies it. (The Life Group, The Church Embodies it)

In the Old Testament, God live in a tabernacle of temple. In the New Testament, God live among His people, corporate and individually. 

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.”

You are God’s temple! We could know that God is With Us, through our Life Group, our Church. We feel the encouragement, the love, the care. Through  the Life Group, we know that God is Real!

Ephesians 3:10-11

“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

When we come together through the Church, we know that God is Real!

(Watch the full version of Session 1, here –> Fact Not Feeling)

Therefore, as believers, when we realized that we need Jesus in our lives, and it was the time for us, to be Born Again. That when we accept and believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we surrender our lives to Him and we confess from our mouth that we are sinners, and declare that Jesus Is Lord (Romans 10-8-9).  We genuinely believed, that He died and rose again— He promised us, that the Holy Spirit will live in us, in our hearts, forever. 

John 14:16 says, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— What a wonderful promise of God! An assurance that we are in Good Hands, (Secured Forever)

Blessed are you,  Hope Church Singapore! I am proud to say that this is my Church, our Church. This is where my family and I belong. I couldn’t agree for more on the 3rd point of Ps Jeff’s preaching, God is With Us— The Church Embodies it —The Life Group, the Church. God lives among His people, corporate and individually” 

At the beginning of this article, I mentioned that UNITY is evident in this conference. Because each individual embodies it. As a member of Hope Church Singapore, I believed that one of the special gifting and anointing of this Church, is to qualify each individual with UNITY–and that is the works of the Holy Spirit, and if there is UNITY, Excellence will follow to quantify it. Thus it manifests in Life Groups and Ministries that we are in—- to collaboratively serve God. Let us explore more widely.

UNITY in Life Group

Psalm 133:1‭-‬3 
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

How sweet it is that every individual exemplifies unity, thus, the Life Group exemplifies it as it consists of individuals. I’ve seen them came together and seat together to feel a more cohesive and in an intent Spirits. Eagerly to listen and to be fed by the Word of God, Spiritually.

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They also, eat together, for the nourishment of their physical bodies. That inculcates, happiness and joy that surrounds them. The more happiness  evolves in them, the more health is promoted =)

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They even had a sharing session of what they’ve learned in the conference thus far, while everyone could learn from one another. They sing praises unto God, while waiting for the next session of the conference to begin.

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They even prayed for one another,  that uplifts spirits and sharpen one another .

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Brothers praying for one another as they’ve learnt to be the “ISH”, the Man who will Stand in the Gap.

How precious and marvelous of harmony  and like-mindedness in the fellowship of God. In His presence of each individual. Hence, unity in Life Group is prominent.

UNITY in Ministry

I could be biased, as I will feature my ministry, CHILDREN MINISTRY.  Every Ministry in Hope Church Singapore are with, and in Excellent Spirits. Not mentioning, Ushering and Security Ministries and all frontlines. They were fantastic and awesome.  Level up in service excellence in their hearts, as they Serve with a H.E.A.R.T (Hospitality, Empathy, Accuracy, Respect and Time)  with Excellence from the Heart . We could see that the God-and-His-People-first mindset was conveyed to all through their Character, Commitment and Work. Good Job, frontlines! =) 

I could say much in Children Ministry, as I am one of them, thus I’ve experienced it first hand that everyone in this ministry is united and of with excellent spirits— to give the very best to God that manifest to children in building them up.

A month ago, before the conference begins, teachers and builders were busy in planning and preparations for the program flow and teaching. Sure enough, God is With Us, as He provides us with Strength, Wisdom, Resource and Manpower. In the program, Carnival is incorporated, and could see from the children their happiness in their faces.

Builders and Teachers were gathered in assembly area. Briefing was cascaded. They’ve been ra-ra  with games and after which positioned them in their station field.

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Children were stationed in their level of category.  They were divide into 3 groups Tots (toddler); Jump (4-6yo); JAM (7-12yo)

Just a quick view what had happened in Tots. They also had Praise and Worship and Activity to do…

Jump experienced Brendon and Cathie Clancy in Session 2, first hand. Kids where excited when The Clancys  where out,  for Praise and Worship to Teaching. They’ve been with us in every conference for 4 years in a row. Who are they? Meet The Clancys here.

Children Ministry is their core anointing. I was inspired by these couple, as they lead children to Christ in a fun way. How awesome they are! God is With Us in Kids Conference. Children start to feel the JOY in their hearts…

Kids felt the Holy Spirit tangibly. Daniella explains that she could not understand the feeling of numbness in her hands and hotness in her ears… Hallelujah!

Glory to God for the lives of  Brendon and Cathie Clancy as they lead our HopeKids in a heavenly realm. Little by little, the faith of our future leaders will be inevitably strong to lead their generation.

On the other hand, Our carnival in  Hall 1 of OCBC arena, were successfully liken by our children that manifests in their smiles and happiness.

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Human PacMan was fun! As commented by children =)
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Builders behind the scenes of Human PacMan.

Children enjoyed the fun in the Carnival field that much. Good Job to all the builders and volunteers in the Carnival field.

Let me introduce some of the Home and Femme behind the scenes of the Kids Conference. From Praise and Worship Team, To Multi-Media, To Lights, To Sound and To Programming:

Session 1 team:

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Session 2 team:

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As God With  Us is nearing the end, some children of HopeKids performed in Adult Conference. It was a gesture of them while performing, as future leaders in Praise & Worship.

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Hallelujah for our  future leaders who will “stand in the gap”. They are the future “Ish & Isha” (men and women – who will stand in the gap for God’s kingdom) 

UNITY in Congregation

Ephesians 4:11‭-‬13

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

This Congregation is United.  As Leaders were called, to receive the anointing in leading, the congregation intercede for our Senior Pastor, Jeff Chong. Ps Choco led the prayer. As we lift up our Senior Pastor unto God that He will be the vessel favored carrier of God’s Anointing, Blessing and Wisdom in leading the Church— that will manifest –to the congregation. The anointing will flow from top to bottom, from the head leader to the congregation.

What a wonderful Unity in this Church!

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Reverend Wilfredo De Jesus (Ps Choco) lead the prayer for lifting up Ps Jeff to God. And the congregation says, Amen! =)

After the Conference, our Life Group were delighted to take group photo with our very own, Sr Ps Jeff Chong.

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What a Joy in Unity. One God- One Goal-Same Spirits.

God is good! All the time. Unity in Christ will help us not to wander. This #GodWithUs Conference has ignited my spirit to do more for Him. Taking Ps Choco’s insight in one of His preachings, “God has “more” beyond blessing” -Rev Wilfredo De Jesus (will blog his teaching soon!)

Indeed God has More beyond everything that we could imagine or think of what He can do for Us. He has more beyond Faithfulness, Love, Blessings. 

We are more than blessed, anointed, favored. — We are Children of God and that is our IDENTITY! Thus, we have to be  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

All glory to God!

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