It is rare to have dynamic and charismatic preachers nowadays. Therefore, last Sunday, God is good as to bless Evangel Tabernacle with one at our Main Service. Pastor Peter Chng together with his very supportive wife, Angeline, came to Etab and not only they blessed us with their friendship, fellowship but also with rich teaching and preaching of the Word of God. Pastor Peter Chng is one of those few ministers who I enjoy listening to, considering he is a veteran pastor as well as missionary to Uganda, UK and France. I love his use of alliteration in his usual three- point sermon. His skills with acrostic word play makes his sermons easy to be remembered.
The following is an excerpt of his sermon, preached at Etab’s first English service on 29 October 2017:
THE SECRET OF FRUITFULNESS
Many Christians get weary easily. There are 3 reasons for weariness:
- Because of PRAYERLESSNESS (Luke 18:1)
- Because of FEARFULNESS (Hebrews 12:3).
When you have fear in your life, you will faint in your life.
- Because of BARRENNESS (Galatians 6:9)
God wants all of us to bear fruit, more fruits and much fruits.
John15:1-8, 16 (Key text)
When we bear fruits, then the Father is glorified.
Jesus wants us to be fruitful in 3 areas of our life:
1. IN OUR PRAYER LIFE
John 15:7-If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
V16-You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
Matthew 7:7 gives us the secret of how to be fruitful in our prayer life.
Matthew 7:7- “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.”
Here, Matthew 7:7 teaches us that prayer is NOT referring to the INTENSITY OF ACTION but rather to the INTENSITY OF DESIRE.
- This is the lowest level in PRAYER
- It is the ART OF REQUESTING.
- The tragedy is not in unanswered prayer. The tragedy rather is in UNOFFERED PRAYER.
- This is the ART OF RESEARCHING or seeking.
- Many of us never take the time and trouble to find the MIND OF GOD.
- This is the ART OF RESISTING
- It to PUSH in our prayer – to pray until something happens
2. IN OUR PERSONAL LIFE
Christ wants to see fruit, more fruits and much fruits in our lives.
A person’s personal life speaks of one’s SPIRITUALITY; ONE’S PERSONAL FRUITFULNESS.
The gauge of one’s personal fruitfulness is by looking at the FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT in that person’s life.
The FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT reveals the MATURITY OF A PERSON’S PERSONAL LIFE.
Edmund Chan says that it is wrong to disciple people only for the ministry. The right way is to disciple people for maturity in Christ.
In order to have a LASTING IMPACT, Christians need MATURITY.
Galatians 5:22-23- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 list the fruit of the Holy Spirit and it can be divided into 3 groups:
GOD -RELATED FRUIT (ESSENCE OF THE SPIRITUAL LIFE)
- Love – When a Christian is sound in his vertical relationship with God, love will be oozing from his life
When a Christian is in fellowship with God, there will be joy and peace flowing out of his life.
- Longsuffering – This is the horizontal dimension in a man’s life. He will have patience. Patience is a virtue.
- Faithfulness- this refers to you and yourself with God.
There is difference between FAITH AND FAITHFULNESS. Many have faith in God but are not faithful in the things of God like Church attendance.
PATIENCE, SELF-CONTROL AND LONGSUFFERING are not the same.
PATIENCE = ability to handle the PRESSURE AND PROBLEMS OF LIFE
SELF-CONTROL = ability to handle the PLEASURES OF LIFE
LONGSUFFERING = ability to handle PROBLEMATIC PEOPLE
3. IN OUR PRACTICAL LIFE
John 15:16 (KJV) – Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
The practical life here refers to our DAILY LIVES.
How to be fruitful in our practical life?
We must be ordained by God.
Ordination in church refers to someone who answers the call of God and by ordaining him to be a minister or a reverend, the Church is recognizing that he is chosen and appointed by God to a special service.
To bear fruits in our PRACTICAL LIFE, we must make sure we have:
- Make sure you are appointed by God for a certain ministry.
- Many people fight for position in the church not recognizing that they have no appointment by God for that position.
- Ordination always means anointed service of the Lord.
- Make sure the Lord anoints you for His service with His Holy oil of anointing like the ones given in the Old Testament for the Priest, kings and Prophets.
- 1 John 2:15-17-Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; BUT HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF GOD ABIDES FOR EVER.
- If you want to give God abiding service, you have to DO THE WILL OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE.
- If it is not the will of God, it will PASS AWAY.
- If you want to die a winner in death, we must do the WILL OF GOD IN THIS PRESENT LIFE.
God wants us to be fruitful in our Prayer Life, Our Personal life and our Practical life.
End of sermon
Such a simple and yet convicting message. The questions we have to ask ourselves at the altar of God is – Are we fruitful in our prayer life, personal life and practical life? In our prayer life, are we in the art of requesting, researching and resisting or have we fainted in our prayer life due to unanswered prayer? In our personal life, can we safely say we have matured in Christ with the fruit of the Holy Spirit manifesting in our personal lives? Can we claim to be a person of spirituality and maturity? Do we have God-related fruit in us? How is our man-related fruit and self-related fruit? Do we patience, self-control and longsuffering? If so, then we will have the ability to handle the pressure, pleasure and problems of life. Lastly, are we ordained by God? John 15: 16 says that God has ordained us to offer appointed service, anointed service and abiding service to Him. Are we doing the will of God in this present life? If not, we will die a loser. God wants us to bear fruits, more fruits and much fruits. Are we fruitful?
“Back to the future” – this Hollywood slogan does not work well with Pastor Peter Chng in church songs. On the contrary, he is one old Pentecostal preacher who practices “Back to the past” hymnal and choruses singing in the church. He can bring us back to our past by singing songs as old as song like “I’m so glad Jesus lifted me!” But last Sunday, he went even further back to the old past by singing a Jurassic song that we have all forgotten – “Thy Lovingkindness is better than love!” Wow! We the modern “Hill song cultic church” needs to revisit our old heritage of hymns and Pastor Peter Chng did just that for us! What can we say but to concur with Pastor Peter as he concluded our altar call with another long long forgotten song – “In my life Lord, be glorified, be glorified today!” And the Lord is best glorified when the Christians are fruitful.