Posts by Tan Choon Seng

Tracing Our Roots

 

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ARTICLE: SOCIAL JUSTICE & KINGDOM RIGHTEOUSNESS

“Social justice” has to do with the interactions between individuals and the society. It talks about woman’s rights, minority rights, the income gap, racial bias, handicap access, care for the impoverish, etc.

All these concerns are first found in the Old Testament as God’s concern for the poor and disenfranchised. These concerns, however, have been commandeered by the political left. Social justice advocates many good things, but it is deeply flawed by socialism, humanism, and liberalism.

One example of injustice in a society would be the presence of social tiers. For instance, a society can have an elite class that gets opportunities not available to others. Politicians like to boast, “We are a meritocratic society.” But in reality, there may be meritocracy only within predetermined tiers. For example it is well-known that you need to have connections (guanxi) in China to go anywhere. If you do not have the right connections, your abilities will help you flourish only within your own circle. Competition or meritocracy happens only within predefined circles. America is typically the place where one has unlimited opportunities, but some are saying it is fast becoming a tiered society. Recently a Singapore politician announced that we ought to have our own brand of meritocracy. I am not sure if the proposed solutions are adequate, but it is at least heartening to know that there is an acknowledgment that Singapore faces this problem.

When we see a tiered society, we must know there is a systemic flaw somewhere. Social justice presents a view and proposes a solution. Some Christians ignore these social issues, others participate under the social justice rubric even though perverted elements are sheltered in the tent of social justice. The Bible presents us a better model than the social justice practiced today. There is the OT depiction of social justice and the NT depiction of “kingdom righteousness.” Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these will be yours as well.”

In the coming weeks, Pastor Peter will explore with us some of these social-faith issues from the biblical point of view. Let us explore what a Bible based society might look like.

Sins of Our Fathers

 

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DisHonourable MisConduct

 

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The Spirit in the Ministry of Jesus

 

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1). Of the three challenges / difficulties in Christian ministry & service, which is the most challenging that you find in your own experience?

2). Share how you overcome it?

The secret of success in Jesus’ ministry lies in the Holy Spirit’s Presence and Power in His life.

3). How do I cultivate the awareness of the Holy Spirit’s Presence daily in my life?

4). How do I experience the Holy Spirit’s Power (empowering) daily in my life?

 

When the Wine is In, the Wit is Out

 

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Man’s Best Friend

 

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The Raven and the Dove

 

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Discussion Questions for Life Group

1. Why is it important that God’s people should be distinct from the world?

2. How should God’s people demonstrate that distinction in their daily lives?

3. In what way does our consciousness of who we are affect our relationship and/or interaction with others?

4. How does a Christian keep himself/herself from feeling superior to others?

 

Colours in the Sky

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Staying Afloat, Staying Alive

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The Man Who Walked With God

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QUESTIONS FOR YOUR PERSONAL REFLECTION

1. What lesson or insight have you learned or gained from the sermon?

2. How do I walk faithfully with God in a fallen and faithless world?

3. Enoch had this testimony, that he pleased God (Hebrews 11:5).

  • How do I please God in my life?

4. What legacy would you want to leave behind?

  • What would people remember me for when they think of me?
  • What would I wish they remember me for when they think of me?