My Key Learning Points in Preaching for the First Time

Haven’t been writing for a while… I always tell people that I hate writing, and yes I really don’t like to write because I can’t seem to write very well, but I do have a thing for blogging. Maybe because this is my own space and I have the freedom to write about anything and everything that my heart desires.

“Lord, what do you want me to write about?” I caught myself asking this question as I stared at my computer screen. I was eager to write a post but I had no idea what to write. Too many things have happened the past 3-4 months, and when I asked the Lord what to write, He brought to mind my first preaching experiences in my youth ministry. So here goes…

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The first time I ever preached was in Sri Lanka. I could still remember vividly the sermon I preached, and the feeling of sharing the word of God to the crowd. Initially I was nervous, but as I started speaking, I found myself enjoying it and in fact it was right after I finished preaching the sermon that I felt the Lord say this is what He will lead me to do in the future. At that point, I didn’t really know what God meant – all I knew in my 19-year-old understanding was I’m going to serve God with my life.

Fast-forward to about 6 years later, with much difficulty yet by the grace of God, I am finally in the place where God had been preparing me for – R-AGE, my very own church‘s youth ministry.

I have preached in other countries, taught in children’s church, taught in youth cell groups, but never preached to a youth group in Singapore before. The first time I preached on home ground was on the 23 April 2016. I felt so stressed during the time leading up to that day, especially the few days before that day. I was stressed for the following reasons:

  1. That I couldn’t deliver the Word of God accurately to the young people
  2. That I couldn’t make the Word of God relevant for the young people
  3. That I couldn’t hear God properly, resulting in sharing an untimely message to the young people
  4. That I couldn’t articulate the thoughts properly to the young people

Even thought I surrendered these fears to God before I went up to preach, it wasn’t until recently after I preach my second sermon to the younger youths, the pre-teens, that God showed me a revelation of serving Him in this area of preaching.

  1. Preaching is not about how good a speaker I am, but how great a God He is.
  2. Focus on preaching the Word of God accurately and precisely, not on persuading the congregation with flowery words.
  3. The response of the congregation does not determine whether I have done a good job because what matters to God is my obedience in delivering His word and delivering it accurately.

To sum up, God wants our obedience when we serve Him (not only in the area of preaching). And when we have the privilege of sharing His word, to share it accurately.

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Redeem One

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About 6 months ago, PJ and I met to catch up and he shared with me his vision of Redeem One over lunch. I was excited but I don’t recall saying yes to be a part of it. 2 months after the meet-up, I see a WA group “Redeem Movement 2014” appeared in my WA. I was like “huh? win.” but I did it anyway 🙂

The conference ended yesterday, and today marks the first day of the movement; low and behold, I am eternally grateful to be a part of this vision. We saw God move from the first day of conference to the last day of conference – surely God is faithful. He met with the young people just as He has promised – “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.” and “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”. It is God’s promise to us to when we seek Him with all our hearts, He will be found by us. He will meet with us. And yes, we did right there at the conference. The spiritual atmosphere changed from what felt like a heavy dark cloud hovering above us on the first night, to a light hearted joyous celebration on the last night at the conference – it was simply amazing, and I could only stand in awe of what I saw.

In the words of PJ – “Finally. Finally the young people of R-AGE knows the true meaning of their youth group – to Redeem A Generation for Eternity.”. I am excited to think about R-AGErs growing in the Lord and R-AGE growing for the glory of God. Indeed every opportunity to serve in the youth ministry makes me want to go back to the ministry so much more, but I have so little capacity right now.

Lord, if it is Your will, I pray for greater capacity. Greater capacity to love the young people, greater capacity to have compassion for the young people, and greater capacity to minister in this area.

因为一个人的以为,十二个人的聚集,神创造了“Redeem One”的可能。

#liberate2013committee #girlsnightout

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So we met for dinner after YAYP service today. We had dinner at Paragon’s Sushi Tei. We talked sooooo much, we lost track of time and we only realised it’s past 10pm when the lady came to tell us that they were closing.. Haha.. It’s true..

I really thank God for the opportunity to be in this committee and having known these girls. Honestly, we didn’t grow close until retreat started proper and it was only during retreat that we started to talk more and share deeper. It was through the prayer and intercession that brought us closer.. And of course not to forget those times that we “ganged up” to go against J.. Haha for fun luhh.. Not literal.. 🙂

I realised that all four of us don’t come from full Christian family… And it was really nice to get together to share about what God is doing in our lives. It encourages me to hear what God is doing in the lives of people around me.. Praying and hoping that our sharing and meetings won’t just stop at this time 🙂

Sneaks of REAL 2013

Planning a REAL program has always been what I desired ever since I finished my very own REAL program in 2010. I wanted the young people to have a chance to use this platform to get deeper and real with God. Because I did.

And so about four weeks ago, Sheryl was the usher for the English service at G2. “hey tiff! you attended REAL before right?” “uh huh…” “I was thinking if you would like to be involved in the lock-in camp for REAL next year…” *eyes bright up* “you’re doing REAL program next year?” “errr…yupp” “wow cool! Okok!!” “alright! I will contact you again to meet up totals about it!” “Okok!”

After that short conversation with her that week, I was like ‘woah! God You must be kidding me..’ I couldn’t believe I will actually be involved in REAL 2013?!

About two weeks later, we arranged a date to meet to talk about it. And the date is today. 🙂

So we met for dinner just now and we chatted over dinner.. Not ONLY about REAL but really just sharing about life. She told me my role in the lock-in camp and because I’m the kind that needed a theme to work with, I asked if there was a theme that I could follow.

She took out a piece of paper and started to share the vision that she has for REAL2013, and when i heard the theme verse, I was shocked. It’s the exact verse that God has shown me since last Friday during cell. Things couldn’t be so coincidental.. So we both got really quite excited the more we talked about it.. Haha..

Oh yes.. And we also got the chance to talk about full time in church.. And I’m glad we met today because I felt she could understand the situation I am in and I thank God for our meeting up today 🙂