From Sinai to The Heavenly Kingdom – The Journey Conference
12 & 13 October 2016 (Wednesday & Thursday), 9am to 4pm
12 October 2016 – Night Session, 7pm to 9.30pm (This meeting is open to all; free admission)
$30 for all registrations
$20 (Full-time Students & NSFs)
Special COOS Cell-Group-Discount:
$20 each (Minimum of 3 cell members)
*Conference Fee includes materials & 2 tea breaks
The Heavenly Kingdom : What does it mean in this season?
What is the mission of the church in the world today?
What are the characteristics of God’s Kingdom on earth – What does it look like?
What kind of disciples is God calling for in this season – qualities / attitudes?
What is our role as a disciple of God?
What is the role of Israel?
Registration for this conference has already closed but you may do a walk-in registration at the door on the first day (12 October) of conference.
PHOTOGRAPHING THE PRODIGAL SON is a 3-PART PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
How can photography helps us see the sacred in everyday life?
In this workshop, we will use ‘The Parable of the Prodigal Son’ as a prism through which we will attempt to see ourselves and others through God’s eyes. Using prayer, art contemplation and photography to immerse ourselves in this complex story of loss, grace and redemption, let our instructors Kenneth & Andrew, guide you in creating images that will evoke and suggest the invisible in the visible.
Some of the topics covered include • Composition • Evoking emotion with light and shadows • Portraiture • Still Life • Telling Stories with Images: The Photo Essay
• Participants are required to bring their own cameras, be it DSLR, Compact or Smartphone.
Dates: Saturdays 9, 23 & 30 July
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: #04-06 One Commonwealth
Fees (includes refreshments): $40 (COOS members), $25 (COOS members – students)
Class Size: max 15 pax
Closing Date: Sunday 26 June (or when class is full)
Here’s the E-Flyer. Download a Registration Form here, fill it up and register at the admin counter to sign up.
Explore God’s plan for world missions and how you can be part of it through the Kairos Course
Dates : 5 June to 31 July 2016 (Sundays)
Time : 11am to 1.30pm (31 July 2016 – 10.30am to 2pm)
Venue : One Commonwealth #04-06
Fees : $55 per person (includes REader and Study Guide)
Sign up by this weekend at the admin counter. For more information, go to kairoscoursesingapore.org
For enquiries, please contact Pauline Koh at 6879 5650.
I am sure most of you would have heard about the verdict on the City Harvest Church trial where the defendants, including Ps. Kong Hee, were found guilty of the misappropriation of their church building funds. This case affects not just CHC, but all of us Christians and I know that many are wondering how we should respond to it. I would like to suggest the following points for our guidance and consideration.
Let me begin with our attitude towards those found guilty. 1Cor 10:8-12 makes it clear that we should guard our own hearts and learn from the mistakes of CHC. In particular, we need to realise that all of us, as humans, have the propensity to sin and our ability to stand before God is solely because of God’s grace and mercy towards us when we fail. This realisation should cause us to check our attitudes before we join in the chorus of condemnation, be it by Christians or non-Christians alike.
Secondly, there is no escaping the findings of the court and neither should we deny nor minimise the gravity of the infractions. This failing has caused much pain to the Christian community as well as great embarrassment to God and the Church. The law of the land will mete out the appropriate punishment after the process has run its course. We should not feel the need to defend CHC’s mistakes, but we should pray for their restoration in the Lord.
Thirdly, what about our righteous indignation? Or what of our need to demonstrate to the world that we are just as offended as they are by the actions of CHC? My advice is not to stop anyone from speaking on the issue if they feel they must, but to remember that we will be judged by the same measure that we use on others (Matt 7:2). Let us not forget mercy and compassion, least of all because we would want God to be equally merciful and compassionate towards us when we stand judged before Him on that final day.
In short – we should acknowledge the errors of the CHC leadership, but we should also exercise mercy and restraint in coming to our own judgements of the matter. As for answering the resultant public ridicule on Christians, the world cannot wait to see bloodthirsty Christians attacking other Christians, whatever the cause. In the face of such mockery, could we perhaps let our honesty and humility redeem the name of the Lord, through our actions rather than by adding more unnecessary words?
Whatever our views on CHC and/or their leadership, this would be a good time to pray for their repentance and restoration. Pray that something good may emerge from this mess, and for the affected to find closure in their hearts. Many are hurting and some have become disillusioned with Christianity – we need to remember them in our prayers too. This is a dark and painful moment for the church but God is greater than this darkness and His ways higher.