Senior Pastor, Rev. Francis Khoo, of Covenant Vision Christian Church invited me and the team to share in the Pulpit Ministry this past weekend where there was a great opportunity to challenge the congregation on the subject of the “Priority of the Church”.
Rev. Francis Khoo is also the President & Dean of Covenant Vision School of Ministry (CVSOM), which is committed to teaching ministry skills that enable believers for relevant, meaningful and practical Christian Ministry. As a trans-denominational ministry, CVSOM welcomes Christians from all churches. With many from various backgrounds and walks of life, and it was great to partner with this ministry. It was wonderful to work alongside the team at CVSOM – please continue to pray for this vital ministry.
Throughout the week Central Singapore was very busy in this last week due to the Formula 1 night race that was taking place over the weekend. For the past six years, the Formula 1 night race in Singapore has set the stage as one of the highlights of the F1 calendar attracting a large number of international visitors to the country. F1 enthusiasts will be aware that Lewis Hamilton regained the Formula One drivers’ world championship lead on Sunday when he claimed victory in the Singapore Grand Prix after his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg limped out with electronic problems. You can view the Singapore Grand Prix Highlights right here:
6 years ago, Ferrari driver Felipe Massa from Brazil should have won the Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore, but as he drove off from a refueling stop while in the lead, the fuel hose was still attached. By the time his team removed the hose, he had lost so much time that he finished in 13 place:
The Apostle Paul warned Timothy of another kind of attachment that would cause him defeat when he spoke about “the affairs of this life” (2 Timothy 2:4). He urged Timothy not to let anything slow him down or distract him from the cause of his Lord and Master.
There are many attractive things in our world that are so easy to get entangled with, such as hobbies, sports, TV, computer games. These may start off as “refueling” activities, but later they can take up so much of our time and thought that they interfere with the purpose for which God created us, which is to share the good news of Christ, serve Him with our gifts, and bring glory to Him.
Paul told Timothy why he ought not be entangled with this world’s affairs: So that he could “please Him” (2 Timothy 2:4). If your desire is to please the Lord Jesus, you will want to stay untangled from the world. As John reminds us, “The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17).
2 Timothy 2:1-7
The Appeal Renewed
2 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.