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Scripture Memory: Honesty.
VERSE : Proverbs 12:22 
"Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

11 August 2013
8 am & 1045 am Worship Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Cultivating Endurance, 2 Pet 1:6; Heb 11:27; 12:1,2)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Jehovah Tsidekenu: The LORD is Righteous; Jer 23:6)

18 August 2013
8 am & 1045 am Worship Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Cultivating Godliness, 2 Pet 1:6; Ps 103:1-3; 10-14)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Jehovah Sabbaoth: The LORD of Hosts; Jer 11:20)

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Lot’s Downfall

Introduction

• Who was Lot?

Lot, whose name means "concealed" or "covering") was Abram’s nephew (the name Abram, chosen by his father, Terah, means "high father" or "exalted father" (Genesis 11:26-27). Later, his name was changed to Abraham (meaning "father of a multitude" as promised by God (Genesis 12:1-3). After Lot’s father’s death (Genesis 11:26-31), he was looked after by his grandfather, Terah, a descendant of Shem, Noah’s son (Genesis 11:28; 11:31; 11:27). Later, Lot accompanied his uncle and together they headed for Canaan, the Promised Land (Genesis 12:4-5). Both Abram and Lot were rich in livestock and shepherds and were equally blessed bountifully by God.

 Abram’s Wise Counsel: Separation

However, a dispute arose between the shepherds of Abram and Lot over their pasturelands, for their flocks had increased greatly. Abram, being the wiser and elder statesman, counselled separation because of the quarrels. They each went their separate ways for the sake of peace.

In normal circumstances, Lot, being the younger man and also being Abram’s nephew, would give Abram first choice. Instead, it was the other way round. Lot was given first choice and he "lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well-watered everywhere..." (Genesis 13:10).

Life’s Application

What sort of moral decision would you make when confronted with such a choice? If you were given the opportunity to divide something with someone, how would you act?

Paul said, "Let everyone of us please his neighbour for his good to his edification" (Romans 15:2.). He also said, "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others" (Philippians 2:3-4).

• Steps Leading To Lot’s Downfall

1. He looked at worldly pleasures: Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 13:10)

2. He chose material things over spiritual things (v.11)

3. He dwelt nearby Sodom in the midst of wicked and vile people (vs.12,13)

4. He sat in the gate of Sodom (Gen.19:1)

5. He built a house and settled down in Sodom (Genesis 19:2)

6. He backslided and lost his influence over his family (Gen.19:14)

7. He would not even trust God who had saved him (Gen.19:19)

1. He looked at worldly pleasures

Sodom and Gomorrah represented sinful pleasures. Lot "lifted up his eyes…" towards the fertile Jordan Valley, commercially rich, instead of lifting up his eyes to God (Genesis 13:10). He was attracted by the things of the world. He was more interested in the kingdom of pleasure and possession than the kingdom of God and His righteousness. He put material things before spiritual things. His priorities were misplaced (Matthew 6:33). Jesus warned us against covetousness: "Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 112:15).

2. He chose the attractions of the world

Lot was influenced by "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life" (1 John 2:10). He chose for himself all the rich plain of Jordan (Genesis 13:11). Lot’s choice of the land exposed his character: he was selfish and covetous. But Abraham was generous-hearted: he offered his nephew to choose first. Remember the saying, "All that glitters is not gold." "Be careful little eyes what you see" because it is mainly through the eye-gate that Satan tempts us!

3. He dwelt nearby (Genesis 13:12)

In the beginning, Lot pitched his tent outside the city, but later he moved into the city and got himself involved in ungodly company. "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners" (1 Corinthians 15:53). One’s character can be ruined by keeping close to bad company. How strong the attractions of the world! "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly; nor standeth in the way of sinners; nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful" (Psalm 1:1).

Christian testimony must be maintained and sustained and not compromised. "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25).

4. He sat in the gate of Sodom (Genesis 19:1, cf. V.9)

Lot "sat in the gate," implying that he was appointed a leader or judge, a man of some standing, participating in the business and political affairs of the city. He must have been a respectable citizen. It is said that reputation is what people know about you but character is what God knows about you.

5. He built a house and settled down in Sodom (Genesis 19:2-3)

Lot was hospitable and generous even to strangers, inviting them into his house, unaware that they were God’s angels (Hebrews 13:25). He protected them from the depravity and perversity of the Sodomites who demanded to have homosexual relationships with them (v.5; Romans 1:21-32).

The term "sodomy" is derived from the wicked city Sodom. Homosexuality is one of the hottest and most controversial issues all over the world today. And it is gaining momentum and acceptance, as more and more countries have legalised and sanctioned homosexuality and same sex marriages. Paul said, "Professing to be wise, they became fools...For this cause (reason) God gave them up unto vile affections: (passions) for even their women did change (exchange) the natural use into (for) that which is against nature" (Romans 1:26-27). "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." (Leviticus 18:22).

Generally, Sodom was guilty of her haughty indifference towards the needs of others and also her sexual perversions.( Ezekiel 16::49-52; cf. Genesis 19:4-5).

 Homosexuality

According to Section 377A of the Penal Code of Singapore ("Outrages on decency")

"Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years."

Take note what the Bible says: "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people." (Proverbs 14:34).

• Biblical View of Marriage

The Bible only recognises marriage as a heterosexual relationship, that is, between one man and one woman. Jesus Christ said, "Have you not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female...For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh. (Matthew 19:4-5; Genesis 2:21-24). It is said that "God did not create Adam and Steve" in the Garden of Eden. He created Adam and Eve." The command of God is clear: "be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth...’ (Genesis 1:28).

6. He backslided and lost his influence over his family (19:14)

Lot’s warning of imminent judgment upon Sodom and Gomorrah was taken as a jest by his sons-in-law (v.14). Even his own family had lost respect for him. When the salt has lost its flavouring quality, it is tasteless and useless. While Lot "lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters, the LORD being merciful unto him..." (v.16). But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt" (v.26), a warning to us all of the serious consequences of disobedience!

Life’s Application

Here is a warning to all of us not to look back at our successes, our achievements, our setbacks, etc. Paul exhorted us thus: "forgetting those things which are behind...I press toward the mark for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14).

7. He would not even trust God who had saved him (19:19)

Despite Lot’s falling from the faith, God abides faithful to His covenant promises. God did not give him up because he was righteous in God’s standing. (2 Peter 2:7). He was in great distress and his soul was tormented day and night as he witnessed the wickedness and vileness of the Sodomites. And "the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations…"(2 Peter 2:9; cf. 1Corinthians 10:13). Here we have the assurance of the eternal security of every believer: once saved, always saved, once in grace, always in grace. No one can pluck a believer from God’s loving hands (John 10:28-29).

• Abraham’s magnanimous acts towards Lot

Abraham delivered Lot and his household from captivity (Gen.14:13-16) He also interceded for the inhabitants of Sodom and evidently there were not even ten righteous people! (Genesis 18:22-33; 19:14

• Differences between Abraham and Lot

¨ Abraham walked by faith, whereas Lot walked by sight.

¨ Abraham built altars wherever he went, in remembrance of God’s goodness and mercy, whereas Lot built tents.

¨ Abraham cast his eyes on the city of God, whereas Lot on Sodom.

¨ Abraham had both material and spiritual blessings, whereas Lot had only material wealth.

¨ Abraham had Godly wisdom, whereas Lot had worldly wisdom.

¨ Abraham was "father of many nations" or "father of a multitude" and we Christians are his spiritual children, whereas Lot was father of the Moabites and Ammonites through his daughters’ incestuous relationships with him. (Genesis 19:37-38).

¨ Abraham received a covenantal promise from God, whereas Lot did not.

Conclusion

The Bible described Lot as a righteous man. However, he had no peace of mind since the time he moved into Sodom because his soul was tormented daily by what he heard and saw in Sodom (2 Pet.2:7-9). It is said, "that man’s extremity is God’s opportunity." And how the LORD delivered him because of His grace and mercy! (Lam.3:22-23). God’s grace is greater than our sins.

• Lessons gleaned from Lot’s life

Ø Not to allow ourselves be drawn away by the things of the world for they are temporal, of no eternal value. "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of 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..." (1 John 2:15-17)

Ø To live a life with eternity’s values in view. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36)

The question is: Even if you can gain the whole world, can you bring it with you when you leave this world? You cannot even spend a portion of it during your life time. Think of it!

Ø To put our priorities right, and put first things first. Let us seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and rest assured, He will provide all the necessities of life (Matthew 6:33). Let us be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving in making our request known to God, and the peace of God will be our portion in life (Philippians 4:6-7).

Ø To take heed of the warning of our Lord against greed because a man’s life is not measured by the amount of possessions he has (Luke 12:15; see also Psalm 62:10; 1 Timothy 6:9-10).

Ø Not follow the world’s lifestyle, its philosophy, etc. (Psalm 1:1)

Ø To "ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls" (Jeremiah 6:16).

Ø To be fully conscious of the very presence of God wherever we go and whatever we do. In "thy presence is the fullness of joy, at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore" (Psalmn16:11b).

Ø To trust in God’s faithfulness in delivering His people.

Gospel Invitation

For those of you who have not accepted Jesus as your Saviour and Lord, I plead with you to receive Him without delay.

"...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2b).

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth" (Philippians 2:9-10).

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

Finally, "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation...?" (Hebrews 2:3a)

Elder Khoo Peng Kiat

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 29th September 2013

Time: 10:45 am

Topic: How Precious is Your Soul?

Speakers:
Rev Tan Soon Yong (English Service)

Rev Tang Chee Keong (Mandarin/Hokkien)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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1) Migrant Workers Outreach: English class shall resume next Sunday (18 Aug), helpers needed. Please meet in Church at 6.15pm or at Soon Lee Road Recreation Center at 7.00pm. For enquiry, please call Bro Beng Hong (96230800) or Rev Khoo (98572574).

2) Infant Baptism on Anniversary Sunday, 20 Oct 13. Parents who intend to have their infants baptisedmust register by 1 Sep 13. Please call the Church Office (6594 9399) or email Yin Chan atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

3) Traffic wardens needed, between 10.15 to 10.45am and 12 to 12.20 pm each Sunday. If interested to serve, please contact Dn David Tan at 9667-9733 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Life Chinese Service, 10.45am and Indonesian Service, 4.00 pm.

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11