Delighting in the Word

Can we ever over-emphasize the need to be trained and equipped? Whether it concerns our secular employment or our personal growth – it’s my staunch belief that if we’re not progressing, then we’re regressing. As the old Chinese idiom goes, “Learning is like sailing against the current – if the boat is not advancing, then it’ll be carried backward by the currents.”

I want to present to you several Scriptures for your consideration: “Be diligent to present yourself approved by God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” 2 Tim 2:15; “That we should not no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.” Eph 4:14; “For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the Word of righteousness, for he is a babe.” Heb 5:13; “All Scripture is God-breathed (given by divine inspiration) and is profitable for instruction, for conviction (of sin), for correction (of error and restoration to obedience), for training in righteousness (learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately – behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage); that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim 3:16-17 (AMP)

When the New Testament Church was born, we see the believers giving substantial focus to the doctrine and teachings of the apostles. They met together and the apostles would teach them from the Word of God. In fact, this was such a vital aspect of the Church that later on, as they grew, they found that it was necessary for the apostles to dedicate more of their time to prayer and to the study of Scriptures. This not only laid a foundation for the Early Church, but it also lays a foundation for us today.

The great travesty of the Church today is that there are more Bibles sold now than ever before. We’ve more versions of the Bible, more books, podcasts and study guides than all the generations before us. However, the irony is Bible literacy is at an all-time low! Most believers live off weekend sermons as their only source of feeding and have lost the ability to feed themselves from the Word of God.

As we mull over this sobering thought, I’m pleased to announce that we’re launching our Training & Equipping Semester for 2016 over the weekend. We’ve lined up a range of classes for the year that will cover subjects from the basics of our faith to more practical subjects on ministry skills.

Our purpose is to raise up a people who know the Word of God and how to rightly divide the Word of Truth. We want to be those who are not easily tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine or fad of the day, but those who are solidly grounded in God’s Word. As such, we want to encourage you to take a look through the list of courses listed in the brochure in your T&E Pack and find one that you can sign up for as an individual or collectively as a cell group.

Training and equipping forms a key backbone to what we do here in Cornerstone. It enables us to help you grow spiritually and into the call that God has for your lives. Our desire is that there’d be a wonderful blend of the Word and the Spirit in the church. In fact, we see in Acts 13:1, the prophets and teachers coming together at Antioch, and this gave birth to the apostolic team of Paul and Barnabas. This in turn sparked the most prolific church-planting movement recorded for us in the New Testament. It’s a picture of the Spirit and the Word joining together to birth the apostolic, and this is the formula for success that God has given to us in His Word. This is the pattern we seek to establish.

So take the Training & Equipping 2016 Package home, look through the courses available and enroll yourself for one. May God’s Word delight your hearts and be the light unto your paths!

Pastor Lim Lip Yong

A Mindset to Prevail

On 9 September 1965, while flying his Douglas 1-4 Skyhawk over North Vietnam, James Stockdale came under enemy fire and his plane was disabled. He ejected from his plane and parachuted into a small village where he was captured and held as a prisoner of war for the next seven and a half years. During the time of his imprisonment, he was tortured no fewer than 15 times. He was beaten, whipped and strangled with ropes. He was kept in solitary confinement, in total darkness, for four years, chained in heavy, abrasive leg irons for two years, malnourished due to starvation, denied medical care, and deprived of letters from home.

Being the highest-ranked POW during that period of time, the Vietnamese tried on several occasions to use him as propaganda and in order to prevent them from doing that, he would read more…

Watch Your Words

There are some things that are worth reminding ourselves of on a regular basis and one of the those things is the power of our words. Here are some quotations for your enjoyment – “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plants the seeds of either success or failure in the mind of another.” ~ Napoleon Hill; “Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back nor ignore the mess that they leave when they fall.” ~ Jodi Picoult

More importantly, the Bible tells us over and over again the importance of governing our words, because of the power that’s contained in the words that we speak. Our words have the power to change our world, affect lives, give hope and inspire to action. At the same time, they can crush read more…

The Secret of Staying Youthful

Ephesians 5:27 is undoubtedly one of the greatest Scriptures, because here we’re told what kind of people the Lord is returning for. The apostle Paul makes it very clear: He’s coming back for a Bride without spot or wrinkle. The reference “without spot or wrinkle” refers to her garments. 

There’s not a single spot or wrinkle on her garment, something which the Lord had given to her. It’s the ability of the Bride to maintain purity and righteousness. But I also want to suggest to you “without wrinkle” speaks of the Bride’s ability to stay youthful. Jesus is not coming back for an old hag, but for a beautiful, drop dead gorgeous, youthful-looking virgin.

Looking youthful is a billion-dollar industry today. People will pay huge amounts of money to look young again. They go for plastic surgery, Botox, cosmetic or aesthetic read more…

There Were Two Trees

In Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17, we read these interesting words, “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” 

Then in verse 15-17, “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall read more…

The Art of Being Quiet

We’re living in a generation of stress, and it’s not only in the world; it’s also in the Church. There’s a tremendous pressure that’s coming down upon every person and no one is exempted from it. Unfortunately, Christians are some of the most worn-out people on the planet and that’s a shame especially when we’ve been offered supernatural rest. There’s a huge crisis coming that’s going to purge the system and we as leaders need to recognise and address this because He’s promising to visit His Church in a way we’ve never seen before.

One of the things that’s happening in Silicon Valley, the birthplace of cutting-edge technology, and where all the major trends evolve, is that they’re beginning to discover the power of what they call a “Secular Sabbath”. The principle and wisdom of that is of course taken from read more…

The Perils of Overcrowding

Over the past few months, we’ve been having a recurrent problem. Whenever the services end a few minutes late, the queues will snake from the entrance of our church all the way down to the ground floor and go right out of the building, sometimes reaching even Katong Shopping Centre. Whilst this might seem a good problem to have, believe me, in the long run, it’ll begin to wear on the people in the queue.

Apart from this, we’ve been having issues stemming from this overcrowding. It takes a much longer time to get out of the carpark. You’ve to queue up for the toilets, especially the ladies. People have walked away when they saw these long queues and sometimes, they get impatient and lose their sanctification, and this has happened more than once. We’ve a great ushering team and they read more…

The Afterglow of the Spirit

What an amazing week we had during Kingdom Invasion 2016. I’m certain most of us are still in the afterglow of the Spirit; I am for sure! This is our fourth Kingdom Invasion Conference and after the last conference in 2014, I was almost certain we reached a high water mark. But KI2016 surpassed everything we accomplished in all our previous conferences. We’re building one level of glory on another.

I was extremely blessed by all the speakers. They were certainly handpicked by the Lord. The Word was rich, revelation was strong and fresh, we saw hundreds of healings take place, demons were being cast out in Jesus’ name, significant kingdom connections were being made, but most of all, that glorious Presence invaded us. Who could’ve forgotten that moment on the final night when Heidi spoke, all heaven broke loose and read more…

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