Text: Philemon

Introduction: (vv. 1-3)

  • Verse 1 – Philemon is authored by Paul during his imprisonment (see verse 9).
  • verses 1-2 – to Philemon and family, but in verse 2 we can see that their church gathered not in a building, nor a parish church, but in a home—at Philemon’s home. The church is not the building; “church in your house” – propositional “in” pertains that there was a church inside his house. Clearly, only people can be inside a house, hence the church is the people who gather for Christ (identity).
  • v. 3 – common greeting in the time of Paul where he presented Christ as equal to God the Father who is the source of both grace and peace—charis and Eirini (shalom).

Main Idea: Part I: Identity, Community, and Mission (vv. 4-7)

v. 4 to 7: there is a massive decline in today’s generation, comparatively, in the United Kingdom around 2/3 of Gen Zers, and over a third in the US, indicated that they have ‘no religion’ also known as being in the ‘unchurched’ religious category. Some classify themselves as an agnostic, loose atheist, pragmatics, and so on. Why? Because we do not offer identity, community, and mission.

  • Identity – v5, love and the faith they have toward the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Community – v6, “sharing” is koinonia – of food? No! it is sharing of faith. This communal sharing offers a deeper awareness and experience of the blessings that Christ has for us.
  • Mission – v7, the mission to provide joy, comfort, and love to the body of saints—the local church, so that we give others an avenue to be refreshed, healed, and renewed.

Meaning, that if our gathering or your individual lifestyle always centers on yourself, then you are failing to exemplify the love that Christ has for us (our identity), by sharing for fellowship in the body of Christ (community) and towards giving benefit to the entire community of Christ (mission).

Part 2: The Gospel in Philemon (vv. 8-20).

  • Share the story about Philemon and Onesimus (a worker, and slave).
  • “very heart” v12 – goes with Onesimus
  • He became useful, even though he was useless to you in the past (because of stealing)
  • vv15-16, no longer a bondservant of man, but of Christ – Slave here, in Paul’s argument, presents that they are on equal footing in Christ’s sake.
  • vv17–19 (we believe that the Bible is God’s Words, let us read these next verses in a canonical lens as the logos of God) as if it is Christ speaking to God the Father on behalf of us:
    • If we are one (partner is koinonia), you will receive him. (John 17)
    • If he has wronged you, charged that to my account. (1 John 2:2)
    • I will repay all what he or she owes to you (1 John 1:7)
    • Be refreshed—a new creation (2 Cor 5:17).

Final Words:

Verse 21-22- shows the confidence of Paul that “if” Philemon is a genuine Christian, he would forgive, reconcile, and brings forth the healing both grounded in the love of Christ.

 

Ptr. John Paul Arceno
UCBC New Jersey
June 27, 2022

 

 

Text: Ephesians 3:14-15 (Topical Exposition)

Introduction:

“For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom all fatherhood in heaven and on earth is named” (Eph. 3:14–15). Ray Ortlund, “We fathers play a role in our children’s second, supernatural birth by praying for them and raising them in the paths of the Lord (Eph. 6:4)”.

Fathers have the privilege to reflect God as a father in the sight of their children. But supremely, through the Word of God. That is why you lead them to read the Bible. However, the same to what Donald Miller, in his book Blue Like Jazz, said that some kids cannot fathom God as a father because their father was abusive, too busy, or they are fatherless coming from a broken family.

The goal of the fathers is to hear from their children that when they grow up, they want to follow the footsteps of their fathers, especially toward Christlikeness. Billy Graham uttered, “The greatest tribute a boy can give to his father is to say, ‘When I grow up, I want to be just like my dad.’ It is a convicting responsibility for us fathers and grandfathers.” These three things fathers must seek: selfless love, wisdom, and union in Christ.

Main Idea (Outline):

Love – Sacrificial/selfless Love

“I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18). As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him (Psalm 103:13 NIV). This love marries discipline (Heb 12:7-11).

Unity – Union in Christ

John 17:20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” This prayer of Christ is the union we ought to have in Him. This is how Paul also understands in his epistle in Galatians 2:20, and Romans 8:10.

Pastor Tim Keller helps us understand how wonderful it is to have God as our Father: “The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00 a.m. for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access.”

The ultimate goal of fatherhood—aside from enjoying Christ—is to lead his family to Christ. Do not expect that because church is there then you no longer have the responsibility to cultivate your children in their spirituality. How many times do we come to church? Or bible study? Once or twice? The rest of our week is already immersed in society, work, school, Netflix, and friends. Then we wonder why our kids are like this? Or our family is struggling? Deuteronomy 6:7, “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Eph 6:4).

Wisdom – Solomon speaks about Lady Wisdom (Paul to Timothy and Titus)

In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon made sure that he will pass on the most significant asset he can give to his son—not money, nor properties, not even the throne but—wisdom. He wrote this entire collection of proverbs for “learning wisdom and discipline for understanding” (1:2). This wisdom is:

  1. A garland of favor on your head and pendants around your neck (1:9); better than jewels and nothing desirable can equal it (8:11). A social status; is something to pursue.
  2. Through wisdom, trusting the Lord makes your path straight (3:5-6; 4:11).
  3. Makes you happy (3:13); leads you to long life and good sleep (3:16, 24).
  4. Rejects and draws away from temptation, lust, and financial entanglements (5-7)

Application:

  1. Fathers lead the devotion or gospel conversations. Ask the hard questions.
  2. Seek wisdom. Study and read good books.
  3. Model Christ’s love.

 

Ptr. John Paul Arceno
UCBC New Jersey
June 19, 2022

 

 

Text: Psalm 121

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Outline:

A. The Psalmist’s Background (121)

B. The Psalmist’s Need (121:1)

C. The Psalmist’s Helper (121:2)

Main Points:

I. The Lord Keeps by Strengthening us (121:3-4)

II. The Lord Keeps by Sustaining us (121:5-6)

III. The Lord Keeps by Saving us (121:7-8)

Application:

  • Look exclusively to the Lord
  • Listen attentively to the Lord
  • Lean entirely upon the Lord

 

Preached on June 5, 2022
at UCBC New Jersey

Ptr. Franco Gerard Ferrer
International Baptist Church of Manila
iDisciple Philippines Director

 

 

Text: Ephesians 3:14-19

My goal today is to persuade each of us to stay in love with Christ. When you are in love, you do good things naturally out of love. Unmanipulated. Not coerced and not out of duty.

Background: The Ephesian church had an ongoing conflict both within and outside its congregation. The verses in our passage from 14 to 21 are Paul’s prayer for empowerment calling them to focus on the love of Christ. This love of Christ is immeasurable—which encompasses all things—goes beyond all knowledge (1 John 4).

Outline of the Main Idea:

Pursuing Love: Jeremiah 31:3, “The LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” In fact, God loved us first (1 Jn 4:19). John 17:24, “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see the glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.” Read Luke 15:3-7.

Painful Love: Isaiah 53; Dane Ortlund said, “Your suffering does not define you. His does. You have endured pain involuntarily. He has endured pain voluntarily, for you. Your pain is meant to push you to flee to him where he endured what you deserve.” The victorious love of Christ perseveres. Painful as it was, it endures forever. Richard Sibbes said, “There can be no victory where there is no combat.”

Persevering Love: John 13:1, “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
Dane Ortlund said, “We love until we are betrayed. Jesus continued to the cross despite betrayal. We love until we are forsaken. Jesus loved through forsakenness. We love up to a limit. Jesus loves to the end.” Romans 8, no one can separate us from His love.

Conclusion: Benediction

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

 

Live Sunday Worship (May 22, 2022)

 

 

Text: 1 John 1:3-6

To be a Christian is to have koinonia with God.

I. Koinonia with Christ

Communion with Christ and Union in Christ (Galatians 2:20).

II. Koinonia with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:13)

Disregarding the guidance and leading of the Spirit and even not listening to it causes its grieving. Equally, complaining against the truth and having a corrupt judgment is not godly. Another serious manifestation of this is despising the prayer duty and not participating in sacraments.

When the Spirit is grieved, the believer’s soul is restless, being punished—as it is just to do so—and losing the sense of joy and comfort in one’s life. Christians experience dullness in life, easily tempted, feeling of brokenness, feeling of being left behind, ingratitude, indwelling sin becomes more active, contempt, and bitterness. More results are being poor in spirit, easy to stumble, dead faith, dissatisfied, does not see Christ in his life, insensitive, living without peace, and lazy in pursuing holiness, even experiencing being spiritually bruised and discouraged.

III. Koinonia with the Local Church (Community)

When we partake in the Lord’s Supper, we declare ourselves as One body, One mind, One Assembly—meaning One Church. (1 Corinthians 10:16-17)

  • with the church (one church_; I love you that’s why I need to tell you the truth, you cannot serve two masters, you cannot be in two places at once, you cannot commit your heart to two persons. Only one local church.
  • You become a critic, not a church participant, consumer, customer service not satisfied with the service (Heb 13:17)
  • fellowship, sharing one another (Heb 10:24-25), and going to church have now become an option by attending online; but we must go beyond just attending.

Conclusion:

As a church, our goal is to be a living expression of koinonia. Let us determine our actions whether it creates confusion, division, or encourage, support, and nourish one another.

 

Live Sunday Worship (May 15, 2022)

 

 

Text: Ruth 1:6-18

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Introduction:

God has seen the significance of mothers in the Bible. Many times, God would not only use men like Abraham, Moses, David, Matthew, and Paul to be part of the building of the kingdom of God on earth. God had used women—specifically, mothers—in shaping the heart and character of the people of God.

Background:

During the time of Naomi, Elimelek, Ruth, and others, there was a famine. But being familiar with the times of the Judges, it was not only a physical famine but also a spiritual dryness. The people of God were lost spiritually. They were struggling to survive their daily battles in their lives. Now it is at that point where our story begins.

Main Idea: Three Biblical Portraits

I. Confessional – it was in that similar situation wherein we see that being confessional is important. When I say, confessional, it is the same as how Ruth devotedly stood on her ground saying that “Your people will be my people; Your God, my God.” This is confessional. To be a mother is to be confessional, our supreme confession is “Jesus is Lord” as stated in Philippians 2:11, “every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

II. Truhearted/ Faithful – At first, Naomi thought the best way for Ruth is to return home and get remarried. Yet, God in his sovereign providence has another plan—a better purpose. *Amidst trials and sufferings, we tend to go ahead with God and act as if we have a better plan than His. Surrender your wills to God and be faithful to His plan.

III. Redemptive or Salvific – Through the faithful act of Boaz, the guardian-redeemer (kinsman), plus the faithfulness and obedience of both Naomi and Ruth, they have been redeemed. I believe the structure of the entire book of Ruth is providentially Christ-exalting. How? It ended the book by pointing to the ultimate kinsman-redeemer, the Son of David, Jesus Christ.

This is what I mean when I say redemptive; not that a mother can save their children, but they have the authority and influence to shape the faith and thinking of their kids.

Conclusion:

Charles Spurgeon:

O dear mothers, those who think that a woman detained at home by her little family is doing nothing think reverse of what is true. Scarcely can the godly mother quit her home for a place of worship. However, dream not that she is lost to the work of the church. Far from it, she is doing the best possible service for her Lord.

Mothers, the godly training of your offspring is your first and most pressing duty. Christian women, by teaching children the holy scriptures, are as much fulfilling their part for the Lord as Moses did in judging Israel, or Solomon in building the temple”.

 

Ptr. John Paul Arceno
UCBC New Jersey
May 8, 2022

 

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Text: 2 Corinthians 12:7-9

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Background:

Paul wrote this letter in a more apologetic, argumentative, or lawyer-like tone addressing the false accusations against him by fake Christian leaders.

Thorn in the flesh: (1) Paul’s inner psychological struggles; (2) Paul’s opponents, who continued to persecute him; (3) some kind of physical affliction; or (4) some kind of demonic harassment.

Main Idea:

The thorn is a messenger from Satan designed to torment Paul. But God has a purpose for the thorn. What Satan intended for evil; God turned for good. *Like Joseph the Dreamer, in Genesis 50:19-21:

“But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

Jesus did not take away the thorn; Jesus gave Paul more of himself (v 9). Jesus said, “what you need is more of me”. Al Mohler commented, “God’s solution to earthly suffering is not to take away the trials to make earth a paradise. His answer to suffering is to give us more of himself and his all-sufficient grace so that we have enough to endure the trials.”

Application:

  1. Growing through Trials
  2. Grasping the all-sufficient Grace of Christ
  3. Glorifying God’s Power in Our Lives

Conclusion:

We need extraordinary measures in extraordinary times. We do not want a stagnant kind of life—no progress and is bound to fail. We ought to mitigate this situation both in our personal lives and communal life by depending on the grace of God by growing through trials, grasping Christ more, and glorifying God in all circumstances.

 

Ptr. John Paul Arceno
UCBC New Jersey
May 1, 2022

 

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Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

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Introduction:

In verses 1-11 we will see Paul review and defined the gospel he had delivered to them, then he defended the resurrection, then he showed us how the gospel of grace works in his own life.

Outline:

I. THE GOSPEL DELIEVERED, REVIEWED AND DEFINED vs.1-4

II. THE RESURRECTION DEFENDED vs. 5-9

III. GOSPEL OF GACE DEMONSTRATED IN PAUL vs. 10-11

 

Kwike Kauga Waim
SBTS Student
April 24, 2022

 

 

Text: 2 Timothy 2:1-7

Gospel and the Next Generation

Background:

  • Paul wrote this second letter to Timothy during his second imprisonment in Rome (AD 64–65).
  • This letter is a call to be courageous and endurance amid opposition and suffering for the sake of the gospel.
  • 2 Timothy 1:1-7, Paul expresses his affectionate greetings to Timothy, his “beloved child”
  • 2 Timothy 1:8-14, Paul exhorts Timothy to have gospel endurance
  • 2 Timothy 15-18, Paul reveals those people who abandoned him

The future of the local church, the next generation of believers, and those who are yet to believe are at stake if we don’t faithfully entrust the gospel of Jesus Christ today.

  1. Be Strengthened by God’s Grace (v1)
    • The grace of God transforms our feeling
    • The grace of Jesus transforms our thinking
    • The grace of God transforms our doing
  2. Entrust the Good Deposit of the Gospel (v2)
    • The Gospel – Christ crucified
    • The Sufficiency of God’s Word
    • Love for the Local Church
    • A Life Worthy of the Gospel
    • Look for men and women who are faithful
    • Then these faithful men and women will eventually disciple others
    • Life on Life is the way we entrust the gospel
      • Paul, the Apostle (First Generation)
      • Timothy (Second Generation)
      • Faithful Men & Women (Third Generation)
      • Others (Fourth Generation)
  3. Endure Hardships Together (v3-6)
    • When you embrace the gospel, be ready to suffer.
      • Have a single focus like a soldier (v4)
      • Have a godly discipline like an athlete (v5)
      • Have an enduring expectation towards the prize (v6)
  4. Examine your life and your local church in light of God’s truth (v7)
    • Do I thirst for God?
    • Do I still grieve over sin?
    • Am I governed by God’s Word?
    • Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?
    • Am I a quicker forgiver? Am I more loving?

2 Timothy 4:6-7, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Conclusion:

For the sake of God’s glory and the joy of the saints at UCBC:

  • Humbly seek together God’s grace
  • Grow and be accountable to each other
  • Faithfully entrust the gospel corporately
  • Endure hardships with joy and gladness

 

Ptr. Franco Ferrer
International Baptist Church of Manila
April 17, 2022

 

 

Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

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Introduction:

Generally speaking, what we will consistently see is Paul’s appeal that 1) the Gospel should be central for them, the church, and 2) they should mature in their faith – this includes the pursuit of holiness in their life in Christ.

The Gospel declares that Jesus resurrected from the dead.

Outline:

  • What is the Gospel for a Christian?
  • The content of the gospel Paul preached.
  • Concrete evidence of Jesus’ resurrection
  • Paul’s testimony of grace

Conclusion:

BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Do not waste your life on the vain things of this world rather let us not hesitate to submit to the will of God and do not hesitate to obey knowing that our resurrection in Christ is at hand. As Christ prayed, with the contradiction of His real struggle at that point of prayer: Father, not My will but Your will be done. 

 

Ptr. Uziel Idurot
One Body Christian Ministry
April 10, 2022

 

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