Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar



Cell Group Joy meets in the home of Joseph and Siew Lan every Thursday from 8.00 pm to 10.30 pm.
Presently there are 11 members faithfully coming to the weekly cell meetings. The 11 members are Joseph, Siew Lan, Howard, Khing Shia, Koon Seng, Gay Khim, Cheng Yu, Jackie, Even, Robert and Jenny.
This year we hope to add 2 more to our cell.
Our cell  is conducted in a mixture of mandarin, hokkien and a sprinkling of english.
This year we plan to study Hosea and the character of Moses. We will have steamboat dinners and BBQ to celebrate the various birthdays. We also hope to be able to organise a picnic and a holiday-cum-retreat for cell group members.
Come and join us if you are looking for a mandarin-speaking cell group or do not already belong to any cell group. Feel free also to drop in for a visit or two. You would be most welcomed.

 

Care Group Adullam has been doing a study of methods, principles and guidelines for proper Bible study. Some highlights are: 

  1. Proper attitudes in Study - Ezra "prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord." [Ezra 7:10 ]
    Right methods of study must begin with right attitudes.
    • Appreciate the importance of study.
    • Study with an open mind and love for truth
    • Respect the Bible as being verbally and infallibly inspired
    • Believe that the Bible can be understood
  2. Principles of Bible Authority - To know how to study, we must understand the principles God uses to teach us. [2 Tim. 2:15 ]
    • God's command for us today are revealed in the New Testament
    • In the Bible, God uses three basic methods to reveal His Will
      1. Commands and direct statements
      2. Examples and illustrations
      3. Logical necessary conclusions ("necessary inferences" or "Scriptural reasoning")
    • God's Word completely reveals His Will for us
    • Only Divine authority, not human authority is acceptable in religion. Ways that seem right result in death. (Proverbs 14:12 )
    • God may teach in general of specific terms. E.g. God told Noah to construct the ark with specific instructions. He also told us to go and preach the gospel but didn't say exactly how.
  3. Other Rules For Bible Study
    • Consider Other Passages on the Same Subject - Truth on a subject is determined by "adding up" all pertinent passages.
    • Consider Context and Background - "context" means the verses surrounding the one being studied, especially verses on the same subject. By "background" it means who is speaking, to whom they speak, the people addressed, when and where, etc.
    • Define the meaning of the words - the Bible is verbally inspired by God. The message is revealed in words, and we understang it only when we understand the words.
  4.  Tools & Suggested Procedures for Bible Study. 

                Helpful Tools for Study - Translations, Cross references, Concordance, Bible Dictionaries, Commentaries, etc.

                Suggested Procedures for Bible Study

                    a) Study the general background of the book of the Bible

b) Read the passage in context
c) Study the particular passage section by section
 Conclusion : God's word not only teaches why we should study, it teaches us how to study. We have no good excuse for not studying and learning God's word.  

 

 

 

 

Lessons from 2 Thessalonians (August 2009)

Care Group JOY(Joy of Yeshua) is currently studying Thessalonians. We have finished studying 1 Thessalonians and now we have come to the last chapter of 2 Thessalonians.

 This is what we have learnt together:

  1. To remain steady in faith in spite of troubles for this is the way God moulds us for the kingdom of God.(2 Thess 1:4-5)
  2. Leave it to God to punish the wrong-doers, for He will do it as promised.(2 Thess 1:6-9)
  3. Our role is to honour God in all we do, drawing our strength from His grace. (2 Thess 1:11-12)
  4. God is surely coming again, but it is not for us to determine the exact time. (2 Thess 2 1:17)
  5. Do not encourage people to be freeloaders and busybodies.(2 Thess 3:6-12) Yet, don't treat him like an enemy, but warn him like a brother.(2 Thess 3:15)
 

In line with the Church's overall strategy, Cell Groups are to be avenues for training and nurture of every member as well as welcoming points for new members into the church community.

In the area of training and nurture, the following activities are proposed:

  1. The 4Ws format of welcome, worship, word and works for weekly meetings.
  2. World vision adoption programme to continue.
  3. Challenge members to go for short mission trips.
  4. CG members should be amongst the first to visit fellow members who are sick or hospitalized.
  5. All CG members to be committed to attend the annual Family Camp.
  6. Encourage members to attend seminars / talks both locally and outstation through CG sponsorships.
  7. Continue to support the Community Tuition during its Easter Celebrations.
  8. All CG to run the Celebration of Hope TRAC during December as part of the Christmas evangelistic outreach.

It has been proposed that at least one CG be set aside to run the Alpha Course twice a year to keep this programme running. Also, the challenge for two couples to take up the challenge of running the Marriage Course.

 


 
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