First, hear the Word with attentiveness. Jesus urged His followers, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matt. 11:15; cf. Matt. 13:9, 43; Mk. 4:9, 23; 7:16; Lk. 8:8; Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22).
Second, receive the Word with understanding. The Lord Jesus expects us to receive the Word of God with faith and understanding. He said, “Hear, and understand” (Matt. 15:10; cf. Matt. 13:19). Let us pray, when we hear the Word, that the Lord will open our understanding (cf. Luke 24:45; Eph. 1:17; Col. 1:9). In His parable of the seed and the soil, Jesus said of a good hearer of the Word: “…he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matt. 13:23).
Third, abide in the Word with faith. Jesus said to those who professed to believe in Him, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed” (Jn. 8:31). Hebrews 4:2 explains why some who heard and understood the preached Word do not enter the eternal rest of heaven – “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it” (cf. Heb. 4:6). May it be said of us, like it was testified about the Thessalonian believers, that “… when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (1 Thess. 2:13; cf. 1 Jn. 2:14).
Fourth, esteem the Word above all necessities. Job said, “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12). Regarding highly the Word of God above the necessary meals of a day is the proper attitude of a believer (cf. Deut 8:3; Matt. 4:4; 1 Pet. 2:2).
Fifth, love the Word and meditate on it. In Psalm 119:97, the psalmist expressed his love for the Word, “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day” (cf. Ps. 119:48, 113, 127, 159, 165, 167).
Sixth, obey the Word and be pure. All God’s children who desire to please the LORD by keeping themselves pure will have a commitment to His Word. The psalmist said, “I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word” (Psalm 119:101). He hastened himself to obey the Word – “I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments” (Psalm 119:60). Jesus said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).
Seventh, declare the Word and defend it. Jesus said to a hesitating disciple, “Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:60). The apostle Paul reminded the church in Rome concerning its duty to spread the Word – “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Rom. 10:14-15; cf. 2 Tim. 4:2). God also expects us to defend or safeguard the Word committed to us (1 Tim. 1:11; 6:20; cf. 2 Tim. 1:13-14; Rev. 3:3), by not adding or subtracting from it (Deut. 4:2; cf. Prov. 30:5-6; Rev. 22:18-19).
Testimony of Salvation of Daniel Teo
I was born in a Christian family on September 5th, 2002, in Kuching. I was baptized on Christmas Day that year in a local Methodist church. As a young boy, I attended Sunday School in the Methodist church, but did not pay much attention to the message. Sometimes, I even questioned myself, “Why do we have to go to church every Sunday?” And also, “Why do we have to pray all the time before every meal?” I felt like I was lost in a maze without direction.
Then, my life changed in 2014, when my father introduced me to Pastor Koshy from Gethsemane B-P Church. Pastor Koshy’s sermons moved my heart, and they made me want to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. But after a few months, I began to question myself regarding whether I was really a born-again Christian. Then in 2017, when I was reading some Gospel tracts, some of the stories I read touched my heart, and they caused me to fear God. At that moment, I cried to the Lord, “Dear God, I admit that I am a lost sinner. Please save me!” And I felt the burden in my heart being completely lifted, and being “rolled down the hill”, just like the experience of the character of John Bunyan in “The Pilgrim’s Progress” story.
Today, I serve the Lord in church as a pianist. I thank the Lord for giving me the gift in music. I pray that I will use this gift faithfully for His glory.
Testimony of Salvation of Samuel Teo
By God’s grace, I was born into a Christian family. From young, I have been taught about Jesus Christ and how He came down from heaven to die for helpless sinners.
My family and I used to worship at a Methodist church before coming to know of Calvary Kuching B-P Church (CKBPC) in 2011, where we started attending the Evening Chinese Worship Service there. In 2014, it became clear to us that it was God’s will for us to leave the Methodist church after they introduced the idea of letting children partake the Lord’s Supper. By God’s providence, we came to know of the livestreaming of Gethsemane B-P Church’s Lord’s Day service, and started “attending” the English service from home. In due course, the English service of CKBPC was started (August 2015), and we have frequent visiting preachers from Gethsemane to minister to us. We also started to have Youth Fellowship meetings, mainly led by Pr Samson.
During my younger days, I was simply a professing Christian without giving much thought about sin and how it affected my testimony for Christ (even though I’ve said the sinner’s prayer). I was very hot-tempered and unable to control my emotions, often bursting out amongst my peers, not realising how much it had undermined my testimony for Christ. At one point, I even blurted words out of anger in front of my peers, only to realise how severe a damage it had done to my Christian testimony afterwards. Being ashamed of my sinful thoughts and actions, I submitted myself to the Lord by praying the sinner’s prayer once again in 2019.
By God’s gracious guidance, my attitude slowly changed, and God has helped me to become more patient and courteous towards others. I started to consider whether my actions are glorifying to God. During the Covid lockdown period, when our family spent more time together in devotion, I’ve also grown deeper in the faith, and in the love for Christ and His Word. There were still times when I sinned and returned to my old ways, but unlike my younger days, I would feel remorseful and that God being far from me. But I thank God that He is ever forgiving, gracious, and merciful in guiding me in my Christian walk, no matter how many times I’ve failed Him.
I am thankful to the Lord for the reaffirmation of my faith. I pray that the Lord will continue to guide me to grow in my Christian faith, by prayer and meditation of His Word daily, as well as by bringing the Gospel message to those around me. May the name of Jesus be greatly praised!