As I mentioned last week, there are several levels of thought about John’s version of the Feeding of the 5,000.
On the surface, there was the actual feeding of 5,000 people with five loaves and two fishes from a young boy. This is the level that most are comfortable with. Whether, you see this as a miracle of multiplication or an act of sharing of food, one thing is clear – we continue with the feeding of the masses.
Next comes the discourse on whether physical food can satisfy all of one’s hunger. We see Jesus speaking on a level that is perhaps baffling to the simple folks. All that they were truly interested in was to have their bellies filled. To inform them that there is food that will satisfy all hunger will only lead them to demand for more.
Today, we hear Jesus proclaiming that he is the bread of life. How do we take his words that, if we come to Jesus, we will never be hungry or believe in him and we will never be thirsty?
Clearly, this was an invitational message. The people had flocked to Jesus BUT they did not receive him nor believe in him. All that they were clamouring for was that he offered healing, miracles and food. They were there not for the GIVER but for what was given.
So often in life, we are thankful for what is given but have little appreciation for the Giver. So out of the ten lepers who were healed, only one returned to give thanks. At Christmas, I hope we are able to teach little ones to give thought to the Giver rather than to the gift received.
Paul takes this further in exhorting the Ephesian Christians to copy their lives after the Bread of Life. Each of us are to be “bread of life” to others too. The pattern of our living must reflect Christ to the world.
Online Notes about ICB worship on Zoom: Please come on time and allow a minute or two to connect.
You will be “muted” upon entering the zoom room with the musical prelude on. Please stay muted during the service.
Pastor Chee suggests, “while you listen to the prelude, please pray for the service to run smoothly for God’s glory. There’s plenty of time to chit chat in the break out rooms after the service.”
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This coming Wednesday, will be reviewing and discussing Chapter 4 of the book. If you would like a short summary of previous chapters, please send an email to the minister. email@example.com
The Love of 2 Cities
Hanoi and Bangkok
Do YOU love your (adopted) city? Why not join our study?
What if our church in Bangkok becomes known for its love? Can we transform ICB?
ICB Council and other members have started an online book study on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. (ICT time)
So far, we have looked at the first part. We are encouraging all to join the study, too, as there is still much to learn. ICB supporters who are overseas are also most welcome. ZOOM details are: https://us02web.zoom.us Meeting ID: 850 9388 8359
The book is “Love (Your City)” by Jacob Bloemberg. It is the recent story of how God’s love has grown in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Summaries of chapters discussed so far can be requested from the minister)
CHRISTIAN OUTREACH The International Church of Bangkok
partners with Christian ministries throughout Thailand to advance the work of Jesus.
5% of ICB’s yearly total income goes directly to the outreach partners. Members and friends are also encouraged to give directly.
Bank transfers are easy to do and very welcome Please Donate NOW when it’s Most Needed!! KasikornBank (KBank): 003-1-09408-9 Transfer your donation to the ICB Bank account above and please email your transfer confirmation with the message: “For Outreach: month/year (or name of O/R partner)” firstname.lastname@example.org
ICB’s August Outreach Partner (2021)
Bangkok Institute of Theology (BIT)
One of the four theological institutions recognised by the Thai government, BIT is the divinity department of the Christian University of Thailand (CUT), located in Nakhon Pathom Province (adjacent to Bangkok, to the West).
BIT strives to accomplish
its mission of training servants who can effectively teach God’s Word and help lead the church in accomplishing God’s ministry, both within Thailand and overseas.
BIT students come from all regions of Thailand as well as from neighbouring countries where access is restricted. Many come from different tribal groups whose cultural expressions of worship and costumes are vibrant and colourful. In 2021, BIT has trained over 100 young aspiring servants of God, who has also blessed BIT with 43 incoming students (16 in BA and 27 in the M.Div. program).
Because of the Covid19 pandemic, this year BIT has started an E-Learning format for the M.Div. program, all classes being online.
Also, in the past two years, some 70 students have successfully completed their theological education but
have not yet graduated due to COVID-19. They are now undergoing provisional service and will graduate this year.
“BIT highly values our partnership with International Church of Bangkok. Along with the financial support from ICB, we would appreciate your prayer for all the students facing the challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic. Thank you.”
(Ajarn Sam of BIT will join us via zoom on Sunday, 22nd August.)
In 2021, BIT has trained 100+ young aspiring servants of God.
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