First Church PCA, Lansing, IL

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By Pastor Glem Melo

I am blessed, honored and pleased to belong to, serve as pastoral intern and have regular opportunities to preach and minister Christ’s word to our First Church PCA family in Lansing, Illinois.

2016-10-23-18-05-26Last October 23, during the evening service at our new home church, I was privileged to preach Jesus and his ministry to the people of Samaria in John 4. You can listen to the sermon here. Following is my outline.

“Casting In” the Outcasts

John 4:1-42

Christ majors (1) in seeking and saving outcasts and (2) in using saved outcasts to to seek and save other outcasts.

  1. The Witness of Christ to the Outcast

a. Christ was rejected and resisted by those who were “in” but received by outcasts. (1-2)

b. Christ left the resistant and focused on evangelizing outcasts. (3)

c. Christ was intentional in his mission to the Samaritans. (4)

d. Christ is the Son of Abraham who came to seek and save His bride, the church. (5-6; see Genesis 29, also 24)

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e. Christ’s heart is for the outcasts. (John 4:7-9; see chapter 3)

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f. Christ broke man-made barriers to evangelize outcasts. (9, 27)

g. Christ offers the Holy Spirit to outcasts. (10-11)

– The greatest gift is God Himself—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

– The Father sent Christ to pay for our sins by His death and sacrifice on the cross.

– The Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit to regenerate and convert us.

– Through the saving work of God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—we are saved and reconciled to Him.

– We know Him, and that is eternal life!

– The knowledge of and relationship with Himself that God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—gives us is eternally satisfying.

h. Christ was patient and persevering in evangelizing and teaching. (11-14, also 40-42)

i. Christ pointed out sin and dealt with it. (15-18)

j. Christ is omniscient. (16-18)

k. Christ was patient and persevering in overcoming resistance, correcting errors and  teaching the truth. (19-24, also 40-42)

l. Christ was full of knowledge and wisdom. (21-24)

m. Christ proclaimed Himself to be the Messiah. (25-26)

n. Christ was nourished, strengthened, energized and fulfilled by the work of evangelism and missions. (31-34)

o. Christ was staunchly focused, passionate and dedicated to the work of evangelism and missions. (33-34)

p. Christ taught, trained, mentored and sent out witnesses of Himself and for Himself. (35-38)

firstchurchpca2. The Witness for Christ by the Outcast

a. The Witness (27-29)

i. “Left her jar” (28)

ii. A simple witness. (29, 39, 42)

– She was a woman.

– She was immoral.

– She still needed a lot of doctrinal instruction and discipleship.

– She had faith but it was weak.

b. The Harvest (30, 39-42)

What was the secret of her success?

– The Lord was with her.

– Christ at work (39-42)

APPLICATION

  1. Know.
  2. Work.
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Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Holland, MI

By Pastor Glem Melo

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I am thankful and blessed to have been given the opportunity to preach Christ from Genesis 1:1-3 to the Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) family in Holland, MI.

  • On the cross, Christ became nothing. He suffered the curse of desolation, emptiness, and deep, pervasive darkness to pay for our sins and to give us the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit uses God’s Word in His work of lighting, forming, and filling.
  • Jesus is the Word of God, and the whole Bible (from Genesis to Revelation) is about Him.
 Please pray for this precious congregation of the Lord.  May He continue to bless, keep and grow them in the faith, life and service of Christ.  May He continue to use them to lead people to Himself and to nurture both new and old believers in and through His powerful word.
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Trinity PCA, DeMotte, IN

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By Pastor Glem Melo

A cosmic coupleI have been honored and pleased to preach Christ during both the morning and evening services of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in DeMotte, IN, last Sunday.

Morning Service
BY GOD ALONE
Genesis 1:1

Evening Service
BY GOD’S SPIRIT AND WORD
Genesis 1:2-3

  • God’s work (in Christ by His Spirit and word) of creation and new creation are both out of nothing.  Let us give Him all the glory in all things.
  • The total completion of creation guarantees the total accomplishment of God’s covenant promise and plan of salvation and new creation in Christ.  Let us stand on His word of promise with unshakable faith and assurance
  • Believe in the Holy Spirit and His life-giving power, and yield to His full control.
  • Be filled with God’s word.  Be filled with Christ.

May the Lord sustain and grow this dear congregation of Christ. May He bless and prosper their evangelism and disciple-making plans.

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Pray for the Philippines

 

Drug killings

LAMENTATION A weeping Jennelyn Olaires hugs partner Michael Siaron, 30, a pedicab driver and alleged drug pusher, who was shot and killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen near Pasay Rotonda on Edsa. He was one of six killed in drug-related incidents in Pasay and Manila yesterday. RAFFY LERMA, Philippine Daily Inquirer

by Pastor Glem Melo

“Asia’s ‘shoot-to-kill’ republic? The rising body count of the Philippines’ ‘war on drugs.’”

Screenshot 2016-07-22 08.51.08So goes an news article from The Conversation.

ABS-CBN News puts the “number of drug-related fatalities” from May 10 to July 22, 2016 at 544 — 358 in police operations, 14o by unidentified gunmen, and 46 “as salvage” victims.

Human Rights Watch Asia Deputy Director Phelim Kine  calls it “the surge of extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals and drug offenders” in the Philippines.

Screenshot 2016-07-22 08.52.51Edre Olalia, secretary general of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, said in an interview,

keys“The drug menace must stop … Yet the apparent serial summary executions of alleged street drug users or petty drug lords which appear sudden, too contrived and predictable must also stop.The two are not incompatible.”

I agree.  And and so with the Human Rights Watch that “a credible and independent inquiry into the alarming increase in police killings is urgently needed, and the findings made public.”

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Rembrandt, The Return of the Prodigal Son, 1662–1669 (Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg)

Most of all, I plead with professing Christians worldwide.  Pray for the Philippines.

“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24)

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

“This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.” (Zechariah 7:9)

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Happy Mothers’ Day

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From Pastor Glem Melo

Greetings and blessings to all mommies, mamas, nanays… on your special day.  May Christ give you all the greatest gift of all: HIMSELF.

Art: Gerbrand van den Eeckhout – Hannah presenting her son Samuel to the priest Eli, ca. 1665

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Missions Conference

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By Pastor Glem Melo

2016-03-13 19.23.03I am greatly honored, blessed, and pleased to have served the Lord and His people at New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, Maryland, during their 2016 Mission Conference.  The theme was “One Culture to Another… It’s Not Just for Missionaries.”

  1. I gave an update on our Bible Training and Church Planting Mission Work in the Philippines, Friday night.
  2. I taught during two (2) break-out sessions on Saturday morning and noon.
  3. I taught missions to Sunday school kids.
  4. I was a part of a question and answer panel on Sunday evening.

Screenshot 2016-03-09 22.30.37My break-out sessions were on Biblical, Presbyterian, and Cross-cultural Church Planting.

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If we are to advance the fulfillment of the great commission, we must focus on, be more intentional and strategic about, and labor relentlessly towards the planting and multiplication of new churches, at home and abroad.  But we must do so according to the Bible, consistent with our Reformed Confessions, and “decently and in order” as set forth in our Presbyterian Church Order.

Screenshot 2016-03-09 22.31.08Main points:

  1. The Lord Jesus Christ: the Great Church Planter
  2. All the Apostles were Cross-cultural Church Planters (Jerusalem was not their native home)
  3. The Ministry of the Word, Sacraments, and Discipline
  4. Presbytery Formation and Action in the Gospels and Acts

Please pray that the Lord would continue to nourish, grow, and expand the missionary work of His church worldwide.

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The Bible

THE BIBLE

“Behold Your God” – Part 1
A Basic “Faith and Life” Theology Series

By Pastor Glem Melo

2016-03-06 09.17.20

Text: “In the beginning, God created…” (Genesis 1:1a)
Confession: Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 1

  • No foreword, introduction, or prolegomena.
  • Straight up, the Bible presents itself as truth.
  • The Bible is God’s word.
  • The Bible is authentical.
  • The Bible presupposes God.
  • The Bible is all about God.
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