We are God’s beloved. God demonstrated this by freely giving up His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and who-so-ever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. God sacrificed His only Son Jesus, for you and me. When we catch a revelation of this truth, we are transformed by His grace from the inside out. That’s the beauty of believing and living in Daddy God’s love and grace!
The articles here are excerpt from our sermons that are Christ centered and based on the finished work of Christ Jesus. We believe that the Old Testament books are actually containing Jesus being hidden here and there everywhere; God’s promised redemption of His people and the gradual unfolding of this plan, and still we can have a glimpse of Jesus everywhere in the Old Testament. The New Testament reveals Jesus openly and details God’s salvation of His church through the finished work of Christ alone. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament, the Prophet, Priest and King in the New Testament, and He’s returning soon to rule and reign forevermore. Christ was concealed in the Old, and Christ is revealed in the New.
Thus, the whole Bible is a book about Jesus, the beautiful Person, God wrote the bible for His beloved Son, Jesus. There’s no text in the Old or New Testament that can be preached as if Jesus has not lived, died and rose from the dead to forgive sinners and reconcile them to God. Jesus should be included in every sermon since He is the point of Scripture. By beholding Jesus in His Beauty, the listeners and readers are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord (2Co 3:18).
Joh 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Moses is merely a servant who was given two cold stone tablets, while Jesus is God’s beloved Son, and He came personally to bring Grace and Truth, because Jesus is the Truth, and Grace is a person, and His Name is Jesus Christ. Grace, Truth and Jesus Christ are one and inseparable.
Eternally in His Service,
John M Lukamto, S.Th. & Aileena Wong, Msc.HRM.
About the author:
I have been a Christian for 40 years, going church and reading bible, and for the past 35 years or so, I did not understand what I was reading nor why did I go to church for? Well, frankly going to church during those days were like an obligation of being “a Christian”, and reading bible was to become a good person, and build good characters. Indeed I tried so hard to be a good person with good characters, but all in vain. In fact, actually, bible was full of flawed-characters of Bible patriarchs and heroes. There were always good and bad in every bible character. The “normal” preachers would select a verse in the bible and build a character building sermon. The sermon sounds good to the flesh but yet people still struggle to achieve.
Those years going to church only made me a hypocrite: one holy face when I am in church or in the company of church friends; and another face when outside the church environment. In fact, the church meant nothing to me but an obligation to fulfill weekly responsibility of a Christian, and at the same time I was so lost in the world until the Law caught up with me and I faced probable death penalty for my heavy crimes. In my desperation, God sent a word through a retarded man in the remand prison; “not to worry, not to fear, as the sentence will be only 6 months”. Indeed, during the final hearing; the judge sentenced me only 6 months! It was God’s miracle to set me free!
In that supernatural conversation between me and the retard, there was no word of condemnation nor tone of accusation nor my past sins put to remembrance; only love and favor given to me. Even though, I backslided and betrayed God the Father, for decades over & over again, and yet in my desperate moments without hope, He still came to give hope and released me supernaturally. This is our God whom I had misunderstood all these years, no condemnation, He is a good God, He is full of Grace.
After my release in May 2007, I had been searching the right church to attend in Singapore and moving from one church to another church, just to find out that Christianity & God have been so much misrepresented. Many churches did not portrayed the right person of God whom I met in the prison and who released me by Grace, and the Gospel was merely a conditional covenant. Until, Sept. 2008 my wife brought me to the New Creation Church Singapore, with Pastor Joseph Prince, preaching Grace portraying precisely the right God whom I met in the prison; the Bible is not about us trying to be a good person, but all about Jesus; Not about what we need to do for Him, but what He has done for us; The amazing Grace which is too good to be true but it is true!
It has been more than 6 years now, I have been learning the Gospel of Grace of Pastor Joseph Prince and sharing the Gospel of Grace to many in Indonesia (God made me a bilingual English & Bahasa for this purpose), and amazingly the learning experience has been so much pleasurable, and reading His Word has been an addictive hobby, and there is so much more about Grace that I am still discovering and learning daily, the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge. Thank you Lord, for Pastor Joseph Prince, God’s chosen Apostle who has been producing new Pastors with unveiled face, all around the world, These pastors, in turns are shepherding new Radical Grace churches. Since 2012, I and my dear friend, Melchisedek Tanok, an Indonesian Pastor, have shepherded 2 churches: Bethany English service – Balikpapan & Gereja Ciptaan Baru – Bandung. We are part of Grace Revolution in Indonesia, triggered by Ps. Joseph Prince with His Radical Grace book “Destined to Reign”.
Being a father of 6 children, helps me understand more of the Love of God towards me, His beloved child, and helps me to read & understand Bible in the right perspective of God as “Abba” Daddy, and help other Christians to walk and see in the same way too. The Birth year of my youngest daughter (Pearl), in 2006, marked the time where the Lord found me in prison, and subsequently unveiled me to see Grace & Truth that came through Jesus Christ. And, this Truth must be preached through “Radical Grace”, that is to see Grace as God sees, and not as man sees. And, being a husband to a beautiful wife who loves me whether I am good or bad for 29 years now; helps me understand more of the Love of Christ to His bride, the church. I never stop Thanking the Lord for His Grace, Loving-kindness, His Goodness & Faithful Love for me.
Eternally in His Service,
John M Lukamto, S.Th.
Full testimony : I met an angel of God in prison (2006)