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alone despite being surrounded by a sea of people. Perhaps this
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girls of the bigh priest came, and seeing Peter warming
himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the
knowNazarene, Jesus.” But he denied it, saying, “I neither
understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway
and the rooster crowed. And the servant girl saw him and
began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of
_— them.” But again he denied it. And after a little while the
ea bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them,
, for you are a Galilean.” But he began to invoke a curse on
himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you
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“ys And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the
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broke down and wept.
, We were all like Peter at one point in our lives... we denied
Jesus. We denied Him of the love that He deserves and the
\ glory, respect, and friendship He seeks from us. Why? Because
we were afraid of being labeled by the people around us. We
; ; thought that it might be okay to just keep Him a secret. When
our backs were against the ropes, we said, “I do not know this
,} man of whom you speak”. We were too full of pride to accept
Him in our lives. And yet, despite already now accepting Him
:: as our Savior, there are times that we still deny Him. How? By
i doing the things that does not give glory to His name.
: | Imagine how Jesus feels when we deny Him. Imagine the pain
He endured so that our sins may be forgiven. Imagine what He
| sacriﬁced for the atonement of mankind. Imagine Him weeping
because He loves us so much. Imagine the blood that ﬂowed out
of His wounds from being scoured and cruciﬁed. Now, imagine
Him denying us.
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Subic Bay Community of Faith started in the summer of 2010 when a vision of church planting in
Subic Bay Freeport Zone was laid in the hearts of John Phillip and Mei Chua Chiaco. On
Sepiember 25, 2010, thirty-ﬁve people mei for the ﬁrst worship service with Rev. Noel Panioja,
assisted by his loving wife Jenny Pantoja serving as the Lead Pastor/Church Planter of the team.
A year later, Rev. Maurice Adam Rivera was called io continue the spiritual leadership of SBCF.
While the church over the years continued to participate in numerous community-based
ministries such as outreaches, medical missions, church planting, fellowship groups, ministering
to the ministers, and other similar activities, ihe Lord steered the leadership of His Church to
prioritize discipleship and focus on the internal growth of those called to SBCF. Through His
leading and voice, the mission of SBCF became clear: to Develop Dynamic Disciples by leading
others to cultivate their inner life through Christ Jesus.
Today, SBCF continues to champion the call to Christian authenticity by prioritizing our own
relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We encourage people of all ages and
thebackgrounds to come and experience joy and resteciness only Christ can bring. Worship with
us, and come as you are! Welcome io the SBCF family!
OUR 2019 THEME: “BUILDING DEEP”
"But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation
other than the one already latd which is Jesus Christ,” (4 Corinthians 3-10-11)
One of the biggest challenges Christianity faces today is the problem of superﬁciality. Ministries are being built on the
foundation of competence and skill rather than in complete trust and surrender to the Lordship of Christ, The focus is
lost and the “doing” is viewed as more important than the “being” Our time spent with Christ is lost in the endless
buzzing of works that need to be completed, all in the name of Christ. This results in Christians merely going through the
motions of Christianity, severely lacking spiritual depth and maturity.
The solution to this problem is a commitment to prioritize getting to know Christ above all other things in life, It is
addressed through the genuine desire, follow-through of, and devotion to the studying and understanding of the Word
of God. It is this solid foundation of Christ and the intimate relationship with Him that stabilizes our Christian walk and
With that said, our theme for 2019 is “BUILDING DEEP" Building Deep is not about skills or strategy on how to grow the
all aboutchurch, nor is it a quide on how to cornplete missions for God more efﬁciently. Building Deep is our discipleship
Journey, focused on deepening our relationship with Christ. It is about strengthening our “being” and learning what it
truly means to be founded on Christ Jesus, Let us discover the deep things about God. Let us face the challenge to
nourish our inner lives and let that dictate the breadth of our ministry, Let us continue ourspiritual journey together and
focus our 2019 towards Building Deep!
LEAD PASTOR MINISTRY DIRECTORS
Reverend Mau Rivera
CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR 0917 142 1112 FIREWALLCONNECT GROUPS CJ Bacatat 0917 189 0729
Phillip Chua Chiaco 0917 326 9703 Jaki Pantoja 0917 774.7788
FRAMEWORX 0966 317 2619
[email protected] 0917 142 1112 Chris Dumlao 0917 893 0517
0918 925 5628
KIDS HUB Mei Chua Chiaco
0917 142 1112
LADIES’ LINK Edna Cruz
0918 900 1358
MEN'S DOS Rev. Mau Rivera
SERVER (USHERS) Anne Santiago
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COPING WITH THE SILENCE OF GOD
Pastor Arnold Perona / October 20, 2019 / Isaiah 50:10-14
“oW/ho among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of His servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has
no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God. "But now, all you who light ﬁres and provide
yourselves with ﬂaming torches, go, walk in the light of your ﬁres and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is
what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment."
INTRODUCTION: There are times when we trek through life in darkness. These are moments when we ﬁnd it difﬁcult to
stillsee what lies ahead. And it is hard to stand when we are puzzled with God's willin our lives. It is difﬁcult to move on
when God seems silent. His silence - which we could misunderstand as His absence - can either cause us (in faith) to
wait upon Him, or prompt us (in pride) to declare ourselves self-sufﬁcient.
‘Life is ﬁlled with melody and misery, also high times and hard times. It is interesting that, as Christians, we desire
to be overcomers, but do not want much to overcome. We desire to go to Heaven, but would rather not die in
order to get there.” - James Davis
There are seasons when we are not able to grasp what is happening in our lives. There are times when we have studied
allthe precepts, learned the principles, and memorized the promises in the Scriptures, and think we have it ﬁgured out
- then we are plunged into darkness, and we do not know why and what to do about it.
I. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS PERIOD OF DARKNESS?
“We no longer walk in the darkness of sin and ignorance, but may be called on to walk in the darkness of trouble
and perplexity." - Charles Spurgeon
A. To test our conviction. (1 Thess. 1:5; 6)
B. To strengthen our faith. (Isa. 40:31)
C. To try our obedience. (Phil. 2:12)
our need. (Rom. 8:26)
walk.E. To deepen
I. WHAT SHOULD WE PURSUE IN THIS PERIOD OF DARKNESS?
“God has put darkness in my path.” Job 19:8)
A. Do not light your own ﬁre. (v. 1)
B. Besanctiﬁedin the sovereignty of God's WILL (v. 10)
C. Witness God's redemption. (v. 10)
D. Trust in God's faithfulness. (v. 10)
E. Rest in God's holiness. (v. 10)
REFLECTION FOR ACTION: When God is silent, consecrate yourself before Him: Pull down the altar of idolatry and
build up the altar of God in your life. Separate from the world and surrender to God. Remember Gethsemane?
“Overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” Jesus, in intense prayer, surrendered all to the Father; “Not my will, but
Yours be done!” (Matt. 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46). Be intimate with Jesus; imitate Him - this is the fulcrum
for a victorious life in God. When in darkness, focus and hold on to what God has revealed in the light through Christ.