Wesley Methodist Church Klang

Welcome! We are delighted that you are visiting our website. We hope you will come visit us in person at our church. It is our sincere prayer that you will encounter Jesus Christ and that your life will be spiritually refreshed through your experience with us.

Please take time to look through our site and what is offered at Wesley Methodist Church, Klang. We are a church that desires to take Jesus to our community and world. We believe our website will help you get to know us even before we have the pleasure of welcoming you in person.

You are important to us because Jesus Christ loves you and died for the forgiveness of your sin. We want to make your time with us pleasurable and enriching, answer your questions, and assist you spiritually. Let us know how we can serve you.

God bless you!

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What Does God Look For In A Church?

The Clear, Accurate Teaching of the Bible:  The teaching of the Bible is the first priority of a church. People want church to be relevant, but it will only be relevant if the heart of the ministry is the exposition (explanation and application) of the Bible. The timeless message of the Bible can change lives and meet every genuine need. God looks for a church that is serious about Christian education and keeps the teaching of the Bible as the centerpiece of every service.

A God-Centered Focus in Worship: People determine the value of a worship service by how it makes them feel. Hence, churches often structure worship for entertainment value. True worship, however, is God-centered rather than man-centered. As we leave a worship service, our first question should not be, Was I pleased? It should be, Was God pleased? Worship that pleases God begins with the communication of truth about His greatness and His goodness as revealed in the Bible. This understanding of truth about God elicits adoration and obedience in the heart of the worshiper. God looks for a church that is not designed to entertain you but is intent on making Him known and pleasing Him in every way.

An Authentic Sense of Community:   Christians in the New Testament Church loved one another, encouraged one another, counseled one another, prayed for one another, showed hospitality to one another, held one another accountable, etc. How different that is from what we see in churches today. They often resemble spectator events more than real communities where people live and work together. God looks for a church where the members show their love for one another through their involvement in the lives of one another.

Ministry Shared by Each Member:   In Godʼs plan, every member is a minister, sharing some aspect of the work. Not everyone can teach or oversee the work of the church, but God has prepared every believer to make a significant contribution to the work of the church. God looks for a church that not only encourages its members to get involved in the work of the ministry, but also expects them to do so.

A Passion to Share the Good News of Christ:   The mission of the church is to take the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world because He deserves the praise and worship of all people. Therefore, the life mission of every Christian is to share this marvelous message. God looks for a church that eagerly proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Ministry Structure Shaped by Truth:   A church must have a philosophy of ministry that truly reflects the ministry structure taught in the New Testament. God looks for a church that can explain how its philosophy of ministry is derived from the Bible and show how everything they do is designed to be consistent with that philosophy.

Remember that the Church belongs to God. It is Godʼs household— the hurch of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. The six characteristics that God looks for in His church are not optional. They are essential because His church must promote His purposes and exalt His glory. God is passionate about His own glory because He is the One and only being in the all the universe that is truly worthy of our praise.                                             (HURON BAPTIST CHURCH)

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The Life That Pleases God

The Life That Pleases God Bears Fruit:  Jesus says “Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.” If there is not a change in our living then we can conclude there is no change in our souls. Now it is important that we remember that fruitfulness takes time. It takes time for the tree to mature. The same is true for followers of Christ. The change might not be immediately discernable. However, over time we should be seeing a difference in the way people live. Jesus said: “ No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” We don’t go out to bear more fruit . . . we seek to draw closer to Him and the fruit will come naturally. It’s not a matter of trying harder but drawing closer.

The Life That Pleases God is One that Yearns to Know God Better:  The life that pleases God “keeps on growing in knowledge.” First, growing in the knowledge of God is not the same as seeking to learn how to get more from God. Many of us want to know how to get God to answer our prayers. We want to know how to get God to meet our needs and banish our problems. Second, growing in the knowledge of God is not the same as growing in knowledge about God. We can spend all our time mastering information about God and not have a relationship with God. The life that pleases God is the one that yearns to know more about God so that they can know God better. They read the Bible not for factual information but to discern the heart of God. Their prayer is not totally consumed with requests. They take time to work on their relationship with God.

The Life That Pleases God Endures Troubled Times and is Patient with Difficult People:  God enables us to endure by giving us the strength of His Holy Spirit, the promises of His Word and by reminding us He is in control; He only does what is good; He never makes a mistake. So in hard times we don’t complain . . . we trust. We don’t walk away . . we listen and try to learn. We don’t despair . . . we hang on tighter. Being strong in the times of trouble is difficult. But it may not be as difficult as the concept of patience with difficult people. People naturally react to difficult people negatively. When we are in Christ He begins to give us a different perspective.

The Life That Pleases God is The Life Lived Gratefully:  We thank God for what He’s given while at the same time feeling He should have given more. We seem to think that if God really loved us we would have more money, less illness, more good times, less difficult times. Gratitude begins when we realize we do not deserve the inheritance that has been reserved for us. We should spend every waking moment being grateful that God has pulled us from the jaws of Hell. An attitude of gratitude grows as we learn to open our eyes to the blessings we take for granted. When was the last time you thanked God for the breath you were able to take? When did you last thank Him for the Bible, for fellow believers? When did you last thank Him for a home and conveniences we consider “rights”? When did you last thank Him for your family? Or the trials that give us perspective? We also grow in our gratefulness as we see how wonderful our Savior is.  As we study His words, His actions, and as we become more attuned to His character, we will naturally grow in our gratitude that we are united with One who is so magnificent.                                                                          (REV BRUCE GOETTSCHE)

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Lessons From The Parable Of The Wheat And Weeds

1. God has a plan that He is working out over time  (be patient!). We live in a world where tragedies and accidents occur every day and where injustice and violence still wreak havoc in people’s lives. Where is God and why doesn’t He do something? The Parable of the Wheat & Weeds teaches us that God does have a plan for this world and He is working to accomplish it. However, it is unfolding over time and that means there’s some waiting to do, something we find difficult. Jesus is teaching us patience – the patience of a God who chooses to delay His judgment. God is not in a hurry and we must be prepared to trust Him and wait for His time. In the end, God will win and good will overcome evil.

2. There is an enemy at work in the world (be alert!). Alongside the power of the Kingdom another power is at work seeking to disrupt God’s plan. The action of this enemy, the devil, is a prominent feature in Jesus’ ministry. This parable presents us with a worldview that accounts for and is not surprised by evil in the world. It also teaches us that evil will not be completely removed until judgment day but that does not mean that we should not fight against evil in all its forms in the meantime – in our own lives, in the church and in our society. This awareness calls us to live lives on spiritual alert while avoiding the extremes of being ignorant of the devil’s schemes or of becoming overly preoccupied with his activity.

3. God alone is the judge of all people (be humble!). Right from the beginning of history there have been two seeds or two generations of people – the righteous and the wicked. We find our place in either group not by birth, by fate or by our good works but by our response to the grace of God that He shows toward us in unique ways. God desires everyone to be saved and to become His children. Each person will ultimately choose to be either for God or against God and will be treated accordingly. However, in the meantime it is vital that we not get caught up in determining who is IN and who is OUT. God alone knows the human heart and He will be their judge, not us. Wheat and weeds look very similar…until the time of harvest when their true nature is revealed. In fact, Jesus hinted that we may be surprised who is in and who is out. We ourselves are a mixture of wheat and weeds – people in desperate need of the grace of God. This should cause us to be humble in our approach to other people.

When it comes to judgment we must avoid caricatures of God that turn Him into either a sadistic monster ready to unfurl His wrath on people or into a soft grandparent who still give the kids chocolates even after a day of continual misbehaving. God has revealed Himself as a supremely loving, wise, beautiful, holy, just and true God. It is that combination of attributes that we must learn to see when it comes to the matter of judgment.

4. We are called to partner with God’s purpose (be fruitful!). In the Parable of the Wheat & Weeds, we are the seed. God plants His people in His field – this world – and He desires us to be fruitful for Him. A partnership mentality helps us avoid the extremes of apathy (thinking that God will do it all) and of a messianic complex (thinking that we will fix the world and rid it of evil all by ourselves).
(MARK CONNER)

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What Is Your Expiration Date?

Solomon said there is “a time for everything, and a season
for  every  activity under  heaven:  a time to be born and a
time to die.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)

It is true that everyone has an expiration date, and equally true that we do not know when that date is. How then should we approach the remaining time God has given us?

There is a story of three demons arguing over how best to destroy Christians. The first demon said, “Let’s tell them there is no heaven. Take away their reward and they will collapse.” The second demon disagreed. He suggested, “Let’s tell them there is no hell. Take away their fear of punishment and they will go wild.” The third demon smiled and softly said, “No, my friends, there is a better way. Let’s just tell them there is no hurry.” They all laughed and knew that would be the best weapon of all.

Do you hear his voice today? Do not listen to the voice that says you have plenty of time because the odds are you do not. Listen to Jesus: “The thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy. But I have come that you may have life, abundant life.” (John 10:10) This is this difference between surviving and thriving! God is calling us to live passionately, love purposefully, and serve extravagantly for the cause of Christ.

John Piper, in his book Don’t Waste Your Life forcefully says, “God created us to live with a single passion: to joyfully display His supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. The wasted life is a life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of Him in every part of our lives.”

Make your days count for Christ! Don’t waste your life. It doesn’t matter how long you live. Rick Warren says, “Life’s value is not in its duration but in its donation.” Let me give you good example.

He only lived on this earth 12,000 days. That is not very long. But His life changed the course of history. He was a man on a mission. He was single minded, focused, and goal directed. He made each of His days count by doing only what His Dad told him to do. Actually, relationship with His Dad and with others dominated His life. His days were filled with joy, and pain, and suffering but He never got off track. In fact, it was His very last day that provides us with hope. For on that day, He made us more than dust, grass, or a whisper. He gave us the opportunity to be called children of God. (John 1:12)

The question for you today is, “If today ended up being your expiration date, would you be ready to meet the forever God face to face?”    (JEFFERSON WILLIAMS)

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8 Ways Children’s Ministry Benefits The Children

1.It promotes their eternal happiness.
I want my kids to find indestructible joy
In Christ.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Constantly work to introduce them to Jesus. Make the Good News plain in everything you do. We have a mural in our children’s worship room that summarizes the story of Jesus.

2.It helps them make sense out of life. Only understanding who made the world, what went wrong and God’s plan to fix it can explain this world we all experience.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Teach a Gospel-centered worldview with specific applications that will help them interpret life.

3.It’s their best chance to accept Christ. Research has proven that kids tend to be more receptive to the Gospel than any other age group. I want my children to have every opportunity to believe in Jesus.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Present the Good News in age-appropriate ways all throughout childhood. I have different booklets that I give to different age groups to better target their comprehension level.

4.It helps avoid some negative outcomes of sin. Only God’s grace can change our hearts, but knowing the consequences of disobeying God is often a wake-up call. When children understand the great price that Jesus paid for their salvation, they are more likely to stay on the way of the righteous.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Be careful to teach both God’s law and God’s love, one doesn’t make sense without the other.

5.It can help counter balance worldly influences. Everyone knows the harmful influences present in our society. Kids need positive influences to tip the scale.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Help them see where God’s values conflict with worldly values. For example, God say love other people and the world says “look out for yourself.”

6.It is something fun to do. Do you know who invented fun? God did. Do you know why? For His own glory. While entertainment and fun seeking can become an idol, we should not think God is against fun.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: As a leader, you should be having fun too. Let the children know that you love ministering to them.

7.It helps them make new friends. Some of the best ones children will ever make is in the church.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Allow time for group activities and relationship building in your programs.

8.It gives kids meaningful keepsakes. Those VBS and Sunday School crafts often become prized possessions. The Bible verses on their keepsakes will remind them of what they have learned for years to come.
— Children’s Ministry Tip: Plan high value crafts that are worthy of keeping.
(TONY KUMMER)

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3 Characters, 3 Lessons From The Parables Of The Prodigal Son

Each one of us can relate in some way to the parable Jesus told about a prodigal son, his father, and his older brother. (Luke 15:11-32)

First, there is the son who was restless and driven to experience whatever sinful pleasures money could buy. As often happens, it wasn’t until his money ran out that he began to reflect upon just how good he had it before he went off on his lustful tangent. Such is the nature of man. We feel driven at times. We get tempted. And if we are not careful, we make decisions which are rooted in fantasy rather than reality. The prodigal son chased his fantasy, but his fanciful dream eventually turned into a nightmare. You could say he hit rock bottom. And so there was no place to look but up.

This is the point in the story where the love of the Father explodes onto the scene. No condemnation. No guilt-trips. No waving of the finger while saying, “I told you so.” Nothing but love, pure and unconditional. And the love of the father in this parable points to the amazing grace and endless love of our great and mighty God.

The third character in the parable is the older brother. While the father was busy throwing a huge party for his prodigal son, the older brother was fuming because he felt like it wasn’t fair. After all, he had stayed home and tended to his duties while the prodigal son was out living it up. So why should the party animal be treated like a guest of honor?  The self-righteousness was pouring out of the older brother when he scolded his father. No love. No compassion. No thanksgiving. Just anger and selfishness. Such is the nature of man’s heart when it is flowing in pride rather than flowing in gratitude and grace. Each one of us is prone to behaving in a similar way toward those who have strayed from the path and then returned home.

This is our challenge, whether we are tempted to pursue sin in the world like the prodigal son, or sin while at home like the older brother. If I am running from God, then I can learn much from the prodigal son. If someone needs my forgiveness and acceptance, I can learn much from the father. And if I feel like I am not getting my fair share and that a “big sinner” is being shown too much mercy, I can learn a lot by studying the angry response of the older brother.

Which one of these three characters best describes your life today? Are you chasing sinful fantasies? Or perhaps stewing in self-righteous snootiness? If so, just remember: It’s not just a matter of coming home. It’s a matter of loving each one of those who are in the home, whether we feel like they deserve it or not.

The fact of the matter is that you and I do not deserve God’s grace and mercy. And yet that is exactly what we have been given through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s only when we immerse ourselves in the immensity of God’s ultimate sacrifice that we begin to experience the compassion and the wisdom of the father in this parable.                 (DAN DELZELL)

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God’s Goal For You Is Character, Not Comfort

Many religions and New Age philosophies promote the
old lie that we are divine or can become gods. The truth is, you will never become God or even a god.

That prideful lie is Satan’s oldest temptation. Satan promised Adam and Eve that if they followed his advice, “You shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5).

This desire to be a god shows up every time we try to control our circumstances, our future, and people around us. But as creatures, we will never be the Creator. God doesn’t want us to become a god; He wants us to become godly, taking on His values, attitudes, and character. We are meant to “take on an entirely new way of life — a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces His character in you” (Ephesians 4:22-24).

God’s ultimate goal for your life on Earth is not comfort but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ. Becoming like Christ does not mean losing your personality or becoming a mindless clone.

God created your uniqueness, so He certainly doesn’t want to destroy it. Christlikeness is all about transforming your character, not your personality.

Every time you forget that character is one of God’s purposes for your life, you will become frustrated by your circumstances. You’ll wonder, “Why is this happening to me? Why am I having such a difficult time?” One answer is that life is supposed to be difficult! It’s what enables us to grow. Remember, Earth is not Heaven.

Many Christians misinterpret Jesus’ promise of the “abundant life” (John 10:10) to mean perfect health, a comfortable lifestyle, constant happiness, full realization of your dreams, and instant relief from problems through faith and prayer.

In a word, they expect the Christian life to be easy. They expect Heaven on Earth.

This self-absorbed perspective treats God as a genie who simply exists to serve you in your selfish pursuit of personal fulfillment. But God is not your servant, and if you fall for the idea that life is supposed to be easy, either you will become severely disillusioned or you will live in denial of reality.

Never forget that life is not about you! You exist for God’s purposes, not vice versa. Why would God provide Heaven on Earth when He’s planned the real thing for you in eternity? God gives us our time on Earth to build and strengthen our character for Heaven.

THINK IT OVER
•    How does this devotional encourage you in light of the ways that the world is changing, often not for the better?
•    What Scripture verses will you memorize to help you when you are facing discouragement or difficult circumstances?
•    What do you expect from God? Where does the motivation for those expectations come from?                                                            (RICK WARREN)

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