Category Archives: What We Believe

New Place, Old Path: A Pastor’s Reflection on ZCRC and Church Growth

By Rev. Lance Filio It happened again. By God’s providence, ZCRC(Imus) is moving to a new and more spacious place. This is the third move since its establishment and so far, the church experiences modest increase in membership. What contributed to the growth? Moving forward, what are the plans to sustain it? Since the planting […]

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Biblical Qualifications for Men in Office (Deuteronomy 17:14-20 and 1 Tim 3:1-7) – Part 1

By Rev. Lance Filio Introduction I remember being asked years ago what it means to be “biblical”. The term has been tossed haphazardly nowadays and much confusion arises. Is the mere mention of a word makes it biblical? Who determines if its qualities? Well simply put, it is the Word of God as a whole […]

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Biblical Qualifications for Men in Office (Deuteronomy 17:14-20 and 1 Tim 3:1-7) – Part 2

by Rev. Lance Filio Introduction Nobody wants to receive discipline. I remember growing up, whenever we are being disciplined by older people in the church, I find correcting appalling. Considering I saw myself to be a well-behaved child, I did not want to receive reprove. Growing up to be an adult did not change my […]

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Christ is the Lord of Sabbath (Exodus 31:12-18 at Hebrews 4:1-11; Mark 2:23-28)

  By Rev. Lance Filio   The Sign of Rest   When summer comes, the change in season is most welcome. The summer heat prompts us to happily visit the latest and most exotic beaches and resort. For most people, it has become a sign of rest and recreation. A time of a long vacation […]

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Growing An Ordinary Church (Isaiah 28:14-16 at Matthew 16:13-25)

By Rev. Lance Filio Introduction The story is not mine to tell. But it fits well to illustrate our theme this afternoon so I will use it. Two months ago, I received a message from Deacon Clark Añora asking for help with his car crisis. As you might all know, Clark recently bought a new […]

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“Know Why We Believe in God” (Isaiah 55:8-9 and 1 Peter 3:15)

by Rev. Lance Filio Introduction Finally, the president made some concessions in his controversial speeches about religion. He admitted in public that he does believe in God and explained his personal view about Him. Because of the backlash he received, he realized that while the nation is still generally religious, they are not ready with […]

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Know Why We Believe in the Bible (Psalms 119:105 and 1 John 1:1-5)

By Rev. Lance Filio Introduction The president once again puts religion on center stage when he asked his audience to prove the existence of God by producing a selfie picture with him. At first, I thought, is this fake news? However, when I search the internet and saw articles from reputable social media news agency, […]

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Biblical Overseers (Numbers 11:16-17 and Acts 20:28)

By Rev. Lance Filio   Introduction I was elected and appointed as the head of the elders of my home church before I answered the call to become a pastor. I remember being the youngest member of the group and practically knows nothing about the principles and practice of eldership. During this, I am experienced […]

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The Work of an Overseer (Isaiah 40:9-11 and John 10:11-18)

By Rev. Lance Filio Introduction I grew up in the church without having any real experience of formal guidance from an office-bearer. Except the parenting of my own father and mother, and even more so by some older matured Christian who occasionally encouraged me along the way, I essentially learned how to independently take care […]

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Intoxicating Grace (The Corruption of Man and How Conversion to God Happens)

By Rev. Lance Filio   Introduction Albert Einstein was broadly credited with exclaiming “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. Insanity, according to Einstein, applied the wrong solution to the right problem. The famous scientist, even though not a professing Christian, understands the importance of […]

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