Date: 10 July 2022

Speaker: Ps Daniel Tan

Sermon Text: Colossians 1:1-14

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Blessed Lord’s Day to all. Let us continue to praise and thank God for His grace and goodness to Hermon these 34 years.

I’m currently reading a book edited by Professor Tommy Koh titled – 50 secrets of Singapore’s Success.

It is insightful to read about how Singapore Airlines, our Hawker Centers, our edicational centres like ITE and Poly and our toilets have made the list.

But I want to highlight this morning our Central Provident Fund system. In the book, it’s the 15th success story and I was surprized to note that the CPF act was established way back in 1955.

It started as a retirement system to replace the pension scheme and according to the article, has developed into the bedrock of social security in Singapore.

The Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index report examined 39 retirement income systems covering almost two-thirds of the world's population.

In 2020, it ranked Singapore 7th overall and the best in Asia.

To me, CPF enables all Singaporeans to save a little each month so that we have adequate funds for housing, medical and our retirement needs. And the great thing is that our funds actually grow over time because CPF pays interest.

It is the little but consistent effort each month that allows us to reap the benefits in the distance future.

And I would like to submit that our faith journey can be somewhat like the CPF system. And so this morning, would like to use the acronym CPF – Christ Proclaimed Faithfully, to share from Colossians 1:1-14.

What we are enjoying and benefitting from today, are the God-enabled sacrificial contributions from Hermonites of old.

And so what we should do in the present is – in full dependence upon the Holy Spirit, to play it forward - engage in spiritual C.P.F, so that many more Hermonites in the future will benefit.