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Scripture Memory: The Cost of Discipleship.

VERSE: Matthew 16:25 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

 

15 October 2017

9am: 67th Church Anniversary Combined Baptismal Service

Rev Charles Seet (Love Without Limits, Matt 5:43-48)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (Take Heed to God’s Word, Psalm 119:9-16)

 

22 October 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Colin Wong (Give Without Fanfare, Matthew 6:1-4)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Ho Chee Lai (A God of 24/7, Psalm 121)

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TESTIMONIES ON THE OCCASION OF LIFE BPC 67TH ANNIVERSARY

 

The biggest difference between a free thinker and a Christian, is the source of their strength and assurance.” This is something that my close Christian friend once shared with me.  I was born as a free thinker, and raised as a free thinker a good 22 years of my life. I always believed that a man’s greatness and achievement depends on his own merit, drive and determination. To me, religion was just a form of assurance for the unknown and uncertainties, and God, or the many god figures in the different religions, are simply imaginary spiritual pillars for the weak-minded ones.

 

Throughout my unbelieving years, I heard about Christ many times, be it from door-to-door evangelism, street evangelism, and invitations to visit a church from my close friends. Once my Christian friend shared his struggles that he has feelings for an unbeliever, and hence they cannot be together. I berated him as I didn’t understand, if God is full of love and grace, why must He stand in the way of “true love”? I just could not comprehend the logic. The idea of God, Christ’s sacrifice and sin never clicked in my mind, as the physical me was a much more real and tangible source of logic, strength, moral and reasoning. I was my own “god”.

 

Things began to change when I first entered university. I began to find myself unknowingly befriending friends who turn out to be Christians (Amen), and I met my partner in Christ, by God’s grace. But she turned down my initial courtship, as she quoted that 2 Corinthians 6:14-17: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”. I began to explore the Christian faith by attending church and seminars, wondering if I would ever share the same conviction and faith in the Word of God. Praise the Lord that once I started on this journey, I never looked back.

 

That was the initiation of my Christian journey. The final push was the disastrous university results in the 1st semester, which threw my self-confidence, self-worth into turmoil. I felt inferior, useless, and helpless beyond my own measure in view of the practical impact of university grades on my career in the future. There was so much uncertainty, and I felt a loss of control over my own life and the outcome of the things I do.

 

By the grace of God, He lifted my heart above the sorrows and troubles, and instilled within me the newfound strength and hope. The verse that spoke out to me was 1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” I felt an invisible voice telling me that this is to break my pride, and teach me the importance of humility and meekness. Most importantly, this is to bring me to break my reliance on myself, and realize that I am insufficient to be my own strength, and that I need God to be my pillar and fortress. Today, I fully understand that my strength comes from God, and my purpose lies in God. I thank Him for this grace and love to open my eyes and heart to the truth and glory of God. I thank Him for taking me in as His child, so that I can honour Him, do His will, and enjoy Him forevermore. — Wang ErDong

 

I have accepted God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit since I was 14 years. And I tried to live the way of Christianity as I worked and brought up my family.

 

What I had not been clear was that baptism is a necessary step towards salvation. I seldom attended Church after the first 2-3 years since acceptance. I perhaps was disillusioned by practitioners of the religion. Note I used the word “religion.” This put me off. Yet I continued to believe and live the way of Jesus.

 

I came back to Church after a severe illness. Multiple conditions hit me and I survived. I had a lot of time to think and review my past life and emotionally and intellectually vision my future. I think God has destined me to do something which I had not done for Him and my family. My illness was severe yet He held me through and I survived.

 

My wife went to church and prayed. A surprise for me to see that as she did not come from a Christian family. This encouraged me to “do it right.” Hence  we started to attend church. This is when I realised that baptism was a necessary route where one learnt to walk and live the way of the Lord. And hopefully my family and friends and I can “qualify” to enter the heaven of God.

 

Since 14 years I have believed and I continue to believe and feel my Lord God but I want to do it right this time and bring others with me through my baptism, actions and what I say. Amen.

                           — George Chew Yee Ming

 

At the start of last year, my husband fell critically ill. It was the beginning of a 6 months long ordeal; he was in and out of hospital 3 times and his condition necessitated constant care. At first, the doctors could not find a reason for his deteriorating health. All the while, my husband was wasting away as we raced against time to fight for his life. The endless medical tests, the countless hours spent in the hospital and the ever-present fear took over my life for the better part of 2016. Nothing was happening fast enough. No one was pushing and fighting hard enough. I thought I was going to lose him. The scariest part was that they were still unable to treat him, post-diagnosis. He was not responding to treatment and no one knew why.

 

One afternoon, an old friend from Hong Kong called out of the blue. As I sat in my car in the hospital car park, exhausted from shuttling back and forth with home-cooked food, I poured out my fears and frustrations to her. I hadn't meant to, but I was emotionally and physically depleted of strength and energy. Right on the spot, she led me in prayer. She committed me and my husband to God, and for the very first time in a long time, I felt a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. I felt my soul lift and I felt peace.

 

I have believed in God for a long time. But until that moment, I did not realise how strong my convictions were and how strong his presence was in my life. Since then, I have had a stronger and deeper personal relationship with God, and it is through his mercy that my family has weathered this storm.         — Lim Lai Lai

 

My parents have brought me to church since I was young. I remember really enjoying all the singing and storytime sessions as a child. However, at that point in my life, I feel that I did not really know Christ and did not truly appreciate all He has done for us. I only went to church out of habit. It was only after a few years when I became more mature that I started to realise just how marvellous our Lord truly is. A well known verse is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” This verse really ingrained itself into my brain as I was really amazed by the infinite love God has for us and it was out of love that He chose to give us a path to salvation, saving us from eternal damnation. I started to then reflect on my life and how sinful I have been. I then decided to strive to be a better Christian and to have a closer relationship with God. Presently, from daily prayers I seek strength and wisdom from God and I now have this sense of satisfaction in life I did not have before.                 — Bennett Lee Yi Ming

 

Growing up, I had a concept of the Christian God and self-identified myself as Christian but did not comprehend the full gospel. I looked up to this entity only during trials and only had a vague idea of who this God is.

 

When I was a teenager, I was constantly stressed about school and realised that my values were very malleable and largely materialistic/ pragmatic (maximise riches, maximise happiness on this earth). I led a life of constant fear of not achieving expectations and this unhealthy mindset had allowed me to do well in school. Attaining good grades did give me momentary satisfaction but I was very soon back in the cycle of fear when the next exam came. I began to see the emptiness of it all and seriously questioned the meaning of my existence. I felt nothing was inherently satisfying and could really give life meaning.

 

After JC, I felt that even though I self-identified myself as Christian, calling myself Christian meant nothing – I behaved in every sense like any other person on the street. I decided that I had to either find out what being called a “Christian” really meant and change my ways or I had to not call myself “Christian” at all.

 

By God’s grace, I was enrolled into a college in University where I had the influence of many Christian friends. One of them brought me to a course which gave me a very useful and approachable framework to understand the Christian faith. My questions and doubts were answered and it was then when I truly understood what it meant to be called a Christian.

 

I realised that my existence and life on this earth had a purpose beyond worldly pursuits. I saw the beauty and ingenuity of God’s salvation plan and was moved by His love. I saw so clearly how the Bible accurately depicts the fallen hearts of man and have felt God working in various aspects of my life. Believing in Christ has revolutionised how I view life and the world and has truly taught me how to love better. I thank Him for bringing me thus far through the journey of life and am deeply grateful for His grace. I can only pray for future strength to grow in Him and be a good testimony for my unbelieving family and friends.                                     — Chen Yuying

 

 

Being a daughter of a preacher, I used to follow my father to churches and attend their Sunday School. Because of the roaming of churches, I didn’t really understand salvation until a Vacation Bible School conducted by Sharon BPC. It was then that I settled down there with my brother. Being the youngest teenager amongst the youths, I found it hard to fellowship and understand the sermons. I prayed really hard and asked God to settle me down in the church. Also being in a mission school, we have chapels. The sessions were interesting, engaging and most importantly slowly getting into my head. That was also when I started leading my batch in worship with friends. I also enjoyed it. I then decided to think how I can serve in church. Things were going fine until my brother had troubles with church, and a good churchmate brought him to Life BPC, I being his younger sibling also had to follow. I thank God for the quick adaptation and made new friends along the way too. Then, my cyberbullying started kicking in. I was depressed and had no one to turn to. Upon attending a sermon , I realised that God created us and has a purpose for us, I started to realise that there is a God out there to love and care for me. I prayed everyday earnestly and occasionally on Saturdays I attend LTF and had good talks with YALS and peers. I broke free of being cyberbullied and started attending church more regularly. Now, I am proud to say that I am a child of God and that He loves us and never leaves us nor forsakes us. To God be the glory!    — Lee Weixin

 

 

I was born again by God’s grace in 2012, at the age of 12.

 

Prior to Salvation:

When I was in Primary 5, my good friend brought me to True Grace Presbyterian church that she attended. My going to church then was just a way to be out of the house, as well as an opportunity to make friends. I never really listened or bothered to think about the Gospel messages until I was in Primary 6.

 

Salvation:

At Primary 6, I started to realize that going to church means more than a chance to meet new friends. I finally started to believe in God truthfully and began to realize the impact God had on my life.

 

I was baptized on 12 December 2002 at the age of 12; I started to serve in church choir ministry as I love singing and was also appointed as a leader in the youth ministry. I thank God for shaping, molding and using me.

 

Since 12 years old, my pastor had taught me to pray to God for my future partner. I prayed to God for a spouse who can lead me spiritually, decent looking and age gap not more than 7 years old. Thank God that I met my husband Wenquan when I was 18 years old in my church. He fitted all the criteria that I prayed to God, which made me quite certain that he was the other half that God has made for me. After 4 years of courtship, we got married in 2012.

 

My relationship with God was quite smooth sailing till I delivered my daughter Corine in 2013, I stopped serving in choir ministry as I was unable to cope at that time. That was the time when I started to drift away from God and going to church became a routine.

 

In 2015, my husband decided to change church as he used to come from English congregation, he felt that the biblical teachings differ and he felt he was not growing in the Chinese congregation as the bible version that was used was NIV, he still prefer KJV.

 

We had some arguments over the changing of church, as I was so reluctant to leave my comfort zone. True Grace Prebysterian church was my first spiritual home where I came to know Christ and grew up. It was also the place where my husband and I met and got married. I also have difficulty listening to KJV and conversing in English as my English standard is not very good.

 

At that time, I felt unfair and constantly questioning God. Why should I be the one changing church? Why must I follow my husband? My heart was filled with anger and grievances. But one day God spoke to me through his words in Ephesians 5:22-24, “22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

 

I decided to try coming to Life BP Church in 2016. Initially I have difficulty, as I still miss the times and spiritual family that I had in True Grace church. Thank God that through the sharing and concern from the sisters that I got to know in Life BP ladies Sunday school, I slowly learnt to submit and accept the change.

 

After about a year in Life BP church, my husband encouraged me to transfer my membership as he hope that I can serve in the same church as him. He also hopes that our second baby can be baptised in Life BP. I prayed about it and I felt it was a very good opportunity to reaffirm my faith and get to know God one more time again through the Catechism Classes.

 

I thank God that He has never given up on me, giving me a chance to recommit my life to Him. I hope my faith in Him would grow stronger with the passing of each and every day.          — Chan Sze Huey

 

 

Born into a family with Christian parents, I attended a Christian kindergarten and church (Shalom B-P Church) from the age of 4 and was faithfully taught to know God and serve Him. Throughout the many Sunday school classes and children camps, I must have said the sinner’s prayer several times due to my wavering faith and sense of uncertainty and hence, did not grasp the full weight of what accepting Christ as Saviour and Lord meant. Nonetheless, I continued to enjoy the warm fellowship of the church community and served in various ministries such as the music ministry, Youth Fellowship (YF) etc.

 

It was a Shalom YF camp centred around the theme of the gospel and evangelism that convicted me of my own depravity and the magnitude of God’s mercy. Then, two camp activities involved us (i) doing street / door-to-door evangelism and, (ii) sharing the gospel with a personal friend over a meal. In preparation for these activities, we had undertaken concerted efforts to memorise Scripture, prepare our own verbal testimonies, and even practiced sharing the gospel with one another. It was these preparatory activities, that compelled me to reflect on who I was, what I believed in and whether I would be able to stand justified before God if my life on earth were to cease immediately. In particular, through the reading and study of Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23 and Ephesians 2:8-9 (verses that I still can recite to this day thanks to this camp), God’s truth through His Word led me to pray in repentance and for my salvation that year.

 

Since then, God has been so faithful and gracious in leading me through my Christian walk. Even though the struggles to die to the flesh still arise, His Spirit has constantly drawn me back to Himself and His word for comfort, strength and wisdom. Even as I become part of a new church community here in Life B-P Church, I pray that He will continue to use me humbly in service for Him and His people and to the praise of His glory.       — Cheryl Loh Jiawen

 

 

Although I was born in a traditional Taoist family, it was through a neighbour’s well intended advice that I was enrolled in a Methodist mission school. Weekly chapel became the norm and provided me with the opportunity to hear God’s Word. I also loved and enjoyed the hymns and found the lyrics edifying. By God’s grace, I gradually learnt to seek Him.

 

Further exposure to Christianity came in the form of my Girls’ Brigade uniformed CCA. In hindsight and with the benefit of Life’s Catechism Class, I now fully understood and realised the work of the Holy Spirit convicting me and that this sole Agent was instrumental in my conversion. 

 

I spent my growing up years in Bukit Timah which is in the vicinity of Life B-P. While in secondary school and together with my classmates, I had the chance to visit Life and Zion B-P. Subsequently, my eldest sister (who resided separately in Aljunied) brought me and my youngest sister to Geylang Methodist. Every week, we would be looking forward to Sunday school. However, attendance was not regular as commuting to Geylang was a distance from home. Upon my family moving to Aljunied and with the closer proximity, my regular church attendance eventually made me want to be a part of God’s family. It was then that I accepted Christ as my personal Saviour and this was followed by my baptism in 1977. In later years when my family relocated again to Bedok, my church membership was subsequently transferred to Christ Methodist.

 

Notwithstanding my background, it was in Life where my husband (a member then) and I were married. After worshipping at Life briefly, we then proceeded to Shalom B-P as this was nearer to our matrimonial home. Over time and after taking on its church membership, we had the privilege of serving the LORD in some of His ministries.

 

Due to our son’s irregular schedule, especially over the weekends in the last few years, and in view that Shalom’s single service (in the earlier part of Sunday morning) was no longer a viable option for the family as a whole, this situation enabled us to worship at Life’s evening service as an alternative. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed the sermons and hymns being sung, and it is here that I could not help but note the church’s utmost emphasis on biblical truths. Personally, this has become my spiritual reawakening and a renewed relationship in a closer walk with God.

 

The Catechism at Life is different from what I previously attended. It provides the Catechumens a distinct teaching of the Christian faith, an understanding of God’s supreme nature, His attributes and the Moral Law as encapsulated in the Ten Commandments, as well as our Lord Jesus Christ’s instituted Sacraments. A unique feature of the curriculum and instructions includes faithful church membership, which requires a personal commitment in reading the book titled “What is a Healthy Church Member?” Worthy of mention here are the intention and enabling of one to better understand and rediscover what this means, more pertinently in light of Scripture and to increasingly reflect the glory of God.

 

Through His grace and leading, I am looking forward to a time of further spiritual growth (listening to God’s Word again), discipleship and knowing the assurance that the church subscribes to the full sovereignty of God and the Bible unconditionally. With this membership transfer, I also hope to have the privilege in serving Him where He leads me.          — Clara Quek Ai Hua

 

 

Having spent most of my life growing up as a 3rd generation Christian in Singapore, I consider myself blessed to have parents and grandparents bring me up in the way of the Truth. I accepted Christ when I was about 6 years old and spent the rest of my childhood going to church with my family. I was a rather difficult child who gave my parents a hard time. I was rude to them and did not show them the respect that they deserve. But all through my growing up years, my parents showed me the love of two God-fearing parents. I thank God for such a family and even for my sibling who constantly teach me how to be patient and loving.

 

It was therefore with a heavy heart that I left the comfort of my family to pursue a degree in the UK. As I’m writing this, I’m glad to be back in Singapore for the long term, after 3 long years abroad. While I enjoyed my time overseas, it was sometimes really hard to reconcile the feeling of loneliness and the privilege of being able to pursue an education abroad. During my lowest times overseas, being so far away from the comforts of home, I turned to Scripture and was comforted. Or I would sing a familiar hymn and spend time in prayer and feel a sense of comfort and joy that I know can only come from Christ. I was also extremely fortunate to not only be in the company of a large number of Singaporeans, but Christians in Manchester. The support and encouragement from a little community there called the Fellowship of Singaporeans really helped during the dark winter months.

 

Being overseas also allowed me the opportunity to travel a bit around Europe. With each adventure in a new country, from almost being stranded in Paris, to almost being pick-pocketed in Athens I saw for myself how God the Father watches over us. I finally understood what ‘journey mercies’ truly means. But it was not only during my travels that I experienced God’s protection. Indeed, He watches over us every moment of everyday. In fact, I never thought I would have had to make use of Facebook’s ‘safety check’ function, but on 23 May 2017, as I was studying for my final exams to the background noise of sirens blaring throughout the city, I had to do just that. It was a scary and yet sobering experience that reminded me that God is Sovereign and without Him, we are nothing.

 

Given the current climate, I worried a lot and got really stressed over getting a training contract post-graduation. But my dad constantly reminded me that God has been good to my family and I in the past – He never failed and He would never ever. So it was really through His wonderful workings in helping me to attain a legal training, in a way that I can never attribute to my own merit that gave me the assurance and reminder that now I know and trust that He will continue to be good to me. Many of my peers worry about the very uncertain future, but for me, I know there really is nothing much to worry about, for He is the One who holds tomorrow, and the One who holds my hand.

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. – James 1:17

            — Francine Liew Li'en

 

 

My Homecoming

By way of background, I was originally a Lifer who grew up in Newton. For 6 years in primary school and through the opportunity of a classmate’s invitation, I first attended church with Prinsep Street Presbyterian. It was in secondary one, and upon my school teacher who led me to Life, that I came to have a fuller understanding of the biblical significance in what worshipping the LORD meant. And it was on the eve of National Day in 1967, post gospel and an evangelistic meeting, which became the turning point for the major decision of my personal salvation.

 

Baptized in Easter 1972 and married in December 1983 (all while at Life), my wife and I relocated to the eastern part of Singapore in the mid-eighties. Along with worshipping in Shalom B-P for some years (then at St George’s Chapel in Changi) and my son’s infant baptism, my wife (with her Methodist background) and I then had our respective church memberships transferred in October 1990.

 

Virtually away for more than 26 years, it was through an ERBL course in 2011 that I had the opportunity to reconnect back to Life. Going through the Catechism Class with this membership transfer is akin to my homecoming and returning to familiar roots.

 

The deep reverence and dignity for the Almighty God at Life’s services – the emphasis on hymns accompanied by the piano and especially the organ (which I realize how much I missed over the years), and the more distinctly rich and precious heritage of the Reformed Faith’s steep tradition that comes with sound doctrines and biblically rooted sermons – are lasting impressions that I grew up and treasure with fond memories. Such edification of its corporate worship bodes well that truly befits and accords the pre-eminence, majesty and holiness of our Heavenly Father.

 

In view of my son’s unprotected weekends in more recent years, our transitioning was inevitably set in motion. For four months commencing in September 2015, the family was already worshipping at Life’s evening service. To align and make the best of our “odd schedules” and situation to work, our visits included Sharon and Maranatha B-P (by virtue of their later worship hours). Since then and by God’s grace, we had much time to review and contemplate the position of our church membership going forward. In pre-empting our transition from going down the slippery slope i.e. remaining status quo and in His good timing, it was during Life’s 2017 Church Camp in Batam that we finally committed this transfer decision to the LORD. A church that stays faithful to God, remains true to Calvinism, stands firmly for its constitution and unreservedly subscribes to its fundamental beliefs are matters most close to my heart.

 

In reflecting Psalms 23:6, it aptly echoes our journey i.e. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” God, who is our Sovereign, Creator and perfect Host, promises to guide and protect us through life, and to bring us into His home forever.

 

All praise, glory and honour to Him!            — Peter Leong Kwek Fee

 

 

Two milestones marked my Christian walk. The 1st: Tuesday 13 January 1970 when my previous year Secondary 2 classmate led me formally to confess my faith and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Although I remember distinctly that I had accepted Christ into my heart sometime in mid-1969 when I heard the gospel calls from so many people and especially from Rev Philip Heng (of Galilee BPC) preaching at the lunch-time Inter-School Christian Fellowship (ISCF) meetings held once a week @Hinghwa Methodist Church @Kitchener Road.

 

The 2nd: Baptism (by immersion) on Easter Sunday 10 Apr 1977 @Calvary Baptist Church @Wan Tho Ave (borrowed for use of their baptismal pool), when I was worshipping @ Bartley Christian Church (BCC) then using the Church of  Christ of Malaya@Sophia Road premises. 

 

My Primary 2 form teacher first laid the gospel seed when telling us the story of Noah and the Great Universal Flood during class lessons. To perk our interest, she asked 2 questions: [a] why did the dove not come back at the last time? and [b] why the Jews as this story is from their holy book are important in this world? At the same time, I learned about Christianity from my younger sister’s Convent Catechism books that she had to study for her primary and secondary education.

 

From these Catechism books I learnt about: venal and mortal sins; God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Ghost; the saints and the Holy Catholic Church, Virgin Mary being the Mother of God, purgatory, etc. Although I re-read them many times, I still didn’t understand much but a great desire was evoked to find out more on God; why we exist: as well as studying on the religions mentioned in my Primary 3 to 6 history textbooks.

 

One event that really jolted me up was the Haw Par Villa’s excursion at Primary 6’s year-end where I came face-to-face with the afterlife viewing the classical Chinese version of Hell’s 18 levels and its brutalities. During this year, my mum’s auntie (who was a nun) passed away and was cremated within the Bedok’s Hill temple grounds. Once again confronted with death’s reality I went round to explore the temple and asked why so many worshippers there put their ears to the high wooden cabinets (housing the giant statutes) and talking at the same time. The nuns there explained that they are praying and asking for personal answers. I was told that I was asking too many questions and will surely one day break away from my mum’s religion.

 

My spiritual hunger was not satisfied during my Secondary 1 years so I did lots of re-reading of the catechism books and the history textbooks (to be assured that I will be good and acceptable to some God and overcome my fear of hell), as I still did not know the existence of the National Library @Stamford Road for other resources until when I was in Secondary 2. In Secondary 1, I noticed 2 superstitious classmates who were very fearful of being the last one to leave any room (be it the lab, classroom, library or assembly hall). They often pulled me or somebody back so that they are not the last in the empty room. I don’t have such fears, as I had learned enough from the catechism books to know that God’s Holy Ghost protect us and told them not to be afraid and I’ll wait for them and be the last one to leave every time. Even though I knew about God I still had lots of unanswered questions.

 

In Secondary 2, I began to read the Sunday Times and noted many adverts on free religious correspondence courses. I signed up and faithfully completed them. The most memorable were courses by Moulmein Church of Christ and the Religious-Instruction-Course (RIC). Later, there were the Voice of Prophecy, Emmaus Bible School, Living Word. Best of all, I bought my first Bible from Emmaus and read it. With all these preparations for the gospel, when my Secondary 2 classmates brought me to the ISCF meetings each week to hear Rev Philip Heng, I believed in my heart.

 

At the same time, I attended Macpherson Christian Church when my sister’s Sunday School teacher brought her there. Within all these happenings, I think I believed but had no formal confession made until the 1st milestone. On that 1st milestone’s afternoon, I realized I had a great sense of relief that my load of sins are forgiven and I need to grow in my Christian walk which I did in attending Bible Studies, Youth Fellowship and Young Adult Sunday School. 

 

One of many benefits of being a believer, I noticed that I had a better understanding of God and no fear of unseen spirits which I am acutely aware are very real having stayed next to many temples with practicing mediums and feeling the “oppression” on my person. During work, I also did not fear inspecting vacant or new empty blocks of flats which were part of requirements in my first job as a Housing Inspector unlike my non-Christian colleagues. There were times when we needed to serve and execute the legal notices to remove the idols from public houses and I did feel the spiritual oppression on my person. The one thing that attracted me to Jesus Christ was that it was the first time that I have read that the evil spirits are subjected to Him. But in all the mythology and folklore stories (both Western or Eastern) that my Secondary 2 classmates showed me that in defeating other spirits, they need appealing to an even stronger power unlike the gospels stories where Jesus just spoke and the demonic spirits obeyed straightway. This understanding of the reality of Jesus’s absolute control over the spirit world had helped me many time when I had doubts of my faith or talking to those who refused to believe that God exists. To me I knew the reality of unseen power and beings and this matter is not debatable.

 

I marveled at Jesus asking the Father to forgive those that crucified Him even though He could have called down legions of angels to help Him (it took me many years to understand why).

 

The 2nd milestone occurred when the SIM (then known as the Sudan Interior Mission) local missionary doctor (from BCC) back from furlough challenged us to walk the next step of faith to seek baptism and be publicly identified with Christ in Jan 1977.

                                                                             — George Jhoon Tang Fook Kee  

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The Jewish Feasts and Their Fulfillment in Christ

Do you know that the Jewish feasts have prophetic significance for us Christians? 

Join us at the Multi-Purpose Hall to hear Stephen Pacht (Director of Jews for Jesus, Switzerland) speak on the Spring and Fall feasts on 11th November 2017. The talk will be held from 10am to 3.30pm. All are welcome.

Please register at http://www.lifebpc.com 

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1)        Prevention of Theft: Worshippers are advised to watch their belongings in the church premises to avoid losing them.

2)        Combined B-P Youth Camp. Theme: “Steady Steady pom B-P”, 18-21 Dec 2017, at Life B-P Church. Between 15-25 year-old. Please register by 17 Nov at: tinyurl.com/CombinedBpCamp2017

3)        kNOw fear! LTF Camp 2017, 11-15 Dec. Posters up at Church notice boards, registration open at: http://tinyurl.com/ltfcamp17! Contact Betrand for queries.

4)        You are invited to join the Door to Door Evangelism at Yishun on every 1st and 3rd week of the month. For enquiry, please contact Amos.

5)        ERBL Lectures (Jan-May 2018), 7.30-9.30pm. Mon: The Ten Commandments by Rev Charles Seet Thu : The Book of Romans by Rev Ho Chee Lai Lectures begin on 8 Jan 18. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment. An ‘Early Bird Discount’ of $5 will be given to those who register before 4 Dec 17.

Preaching appointments: Rev Quek at Maranatha YAF, 1.00 pm.

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

November 19 & 26 - The End of the World

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10