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Scripture Memory: Christ Gives Life.

VERSE : John 11:25 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

12 April 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (Should I Be Single? 1 Cor 7:6-9, 25-40)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Mathews Abraham (The Silver Tongue of a Just Man, Prov 10:11-21)

19 April 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (Can I Divorce and Remarry? 1 Cor 7:10-16, 27)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (A False Balance, Prov 11:1;  20:10,23) 

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EASTER TESTIMONIES (PART II)

Having been born into a Christian family, it is hard for me to remember a time where I did not regard myself a Christian. It has truly been a blessing having been brought up in my family and having a personal relationship with the Lord at such a young age. Even as a young child, I was aware of my own sinful nature and the need for me to have a risen saviour that is the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;). As such, when I was a child, I did pray earnestly, seeking forgiveness and submitting myself to God’s will. (Romans 10:13 - For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.) After that I could rest in the knowledge that my sins were forgiven, and I was guaranteed eternal life.

The Lord has on many occasions delivered me from perilous circumstances. When I was a young boy, I was once caught in a bad storm out at sea on a small sail boat. The sea state, wind and rain was most violent and I was very much in distress. I prayed to God to save me and soon after, the storm and sea was calm and I had an increased faith in God. My experience was not unlike the one described in Psalm 103:23-30! The Lord had really delivered me into my desired haven, and I would never forget the mercy showed to me.

In more recent times, in year 2013 I was hospitalised twice for unrelated medical problems. In one incident I was in great pain and the only thing I could do on my part was to pray and trust in the Lord. Twice that year, the Lord delivered me, blessed me with a safe surgery and speedy recovery. On my own strength I would not have been able to overcome what I had experienced, but I believe that it was only through the total reliance on God that I was able to make it through the way that I did. (Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.)

Putting God first has always been the right choice in my life. (Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.) Knowing of the love that God has for us, I now continually strive to live a holy life for him. (1 Peter 1:15-16 - But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.) I do at times fall short, where I should have spoken out for the Lord, was ignorant, or missed an opportunity to be a good testimony for him. Hence, I now continually pray for forgiveness and read His word to draw closer to the Lord and maintain my walk with God. (2 Timothy 2:15 - Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.) —Joseph Kwok Zhi Zheng                       

Coming from a Christian family background, I have been brought up with my parents reading the Bible and praying with me and my siblings each night. I learnt to memorise Bible verses in church, pray prayers before I eat and know the Bible stories by heart. However, I have never really pondered deeply what they meant and just blindly followed my parents each Sunday to church. I lived my life as a typical person would, following after the standards of the world and shaping myself to make myself more acceptable to others. A personal struggle of mine was to be accepted by those around me and I feared loneliness like a plague. I only joined in church youth camps and activities if my siblings were going. I could not make decisions and just followed what others think. After secondary school, I wanted to go to a more up-scale and prestigious private college that most of my friends were going. However, my parents had heard of a Methodist college and decided to enrol me there.

I started out in the college knowing no one and the fear of loneliness crept in. However, those one and a half years were one of the most formative periods in my life where I made lasting friendships with Christians, and came to see the importance of engaging in a Christian community. I realised how important the support from fellow Christians was and the sweet fellowship of sharing openly and prayer for each other. I was deeply encouraged by my friends’ zeal and passion for our Lord and how they faithfully organized daily prayer meetings to pray for our non-Christian friends, lecturers, school and country. That revealed how my life lacked passion for Christ and being centred on Him. I realised I was focusing on myself and living my life according to what others find acceptable instead of what is pleasing to God.

After a rather smooth-sailing life in college, I took a life-changing opportunity to come to Singapore from Kuala Lumpur for my tertiary studies. I left all I was familiar with and was forced to be independent. Through this experience, I learnt to rely on Christ’s strength and less on my family. This was amplified again when I went for exchange to Canada last year. Being so far away from family and friends taught me that only Christ is constant and I can depend on Him time and time again to see me through each obstacle that comes my way. I can also find my identity in Christ and be secured in the truth that having been born again in Christ, I am now a child of God (John 1.12). I am thankful I have found a Christian community in Life Church and SMU Christian Fellowship that has reminded me to keep our eyes fixed on Christ, our eternal joy and strength, and our time here on earth is just a vapour compared to our eternal home.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” 
John 1.12-13 Ong Sue Huey

Life Before Christ

I grew up knowing that God exists through Bible stories and songs. Before I believed in Christ, I used to tell lies out of convenience. When I was much younger, my mum used to ask me if I had flushed the toilet or washed my hands after I used the toilets, and I would always say “ Yes, I have,” even though I had not. It was just so easy to lie. It was always a lot easier to lie about it than to go back and do it. However, my mother always caught me and she would give me a lecture on honesty.

 This lying habit continued on when I entered primary school. Whenever I got low marks for any essays or tests, I would always hide it from my parents. However, they would always look through my files, and see the papers and they would ask me why I did not show them. Instead of telling them the truth, I would always say that I had forgotten about it. Saying “Oh, I forgot” was such an easy way out for me, it was almost second nature. My parents would always explain to me that it is wrong to lie. Even if nobody found out about my lie, God would still know and I would have committed a sin.

       I used to get upset easily when things did not go my way. For example, when I lost a board game to my sister. I would be very angry with my sister. I would always hold a grudge against my sister before making up with her a few days later. I would also be very angry with my parents when I had to do a lot of assessment books. 

The turning point

When I was in primary 1, my parents started bringing me to church weekly where I did art and crafts and watched videos in the children’s ministry. They also signed me up for VBS. I always thought that church was fun.

I only believed in Christ after I joined JWS when I was in Primary 4. I learnt that we are all sinful and we need to believe in Christ to go to heaven and that we cannot reach heaven through good works but through God’s grace. I also learnt the Ten Commandments and that lying is a sin. I also learnt that being angry and impatient is a sin.

Life after Christ

Ever since I believed in Christ, I had more integrity. I stopped lying out of convenience. I stopped lying whenever I can. On occasions that I do lie, I seek God for forgiveness. Now I would inform my parent regardless whether the results are good or bad instead of hiding the test paper, as I knew lying was a sin.

Last year during mid-year examinations, I noticed that the teacher had marked my paper wrongly and gave me half a mark extra. After hesitating for a while, I decided to tell the teacher instead of just pretending that I did not spot the mistake. I knew that it was the right thing to do even though it caused me to get lower marks. Both my mother and my teacher praised me for being so honest.

Now since I know that being angry is a sin, I try to control my anger especially at my sister. I try to forgive and forget instead of bearing grudges.

My family travels a lot. Before a flight, I will always pray to God for safety and protection. During the flight, I will always say three prayers: once during take-off, once during turbulence and once before landing.  Before I believed in Christ, I used to take my safety for granted and enjoyed the turbulence periods as I thought that the bumpy ride was like being on a roller coaster. I thought that airplanes were very safe.

One Blessing

       I know that I am very blessed to have a healthy and happy family. I am now grateful for what I have instead of taking what I have for granted. —Brandon Ong

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Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting, Lord’s Day, 26 April 2015, at 10:45am

All members of Life B-P Church are reminded to attend this meeting. The combined English worship service begins at 9am.

A yellow “Voting Member’s Record Verification Form” (VMRVF) has been post-mailed to all resident voting members in good standing. For your convenience, please remember to bring the yellow VMRVF for the exchange of ballot paper before the ACM commences.

Otherwise, there will be processing delay in your membership verification.

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1) The Life B-P Church Camp 2015 will be held from 15 to 18 June 2015 at Bintan’s Nirwana Resort Hotel in Indonesia.  Speaker: Dr Carl T Martin. Topic: “Changed into His Image.”  Please register now to avoid disappointment. Closing date is 17 May 2015. Offerings to defray the cost of the camp are welcome.

2) Church Library Relocation. The church library will be relocated to the sanctuary balcony with effect from 12 Apr 2015. Due to the relocation, the library will be closed from 12 Apr to 19 Apr 2015.

3) 300 pairs of clean socks (used or new ones) are needed for the Cambodia Mission team to be used for the children’s craft work. Please drop them in a box at the entrance of the Sanctuary by 19 Apr 2015.

4) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 1. A written review exercise of the verses is obtainable at the front counter. Please submit by 19 Apr 15.

5) Chinese Service Parents’ Night. 2nd May (Sat). 5:30 to 9pm. Venue: Pin Si Restaurant @ Yishun Safra. Program: Gospel Sharing by Rev Daniel Khoo. Testimony by a brother from Helping Hand (Both in Mandarin). Choir Presentation. Chinese 8-Course Dinner. Fees: $30  (13 years old & above); $20 (4 to 12 years old). Free (infant to 3 years old). Please register at Beulah House MPH after 11 am service.

6) Parenting Seminars organised by FEK
“A Wise Son Makes A Father Glad”. All are welcome!

Dates  : 18 April, 11 July & 12 Sep 2015

Time : 9.00am – 12.00pm.  Venue : Life BPC

Speaker: Pastor Tan Soon Yong

Registration is open for 18 April 2015 seminar at ww.lifebpc.com/fekedu/fekseminar.htm

Topic: Like Arrows in the Hand of a Warrior, so are the Children of One’s Youth

Closing date for registration: 13 April 2015

7) Bros Lee Chee Weng & Chee Seng and their families sincerely wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to members of Life BP Church, etc for their kind presence, prayers & condolence gifts at the homegoing of their beloved mother on 30 Mar 15.

8) Preaching appts: Rev Seet at Indonesian Service, 4.00 pm. Rev Wong on overseas teaching ministry, 12-17 Apr.

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

May 15 & 22 - Strength

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31