Wednesday Prayer Meeting on 16 Aug 2017, 8pm

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Prayer Meeting

Sp: James Goh
A Time for Renewed Commitment, Joshua 5:5-15

 A Church that prays together, stays together in unity!

Schedule Wednesday night intentionally and pray for our leaders and ministries.

Our pastors, elders, deacons and those serving in ministry need your prayers and support.
Have a prayer item? Let your needs and petition be known and prayed for at the prayer meeting.

Announcements (13 Aug 2017)

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Special Sunday School TODAY @12.30pm:  Do stay back for the Special Sunday School (12.30-1.30pm) taught by Dr. Michael Barrett.  All are welcome!

Catechism Class Interview @11.30am: Elders’ Interview of Catechumens will be held TODAY in the K-Office @11.30am. If you wish to join the class for Baptism, Reaffirmation of Faith or Transfer of Church Membership, kindly get the form from Sis Min Ling.  Application closes TODAY.

SAF Meeting (19 Aug, Sat):  In the NLBPC Chapel from 4:30 – 6:30pm. Short exhortation on “Fake News and Biblical Truth” by Eld Sim and followed by a pot-luck dinner in the Fellowship Hall. All are cordially invited and welcome to attend! SAF’ers,  please invite friends or visitors as well!

Family Day (2 Sep): A time of fun, games and bonding @BB Sembawang Campsite from 8am-1pm. Cost: $10 per pax (inclusive of buffet lunch and transport).  FOC for children <4 years old and senior citizens >60 years old.  Registration has started and will end on 27 Aug.  Please register with Bro James Pang or Sis Min Ling at the Fellowship Hall.

13 Aug 2017 – Humility

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By Dn Ronnie Tan

 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (James 4:6)

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

(1 Peter 5:5)

 God hates pride. The Bible has a number of verses which reminds us how God values humility. Apart from the two verses mentioned above, there are other verses such as Proverbs 16:18; Philippians 2:3, 29:23; 1 Peter 5:5. In addition, God also hates those with “a proud look”. (Proverbs 6:17)

The Bible contains a number of lessons showing how God deals with the proud. Some of the consequences are terrible indeed! Here are some examples:

– Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites leave Egypt even though he had seen for himself how neither he nor his magicians can never outmatch God’s power. (Exodus 7:8-12) Pharaoh’s intransigence persisted despite Egypt having to go through 9 plagues before he finally let the Israelites go – after the tenth plague claimed his son’s life. Even after that, he pursued the departing Israelites and saw his pursuing army of 600 chariots drown in the Red Sea. (Exodus 14)

– Goliath defied the army of the living God (1 Samuel 17:10). In modern parlance, he called the Israelite army cowards and insulted them. As the story goes, Goliath paid for his pride and folly with his life.

– King Saul foolishly thought he could offer sacrifices to the Lord, even though he knew that was the sole domain of Samuel and the high priest. (1 Samuel 15). His pride not only caused him to lose his kingdom but it would also cost his sons their lives, one of whom was David’s best friend, Jonathan.

– In Daniel 4:30-33, we are told how God punished Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar for giving all glory to himself for making Babylon great, instead of acknowledging God’s sovereign power. He ended up living in the field and eating grass like cattle for seven years! It was only after he had acknowledged God’s sovereignty that he was restored. (Daniel 4:34-37)

– The Pharisees loved to be seen and praised for their “piety”. However, our Lord Jesus was not impressed at all. (Luke 18:9-14) On the contrary, our Lord clearly made it known that he found their behavior repugnant.

Often time, it is hard to be humble, even though we may know for sure that being humble in certain situations would not be to our advantage. However, the Bible showed us this was not an impossible task, with the story of Jonathan being a case in point. On one occasion, he was nearly killed by his father for standing up for David, even though he knew he would not be the next king if David was allowed to live. (1 Samuel 20:30-33) Indeed, Jonathan’s willingness to humble himself by letting David be the next king holds an invaluable lesson for us.

Years ago, before I started my National Service, I had developed a stereotyped image of my Hokkien-speaking peers, largely because most of my early encounters with them were unpleasant. Sadly, I carried on having such prejudiced views of them when I started my NS. God certainly wanted to put a stop to it. To humble me, God put me in a platoon full of Hokkien-speaking soldiers during my basic military training and when I was posted to a unit! I wondered, “God, why did you throw me into the deep-end?” As the days went by, God showed me why he wanted me to live, work, and eat with them; He wanted to humble me and show me how prejudiced I was and that I should come down from my lofty perch, get to know them better and love them as the Lord would.

The drivers I worked with were, of course, not averse to using colourful language and some “tricks”. However, what surprised me was their work ethic. They were prepared to work hard and some of them were even more conscientious while carrying out their duties than the better-educated NS men! Despite their tough exterior, they had hearts of gold too, as some showed they were not averse to going the extra mile for me when I needed their help. I not only learned to understand them better and I also ended up learning a lot more from them than I thought! I thank God for showing me the beam in my own eye and for stopping me from focusing on the mote in the eyes of others (Matthew 7:3-5) and most importantly, for humbling me during my NS years.

It is not easy to eat the humble pie. However, when God shows us where we have gone wrong, may we remember that God does so because He loves us as a father would love his child. (Proverbs 3:11-12) When friends and loved ones show us our mistakes, may we remember that they care (Proverbs 27:6,17) and God’s Word commands us to help those who are at fault. (Galatians 6:1) Furthermore, if we humble ourselves, God’s word says He will give us grace (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5) and exalt us. (1 Petr 5:6) O Lord God, humble me, so that I can receive Your grace and be used by You for Your intended purposes. Let not pride take hold of me! Amen!

Announcements (06 Aug 2017)

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Wed Prayer Meeting:  There will be NO Prayer Meeting on 9 Aug due to R500 Conference & National Day.

Combined B-P Churches Reformation 500 Conference (9-12 Aug):  Speaker:  Dr. Michael Barrett.  Venue:  Calvary BPC (9 & 10 Aug) and Life BPC (11 & 12 Aug). For those who signed up, please attend!  Note:  Parking in Calvary BPC is very limited; please park in the multi-storey carparks nearby (free for National Day).

Combined Worship Service (13 Aug):  There will be a Combined Worship Service next Lord’s Day followed by Fellowship Lunch.  Do stay back for the Special Sunday School (12.30-1.30pm) taught by Dr. Michael Barrett.  All are welcome!

Catechism Class: Elders’ Interview of Catechumens will be held on 13/8 in the K-Office @11.30am. If you wish to join the class for Baptism, Reaffirmation of Faith or Transfer of Church Membership, kindly get the form from Sis Min Ling.  Application will close TODAY.

Family Day (2 Sep): A time of fun, games and bonding @BB Sembawang Campsite from 8am-1pm. Cost: $10 per pax (inclusive of lunch and transport).  Registration starts on 6 Aug and ends on 27 Aug.  Please register with Sis Min Ling.

Floral Gift / Fellowship Tea:  There are still some blank slots to be filled.  Floral Gift is $30/slot and Fellowship Tea is $40.  For Fellowship Tea, you may give $20 each if you can find someone else to share the week with you. Kindly mark on the envelope ‘Floral Gift’ or ‘Fellowship Tea’ and drop your contribution in the offering bag.

06 Aug 2017 – The Danger of Materialism

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(From Matt. 6:19-24) by Rev Gabriel Gan

From the day they are born, modern young people are taught that money is the secret to happiness, that only those who possess the latest fads, trendy clothes, designer labels can truly enjoy life. All this flies in the face of what truly rich people have known since time began. Money does not bring happiness. King Solomon wrote, “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver” (Eccl. 5:10); “the abundance of the rich will not suffer (permit) him to sleep” (v.12). Many have seconded Solomon’s God-inspired words. Benjamin Franklin said, “Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it.” Andrew Carnegie observed that “Millionaires seldom smile.”

The second half of Matthew 6 builds on what has come before. Followers of Jesus not only shun hypocrisy in religious duty, but, more positively, they comprehend that all of life is to be lived and all its attitudes are to be formed according to the perspectives of the kingdom of God.

In Matthew 6:19-24, Jesus did not condemn wealth but rather the love of wealth. He did not rule out earthly possessions, positions, or pleasures but instead the improper emphasis on them. Nowhere did Jesus magnify poverty or criticize the legitimate getting of wealth. God made all things, including food, clothing, and precious metals. God has declared that all things He has made are good (Gen. 1:31). God knows that we need certain things in order to live (Matt. 6:32). In fact, He has given us “richly all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17). Hence, it is not wrong to possess things, but it is wrong for things to possess us.

From time immemorial, mankind has always focused on the possessions and positions that this life has to offer. But such earthly treasures, being temporary and uncertain, are unworthy of the believer’s primary attention. By “treasures of earth” Jesus refers to any valuable which is perishable or which can be lost in one way or another. Now, earthly treasures need not be limited to material possessions. Anything that men value, including position, status, work, and family, can become a treasure. There is nothing inherently wrong with enjoying the good things that this world has to offer, provided one does not have to leave the will of God to enjoy them. What Christ taught is a proper perspective toward earthly things.

The reason Jesus gives for prohibiting the storing of such treasure is that it will be destroyed. You cannot take it with you. Job understood this perfectly: “Naked I came out of my mother’s womb, and naked will I return thither” (Job 1:21). That is the truth! We can take none of our earthly treasures with us. No money, no fame, and no position will go with us. How should we live? Paul’s words in 1 Timothy 6:17–19 are helpful for all of us:

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

  1. Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes, “If we have a right view of ourselves in this world as pilgrims, as children of God going to our Father, everything falls into its true perspective.” (Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, p.28). We, like the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11, will learn to look beyond the present and grasp the eternal.

Instead of “treasuring up treasures on earth,” Christ’s followers are to daily “treasure up” for themselves “treasure in heaven” that will endure. No moth can ever corrupt them; nor can any thieves break through and steal them away (v.20).

What does it mean to lay up treasures in heaven? It means to use all that we have for the glory of God. It means to “hang loose” when it comes to the material things of life. It also means measuring life by the true riches of the kingdom and not by the false riches of this world. It means to “set your affections on thing above …” (Col. 3:1).

This is not a call for a life of negation and asceticism. Believers are to enjoy life fully and authentically.  But the Christian does not hold tightly to what he has in this world.

Beloved, the sin of covetousness is as dangerous as the sin of hypocrisy! Thus, Jesus warned against living for the things of this life. He pointed out the sad consequences of covetousness. Materialism will enslave the heart (Matt. 6:19–21), the mind (Matt. 6:22–23), and the will (Matt. 6:24).

As believers, we must evaluate what is truly important to us. What are we living for? This life or the life to come? Where is your heart? Where is mine? And which master do we serve—God or Money?

Announcements (30 Jul 2017)

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Mission Sunday (TODAY):  The Philippines Committee will be giving the presentation at 11.30am at the Chapel. Wed Prayer Meeting @8pm:  Members are strongly encouraged to come and pray as a Church.  The Church that prays together, stays together! Catechism Class: The next class will begin on 20/8. If you wish to join the class for Baptism, […]

30 Jul 2017 – Encouraging Each Other in God’s Work

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By Elder Yap Chee Kian Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24) A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Proverbs 25:11) One day, a small child came home from school and gave a paper to his mother. He said […]

Announcements (23 Jul 2017)

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Wed Prayer Meeting @8pm:  Members are strongly encouraged to come and pray as a Church.  The Church that prays together, stays together! GB, Fortnight (16-30 Jul):  Please support the students by filling up their donation cards. Songleading Training Session (29/7):  There will be a Songleading Training Session for all Worship Service chairman and songleaders on Sat […]

23 Jul 2017 – A People Mobilized For Action

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By Deacon Emmanuel Gumapon In Joshua 1:10-18 after Joshua received a Divine Marching Order from God: A Call to Trust and A Call to Obey. Verse 10 begins, “Then Joshua”, after God had made it clear that He would be with him wherever he went, it was time for him to move forward. Joshua needed […]

Announcements (16 Jul 2017)

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Session Meeting (Today):  At 1.45pm @ Conference Room.  Session members please attend. GB Fortnight (16-30 Jul):  Please support the students by filling up their donation cards. Gospel Sunday (30 Jul):  Please pray and invite your friends and loved ones to this service. Speaker: Eld Sim Chee Seng. Mission Sunday (30 Jul):  The Philippines Committee will […]