Announcements (29 Dec 13)

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Dec 292013
 

Watchnight Service 31/12/13 @ 8pm: Please do make time to come and give thanks for the Lord’s blessings throughout the year. May we pray as a Church that the Lord will guide us into the New Year.

Catechism Class Registration is now open for those who are seeking baptism, reaffirmation or transfer of membership. Please collect the registration form from the office. Closing date for Registration: Thur 2/1/2014

Floral Chart & Fellowship Tea 2014: Both new charts are up on the Notice Board. If you would like to contribute, kindly write your name legibly.

God loveth a cheerful giver 2Cor.9:7

29 Dec 13 – Crowning the Year

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Dec 292013
 

Crowning the Year

Thou crownest the year with thy goodness;
and thy paths drop fatness.
Ps 65:11

By Eld. Sim Chee Seng

Praise the Lord that we are coming to the end of this year 2013. As we review and recall all that has transpired this year in Newlife BP Church and our personal lives, I am certain that many, if not all of us, can give God the glory for crowning the year with His goodness and making our paths fat.

Let us give thanks to God:

(1) For our Lord Jesus Christ who loved us and gave himself for our sins to deliver us from this present evil age. Thank God that Jesus, in His mercy, has stood by the Session and members of New Life BP Church and has helped us to overcome many difficulties during the past months.

(2) For the Bible, the Word of God which is the foundation of our Church. Thank God for the faithful preaching of God’s word from the pulpit week after week. Thank God for our pastors and all the faithful men who have preached and exhorted us from the Word of God.

(3) For the Session members, pastoral and administrative staff for their persevering, faithful and loving service to the Church. We also thank God for their understanding and supportive spouses. Thank God for giving us a new pastor in Rev Gabriel Gan. Thank God for Life BP Church in allowing the secondment of Rev Khoo to help us in the Chinese ministry.

(4) For the many ministries (Children’s Ministry, Sunday School, YF,YAF, AF, SAF, NBC, Joy Sunday, ROF, BB/GB, Ju Eng Home, Filipino Ministry, Children and Adult Choirs) that God has raised, sustained and blessed in this Church. Thank God also for sustaining the educational ministry and outreach of the Newlife Kindergarten.

(5) For the missions heritage of Newlife. Thank God for the ongoing commitment and passion to reach other people for Jesus Christ. Thank God for our local outreaches to the Indonesian, Chinese and Tamil nationals and our foreign outreaches to London, Mainland China, India, Cambodia and Philippines. Thank God for open doors and boldness to share the gospel.

(6) For behind the scenes people. There are many unsung heroes and heroines in New Life BP Church whose work are indispensable for our going on as a church. Thank God for those who kept the church clean, who drive the church van, the usherers, musicians, PA crews, the floral team, helpers in the various ministries, servers of tables, befrienders and those who “give a little cup of water” to the needy.

(7) For the hearts awakened to the gospel in 16 Chinese nationals during the recent Gospel Meeting. Thank God for providing labourers to do the follow-up of these new believers.

(8) For the New Lifers who are in good health and strength, something which we cannot take for granted. Thank God for supplying His strength, comfort and succour to those who are going through trials and sufferings presently.

(9) For His forgiveness of our sins though the blood of Jesus Christ. Thank God for enabling New Lifers to learn and to practise forgiveness, forbearance and patience with love for each other. As we are not perfect humans, we thank the Holy Spirit for His on-going, moulding work in us to make us humble, caring and Christ-like.

(10) For the peace and security of Singapore. Thank God also for a stable and good government and for the freedom of worship in this country.

Take some time to reflect on His goodness to you this year. What are the precious lessons He has taught you? What are the trials or testings He has allowed you to go through? How have you personally experienced the goodness of God through His leading and pruning? How can you praise and glorify Him today?

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Jude 24-25

Announcements (22 Dec 13)

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Dec 222013
 

Deepest Condolence for the bereaved family of Sis. Marjorie Tow whose father Tow Siang Hong went home to the Lord last Friday.

Wed Night Prayer Meeting: This coming Wed night, there is no prayer meeting as it is Christmas Day.

Christmas Worship Service THIS WED 25/12 10am. This year the Church has a Combined service (Eng & Chinese). Carolling is being planned for Christmas Eve 24/12. Bro. Steve Tan is co-ordinating the carolling (Eng Cong).

Floral Chart & Fellowship Tea 2014:  Both new charts are up on the Notice Board. If you would like to contribute, kindly write your name legibly. God loveth a cheerful giver 2Cor.9:7

Catechism Class Registration is now open for those who are seeking baptism, reaffirmation or transfer of membership. Please collect the registration form from the office. Closing date for Registration: Thur 2/1/2014

22 Dec 13 – Hindrances to Prayer

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Dec 222013
 

Hindrances to Prayer
By Elder Prasad

Prayer is one of the greatest privileges we have in the Christian life, and God delights in answering our prayers. In Matthew 7:11 our Lord Jesus said, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?”
The aim of prayer is communication with God. In prayer we praise God for His goodness and righteousness, and thank God for blessings received. Also we make requests for needs to be supplied. God then meets our needs and gives us directions and instructions. If no answer is forthcoming, the prayer is in vain. We must learn to have our prayers answered. Some people say that God does not answer prayer always. This cannot be true, because God always answer prayers: He either says “yes”, “no” or “wait. It is true that God sometimes delays in answering our prayers as His timing is different from our own. When Lazarus was very ill, his sisters, Mary and Martha, sent for the Lord Jesus. However, the Lord deliberately waited to come. When Lord Jesus finally arrived at Bethany, Lazarus had been in the grave for four days. Lord Jesus purposely delayed in order to bring greater glory to God by raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-44). He delayed because the timing was not right for God’s purposes to be fulfilled.
In addition to timing, God sometimes delays or denies our requests because He has a greater blessing waiting for us. Therefore when we pray, we may have some of our requests changed or delayed for our good. God delights in answering prayers, however, there are times when God does not hear our prayers. These unheard prayers are not caused by His inability to hear or respond but by the hindrances in our hearts. God will not answer prayer just to pamper us, if the prayer is out of His will or inconsistent with His nature. The Bible lists a number of conditions for answered prayer. Let us look at some hindrances that cause our line of communication with God to be severed.

KNOWN SIN in our lives is one hindrance to prayer. Psalm 66:18 states: “if I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me”. All of us in this world have a sinful nature, with the exception of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though we possess a sinful nature, this alone does not hinder our prayer. It is our attitude to sin that causes our prayers to be hindered. Our ‘attitude’ here means to know and disapprove of something present in our life, but do nothing about it. If we are aware of some sin in our heart and acknowledge its presence yet unwilling to face it honestly and do something about it, then God will not hear us when we pray. 1 John 1:6 states, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” We are saying one thing but practising another. Ignoring our sin is a serious offence in God’s eyes.

When we are cherishing a known sin in our hearts, the Lord will not hear our prayer. To cherish a sin means to practise it secretly, to think about it, to enjoy the memory of it, and yet to be unwilling to face it honestly.

We must not allow sin to remain in our lives in this manner but must deal with it. Matthew 5:29 states, “And if your right hand offends thee cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body be cast into hell”. The Lord Jesus is telling us to deal drastically with sin before it spreads and destroys our entire being. Thus when we come to God in prayer, we need to have a time of confession and cleansing first. Confession of sin means we agree with God that what we have done or doing is wrong by His standards. 1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Failure to confess our sins and make things right with God and man is a major cause of unanswered prayer.

SELFISHNESS is another hindrance to prayer. James 4:1 tells us that when we are selfish in our praying, God will not hear us. “From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” The word “lust” means “pleasures”. The passage goes on to say “ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask and receive not because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:2, 3). While it is not wrong for us to pray for ourselves, it is wrong to put our requests so far ahead of God’s requests that we become selfish. In the Lord’s Prayer, we notice that God’s concerns come before ours: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done” (Matthew 6:9, 10). Once we have prayed for God’s concerns, we can then say, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Vs 11). This shows us that it isn’t wrong to pray for ourselves. Many people in the Bible did so. In Psalms we see David often praying for himself for spiritual cleansing, for power, for physical protection and for deliverance from his enemies. In the New Testament, our Lord Jesus prayed for Himself on several occasions. Likewise, Paul prayed for himself as well as for others.

Selfish praying, however, is not the same as praying for ourselves. We pray for ourselves that we might be able to serve others. We pray for our needs that we might be able to meet the needs of others. This is different from the attitude stated in James 4:2, 3. In this case, our sole purpose for praying is to satisfy our own pleasures and desires. The result of selfish praying often makes us hard to live with. We are constantly fighting and disputing with others. We also want our pleasures to be fulfilled. We are not interested in glorifying God, but only in pacifying ourselves.

The purpose of prayer is not self-gratification but rather to accomplish the will of God. “And this is the confidence that we have in Him that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him” (1 John 5:14, 15). Thus we see that when we are asking according to the Lord’s will, God promises to grant our petitions. We must therefore seek the spirit’s discernment when we pray and have a life that is filled with the Word of God in order to know how to pray in the will of God.  

  REJECTION OF GOD’S WORD is yet another hindrance to prayer. Proverbs 28:9 tells us, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” The Word of God and prayer always go together. Our Lord Jesus said, “If ye abide in me, and my words adide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). In Acts 6:4 we see that the early church leaders devoted themselves continually to the ministry of prayer and the Word of God. The Word of God and prayer must go together because the Bible reveals to us God’s mind, heart and will. Once we know this, we can then claim His promises, His will and His provision for our needs in prayer. Prayer is not something we do ourselves. Prayer is the result of the Spirit of God using the Word of God in our lives. If we reject the Word, God cannot hear our prayer. He would be violating the holiness of His nature in doing so.

FAILURE TO RESIST SATAN: God wants us to pray, but Satan does not want us to. Satan in fact will do all in his power to hinder our prayers. He knows that we can accomplish more through our prayers than through our work. Satan would rather have us do anything else than pray. Ephesians 6:10-13 tells us that our battle is against the kingdom of darkness and against spiritual forces of evil. These forces are in the unseen realms of the spirit world. Too often Christians fight against the results of Satan’s work rather than against Satan himself. To fight this battle we must wear the full armour of God and become skilful in the use of the offensive weapons God has given us. These weapons are the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, and praying in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayer and requests.

God desires to answer our prayers. Unfortunately, God is not always able to do so because we have allowed hindrances to come between ourselves and God. Refusing to confess and forsaking known sin in our lives, praying with selfish motives, ignoring the Word of God and failing to resist Satan are some of the hindrances in our prayer lives. Perhaps we need to examine our hearts and lives and ask God to remove some of these hindrances. So may God help us.

Announcements (15 Dec 13)

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Dec 152013
 

Session Meeting: Session members are requested to attend the meeting at 1.30 pm in the Conference Room.

Christmas Worship Service 25/12 10am. This year the Church has a Combined service (Eng & Chinese). Carolling is being planned for Christmas Eve 24/12.

15 Dec 13 – The God of Missions

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Dec 152013
 

The God of Missions: Philippines Mission Trip 2 – 11 Dec 2013

Team Members: Emmanuel Gumapon – team leader, Arlyn Gumapon, Justin Gumapon, Eld. Dr. Sim Chee Seng, Daniel Sim, Gloria Sim, Christiana Lim, Kua Kok Leong,  Belinda Kua, Isaac Kua, Abigail Kua, Lois Kua, Dr. Winston Lim, Dolly Lian, David Lim, Mrs. Esther Tan, Linda Lim, Lilian Lee, Alissa Goh, Aw Jie Shi, Jamie Ng, Chew Hui En, Pua Wei Sheng, Ang Min Wei, Ang Zhen Jie.

By Lilian Lee

In the months of planning, we met many challenges in bringing youths to the mission field. The briefings never saw full attendance because many youths were preparing for their final exams either in the O’s or A’s. In booking the air tickets, the agent asked for 15 names so that we could take advantage of the cheap fare but this seemed impossible at first! When it comes to youths, money is always short so that cheap fares and cutting any other corners were crucial. When we managed to buy all 15 tickets, our dear sister Hui Jie was taken ill and was hospitalised. As the doctors advised against travelling, we had to withdraw her name although we had paid for her ticket. Now we will have to follow through with the insurance to recover the fare. Thank God that the insurance (also bought with a huge discount!) was bought way before the 15 names were even confirmed (such was the faith we had!). Then days before our departure date, my mother had a fall and was hospitalised. These I saw were some of the discouragement that Satan had introduced to shake our desire to serve the Lord.

Finally the Philippines mission team of 25 set out. This was the largest mission team that ever set out together. The team comprised 10 adults – many coming as parents but all as practitioners and 10 YFers and 4 YAFers, and the youngest member Lois Kua was only 10 years old. Our team leader Bro. Emmanuel Gumapon managed to assign tasks for everyone appropriate to their ages and abilities. Thank God that the three days of intense mission work saw every team member occupied. Aside from Eld. Dr. Sim Chee Seng and Dr. Winston Lim, the rest of us have no medical background. Hence we were much encouraged by the 3 doctors, 4 nurses and 4 dentists from the Philippines. I felt that they formed the back bone of this work. Without them, we would also be largely handicapped because we do not know the language and the culture. I was very much moved by their love for the Lord and His people as they made the sacrifice of coming to join forces with us – some of them have done this work for the third or fourth time at Ibaba Elementary School!

You may ask: what can non-medical people do? We did a lot of paper work (registration, taking the weight and the height) and leg work (directing the patients to the respective stations and crowd control) and probably the most demanding work was at the delousing station. Because of poverty and ignorance, many of the children have lice in their hair. This work is done in stages: first of all, we need a nurse to identify the children who have this problem. Then the child’s hair is sprayed with vinegar and wrapped with a plastic bag. The hair is massaged and the stinging vinegar works to kill the lice. After 15 minutes, the hair is fine-combed through to remove the lice and then shampooed! It was difficult work especially for the girls with long thick hair. We realised that for the lice to be completely removed the delousing process needs to be repeated at home and so we tried our best to educate the children and their parents, if thy came with their children. It was also difficult because our young Singaporeans have never seen lice and there is the fear that despite the precautions of wearing cap and gloves, we may inhabit the lice in our own bodies! Kudos to our young people who not only did the work uncomplainingly but cheerfully too. At one point we had a choir singing for the Lord and for the children:

Who is the King of the Jungle? (who who)

Who is the King of the Sea? (bubba bubba bubba)

Who is the King of the Universe?

And who is the King of me?

I’ll tell ya – J-E-S-U-S, yes, He is the King of me!

He is the King of the Universe, the Jungle and Sea

Bubba bubba bubba Who who

As if all the difficulties were not enough to test our faith – it was the only station that was in the open and we were at the mercies of the unpredictable weather. The day invariably started with a steady drizzle and we had to trust the Lord to clear the weather and He never failed! Interestingly, there was a day when it drizzled everywhere except at our station! God is great. In all, it was humbling to be given the opportunity to serve the Almighty amongst these little children who do not know their left hand from their right – some of them were so tiny!

In the afternoon after the medical and dental work was done, we taught our Bible lesson based on the Prodigal Son. The children were enthusiastic and they quickly learned the theme song, O be careful little eyes… We were encouraged that they also quickly learned the memory verse Luke 15: 18

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father,

I have sinned against heaven, and before thee

It was obvious that they enjoyed the lessons and we were touched by their thank you notes that they wrote to us at the end of the three days. May the Lord continue to remember all these children.

Thank God that in this mission trip, we have all learnt many precious lessons of trusting in His grace and His provisions, even as we keenly felt the burden of serving Him in an alien environment and doing things we were probably doing for the first time. Some of our new experiences bring wonderful memories – such as washing one another’s feet, and swimming and snorkelling in the open ocean also open our eyes to the wondrous creation of God. My prayers for the youths is that this will be the turning point for them – having tasted the loving kindness of God who loves them and provides for them, may they in turn love the things and the people that God loves. 

Announcements (08 Dec 13)

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Dec 082013
 

1. Session Meeting: Session members are requested to attend the meeting on 15/12 at 1.30 pm. in the Conference Room.

2. Joel and Esther Pang thank God for blessing them with baby Caleb. Caleb is one month old and the family is providing some food for the tea fellowship.

3. We rejoice with Elder Prasad on the birth of his 4th grandson Joshua.

4. Christmas Day Combined Worship at 10.00am.

08 Dec 13 – Cambodia Mission – One Year On

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Dec 082013
 

CAMBODIA MISSION – ONE YEAR ON

A REPORT FROM By Rev. Lim Chee Boon  

Cambodia had been ravaged by war for many years.  The infamous genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979 reduced the population by a quarter.  By the time Vietnam captured Cambodia in 1979, some 2 million people were decimated by the Khmer Rouge.  The country remained in isolation until 1993 when it was reunited under the monarchy, King Norodom Sihanouk.  From then on Cambodia has seen rapid economic progress while rebuilding from decades of civil war.  In 2009, Wiki-travel reported Cambodia’s tourism industry grew significantly.  Some 2 million people visited the country every year.  Most tourists go to Siem Reap because of Angkor Wat, one of the 7 wonders of the world.

In 2011 the 58th Company of the Boys’ Brigade went to Siem Reap for an educational trip.  Preacher William Goh was the team leader.  In his report he mentioned about the possibility of having a mission outreach in Cambodia.  Subsequently 2 visits were made to Siem Reap to explore the matter.  At the same time we contacted Bro. Tann Heng, a Cambodian, doing his final year in FEBC.  After much prayer the Cambodian Mission was inaugurated on 1 December 2012.  Preacher Tann Heng is our first Cambodian missionary.

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Tann Heng has a Chinese ancestry.  His grandfather was from Hainan Island in Southern China.  He studied in Life University in Sihanoukville and graduated with a degree in Information Technology.  The Korean missionaries and the Christian lecturers influenced him in the things of God.  During this time he developed a desire to serve God fulltime.

After graduation he worked for a short time.  Then the Lord opened the door for him to pursue theological training in Singapore.  While studying in FEBC, the Lord laid a burden on him to work in Siem Reap.   So when he knew that New Life is also thinking of Siem Reap as a potential mission outpost, he readily accepted the offer to co-work with New Life in the gospel ministry.

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FIRST YEAR’S REPORT CARD Today marks the 1st anniversary of the Cambodian Mission.  Elder Sim and I visited the mission station in September and spent a Sunday with Preacher Tann Heng.  Presently he has 2 Sunday School classes held in the mission station and one in Prenatt Orphanage.

On weekdays Preacher Tann Heng reaches out to the people through evangelism and English Language lessons.  There will be an English class with adults soon.  Pray for the people’s hearts to turn to Christ.cambodia3

Last year a team of 9 New Lifers visited Preacher Tann Heng and conducted Bible lessons in 2 orphanages. Our YAFers were exposed to first-hand life in the mission field.  They saw the people’s great need of the gospel and their living condition.  Surely they are now more appreciative of our condition in Singapore.

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Pastor Lim and Elder Sim conducted marriage counselling for Pr. Tann Heng and the parents (See photo below). The wedding photo was taken in Nov. 2013.

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Announcements (01 Dec 13)

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Dec 012013
 

J.O.Y. Sunday:All youths Sec 1 upwards are welcome to this youth programme @ the Chapel 11.30am. Today’s topic is: “Feeding of the 5000” John 6: 1 – 15       

Pastor on Secondment: Rev. Daniel Khoo is seconded from Life BP Church from 1 Dec 2013 to 31 Jan 2014 to pastor the Chinese congregation. As the English congregation is without pastor, Rev. Lim Chee Boon will pastor the English congregation. Rev. Gabriel Gan will commence with us from 1 January 2014 and understudy Rev. Lim in preparation to take over as pastor of the English congregation from 1 Feb 2014. Thereafter Rev Lim Chee Boon will return to pastor the Chinese congregation. Please uphold all three pastors in prayer.

Fellowship Tea 2014:  The new chart is up on the Notice Board. If you would like to contribute, kindly write your name legibly.Each contribution is $40. If you can find someone else to share the week with you, then you may give $20 each. Kindly mark on the envelop “Fellowship Tea” and drop your contribution in the offering bag OR give it to the office. God loveth a cheerful giver 2 Cor. 9: 7

01 Dec 2013 – Unity in Spirit

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Dec 012013
 

“Unity in Spirit”

By Rev. S. V. Nathan

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1

I.              Introduction:

Once an old man was very ill and lay dying in his bed. He had four sons who were al­ways fighting with each other. As he worried about them, he decided to teach them a lesson. The old man gave his sons a bundle of sticks and said, “Can you break these sticks?”The first son tried very hard but he failed and finally gave up. Thesecond son thought it would be easy and picked up the sticks to break them but he also failed.  Then, the third son tried to break the bundle of sticks, but he couldn’t do anything either.

Meanwhile, the youngest son jeered at his brothers and thought them incom­petent. He thought he was clever and took one stick at a time and easily broke all of them. The old father then smiled at his sons and said, “Children, do you understand what hap­pened? It is easy to break the sticks one by one. But when they are bundled together, none of you could break them. In the same way, you four brothers should be united. No one will be able to hurt you then.” The four brothers realised what their father was trying to teach them and forgot all their enmity and learnt that unity is strength. From that day onwards, they never fought with each other and lived together in peace and harmony. (http://shortstoriesshort.com/story/unity-is-strength/). Hence, this story is one of the old stories which always inspiresand reminds me that unity is strength. Jesus Himself said, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.”(Mat 12:25). Thus, united we stand and divided we fall. This Psalm 133 very clearly speaks about the “Unity of brethren”. In this article we will focus only on two aspects of unity such as its blessing and beauty.

II.             Unity is not Uniformity but Unity in Diversity: 

First of all we should not misunderstand that unity is formed in uniformity in colour, race, language, money, education, profession or conformity to opinion or any other external aspects. Our unity is based on our spiritual bonding in Christ. Time and again we are reminded in scripture about the unity of brethren in Christ. We need to remember St Paul’s analogy of the church as the body of Christ. Christ is the head of the body and we are many members in His body.  Though we are many members with many different shapes, positions and functions yet we are united in one body and serve the same Head by serving one another (1Co 12:12-27). With this understanding of the unity in Spirit, let us study Psalm 133.

III.            The Blessings of Unity (vs133:1):  

This Psalm very nicely portrays the blessing of unity.  Living in unity as believers is good and pleasant because it is the place where God pours out abundant blessings. In verse 1b – the word “brethren” talks about the pilgrims that spend the day gathered in the great Temple. People that hardly know each other as they come from different parts of Israel, congregate in Jerusalem as brothers and sisters, as members of a great family of the same nation. They are able to do this because they live under the deep happiness of adoring only one God, YAHWEH.  Is it not a great blessing to see brethren united in the name of God to worship Him and united in one spirit, without bothering about any difference between them?

Unity is a blessing. It is wonderful when we visit any house or a church and see they are united in Christ, and that they love one another and serve one another joyfully, which make us feel good about them and gives happiness to us. On the other hand if we see a divided family or church it brings sadness to us. In the same way, it makes God happy when we are united and goodness and blessing flows from heaven. But when we are divided, Satan rejoices. If we are in tune with Christ, we will be in tune with all His. While there may not always be oneness of view, there can always be aoneness of spirit and object in Christ. Christ wants His church to have that unity. Whom do we want to serve? Are you tuned in Christ? Are you an ambassador for unity and peace in the church?

IV.            The Beauty of Unity (vs. 2-3)

The beauty of unity is compared to ‘the precious ointment poured upon Aaron’s head which flows through his beard and down to the skirt of his garments’ (vs. 2), and in vs. 3 the analogy of unity is described as ‘the dew of Hermon that descended upon the Mountains Zion’.  These two verses are a “parallelism ” – Hebrew poets often used different words to express the same idea.  Hence, the holy anointing oil for the high priest was olive oil mixed with four of the best spices (Exo 30:22-30). Its rich profusion typified the abundance of the Spirit’s graces. As the abundant dew, such as fell on Hermon, falls in fertilizing power on the mountains of Zion, so this unity is fruitful in good works. As a result, unity among brethren is seen as a greater blessing where God commands His blessing and life for all and forever (vs3b). Thus, we need to practise unity on this earthly life hence the Lord Jesus Christ told us, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18: 20). The unity of brethren, brings God and His blessing among us, and makes our earthly living heavenly.

Conclusion:

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” (Winston Churchillhttps://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/unity). Similarly, when we are united in spirit, Satan will be defeated. Our unity must not focus on the peripheral things or external differences and instead we are united in divine purpose so as to promote divine peace and to build Christ’s Kingdom on this earth. Our unity among brethren should be viewed in the eternal and heavenly perspective. In heaven there is no colour, creed, sex, language and nationality or any other differences or divisions. It is also a mark of spiritual maturity and uprightness to make sure I may not be the cause for disunity and division. The way we act, behave or talk to anyone will reciprocate our inner view to outside.  Henceforth, I request everyone to work for the greater cause of unity in the body of Christ. Consequently everyone will enjoy God’s ever present goodness and pleasantness in our life on this earth. It is my humble prayer that God may make us an instrument of peace to bring unity and harmony in everyone’s life. May our God richly bless you all.