Announcements (27 Apr 14)

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Apr 272014
 

Condolence to the family of the late Sis. Thomas Mercy (Tamil Cong.) for her homegoing. May the Lord comfort the bereaved family.

Annual Congregational Meeting (TODAY @ 11.15am): Members, please stay back for the ACM after the worship service today. Pray for God’s guidance that all will be done in a way honourable to the Lord. Let all things be done decently and in order. (1 Corinthians 14: 40)  Lunch will be provided after the ACM.

ROF TRACTING FOR THE ULTIMATE QUEST (TUQ): In support of TUQ, ROF will invite children (P1 – P6) from the neighbourhood. Visitation starts TODAY from 2.15pm to 4pm. Other visitation dates are: 4/5, 11/5 and 18/5 (all from 1.45pm to 4pm). If you are keen to join them on any ONE of these visitation, please meet them at the Kindergarten classroom outside the church office. For more info, please contact Bro. James Goh Hp: 9746-1740

The Ultimate Quest 2014 Theme: Two Ways to Live Date: 24 May Sat. Time: 9.15am – 6pm. Registration @ $3/= for all children P1 – P6 is open till 11 May. Register TODAY at the booth in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Bro. Simeon Choo at +65 91260373 for more details.

Parents’ Appreciation Night (31/5 6.30-9:30pm @ Hilltop Garden Restaurant, Civil Service Club, Bukit Batok): Theme: Eph 5:16 “Redeeming the time …” Speaker: Pastor Daniel Khoo. Tickets for Adults: $35. Children (4 to 12 yrs old), Student and Senior Citizens (>55 yrs old): $20. Do pray about bringing your parents, family and friends to this annual evangelistic event. Transportation to and from church will be provided. Registration starts 4th May.

NLBPC Church Camp 2014: Dates: 11 -14 June (Wed – Sat) @ Tanjong Puteri. Fees: Adults $250, Students & Senior Citizens (=>60yrs) $180, and Children (4-10 years) $140. Registration continues till 11 May.  Camp fee will be collected on 18 and 25 May.  Theme: A Study of Faith and Forgiveness: The Life of Joseph Speaker: Rev. Gabriel Gan.

27 Apr 14 – A brief history of the Philippines Mission

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Apr 272014
 

A brief history of the Philippines Mission

 By Bro. Emmanuel Gumapon

(This was written as part of the church Stewardship Report under Missions. Please read and pray for the Philippines Mission.)

It all started when a group of individual church members decided to go with Bro. Emmanuel Gumapon to the Philippines to explore possibilities in September 2006, and then the following year, several youths from New Life BP Church (NLBPC) went again with Emmanuel and members of their families for a missions exposure in Manila Dec 1-12, 2007.

These were all individual interests. Then an opportunity came up to help Ps. Gener Averilla, who was pioneering a church in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. Several individual New Lifers joined Emmanuel and Arlyn on 28-30 April 2009 at a youth day camp organized by the Grace Community Outreach headed by Ps Gener.

In November 2009, another group of brethren from NLBPC once again went to Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro this time to assist the Pastor in a church retreat and visited the Mangyan Tribes.

In June 23-July 2, 2010, we began helping Pastor Gener with his outreach program at a primary school, Ibaba Elementary school, located at one of the really depressed areas in Calapan City. It was primarily a medical mission trip in which we had Philippine doctors and nurses from the Medical Ambassadors of the Philippines (MAP) to conduct the medical sessions together with Elder (Dr) Sim Chee Seng.

In 2011, the principal requested Pastor Gener to conduct  a three-day one hour session in all levels a Value Formation Programme – actually this programme is part of the school curriculum in the Philippines, but on these three days,  lessons based on the Bible are allowed to be conducted. So another team once again went on Sept 5-13.

In 2012 we included medical and dental services and the 3-day Value Formation classes as part of our outreach program at Ibaba Elementary School. Eld. Sim and Dn. Ivan Lim joined the team from the Philippines in conducting the medical health screening/dental services which were held from morning until around 3pm. Following this, the Value Formation classes began at 4 pm with the rest of the team teaching these classes.

In 2013, we had a new outreach at another school, San Antonio. On 8-15 August, the Adult Fellowship of NLBPC helped raised funds for this project. It was also this year that we began a scholarship program for the really poor children in the form of support for their snacks in school and their school uniforms, bags, shoes and school supplies at the beginning of the school term. There are 15 children from San Antonio and 15 from Ibaba Elementary Schools who were chosen to be our first scholars. The schools came up with a scheme whereby the children will be given their snacks daily instead of giving them the money. We also had another trip later in the year Dec 2-11, 2013 with the Youth Fellowship members joining the team.  This was the largest group of people coming from NLBPC and the church supported us financially for the Mission trip as it did the previous year.

The Lord has been good in touching the hearts of people who wanted to go and be a part of the mission trips that have been organized on a personal basis, where most of the expenses were from personal sources which we pooled together each year apart from personal giving from those who felt that the Lord wanted them to give for these trips.

Praises & Thanksgiving

  1. The youth camp in 2009 – a few have now become members of Pastor Gener’s Church – (Praise God that Ps Gener’s church became independent in October 2012).
  2. Some of those who attended the value formation programme are being followed through even after primary school.
  3. Many of the thirty scholars and parents/guardians have been attending worship services regularly.
  4. The parents/guardians of the scholars attended a healthcare training session conducted in December last year.
  5. Bible Study with the teachers has started at San Antonio.

This year the plan is to have a mission trip on Dec 1-10 2014once again in Mindoro. This time the outreach will be to both schools. Plans are being worked out so please pray for those who are planning, for those who plan to join the mission trip, for available doctors and nurses here as well as in the Philippines.

Each year, we always encounter new experiences and unexpected challenges, but always we have the certainty of an Unchanging, Immovable God who is Sovereign and full of Grace and a Great Provider; hence we look forward with much anticipation at what the LORD has in store for us this year.

Announcements (20 Apr 14)

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Apr 202014
 

SPECIAL PRAYER:  Pray for the catechumens who are seeking baptism and reaffirmation of faith as well as transfer of membership in NLBPC today. May the Lord bless them and strengthen them to follow after the Lord Jesus Christ in all things that in all things he might have the preeminence. Colossians 1: 18

Session Meeting TODAY at 1.30 pm. in the Conference Room.

The Ultimate Quest 2014 Theme: Two Ways to Live Date: 24 May Sat. Time: 9.15am – 6pm. Registration @ $3/= for all children P1 – P6 is open till 11 May. Register TODAY at the booth in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Bro. Simeon Choo for more details.

Parents Appreciation Night (31/5): Do pray about bringing your parents, family and friends to this annual evangelistic event. More details will be available next week.

SAF Meeting Sat 26 April 4pm at home of Bro. Chin Hong (43 Jalan Mata Ayer) Sp: Rev. Lim Chee Boon Theme: Live in the Truth. Please contact Bro. Chin Hong for more details.

NLBPC Church Camp 2014: Dates: 11 -14 June (Wed – Sat) @ Tanjong Puteri. Fees: Adults $250, Students & Senior Citizens (=>60yrs) $180, and Children (4-10 years) $140. Registration continues till 11 May.  Camp fee will be collected on 18 and 25 May.  Theme: A Study of Faith and Forgiveness: The Life of Joseph Speaker: Rev. Gabriel Gan.

ROF TRACTING FOR THE ULTIMATE QUEST (TUQ): In support of TUQ, ROF will invite children (P1 – P6) from the neighbourhood. The visitation dates are: 27/4, 4/5, 11/5 and 18/5 (all from 1.45pm to 4pm except 27/4 from 2.15pm to 4pm). If you are keen to join them on any ONE of these visitation, please meet them at the Kindergarten classroom outside the church office. For more info, please contact Bro. James Goh.

Announcements (13 Apr 14)

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Apr 132014
 

A Vote of Thanks to all who came for the Op Clean-up on the previous Sat 5/4. The Lord bless the work of your hands.

Easter Children’s Programme TODAY 9.30 – 12 noon @Kindergarten Classroom:  Please pray for the children.

Catechumens Interview with the Elders today at 11 am in the Kindergarten Office.

Floral Gift:  A few free slots – please fill if you are led of the Lord.

Session Meeting NEXT SUNDAY at 1.30 pm. in the Conference Room.

Good Friday Combined Worship Service THIS FRIDAY 18/4 @ 9.30am): You may wish to fast (ie skip breakfast) and come for the service. A light lunch will be served after the service.

The Ultimate Quest 2014 Theme: Two Ways to Live Date: 24 May Sat. Time: 9.15am – 6pm. Registration @ $3/= for all children P1 – P6 is open till 11 May. Register TODAY at the booth in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Bro. Simeon Choo at +65 91260373 for more details.

SAF Meeting Sat 26 April 4pm at home of Bro. Chin Hong (43 Jalan Mata Ayer) Sp: Rev. Lim Chee Boon Theme: Live in the Truth. Please contact Bro. Chin Hong for more details.

NLBPC Combined Church Camp 2014: Dates: 11 -14 June (Wed – Sat) @ Tanjong Puteri. Fees: Adults $250, Students & Senior Citizens (=>60yrs) $180, and Children (4-10 years) $140. Registration continues till 11 May.  Camp fee will be collected on 18 and 25 May.  Theme: A Study of Faith and Forgiveness: The Life of Joseph Speaker: Rev. Gabriel Gan.

Announcements (06 Apr 14)

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Apr 062014
 

Deepest Condolences to the family of Sisters Pei Lin And Wai Lin whose grandmother passed away in Penang. May the Lord comfort the bereaved family.

J.O.Y. Sunday: All youths Sec 1 upwards are welcome to this youth programme @ the Chapel 11.30am. Today’s topic is: “Raising of Lazarus” John 11: 1 – 57

Be careful at Fellowship Tea: There was an accident last week and a member was badly scalded. In order to prevent such accidents, please patiently wait your turn and do not push especially since the tea tables – where the food and the hot drinks are placed – are usually very crowded.

Good Friday Combined Worship Service (18/4 @ 9.30am): You may wish to fast (ie skip breakfast) and come for the service. Porridge will be served after the service.

Ju Eng Chapel Service is moved wef today (6/4) to 3pm and the venue to Level 1 dining area. This is because of the ongoing renovation at Ju Eng. Do pray for the residents and staff that they will not be too much disturbed by the renovation.

NLBPC Combined Church Camp 2014: Dates: 11 -14 June (Wed – Sat) @ Tanjong Puteri. Fees: Adults $250, Students & Senior Citizens (=>60yrs) $180, and Children (4-10 years) $140. There is a family discount of $20 per person. Registration continues till 11 May.  Camp fee will be collected on 18 and 25 May.  Theme: A Study of Faith and Forgiveness: The Life of Joseph Speaker: Rev. Gabriel Gan.

06 Apr 14 – Pray For Us

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Apr 062014
 

Pray For Us

By Eld. Sim Chee Seng      

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.” (2 Thess 3:1)

Prayer of Paul

Pray for us. Paul knew that the success of his ministry was dependent on the prayers of God’s people. He understood that the progress of God’s word is never attributed to the power of the minister but to the power of God in answer to prayer.  His great concern was not for his personal safety, but that God’s word, the Gospel, may be free and be glorified. Free in the sense that the word can run freely, without any hindrance and free to do its work among others even as it did among the Thessalonians. God’s word is glorified when the person is sealed by the Holy Spirit, so that he grows in love and knowledge of the Son and continues to increase in holiness and obedience to God the Father. Prayer makes the Gospel effectual in salvation.  Paul’s request make us wonder how often God’s word and work are hindered by our prayerlessness.

Why do we need to pray for our pastors (including leaders)? They are God’s instruments for the dissemination of the God’s word. They will meet with many discouragements arising from their responsibility, weakness and failures. Their effectiveness in preaching depends on the unction of the Holy Spirit. They pray, study, meditate and preach God’s word to you regularly. The least we should do is to pray for God’s blessings upon our pastors or leaders. Without prayers, we cannot expect to profit by their ministration.

Power of Prayer

“I once knew a minister who was constantly successful, who enjoyed a revival every year for twelve years, and could not account for it until one evening at a prayer meeting a brother confessed that for a number of years past he had been in the habit of spending every Saturday evening till midnight in prayer for his pastor the next day. That explained the secret, in part, at least. Such a man praying would make any ministry successful.” (Finney)

No one can tell how much power may be imparted to a pastor’s preaching if even one worshipper among his hearers prayed that God’s word may be made effective unto salvation.

“You cannot tell how much God’s servants are helped by the prayers of his people. The strongest man in Israel will be the better for the prayers of the weakest saint in Zion.” (Spurgeon)

How often have we wrestled with God in prayer for our pastors or leaders to be effective in their service for God?

Principles of Prayer

There are many impediments to the Gospel – persecution, idolatry, superstition, infidelity, corruption etc.  The depravity of man is manifested in the opposition of the human heart to God’s word. One of the means to the glorification of the God’s word is through the free and unimpeded preaching of the Gospel. However, the word of God is only glorified when there is a genuine spiritual transformation of the believer as in the examples of the Thessalonians. There is, therefore, a connection between prayer and the success of the Gospel.

  • Prayer honours God. “If we have the ear of God we are sure of His hand.” God honours prayer because prayer acknowledges that “…it is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit… “ (Zech 4:6).
  • Prayer is enjoined. “Ask, and it shall be given you…” (Mt 7:7; Lk 11:9),   “Seek the Lord ….” (1 Chron 16:11), “…. Ask, and ye shall receive….” (Jn 16:24).  Someone said, “If the spirit of supplication be poured out upon us, that itself is a pledge of success.”
  • Prayer warriors – we need these in our church. Much has been written of the many prayer warriors in the Bible and throughout the world. Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Daniel, Nehemiah and other great saints of the Old and New Testaments were upheld in the hands of prayer. Gospel heroes like Hudson Taylor, David Livingstone, George Muller and others accomplished great feats for the Lord on “bended knees.”

Summary

Prayer is difficult because it requires us to be humble before God. We have to bow our wills before God and to acknowledge Him as our Saviour and Lord. Paul used the genuine conversion of the Thessalonians as an illustration of what God can do and a pledge of what He will do. Great is the efficacy of prayer.

Why not spend some time in prayer? You can join us on Wednesday night or Sunday morning for corporate prayer. I know that the Lord will bless you for your act of obedience and faithfulness. Amen