Announcements (27 Jul 14)

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Jul 272014
 

Mission Sunday: We thank God for His faithfulness as He leads New Life in our mission work. May we continue to arise and go out into all the world to preach the gospel. We will be screening a classic true missionary drama, “Peace Child” today at 1130am @Chapel. All are welcome.

Farewell Lunch for Pr William Goh after Sunday School today in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Let us continue to pray for the Lord to guide Pr. William as he moves on to another ministry in the Lord’s vineyard.

Combined Youth Prog (THIS SAT 2/8) Time: 8.30 am – 5 pm. Sp: Rev. Jack Sin. Registration is still open – please pick the indemnity form from Bro. Isaac Kua or Sis. Hui En

Adults Sunday School (3/8): Lesson 8: Rejecting the Fantasy. All are welcome @Balcony 11.30am.

AF Retreat (14-16/8): Sp: Ps Gan. Pray for the saints to be refreshed and edified.

BB/GB: The church has decided to keep this ministry. Praise God for members who stepped forward to fill the gap. Please see Ps. Gan if you can help with the GB.

GB Fortnight (13 – 27/7): Kindly support this ministry by your generous giving.

Video Clips presentation during the worship service must first be vetted by Ps Gan.

Funds Needed: Members are urged to prayerfully give to the following funds:

  • Family Day (Sat 6/9) Fund
  • Mission Fund

27 Jul 14 – Missions for young and old

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Jul 272014
 

Missions for young and old

In 2013, there was a mission team which was made up of many youths for whom it was the first time they went on a mission trip.   Their trip on 2 – 10 Dec took them to the Philippines and they did many marvellous things for the Lord including delousing children’s hair, offering dental assistance, as well as engaging in a three-day vacation-bible-school type of outreach. Through it all, they learned to appreciate the comforts of home. They also saw God’s faithfulness and last but least, they admired His handiwork especially during the R & R.

The team also consisted of many older members who found wonderful things to do for the Lord. It was especially encouraging to team members when the elders – Eld Prasad and Eld Paul Tsao joined the Cambodian teams. Below are the testimonies of some of our youths from the Philippines team. Please also enjoy the photos.

David Lim

As this was the first time I went on a mission trip, I did not know what to expect. With the adversities facing the Philippines in the month leading up to the trip I felt a little insecure, but I went with faith that God will guide us through. Undoubtedly, God’s mercy could be felt throughout the trip, especially in the way He withheld any bad weather as we meted out treatment to the children in Ibaba Elementary School. Although some of us fell sick, His healing hand could be felt. We all had much fun during the R&R period at the end of the trip!

One of the most impactful segments of the trip was how we had a short spiritual retreat on just the second day, even before the mission work began. This served to boost our faith and bring our focus onto God for the trip, and to set our minds to glorify Him in our work. In that session, we wrote down our fears and expectations for the mission work. On the last night of the trip, we reviewed those fears and realized that we did not even have to worry about them, having witnessed God’s power and provision for us. It was an apt ending to the mission trip, indeed an experience that changed our understanding of who God is for the youth and adults alike.

 

Nightly devotional sessions were also timely reminders on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. These devotionals also gave us assurances on the rewards that we can gain from being faithful disciples. I recalled a devotion which referred to John 14:27: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. These words of comfort underline how God will give us peace always, as He will give us peace and strength to anyone who sets out to do His work.

Aw Jie Shi

Like many other youths, this Philippines mission trip was my first mission trip I’ve been to. Before embarking on this trip, I had doubts and was not sure on what to do. Thankfully, the Filipino medical/dental team and the adults briefed us well and with the knowing that God would be with us through it all, everything was smooth-sailing.

One of the most amazing things which happened during the trip was when we were delousing the children. It started to rain, and the children were running about in the attempt to avoid getting drenched. I then closed my eyes and prayed for the weather to be calm so that the delousing could be done quickly, and when I opened my eyes, I saw that the rain had stopped. I was even more thankful, when later we were told that the delousing area was the only area in the school compound where there is no rain. It brings joy to our hearts to be constantly reminded of our loving God, who can bring showers of blessings (literally!) or He can stop the showers. Both are encouragement to His children!

I’ve taken back many lessons from this mission trip, and the most important one was having Faith. To many people, faith is simply hanging by our lips – we talk about it, attempt to convince others of it, but we do not practise it in our lives. This mission trip forced us to practise our faith, and to know the beauty of trusting God in every activity we are involved in.

Besides knowing that God was with us throughout the trip, we could also see Him during our Rest & Recreation. The stars at the beach resort we stayed at were aplenty and the sunrise was glorious, reminding me of the verse:

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

Indeed, “behold who hath created these things”. He is One we should trust not only through a mission trip, but through all our lives. This mission trip has allowed me to grow a lot, be it literally and spiritually. I thank God for this opportunity and I do encourage others to join in other mission trips as well!

Pua Wei Sheng

The Philippines Mission Trip was truly an eye opener for first timers like me. I really felt that this trip made me realise God’s blessings in our lives.

I remember on the third day of the work at Ibaba Elementary School, I was actually sick and caught a high fever. During that time, I lost my appetite and felt very weak. I ended up having to rest at the homestay so as to recover from my fever. I felt miserable and wanted to go to the school to minister to the children there. But how God blessed me with Elder Sim, our in-house doctor! who stayed back with me. There he was beside me and he shared the gospel with me, I eventually said the sinners’ prayer and I recovered a few hours later. I would like to thank God for His blessings and His healing hand upon me.

Gloria Sim

This mission trip has undoubtedly been a fulfilling one for me, as I was really made to step out of my comfort zone. It provided many novel experiences such as seeing my very first louse, learning how to prepare an injection needle, trying the famed Jollibee chicken for the first time and interacting with children who speak a language vastly different from mine … and the list goes on!!!!

I have also learnt to commit my expectations and plans to God as He is the one who knows what is best for us. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the trip to the Philippines and hope to return in the future.

Ang Min Wei

It was truly a great privilege to be able to go on this mission trip that has probably changed my life. It has taught me what it means to truly let go and let God take control. The Filipino team has taught me what it means to work hard, be still and commit it all to the Lord. This mission trip is the best it can be: it is planned well and yes, people of all ages, please go for mission trips in future! I assure you it’s something worthwhile.

Chew Hui En

The Philippines mission trip has been a fruitful one for me. I really thank God for the opportunity to be able to get to know the people in church better and have the time to relax and enjoy all of God’s creations.

At first, a mission trip seemed daunting to me because I have never been to one but after the trip, I realised how much God has blessed me, both spiritually and physically. Being in an affluent country like Singapore has caused me to take things for granted and I thank God that during this trip, I learnt that we have so many blessings to be thankful for.

During the trip, I’ve also been reminded of the importance of putting God first in our lives. Not only is He the one in control of everything in our lives, He is the one who can lift us up when we are down. No matter what situation we are in, God is always there to lead and guide us. Through the trip, I’ve seen how God has allowed all things to work for His glory and it is through His intervention that everything worked together for good. Though we were exhausted at the end of each day, we were truly enriched by all the experiences.

Notes made by Bro. Kua Kok Leong

1.     What were the highlights of the mission trip?

KL> Serving the Lord with one spirit among young & old who come from different upbringing & cultural background.

2. What lessons did you learn from this trip?

KL>  Trust God that He is in control and He hears our prayer.

2) I can survive without watching TV for 10 days.

3. What could have been done better?

KL>  Improve daily communication to the team on expectation.

2) Exercise more love and patience in the midst of any misunderstanding.

3) Clarify issues on the spot. Don’t bear grudges.

4. Would you recommend others to go for a mission trip?

KL> Yes. It is a privilege to serve the Lord when we still have the means and strength.  Eccl 12:1 – Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth

Upcoming Mission Trips:

  1. A.   Cambodian Mission trip (10-13, Nov 2014)
  2. B.    Philippines Mission Trip (1-10 Dec 2014)

Pray for those who are organising these trips. Pray that the programme will be firmed up and the Lord appoint the New Lifers who will be part of the mission teams.

Matthew 28: 18 – 20

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Announcements (20 Jul 14)

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Jul 202014
 

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

Teachers’ Training by CEF THIS SAT 26/7 2 pm – 6pm. Registration @$5/= is open at the door when you come on Saturday.

Combined Youth Prog (2/8) Time: 8.30 am – 5 pm. Sp: Rev. Jack Sin. Registration continues – please pick the indemnity form from Bro. Isaac Kua or Sis. Hui En

AF Retreat (14-16/8): Sp: Ps Gan. Pray for the saints to be refreshed and edified.

Adults Sunday School: Lesson 7 Restoring the Unity @ Chapel 11.30am. All are welcome.

In-Conversation Sat 13/9. Please keep the date free.

BB/GB: The church has decided to keep this ministry. Praise God for members who stepped forward to fill the gap. Please see Ps. Gan if you can help with the GB.

GB Fortnight (13 – 27/7): Kindly support this ministry by your generous giving.

Renovation Fund: Members are urged to prayerfully give to this fund.

20 Jul 14 – The Supreme Requirements

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Jul 202014
 

The Supreme Requirements

By Rev. S. V. Nathan

Introduction: 

A carnal person in the world loves the world and the things of the world. What he loves and values the most lies in the things of the world. As born again Christians, we ought instead to supremely love God and serve Him alone. There is no middle path: we are either for God or for the world. Hence the Apostle John says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15). Thus in this article, let us take heed to what our Lord Jesus Christ Himself says about supreme requirements for those who are born again.

I.              Jesus Requires Supreme Love (Mat 22:37):

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

In this verse, the Lord Jesus Christ says that we are to love him with all our faculties. We are to love him supremely, more than all other beings and things, and with all the zeal possible. To love him with all the heart is to fix our affections supremely on him, more strongly than on anything else, and to be willing to give up all that we hold dear at his command. We are to labor and toil for His glory, and to make that the great object of all our efforts.

Our supreme love for God means that when we compare how we love people or things, all the other love will be considered equal to hating. Jesus says in Luke 14:26. If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  Therefore a true disciple should be moved or constrained by such a love for Him.

With what measure of love do you love Him? The supreme love for Him must be the motivating factor for you to be a Christian and to serve Him. As the  Apostle Paul says, For the love of Christ constraineth us (2 Corinthians 5:14). Do you love Christ supremely?

II. Jesus Requires Supreme Service (Mat 6:24):

 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Secondly, if we love Him supremely, this will be reflected in our sincere and sacrificial service to Him. As Christ says, “No man can serve two masters ….”(Mat 6:24). The supreme love can be fixed on only one object. So, Christ says, the servant of God or Children of God, cannot at the same time obey him, and be greedy, or seek treasures supremely on earth. When we serve two masters, we will find that one will interfere with the other. Either one or the other will be, and must be, surrendered, as their orders are directly contrary to one another.

In other words, a man is inclined to despise and hate whatever he does not love supremely, when the necessity of a choice presents itself.  Also we have not found that “any man is fit for two tables.” And again, “that it is not proper for one man to have two governments:” He cannot give his heart to two services at the same time. He cannot follow two callings successfully.  Hence, we serve supremely that only which we love supremely.  The mammon or riches and all other things can be used to serve Him because we love Him supremely.

We cannot be serving Christ and the worldly mammon and pleasures at the same time.  Whom are you serving supremely in your life?

Conclusion:

Thus, shouldn’t we stop belittling God by ignoring the fact that He is our supreme love? Shouldn’t we stop ignoring the fact that He deserves the supreme service in our life? How can we acknowledge the greatness of our God and thus honor Him, if we deny that He is at the center of everything we do? I encourage everyone who reads this article to understand that He, who loved, served and sacrificed first, to show his supreme love for you and me.  In return we are called and commanded to love and serve Him supremely.  Let us start living for and proclaiming the supremacy of God in all things.  Shall we obey God’s word in our life and give supreme love and honour to Him alone, who is worthy of all supreme service. May our good God bless you richly. Amen.

 

Announcements (13 Jul 14)

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Jul 132014
 

SAF Anniversary Sat 19/7 4pm Sp: Eld. Khoo Peng Kiat. All are welcome.

Session Meeting: Next Sunday 20/7 at 1.30 pm. in the Conference Room.

Teachers’ Training by CEF Sat 26/7 2 pm – 6pm. Registration @$5/= is open with Sis Lilian.

Combined Youth Prog (2/8) Time: 8.30 am – 5 pm. Sp: Rev. Jack Sin. Registration continues – please pick the indemnity form from Bro. Isaac Kua or Sis. Hui En

AF Retreat (14-16/8): Sp: Ps Gan. Pray for the saints to be refreshed and edified.

In-Conversation Sat 13/9. Please keep the date free.

BB/GB: The church is reconsidering the handover of this ministry. Members who are able to help out with the Parade and Christian Education on Fridays, please see Ps. Gan for more details.

Renovation Fund: Members are urged to prayerfully give to this fund.

Announcements (06 Jul 14)

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Jul 062014
 

Youth Sunday: The Session would like to wish all youths a blessed Youth Sunday! May you grow in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord.

Time with the Pastor: As this is Youth Sunday, Ps Gan would like to have a get-to-know-you session with all the youths. Please come! Venue: Chapel @11.30am.

SAF Anniversary Sat 19/7 4pm Sp: Eld. Khoo Peng Kiat. All are welcome.

Teachers’ Training by CEF continues for all Sunday school teachers and for anyone who would like to teach in future. Registration @$5/=  is still open for the next training session on Sat 26/7.

In-Conversation has been moved to Sat 13/9 so as to accommodate other church programmes. Please keep the date free.

Combined Youth Prog (2/8) Time: 8.30 am – 5 pm. Sp: Rev. Jack Sin. Registration starts today – please pick up the indemnity form from Bro. Isaac Kua or Sis. Hui En

BB/GB: The church is reconsidering the handover of this ministry. Members who are able to help out with the Parade and Christian Education on Fridays, please see Ps. Gan for more details.

Pr William Goh has resigned from service in our church and his last working day is on 31/7. The Session would like to thank him for his faithful service all these years and we pray for the Lord to grant him good success in whatever ministry the Lord will assign to him,

Renovation Fund: Members are urged to prayerfully give to this fund.