Announcements (25 Jan 15)

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Jan 252015
 

Missions: Philippines Sharing TODAY @11.30am Chapel. The Dec team will be sharing of God’s faithfulness during their typhoon-hit trip! Sunday school teachers may like to bring their students to the sharing. All are welcome!

Stewardship Report 2014: The following Fellowships, Ministry groups and Missions are to send in their reports to the church e-mail nlbpc@singnet.com.sg by 29 March 2015.

  • Fellowships: – YF, YAF, AF, SAF, NBCs
  • Ministries: – Sunday School, AV, Choir, Library, Ushers
  • Outreach: – ROF, New Life Kindergarten, Ju Eng Home, BB and GB
  • Missions

Floral Chart & Fellowship Tea: A free slots in August remaining for Fellowship Tea and last few slots (22/2 etc.) for the Floral Chart. Please fill the charts as the Lord leads you!

Funds: Please give generously to the Camp Fund and BB Fund for 2015.

25 Jan 15 – The Value of a Prayer Meeting

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Jan 252015
 

By Eld. Prasad

The year 2014 has passed. Let us honestly ask ourselves: what and how our prayer life has been? Have we been prayer warriors, prayer lethargies or prayer enemies?

From the very beginning of the church, Christians have gathered to pray as recorded in Acts 4:24; 12:5; and 21:5. Prayer meetings are valuable for the church as a whole and for the brethren who participate.

Prayer is only for those who believe that God is personal and who want a personal relationship with Him. Christians know prayer works because they have encountered a God who declares in Jeremiah 29:12, “Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.” We may paraphrase what God said in this way: Talk to me and I will listen.’  The apostle John confirms this in 1John 5:14-15, “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 hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.

Through our prayers, especially with one another, we are demonstrating and validating the faith we have in Lord Jesus. Andrew Murray, the great Christian minister and prolific writer, said, “Prayer depends chiefly, almost entirely, on who we think we are praying to. Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what he can do and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people”.  It is through the discipline of prayer with one another that we develop a growing intimacy with God, and create a spiritual bond with one another. This is one of the most valuable aspects of praying with one another.

Another valuable benefit of prayer meetings is the confession of our sins to one another. Sadly in NLBP Church we fail to do this. Prayer meetings give us the opportunity to obey the command to “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed” (James 5:16). Here, James does not necessarily speak of physical healing, but rather of spiritual restoration (Hebrews 12:12-13). He also refers to the forgiveness of God, which enables the believer to become spiritually whole again. James knew that the one who becomes separated from the flock is most susceptible to the dangers of sin. God wants His people to encourage and support one another in loving fellowship, mutual honesty and confession as we pray for and with each other. Such close fellowship helps provide spiritual strength to experience victory over sin.

Another great value of prayer meetings is that believers encourage one another to endure. All of us face obstacles, but by sharing and praying together as Christians, we often help others avoid “bottoming out” in their spiritual lives. The value of corporate prayer lies in its power to unify hearts. Praying before God on behalf of our brothers and sisters has the effect of linking one another spiritually. As we “bear ye one another’s burdens,” we “fulfil the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).Where there is prayer, there is unity, which Lord Jesus prayed so fervently for His followers to have (John 17:23).

More than anything else, prayer meetings bring about change. By praying with one another, believers can witness Godly miracles and Godly change of hearts.

A prayer meeting is a time of real value as believers seek a deep intimacy and quiet communion with God at His throne. It is a time of unity with fellow believers in the presence of the Lord. It is a time to care for those around us as we share their burdens. It is a time when God manifests His never-ending love and desire to communicate with those who love Him.

Let it be our New Year resolution to fervently and diligently embrace prayer everyday of our lives in the year 2015 both individually and corporately as a church. Come to the prayer meetings on Wednesdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 9 AM.

Announcements (18 Jan 15)

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Jan 182015
 

Deepest Condolence to the family of Sis. Sim Boon Tee (Chinese Cong) who went home to glory last week. May the Lord comfort the bereaved family.

Catechism Class will begin TODAY @11.30 at the Kindergarten Office. Thank God for a number of youths attending the class this round! Please pray for them. Tr: Eld. Sim Chee Seng

Adults SS Class at Chapel. Lesson 3: Identifying Your Own Way All are welcome.

Session Meeting: Session members are requested to attend the meeting TODAY at 1.45 pm. in the Conference Room.

SAF Meeting THIS SAT 24/1 4pm @Chapel Sp: Rev. Gabriel Gan. Pot Luck Dinner @ 6pm – please contact Sis Lynda Kuan. All are welcome.

Missions: Philippines Sharing ( NEXT SUNDAY 25/1) @11.30am Chapel. The Dec team will be sharing of God’s faithfulness during their typhoon-hit trip! Sunday school teachers may like to bring their students to the sharing. All are welcome!

Stewardship Report 2014:The following Fellowships, Ministry groups and Missions are to send in their reports to the church e-mail nlbpc@singnet.com.sg by 29 March 2015.

  • Fellowships: – YF, YAF, AF, SAF, NBCs
  • Ministries: – Sunday School, AV, Choir, Library, Ushers
  • Outreach: – ROF, New Life Kindergarten, Ju Eng Home, BB and GB
  • Missions

Floral Chart & Fellowship Tea: Many free slots including these approaching dates – Floral Chart: 25/1; 22/2; Fellowship Tea: 1/2; 8/2.   Please fill the charts as the Lord leads you!

Funds: Please give generously to the Camp Fund and BB Fund for 2015.

18 Jan 15 – Single minded devotion to Christ

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Jan 182015
 

By Eld. Sim Chee Seng    

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the epitome of devotion to the Father’s will. “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to complete his work.” (John 4:34)  He also said “.. the Son can do nothing on his own initiative, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.” (John 5:19) and “… I do not seek my own will, but the will of the one who sent me.” Now that is the “single eye” and single minded devotion to God.

When Jesus called people to follow Him, He invested His life in training them to become disciples who would be fully devoted to Him and to His commission to spread the gospel to a lost world and to make disciples themselves. The word disciple means “a learner, pupil, apprentice, an adherent, a follower.” Though there are varying degrees of discipleship, a true disciple is one who is fully committed to follow and learn from Him. It meant a life of devotion to Christ, self-denial, and obedience to His Word. In addition, discipleship is not a state or end point. It is a new direction or purpose and a journey of spiritual growth in Christ. It is a process of experiential sanctification whereby the believer is gradually transformed into the mature image of Christ by the Holy Spirit. (2 Cor 3:18 and Eph 4:12f)

Unlike salvation which is totally free, discipleship is costly. It requires total commitment to Him and His cause. It requires dying to self, cross bearing and allowing Him to take complete charge of our lives:

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. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”  (Luke 14:26-27)

Discipleship demands an unswerving commitment to believing the right things about Jesus and doing the right things on his behalf. No duplicity, no divided loyalties and no double-mindedness are allowed. It entails loving the Lord with all one’s heart and mind. It means putting Him first and thereby seeking first the kingdom of God. (Mt 6:33)

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.”  Matt 6:24 and the two verses from Luke 14:26-27 quoted above warn us about the danger of a lack of devotion or commitment to Him. It leaves one enslaved to wrong values that create wrong loves, wrong priorities, and wrong pursuits. “Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Jesus warns that our service to Him is wasted or wanting if our devotion to Him is not single minded.

What is your treasure? What is the thing that occupies your mind first thing in the morning? Is Christ the object and focus of your faith? Is He the aim of your affection, pursuit, passion and joy in life? Is He your love and treasure? Why not?

“Glorious Father, turn our eyes from the transient pleasures of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Open our eyes to see your Son! Satisfy us with His goodness and grace. May our sincere and pure devotion be centred in Him alone. Amen.”

Announcements (11 Jan 15)

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Jan 112015
 

Sunday School: A class for every age Please consider joining a class today! Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm. There is an exciting syllabus for every class. One example: YA3 Class will be studying  Romans 12 -16 with Bro. Goh Mia Hock @ YAF Room. More details of the other classes are on the Sunday School notice board.

Adults SS Class @ ChapelLesson 2: Recognizing the Evil Within. All are welcome.

Catechism Class will begin on 18/1. Potential candidates will be interviewed by the Elders TODAY @11.30 in the Kindergarten office.

Chinese YF Anniversary THIS Sat 17/1 @ Chapel. All fellowship groups kindly send fraternity greetings. Dinner provided. All are welcome.

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

Floral Chart & Fellowship Tea: Many free slots! Please fill the chart as the Lord leads you!

Funds: Please give generously to the Camp Fund and BB Fund for 2015.

11 Jan 15 – New Commitments in the New Year

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Jan 112015
 

New Commitments in the New Year

By Rev. S. V. Nathan   

Introduction:  

The New Year 2015 has just dawned, every one of us have lots of hopes and aspirations. The beginning of a New Year is an important time for us to think back over our experiences of the past year as well as look ahead to what the New Year will bring. It is encouraging to see that we made it through 2014. It is also a time to assess areas where we had hoped we would make progress but didn’t quite live up to our aspirations. Perhaps there is something to learn from the hard times and difficulties or even some outright failures that we experienced in our relationships, which has to be set right in this year.

Thus, as we make some resolutions and commitments every New Year, I want you to consider committing two major areas of your life, such as firstly to commit to restore your relationship with God (Matthew 6:33) and secondly to commit to restore your relationship with others (Romans 12:18). Let us ponder over these areas below.

I.  Commit to restore your relationship with God (Matthew 6:33a):

In the New Year, while you are thinking about the resolutions or commitments you will make, this is also a good time to put some thought and prayer into your relationship with God, your prayer life, your service, and your giving. The tasks of supporting ourselves and our families, raising and educating our children, taking care of our daily needs, are all vital responsibilities and part of what builds a better future in this life and world; yet we are reminded of what Jesus told His followers: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;”

Making commitments to our relationship with God will make a difference in our daily lives. These commitments will make us more Christ-like in our interactions with others and we will channel greater blessings to our families, friends, and loved ones. For we will become more godly human beings. That’s worth committing to.

Let this New Year be a time to repent and rededicate ourselves to the cause of Christ and the glory of God. It’s a time to kneel on our knees, surrender our will and live out our faith. It’s a time to come before God in worship, giving Him the honor He deserves. This year, it’s time to fix our look on Jesus and live life for Him and Him alone by restoring our relationship with Him.

II. Commit to restore your relationship with others (Romans 12:18):

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”

Some relationships might have gone wrong in your life because of what other people have done and they might well not want that relationship restored. God recognizes that. But let’s be honest: isn’t it true that some of our relationships have gone wrong because of what we have done? When God’s word says here as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone, it is saying if you have caused a rift in a relationship then you have a responsibility to do everything you can to restore it. This includes the one thing we all probably find most difficult: asking for forgiveness. Many relationships were broken because someone won’t say “I was wrong, I am sorry, will you forgive me” We need to ask forgiveness for “harsh words and cutting remarks” that have wounded others over the years. Maybe God is saying to some of you that this change of year is the right time to restore those relationships you ruined by sincerely saying that you are sorry for those angry words or those selfish and unthoughtful actions.

The New Year is a perfect time to embrace God’s transforming hand in our lives. It might not be quick or easy, but He still transforms our hearts every day. We should not allow our past failures, hurts, and disappointments to keep us from experiencing God’s best for our lives today. For many, their past is holding them hostage. It is a good time now to restore the relationships with others by forgiving and forgetting the past hurt. In essence Paul is saying in (1Tim 1:14) that the “exceedingly abundant grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” is available to anyone who wants to “close some doors of past.” God’s grace is as freely available today as then. God’s grace will allow us to move past our failures. If not, our failures may keep us from experiencing God’s best today.  Shall we obey God’s word in our life and free ourselves from the bondage?

Conclusion:

Tyler Edwards says, “The problem that we are facing in the church today is that we have so many Christians who have made a decision to believe in Jesus but not a commitment to follow Him. We have people who are planning to, meaning to, trying to, wanting to, going to, we just don’t have people who are doing it. (Tyler Edwards in Zombie Church: Breathing Life Back Into the Body of Christ). Are you one among them?  When we commit our resolutions and resources now to the ministry of the Gospel, we impact lives for eternity. Are there earthly concerns distracting you from eternal matters?  The New Year is an excellent time to make a commitment to pray each day for God’s help to stay focused on the Kingdom of God and His righteousness—the resolution of all resolutions.

The very purpose of our life on this earth is to glorify Him, thus we should surrender our life,  and serve Him by worshipping and proclaiming Him, and by committing our lives to restoring our relationship with the Almighty and with others in order to enjoy His blessings to the fullest. Thus, let us live our earthly life focusing on eternity. Commit more time and find ways to serve in the church, serve the needy and helpless, spend more time in reading and memorizing scriptures, attend prayer meetings regularly, and keep personal and family devotion time regularly. Let us also give more than last year for the extension of God’s Kingdom and participate in the Missions. Let us be a blessing to be blessed. Wishing you all “A Blessed and Christ-Centered New Year 2015”. 

Announcements (04 Jan 15)

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Jan 042015
 

Blessed New Year! The Session wish all worshippers at New Life BP Church a blessed new year. May all New Lifers re-consecrate themselves to the Lord to serve Him with gladness and in love.

Promotion Sunday All the Sunday school Junior Classes will gather in the Chapel to celebrate Promotion Sunday. Parents are also welcome! Time: 11.30am

Chinese YF Anniversary Sat 17/1 @ Chapel. All fellowship groups kindly send fraternity greetings. Dinner provided. All are welcome.

Catechism Class will begin on 18/1 Potential candidates will be interviewed by the Elders NEXT SUNDAY. Please register for the class by TODAY.

Sunday School for All AgesPlease seethe insert on information on these classes and their venues. Do consider joining a class and study God’s Word.

Adults SS Class Lesson 1 – Understanding Biblical Change. All are Welcome.

Funds: Please give generously to the Camp Fund and BB Fund for 2015.

Ushers: Would you like to serve in the ushering ministry? Kindly see Dn Wee Boon for more info.

Floral Chart & Fellowship Tea: Do fill up the free slots!