Announcements (29 Nov 15)

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Nov 292015
 

Heartfelt Condolences to the family of Eld. Tow Siang Yeow who went home to glory on 25/11. May the Lord comfort the bereaved family members.

Sunday School at Chapel, 11.30 am. There will be a special sharing by the Cambodian team this morning. All are welcome.

Children Christmas Special (13 Dec from 9.30 to 12.30pm) at the kindergarten classroom, Speaker: Sis. Virla, who was our church camp children’s speaker this year. Lunch is provided. Parents, please help your children to prepare a gift of less than $5 for gift exchange. No food please. Do encourage children from your colleagues, friends and relatives to attend! Please see insert for more info.

Combined Youth Camp (17-19 Dec): Thank God for helping us reach the target of about 40 youths including committee members. Love gift of $3,000 needed for combined youth camp (17-19 Dec) – please give generously.

NLBPC Calendar 2016: Members may refer to the website for the calendar. You may get a hard copy from the church office if you need.

Fellowship Tea 2016: The new chart is ready on the notice board. Please fill in as the Lord leads you.

29 Nov 15 – Testimonies of the Cambodian Team

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Nov 292015
 

Testimonies of the Cambodian Team

On 24 – 27 Sep 2015, a team made up largely of members of the Adults Fellowship visited Pr. Tann Heng in Siem Reap. Leading the team were Rev. and Mrs. Gabriel Gan. The team from the AF were:  Bro. Henry Lim, Bro. Aaron and Sis. Carol Tan, Bro. Tng Wee Kwang and Sis. Celia Chua, Sis. Annie Poh, Sis. Goh Mei Hwa, Bro. Sameer Amburle. They were joined by Bro. Vincent Tan from the SAF and Bro. Simeon Choo and Bro. Joel Ye from the YAF.

Below are testimonies of some of the team members.

Testimony by Aaron and Carol Tan

We are thankful to God that we were able to join the Cambodian team from AF in this mission trip. (This was Aaron’s very first mission trip and Carol’s second.) God put together a strong team which quickly organised itself into curriculum and games teams to plan for the Vacation Bible School for about 80-100 children. Together with Bro Sameer and Sis Celia, we had great fun preparing the lessons on the 10 Commandments and the art and craft that went with the lessons.

When we arrived at the mission house, we were very encouraged by the attention the children gave as the songs were being sung and the stories told. Those were simple songs, but the children sang them with so much strength and enthusiasm despite repeating the same stanzas many times over. What simple faith!

Initially we were pretty worried that teaching 10 commandments over 2 lessons would be overwhelming for the children coupled with language barrier, but the children’s eagerness to learn them in simple English really surprised us and boosted our confidence to teach them. The fruits of our labour were seen when the children were able to recite the commandments in sequence (even in reverse order with some of the children!), and they also presented simple skits that showed their understanding of what they were taught.

Our objective for the VBS was to impart to the children that we can never keep God’s laws perfectly due to our sinful nature, and that obeying the commandments may make them merely good children, but will not give them eternal life. An invitation to receive Jesus was given and we praise the Lord for the 9 hands that were raised. May the Holy Spirit continue to work in the hearts of the children through the ministry of Pr. Tann Heng.

All praise and thanks to God for leading and guiding the team. We look forward to future mission trips and may more be encouraged to join in.


Testimony by Henry Lim

 Sustainable Organic Growth

A Chinese saying goes: “远水不能救近火”. In essence, it means “pressing local issues cannot be solved by distant resources”. In the same way, I felt that a more sustainable way to run any overseas mission would be to organically grow the mission.

Ask Important Questions

Before starting any work, it is important to ask ourselves the right questions and in some way, we need to count the “cost”. Luke 14:28 says: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?”

We need to ask questions such as:

  • Who is our target group of people?
  • Are they currently receiving help/gospel?
  • Where are these people living?
  • What are their immediate and future needs?
  • How can we meet theseneeds?
  • What are the cultural barrier(s) for Christianity in Cambodia?
  • How can we live amongst them, to reach them more regularly and cost-effectively?
  • What are the practical ways in which we can share the gospel with them/their parents/their children?
  • In what ways can the Singapore church help?
  • Do we have the resources to help?

We need answers to these questions so as to provide clarity for the mission team as they prepare for the work in Cambodia.

Meet Physical and Spiritual Needs

Just as Jesus in Matthew 9 not only healed the sick (meeting physical needs), he also forgave their sins (meeting spiritual needs), the mission could similarly start by exploring ways to meet both physical as well as the spiritual needs of its community. I was immediately reminded of a verse from James 2:16 “And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”

Education and healthcare are some areas of needs which the mission can consider for a start. This can be via a combination of home visits and group/classes. The home visits lend a more personal touch especially in the follow-up. The group/classes have the focus on mass equipping at the church during the weekdays.

Multiply via Second-Liners

Luke 6:40 says “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” First, we need to start with a strong, humble and praying leader – one with a clear vision and roadmap on growing God’s work. Next, we need to develop a critical mass of young adults who are committed to God, and are intentionally mentored and spiritually developed in the work of the Lord. This will help multiply God’s work (as opposed to one or two appointed persons doing all the work). These God-honouring second-liner disciples (to the likes of Timothy and Titus under Paul’s mentor-ship) will then gradually become the capable hands and legs to help spread the gospel and teach God’s word to other younger believers.

These are just some of my personal reflections and thoughts over the few days in Cambodia. May the Lord be gracious and give us and the Cambodian mission wisdom and strength in finding ways to spread His gospel to the unreached in practical and effective ways.


Testimony by Joel Ye

 By the grace of God I was able to participate in the mission trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. I had been down with the flu just before the start of the trip, and I thank God I was well enough to join the team for this mission trip.

The team helped to organize a 2½ days’ Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the children from the nearby villages. About 60-70 children attended the programme, which was held in the church building. We started the 1st day with songs, followed by teaching the children the first 4 of the 10 commandments, which focused on man’s relationship with God. In the afternoon, we organized games for the children.

On the morning of the 2nd day, the children were taught the next 6 commandments, which focused on man’s relationship with their fellow men. Pictures were used to help the children remember the 10 commandments better. Another session of games was also organized for the children in the afternoon.

On the last day, which was a Sunday, we attended the church service. Pastor Gan preached the message, while Pr. Tann Heng helped with the translation. We ended off the VBS programme by reviewing the 10 commandments, followed by sharing the gospel message with the children.

We thank God for protecting and guiding us during the time we spent in the mission field, and also being able to share His word and love with the children despite the language barrier. May we continue to pray for the Lord’s work in Cambodia.


Testimony by
Bro Vincent Tan

 I thank God for the privilege to be part of the recent Cambodia mission trip. With a team of 13, we conducted a two & a half days’ Vacation Bible School(VBS) programme for about 70 children at New Life Bible Presbyterian Church in Siem Reap.

As it was my first mission trip, I was apprehensive at first about how I can help in the trip.  However, through the few meetings before the trip, under the guidance of Pastor Gan and the more experienced team members, we managed to finalise the programme and the allocation of tasks. Some of the team members were in the curriculum team while the others were in the games team.  I was in the games team. I experienced that God has a way to assign us in an area where we can contribute as long as we are willing to step forward for Him.

At the mission location in Siem Reap, I observed that the children were generally from poor families around the villages nearby. They wore old clothing, some torn and dirty.  They ate white rice with only one meat dish for their meals. They may be poor but their spirits were high and they were keen to learn about God.  They could sing hymns very well.  Having spent two and a half days with the children, I am encouraged with the knowledge of God’s wonderful love and grace to save us no matter where we are or who we are. The children may come from poor families, but their eagerness and attitude to learn about God is admirable. I am very humbled by what I see.

The trip has also provided excellent opportunity for me to get to know our team members better. It is through building relationships and working as a team with fellow church members that we can better serve and glorify God.  I would like to encourage you to sign up for mission trips to learn and experience God beyond our usual comfort zone.

Announcements (22 Nov 15)

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Nov 222015
 

Adults SS Class at Chapel, 11.30 am. Lesson 8: Cultivating Godliness by Dr. Jim Berg. All are Welcome!

Children Christmas Special (13 Dec from 9.30 to 12.30pm) at the kindergarten classroom, Speaker: Sis. Virla, who was our church camp children’s speaker this year. Lunch is provided. Parents, please help your children to prepare a gift of less than $5 for gift exchange. No food please. Do encourage children from your colleagues, friends and relatives to attend! Please see insert for more info.

Combined Youth Camp (17-19 Dec): Registration ends TODAY (22/11). This is to allow the organising committee to tie up the loose ends as they plan the details for the camp. A lot of work has been done for our youths and we strongly encourage all youths (ages 12-20) to sign up for the camp.

NLBPC Calendar 2016: Members may refer to the website for the calendar. You may get a hard copy from the church office if you need.

Fellowship Tea 2016: The new chart is ready on the notice board. Please fill in as the Lord leads you.

22 Nov 2015 – Building Your House

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Nov 222015
 

Building Your House (Luke 6:47-49/Mat 7:24-29)

By Rev. S.V. Nathan

Introduction:

“An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favour. The carpenter said yes, but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career. When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, “This is your house… my gift to you.” The carpenter was shocked!  What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.

So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then, with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we would do it much differently.  But, you cannot go back. You are the carpenter, and every day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Someone once said, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.”  Your attitude and the choices you make today, help build the “house” you will live in tomorrow. Therefore, build wisely!”. Are you building your house wisely? Likewise, in a spiritual sense, we are building our lives and houses on this earth. How we live will determine our stability in this life and the life after.  Let us heed our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, how to build our houses on this earth (Luke 6:47-49/Mat 7:24-29).

1.  Consider the Commonalities of Builders (vs 47 & 48):

This short parable appears to speak of two very different kinds of people. Jesus pictures here several important characteristics in common outwardly, both of them came and heard Jesus’ message of faith and repentance. Each of them built a house in their locality based on their understanding of what Jesus said. Most likely similar materials   and similar design were used. In fact, they were so similar; we might not have been able to distinguish them outwardly. Both houses were then affected by the storm and flood.

Thus, both kinds of people referred to in this parable knew the way of salvation. They both heard the Gospel and each one accepted it. The house in this parable is a picture of the  life that each man built based on how they interpreted the message of Jesus. This means that both believed the message to a certain degree. They each applied the words of Jesus to their life as they saw fit. Likewise, all of us outwardly look spiritually similar to one another in many ways, attending the same church, singing the same hymns, and hearing the same sermons.

2.  Consider the Contrast of Builders:

While there are several similarities, there are some very major differences between them.  One man built his house on the rock. He dug until he reached the bedrock and built his house on the rock. The rock does not move and, it is unchanging and stable. The rock offers a strong foundation for his house. The other man, however, built his house on the sand, and he built it with little preparation and on a shallow foundation. Sand, as we know, is unstable, and ever moving. For this reason, building a house on sand is far from ideal as the sand can never provide a firm foundation.

So, both men construct vastly different lives based on how they hear and respond to the Gospel. One house is built on the firm foundation of faith in the Gospel and the Lord Jesus Christ. The other is built on the shifting sand of religion, the world and self-righteousness. One of those houses describes the kind of life you are building right now. You are either a believer in the Gospel and in Jesus, or you have a false religion, and a false hope of salvation. I would just remind you that salvation comes only from knowing Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Are you building your house on the rock foundation of Lord Jesus Christ?

3.  Consider the Consequence of Builders:

The parable tells us that the rains came, the floods followed, and the winds of destruction blew.  In the end, both houses were subjected to a terrible storm of judgment. One house stood, the other was totally destroyed. We have to note that the person who built his house on the sand did not intend for his house to fall. He thought he was building a house that would stand against anything that came. He has confidence that his house will stand. He was wrong. His confidence is not in the Lord; rather it is in himself. His confidence is misplaced. There was nothing wrong with his house. Nor with the materials. The problem with his house is the wrong and weak foundation.

If you are building your house on anything but Jesus Christ and the Gospel, it will fall. It might look strong. The materials might be all right. It might be pleasing to the eye. Everyone else might think the house is fine. But, if it is built on the wrong foundation, it will fall. When it falls, you will be lost forever, and you will spend your eternity in the fires of Hell.

Conclusion:

Finally, in the end, both houses were subjected to a terrible storm of judgment. There is a storm coming and your house is right in its path. When that storm comes, the only houses that will stand are those houses built on the solid foundation of the Word of God.

As we have seen in the story everyone is building a spiritual house. Every day you attach boards, drive nails, add on rooms, and try to improve your house. Regardless of what you do to the house you are building, what matters the most is the foundation. Be sure you are building on Jesus Christ and the Gospel. If you have realized today that you are building on the wrong foundation, you can change today, repent and return to Jesus. He will save you and get you started building on the right foundation. One house stood, the other was totally destroyed. Will you stand for the time and tide in your spiritual turbulence? How safe are you?

Announcements (15 Nov 15)

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Nov 152015
 

Come Early to Worship the Lord! Let us be punctual! Better yet, come early and join us for corporate prayer and the pre-service singing. Let us prepare our hearts to worship the Almighty.

Adults SS Class at 11.30am, Chapel. Rev. Tan Wai Choon will be teaching. All are welcome.

Session Meeting TODAY @1.45pm. All Session members, please attend.

Movie Outreach: “Facing the Giants” on THIS SAT, 3pm @Chapel, followed by light refreshments.  Everyone is cordially invited for an enjoyable afternoon – and please bring someone with you! All are welcome.

ROF is distributing flyers to residents in the neighbourhood for our Movie Outreach today @ 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm. If interested, please meet at kindergarten classroom opposite church office at 130 pm.

Combined Youth Camp (17-19 Dec): Registration ends NEXT SUNDAY (22/11). This is to allow the organising committee to tie up the loose ends as they plan the details for the camp. A lot of work has been done for our youths and we strongly encourage all youths (ages 12-20) to sign up for the camp.

15 Nov 15 – Spiritual Journey

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Nov 152015
 

Spiritual Journey

By Eld. Prasad

“Spiritual journey” is a phrase used by many different religions to mean the natural progression of a person as they grow in their understanding of God, the world, and themselves. It is an intentional lifestyle of growing deeper in knowledge and wisdom. But what is meant by a spiritual journey toward Christ-likeness is vastly different from a journey toward some kind of “spirituality” that does not include, and is not based upon, the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

There are several differences between the Christian spiritual journey and the unbeliever’s version of spiritual journey. The unbeliever may chant mantras and mediate for several hours a day. To the Christians, the Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing, i.e. to have daily conversations with God through prayer. The unbeliever believes that people can choose their own path in their spiritual journey and that all paths lead to the same destination in heaven. But the Bible says in John 14:6 – I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me. There is only one path to heaven, and that is through Christ. The unbeliever believes a spiritual journey will result in harmony with the universe. But the Bible says, in Ephesian 6:12 – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. It teaches the Christians that the universe is at war and part of the journey is fighting for other souls and our own walk. For example we are told in 1 Timothy 6:12 – Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

 Another difference is that the Bible actually talks about a spiritual journey and the steps through it. A Christian starts as a child:

1 Corinthians 13:11 – When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things

 A young Christian still sees the world through naïve eyes, and he is still influenced by the flesh and in need of basic education about God and his position with God, (1 Corinthians 3:1-2; 1 Peter 2:2).

 And they are given work in the church appropriate to their position as young in the faith:

1 Timothy 3:6 – Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fell into the condemnation of the devil.

 As Christians grow in their understanding about God and the world, they learn more about how to act and how to relate with the world (Titus 2:5-8). A person further along in their spiritual journey becomes an example to the younger (Titus 2:3-4) and, sometimes, a leader in the church (1 Timothy 3).
At the heart of the spiritual journey is the understanding that it is a journey. None of us is perfect. Once we become followers of Christ, we are not expected to achieve instant spiritual maturity. Rather, the Christian life is a process involving our diligence in working out our own salvation:

2 Corinthians 7:1 – Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

 It is also a process  that involves God’s work in us:

 Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

 And it has more to do with opportunity and intentionality than with age:

1 Timothy 4:12 – Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conservation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

A spiritual journey filled with empty chanting and empty meditation will only lead to an empty heart. A journey filled with studying the Bible, obedience to what it says, and trusting God is a lifelong adventure that will bring true understanding of the world and a deep love for its Creator.

Let us chose a spiritual journey towards Christ-likeness.

Choir & Piano Presentations at 32nd Church Anniversary

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Nov 082015
 

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The following are live recordings of our choirs/pianists performing at the recent 32nd Church Anniversary celebrations. Thank God for all our choir members/pianists who had put in their time and effort to practise for this performance, all for the glory of God!

Sunbeam Choir: 

Tamil Choir:

Chinese Choir:

English Choir:

Piano Duet Presentation:

Announcements (09 Nov 15)

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Nov 082015
 

Warm Welcome to all our Visitors: The Session welcome all to our church 32nd Anniversary Baptismal Worship Service. We especially welcome you if you are here for the very first time.

Movie Outreach: “Facing the Giants” on 21 Nov, 3pm @Chapel, followed by light refreshments.  Everyone is cordially invited for an enjoyable afternoon – and please bring someone with you! Please refer to the insert for more information. All are welcome.

ROF is distributing flyers to residents in the neighbourhood for our Movie Outreach.  Tracting dates are: today 8/11 and 15/11@ 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm. If interested, please meet at kindergarten classroom opposite church office at 130 pm.

Session Meeting NEXT SUNDAY @1.30pm in Conference Room: All Session members kindly attend.

Combined Youth Camp (17-19 Dec): All youths (ages 12-20) are strongly encouraged to attend.  Registration ends on 22 Nov.

SPECIAL PRAYER:  Pray for the catechumens who are seeking baptism and transfer of membership in NLBPC today. May the Lord bless them and strengthen them to follow after the Lord Jesus Christ in all things.

09 Nov 15 – Psalm 100

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Nov 082015
 

Psalm 100

1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Announcements (01 Nov 15)

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Nov 012015
 

Note of thanks to all who came for the Operation Clean-Up yesterday. The Lord bless the labour of your hands.

J.O.Y. Sunday@Chapel 11.30am. All youths Sec 1 upwards, welcome to this youth programme.

Adults SS Class at Fellowship Hall, 11.30am @ Fellowship Hall. All are Welcome!

Elders’ Interview for all Catechumens This Morning @11.30am in the Kindergarten Office – all concerned, please attend.

Positional Statement on Homosexuality: The Board of Elders (NLBPC) is in agreement with this statement prepared by the Fraternity of BP Pastors listed in the statement. A copy of the statement is inserted in the Newsline for your perusal.

Church 32nd Anniversary 8/11 9.30am next Sunday will be a Combined Service for all three Congregations.

Evangelistic Movie Outreach: “Facing the Giants” on 21 Nov, 3pm @Chapel, followed by light refreshments.  Please invite your unsaved family and friends to the movie.

ROF are distributing flyers to residents in the neighbourhood for our Movie Outreach.  Tracting dates are: today Sun 1/11, 8/11 and 15/11@ 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm. If interested, please meet at kindergarten classroom opposite church office at 130 pm.

Combined Youth Camp (17-19 Dec): All youths (ages 12-20) are strongly encouraged to attend.  Registration begins TODAY and ends on 22 Nov.

Holy Land Tour (18 – 30 Nov 2016) Registration is ongoing. There will be a tour briefing at 4pm THIS Sat. 7/11 for all who are interested. Copies of the tour details are available at the foyer.