Announcements (31 Jan 2016)

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Jan 312016
 

Missions Presentation (TODAY @11.30am) will be conducted by the last Indian Missions team. All are welcome.

Chinese New Year Worship Thurs 8/2 @ 9am: All are welcome to the worship service which is conducted in Chinese. Sp: Rev. Lim Chee Boon

YF 31st Anniversary (27/2) 4pm. Join the YF as they look back over the years of God’s faithfulness to this ministry. Please come!

Stewardship Report 2015: The following Fellowships, Ministry groups and Missions are to send in their reports to the church e-mail nlbpc@singnet.com.sg by 27 March 2016.

  • 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

Israel Trip (19 – 30/11) There are six vacancies open. If you are interested, please see Sis. Julia Ong.

31 Jan 2016 – Cambodia Mission Report (22-26 Jan 2016)

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Jan 312016
 

By Pr. Tann Heng

Greetings in the blessed name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Thank God for Pastor Gan’s coming to Cambodia for the Baptism and Transfer of membership to New Life Bible Presbyterian Church (Siem Reap, Cambodia). By the grace of God, I taught the candidates 18 lessons of catechism (a Course in Basic Bible knowledge in preparation for Baptism and transfer of membership) which took about one year to finish. These are the first-fruits of members who desire to be part of New Life Bible-Presbyterian Church, Siem Reap Cambodia.

Praise and thank God that Pastor Gan was able to come over to do infant & adult baptism and transfer of membership although he had an ear infection. Pastor Gan arrived on 22 Jan 2016 in the evening about 7 pm (due to 4 hours’ flight delay) in Cambodia. We met briefly at the hotel to work out the next few days’ itinerary.

On 23 Jan 2016, I brought him to see many pieces of land located nearby the current mission premise, including a development of six 3 storeys terrace houses, and other pieces of land located very far from the current mission premise. Then we went to the Sunday school children’ houses located in the villages around the church premise. In the evening from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm we have about 12 candidates who came for the interview by Pastor Gan. During that time there were some questions from candidates and Pastor Gan answered them. After the interview, we had dinner and fellowship together.

On the 24 Jan 2016, from 7am to 8am, we have the worship service, and following that, we have our first Baptism and Transfer of membership to New Life Bible Presbyterian Church in Siem Reap Cambodia. There were one adult  baptism and one infant baptism, and 18 transfers of membership. These are the names of the catechumens: Baptisms: 1) Khaov Lyhaov (photo below on the left) 2) Tann Daniel (infant);

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Transfers (photo above): 1) Pou Ngea 2) Nounn Saobophea 3) Khean Phannai 4) Keo Cheata 5) Mach Sokhon 6) Toek Srey Touch 7) Nhean Barang 8) Cheav Somey 9) York David 10) Som Money 11) Thon Lyda 12) Bun Calvary 13) Cheav Phai 14) Mamn Sokmary 15) Suon Sreynut 16) Saem Moniroth 17) Soun Sopoeun 18) Roth Sreythet. These are 20 first additions to NLBPC, Siem Reap. Praise the Lord!

On the 25 Jan 2016, I brought Pastor Gan to visit all the member houses, and we have a very short prayer with church members during our visitation. Then we went to a Tuk Tuk company to check the prices. I think Pastor Gan has a clearer understanding of their living situation, and the distance of their houses to the church premise. That evening, Pastor Gan hosted a pastors’ dinner attended by Dr. Prak Vuthi, his wife and daughter, Ps Timothy Thieng, his wife and youngest son, and my family. We had a wonderful time of fellowship and sharing about the experiences and challenges faced by local pastors in Siem Reap. There are about 60 churches in the town district. The next day, at 1.45pm, I bid farewell to Pastor Gan at the airport. His was a short but fruitful trip.

Please continue to pray for all the members of New Life BP Church at Siem Reap in Cambodia. Pray for their faith to grow in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ daily. Pray for their good testimony to the people around them. Please pray for me as their spiritual leader that I might lead them in the right way of God’s Word and God’s will. Pray also for the ministry of God’s word as well as defending God’s word in the very last day for the sake of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1Cor 15:58).

Announcements (24 Jan 2016)

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Jan 242016
 

Catechism Class @11.30am: Today’s Lesson 3 will be conducted by Eld. Prasad.

Gospel Sunday (31/1 @9.30am Worship service): Please invite unsaved friends and relatives. Sp: Rev. Charles Seet.

Missions Presentation (31/1 @11.30am) will be conducted by the last Indian Missions team. All are welcome.

Stewardship Report 2015: The following Fellowships, Ministry groups and Missions are to send in their reports to the church e-mail nlbpc@singnet.com.sg by 27 March 2016.

  • 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: Some free slots remaining – do take a look and fill up these slots!

Israel Trip (19 – 30/11) There are six vacancies open. If you are interested, please see Sis. Julia Ong.

Pastor Gan is away in Cambodia (22-26 Jan) to conduct baptism and transfers of membership at New Life BP Church, Siem Reap. Members who need counsel and assistance are to approach Ps Lim or Ps Nathan or Elders during his absence.

24 Jan 2016 – The Lord Jesus Died and the Temple Veil Tore

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Jan 242016
 

The Lord Jesus Died and the Temple Veil Tore.

By Eld. Prasad

During the lifetime of the Lord Jesus, the holy temple in Jerusalem was the centre of Jewish religious life. The temple was the place where animal sacrifices and worship were carried out faithfully according to the Law of Moses. Hebrew 9:1-9 states that in the temple a veil separated the Holy of Holies, the earthly dwelling place of God, from the rest of the temple where men dwelt. This signified that man was separated from God by sin (Isaiah 59:1-2). Hebrews 9:7 says that only the high priest was permitted to pass beyond this veil once each year to enter into God’s presence for all of Israel and make atonement for their sins (Leviticus 16).

Solomon’s temple had a length of sixty cubits, a width of twenty cubits, and a height of thirty cubits (1 Kings6:2). But according to the writings of Josephus, a first century Jewish historian, Herod had increased the height to 40 cubits. It is uncertain as to the exact measurement of a cubit, but it is safe to assume that the veil was somewhere near 60 feet high. An early Jewish tradition says that the veil was about four inches thick, but the Bible does not confirm that measurement. The book of Exodus teaches that this thick veil was fashioned from blue, purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen.

The size and thickness of the veil makes the events occurring at the moment of the Lord Jesus’ death on the cross so much more momentous. “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom,” (Matthew 27:50-51a).

The tearing of the veil at the moment of the Lord Jesus’ death dramatically symbolized that His sacrifice, the shedding of His own blood, was a sufficient atonement for sins. It signified that now the way into the Holy of Holies was open for all people, for all time, both for the Jews and Gentiles.

When the Lord Jesus died, the veil was torn, and God moved out of that place never again to dwell in a temple made with hands (Acts 17:24). God was through with that temple and its religious system. The temple and Jerusalem were left “desolate” and destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70, as prophesied by the Lord Jesus in Luke 13:35. As long as the temple stood, it signified the continuation of the Old Covenant. Hebrews 8:13 and Hebrews 9:8-9 refer to the age that was passing away as the new covenant was being established.

The veil was symbolic of Christ Himself as the only way to the Father (John 14:6). Now the high priest had to enter the Holy of Holies through Christ. Now Christ is our superior High Priest, and as believers in His finished work, we partake of His better priesthood. Now we can enter the Holy of Holies through Christ. The faithful enter into the sanctuary as recorded in Hebrews 10:19-20, “Having therefore,, brethren, boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God”. Here we see the image of the Lord Jesus’ flesh being torn for us just as He was tearing the veil for us.

The veil being torn from top to bottom is a fact of history. The things of the temple were shadows of things to come, and they all ultimately point us to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus was the veil to the Holy of Holies, and through His death the faithful now have free access to God.

The sin offering offered by the High Priest annually and the countless other sacrifices repeated daily showed that sin could not truly be atoned for by mere animal sacrifices. The Lord Jesus Christ, through His death, tore the temple veil and thus removed the barriers between God and man. Now we can approach God directly with confidence and boldness (Hebrews 4:14-16). May we all be encouraged to approach the Lord God daily in gratitude for the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus.

Announcements (17 Jan 2016)

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Jan 172016
 

Session Meeting: Session members, please attend the meeting TODAY at 1.45 pm. in the Conference Room.

SAF Meeting @ Chapel on 23/1 at 4:00-6:30pm. Speaker: Rev. Lim Chee Boon. Topic: Christian Character – Obedience. Pot-luck dinner at Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.

Stewardship Report 2015: The various Fellowships, Ministry groups and Missions are to send in their reports to the church e-mail nlbpc@singnet.com.sg by 27 March 2016.

Floral Chart & Fellowship Tea: Many free slots in January for Floral Gift. There are also other free slots. Do take a look and fill up these free slots!

Pastor Gan will be away in Cambodia (22-26 Jan) to conduct baptism and transfers of membership at New Life BP Church, Siem Reap. Members who need counsel and assistance are to approach Ps Lim or Ps Nathan or Elders during his absence.

17 Jan 2016 – Beware of a Secret Love Affair with the World

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Jan 172016
 

By Rev. S. V. Nathan    

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. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

1 John 2:15-17

Introduction:

Love for the world or Worldliness is one of the greatest enemies of the church today. Horatius Bonar very aptly said: “I looked for the Church and I found it in the world, and I looked for the world and I found it in the Church.” Yes, we must realize that worldliness is creeping slowly and secretly into the church and we are drifting into the world. A lack of love for Christ reflects our love for the world among so-called Christians even in conservative churches like ours. A worldly church will never win the world. Keith Daniel said: “If we try to win the world by being like the world the world will win you!” Therefore, it is imperative that believers truly understand what worldliness is and is not. Apostle John compares love for the world versus the love for the Father God. As surely as we cannot serve both God and Mammon, we cannot love both God and the world. Thus, I call your attention to Apostle John’s caution in 1 John 2:15-17, to “Beware of Secret Love Affairs with the World”. There are three major areas in which we need to be cautious:

  1. PRIORITY (vs 15) If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him”.

Firstly, what is our chief priority? Is God first in our lives? Do you love God more than anything else?  Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? (John 21:15b) and to the church of Ephesus: “thou hast left thy first love” (Rev 2:4). We need to reflect on these in the light of how we spend our time and energy, what we dream of, what we are devoted to. If our heart’s concerns pertain to that realm outside of God’s kingdom, we don’t love God as we should. When we are in the centre of Father’s love, our priority will reflect in our life and attitudes toward God and His people. Remember the Jesus’ parable of the banquet in Luke about a man who invites many to a banquet. When the time comes, the invited guests begin to make excuses about why they cannot attend after all. If God is not our first love, then we will have lots of excuses in our life. But when we’re talking about the banquet of eternal life, there is no acceptable excuse. The host is the One Who provides us with all things, and the alternative to coming to His banquet is eternal starvation. Take time to consider:  am I really putting God and His glory first in my life in everything I do?  If not, repent and return to your first love and make Him your chief Priority.

  1. PASSION (vs 16): “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,”

Secondly, what is your burning desire? According to this passage there are three things in particular that make up this worldly passion. They are firstly, chasing after the lust of the flesh“, that is fornication, adultery, hatred, contentions, jealousies. In other words, you badly want to fulfil your desires of the flesh. Secondly, the lust of the eyes refers to the unlawful longing for things which we can see; this sin can be summed up in one word:  “covetousness”. Are you not satisfied with what you have and hanker after more? Thirdly, are you after “the pride of life” –this would include pride based upon such things as age, experience, ancestry, accomplishments, money, position, power. Are you feeding your pride? Desiring to be in control of others, or to be considered greater than others are forms of the boastful pride of life. St Paul says, “That no flesh should glory in his presence…He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord”. (1 Corinthians 1:29,31b). Yes, the lusts that are in the world tell us to seek fulfilment without reference to God, but God tells us that “in His presence is fulness of joy; at His right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11). Do you find joy and fulfilment in the person Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?

  1. PERSPECTIVE (vs17): “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever”.

We are beginning a new year 2016. What is your perspective on it, and on the years ahead, be they few or many? Are you living in the light of eternity? This verse begins with a warning “the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:” and ends with a promise “but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever”. Remember, we are living in a temporal world, and we are mortal being, all must one day leave these earthly pleasures. Having the proper perspective means we don’t look at our lives the way the world does but instead, we look at all things in the light of eternity. We are to live in this world, but we are not of this world. We don’t settle down here; we hold and possess things with a light touch.  We must recognize that every human being will have one of two eternal conditions. According to God’s word, every human being will either be an heir of eternal life with God, or he will eternally bear the just wrath of God in the fires of hell.

Thus, in the one case, God’s people see His face, and dwell in utterly perfect righteousness of mind, body, and soul with Him. They participate in an unbreakeable peace with one another, and with Him Who wipes away every tear and sorrow. They enjoy unending bliss, joyfully worshipping and rendering meaningful service to the One Who is their heavenly Father and King, forever and ever. In the other case, those who loved the world more than God, who served the lusts of their flesh and of their eyes, who vaunted themselves in that boastful pride of life, undergo everlasting shame and contempt. They know only incalculable loss, and suffer unspeakable torments of mind, body, and soul in utter loneliness and darkness and it never ends.

Let us consider, where you want to spend your eternity? John writes one of the most powerful and assuring statements concerning the work of Jesus on the cross, These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (vs.5:13). Apostle John wanted all believers to know 100%, that because of their faith and trust in Jesus Christ they would spend all of eternity with Him.  Let us live on this earth by looking at our eternity with Christ in heaven.

Conclusion: Dearly beloved, I urge you to listen to Apostle John’s warning, repent and return to the Lord Jesus Christ and His love. Let us re -prioritise and love the Lord above everything. Our passion is to find joy in His presence to enjoy grace, mercy and fulfilment. We must live on this earth with the eternal perspective to be a heavenly citizen (Phil 3:20). Andrew Murray says, “A true revival means nothing less than a revolution, casting out the spirit of worldliness and selfishness, and making God and His love triumph in the heart and life.” May God bless you richly in 2016 with all His heavenly blessings.

Announcements (10 Jan 2016)

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Jan 102016
 

Condolences to the bereaved families and friends of:

  1. Eld. Yap Chee Kian whose wife, Sis. Kin Leng went home to glory last week.
  2. Sis. Ivy Ng Cheng Teck who went home to the Lord last week
  3. Bro. Patrick Tay whose uncle was baptised shortly before he was called home to glory last week.

May the God of all comfort bring comfort to the bereaved families and friends.

Chinese YF Anniversary Sat 16/1 @ Chapel. All fellowship groups kindly send fraternity greetings. Dinner provided. All are welcome.

Catechism Class begins TODAY immediately after the elders’ interview of all potential candidates. You must register your interest for baptism or transfer of membership by 12 pm. Venue: Kindergarten Office Teacher: Rev. Gabriel Gan

Adults SS Class @ Chapel. Lesson #1 on TULIP. All are welcome!

Stewardship Report 2015: The following Fellowships, Ministry groups and Missions are to send in their reports to the church e-mail nlbpc@singnet.com.sg by 27 March 2016.

  • 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 in January for Fellowship Tea. There are also other free slots. Do take a look and fill up these free slots!

Pastor Gan will be away in Cambodia (22-26 Jan) to conduct baptism and transfers of membership at New Life BP Church, Siem Reap. Members who need counsel and assistance are to approach Ps Lim or Ps Nathan or Elders during his absence

10 Jan 2016 – Restore Us, O Lord!

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Jan 102016
 

Restore Us, O Lord! by Pastor Gabriel Gan

Our church theme for 2016 is “Restore unto us, the joy of thy salvation!” (Psalm 51:12).

If our hearts have been revived and our minds renewed, the natural product will be joy in the Lord and a passion to witness to unbelieving loved ones and friends, concerning his glorious salvation.

However, if joy is missing and we are just merely “going through the motion” of attending worship service, prayer meeting, giving and serving, then we need to run to Christ and plead for its restoration. This would require us to face squarely the hindrances that block our joy in the Lord, and seek to remove them. The writer of Hebrews exhorts, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (12:1) – emphasis mine.

As we begin a New Year, it is of utmost importance that we start with a right relationship with God, and also with one another in the family of God. Yes, relationships matter! Thus we must make time to fellowship with our heavenly Father, using the means of grace provided for our spiritual growth: reading and meditating on the Word of God, prayer, and worship. This will help us to know our God experientially, and grow spiritually. We must also seek to have a right relationship with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. In order to start with a “clean slate,” we must be willing to forgive the offences of others and if necessary, seek reconciliation with our spouse, friends and fellow church members. Instead of focusing on ourselves and our hurts, we need to do what God requires of us (Micah 6:8), and fix our eyes on the Lord Jesus (Heb.2:3). Let us stop being self-centred and be more Christ-centred! If believers follow the Lord’s injunction in Matt. 5:22-24, the church of God will be a much more pleasant place and will have a much more powerful impact on the unbelieving world (John 13:34-35). As God’s people, let us be faithful to attend the weekly Lord’s Day Worship and the mid-week Prayer Meeting (at least once a month).

Dearly Beloved, 2016 is going to be quite an exciting year! I urge every New Lifer to participate whole-heartedly in the various events and activities planned to equip leaders and members in the worship of God and the work of edifying this body of Christ. For the leadership, we have a 3D/2N Session & Staff Retreat in June. As spiritual leaders, we need to seek the Lord concerning His direction for NLBPC and chart out the Church’s vision and mission. Besides, this retreat is a golden opportunity for the Session to get to know each other better and foster a closer friendship. For church members, we have a Mission Conference planned in July, and Lord willing, a Music Seminar in September. New Lifers need to be intentionally missional, and have a passion for lost souls like their Lord (Matt. 9:37-38). We also need to educate our congregation in the discernment of good Christian music and to strengthen our works of service in this regard (choir, piano, song-leading, special music, etc.). Besides these church-wide events, NBCs and Fellowship Groups have planned their own retreat or activities to foster closer bonding among group members. Towards the end of the year, we have mission trips to Cambodia, India and Philippines, and also a NLBPC-organized trip to the Holy Land led by Rev. Lim.

May it be our united desire and prayer that God will revive, renew and restore the members of New Life BPC so that through the church, the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places (Eph. 3:10). Soli Deo Gloria!

Announcements (03 Jan 2016)

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Jan 032016
 

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.

Sunday School for All Ages Please see the insert on information on these classes and their venues. Do consider joining a class and study God’s Word.

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

Adults SS Class Topic: TULIP – The Pursuit of God’s Glory in Salvation All are welcome. Tr: Eld. Sim Chee Seng

JOY Sunday will re-convene in February. All youths, please go to your respective Sunday School class.

Chinese YF Anniversary Sat 16/1 @ Chapel. All fellowship groups kindly send fraternity greetings. Dinner provided. All are welcome.

Catechism Class will begin on 10/1 immediately after potential candidates are interviewed by the Elders. Please register for the class by TODAY. You may get a form from Ps. Gan

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