Announcements (27 Mar 2016)

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Mar 272016
 

A warm welcome to friends and relatives to our Easter Worship Service. May you be greatly blessed.

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.  

BB Ministry: Kindly support this ministry by your generous giving. Please drop your designated offering into the offering bag.

Music Training Session (Sat 2/4 @4.30) at Chapel. The session will prepare us on the use of the new hymnal and consider what good congregational singing is. All are welcome.

Rejoice Hymnal will be in use w.e.f. NEXT SUNDAY 3/4

In- Conversation (Sat 9/4 @ 4pm): Members are encouraged to send in questions to the church email by NEXT Sunday 3/4 – this will allow Session time to deliberate the questions.

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

Fellowship Tea & Floral Gift: There are still some free slots in the charts (17/4 and 25/9) – do take a look and see if we can fill all the slots. The Lord bless you!

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

27 Mar 2016 – Matt 28:5-7

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Mar 272016
 

Matthew 28: 5 – 7

5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

Announcements (20 Mar 2016)

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Mar 202016
 

A Note of thanks to all who came for the Ops Clean-up yesterday. The Lord bless the labour of your hands.

Good Friday 25/3 @9.30 am: This English / Chinese worship service commemorates the death of our Lord. Holy Communion will be served. We will adjourn for a time of seeking the Lord in prayer after the worship service.

NEXT SUNDAY 27/3 Easter Sunrise Service @7 am and Easter Baptismal Worship Service @9.30 am: Do come and we rejoice with the Lord for His resurrection power!

Children Easter Special TODAY 0930 to 1230 @kindergarten classroom. Do encourage the children in our midst to attend. Speaker: Lorita. Lunch is provided.

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

Music Training Session (Sat 2/4 @4.30) at Chapel. The session will prepare us on the use of the new hymnal and consider what good congregational singing is. All are welcome.

In- Conversation (9/4): Members are encouraged to send in questions to the church email by Sunday 3/4 – this will allow Session time to deliberate the questions.

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

Fellowship Tea & Floral Gift: There are still some free slots in the charts especially in Sept – do take a look and see if we can fill all the slots. The Lord bless you!

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

20 Mar 2016 – Obedience and Prayer

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Mar 202016
 

Obedience and Prayer (2 Chron 15:1-18; John 15:7)

By Eld. Yap Chee Kian

The nickname “Honest Abe” was attributed to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States because of his reputation for honesty when he was a youth. It was told that during the US civil war Abraham Lincoln met with a group of ministers for a prayer breakfast. At one point, one of the ministers said, “Mr President, let us pray that God is on our side”. Lincoln’s response showed far greater insight, “No, gentlemen, let us pray that we are on God’s side.”

About 3000 years ago, King Asa was challenged by the prophet Azariah to be on the Lord’s side as he returned from his victorious pursuit of the Ethopians. But the nation of Judah had not been right with the Lord by turning to strange gods and idols. After the Spirit of God came upon Azariah, he said, “The Lord is with you while ye be with Him; and if you seek Him, He will be found of you; but if ye forsake Him, He will forsake you” (2 Chron. 15:2). The Bible recorded for us that King Asa responded in obedience and “the heart of Asa was perfect all his days” (2 Chron 15:17).

Obedience

Obedience is the expression of our love for Jesus. The one who loves, delights to obey the person he loves. There are no hardships and no impossible tasks in love. There may be some demands but it would not be burdensome.

Edward Bounds wrote, “Obedience to God is a condition of spiritual thrift, inward satisfaction, stability of heart.” Quoting Revelations 22:14, he said “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the fruit of the land. Obedience opens the gates of the Holy City, and gives access to the tree of life”.

The un-renewed man, with his depravity after the Fall, cannot obey God. But one who is renewed by the Holy Spirit is a new creature. Jesus has promised that if we love him and keep his commandments, he shall give us another Comforter that he may abide with us forever (John 14:15-16). Through the work of the Holy Spirit, God will work in us through regeneration to provide sufficient grace for all that is required of us. This grace is furnished in answer to prayer. This is one prayer that God will answer because “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).

Prayer

Prayer exalts and glorifies God because He delights in answering our prayers. As in our introduction, God is on the side of those who are on His side. It is important to know His heart and mind and do His will and not insist on convincing God and others that our way is right. Instead of being presumptuous that God is on our side, we need to be certain that we are truly on the same side with God. Someone once commented, “It is dangerous to mistake our wishes for God’s will”.

We also hear this expression very often – “we are tyrannized by the press of our busy days”. We get up day after day pressed by the activities ahead and realize that we have not set aside significant times of prayer as a part of our lives. We prioritize our to-do lists but God is not in them. We sing “Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray?” when the thought did not even cross our minds. We must have a desire to be obedient.

An obedient life helps in our prayers. We will always be in the inner chamber where we have intimate fellowship with the Lord. We know we will be heard of God because our will is in conformity to His will. There is the confidence for us to pray boldly before the throne of grace.

Conclusion

Obedience comes before prayer. If we have not been obedient, we will not be able to pray boldly and confidently. Jesus said, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:45). It will be superficial and lacks power because we know we are not pleasing God. If we desire to pray to God, we must be honest with ourselves and have a burning desire to obey Him. A penitent sinner seeking pardon can have his prayer answered despite his former life of sin. However, the Bible makes it clear that the absence of an obedient life for the child of God makes prayer an empty act. To have free access to God, any obstacle through sin or disobedience must be removed. Remember, God delights in answering our prayers.

Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe?

  Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?

  By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine,

  We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine! — Frances Havergal

Announcements (13 Mar 2016)

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Mar 132016
 

A Very Warm and Blessed Welcome to the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades and parents and friends to New Life BP Church!

Adults Sunday School – none today. Please help to take care of our guests this morning.

Holy Week Programme: Kindly see insert and invite friends and relatives!

Op Clean Up (Sat 19/3 Time: 9 – 12pm): Fellowship groups and NBCs are to clean the areas assigned – please see the Notice Board. Lunch will be provided.

SAF Meeting (Sat 19/3 @4pm) Venue: NLBPC Chapel Sp: Rev Jack Sin. Potluck dinner to follow. All are welcome.

Catechumens’ Interview with the Elders (NEXT Sunday 20/3 @ 11.30am) Kindly meet in the Kindergarten Office. Catechumens are also to email their testimonies to nlbpc@singnet.com.sg by 19/3. Today’s catechism class is at 12noon.

Session Meeting (20/3 @1.45 pm): All Session members, please attend.

Children Easter Special (Sun 20/3) 0930 to 1230 @kindergarten classroom. Speaker: Lorita. Lunch is provided. Do encourage children of your colleagues, friends and relatives to attend! For those who have attended the training, please join in for this event as an observation session.

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

Fellowship Tea & Floral Gift: There are still some free slots in the charts especially in Sept – do take a look and see if we can fill all the slots. The Lord bless you!

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

13 Mar 2016 – History of the Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades in Singapore

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Mar 132016
 

The Girls’ Brigade

Mrs Elsie Lyne nee Duncan was born in 1892. At the age of fifteen she joined the 1st Gateshead Company of the Girls’ Life Brigade (known since 1962 as The Girls’ Brigade) in Durham, England. She rose through the ranks to become an officer. She came to teach in the Methodist Girls’ School in 1927. There she started the 1st Singapore Company and pioneered the Girls’ Brigade movement in Singapore. Full of enthusiasm for the development of the Girls’ Brigade, Mrs Lyne built up a nucleus of dedicated young leaders. She made sure that each company was running well before starting another one.

By December 1941 when Singapore was attacked by Japan there were five flourishing companies with hundreds of girls seeking, serving and following Christ. God preserved Mrs Lyne for the extension of the Brigade movement. After the Japanese occupation, she returned to re-establish and expand the Brigade in Singapore, and also to pioneer Brigade work in Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Mrs Lyne’s faith and patience was greatly taxed when she got down to expand the Brigade in Singapore. Support from the Church was slow. Her faith in God, her love for His work, and the moral support of her husband, Mr Roland Lyne, as well as of her close friends, urged her to press towards her goal.  There are now 86 Companies in Singapore.

The Girls’ Brigade International Aim is: To help girls to become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and through self-control, reverence and a sense of responsibility to find true enrichment of life.

 

The Boys’ Brigade

The Boys’ Brigade is the world’s pioneer uniformed youth organization founded by Sir William Alexander Smith on 4 October 1883 in Glasgow, Scotland.  It was introduced to Singapore by James Milner Fraser, an architect from Britain. He was a former member of the 23rd Aberdeen and the 23rd London Companies.

On 12 January 1930, Fraser started the 1st Singapore Company at Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church. With the aid of ex-Sergeant Quek Eng Moh of the 1st Swatow Company, he assembled 12 local Boys to form the company.

Progress was slow initially, but by the time the company was officially enrolled at Brigade Headquarters in London, in August 1930, the membership had risen to 40. Bible class, drill, concerts, wayfaring signallingfirst aid, swimming, fencing, tumbling and other forms of physical recreation formed the core of the Boys’ Brigade syllabus.

Extension soon followed, and by 1936, the Singapore Battalion was 200-strong. The Battalion Colours were presented to the battalion by F. C. Sands in 1936 and the drill competition was introduced. Fraser served as the Battalion President from 1936 to 1955.

During the war years of 1942 to 1945, The Boys’ Brigade’s activities were suspended. After the war, S. P. Chua revived the 1st Singapore Company, and by 1968, there were 28 companies in Singapore. In 1971, the Brigade had the distinguished honour of having the President of the Republic of Singapore as its Patron.

The Brigade continues to grow today. It currently consists of over 700 officers and 6,300 Boys in over 116 companies. Its current Brigade President is Prof Ho Yew Kee. The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore celebrated its 85th Anniversary in 2015.

We thank God that New Life BP Church continues to sponsor the 58th BB Company and 79th GB Company in Riverside Secondary School, and have the opportunity to teach the Word of God to the boys & girls. This ministry was started by Rev. Dr. Patrick Tan who was assisted by several faithful members. Do pray & support this ministry for the salvation of souls and the glory of God.

Announcements (06 Mar 2016)

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Mar 062016
 

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

Boys Brigade Outreach (Sat 12/3) 4pm Venue: NLBPC. Join us for an afternoon of games, dinner and movie with the BB. Please register as Joy Agents by 6/3 with Bro. Joel Yap or Dn. James Goh.

BB/GB Enrolment Worship Service (Sun 13/3): Please come and support this event. Take the opportunity to mingle with the students, parents and teachers. Sp: Rev. Patrick Tan

Op Clean Up (Sat 19/3): Fellowship groups are to organise themselves for this.

Children Easter Special (Sun 20/3) 0930 to 1230 @kindergarten classroom, Speaker: Lorita (who was the trainer for the children ministry training session). Lunch is provided. Do encourage children of  your colleagues, friends and relatives to attend! For those who have attended the training, please join in for this event as an observation session.

Stewardship Report 2015: 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 Gift: There are still some free slots in the charts – do take a look and see if we can fill all the slots. The Lord bless you!

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

06 Mar 2016 – A Word of Encouragement to the Youth Fellowship

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Mar 062016
 

A Word of Encouragement to the Youth Fellowship

(This sharing was sent by sms as fraternal greeting to the YF for their 31st Anniversary last Saturday on 27/2/2016. As time did not allow the whole message to be read in total, it is now reprinted here to encourage our youths.)

From Bro. Aaron Tan

Dear YFers,

Greetings and congratulations for accomplishing another year in the Lord. I would like to share from the Paul’s letter to the Colossians in Colossians 1:9-14, focusing on v10-12:

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
These verses speak about a life that pleases God, so I would like you to consider from the context of ‘a YF that pleases God’.  If you ask yourselves how that can be achieved, you perhaps know the ‘textbook answers’ such as organise more bible studies, go out to give tracts, pray for one another and so on. Perhaps we should consider the marks of a God-Pleasing YF.

Firstly, a God-pleasing YF Bears Fruit

How do you know the YF is doing a good job? The leaders can define the standard but remember to measure it according to God’s barometer. Do not chase quantity, rather chase quality. How are you encouraging one another to live a holy sanctified life, and challenging one another to serve in the church? Are your lives changed from the weekly YF meetings? The bible says in John 15:5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. To truly bear fruit as a YF, you need to draw the nutrients from the correct source. Let God be the centre of everything you do in YF.

Secondly, a God-pleasing YF Yearns to Know God Better

Growing in the knowledge of God is not the same as growing in knowledge ABOUT God. Have you ever wondered why YF Bible Study becomes a drag after a while? This is because we can spend all our time mastering information about God and yet not have a relationship WITH God. Unless you wholeheartedly seek God, no amount of intellectual knowledge can satisfy you. It is good to encourage one another to start from simple faith and cultivate a love for God and His people. When this is taken care of, the quest for more knowledge will come naturally, instead of grudgingly.

Thirdly, a God-pleasing YF endures all things.

This is especially for the leaders. Throughout the year, you could have felt discouraged when you organise a meeting and so few turn up. You could have had differences in opinions that frustrated you. You may think that after all, YF is like an extra ‘CCA’ that takes up your time from studies and the things you enjoy, so why bother? You give up in despair. But who’s talking here? God or Satan?

God teaches us patience through all these. His message is always: “Hang in there, I am not finished with the YF yet. Nor am I done with you.” Therefore in hard times, learn to take a step back and trust God to reveal what lessons He has for you. Seek encouragement from one another and talk to your seniors who have been in your shoes before.

Last but not least, a God-pleasing YF thanks God for everything.

We do not deserve the inheritance that God has reserved for us. Likewise, we cannot take for granted the daily blessings from the Lord. The fact that YF still stands today is only by the grace of God. Leaders should not get puffed up, and members grow complacent with successes. In failures and trials, also thank Him. This anniversary event is an example of thanksgiving, but let that not be the only time you thank God.

I am always very happy for you when you celebrate your anniversary, because I have been in your shoes before. During my time, it was not easy to sustain the group, and now it is even more difficult with the many things that lure our young people away. By that I don’t mean our young people should be hermits. We are told to be ‘in the world, but not of the world’. We are not to love the things of the world. So difficult nowadays isn’t it? So may I encourage you youth to do it collectively as a YF. As the saying goes: There is strength in numbers. Continually challenge yourselves to bond, grow and serve together. Do not leave anyone behind, and invite others to join you so they can also experience the grace and blessings of God. Blessed anniversary!