Announcements (31 Jul 2016)

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Jul 312016
 

Deepest condolence to the family of Sis. Sandy Yeo on the homegoing of her father. May the Lord be their comfort and their strength.

“War Room”: This is a video on Prayer and it will encourage us for the Lord’s work. Do join in at 11.30am in the Sanctuary.

Children’s Special Mission Programme @ 11.30am. Please bring your children to the Chapel for this exciting programme.

Catechism Class: If you wish to join the class for baptism, reaffirmation of your faith or transfer of church membership, kindly get the form from Ps Gan. Application closes on 14/8.

Senior Citizen Fellowship of the Chinese Congregation is organizing a 3-day 2-night (13 – 15/10) trip to Malacca. The fare is $200/= which include meals, transportation, and accommodation. This event is open to members who are 60 years old and above. Please register with Sis. Sok Ngo or Sis. Siew Hah at the Fellowship Hall (11 – 11.20 am or 1 – 1.20pm). Closing Date: 11/9.

YF Camp 2016 will be held at year end. Date: 19-21 December. Venue: Church. The theme this year will focus on Priorities and Christian Fellowship. More details will be released soon so do mark these dates first and keep your schedule free!

31 Jul 2016 – Christian Missions

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Jul 312016
 

Christian missions is following Christ’s call: sharing the Gospel with the lost world through God’s wisdom and strength.

Christian missions is obeying Christ

After Christ’s death and resurrection, He commanded the disciples to share the Gospel, the message of His redemption.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 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.” (Matt 28:19-20).

This Great Commission applies to Christians today. Rather than a burden, obeying His call brings joy and reward in heaven. We should fulfil our mission not out of duty but love:

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again….. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Cor 5:143-21)

God could convert everyone using a blinding light and the voice of Christ as He did with the apostle Paul. Instead, He gives Christians the mission of reconciliation (Acts 1:8-9). He works through us, calling sinners to turn to Christ in repentance and faith.

Christian missions is sharing Christ

Our mission is proclaiming Christ as the only way to abundant, eternal life. Whom do we tell? Jesus made it clear that Christians are to reach out to “all nations” (Matt 28:19). Instead of countries, he was referring to people groups, those ethnic cultures without a Gospel witness.

Christian missions, however, is not limited to overseas ministry. While believers should faithfully support those who go to the unreached, all Christians have the mission to share Christ on the home field with family, friends, co-workers, and the community.

The Christian mission of sharing Christ does not end with a sinner’s salvation. The commission was to make disciples – not immature believers. Thus, Christian missions involve not only evangelism but also discipleship.

Christian missions is relying on Christ

Sharing the Gospel humbly, boldly, and passionately is our Christian mission. But we cannot do it alone. While our mission is sharing Christ, the power and results come from the Lord. He gives us the wisdom, strength, and desire to witness! Through our witness, He works repentance and faith in the sinner’s heart:

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Cor 5:20-21).

Although it is God’s work, Christians are responsible to understand the Gospel and have a strong relationship with Christ. Such a relationship guards them from hypocrisy.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” (1 Pet 3:15-16).

Jesus assured that suffering would accompany missions, but God uses it for good.

Summary

Christian missions is obeying Christ, sharing Christ, and relying on Christ. Specifically, God sends missionaries through the support of the church to the unreached. All Christians, however, have the mission of reconciliation. The Lord works through them to rescue the lost. What greater mission can one answer?

(Adapted “What is Christian Missions” http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-missions.html)

Announcements (24 Jul 2016)

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Jul 242016
 

Deepest Condolence to Sis. Lai Mei’s family – her father was taken by the Lord last week.

Missions Conference 29 – 31/7: Please come for the conference – even if you did not register, you can drop in for the lectures or presentations and visit the book tables etc.

Prayer Meeting this Wed 27/7 has been moved to 29/7 evening following the opening lecture by Rev. Mark Lehman for the Missions Conference. All are welcome!

Missions Conference: Offerings will be taken during the Conference on Friday 29/7 and Saturday 30/7 to help defray the costs of the Conference.

Catechism Class: If you wish to join the class for baptism, reaffirmation of your faith or transfer of church membership, kindly get the form from Ps Gan. Application closes on 14/8.

Senior Citizen Fellowship of the Chinese Congregation is organizing a 3-day 2-night (13 – 15/10) trip to Malacca. The fare is $200/= which include meals, transportation, and accommodation. This event is open to members who are 60 years old and above. Please register with Sis. Sok Ngo or Sis. Siew Hah at the Fellowship Hall (11 – 11.20 am or 1 – 1.20pm).

24 Jul 2016 – To Judge or Not To Judge

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Jul 242016
 

By Dn. Emmanuel Gumapon

What is Judgment?  Webster Dictionary defines Judgment as the act of judging; the act or process of the mind in comparing its ideas, to find their agreement or disagreement, and to ascertain truth; or the process of examining facts and arguments, to ascertain propriety and justice; or the process of examining the relations between one proposition and another. The judgment may be biased by prejudice.  In the formation of our judgments, we should be careful to weigh and compare all the facts connected with the subject.

In the Bible, we read on the one hand that gives us a strict warning “NOT TO JUDGE”, but on the other hand it also encourages us “TO JUDGE”. How do we draw the distinction so that when we make our Judgment we are not doing the one that the Scripture condemns?

Let’s look at the few Scripture passages in which our Lord Jesus, Paul and James condemn Judging:

  • Jesus in Matthew 7:1-2 “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:37; John 7:34)
  • Paul in Romans 2:1 “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” (Romans 14:3; 4; 10; 13; I Corinthians 4:3; 5; Romans 2:16).
  • James 4:11-1211 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?”

So the first kind of Judging is when we are judging an individual’s heart-motives; this judging is directly tied to condemning the person. This is the kind of judging that Jesus, Paul, and James denounce. It’s the judgment of the heart. It’s where we take over God’s position, critically look down on the failures of others and charge dark motives to their hearts. It also applies to the act of judging a person when we ourselves are guilty of the same practices.

This judging is of those who are self-righteous and who have highly-critical spirit. They anoint themselves to be inquisitors, especially toward people they barely know. Their compass is set to think the worst of others, and they seem to have pleasure condemning. Sadly, these individuals aren’t in touch with the fact that Jesus Christ doesn’t stand with them.  Jesus made clear that this kind of judging has a way of bouncing back on those who exercise it (Matthew 7:2). Unfortunately, this type of judging goes on constantly in Christian circles as professing followers of Jesus unsheathe their swords, impute bad motives to others, climb on God’s throne, and act like holy inquisitors.

Now let’s look at some passages of Scripture in which our God commends Judging.

  • Jesus in John 7:24b “…… but judge righteous judgment.” (Luke 12:57)
  • Peter and John in Acts 4:19 “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.”
  • James in Acts 15:19 “Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:”
  • Paul in I Corinthians 2:15 “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” (I Corinthians 6:2; 10:15; 11:31; 14:29)

This kind of Judging is the act of assessing the morality of an action or the rightness of a word, statement, or teaching. Not according to one’s own personal preferences, the dictates of conscience, or the standards of our denomination, but according to the standards of Jesus Christ as spelled out in His Word. So it’s right to evaluate the merits of an action based on what the Scripture clearly teaches. But it’s wrong to judge a person’s motives.

It’s right to render a judgment on whether a teaching is true or false according to a proper understanding of the Bible. But it’s wrong to judge that teaching based on insufficient information, misinformation, or misrepresentation. It’s right to condemn an action as immoral (for example, slander, lying, gossip, and stealing are repeatedly denounced as immoral in the Bible). But in condemning the action, it’s wrong to condemn the individual because doing so is to play God. It’s right to render a judgment on specific conduct. But it’s wrong to denounce the person for certain sins — when we ourselves sin. Jesus called this hypocrisy.

It’s right to correct a fellow believer in the spirit of deep humility when all self-righteousness has been extracted from our heart. But it’s wrong to have a self-righteous, arrogant spirit when correcting another. As it is shown in Proverbs 18:13 “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”

One writer says “Human nature being what it is, we are often quick to judge others, but reluctant to judge ourselves. We must always remember that there are many things wrong with our lives and ample reason for us to pass judgment on ourselves before attempting to do so with others.”

May God give us grace and humility that when we do judge our fellow brethren in Church we judge the actions manifested by our brethren with love.

Announcements (17 Jul 2016)

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Jul 172016
 

Adults SS Class@ Chapel, 11.30 am. Lesson 9: Beholding the God of Faithfulness.

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

Missions Conference (29 – 31/7): Kindly register online or else you may do on-site registration today after the worship service. For catering purposes – please do register. Registration closes TODAY.

Catechism Class: The next class will begin on 28/8. If you wish to join the class for baptism, reaffirmation of your faith or transfer of church membership, kindly get the form from Ps Gan. Application will close on 14/8.

Senior Citizen Fellowship of the Chinese Congregation is organizing a 3-day 2-night (13 – 15/10) trip to Malacca. The fare is $200/= which include meals, transportation, and accommodation. This event is open to members who are 60 years old and above. Please register with Sis. Sok Ngo or Sis. Siew Hah at the Fellowship Hall (11.00 – 11.20 am or 1.00 – 1.20pm).

17 Jul 2016 – “The Love of Christ”

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“For the love of Christ constraineth us;” 2 Corinthians 5:14a.

 By Rev. S. V. Nathan

Introduction:

“When Hudson Taylor was director of the China Inland Mission, he often interviewed candidates for the mission field. On one occasion, he met with a group of applicants to determine their motivations for service. “And why do you wish to go as a foreign missionary?” he asked one. “I want to go because Christ has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” was the reply. Another said, “I want to go because millions are perishing without Christ.” Others gave different answers. Then Hudson Taylor said, “All of these motives, however good, will fail you in times of testings, trials, tribulations, and possible death. There is but one motive that will sustain you in trial and testing; namely, “the Love of Christ“.(http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/m/missions_evangelism_witnessing.htm). The Love of Christ is a central component of Christian Missions and ministries. Thus, the very love of Christ constrained St Paul to serve and die for Christ, as he says, “For the love of Christ constraineth us.” (2 Corinthians 5:14a).  The Love of Christ must be the motivating factor for our Christian living and serving. The love of Christ will enable us to Love Him, Love one another and Love the Lost.

 

  1. The Love of Christ Constrains Us to Love Him (Romans 8:35-39):

Firstly, when St Paul fathomed Christ’s love for him which is unending, unfailing and all transcending love, which made him to totally surrender to his Master. Thus he says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? (35a). The answer is nothing can separate him from the Love of Christ. Consequently, he suffered and was persecuted in every possible manner yet he chose to love and serve the Lord until his death. What about us? Can we boldly say that I love Christ above everything in my life?  C.T. Studd, a famous Cricket player said, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him” (www.sermonillustrations). Many followed Christ, served and died for Him, just because of His Love for them. Are you not constrained by the Love of Christ to commit your life to love Him above everything?

  1. The Love of Christ Constrains Us to Love one another (John 13:34)

Secondly, our blessed Lord has outdone all the moral systems by even loving His enemies and he even laid down His life for everyone, and commanded us “That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34).  He calls upon the disciples to imitate Him. Christ has loved us freely, notwithstanding all our unworthiness and ungratefulness. Thus we should love one another, as Christ loves all his children without any distinction, through which the world know that we are Christ’s disciples. Consequently, we should love one another with a pure heart fervently. Shall we uphold this unity by loving and serving one another?

  1. The Love of Christ Constrains Us to Love the lost:

Thirdly, there are many pathetic stories of untold millions in the world who go to hell without knowing and hearing about the love of Christ, even for a single time in their life time. For instance, we know Asia is one of the most populous continents which hold 60% of the world population. China and India alone holds 1/3 population in the world’s most unreached with the Love of Christ. Thus, we are reminded to realize our role and responsibilities, to reach the lost in our communities and wherever we can. If Christ had loved, died and saved us from the eternal damnation, are you not compelled to do something for Him in your life time? C.T. Studd said, “Some wish to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell” (www.sermonillustrations). Should not this be our commitment too? How will we not be constrained with the love of Christ to reach the unreached love of Christ?

Conclusion:

Finally, as we are focusing and anticipating our Missions conference later this month on 29-31 July, I encourage everyone to take extra effort, come and participate to know Him, to love Him more, love one another more than before, and engage in some sort of mission and evangelism in our church and neighbourhood or overseas.

Let me conclude with a true story, “Alila stood on the beach holding her tiny infant son close to her heart. Tears welled in her eyes as she began slowly walking toward the river’s edge. She stepped into the water, silently making her way out until she was waist deep, and the water gently lapping at the sleeping baby’s feet. She stood there for a long time holding the child tightly as she stared out across the river. Then all of a sudden in one quick movement she threw the six months old baby to his watery death. Native missionary M.V. Varghese often witnesses among the crowds who gather at the Ganges (Indian Holy River for Hindus)). It was he who came to Alila who that day was kneeling in the sand crying uncontrollably and beating her chest. With compassion, he knelt down next to her and asked her what was wrong. Through her sobs she told him, “The problems in my home are too many and my sins are heavy on my heart, so I offered the best I have to the goddess Ganges, my first born son.” Brother Varghese’s heart ached for the desperate woman. As she wept, he gently began to tell her about the love of Jesus and that through Him, her sins could be forgiven. She looked at him strangely. “I have never heard that before,” she replied through her tears. “Why couldn’t you have come thirty minutes earlier? If you did, my child would not have had to die.”  Each year millions of people come to the holy Indian city of Hardwar to bathe in the River Ganges. These multitudes come believing this Hindu ritual will wash their sins away. For many people like Alila, missionaries are arriving too late, simply because there aren’t enough of these faithful brothers and sisters on the mission field”. (Christianity Today, 1993).

Try not to give any excuse, rather respond immediately by surrendering and submitting to the will of Christ to rescue the lost. Once “A one-legged school teacher from Scotland came to Hudson Taylor to offer himself for service in China. “With only one leg, why do you think of going as a missionary?” asked Taylor. “I do not see those with two legs going,” replied George Stott. He was accepted” (Pillar of Fire, January First, 1983). If we are truly constrained by the love of Christ, we will not be able tarry for another day. Today, is the day to commit your life to serve Him who saved you from hell?  What is your response? Let this love of Christ move your heart. May our good God bless you with the love of Christ to live and serve Him.

Announcements (10 Jul 2016)

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Jul 102016
 

SAF 6th Anniversary at NLBPC Chapel on Sat 16/7 at 4:00-6:30pm. Speaker: Rev. Eric Kwan. Topic: “Face to Face with God – Moses.” Pot-luck dinner at NLBPC Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!

Session Meeting (NEXT SUN 17/7 @ 1.45p): Session members, kindly attend.

Missions Conference (29 – 31/7): Kindly register online for the Conference early. We will also do on-site registration today after the worship service. For catering purposes – please do register. Registration closes NEXT Sunday 17/7.

Catechism Class: The next class will begin on 28/8. If you wish to join the class for baptism, reaffirmation of your faith or transfer of church membership, kindly get the form from Ps Gan. Application will close on 14/8.

Adults SS Class@ Chapel, 11.30 am. Lesson 8: Beholding the God of Mercy.

Senior Citizen Fellowship of the Chinese Congregation is organizing a 3-day 2-night (13 – 15/10) trip to Malacca. The fare is $200/= which include meals, transportation, and accommodation. This event is open to members who are 60 years old and above. Please register with Sis. Sok Ngo or Sis. Siew Hah at the Fellowship Hall (11.00 – 11.20 am or 1.00 – 1.20pm).

10 Jul 2016 – From Your Pastor’s Heart

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Jul 102016
 

By Rev. Gabriel Gan

The following devotionals from Spurgeon’s morning and evening have greatly encouraged my heart and I would like to share them with you. I trust you will also be edified by meditating upon them, and seek to do what is exhorted.

  1. “Looking unto Jesus.”— Hebrews 12:2

It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.” All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: He tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.” Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Keep thine eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to Him; when thou liest down at night look to Him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail thee.

“My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness:

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”

The next devotion aptly expresses my heart’s earnest desire for the prayer support of God’s people as I strive, by the grace of God, to build up New Life BPC to the praise of His glory. I urge you, my dear brothers and sisters, pray constantly for your pastors and all the church leaders.

  1. “Brethren, pray for us.”— 1 Thessalonians 5:25

This one morning in the year we reserved to refresh the reader’s memory upon the subject of prayer for ministers, and we do most earnestly implore every Christian household to grant the fervent request of the text first uttered by an apostle and now repeated by us. Brethren, our work is solemnly momentous, involving weal or woe to thousands; we treat with souls for God on eternal business, and our word is either a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death. A very heavy responsibility rests upon us, and it will be no small mercy if at the last we be found clear of the blood of all men. As officers in Christ’s army, we are the especial mark of the enmity of men and demons; they watch for our halting, and labour to take us by the heels. Our sacred calling involves us in temptations from which you are exempt, above all it too often draws us away from our personal enjoyment of truth into a ministerial and official consideration of it. We meet with many knotty cases, and our wits are at a non plus; we observe very sad backslidings, and our hearts are wounded; we see millions perishing, and our spirits sink. We wish to profit you by our preaching; we desire to be blest to your children; we long to be useful both to saints and sinners; therefore, dear friends, intercede for us with our God. Miserable men are we if we miss the aid of your prayers, but happy are we if we live in your supplications. You do not look to us but to our Master for spiritual blessings, and yet how many times has He given those blessings through His ministers; ask then, again and again, that we may be the earthen vessels into which the Lord may put the treasure of the gospel. We, the whole company of missionaries, ministers, city missionaries, and students, do in the name of Jesus beseech you

“BRETHREN, PRAY FOR US.”

Announcements (08 Jul 2016)

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Jul 032016
 

Blessed Youth Day: The Session wish all youths in the church a Blessed Youth Day!

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

Adults Sunday School: Quieting a Noisy Soul L7 @Fellowship Hall 11.30am. All are welcome.

Missions Conference (29 – 31/7): Kindly register online for the Conference early.

Catechism Class: The next class will begin on 28/8. If you wish to join the class for baptism, reaffirmation of your faith or transfer of church membership, kindly get the form from Ps Gan. Application will close on 14/8.

Rev Gabriel Gan is the Acting Senior Pastor of New Life Bible Presbyterian Church with effect from 1 July 2016. He will, however, continue in his role as Pastor of the English congregation. Let us remember him in prayer as he takes on this heavy responsibility.