Announcements (28 Aug 2016)

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Aug 282016
 

Blessed Teachers’ Day! Session wishes all our teachers whether in our Sunday School or in the teaching profession, a blessed teachers’ day!

Catechumens please proceed to the kindergarten office @11.30am for the Catechism Class with Pastor Gan.

Family Day 3/9: If you have registered for Family Day, please be in church by THIS Saturday 6.45am.

Music Seminar 2016 (9-12/9) For more details: Dn Ronnie Tan @ 9237 4719. Sign up @ http://tinyurl.com/nlms2016 by 28 Aug – TODAY!

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.

Attention All Drivers! Please note that from 1 September 2016, there will be strictly “No Parking or Waiting” along the side of the Church’s front entrance (porch)–i.e. the areas before and after the yellow box. You may still drop off and pick up. This is to facilitate smoother traffic flow. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated!

28 Aug 2016 – Why attend Sunday School?

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Aug 282016
 

Why attend Sunday School?

By Eld. Sim Chee Seng

There are many reasons why one should attend Sunday School.

Sunday school provides systematic teaching of Scriptures.  Listening to a sermon is not enough for a believer in Christ.  A structure for teaching the Bible systematically is provided in the Sunday School to meet the needs of all age levels.  Children, youths and adults are provided with opportunities to discover, review, and interact as they study God’s word week after week. Sunday school is the teaching arm of the Church. Besides learning the Word of God, there is also memorization of Scripture verses.

Sunday school mobilizes and trains laity for leadership. It is heartening to note that many of the young people and adults, who were beneficiaries of the Sunday School programme, have volunteered to be Sunday School teachers themselves, some of whom are doing it year after year. Many can testify that it is not easy to be a good Sunday School teacher as their leadership skills will be stretched and developed. Both students and teachers are challenged to “grow in grace and the knowledge of God” in the Sunday School.

Sunday school teaches the Gospel. All teachers are reminded to ensure that their students or children under their charge understand the importance of personal salvation. The Gospel is presented to them at regular intervals (special events, missions, gospel meetings etc). Teachers are tasked to pay special attention to those who are unsure of or confused about their salvation. Our desire is for everyone “To know Christ and to make Him known.”

Sunday school emphasizes on discipleship. Every teacher has the desire to see spiritual growth and transformation in the lives of their students. We teach the Bible and what is commanded in God’s word, emphasizing not only on biblical truths but also obedience to His word. All this is done in a small group setting which allows for mutual edification, encouragement, prayer and sharing with one another in the bond of love.  The close fellowship and bonding fostered in Sunday School goes a long way to shape their lives socially and spiritually in discipleship training. (Acts 2: 42-47)

Sunday school is a miniature Church in action. The Church is organised into various age groups during Sunday School with a teacher to shepherd each class. Sunday School assists in the pastoral work as it is impossible for the Pastor to meet the needs of the entire congregation.  Sunday school teachers know when someone is absent or hurting and can express love personally.  From the preschool classes through adult classes, prayer is directed toward the specific needs of the class members. Prayers are also made for the needs of the Church regularly. On occasion, Sunday school focuses on outreach to peers and school friends. Sunday school teachers and students have also actively participated in overseas mission trips.  In small group setting, the various purposes of a Church, namely Bible study, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism, are fulfilled.

 

Sunday school lets the Church do all the above with consistency.  We praise the Lord that Sunday after Sunday, the dedicated Teachers and helpers of New Life BP Church, lead the Church in this most important ministry.  We thank the Lord for all the children, youths and adults who attend Sunday School faithfully. Dear brethren, why not ask the Lord to show you how you may also be involved in this important ministry of the Church. God bless you and Amen.

 

How may I help in the Sunday School?

  1. Approach the Teachers or helpers for advice if you are interested to teach in Sunday School.
  2. Pray for the success of the Sunday School – program, teaching staff, students
  3. Participate in Sunday School class and join in the group discussion.
  4. Volunteer as a Helper or reserve Teacher to help relieve some of their heavy burden.
  5. Bring a friend or classmate to attend your Sunday School class.
  6. Volunteer to follow-up attenders who are absent.
  7. Help your Teacher to set up the seats before class and help to clear them away after class.
  8. Pray for the salvation of all students in Sunday School. Pray that they be good disciples of Christ.

Encourage the teacher. Give him or her feedback on what you appreciate.

Announcements (21 Aug 2016)

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Aug 212016
 

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

Catechumens for the next catechism class beginning on 28/8, please attend the elders’ interview @ kindergarten classroom next to the office.

Church Family Day 3/9: One day JB Trip with “UK Farm” as the highlight. Fees (Inclusive of transport, lunch, entrance and dinner):

  • Working adults (<60 yrs old) = S$45/pax;
  • Senior citizen/Non-working adults/ Students = S$25/pax.

Note: Passport validity must be more than 6 months from 3/9/16. Please register with Sister Linda Lim – English. Closing Date: TODAY.

Music Seminar 2016 (9-12/9) For more details: Dn Ronnie Tan @ 9237 4719. Please Sign up @ http://tinyurl.com/nlms2016 by 28 Aug – NEXT SUNDAY!

Sis. Lilian has resigned as a staff of the church on 1 Aug. The Session would like to express their heartfelt appreciation for her faithfulness and labour of love since her return from ministering in Kenya. We pray that God will bless and guide our dear sister in His will.

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.

21 Aug 2016 – What a friend we have in Jesus

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Aug 212016
 

What a friend we have in Jesus (Part of a series on hymns)

By Sis. Lilian Lee

The Hymn:

  1. What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,

all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!

  1. Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer!

Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer!

  1. Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge; take it to the Lord in prayer!

Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In his arms he’ll take and shield you; you wilt find a solace there.

The story behind this hymn:

Irish born Joseph M. Scriven (1819-1896) was 25 years old, in love and to be married. The day before his wedding his fiancee died in a tragic drowning accident.

Heartbroken, Joseph sailed from his homeland to start a new life in Canada. While there working as a teacher, he fell in love again and became engaged to Eliza Roche, a relative of one of his students. Once more, Joseph’s dreams were shattered when Eliza died of tuberculosis in 1860 before the wedding could take place.

In between these two tragedies one night in 1855, Scriven, in loneliness and sadness, poured out his heart to God. God heard his prayer and Scriven felt the burden miraculously lifted from his heart. In his newfound joy, he hurriedly dashed off a simple poem that today became the famous and much loved hymn – What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

Around the same time that Eliza died, Joseph received word from Ireland that his mother was ill. He could not go to be with her, so he wrote a letter of comfort and enclosed this same poem, What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

Although one can only imagine the turmoil within this young man, history tells us that his faith in God sustained him. Soon after Eliza’s death Joseph joined the Plymouth Brethren and began preaching for a Baptist church. He never married, but spent the rest of his life giving all his time, money and all that he had to help the less fortunate and to spread the love and compassion of Jesus wherever he went. Truly his Master was his best friend!

Many years later a friend was sitting with Joseph who was very ill. During this visit, the friend was very impressed when he came across his poems, including What a Friend We Have in Jesus. As a result of this visit, almost 30 years after his letter of comfort to his mother, Joseph’s poems were published in a book called Hymns and Other Verses.

Soon thereafter, famous musician Charles C. Converse (1834-1918) put music to the poem: What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908) who was a well-known musician and revivalist was also a great admirer of Joseph Scriven. In 1875, Sankey came across the music and words for What a Friend We Have in Jesus. He included it as the very last entry into the publication Sankey’s Gospel Hymns Number 1.

Lessons – there are many and below are just three personal lessons:

  1. When things do not turn out well in our lives, we need to remember that God grieves with us. In this fallen world, death as well as tears will come. But this is not God’s fault so don’t blame Him who is actually the God of comfort: Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort (2 Cor 1:3)The Christian can take refuge in God for His love and faithfulness is new every morning. Indeed the promise in His Word is that He will “give unto them beautyfor ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61: 3)
  2. When we do something for God, He can multiply its effect in wonderful ways and sometimes we do not even realise or get to see how far-reaching the impact of what we do is. When Scriven wrote the lyrics, he did not expect that the poem would become a hymn and that today, the poem still brings much comfort to God’s people. It is translated into many languages and I am sure we will sing it in heaven one day! Let us labour continually in His vineyard.
  3. In Christian work, there should be that support and co-operation among the saints. We are gifted differently by the Lord and we ought to work together harmoniously. Scriven’s poem could have stayed hidden among all his notes and writings but an unnamed friend urged the publication of his writings. The baton was later picked up by Converse who wrote the music and it was Sankey that brought the Christian world’s attention to this wonderful hymn. Of course, all this came about through Divine Providence! But the Lord also needs to find like-minded Christians to work together for His glory.

Announcements (14 Aug 2016)

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Aug 142016
 

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 TODAY.

Church Family Day 3/9: One day JB Trip with “UK Farm” as the highlight. Fees (Inclusive of transport, lunch, entrance and dinner):

  • Working adults (<60 yrs old) = S$45/pax;
  • Senior citizen/Non-working adults/ Students = S$25/pax.

Note: Passport validity must be more than 6 months from 3/9/16. Please register with Sister Linda Lim – English. Closing Date: 21/8.

Music Seminar 2016 (9-12/9) Please see insert. For more details: Dn Ronnie Tan @ 9237 4719. Sign up @ http://tinyurl.com/nlms2016 by 28 Aug!

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.

Renovation – Caution!  There are some works done at the front covered link way beside the car park and the rear kitchen extension area beside the car park. Kindly keep clear from the affected areas when they are cordoned off. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

14 Aug 2016 – This is my Father’s world

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By Eld. Yap Chee Kian

Exodus 2:1-4

[2:1] And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.[2] And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.[3] And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.[4] And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him

On the way to Prayer Meeting

I was driving to Prayer Meeting on Wednesday evening in June. Before I reached the exit along BKE, I could see a long line of vehicles all the way to Woodlands checkpoint. We had just heard news of another terrorist attack in France on the radio and Singapore had tightened the security at the border. All around the world, we see the effects of the powers of evil. No one is spared and nobody seems able to get rid of the terror. Our daily lives are affected. We do what we can and we pray and sometimes nothing seems to happen. We can become frustrated and angry and sometimes we wonder: “Where is God?”

God is in control even when evil seems to prevail

I read a recent commentary on the verses for our Bible reading. It tells us of a normal family that lived in slavery under the rule of the Egyptians. There was nothing they could do but to accept the hardship and the cruelty of the Egyptians. Still life went on. A couple got married and had a child. The mother in order to save her child floated the child down the river even though there was no sign that God was working a special plan. Yet God would use this child to save a nation in the time He chose. God is still sovereign today as in the days of Pharaoh and though evil may appear to be strong, God has promised that He will bring peace when our Lord Jesus returns the second time.

We do not always see His purpose but we know He is good. In times when circumstances seem out of control and evil seems to prevail and God was seemingly absent, we are called to trust Him and His goodness. This is especially tough as evil seems to triumph everywhere. Our adversary distracts us to look at ourselves and when we do that, we become fearful. Someone commented that the word FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. We start to look at ourselves and realize how helpless we are which is true. But when we have the fear of the Lord, it means we can Face Everything And Rejoice because our God is strong. When we call to remembrance how the Lord had helped us in times past, we will lose our fear and echo with the prophet Samuel in 1 Sam 7:12 “Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.”

We lived in perilous times and our memories are frail especially of God’s goodness and mercy. But we have an advocate who will help us to remember what the Lord had taught us. Jesus promised us in John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

That evening I left my burden with the Lord and cast my care upon Him. Evil may seem unchecked but I remember God’s goodness and that this is my Father’s world as I recalled the lyrics from the song:

“This is my Father’s world.

O let me ne’er forget

that though the wrong seems oft so strong,

God is the ruler yet.”

Announcements (07 Aug 2016)

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Aug 072016
 

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

Adults Sunday School: @Fellowship Hall 11.30am. All are welcome.

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 14/8 (NEXT SUNDAY).

SAF Meeting (13/8) at 4:00-6:00pm. Speaker: Rev Peter Tan. Topic: Perseverance – Job. Venue: Bro. Chin Hong’s place @43 Jalan Mata Ayer, S759127. Transport by Bro Michael Chua will leave NLBPC at 3:40pm. Pot-luck dinner and all are welcome. Further information, please contact Bro Ronnie Pang@813345574 or Bro Chin Hong@96348085.

Church Family Day 3/9: One day JB Trip with “UK Farm” as the highlight.

Fees (Inclusive of transport, lunch, entrance and dinner):

  • Working adults (<60 yrs old) = S$45/pax;
  • Senior citizen/Non-working adults/ Students = S$25/pax.

Note: Passport validity must be more than 6 months from 3/9/16. Closing Date: 21/8. Please register with Sister Linda Lim – English

Music Seminar 2016 What does the bible say about music? How can we serve better in the music ministry? Find out on 9-12 Sep 2016. Sign up @ http://tinyurl.com/nlms2016 by 28 Aug! For more details: Dn Ronnie Tan @ 9237 4719.

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.

Renovation – Caution!  There are some works done at the front covered link way beside the car park and the rear kitchen extension area beside the car park. Kindly keep clear from the affected areas when they are cordoned off. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

07 Aug 2016 – Contentment

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Aug 072016
 

By Eld Prasad

Most dictionaries define contentment as “the state of being mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are.” Today it is rare that we find anyone who is truly content with his or her condition in life. The Bible has a great deal to say about contentment, as being satisfied with what we have, who we are, and where we are going. Lord Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more that meat, and the body than raiment? (Matthew 6:25).

 In essence, Lord Jesus is telling us to be content with what we have. Moreover, He has given us a direct command not to worry about the things of this world. Then Lord Jesus adds, “(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:32-33). From Lord Jesus’ words, we can deduce that lack of contentment is sin and it puts us in the same category as those who do not know God.

The awfulness of the love of money is rarely preached these days. Lord Jesus referred to this subject so often in His discourses. Apostle John did not mix up his words when he said, “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 (1John 2:15). We cannot serve God and money at the same time. We will either hate the one and love the other, or be loyal to the one and despise the other (Matthew 6:24). We are warned in 1 Timothy 6:10-11, For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience meekness.

 The apostle Paul was a man who suffered and went without the comforts of life more than most people could ever imagine (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). Yet he knew the secret of contentment: “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:12-13). The writer to the Hebrews adds, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me (Hebrew 13:- 5-6). Yet people continue to seek after more of the things of this world, never contented with their lot in life.

The desire to become rich is only natural. But we must overcome it, realising its eternal worthlessness (Proverbs 23:4). 1 Timothy 6:6-8 tells us, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” Solomon, the wisest and richest man who ever lived, said, “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity (Ecclesiastes 5:10).

To worry means we do not trust God. The key to overcoming our discontentment and lack of faith is to find out who God really is and how He has been faithful to supply the needs of His people in the past. Such study will grow one’s confidence and trust for the future. The apostle Peter said it succinctly: “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5:6-7).

The nature of man will never be contented unless God has given us new life and  the Holy Spirit that will guide us so that we will not lust after the things of the world. Lack of contentment came as a result of the fall of man, which led to the image of God being lost.

Covetousness is idolatry in the eyes of God (Colossians 3: 5b).Be content with such things as you have” means that for the believers, such should be our trust and confidence in God that we would be satisfied with our condition regardless of our circumstances. For we know assuredly that if we are faithful, God will cause all things to work together for our good: Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. AMEN.