I was born into a Christian family, and because of that, I did not really get to experience what life was as a non-christian. However, as I grew up, I continuously prayed. That made me realise the importance of faith in prayer because I recalled how blessed I was as a young child who constantly prayed.
One day, as a person largely fascinated in science, this thought came to my mind – is God actually real? If so, what was before time and what is the universe really like? Throughout my seven years in New Life BP and two years in a Methodist church and school, I searched for the answer within my own shallow mind. I never found it until one time when God finally let me know the answer. Coincidentally, at a church camp a pastor preached about how God was real. It was when I was thirteen, but when he did the altar call, I gladly walked up to receive Christ as my Lord and Savior. Science is unable to question the awesomeness of God. That was when I became a true Christian, one who trusted in God fully.
From then on, I humbled myself, knowing that God is almighty. Through the many sermons I have listened to in my life, New Life BP church played a huge role in my salvation and knowledge of His word. Hence, I decided to join this church and hope to grow spiritually in Christ.
Chen Jee Meng
I grew up in a Buddhist family, and since childhood, worshipped idols along with my parents. I remember back then, I liked wearing cross pendants that I bought from the night markets out of pure curiosity. Once, as I was climbing a tree to pluck rambutans, the branch I was standing on (about 4 to 5 metres above ground) gave way all of a sudden. But as I fell, it seemed like there was a strange force protecting me, allowing my hand to grab hold of another branch right before I hit the ground, and my feet to land just perfectly. While I escaped unscathed, the cross I was wearing mysteriously disappeared, and could not be found. Another harrowing incident soon followed. Whilst swimming in a canal that expelled water out to the sea, I was caught in a sudden onslaught of water that swept me down the canal. Right before I was carried past the point of no return, the same mysterious force caused my hand to seize a rung of the nearby canal ladder, thus saving me. Upon recovering, I discovered that my replacement pendant had, once again, disappeared. After puzzling about it initially, I gave it no more thought as time passed.
It was not till my daughter attended New Life Kindergarten, and my family started attending church regularly every Sunday, did I come to know God and finally understand what happened to me years ago, along with the meaning of the disappearing crosses: the two incidents in the past were likely the work of God. I know now that God is the one in control of all things, and He created all that is on the earth. The Bible has taught me much about God, changing the way I live my life, from what was one of a worldly view to living according to the Ten Commandments. When I make mistakes, I will confess my sins and sincerely seek forgiveness from God; when particularly frustrated, pray for His guidance, of which He provides in unexpected forms. I believe that He is the one and true God, unlike all the false idols I once worshipped, which will never be able to do the things that the Lord God has done for me. We are but travellers here on Earth, and this temporary stay is fraught with many evils and temptations. Only when one accepts the Lord and becomes a Christian, and hand over the reigns of their life to God, then can he find meaning in this short earthly journey, and be blessed with eternal life in heaven with God.
Chen Xuan Zhi
I was first introduced to the concept of Christ when I began attending New Life Kindergarten. I remember always having to thank God for the food before we were allowed to proceed with meals, as well as how the teachers made us memorize the Lord’s Prayer and recite it almost daily. While I never really understood why we did all that we did, I would follow along without any complaint. I knew that the Bible existed; it was where all the verses we were taught came from. It was not until one teacher encouraged me to go for Sunday school when I started primary school, that I got to understand who was this God that I had been learning about for the past few years, and just how mighty He is. I received my first bible from one of the Sunday school teachers after a few lessons, but deciphering the words in the KJV bible was extremely hard for a seven year old child, so my mother bought me a kid’s bible, those kinds where all the Bible characters had their own “superhero” stories. That piqued my interest, and I began to appreciate the Bible, admittedly in an incorrect manner for I viewed the Bible as just a very true storybook.
However, after many more years of Sunday school and services, I began to realize that I should not have treated the Bible as a mere storybook, but rather the means that God uses to speak with us and educate us about how we should lead our lives. The “superhero” stories actually held lessons that we should learn from and apply in our daily activities. As I entered secondary school, I was exposed to more of the world and its temptations. It was a rocky four years as I struggled through studies and keeping away from the earthly evils, and while sadly I did stray quite a few times, the Lord was good and kept waiting for me to turn back to Him, and poured out His blessings when I finally did.
Looking back, I could not have made it this far if it were not for His unwavering love for me, and this sparked the decision for me to take the next step of faith and be baptized. I always thought I could lead my life the way I wanted to, but in the end, it always ended up the way God had meant it to. While a short 18 years may not be substantial in proving how much God has directed the sail of my life, it was enough to prompt me into handing over the reigns to God and trusting that wherever He leads me from now on, it is His will, which is the best for me.
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:5-6)
That God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5b)
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. (Psalm 27:4)
I am a 26-year old service staff, and I returned to NLBPC a year ago, after dropping in and out of church for 12 years. I grew up a miserable person, because I was trying hard not to be like the world, yet without the happiness, joy, peace and abundance of life that comes with true Christianity. I was always in between my secular and Christian friends, useless to serve either.
God in His perfect patience brought me here last year. At the time, I was struggling in school, on anti-depressants (which did nothing), and searching the Bible for God’s glory. I dropped out of NLBPC for 2 months, looking for assurance of salvation, and came back none the wiser.
I had wasted years desiring relationships that I thought would fulfil me, all the while unaware of this transcendental love that God offers in Christ. This idol seeped into my church life, and I knew I had to call out to God to deliver me.
God saved me in a moment of deep repentance, and life has been different since. I thank God for progressively killing the idols of my heart, and setting my strong desires straight. My predominant desire now is to know God more, to gaze upon the beauty and fullness of God in Jesus Christ! God can slay me, but I know that by the strength of his Spirit, I will continue to trust in him. I look forward to being with you all. Let us look to Jesus’s return with patience and hope!
Toh Seok Kheng
The first time I heard about Christ was when I was eight, where my aunt shared the Gospel with me, and said “Jesus loves you”. She invited me to church, but it was the action of kneeling down in prayer that struck me the most. I did start praying whenever I met with trouble, but it was just going through the motion, as I did not know the true meaning of prayer then. Even when I reached my teenage years and was given a Bible by a teacher, attending church every Sunday was nothing but a mundane routine for me.
After marriage, I had a complicated childbirth, and once again, I cried out to the Lord for protection. Miraculously, my prayers were answered and my daughter grew up healthily. Years later I was diagnosed with a serious illness, by God’s grace I recovered. Yet what comforted me the most during those trying years was when my daughter, then attending New Life Kindergarten, said the Lord’s prayer to me, albeit in babbles, and also sang the children’s hymn “Jesus loves me” in a bid to lift my spirits. The kindergarten teachers and pastors of New Life BP Church visited us too, and once again preached the Word of God to me. 30 years had passed since I first heard about Christ, but it was only then that I came to understand and think about salvation seriously. From then on, we started attending Sunday service regularly as a family.
I have been deeply inspired by the Bible, and my faith in the Lord has grown by leaps and bounds even as I constantly meditate upon his Word, which acts as a reminder of the life He commanded us to lead. Through it, I learn to respect my husband, and also allowed me to realise that I should be a good role model for my child. I thank God for His mercy and guidance that has allowed us to conduct family prayers daily and bring us closer to God with every passing day.