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Scripture Memory: Strength in the Lord.

VERSE : Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

17 April 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Colin Wong (From Persecutor to Preacher, Acts 9:10-20)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Khoo Peng Kiat (The Shrewd Servant, Lk 16:1-8)

24 April 2016

9am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (Are You a Member of the Church? 1 Tim 3:15; Heb 10:24,25)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Eric Kwan (Unprofitable Servants, Lk 17:7-10)

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My dear Reader,

MISSIONS IN ACTION

According to the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS), Singaporeans made 8.05 million trips in 2012, by air and sea (Today Online, 18 August 2013).  What is your travel plan for 2016? Instead of planning a trip to Japan, why not try something you have never done before – a family mission trip to Indonesia or Cambodia.  What better way to bond with your children than to participate in a week-long mission trip as a family?

In the past years God has raised many Lifers (young and old) to serve with our missionaries in Indonesia and Cambodia.  Seeing them step out of their comfort zones and moving into uncharted places have not only stretched and strengthened their faith in God, but also have changed their lives forever.

Some of us want to go because we want to see the world through different lenses.  Centuries ago St. Augustine aptly said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”  Despite our easy access to TV and the Internet, pilgrimage and personal experience still have great appeal today. 

A Christian traveller is very different from a non-Christian traveller.  As Christian travellers, we don’t just travel to take in the sights and thrill our senses, but to be God’s witnesses and to see for ourselves how God has left His fingerprints on the world.

From time immemorial, God has called His people out into the unknown, often through short-term ventures and experiences.  Consider the journeys of Paul, Barnabas, Philip, Nehemiah, Jonah, and the “mission teams” of Numbers 13 and Joshua 2.  In each case (i.e. the spying of the land), God had something for them to see, learn, or do (and often all three). 

The God who sent them sends us, too.  He sends us to be the salt of the earth, a light to the world, and His hands and feet, whether we are close to home or far from it (Matthew 5:13-16).

Dearly beloved in Christ, are you thinking about going on a vacation? Why don’t you consider a mission trip? This may be the year for you to go.  Here are five reasons why you should pursue a short-term mission trip in 2016.

1. Obey the Great Commission

Every Christian has a moral responsibility to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Jesus said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations...” (Matthew 28:19).  Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” 

The mission of God to make disciples of all nations is the mission of His church in the world today.  Jesus sends us out as the Father sent Him (John 20:21).  Demonstrating and sharing God’s love with the unsaved is something we are called to do.  We are not to keep the Good News of Jesus Christ to ourselves.  We have freely received it.  Therefore, we are to freely give it to those who need it.

You may ask me, “Can I serve God close to home?” Of course you can.  But God’s vision is not just local but global.  We are to be a world Christian (not a worldly Christian).  We need to become global Christians with a global vision, for we have a global God.

          2. Walk with God’s Global Servants   

The short-term mission movement is sometimes criticized by church members for absorbing resources that could support long-term work and workers.  But little do they know that such a trip can give you the chance to explore what motivates these global servants, learn from them, and discover how they see their work and their world.  Who knows that God would have you partner further with one of these global servants, join their ranks, or take skills and lessons you learn and apply them in your own church mission programs.

3.  Step Out in Faith

Do you think God is calling you to surrender more to Him? If a mission trip is your next big step, you will have to trust Him for the resources to make it happen, for fellow brethren to walk with you, for love for those you meet, for grace to be flexible as the experience unfolds, and for mercy when you fall.  By engaging the unknown on a mission trip, many learn how to better walk with God day by day and moment by moment, and serve Him even better.

4.  Take a Journey of Personal Growth

It’s almost a cliché now.  As most mission trip participants report, you may receive more than you give (That’s the testimony of many Lifers who have gone to the mission field).  While taking a mission trip solely for what you can get out of it may be irresponsible, many find the journey of personal faith and growth to be life-changing.  The German philosopher Martin Buber aptly said, “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”  If God is tugging on you to be part of a mission team, it’s likely He has something He wants to do in your life through this experience.

5.  Encourage Others

The world needs more missionaries, even those who only go for a short term.  Not enough people are willing to leave behind their comforts and routines to serve the poor and vulnerable, share the message of hope, listen to those who have no voice, and learn from God’s global church.  If God is nudging you to go, look to Him to overcome the opposition and obstacles you may face.  Your service can encourage others to glorify God for what He is doing in your life and to pursue their own God-given purposes.  If you are willing to go, others may be able to picture themselves going too.

Dearly beloved in Christ, come 30th April 2016, the Missions Committee is organizing a Missions Seminar “Missions in Action” at 3.00 pm, Multi-Purpose Hall, Beulah Center.  May I encourage every Lifer to come to this seminar to learn something about missions and to be challenged to go for a short-term mission trip. 

Please e-register at: http://www.lifebpc.com/component/proforms/missions-in-action-seminar. as soon as possible.  We need to know how many of you are coming for the purpose of catering dinner. 

All for Missions,

Pastor Colin

 

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Results of Scripture Memory Verse Programme Review Exercise No.1

We congratulate the following who have achieved a score of 70% and above:

1. Adrian Teh Tian Xin

2. Angela Tan

3. Annette Kunst-Teh

4. Betrand Lam

5. Carina Teh

6. Chan Sok Kheng

7. Claire Tan

8. Daniel Tan

9. Fidelia Beatrice Alvina

10.     Flora Lau Seck Hong

11.     Folla Karuti

12.     Ian Liu

13.     Iris Loe

14.     Jennifer Goh

15.     Joelle Heng Wee En

16.     Josiah Teo

17.     Jotham Lim Jia Liang

18.     Joyce Ang

19.     Karen Heng-Sin

20.     Lee Chee Weng

21.     Leong Li Peng

22.     Leong Sow Mun

23.     Leslie Tan

24.     Lim Buay Hock

25.     Lim Ming Li

26.     Lorene Chee

27.     Melissa Wong

28.     Michelle Ng

29.     Nicholas Lim Song Ping

30.     Nigel Teh Tian Li

31.     Ong Phei Hong

32.     Ong Zhong Liang

33.     Patrick Kok

34.     Rae-Ann Lim

35.     Ryan Lim

36.     Sherrie See

37.     Sim Yen Hua

38.     Tan Khoon Lee

39.     Tan Kwee Mui

40.     Tessa Teh

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Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting,

next Lord’s Day, 24 April 16, at 10.45 am sharp

All members of Life B-P Church are reminded to attend this meeting. The combined English worship service begins at  9.00 am.

Please bring your blue “Voting Member’s Record Verification Form” to the ACM as a form of pre-registration for the determination of the quorum for ACM.

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Chinese Service Parents’ Night

30th April (Sat). 5:30 to 9 pm.

Venue: Pin Si Restaurant @ Yishun Safra.

Program: Gospel Sharing by Rev Peter Chng. Chinese 8-Course Dinner.  Transportation will be provided from Khatib MRT to SAFRA Yishun. Fees: $30  (13 years old & above); $20 (4 to 12 years old). Free (infant to 3 years old). Please register at Beulah House MPH after 11 am service.

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 29th May 2016   

Time: 8 am & 11 am

Topic: “After Death, What?”

Speaker: Rev Philip Heng

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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1) VBS-2016 “Faith is the Victory!” Inviting Children and Helpers to come during 1st week of June 1-3, 9am to 1pm.

For inquiries: Dn Benedict Sim . Kindly register at http://www.lifebpc.com/vbs.

2) Life B-P Church Camp 2016, 13-16 Jun 16 at Novotel Melaka Hotel, Malaysia. Speaker: Rev Edward Paauwe. Theme: “The Fruit of the Spirit”. Very limited number of rooms available. To avoid disappointment, please register now by sending email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3) Job Vacancy: The church is in need of a full-time Assistant Church Operations Manager. Those who are interested may write in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

4) Missions in Action Seminar 2016 will be held on Saturday 30 April at Beulah MPH, from 3-6pm to be followed by dinner. There is no registration fees. Register at:  http://www.lifebpc.com/component/proforms/missions-in-action-seminar .

5) Kenny Wee and family would like to thank the pastoral team, Session members and church for their condolences, presence, prayers and thoughts during the homegoing of his mother, Pearly Chia (age 88) on 6 Apr 16.

Preaching appt: Rev Seet at Thai Service, 2.30 pm. Rev Wong at AF, 1.30 pm.

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11