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Scripture Memory: A Virtuous Woman.

VERSE : Proverbs 31:10 “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.””

 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

1 May 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Eld Ng Beng Kiong (The Comfort of the Ascension, Acts 1:1-12; Lk 24:50-53)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Charles Seet (Built Upon the Solid Rock; Mat 16:15-19)

8 May 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (A Mother’s Day Message, Prov 31:10-31)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Discerning the Times, Matt 16:1-4)

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A HEALTHY CHRISTIAN (PART 2)

By Rev Lee Hock Chin (adapted from “Healthy Christian Growth” by Sinclair Ferguson)

3. Environment

A caring, loving, disciplined and Bible-saturated home provides the most conducive environment for nurturing the spiritual growth of our children and families.

(a)      The Family of Faith

The church is often referred to in the New Testament as a family. For example, Jesus referred to his disciples who did the will of God as his brother, sister or mother (Mark 3:35). In Galatians 6:10 and Ephesians 2:19, the church is called the “household” of faith or of God. But how does the household of faith help us grow spiritually? Well, when others serve us by using their gifts of teaching, mercy, comfort, encouragement or hospitality, we are guided and strengthened and maturing in our faith (Romans 11:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; Ephesians 4:16). We need positive Christian role models to spur us on to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 3:10-14). Paul became a model for young Timothy, who was in turn exhorted to be exemplary in his godliness to his church (1 Timothy 4:12-16).

(b)      Means of Grace

Means of grace are God’s appointed ways of blessing His people through baptism and the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper. Baptism does not save. But it is an outward sign of the inward grace in a believer’s heart. Jesus intended baptism to be administered to every believer (Matthew 28:18-20) after the preaching of the gospel. Martin Luther used to tell himself whenever he found difficulties in his Christian life: “I am a baptised man ... in Christ I have entered a new creation; the old has gone; the new has come. By God’s grace so I will live!”

The second sign is the Lord’s Supper. Broken bread and grape drink symbolise Christ’s broken body and atoning blood. Partaking of the Lord’s Supper together in church unites us all in close communion with Christ.

(c)      The World Outside

Although we are not of the world, God calls us to be in the world as His salt and light witness.

(i) God tests us. Why? So that we may know the reliability of His grace in our lives. Obedience may not mean a storm-free life, but through the storms, we may experience His grace and glory and be strengthened in our faith. Testing is essential to growth.

(ii) God purifies us. Trials of faith not only strengthens us but also purifies us (1 Peter 1:5-6). As the Psalmist confesses “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. ... It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. ...I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.” (Psalm 119:67, 71, 75). God disciplines us for our good so that we might grow in holiness (Hebrews 12:10-11).

(iii) God equips us. As we trust and obey God in our life, He equips us to serve Him through circumstances. The life of Joseph illustrates this as he said to his brothers who had sold him into slavery: “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” (Genesis 50:20).

4. Overcoming Obstacles

The Christian life is a spiritual warfare. We can have victory if we know our enemies and use the divine resources at our disposal. Our enemies are the world, self and Satan.

(a)      The World

This world is opposed to God (1 John 2:16). Worldly influences have the power to dim our vision of Christ and deaden our spirits. This was what happened to Demas. He was once zealous in co-labouring with Paul (Philemon v.24).

(b)      Self (the flesh)

In Colossians 3:5-9, the apostle Paul acknowledges that the seeds of sexual immorality, impurity, lust, greed, anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language and lying may continue to plague believers throughout their lives. But a Christian has been crucified, buried and raised with Christ (Colossians 3:1-3). Hence, sin cannot reign over you (Romans 6:14, 18). Now, set your mind on Christ and His reign, and express your new identity in Christ by a life of holiness (Colossians 3:1-4, 9-10). Refuse sin; put it to death (Colossians 3:5). Cultivate Christ-like characteristics such as compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and longsuffering (Colossians 3:12), so that there will be less room for sinful ones (vv. 12-17).

(c) Satan

The apostle Peter describes Satan as a roaring lion waiting to pounce on and destroy the faith of Christians (1 Peter 5:9). He will try to inject lies into our minds, as he did with Eve in the garden: “Yea, hath God said you cannot eat of the fruit of every tree?” The lie that Satan succeeded in planting into Eve’s mind is that God is cynical and not good by withholding something good from her. We can defeat Satan if we put on the whole armour that God has given to us (Ephesians 6:10-20). Being able to stand is an important milestone in the life of a child. Likewise, a Christian who can withstand the attacks of Satan has really grown.

Conclusion

Babies are cute. But if they remain as babies and do not grow physically and mentally, it is a sign of sickness.

We cannot stand still. We must continue to grow.

Hebrews 6:1-3 – “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.”

 

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Let Us Go On

 

Some of us stay at the cross,

Some of us wait at the tomb,

Quickened and raised together with Christ,

Yet lingering still in its gloom;

Some of us bide at the passover feast

With Pentecost all unknown –

The triumphs of grace in the heavenly place

That our Lord has made our own.

 

If the Christ who died had stopped at the cross

His work had been incomplete,

If the Christ who was buried had stayed in the tomb

He had only known defeat;

But the Way of the Cross never stops at the Cross,

And the way of the Tomb leads on

To victorious grace in the heavenly place

Where the risen Lord has gone.

 

So, let us go on with our Lord

To the fullness of God He has brought,

Unsearchable riches of glory and good

Exceeding our uttermost thought;

Let us grow up into Christ,

Claiming His life and its powers,

The triumphs of grace in the heavenly place

That our conquering Lord has made ours.

 

- A.J. Flint -

 

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 29th May 2016   

Time: 8 am & 11 am

Topic: “After Death, What?”

Speakers:

Rev Philip Heng (English Service)

Rev Tan Chee Keong (Mandarin/Hokkien)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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ERBL Seminar 2016

by Dr John A Battle

Day Lectures:

A Biblical Appraisal of the Crucial Contemporary Concerns of the Postmodern Era, Mon-Fri (20-25 Jun), from 8.30am-1pm, Exams (Sat). Audit/Credit: $40/$80

Night Lectures:

Biblical Formation & Church Growth, Mon (20 Jun) & Thu (23 Jun), 7.30 pm - 9.30pm.

Cost: Free.

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1) Catechism Class for Anniversary Baptism on 16 Oct 2016 commences on 10 Jul 16 at Beulah Centre Rm 2-1, 9.30am. Please pre-register by emailing church office or filling up the form available at the front counter. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the catechism class. Closing date: 4 Jul 16.

2) Sanctity in Worship: Come early on Sunday. Being habitually late for worship dishonours God. Remember to switch off your handphone, and avoid conversation during worship.

3) Life B-P Church Camp 2016, 13-16 Jun 16 at  Novotel Melaka Hotel, Malaysia. Due to overwhelming response, the camp registration is now officially closed. For any enquiry, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

4) 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 .

5) Tan Choon Seng and family would like to thank the Pastors and Church Members for their condolences, presence, prayers and thoughts during the demise of his father, Tan Hwee Khng on 18 Apr 16.

6) Our condolences to: Robert Seah and family on the homegoing of his brother, Elder William Seah Hock Chye (age 77) on 24 Apr 16.

Preaching appointment: Rev Quek in Batam.

 

Rev Khoo at Chinese Evening BSF.

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

October 15 & 22 - The Cost of Discipleship

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25