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Scripture Memory: Joy.

VERSE : Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

12 June 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Dr Edward Paauwe (How Great Is Your Love? Deut 6:1-5; Lev 19:18)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (The Tragedy Of Rejecting The Messiah, Mt 21:33-46)

19 June 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Dr Edward Paauwe (Do You Rule Your Spirit and Body? Prov 16:25-33)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Ng Beng Kiong (Two Sons and the Vineyard, Mt 21:23-32)

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WILL YOU SERVE IN MISSIONS?

What makes a person willing to leave the comfortable life of his home country to endure the inconveniences of life in a foreign land and overcome the challenges of sharing the Gospel there? In the world of missions, people have been stirred to action by different kinds of motives. Some are attracted by the prospect of a life filled with exciting adventures and interesting experiences – to provide good material for them to tell their life’s story to their children and grandchildren.

Many people are spurred into missions by a noble desire to change the world – “I’m going to change the world I live in.” They have a strong sense of compassion for the poor and underprivileged in other lands who need physical, educational and spiritual help. This moves them to raise funds and rally support to alleviate their misery and even to establish mission hospitals and mission schools in third world countries.

Others have been moved to serve in missions by the great fear that millions of souls will perish and spend eternity in Hell if they are not rescued from sin. This motive is just like the sense of urgency of rescuing victims who are trapped under piles of rubble in an earthquake – they must be reached quickly as time is running out for them!

Such altruistic motives may be strong enough to stir some Christians to serve in missions. But they cannot produce a sustained effort because they are all based on external conditions which may change over time. Many will soon discover that missionary life is not as glamorous and exciting as they had imagined. When difficult challenges and opposition arise on the field, or when there are hardly any results after years of hard work, serving in missions will not be sustained by such motives alone. Something more is needed.

I would like to share some thoughts from several passages of Scripture, so that that we may know what should be the ultimate motive for serving in missions. 2 Corinthians 5:14,15 – “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.”

These words were the testimony of one of the greatest missionaries that the church has been blessed with, namely, the apostle Paul. From the day he was commissioned and sent by the church at Antioch into the mission field, Paul worked intensely and tirelessly, launching out in three missionary journeys into unfamiliar places and cities, braving all the difficult conditions of his day in order to preach the good news of salvation, make disciples for Christ, and establish thriving churches everywhere.

With his one life, Paul wrought so much for the kingdom of God, and also left behind a tremendous legacy for us in the 13 epistles he wrote by the inspiration of God. The energy and zeal with which he served the Lord, truly amazes us. Very few have ever been able to match the boundless energy of Paul’s labour for the Lord.

He describes all that he went through in detail in 2 Corinthians 11:24-28 – “Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.”

The question we ask is, What was it that stirred Paul to endure these things? What was it that kept him going? What was the secret of his supernatural labours? What was the mainspring that propelled him to such great lengths of service? What unseen influence urged him on through all discouragements, indifferent alike to the world’s ridicule and the fear of man? Wouldn’t we all like to know from the lips of the apostle himself what mighty principle impelled him to press onward through so many toils and dangers? What did Paul himself say? “The love of Christ constraineth us!”

The mainspring that drove Paul in his unrelenting pursuit was the love of the Lord Jesus Christ for him. – the wonderful love that made our Saviour willing even to die for us who are his enemies, to bear the punishment for all our sins. That was the secret of Paul’s amazing energy in Christian life and missionary service. Take away that love, and all his energies are gone. Paul would then become as weak as any other man.

One passage that reveals Paul’s deep understanding of Christ’s love is Ephesians 3:14-19 – “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”

This love of Christ is the impetus we need for missions. It is the master principle that must be firmly installed as the mainspring of our lives. Are we able to say that we have fully understood how greatly the Lord Jesus Christ loves us? If we do, we will be moved very deeply by it. When fully understood, this love will move us not only to tears but to action. Christ left the comfort of His heavenly glory to dwell in this sinful world. He had to go through the worst of all deaths in human experience – the slow and cruel death of crucifixion. His agony was extremely intense. Think of the bitter cup of suffering He endured. Think of the unimaginable anguish behind His cry, “My God, My God why has Thou forsaken Me?”

It is bad enough for any mortal to have the experience of being forsaken by God, but for God’s own beloved Son to be forsaken by the Father – what a terrible and utterly desolate experience that must have been! This great price was paid not for worthy saints but for unworthy sinners. Never before has anyone done so much to redeem objects that are so unworthy.

What Jesus obtained for us through His loving sacrifice is overwhelming: Not just the removal of our sins, but a whole package full of other magnificent blessings as well: peace with God, the joy of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, power over sin, victory over Satan, grace that is sufficient for every trial, the privilege of prayer, abundant life, eternal life, the status of being heirs of the kingdom with Christ, the glorious hope of the resurrection, and all the heavenly rewards awaiting us.

These overwhelmingly abundant and wonderful gifts are ours through our Lord Jesus Christ. What have we done to deserve them? Nothing at all. They are given to us purely because of love—the profound, matchless LOVE that Christ has for His own.

How can we not respond to this Love? Is it reasonable for us to be loved so much and yet respond so little - Nothing more than just a word of thanks to Him or the leftovers of our labours? How can we consider that to be reasonable! His love must stir up an all-consuming love for Him in our own hearts. Even in our own relationships with people, we can hardly ignore someone who loves us dearly. We readily respond by loving them. Therefore when we are convinced that Jesus loves us so much, how can we not respond with love for Him, in whom in everything to call forth love?

This then is what the apostle Paul meant when he said, “For the love of Christ constraineth us.” That powerful love, when understood correctly will constrain us with a force so compelling that we would love and serve Him with the utmost of our ability, and put no limit on what we will do for Him. That love alone makes us willing to surrender our lives so fully to Christ that as v.15 says, we would no longer live unto ourselves “but unto Him which died for us and rose again.”

Our wills, our desires, our ambitions and our lives can no longer be called our own any more, for Christ rightly deserves all that we have. All these are rightly surrendered to Him for His own use and for His own purposes. Whatever He wants us to do, we will do. Wherever He wants us to go, we will go. The love of Christ constrains us to live fully for Him alone.

When we have settled this in our hearts, then we will understand why we should serve in missions. Since our Lord Jesus left His heavenly glory and gave His precious life to save sinful men, His heart’s desire is for people everywhere to know about His salvation and to come to Him to be saved. If we have resolved to live our lives fully for the Lord Jesus, then His desires will become ours as well. We would gladly spend our time and effort now in fulfilling His desire for people in every place to hear the gospel. Someone has put it this way: “An ambassador of Christ is a person who has a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves; a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps.”

We would no longer think of missions merely as a duty to perform or as an unpleasant task to be done, but as a service of love for our Great Saviour. Because of the deep love that Christ has for us, we most willingly and actively seek to bring the lost to Him, whether locally or overseas. After all, this is the very least that we can do for Him, for all that He has done for us.

Dear Lifer, do you find it hard to overcome your fear or to go beyond your comfort zone to tell others about Christ? Do you feel reluctant to offer your service in missions? If you do, please remind yourself how much Christ loves you. Think again about what He has done for you. That will give you the best motivation you need. May our hearts be stirred to serve in missions, for the love of Christ constrains us!                                       —Pastor

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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 (20-24 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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LTF 29th Anniversary 2016

Theme : Renewing Your Relationship with God (Isa 1:18)

Speaker : Eld Ng Beng Kiong

Date : 25 June 2016

Venue : Beulah MPH

Time : 2.45-6.30pm (Dinner provided thereafter)

All are invited! A special message to all youths aged 12-18: LTF hopes that you and your parents will join us on this joyous occasion.

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1) Church Camp 2016. Campers going for the church camp are kindly reminded to meet tomorrow (13 Jun 2016) in church at 6.30am or at Novotel Melaka at 12pm for those who are driving. Please be punctual and do remember to bring your passport along.

2) Pastoral Help: Members who need pastoral help during the church camp week (13-16 June) may contact Rev Peter Chua at 9838 7010.

3) Combined BP Youth Conference 2016 “Who am I? Full or Fool?” Speaker: Ps Jack Sin. We welcome all youths to joins us on 2 July (Sat) 9am to 4pm, at Beulah Center MPH, lunch provided. Programs catered for age groups from 13-24 yr old. Please register online at https://tinyurl.com/cbpyc16

4) Coffee Corner. 3 more helpers required at 8.30 am. Please contact Daniel Phang .

5) Musicians are needed for vigil services. Please contact Daniel Phang . 

6) 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.

 

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Indonesian Service, 4.00 pm; Rev Quek at Thai Service, 2.30 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

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