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Scripture Memory: National Blessing.

VERSE : Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

14 August 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (Strengthening New Disciples, Acts 14:21-23)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Ps Tan Soon Yong (Who Can Forgive Sins? Mk 2:1-12)

21 August 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Calvin Loh (When a Church Dispute Arises, Acts 15:1-41)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Yap Kim Sin (Encountering the Storms of Life, Mk 4:35-41)

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INTENTIONAL EVANGELISM

By Tan Thiam Hong

Intentional evangelism is a healthy life-style for believers in witnessing to lost souls with comparable intensity and enthusiasm as in studying the Word, in prayer, and in fellowship with the saints.

A healthy Christian practices spiritual disciplines: He intentionally searches the Scriptures, keeps in touch with the heavenly Father through prayers, encourages one another in the Lord through fellowship and worship, and equally if not more important, he intentionally spreads the gospel to non-believers for the Lord. All the four disciplines are not spiritual gifts that only certain individuals are bestowed with. New believers have to start and practice these disciplines from ground zero. While it takes all the four disciplines – the Word, prayer or Intercession, Fellowship and Evangelism – to be spiritually healthy as they are interdependent, the implication of not evangelizing is far greater than the first three. Without W, I, and F, a believer will suffer spiritual deprivation personal to himself, but without Evangelism the kingdom of God suffers.

Kenneth Boa, a well-known teacher and writer involved in relational evangelism and discipleship, says: “The believers’ highest call in ministry is to reproduce the life of Christ in others. Reproduction takes the form of evangelism for those who do not know Christ and edification for those who do…. Lifestyle discipleship and evangelism are the most effective and realistic approaches to unbelievers within our sphere of influence.”

The Greatest Threat to Christianity

What if we practice W, I, and F and ignore Evangelism? The answer may surprise you or even shock you. Not only will the kingdom of God suffer, but in addition, we may contribute to the greatest threat to Christianity. The late James Stuart, professor of New Testament at the University of Edinburgh, puts it this way: “The threat to Christianity is not atheism, materialism, or communism (and I may add, not even terrorism). The greatest threat to Christianity is Christians who are trying to sneak into heaven incognito (in concealed identity) without ever having shared their faith.”

In other words, we have become our own enemies and Satan likes it.

Dear brethren, with the first three – W, I, and F – our evangelism will be more solid and powerful. How can we evangelize without the power of God through prayer and His Word? Having fellowship (F) with brethren to encourage one another should spur us to win more souls. There is no priority in practicing W, I, F, and E. All are equally important and they complement each other. Therefore they need to be practised with the same intensity and intention.

The Great Commission - A Great Responsibility OR A GREAT PRIVILEGE AND HONOUR?

“And Jesus came and said unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20) [Please also refer to the Commissions in Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46-49; John 20:21-22 and Acts 1:8]

The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 is for all believers. Unfortunately many Christians only see it as a great responsibility and not as a Great Commission, let alone as a great privilege and honour. It is as if, when a man is converted, he has a new responsibility or burden to evangelize. The Great Commission is an imperative to make disciples of all nations, by going to them, but we should be very happy and more than willing to obey and do it as a privilege and honour bestowed only on the children of God (John 17:18; Acts 20:24; 2 Timothy 1:8-10; 1 Peter 2:9-10).

This is just like what a father does for his son: If he is always reminded that it is his responsibility to care, protect, and supply all the needs of his child, he will burn out when things do not go according to his plan. However, a father will even go to extremes for his son’s welfare, when he sees it as a privilege and honour to do so whatever circumstances he is in. Even if he has to take up more than one job, he will still do it joyfully.

When believers evangelize, we have two great assurances: First, Jesus says, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (v.18) It is with this absolute authority that we are sent to do the will of the Father to save souls and make disciples. The responsibility is Christ’s, the Sender and not ours. Only God can save souls, we are merely His channels of blessings. We are to make disciples for the Lord and not ourselves. Consequently, the outcome of evangelism whether it is a success or “failure” is not our responsibility. I would like to point out – there is no such thing as failure in evangelism, BUT only a failure when we fail to evangelize. Second, Jesus further guarantees in v.20b, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Dear brethren, this is one of the rare promises in the Bible that you can name and claim because His power and His Word guarantee it.

The big question now is: “How would you know and experience whether this guaranteed promise is true, if you have not gone out and preached the gospel?”

What Now?

The Great Commission is a direct charge to all believers. It is not an option. Our commitment is wholly to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour who is the Head of the church. Fulfill the Great Commission and you will experience the Lord’s presence even before you can name and claim the promise.

Reading the above may cause us to reflect, ponder, ruminate, and analyze before we decide whether or not to evangelize. But there is a danger of doing this: We may become immersed in justifying what we have done and not done in the past, and find excuses or even blame others for not providing the environment to evangelize, and why we did not or could not do it when we should.

My earnest prayer and suggestion for all of us, including myself, is this: Whatever the state of our evangelism has been in the past, (for no one can claim that he has done enough in evangelism), let us look up to the Supreme Head of the church, our Lord Jesus Christ, who still charges us with the Great Commission, with repentance and complete submission to do His will. The mission of our Lord’s earthly life was to save souls (Luke 19:10) and that should be our mission too. This is the first thing that we need to emulate, if we want to be Christ-like. For example in John 20:21 Jesus says, “Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” In Luke 10:1-2, the Lord sent seventy disciples two by two to “harvest” souls. The disciples had no New Testament then to base their actions on, but they simply obeyed the call.

       With that in mind, we should not tarry any longer, because the Lord’s return to meet His church is imminent and is written all over the New Testament. (Philippians 3:20-21; 4:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Timothy 6:14; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28; 10:24-25. 37; James 5:7-9; 1 Peter 1:13; Revelation 3:11; 22:7, 12, 20) Let us seize the opportunity! We have very limited time left to proclaim the gospel.

Be Men of Action and Win Souls

I would like to conclude by quoting what Charles Spurgeon said: “Brethren, do something; do something, do something! While committees waste their time over resolutions, do something. While Societies and Unions are making constitutions, let us win souls. Too often we discuss, and discuss, and discuss and Satan laughs in his sleeve. It is time we had done planning and sought something to plan. I pray you, be men of action all of you. Get to work and quit yourselves like men… “Forward and strike! No theory! Attack! Form column! Charge bayonets. Plunge into the center of the enemy!” Our one aim is to save sinners, and this we are not to talk about, but to do it in the power of God!”           

Amen!

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Be A Soul Winner

Be Equipped to share the gospel to Your Loved Ones and Friends.

Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship 2016

12 & 17 Sep, 2016

Register at LBPC Website or URL: bit.ly/gsed2016

Manual registration is available TODAY at the table in front of the sanctuary for the following time:

After First Service/before SS

After SS/before 2nd Service & After 2nd Service

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Men’s Ministry BBQ

Date: Sat, 20 August

Time: 4pm

Speaker: Rev Lee Hock Chin

Venue:           Maplewoods Function Room

985, Bukit Timah Road S(589627)

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1) The annual Lively Teens Fellowship Camp will be held on 5-9 Dec 16. All teens who are 11-17 years of age are encouraged to join! More details will be announced when registration opens in Oct.

2) Infant Baptism on Anniversary Sunday, 16 Oct 16. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by 28 Aug 16. Please call the Church Office (6594 9399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

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

 

Preaching appointment:  Rev Seet at Indonesian Service, 4pm. Rev Wong on overseas mission, 14-24 Aug. Rev Quek at Thai Service, 2.30 pm. Rev Khoo on overseas mission, 13-26 Aug.

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