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Scripture Memory: Peace of God.

VERSE : Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

2 October 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (The Unstoppable Word!, Acts 19:1-20)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Wilt Thou Be Made Whole? John 5:1-16)

9 October 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Courageous Convictions, Acts 21:1-36)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Charles Seet (Christ or Swine, Matt 8:28-34)

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My dear Reader,

BEAR WITH ONE ANOTHER

One of the challenges in life is to live with people.  The world comprises many types of people.  People are made very differently.  Some are ego-centric, some are opinionated, some are grandiose, some selfish, some self-absorbed, some undependable, some gossipy, some critical, some aggressive, some blame others for everything and accept little or no responsibility for anything. 

People can be very difficult to live with.  People have different needs.  Their needs will change depending on where they are in their life cycle – puberty, menopause, mid-life crisis and beyond.  People have different perceptions about the way things happen too.  You can look at something and try to explain it according to your perceptions.  However, other people may not accept your explanation because they do not see it exactly the way you see it.  As a result, it creates tensions that do not help build good relationships in the home, workplace and community. 

The local church of God is not spared from it.  The local church comprises people from all walks of life.  Though converted by the power of the Gospel, some Christians still make life difficult for other Christians because of their intolerable attitude.  How do we deal with such Christians?

Mutual Forbearance

Mutual forbearance is what the church needs today.  Paul exhorts Christians to walk worthy of the calling to which they have been called.  As God’s chosen people, you and I are to live the way God’s people should live (Ephesians 4:1).

How then should we live? Paul gives us five Christian virtues that characterize the Christian who walks worthily of his divine calling.  Besides “humility” which gives us the idea of a person’s recognition of his creaturely dependence on God (A humble person is aware of his own smallness and lack of merit before God), “meekness” which expresses itself in a patient submissiveness to offense, quiet restraint, free from malice and desire for revenge (Matthew 5:5), “longsuffering” which describes a person who is able to bear injury and insult without retaliating, he exhorts them “to bear with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2)

The word “forbearing” has the idea of putting up with things we dislike in others.  A tolerant person is able to make allowances for the faults of others, to bear with them in their weakness and failings.  Putting up with someone is not enough.  It must be done in love.  In fact, everything that we do must be done in love (Colossians 3:14).  That is why Paul adds “in love” to show that forbearance is not to be done grudgingly but in a loving manner.  We are to patiently put up with one another in love.  We are to do it to our spouses.  We are to do it to our parents and grandparents.  We are to do it to one another. 

Practical Steps to Show Forbearance

“No man is an island” (John Donne, 1572-1631).  We cannot live our lives solitarily.  We are made to be social beings.  Every day we come across people from all walks of life.  We interact with them.  We jostle against each other.  We speak quickly and give expression to thoughtless words which fall like sparks on other inflammable tempers.  We interfere with the interests of others in order to achieve ours.  So we offend people in word or action.  We never give a thought on how people feel.  We hurt their feelings.  All these happen because we fail to patiently put up with them in love.  We do not have Christian grace.

Mutual forbearance is a Christian grace.  Without it life is hard and society is in chaos.  The same applies to the local church.  Think about it.  If members become intolerant with one another, what would the church become? The church will become a place of gossip, infighting, fault-finding, a battlefield with slander and shame.  Therefore, members must prevent any of these things from happening in the church by bearing with one another in love.

Here are four simple steps to a God-honouring church:

1.  Guard against a Critical Spirit
(Matthew 7:1-5)

     It is very easy to find fault with people.  We are good in seeing people’s flaws.  Some of us carry microscopes fine enough to reveal millions of blemishes in the character and conduct of people.   We are always suspicious of the motives and intentions of others.

     People who possess such a censorious spirit are people who are full of hypocrisy.  Jesus condemns it (Matthew 7:3-5).  He sees every weakness in us.  Despite our millions of blemishes, He came all the way to save us (Romans 5:8).  Having saved us, He continues to love us till the end (John 13:1). 

     The law of Christian forbearance requires the same in us.  We must put away our suspicious, judgmental, censorious spirit.  We must come down from the watch-tower (so to speak) and cease from looking for people’s neglects, wrongs, flaws or grievances of any kind.  Rather we must bear with one another’s weaknesses in love. 

2.  Keep Silent under Provocation

     This is a hard lesson to learn.  We always want to fight back.  We must say something because our reputation is at stake.  We want justice.  Therefore, we can’t keep silent.  This is probably what many of us would do.

     But that’s not how Jesus reacted when He was vehemently insulted by the religious people of His day.  He received all the venomous insults of the cruel crowd with patient uncomplaining silence (Matthew 27:12, 14).  Isaiah said that He was like a lamb silent before the shearer (Isaiah 53:7).  There was no word of resentment and no look of impatience but he patiently bore His pain and suffering for us sinners (1 Peter 2:24).

     Proverbs 16:32 says, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”    Great is the conqueror who leads armies to victories.  Mighty is the strength that captures a city.  But greater is he who can rule his own spirit.  There are men (Generals or CEOs) who can command armies or corporation but cannot command themselves.  There are pastors, Bible teachers or leaders who by their excellent preaching and teaching can sway vast multitudes, but can’t keep silence under provocation.  The highest mark of nobility is self-control, keeping silent when being irritated, angered or provoked.   

     There are times when “silence is golden,” when words mean defeat, and when victory can be gained only by answering not a word.  Many of the painful quarrels and much of the bitterness of what we call so often “incompatibility of temper” would never be known if we would learn to keep silence when others wrong us.  We may choke back the angry word that flies to our lips.  The insult unanswered, will recoil upon itself and be its own destruction (Romans 12:19-21).  We must exercise forbearance when we are irritated, angered or provoked.

3.  Practice the Grace of Forbearance

     No insult can do us harm unless we allow it to irritate us.  If we practice the grace of forbearance even the harshest words will not leave one trace of injury on us.  However, if we allow ourselves to become impatient or angry, injury is inevitable. 

     When Jesus was on the cross, the religious people made fun of Him (Matthew 27:42, 43).  He could have called an angel to zap them but He did not (Matthew 26:53).  Instead, He prayed for them – “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).  

     Every reaction to injustice or grievance will leave a stain and a wound.  Every angry word utter will hurt somebody.  Every human hate inflicted will leave a trace of harm on someone.  However, the feeling of resentment, hatred, and bitterness can change to compassion if only we look to the Saviour and pray what He prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” 

     So when we exercise mutual forbearance, it protects us from all the cruelties and wrongs of life.  A large-hearted Christian will always seek to find some mitigation for the apparent wrong.

4.  Mercy and Love go Hand in Hand

     God is full of mercies and abundant in lovingkindness (Psalm 103:4, 8, 11; John 1:14, 17).  His mercy never fails.  His love bears with all our neglect, forgetfulness, ingratitude and disobedience.  He never grows impatient with us.  We live, only by His forbearance.  The Bible says that it is of His mercies that none of us are consumed because His compassions never come to an end, for they are new every morning; great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22, 23).

     The wrongs that Jesus bore for us are infinite in comparison with the trivial grievances we must bear from our loved ones, colleagues or church friends.  When we think of His forbearance, we will not become impatient with the little irritations of daily interaction with others.  We are taught to pray the Lord’s Prayer – “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).  When we pray this petition sincerely, we cannot continue to be exacting, resentful, revengeful and bitter against those who have ill-treated us either in word or action.  Amen.

                                     —Pastor Colin       

 

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GOSPEL SUNDAY
(English Service)

Date: 30th October 2016      Time: 8 am & 11 am

Topic: “The Sting of Death is Sin”

Speaker: Pastor Tan Soon Yong

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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Family Seminar by Dr Tedd & Margy Tripp

Date : 11 to 14 November 2016

Venue : Life Bible-Presbyterian Church
(9/9A Gilstead Road)

Fees : Lifers – $10 | Non-Lifers – $20

Register at counter outside Sanctuary on 2, 9 & 16 Oct

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1) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 3. The deadline for submitting the review is TODAY. Review No. 1-2 are also available for those who missed them. Obtainable at the front counter.

2) Biblical Chinese for Beginners. A new class will begin on 2 Nov (8 lessons). Those interested, please register with Mrs Iris Loe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3) “Daily Manna”: Daily Devotional by Rev Isaac Ong (Oct to Dec 2016). Available at the front counter. The same devotions are available online at http://www.calvaryjurong.com/index-4.html.

4) 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.

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

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet in Batam. Rev Khoo at Life Chinese Service, 11.00 am and Chinese Evening BSF, 7.00 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