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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

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)

16 October 2016

9am 66th Church Anniversary Combined Baptismal Service

Rev Charles Seet (The Challenge to Serve Faithfully, Acts 20:17-35)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (The Unpardonable Sin, Matt 12:22-32)

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WHY HAVE A FAMILY SEMINAR?

Life church will be hosting a Family Seminar on 11-14 November with Dr Tedd & Margy Tripp as speakers. They have conducted seminars around the world and are well-known for their books, “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” and “Instructing a Child’s Heart.” Registration for the seminar began two weeks ago. Lifers are urged to register now to avoid disappointment. There are limited places for the children’s ministry which are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Perhaps some may want to know why we decided to have a family seminar. In an age where much emphasis is placed on individual achievements and success, fathers and mothers are often too busy pursuing their own careers, and each child is busy with his or her own schoolwork, tuition classes and projects. The average family today spends less time together because of the demands of life in a fast-paced society and the distractions of a media-saturated environment. How can we address this challenging trend?

I believe that there is a need for us to be reminded of the importance which the family has in Scripture. There are several ways in which family life is emphasised in the Bible.

Examples of Godly People

There are several biblical examples of fulfilling family responsibility. One is found in the life of King David. According to 1 Samuel 22:1-3, when David was fleeing as a fugitive from the jealousy of King Saul and came to the cave of Adullam, his family came to stay with him. David’s concern for the welfare of his parents caused him to bring them to his friend, the King of Moab to be taken care of. He said, “Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.” There may have been two reasons for this: He was worried that King Saul may hurt his parents while trying to kill him, or he wanted his parents to live in reasonable comfort and his hideout was not such a place for them.

King Solomon showed great respect for his mother when she came to see him: “Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand.” (1 Kings 2:19)

In the New Testament, the importance of fulfilling family responsibility is seen in the obedience that our Lord Jesus gave to Mary and Joseph. According to Luke 2:51, He was subject unto them. And even when Jesus was dying on the cross, He cared for his mother’s welfare and asked John, His close disciple to take care of her. (John 19:26,27).

Commandments about Family Life

Many commandments given in the Scriptures are aimed at promoting harmony and godliness in the home. Husbands are commanded to love their wives, and the wives are commanded to submit to their husbands. “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” (Ephesians 5:22-25).

“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear…Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” (1 Peter 3:1,2,7)

Children are commanded to honour and obey their parents. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:1-4).

Parents are commanded to love, instruct, and discipline their children – “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Our most important parental responsibility is to lead our children to set their hope in Christ, and not in their grades, career or money: “…should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments…” (Psalm 78:6,7)

According to 1 Timothy 5:8, being delinquent in providing adequately for one’s family makes a person worse than an unbeliever! All of this should make us ponder, “Why does God bother to provide such detailed instructions about family life?” Doesn’t this indicate how interested He is in our family life?

Requirements for Spiritual Leadership

We can find in the Scriptures, that harmonious family relationships were an important requirement for anyone to receive positions of spiritual leadership. This is another way that God indicates the importance of family life. When the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy about what kind of persons the church should appoint as its elders and deacons, he added that they must be able to govern their own families first, and he said, “If a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?” (1 Timothy 3:5)

In line with this, it is interesting to note that one of the reasons why God chose Abraham out of so many people who lived in his time, to enter into a covenant with him, was his family life. Genesis 18:19 tells us, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him.”

The covenant that God made with Abraham was also designed to bring blessings on all families of the earth – “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2-3)

Promises Relating to the Family

It is a fact that many of the promises given in the Scriptures deal not with individuals alone, but also with families. For instance, when Peter delivered his first gospel sermon at Pentecost, he proclaimed: “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”  (Acts 2:38,39).

When Paul and Silas brought the Gospel message to their Philippian jailer, they said to him, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:32) Earlier on in the same chapter another family was saved – that of Lydia, a seller of a purple dye from Thyatira. The Lord opened her heart when the Apostle Paul preached the gospel, and she and her household were baptized (Acts 16:14,15). Her home became the meeting place of the first church in Philippi.

This does mean however, that every Christian’s family members are automatically saved. Salvation and faith cannot be obtained by proxy. They are personal, and every individual member of the family has to receive the Lord for himself or herself.

But the promises of God to the family do have a basis. They are based on the fact that the family that a person belongs to has an important influence on his life. A person’s family plays an important role in determining his values, attitudes and outlook on life. God often uses a person’s loved ones to mould and shape his character and personality. Proverbs 27:17 tells us “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Each of us received our very first knowledge, social skills, training and understanding of this world from the family that we grew up in.

Whether you like it or not, much of what you are today has been shaped by God through your family. You cannot help but to bear some resemblance to your parents. The siblings you grew up with may also have played a part in shaping your tastes, preferences and attitudes. Some people came to know Christ through a family member who introduced them to Christ, just like Andrew introduced his own brother Peter to the Lord (John 1:40,41).

Having seen what the Bible says about family life, I hope that all of us will devote more time and attention to our family members and to strengthening our family life. May the Lord bless all families in our church through the coming seminar!                                                       —Pastor 

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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

 

11 Nov (Fri)                         7.30pm - 9.30 pm   : Marriage as Designed by God*

12 Nov (Sat)                        9am - 5pm   : Shepherding a Child’s Heart*

13 Nov (Sun)                      8am & 11am           : Sunday Sermon - Freeing Our Hearts from Idols

14 Nov (Mon)                      2pm - 4pm   : Dad with Dr Tedd Tripp; Moms with Mrs Tripp

                    7.30 pm - 9.30 pm    : Instructing a Child’s Heart*

(* Children workshop will run concurrently, for children aged 4 to 12)

Register at counter outside Sanctuary on 9 & 16 Oct (closing date).

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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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66th Church Anniversary Combined Baptismal Service

Lord’s Day, 16 October 2016, 9.00 am.

Fellowship Lunch after Service

(Offerings to defray the cost of the lunch are welcome. Please contact Dn Benny Goh, 9743-3383.)

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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! Registration opens on 30 Oct.

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) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Andrew Lim for the gift of a baby boy on 2 Oct 2016.

 

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Indonesian Service, 4.00 pm. Rev Khoo at Chinese 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

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