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Scripture Memory: Thanksgiving.

VERSE : Psalm 126:3 “The LORD hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

23 October 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Colin Wong (From Persecutor to Persecuted, Acts 21:27 - 22:23)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Ho Chee Lai (Faith Is the Victory! Matt 15:21-28)

30 October 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Pastor Tan Soon Yong (The Sting of Death is Sin, Gen 4:1-16)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (Money in the Fish’s Mouth, Matt 17:24-27)

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WHY ARE THE LABOURERS SO FEW?

When our Lord Jesus beheld the spiritual condition of the lost multitudes He said, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.” (Matthew 9:37) The need for labourers for the Lord’s harvest is still as great today. Although Christians are found in many parts of the world, they often represent less than 10% of a country’s population. In many countries the salvation of souls is barely keeping up with population growth. In other countries it is falling far behind population growth. There are still about 2.91 billion people who have never heard the gospel of Christ before. That is about 40% of the world’s population. These statistics show us the immense size of the unreached world today.

The Urgent Needs

The problem is that we fail to perceive how great the need is. Perhaps we are so comfortable here that we are ignorant of the vast multitudes outside who are still without the Gospel. Time is running out. Who knows when the dark clouds of God’s judgment will break out? The task is definitely an urgent one. There is no doubt that much work needs to be done, and it must be done without delay. But who will do the work? Why are there so few labourers for the Lord’s harvest?

First of all, not many are willing to be involved in the work. We are too busy with other things. There are plenty of distracting activities and pursuits that take up a lot of our time and energy. Many Christians who are active in serving God when young become inactive once they start working and become enmeshed in the rat race. God’s Kingdom has lost many potential labourers to the world of business, finance and industry. Few are willing to forsake the world and follow Christ.

Secondly, those who are willing to be labourers in the Lord’s harvest need to learn how to reach out to the lost. This requires some skill and training. For evangelism, we need to learn how to approach people, how to communicate the gospel to them clearly, and how to answer common questions that people ask.

Those who would serve in long-term missions need to go through some training first in order to be effective on the field. And after they have gone to the mission field, they have a limited time to be involved in the harvest. Missionaries cannot go on working forever. The time will come when they will have to retire and return to their home country because of old age or disability. Eventually, new ones have to be recruited to take their place. One great concern in missions today is that the number of fulltime missionaries will decrease because old missionaries are retiring or dying and few new ones are coming to the field.

There is also a shortage of pastors for our local churches today. Most pastors of Bible-Presbyterian Churches in Singapore are now in their 50s and 60s. In ten years’ time, many of them may not be able to continue serving. Who will serve the next generation? Why do so few young people give their lives to the Lord for fulltime service?

Meeting the Needs

The need for labourers is not to be met by canvassing or advertising for them. It is not met by offering very attractive compensation packages. It is also not met by conscripting young Christians into service. These are methods that human organizations and kingdoms of the world would use to resolve a shortage of manpower.

God’s kingdom is different: Its needs are supplied through prayer. In v.38 Christ said, “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the Harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.” Prayer is something that all of us can be involved in for the Lord’s harvest. And as we pray for the supply of more labourers, we can have maximum confidence that God will grant our request because Christ Himself has commanded us to pray for this, and therefore it must be according to God’s will.

History has proven that there is a direct relationship between prayer and the progress of the harvest. One example took place during the time of a well-known 19th century preacher, Dwight L. Moody. Two students who attended his summer Bible school began to pray earnestly and regularly that the Lord of the harvest would send more labourers into His harvest. The result of this was that 5,000 young men and women pledged themselves to the work in answer to their prayer!

We can pray for the supply of labourers with full confidence that God is in control over the work of saving souls and building His kingdom. God Himself will ensure its success as it is His harvest. In the next chapter of Matthew Christ sent out the twelve disciples (10:5-6). In the Acts of the Apostles, the Holy Spirit sent Philip to preach in Samaria. Later on, He sent Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey to Asia Minor. By the end of the book of Acts, the Gospel had already reached the city of Rome. The Lord of the Harvest was at work.

Now in our time, the Gospel message has reached the uttermost parts of the earth. We are all living testimonies of that fact. In about 2,000 years of history, the Gospel of Christ has continued to spread and save souls despite all kinds of obstacles and problems. As long as God is the Lord of the Harvest, there is no doubt that the Gospel will continue to advance onward. He will do this by raising up more labourers and by preparing the hearts of those who hear the gospel. There will be much rejoicing when the results of His harvest are finally disclosed!

Your Response

If you want to invest your time and efforts in a work that is guaranteed to produce the most enduring results, will you respond to the call for labourers? Is the Lord calling you to consecrate your life to Him in fulltime Christian service?

It is a high calling to serve the Lord. Please don’t dismiss it in favour of the attractive career opportunities that the world offers. Parents – don’t discourage your children from fulltime service if they sense that the Lord is calling them to serve Him. God gave His only begotten Son to save you from sin and eternal death. Can you not give yours to serve Him?

May the Lord of the harvest hear our prayers for the urgent need for labourers.                    —Pastor

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EMMANUEL REFORMED BIBLE COLLEGE

In 2007, a pastoral fraternal was started to provide the means of fellowship and mutual encouragement among like-minded B-P pastors and elders on a monthly basis. It also provides a platform to collaborate and to build up greater ties among the like-minded churches. One of the concerns raised was the lack of Reformed-based colleges and seminaries in this part of the world where we can send our pastoral candidates to be trained and equipped for the work of the Gospel.

On 30 September 2008, representatives of a group of like-minded churches met to address this concern. The imperative to provide theological education to our people was felt by all.  Emmanuel Reformed Bible Lectures (ERBL) was started under the auspices of Life Bible-Presbyterian Church for this cause. These lectures are conducted at Beulah Centre, 10 Gilstead Road.

With the help of various pastors, ERBL started offering night lectures to the people from July 2009. These lectures were well-received and the people thirsted for the Word of God. As a result, ERBL started offering both day and night lectures from July 2013. The desire to have a proper Bible college to train and equip people in the Word of God into the full-time ministry did not diminish. Eventually, in August 2016, Emmanuel Reformed Bible College (ERBC) was approved by the relevant authorities and was established as a full-fledged Bible College.

ERBC is the result of the collaborative efforts of like-minded Bible-Presbyterian churches, with Life Bible-Presbyterian Church taking the lead role. It is also affiliated with Calvary Bible-Presbyterian Church, Maranatha Bible-Presbyterian Church and Sharon Bible-Presbyterian Church.

ERBC is registered to operate at Calvary Bible-Presbyterian Church at 1 Tao Ching Road, Singapore 618720, after being granted the approval from the Board of Elders of Calvary Bible-Presbyterian Church. ERBC also grants accreditation for courses that are offered by ERBL.

Academic Programmes offered:

Non-residential

•   Basic Certificate of Religious Knowledge (20 credits)

•   Higher Certificate of Religious Knowledge (40 credits)

Residential

•   Diploma in Theology (90 credits in 3 years)

•   Bachelor of Theology (96 credits in 3 years)

•   Master of Biblical Studies (64 credits in 2 years)

•   Master of Theological Studies (64 credits in 2 years)

•   Master of Divinity (96 credits in 3 years)

More details can be found at www.erbc.sg. Please pray for the preparations to start classes in January 2017.

 

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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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Results of Scripture Memory Verse Programme Review Exercise No. 3

We congratulate the following who have achieved a score of 70% and above:

1.  Angela Tan

2.  Annette Kunst-Teh

3.  Betrand Lam

4.  Carina Teh

5.  Chan Sok Kheng

6.  Claire Tan

7.  Daniel Tan

8.  Ebenezer Chiang Min Xue

9.  Fidelia Beatrice Alvina

10.       Flora Lau Seck Hong

11.       Folla Karuti

12.       Ian Liu

13.       Iris Loe

14.       Jennifer Goh

15.       Jireh Loo

16.       Joelle Heng Wee En

17.       Johannah Koh Mei Choo

18.       Jotham Lim Jia Liang

19.       Joyce Ang

20.       Lee Chee Weng

21.       Leong Li Peng

22.       Leong Sow Mun

23.       Leslie Tan

24.       Lorene Chee

25.       Mark Liu Liwen

26.       Melissa Wong Song Ting

27.       Nicholas Lim Song Ping

28.       Nigel Teh Tian Li

29.       Ong Phei Hong

30.       Patrick Kok

31.       Rachael Kwok Wei Yan

32.       Rae-Ann Lim

33.       Samuel Quek Yixin

34.       Sherrie See

35.       Sim Yen Hua

36.       Tan Khoon Lee

37.       Tan Kwee Mui

38.       Tessa Teh

39.       Timothy Neo Zheng Kang

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1) Infant Baptism on Christmas Sunday, 25 Dec 16. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by 13 Nov 16. Please email church office giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

2) Church Camp 2016 Messages CD & Photos DVD are available at the Front of Sanctuary after 1st & 2nd Services TODAY & 30/10/16. Thereafter, get the CD/DVD from RTL Office after Services time. CD/DVD at S$1/- per copy. Camp Messages only are available in the Church Website.

3) This year’s Youth Fellowship Camp 2016 will be from 19-23 Dec! Ages 17-25 are welcome. Do register at the booth in front of the Main Sanctuary or online at http://tinyurl.com/jlx46jm Registration ends 20 Nov. See you there!

4) Exploring Christianity - beginning 13 Nov (Sun) 9.40am. For non-believers who want to understand the Christian faith. Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5) Mr Yee Wai Leong is kindly requested to call Dn Charlie Chan .

6) 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.

Preaching appt: Rev Lee at Filipina Service, 11am.  Rev Wong on overseas teaching trip, 23 to 31 Oct.  Rev Khoo on overseas teaching trip, 21 Oct to 1 Nov.

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