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Scripture Memory: Salvation.

VERSE : Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

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)

6 November 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Colin Wong (God’s Providential Deliverance, Acts 23:1-35)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Charles Seet (Sabbath Is Made for Man, Lk 14:1-6)

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DOES THE REFORMATION STILL MATTER?

It would not come as a surprise that Christians are more aware of 31st October as Halloween’s Day than Reformation Day. The commemoration of Reformation Day has been eclipsed by the celebration of Halloween. Does the Reformation still matter since it happened 499 years ago? Living today in the 21st century, the advancements made in science and technology have affected us in a way that our generation has forgotten to look to the wisdom of the past for guidance. Instead, we look to the future for the next new discovery or invention. What matters is tomorrow and not the news of yesterday. Inevitably, we view church history as boring and irrelevant.

However, this is an unwise perspective. Although almost five centuries have elapsed, remembering the Reformation gives us an understanding and appreciation of our Christian faith and godly courageous men who have contended for the faith. God has always called his people to remember his gracious works in the past. Israel was called to remember the Exodus with the Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. The twelve memorial stones taken out of the Jordan River was to etch into the minds of the Israelites God’s miraculous parting of the flooded Jordan River. Christians are called to remember the death of Christ with the Lord’s Supper. The same principle holds true with the lessons of church history. It has been rightly said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Undoubtedly, the Reformation reminds us that we have a big God and that we ought to remember Him and His gracious providence to deliver us from the darkness of the Roman church. The church simply cannot afford to forget the lessons of the Reformation.

The Reformation has sometimes been called one of the greatest revivals since Pentecost as recorded in the book of Acts.  During the dark reign of the Roman Church between 538 AD and 1798 AD, the truth was trodden upon by the Church. The clergy usurped the place of Christ. Salvation was only found in the Church and by works. Confession of sins was made to human priests and not to the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. The Scriptures were in Latin and could only be read by the Church’s clergy. Furthermore, the teaching of Indulgences was taught and promulgated by the priests to the common people.

Indulgences was a way to reduce the amount of punishment one had to undergo for sins committed. Indulgence tickets were sold and anyone who purchased this ticket would free a dead loved-one from purgatory—a half-way house between heaven and hell—to heaven. Johann Tetzel was the Grand Commissioner for the sale of these Indulgences. His catchy couplet, “As soon as a coin in the coffer rings / the soul from purgatory springs” was so successful that poor people were most willing to go hungry and part with all their money for the Indulgence tickets thinking that salvation could be bought. Deciding that he could no longer be silent, a brilliant and brave German monk, Martin Luther posted 95 grievances on the castle doors of Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. He did so out of a love for Christ and the gospel.

As a church that declares her love for Christ and the gospel, we simply cannot afford to forget the lessons of the Reformation.

The Reformation does matter as firstly, it brings us back to the Bible. The Bible is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16) and the only rule of faith and practice. We look to it as the final authority and therefore it takes precedence over the declarations of religious leaders, church tradition, councils and creeds. If not for the Reformation, people would not have a Bible in their own language in their hands and to have free access to the reading and studying of it under the illumination of the Holy Spirit.

Secondly, the Reformation reinforces the truth that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Salvation is not secured by the church but in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus alone saves us by His grace (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Thirdly, the Reformation reminds us that salvation is not work-based but grace-based. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit and not human methods or strategies that brings us to Christ by freeing us from the bondage to sin. Being religious does not save us. It is purely by the grace of God.

Fourthly, the Reformation reminds us that we are justified by faith alone. It is God’s pardon for guilty sinners granted and received through faith alone. 

Lastly, the Reformation asserts that God’s glory was the ultimate purpose of all things. God’s sovereignty contributed ultimately to His own glory rather than to man’s or to the church’s. All of life can be lived for the glory of God; everything we do can and should be done for His glory.

These doctrines are called the five solas. Sola Scriptura (Bible alone), solus Christus (Christ alone), sola gratia (grace alone), sola fide (faith alone) and soli deo Gloria (glory to God alone). They form the bedrock of all that we believe.

In addition, the Reformers also laid out for us many of the practices of the church that we take for granted. Without the Reformation, the church would have lost sight of sermon preaching, celebrating the Mass instead.

Without the Reformation, we would not have congregational singing. Jan Hus, one of the pre-Reformation reformers, was condemned as a heretic for, among other things, having his congregation sing. Martin Luther and the other Reformers like John Calvin restored congregational singing to the church. We should offer our heartfelt thanks to God and these reformers who recaptured this important aspect of worship.

May we not remember the Reformation only once a year and be done with it. Our forefathers did not suffer at the hands of the Romanists that we might preach the gospel of free grace and raise the banner of Christian liberty only once a year. We ought to remember constantly that it is God who raised up the Reformers so that the gospel is recovered. We thank God that we could possess the gospel and have the privilege to share it with others.  We thank God that the Word of God is central again. Simplicity is sought after in worship and church life. The work of Bible translation is hastened and every person of this world would be able to have a Bible in his or her own language. Therefore, the Reformation brings us back to the gospel, back to the Scriptures, and ultimately back to our Lord Jesus Christ.       —Rev Quek Keng Khwang

 

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Men’s Ministry Thanksgiving & Pot-bless Dinner Family Event.

Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016

Time: 5 pm - 8 pm

Venue: Beulah Centre MPH

Speaker: Rev Charles Seet

All are welcome. Come and share your thanksgiving to the Lord!

RSVP by Sunday 13 Nov 2016 to Philip See or Alvin Chow

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1) Family Seminar by Dr Tedd & Margy Tripp. Registration for Family Seminar has closed. Registered participants will receive an email confirmation in the coming weeks. 

2) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 16 April 2017 commences on 8 Jan 2017 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: 1 Jan 2017.

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) 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 TODAY.

5) 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.

6) Church Camp 2016 Messages CD & Photos DVD are available at the Front of Sanctuary after 1st & 2nd Services TODAY. 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.

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

8) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Terence Lum on the birth of a baby boy on 17 Oct 2016.

 

Preaching appt: Rev Lee at Galilee BPC Youth Worship, 9am.  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