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Scripture Memory: Christ’s Birth.

VERSE : Micah 5:2 “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

18 December 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Serving Unto the End, Acts 28:1-31)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (Come and Dine, Jn 21:1-14)

25 December 2016

9am: Combined English Christmas Service

Eld Ng Beng Kiong (O Worship the King, Matt 2:1-12)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Lim Teck Chye (Response to Christ’s First Coming, Matt 2:1-11)

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COMPASSION FOR THE NEEDY

Many people will be celebrating Christmas and exchanging gifts this week. As we remember God’s gift of His only begotten Son to save us, let us not forget about our fellow brethren who are poor, needy and underprivileged in Singapore and overseas.

In the past four years the offering collected at our Christmas Eve worship services (over $210,000) has been used to help such brethren. Most of it has been disbursed through Christian ministries such as half-way houses for the rehabilitation of ex-drug addicts and ex-offenders, homes for senior citizens, and homes for abandoned children and orphans. The rest has been used to help brethren who are undergoing cancer treatment and our own church members who have great financial needs.

As the offering collected at this year’s Christmas Eve service will be designated likewise, please come prepared to give as the Lord enables if you come for the bilingual worship service that will be held at 8:00 pm this Saturday.

We have recently been told about the need for humanitarian assistance for poor Christians in Malawi, a country in Africa. They belong to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Malawi that has more than 15,000 members scattered in 90 congregations spread across Southern Malawi and Mozambique. Due to a combination of floods, unseasonal rains and drought, the nation is in the grip of a famine. According to Rev Rex Chitekwe, the moderator of the church synod, 11,000 members are greatly affected by this famine. Many, especially children and the aged are starving to death. Others are surviving on whatever they can scavenge from the land and the polluted water bodies. There is little hope of help from their government. How should we respond to this need?

Giving to the needy is motivated by compassion. Compassion brings out the very best in Christ-like character: It makes a person love not just in word or tongue, but also in deed and truth, as mentioned in 1 John 3:17-18 – “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

Following Christ’s Example

The greatest example of compassion is our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus knows our frailties, infirmities and our spiritual struggles very well; He understands our weaknesses and what we can bear, for in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour them that are tempted (Hebrews 2:18). We have a wonderful Saviour who can sympathize with us because He became a man and dwelt with us. He hungered, He thirsted, He was wearied, He felt pain, and He wept like us, in order that He might identify with us (Hebrews 4:15).

But our Lord’s compassion does not stop at just knowing, feeling and sympathizing. It moves Him to the very depths of His being to take the most extraordinary action: It moved him to relieve the sick and suffering: For instance, Mark 1:40,41 tells us —”And there came a leper to Him, beseeching Him, and kneeling down to Him, and saying unto Him, If Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth His hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.”

How to Be Compassionate

Demonstrating genuine Christ-like compassion requires firm commitment and courage. And the first step we can take is to be more alert to the needs of others. Paul says that we must “look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” (Philippians 2:4) As we go through life, there will always be people around us with needs – those who are weak or hurting or downtrodden. We must be ready to respond by doing something to help them, if we can.

Sometimes we forget that even our loved ones who are closest to us at home have needs that we can meet. For instance there may be times when your spouse may be sick and still have to keep up with all the household chores. Or perhaps you have a child who has a test coming up soon, and he still does not understand his lessons. Or perhaps you have parents or grandparents who are struggling to cope with loneliness and the infirmities of growing old. These are some of the simple needs at home that we can help to meet.

Then there are also people with needs in our place of work or study. God wants us to be His peculiar people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:14). We Christians should be known for being compassionate like Christ. It is an important part of our testimony toward others.

Perhaps you may have a subordinate at work who is not performing up to your expectations. It may be easy for you to just tell him off. But do you bother to give him a listening ear? Perhaps he is going through a difficult time at home because of problems with his marriage or with his children.

Or perhaps you may have a classmate who keeps very much to herself. She does badly in all her tests and exams and does not seem to have any friends to talk to. Then you hear that she comes from a broken home. How can you help to meet her needs? There are obviously some needs that are just too great for you to meet, but even a small little gesture or expression of care and concern can go a long way to help them.

And when there is really nothing that you can do to help, then why not offer to pray to for them? Praying is actually a very good way to meet their needs because the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16). This is an important ministry that brings God’s help to meet man’s needs. And if old age, sickness or tiredness are preventing you from meeting the needs of others, then turn your compassion for them into prayer. And who knows what great help, relief and comfort God will give them through your prayers?

The Best Help We Can Give

In order to have Christ-like compassion, we need to see people the same way that Christ sees them – as people who need a Shepherd who can lead them in the paths of righteousness. They need a Shepherd who can teach them everything they really need to know. They need a Good Shepherd who will lay down His own life for His sheep, to deliver them from sin.

We therefore need to change the way we look at people around us. Outwardly they may seem to be happy – partying, feasting and enjoying life – but deep inside them there is a big aching void that nothing can fill except Jesus Christ. Therefore they need someone to bring them to the Good Shepherd. Will you be compassionate enough to see this need, and be moved to meet it?                 —Pastor

 

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63rd YF / 35th YAF Anniversary 2016

Theme   :        “A Tender Heart”
Speaker         :           Rev. Quek Keng Khwang
Date    : 31st December 2016, Saturday
Time    : 7 pm
Venue : Beulah Centre MPH
Everyone is invited for a time of fellowship over dinner afterwards.

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Watchnight Service (with Holy Communion)

31 Dec 16 (Sat), 10.30 pm - 12.00 am

“Seekest Thou Great Things for Thyself?” (Jer 45:5)

by Rev Lee Hock Chint

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ERBL LECTURES (JAN-MAY 2017)

Day  Duration                    Course                 Lecturer

Mon 9 Jan - 15 May 17      Esther                  Rev Charles Seet

Thu 12 Jan - 2 Mar 17       Galatians             Rev Colin Wong
        23 Mar - 11 May 17   Bible Geography  Rev Quek Keng Khwang

Lectures commence at 7.30 pm. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

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1) The offering collected at the Christmas Carol Service on Saturday will be designated to help the poor, needy and underprivileged through Christian ministries in Singapore and overseas.

2) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 4. The deadline for submitting the review is 1 Jan 17. Review No. 1-3 are also available for those who missed them. Obtainable at the front counter.

3) Scripture Memory Verses 2017: Memory verse booklets are available at the front counter.

4) Life B-P Church Calendar 2017 and “Daily Manna” (Jan-Mar 2017) are available at the front counter.

5) Family Seminar 2016 recordings: Those who have ordered, please come personally to collect the recordings at the RTL Office (next to Cry Room 1) after worship service.

6) Bright Sparks. From 1 Jan 2017, the Children’s Ministry will start a Bright Sparks Worship for children born in 2014 and 2015. It will be held concurrently with the 11am worship service in FEK Room 1 (Green Doors). A short briefing and registration for interested parents will be held TODAY12.30pm in FEK Room 1.

7) 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. Closing date: 1 Jan 2017.

8) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Jonathan Goh on the birth of a baby boy on 10 Dec 16.

 

Preaching appt: Rev Seet at Thai Service, 2.30 pmRev Khoo at Chinese BSF, 7 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