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Scripture Memory: Confessing Christ.

VERSE : 1 John 4:15 “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness 

15 November 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Eric Kwan (Winning the Spiritual War, 2 Cor 10:1-6)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (As Bold as a Lion, Prov 28:1)

22 November 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (The True Measure of a Minister, 2 Cor 10:7-18)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Eric Kwan (The Poverty of Keeping Sin, Prov 28:13)

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MISSION TRIP TO CAMBODIA

27th April to 5th May 2015 (Part 1)

 

Seven months ago, a team consisting of four adults and eight youths went on a mission trip to Cambodia. A fruit of the Missions Awareness Seminar that was held in Life Church on 14 March 2015, this nine-day trip was planned for the purpose of ministering to the youths and children at Life University, Kompongsom Bible School (KBS) and the village churches that are under the care of Rev David Koo and Rev Moses Hahn. Since then, the eight youths have written testimonies of the experiences they had during this trip. Here are the first two…

Testimony of Chloe Neo

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)

 

This mission trip would never have been possible without the working of the Lord’s hand. The fact that everything was pulled together just about one and a half months before the trip was a testament that God truly gave the mercies and the grace from the start of our planning to the end of our nine days in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. There is so much to thank God for and as I reflect at the end of each day, I see God working in the smallest of ways. God uses His word and His messenger, Uncle Hock Chin, to constantly remind me of how I should serve the King of kings. Whenever I found myself becoming prideful (due to my prior experience), God used the scripture to convict me such that my service could be pleasing unto Him. I really thank God for the lessons I learnt even while I prepared for the story of the fiery furnace. While considering the examples of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, I was greatly humbled as I questioned myself whether I would willingly become a martyr for God.

Thank God that as the girls, together with Uncle Mark, Aunty Helen and Aunty Pui Meng, travelled out of Life University to the village churches, we were kept safe. One day, after driving out of one of the village churches deep within an oil palm plantation, we realised that we were lost because every tree looked the same. Despite that, our spirits remained high as we trusted that God would see us through. And He did.

Thank God that even though we had hiccups, they were not too significant and everything still went very smoothly. While we served the children in the village churches, I was also reminded that God really makes no mistakes. Initially, we had planned a two-part session for each of the days. However, we failed to take into account that the children still had to go to school in the afternoon, so we could only carry out the first part of the session. This felt like a waste as we had really prepared the story and craft materials diligently. On hindsight, I am grateful that we conducted only one session, not because we had more time to sightsee, but because we would probably have been too tired if we conducted another session.

Thank God for the sweet fellowship with the Cambodian youth and the Life University students during the Cambodia trip. Hearing the stories of many who gave up their youth and comfort to come to serve God in Cambodia was really encouraging and it made me reflect on how much I would give up for Christ. It was amazing how our love for God unites His people everywhere and I am extremely thankful for the many laughs we had, especially during the mass games. I really thank God also for the opportunity to speak to the youths of Life University. It was something that was not in the original plan, as the youth seminar was supposed to be spearheaded by the boys. However, due to certain circumstances, a slot was opened and I was given the opportunity to speak about practical Christian Living. I thank God for His strength, guidance and wisdom, as I could never imagine myself speaking to such a big group of youths and staff with only two days of preparation time.

Thank God for the eye-opening experience we had when visiting village churches that were less well-off during our last two days in Sihanoukville. One of the churches we went to did not even have a physical building! As such, I had the story while the children sat on gravel and sand. In fact, many of the children in these two churches had open wounds that were left untreated. I thank God for their willingness to come to church to hear of His stories, and this comforted me immensely as I realized they are indeed made rich in Christ.

 

Indeed, there were and there are so many things to thank God for as proclaimed in Psalm 107:1, “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” In every course of action we take, I am grateful for the reminder that He makes no mistakes, and He knows best. I am thankful for the many blessings that cannot be summarised into a testimony limited by the number of words (which I cannot help but exceed). On the last day, I told the Cambodian mission team that in every day, there were at least five big things to be thankful for, and there were so many more of the ‘little’ things that I saw God’s hand working.

Praise the Lord for granting me this experience and truly, all praise and glory to God!

Testimony of Jeremy Yeo

I am extremely thankful that I had decided to go to Cambodia on a mission trip. This was my first mission trip, and I’m glad to say that the experiences I have received are both memorable and uplifting. To be given such a monumental opportunity is truly a blessing, and I definitely enjoyed the fellowship I had with those of like-minded faith.

According to the leaders, this Cambodia mission trip was special. It was primarily focused at reaching out to the youth instead of the traditional choice of young children. This presented a wonderful opportunity to my fellow peers who accompanied me – we were given major roles since we were of similar age to the local youth, and as such, would theoretically understand their struggles more than an adult would. In essence, this meant that we were predominantly engaged in a myriad of programmes to lead or serve in. Some of these programmes include Bible classes, devotions, and a youth seminar! Although the responsibility we shouldered might have been great, I felt that it only served to strengthen our resolve. We wanted to give of our best to the master, and as such endured several late nights filled with multiple corrections and restructuring to our existing scripts and plans. Surely it was with God’s help and empowerment that we managed to pull through.

Needless to say, the trip itself was fraught with various hurdles. The first day alone was extremely eventful! Enzhao experienced bouts of diarrhoea, John and Reverend Lee both ingested chilli padi during lunch because they looked like miniature carrots, and a giant insect decided to crawl into Aunty Helen’s ear in the wee hours of the morning! There were many other incidents that tested us in various ways as well. The boys’ room (my room) had a toilet which was perpetually flooded and a malfunctioning shower head. The girls were not spared either, as their room door had a faulty lock which caused them to be locked out on one occasion. We even experienced a blackout during one of Rev Lee’s messages, which negated his entire PowerPoint that he had painstakingly prepared! Nevertheless, we thank God that these obstacles did not dampen our spirits. They instead served to prove to us that He was with us every step of the way.

One memorable takeaway was our encounter with several American-born Korean missionaries around our age who were stationed in Life University. They had decided to dedicate a whole year of their lives in service to God as missionaries to a foreign land, and in the process halt any progress with regards to their jobs or education. Their dedication was truly inspiring, and that made us reflect on how we might have been too caught up with Singapore’s extremely pragmatic culture – we were focusing too much on our studies and future occupations where we should have been focusing on God’s work! Another particularly poignant memory was our meeting with a female Indian missionary who was placed in the High School. She had only just arrived in this foreign land, was only one of four other Christian teachers placed there, the only female teacher, and not to mention, she did not know how to speak a single word of Khmer! Yet, despite these circumstances, she bravely soldiers on! Indeed, the sacrifices made by the missionaries were certainly awe-inspiring.

I was initially hesitant about our effectiveness in the field, and afraid that we would bring more trouble than whatever good we could provide. However, through this mission trip, I finally understood how any of us, no matter how young or inexperienced, can be called to play a part in God’s kingdom. In fact, the Bible is filledwith so many instances where a seemingly incapable person is called to do God’s work! Instead of asking myself whether or not I am capable enough to serve, I have learnt to ask God to use me as He deems fit.

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ERBL LECTURES (JAN-MAY 2016)

 

Day Time        Course               Lecturer

Mon                7.30 - 9.30 pm    Joshua  Rev Dr Jack Sin

Tue                 10 - 12.00 pm     Hebrews          Rev Ho Chee Lai

Wed               10 - 12.00 pm     Ezra & Nehemiah       Rev Isaac Ong

Thu                 10 - 12.00 pm     Paul and His Writings Rev Ho Chee Lai

                      7.30 - 9.30 pm    The Major & Minor Prophets Rev Charles Seet

Fri                   10 - 12.00 pm     The Work & Life of John Calvin       Rev Isaac Ong

Lectures begin on 11 Jan 16. Register before 7 Dec 15 for early 
bird discount. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

 

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1) Family Worship on 27 Nov 15 (Friday) at 8pm at the home of Alvin and Lynn Chow. 59G Gilstead Rd, Gilstead Mansion, S309103. No parking available so please park at church (5-10 min walk from church). Key in unit no. 597 at the small gate for access.

2) The annual Youth Fellowship Camp will be held on 14-18 Dec 15 at Life BPC premises. All youth who are 16-24 years of age are encouraged to join! Theme: Faith Unfeigned. 2 Tim 1:5). Speaker: Elder Ng Beng Kiong. Signup at tinyurl.com/LifeYFC15. Registration closes on 29 Nov.

3) 5 more traffic wardens are needed on Sundays to form 2 groups to do alternate month duty.  If interested to serve, please contact Dn David Tan at 9667-9733 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

4) The Annual LTF Camp will be held from 7th-11th Dec 15. All teens who are 11-17 years of age are encouraged to join! Register in front of the Sanctuary. For enquiries, please contact Matthew Sim  or Elder Lim Ching Wah .

5) Infant Baptism on Christmas Sunday, 20 Dec 15. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by 16 Nov 15. Please email church office giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

6) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 27 Mar 2016 commences on 13 Dec 15 at Beulah Centre Rm 2-1, 9.40am. 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: 6 Dec 15.

Preaching appointments: Rev Seet at Maranatha BPC, 10.45am and Thai Service, 2.30pm.

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