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Scripture Memory: Perseverance.

VERSE : Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised).

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

18 October 2015

9.30am: 65th Church Anniversary Combined Baptismal Service

Rev Edward Paauwe (Purity of the Church, 2 Cor 6:14-7:1)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (Building A Strong Family, Prov 24:3,4)

25 October 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Eld Ng Beng Kiong (Joyful in All Our Tribulation, 2 Cor 7:2-16)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Calvin Loh (The Undefeatable Christian, Prov 24:16)

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TESTIMONIES ON THE OCCASION OF LIFE BPC 65TH ANNIVERSARY

I joined Girls’ Brigade (GB) as a CCA in year 2007 in Sembawang Secondary School. Through GB l got to know who Christ is. In my secondary school years, I mingled with a group of friends who uses vulgarities casually in our conversations. Therefore, I was influenced by them to also start to speak vulgarities without much thought about it. As they were my only close friends in school, I needed to behave like them in order to be part of them. However, I behaved very differently in GB. My GB officers were very strict towards us; therefore I conducted myself according to their expectations. A few GB officers shared about God and His unconditional love, the way of salvation and many Bible stories during our GB weekly parades and camps. So I started to grow in interest in knowing this God in the Bible that they were talking about.

During youth camp 2007, my platoon officer, Ms Yvonne Lee asked if I am ready to accept Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour. My first thought was “Will my parents disown me if I accept Christ?” My family’s religion was Buddhist then. Ms Yvonne then told me that it’s ok if I want to respect their decisions if they allow me to accept Christ. I started to attend church service when I was in Secondary 2. However, after a few months of attending church, I was stopped by my mum. However, I still get to hear God’s Word through GB parades until Secondary 4 before CCA step down. Indeed, God is working in my family all the time. My grandma was baptised on 13 June 2009. My parents were baptised on 25 December 2010. I was the first to know Christ through GB, but my immediate family members declared their faith in Christ earlier than me! God works in amazing ways at His appointed time.

I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour on 20 June 2010 with the help of my mum’s pastor. I started attending church services. Therefore, through listening to the sermons, I started to gain new insights to how I ought to lead my life as a Christian. Firstly, Do unto others what you want others to do unto you. Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” I stopped saying vulgarities and spoke with wisdom. Proverbs 12:18 “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.” Secondly, I realised the labour of love my GB officers spent on the girls and it inspired me to demonstrate Christ love to my GB girls as well. Our work in the Lord is never in vain. Lastly, my hesitation of declaring my faith has been overcome by God’s grace and love. I feel that it’s God’s will for me to declare my faith in Christ outwardly to my loved ones and friends now. Moreover, being a committed church member and with the support of fellow church members, it would enable me to serve God more faithfully and effectively in the various church ministries.                                                        —Joy Ann Pei Xuan

 

Life is full of challenges, mine was no different. When I was in Primary 5, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and I went through a really tough period then. Undergoing all the tests and a bone marrow operation, I felt quite hopeless at that time. I needed someone to turn to for help and assurance, and I needed God more than anything. Before the operation, I had endured much suffering as I was in pain. However, it was that time that I felt a turning point in my life. I felt God’s presence and assurance beside me and that was what got me through the operation. In the days that followed, God was still beside me and helped me to cope with the pain and my studies. I am truly blessed to have found God who can do wondrous things. The experience was definitely a blessing in disguise as God was looking after me all this while.

Even though I was still struggling with my regular doctor appointments and check-ups, God was someone who I could turn to for help. He never failed to help me through my difficult times and he comforted me in times when I felt distressed.

Before I accepted Christ into my life, I was a directionless girl, hence my life was quite meaningless. I didn’t have the close relationship with God that I have now.

However, during that time of distress and sickness, I felt his presence beside me throughout the whole experience and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to get to know Christ. My life has been changed a lot since then and it was a turning point in my life which was a wakeup call by God.

I hope that after I am officially dedicated to God, I would be able to be a blessing for others and to bring them to Christ.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13                                                            —Estelle Wong Jia Ying

When I was young, I never really valued the life I had, and didn’t fully appreciate God’s gifts of blessings in my life and the fellowship that I had with him. I did not truly value my Christian walk with God, and did not engage in his Word with a desire to learn of it. I had not yet confessed my sins and repented, nor taken the Lord as my Saviour.

In late May 2011, I fell ill with stomach flu. Despite taking me to see a doctor often, I still did not show any signs of recovery. I felt extremely lethargic, and had no appetite to stomach my food. It was awful - I clearly recall lying on the sofa all day, too tired to even try to fall asleep.

Then, on the 27th of May, I was admitted into the hospital by my mother and sister, Faith. I remember that my grandmother was at our house that day, assisting my mother in packing our furniture, as we were about to move houses. She had noticed me looking pale, and had informed my mother about it, and decided to bring me to the hospital, due to my sister’s advice. I remember feeling increasingly tired during that time. I remember not knowing what was going on during that period of time, and was very confused. On our way to the hospital, there was a massive traffic jam. I managed to arrive at the hospital before I apparently ‘collapsed’.

To me, it is all a blur, really. Thinking back now, the entire incident feels ‘faded’. I woke up after nine days of being unconscious. I was told that I was given a drug to cause me to be unconscious while operations were being conducted on me, due to heart failure. I experienced frightening, vivid hallu-cinations. In between one of my dreams, I remember hearing a voice saying to me, “get up” in pitch black darkness. Once conscious, it was the first thing I thought of. As there was a ventilator in my mouth, I signalled a request for pen and paper to write down what had happened.

I believe that it was the Lord saving my life, giving me a second chance of life, after my sure, apparent death.

Due to myocarditis, the heart failure, I was unable to walk. But God blessed me and helped me to learn how to do so once more.

This incident helped me to know of God’s presence in my life, and made me to get to know and study His Word more, and to be a Christian actively serving him. It made me realize how truly blessed I am, being able to survive a rare heart disease, that often many die from, or escape with difficulties in life that cannot be overcome. The Lord has made me a living, walking testimony, and I want to be able to glorify the Lord in everything that I do.                                                               —Joy Andrea Wee

 

I remember the first time I stepped into a church. It was my first year in university, I was invited by a friend to attend a service. The message was delivered powerfully and intimately by the pastor, and by the end of it I felt extremely overwhelmed. After it was over, newcomers were encouraged to speak with members of the church, and I went ahead to speak with a male member, accompanied by my friend. He asked me how I found the service, but somehow I could find no words to express my thoughts and feelings. In fact, I was even on the verge of tears. He seemed to know what I was going through and asked no further, even though I myself could not comprehend then why I was in such a state of mind. Thinking back many months later, the reason became clear to me. I was completely in awe of the immensity of the love I saw and heard both from the pastor and congregation. I had not experienced such a thing in my life before, and I could not believe that such love could even exist. Indeed, I now know that only God himself is capable of inspiring it.

Much later, I was invited to attend Life BP Church, where I had the opportunity to meet many brothers and sisters in Christ. I also started to attend Chinese Sunday School, and was able to study the Bible in a more in-depth fashion, getting to know more about Jesus and also what He has done for us. I do not know the exact moment I was saved, but feel that it was a gradual process. I started to realize that I now view and live life with a different perspective.  Where I was once lost and chased after meaningless pleasures of the world, I now see that there is a greater purpose in life. The Bible is also rich with parables and teachings that we can all learn from, and I try my best to apply these to my daily life. I have become a happier and more gracious person, comforted and strengthened by the knowledge that I have an all-loving and benevolent Saviour in my life, yet also deeply saddened by the fact that many people – relatives, friends as well as others, are still outside His kingdom.

The decision to be baptized was not one that I took lightly. Coming from a non-Christian background, I still had plenty of questions about God and Christianity and was also uncertain and worried about what my family and friends would think. However, after praying to God about it and with the encouragement of my Sunday school teacher, I finally decided to take this step of faith. Instead of worrying about matters that I have no control over, I decided to entrust them to God, whom I know has a perfect plan for all things. The life of a Christian is indeed a longsuffering one. It has not been an easy road till today and I know that it will still be tough going forward. Yet with God by my side, I am emboldened that I will be able to carry on this walk till the end of my life. I am truly thankful for all the blessings that He has provided me with, and also for providing us with the freedom to worship Him. I pray for those who are still living in darkness, that they will come to know Jesus personally, and welcome Him into their lives. Amen.                                                                                       —Loh Wei Lin

I came to Life-Bible Presbyterian Church in March 2014.

A colleague and good friend of mine brought me to church when I was experiencing some difficult moments of my life. I was in strong denial of my own identity. There was a lot of fear and rejection of myself during that period of time. A church worker, Aunty June ministered to me at that time. My lost soul was much comforted.

I grew up in a family where my dad worshipped ancestors, Taoism and Buddhism in mixture. I can still remember how much fear I had when I first stepped into LBPC, because of the false teachings and mind-set that was instilled into me when I was a kid. My dad would chase away the evangelist who came knocking on our door and throw away all brochures that relates to Christianity. Church, Christianity and our Lord Jesus Christ were a bane topic in my family. I have to say that God works wonders, because things always happen in the most mysterious way you could ever think of.

I’m the most timid, and widely named as weakest in my family or even among my friends. Yet I’m the first to come to Christ among them. I started off Bible study with Aunty June and my friend every week to listen to the gospel. It wasn’t long before I accepted Christ as Lord and my personal Savior. This went on for another year and I started to attend prayer meeting on Tuesday to pray for one another. Now I am also starting to join a Bible Study group to understand the Bible better and to fellowship.

I’m still learning to trust in God and growing in the knowledge of Him and His Word. The Lord God, our Father has been very patient with me and us. In conclusion, I wish to say that trusting God may seem like a passive activity but that’s rarely the case. God wouldn’t throw the entire agenda to us; instead He will want us to take one small step at a time. It is beyond our understanding why our afflictions could be good for us many times, but our Lord God has His plan for us. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” [Roman 8:28]                                                                   —Tay Jing Dan

 

Before coming to Christ, my life was one of daily worries and struggle in a rat race society. My only considerations were to try to keep a step ahead of the competition in my career and earn enough for a comfortable lifestyle for my family. I considered myself a relatively simple man. Whilst I harboured some ambition, it wasn’t as excessive compared to many in my industry. However, I felt that there was something fundamentally missing in my life as a father, a husband and provider to my family. I felt that there had to be some direction to guide all of us in this very materialistic world.

One key turning point came when my daughter was diagnosed with an immune system disorder. Despite all the consultations with various specialists, the doctors could not specifically pinpoint the underlying illness, except speculate that a likely cause was cancer. I never felt so fearful. During that time our daughter underwent a battery of tests including very painful extraction of bone marrow for cancer test. All through that time of uncertainty, fear and distress, we prayed fervently and turned to the Lord. Certain words from the Scripture and songs resonated to me at that time, in particular, “Seek ye first kingdom of God” and “ask and it shall be given unto you”.  At that time, these words seemed the only direction we had. Through the Lord, the doctors finally diagnosed our daughter and cancer was ruled out. This ordeal pointed to me that the Lord was the direction that I needed in my life and to guide my family. This was the calling for me to turn to the Lord and to submit to him our direction in life. I realise that while we can plan our lives to some degree, ultimately, it’s the graciousness of the Lord and his will that determines everyone’s time and conduct on this Earth.                                                                                               —Felix Wong

Life always has its ups and downs. To me, my life has more ups than downs and it is probably attributed to my outgoing personality and positive outlook in life.  I am blessed to have known Jesus at a young age as I attended Sabbath school regularly. As such, I knew I was a child of God and no matter what happens, God will always be there for me. I prayed when I needed God’s help but often, I forget to pray when things are going smoothly. Even when I entered adulthood, my life did not change much. When I was approached by one of my Christian friends and was told that as long as I said the Sinner’s Prayer and accepted Christ into my life, I was saved. I did not need to go through any baptism to be saved. I did what I was told.

I held on to this belief until I attended Life Bible-Presbyterian Church. I have been living just behind Life Bible-Presbyterian Church for more than 30 years. Often, I would walk past it on the way to the MRT station. I liked the Church but was afraid to make the first move to attend its service.  I prayed that one day, I would be bold enough to attend the service in this Church. God heard my prayer and he sent many people from this Church into my life. The first step was enrolling my youngest daughter, Christelle into Far Eastern Kindergarten. While Christelle was attending the kindergarten, I met many staff and friends who were also Church members. They included Mrs Ang, Uncle Benny, Tabby, Liuh Chie and many more. These people are very different from the teachers and staff of another kindergarten which my daughter also attended in the afternoon. They were very sincere and dedicated in what they did for the school and children. It was then that I realised the Church has an active role to play in the kindergarten. I remember bombarding Mrs Ang with many questions about the Church and its members and it was then that she invited my family and I to Church. Next, I went back to school to teach after my childcare leave ended. It was in the new school which I was posted to where I met a wonderful friend, Cheng Yeen who coincidentally, was also another Church member. With her encouragement, I went to Church with my family thereafter and we have been attending its service ever since.

 After hearing many sermons week after week, I came to the realisation that I would not be saved until I am born again. That became my turning point. After my baptism, I hope to look to God for guidance in everything I do no matter how great or small. It is also my hope that God will use me to spread His word to people I meet. I will walk in His path and be a good Christian.                                   —Amanda Lim Suyin

Before I came to Christ, my life was plagued with worries and stresses in my studies and in my life. The main goal in my life was to excel in my studies and not to be hindered by anyone or anything. Even though I had partially accomplished my goal, I felt as if it had been a hollow victory and that something important was missing. I felt depressed and no matter how many friends I made, I still felt empty and hollow. There seemed to be no direction in my life. It was as if I was drifting aimlessly.

The turning point came when my mother persuaded me to attend the Church and never gave up encouraging me, even though I felt reluctant. The calling from God caused me to look towards God and rely on him in my trials and tribulations. I have also realised that we are here on borrowed time graciously given to us by God. Our time on this planet is temporary and that the greater good awaited us in heaven when we will be finally reunited with God. Although I am still stressed in my daily studies, at least I know that the Lord is with me and in my heart. Some of my friends may be sincere and some may not be but I know that the Lord is true to me always and he now fills my heart and I can rest assured that he will be by my side. I also learnt that life is a journey and whatever setbacks and disappointments I may face, I know that so long as I turn to God for direction, the final outcome will be good and pleasing to his eyes. Ever since attending Church and accepting God, I value and appreciate my family and it is my wish that all of us will be a family in Christ.                                                          —Bryan Wong Jia Liang

 

I was born into a Christian family and from as far as I could remember, I had always known about God. I came to Christ at a fairly young age when I was taught in Sunday School about sin, hell and my need for Christ. But I guess at that point I did not fully understand what being a Christian meant and it was only later through various seasons in my life that my faith in God started to mature.

As a young Christian, my faith was based a lot on head knowledge. I was familiar with Bible stories, memorized memory verses, and thought I knew what I should or should not be doing. I continued to attend church, read the Bible and pray; I thought I was doing all the right things and that I wasn’t that bad a person.

However, in spite of my outward religiosity, I was a sinful person and lived a double life of sorts that I was reluctant to confront. Growing up, I did not have many Christian friends and I was afraid to talk about my beliefs lest I inadvertently offend my non-Christian friends. At one point I also found myself gravitating increasingly towards worldly things e.g. materialism. I tried to justify my behavior by thinking that these weren’t terrible sins and so I could get away with indulging in them. I wanted to have the best of both worlds – to enjoy worldly pleasures and yet still go to heaven. I had an unsettling feeling that something was hypocritical about my lifestyle (Matthew 6:24), but I consciously ignored this as I did not want to give up what I liked.

In addition, there were many instances where I struggled with whether I was truly saved, and what I actually understood about God. While I had heard the Gospel many times, I never fully appreciated my need for forgiveness, nor grasped the depth of Christ’s love and sacrifice for me. When I hear people pray and thank God for sending Christ to die for our sins, I always felt a sense of disconnect because Christ’s death didn’t quite have an impact on me and I took it for granted that those were just words Christians were meant to say in their prayers. There were also times when I questioned God’s goodness towards me especially in times of trial, and when prayers were not answered the way I wanted them to be.

My life hit a major turning point when I started university and rediscovered my walk with God. By God’s grace, I found a strong community of Christian friends on campus whose love for God and desire to live for Him was a huge blessing and encouragement to me. From being so afraid to share about my beliefs, I found it such a joy to be able to keep talking about God, to have friends who would ask about your spiritual walk, and who would pray for and with you. In particular, their radically Christ-centered lifestyles, priorities and concerns challenged me in many ways to re-evaluate my own lifestyle and priorities. I came to realize that life was really more than just about good grades, prestige and material possessions.

Along the way, God also continued to speak to me about my spiritual doubts and struggles through very timely sermons and other encounters. Indeed it is humbling that God did not leave me to stumble alone, but instead He truly knows my needs and is faithful to answer. In particular, I heard a sermon about modern day idols that really challenged me to be honest about the things that I loved more than God in this world, and why they were so important to me. I realised that my life could only be changed if I was willing to repent, surrender, take up my cross and follow Him. No more half-hearted attempts, no more pining for the things of this world that will never satisfy. I was convicted that this double life had to stop. While in the past I’d thought the idols in my life were so hard to give up, nothing can be more liberating than the knowledge that in Christ we are free from the slavery of our sins, so that we are no longer controlled by the old man, but constrained by the love of Christ instead (2 Cor 5: 14-15). It was no longer about how closely to the edge I could live without falling over, but how near to Christ I could get. By God’s providence, I also came across A.W. Tozer’s “The Pursuit of God” and was struck by how anyone could have such love for and single-minded devotion to God. I became acutely aware of how I wasn’t even anywhere close to such heights of hungering and thirsting after God. But it did make me think long and hard about my own life, and placed in me a renewed desire to seek God that I may find Him, and know Him.

Psalm 73:25-26 says, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” While I continue to struggle and continue to fall, I praise God for His relentless Grace that lifts me up again and again, and gives me the strength to press on. As the lyrics of the hymn below very aptly captures:

“O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
          Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee.
          Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
          Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.”

                                                                                         —Mellissa Yeo Mei Yi

I was born into a Christian family, and baptized as an infant. Growing up in the church, I was taught the fundamentals of the Bible through Sunday school and kids’ worship. The discrepancies between us, Christians and the unsaved became more apparent to me in secondary school when we were more independent and gained exposure to the world. God’s word has always served as the moral backbone for my decisions and to decipher right from wrong. I would say God has been faithful to me all my life, and I can always fall back on His Word for guidance and support. Even though there are times when my relationship grows cold, He always finds some way to pull me back. Without God, life would be a maze of complicated decisions, but through Him, life’s purpose becomes much clearer and simpler.

Some prominent verses that have always reminded me of His power and faithfulness would be:

2 Cor 12:9: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Phil 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. This verse has always been of good encouragement whenever I was in trying times or unexplainable circumstances.

And lastly, I’d like to thank God for giving me this privilege to know him from a young age and I hope I may be His faithful servant in the years to come.

Eph 2:8: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—                                   Sean Choong Guo Yao

I was born and raised in a family with a staunch Buddhist background and was taught about its religious practices since I was young. However, as I grew older, I came to realise that I no longer believed in Buddhism because I felt that there wasn’t a need to have a religion. Since then, I regarded myself as a Free-Thinker. However, being an open-minded individual, I had the curiosity to gain knowledge about other religions as well. I had the idea that all religions were meant to be treated equally. I used to believe that trusting in myself was sufficient enough and the notion of me depending on any God would simply make me look weak.

Despite being in a Christian preschool, my very first actual encounter with Christianity was through an invitation to a charismatic church during Junior College. The people there were very welcoming, but I felt that it was very foreign and too loud for me. It also felt forceful in the way they ushered new-comers to quickly accept Jesus Christ giving me a bad impression about Christianity. After the service, there was no positive impact left on me and I continued leading my life my own way.

A few years later, I was invited to join a friendly game of Frisbee in NUS and that was where I met some of the youths from Life B-P Church. After a few sessions, one of the youths invited me to Gospel Sunday. Back then I told myself that I didn’t mind going because Life B-P Church isn’t a charismatic church. After the end of Gospel Sunday, it was a surprisingly pleasant experience and I wanted to come back the next Sunday to learn more. Even though I didn’t really get to know about Christ, I realised that there are genuine values that I can adopt from the Bible.

Consequently, this sparked off a series of debates, such as the idea of free will and other controversial topics, which sparked my interest. From then on, I started going to church regularly. I attended my first Combined Youth B-P Camp in hopes that I could increase my knowledge of the Bible. Thank God for placing people in my life who were very approachable, forthcoming and helpful in answering my queries and doubts. However, I felt that this was not enough and I started to attend Youth Fellowship (YF) to know more about Christ. During YF, we were going through the Inquirer’s Bible Course (IBC) and I came to realise that the importance of the Bible is not only the values that Christ wants us to adopt, but that having a personal relationship with God is more important. It all sounded very strange to me because I did not understand what it meant to have a personal relationship with someone you cannot see. In addition, I did not understand what faith was. Having said that, a part of me still yearned to learn more about Christ, and I was greatly encouraged by many Life church members who have been keeping me accountable. In particular, Uncle Ben [Dn Benedict Sim] was really helpful as he was always there for me, and I genuinely felt welcomed by the people at Life Church.

During another Gospel Sunday service, Pastor Philip Heng, the guest speaker, told the congregation that if there were any questions we would like to ask, we could approach him. I had an unanswered question from a friend that I wanted to ask Pastor Heng but he was busy. Pastor Charles answered the question instead. Before I left, Pastor Heng approached me and asked if I had accepted Christ. I admitted that I had not as I was unsure whether I was qualified to be a Christian because I felt that I was unworthy to be a Christian due to my sinful nature. Pastor Heng replied, “Young man, how would you ever know whether you will be ready if you do not believe that you would be!”

That was when it struck me that this could be God’s calling that I should receive Him as my personal Lord and Saviour. I felt that there was an urge to say yes to Christ. I confessed all my sins to God and said the sinner’s prayer with Pastor Heng’s guidance. After the sinner’s prayer, I felt a strange sense of relief, as though all of my burdens have been lifted. It was definitely one of the most heartfelt prayers I’ve uttered to God.

Subsequently, after my first annual church camp, I learnt that we should be more Christ-like, and should not rely on earthly methods to live our lives, but to always seek God and place Him in the center of our lives instead. One particular verse that spoke to me was Colossians 3:1-3.

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

This verse has taught me that I should all the more depend on God and not on myself. I’m really thankful to God that he was able to open my heart to Him in such a short period of time. It has truly been a miracle in the way He has changed my life over the past year and I know that he has been working in my life as our God is a mighty God. I’m also really thankful that God has placed me in this vibrant community so that I can continue to grow in faith and walk my journey with Him. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!                                                      —Charles Cham Jun Kai

 

Being born into a Christian family, I have known about Jesus Christ and about being saved my entire life. My parents started teaching me about God’s Word and sending me to Sunday school ever since I was young. For me, all I had to do was believe all these teachings that I learnt. Thus, when I was 8 years old, I said the sinner’s prayer and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. From then on I always considered myself as a Christian and whenever my friends in school asked me whether I believed in God, I would say yes confidently and without a second thought. However, as I read God’s word and learnt more about what it truly means to be a Christian, I began to see all my faults and sins. I started to wonder whether I was truly saved. Luke 6:43-45 says ‘For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.’ I began to wonder whether I was truly bearing good fruit and if I was truly saved. Despite having many long conversations with my parents about salvation, I was still unsure of whether or not I was saved.

It was only when I heard that salvation is a process that I realized that being saved does not mean that we will stop sinning. The old man still lives inside of us, causing us to sin. 1 John 1:8-10 says ‘If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.’ If we accept Jesus into our hearts, the Holy Spirit will give us the strength to resist the temptations of the devil.                                                                                                                   Ezekiel Tan Xin An

 

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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. Ariel Cheong

4. Betrand Lam

5. Carina Teh

6. Chan Sok Kheng

7. Charmaine Low

8. Chloe Saw Li En

9. Claire Tan

10.     Daniel Tan

11.     Ebenezer Chiang

12.     Fidelia Beatrice Alvina

13.     Ian Liu

14.     Iris Loe

15.     Isaac Cheng

16.     Jennifer Goh

17.     Johannah Koh

18.     Jotham Lim Jia Liang

19.     Joyce Ang

20.     Lee Jing Jing

21.     Leong Li Peng

22.     Leong Sow Mun

23.     Leslie Tan

24.     Lim Buay Hock

25.     Mark Liu Liwen

26.     Michelle Ng

27.     Nicholas Lim

28.     Nigel Teh Tian Li

29.     Ong Phei Hong

30.     Ong Zhong Liang

31.     Ooi Ziyang

32.     Patrick Kok

33.     Rachael Kwok        

34.     Ryan Cheung         

35.     Samuel Quek Yixin

36.     Sim Yen Hua

37.     Tan Kwee Mui

38.     Tessa Teh

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1) Prevention of Theft: Worshippers are advised to watch their belongings in the church premises to avoid losing them.

2) The annual Youth Fellowship Camp will be held on 14-18 Dec 15. All youth who are 17-24 years of age are encouraged to join! More details will be announced when registration opens in Nov.

3) Coffee Table Ministry urgently needs 3 more volunteers each for the following timings from 0830-0945 or 1030-1130. Those who can commit, kindly contact Daniel for job specs. We thank all our loving church members who have faithfully contributed food to this ministry.

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