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Scripture Memory: Eternal Life.

VERSE : 1 John 5:11,12 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness 

6 September 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (The Blessings of Forgiveness, 2 Cor 2:5-11)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Khoo Peng Kiat (Wine is a Mocker, Prov 20:1)

13 September 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Eld Chin Hoong Chor (Changed from Glory to Glory, 2 Cor 3:1-18)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Charles Seet (Who Can Find a Faithful Man? Prov 20:6)

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My dear Reader,

AM I A WORTHY DISCIPLE OF CHRIST?

Mr Tan was a staunch believer of a certain faith.  He was the chairman of a religious society.  He was known by his community as a devout man.  One day his son became a Christian.  He told his father about it.  Immediately, there was a conflict between him and his family.  Needlessly to say, Mr Tan was furious.  He began to persecute him severely.  He would force him to bow before many gods.  However, his son John would resist strongly.  The conflict went on for a while.  Meanwhile, prayer was offered to God by the church for John.  One day, John invited his pastor to speak to his father.  Miraculously, Mr Tan believed in the Lord.  Immediately, he asked the pastor to remove all his gods and burned them.

Jenny became a Christian through the ministry of the Youth Fellowship.  Her parents came to know about it.  They tried to stop her from coming to church.  They even came to church to ask the pastor to de-baptize her.  The parents continued to persecute her.  But Jenny remained faithful to the Lord.  Now she is married and together with her husband, serving the Lord in a foreign land.

This is what Jesus meant when He said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household” (Matthew 10:34-36).  Like many others in the history of the church, John and Jenny experienced the sword and fire the Gospel sometimes brings.

This saying of Jesus seems to contradict Isaiah 9:6 where one of Christ’s attributes is the Prince of Peace.  It is true that Jesus came to bring peace – peace between sinners and God and peace among men.  Yet the inevitable result of Christ’s coming is conflict – between Christ and the Antichrist, between light and darkness, between God’s children and Satan’s.  And this conflict can occur even between members of the same family. 

Lifers, do you know what it means to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? Unfortunately, many Christians today do not have any idea what it means to be a disciple of Christ or what the Lordship of Christ is.  All they were told to be a Christian was to raise their hands or sign a card or walk down an aisle and declare their love for Jesus.  Nowadays, the cost of discipleship is hardly heard at the pulpit.  And yet its teaching is everywhere in the Gospels and the Epistles.  Am I a worthy disciple of Christ? Who is a worthy disciple of Christ?

A Worthy Disciple Forsakes his Family (Matthew 10:34-37)

One of the marks of a disciple is willingness to forsake everything including one’s own family if necessary, for Christ’s sake.  In Luke 9:57-62 Jesus tells us of two would-be disciples who did not accept His call to follow Him because they were unwilling to sacrifice their family ties.  One wanted to wait for his inheritance before following Him, and the other wanted to delay obedience until he had settled everything with his family.  Of such half-hearted, divided commitment, Jesus said, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (62).

The popularity of Jesus attracted large crowds.  One day multitudes of them followed Him.  He turned around and said to them, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:25, 26).  This verse is not an attack on family relationships and natural attachments.  It only stresses that following Jesus is more important than family ties.  If there is a need to choose between Jesus and family, then a true disciple ought to choose to follow Jesus.

John Bunyan was told to stop preaching the Gospel or be thrown into prison.  He knew that if he went to prison his wife and children would be left destitute.  Yet he knew he must preach the Gospel God had called him to preach.  Because he refused to stop preaching, he was imprisoned.  From his cell he wrote:

The parting with my wife and poor children hath often been to me in this place as the pulling of the flesh from my bones; and that not only because I am somewhat too fond of these great mercies, but also because I would have often brought to my mind the many hardships, miseries, and wants that my poor family was like to meet with, should I be taken from them, especially my poor blind child, who lay nearer my heart than all I have besides.  Oh, the thought of the hardship I thought my blind one might go under would break my heart to pieces....  But yet, recalling myself, thought I, I must venture all with God, though it goeth to the quick to leave you.  Oh, I saw in this condition, I was a man who was pulling down his house upon the head of his wife and children; yet thought I, I must do it.  I must do it (Cited in the MacArthur NTC, Matthew, Moody Press, 1987, pp 232-3).

Beloved in Christ, if the Lord Jesus calls you to leave your family, relatives, friends and country to go to a distant land to preach the Gospel, will you go?  Will you, as Isaiah, respond, “Here I am.  Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8) 

A Worthy Disciple Offers his very own Life (Matthew 10:38, 39)

Love of one’s life is one of the greatest hindrances to total commitment to Christ.  In these verses, Jesus called His disciples to a total self-denial, even to the point of death.  No one living in the Roman Empire would miss Jesus’ point when He said, “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me” (38).  What is a cross?  What did Jesus mean when He spoke of one carrying his own cross?   

A cross is not hardships and tragedies of human living that befall Christians.  These are not the crosses of which Jesus speaks.  For examples, if you have a cruel spouse, a rebellious child, a terminal illness, the loss of a job, destruction of a house by a tornado or flood, all these are not crosses.  They are trials of a believer’s faith (James 1:2; 4:12).  Then what is a cross?  A cross is the willing sacrifice of everything one has, including life, for the sake of Christ.  It is something a believer takes upon himself when it is thrust on him by the unbelieving world because of his relationship with God.  That is the cross of which Jesus speaks.

Jesus told the rich young man who supposedly had kept all the commandments, to sell all his possessions and follow Him but he went away sad.  Then Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.  When His disciples heard it, they were astonished and asked Him, “Who then can be saved?”  He responded, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Then Peter said, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”  Jesus replied, “Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life” (Matthew 19:28, 29).  That’s what Jesus meant when He said, “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39).

Elsewhere Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (John 12:24).  James Hudson Taylor said,“And except life itself be cast into the scale, no life can be won, no cause prevail.”  The Church father Tertullian said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church” (I am thinking of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians executed for their faith by ISIS in Libya in February 2015).

Beloved in Christ, the Savior is not looking for Christians who will give their spare evenings to Him or their weekends or their years of retirement.  Rather He seeks those who will give Him first place in their lives.  Are you willing to follow the path of self-renunciation and the way of the cross?  Salvation costs us nothing, for Jesus paid the price; but following the Savior means total sacrifice.

Once a reporter asked a communist, “Do you know that your enemies have more soldiers, more ammunition than you?  How can you fight against them?”  Very calmly, he replied, “As a communist, I am willing to die so that communism may advance one more mile.”  How about us? Are you willing to advance the cause of Christ one more mile? Only a worthy disciple of Christ is willing to do it. Amen.

      Take up thy cross and follow me,

      I heard my master say;

      I gave my life to ransom thee,

      Surrender your all today.

 

  *  Wherever He leads I’ll go,

      Wherever He leads I’ll go,

      I’ll follow my Christ who loves me so,

      Wherever He leads I’ll go.

 

      My heart, my life, my all I bring,

      To Christ who loves me so;

      He is my master, Lord, and King,

      Wherever He leads I’ll go.

Because of Calvary, 
Pastor Colin

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Life Church 65th Anniversary & Chinese Service 50th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner
Ban Heng Pavilion Restaurant, #04-01 HarbourFront Centre
Saturday, 17 Oct 2015, 6.30 pm

Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at the church entrance today and from the church office during the week. Charges: $30 for adults (age 13 & above); $10 for child buffet (age 5 to 12). As tickets have specific table numbers, groups purchases must be highlighted to ensure they have the same table numbers.

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1) Covenant B-P Church Building Fund: The Session of CBPC expresses gratitude to all who have responded generously to their appeal. Thank God for sufficient funds to purchase the church property at Attadale. The first morning service of CBPC will be held on 11 Oct. Lifers who are in Perth then are welcome to worship with them.

2) MF Meeting. In view of the coming General Election, there will be no MF meeting on Friday 11th Sep. All MFers are invited to join the LF Anniversary on Saturday, 12 Sep 15, 6pm.

3) Devotional by Rev James Smith, Vol 4 (Oct - Dec 2015). Available at the front counter. The same devotions are available online at http://www.lifebpc.com/devotions.

4) Music Ministry requires musicians to play for evening wakes (when they occur) and music score transcribers urgently.  Those who are able to commit to help, kindly contact Bro. Daniel or Sis. Hui Chuien  for more details.Transcribers can help from home.

5) 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.

6) Congratulations to See Toh Yoong Chiang & Magdalene on the birth of a baby girl on 2 Sep 15.

7) Elder Chia Ah Lak and family would like to thank Pastors, Session and members for their prayers and condolences on the demise of his father on 23 Aug 2015.

Preaching appointments: Rev Wong at Thai Service, 2.30 pm. Rev Quek in Batam.

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