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Scripture Memory: God’s Love.

VERSE : John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness 

30 August 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Gabriel Gan (New Life for You, John 3:1-17)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (A Friend Who Sticks Closer than a Brother, Prov 18:24)

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)

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THE HIGH PRICE OF UNBELIEF

We complain whenever we have to pay a higher price for things we buy. But there is a price to pay which we should all be more concerned about: The price one will have to pay if one does not believe in Jesus Christ. Here are three questions that every person should consider carefully:

1. Is it worthwhile not to believe in Jesus in order to gain the praise of men, but lose the praise of God? At the time that Jesus was on earth, there were some who apparently thought that it was worthwhile to do this. John 12:37 – “But though He had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on Him.”

Here John the apostle expressed his dismay that despite the many miracles Jesus had performed, there were people who still refused to believe in Him. By this time Jesus had turned water into wine at Cana, healed a nobleman’s son without having to visit him, made a man who was paralysed for 38 years walk again, fed 5,000 people with only five loaves and two fishes, opened the eyes of a man who was born blind, and raised up Lazarus after he had been dead for four days. And besides these miracles that were recorded in John’s Gospel, there were also many other miracles that Christ performed.

One would think that these should provide such overwhelming evidence that none would hesitate to believe in Him. Unfortunately man’s heart is so sinful that despite such a strong case for Christ, people still reject Him. And the more they reject Christ, the more difficult it becomes for them to believe later on.

When a person initially refuses to believe in Jesus Christ, his heart somehow becomes hardened to the gospel. This truth is reinforced by a quotation from the book of Isaiah – “Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.” (John 12:39,40)

This truth has very serious implications for us. It means that the attitude of unbelief is extremely dangerous to the soul. When unbelief is allowed to take hold, it tends to grow until the heart eventually becomes impenetrable to the gospel of Christ. If you have not believed in Christ yet, please do not harden your heart against Him, for if you do that, the door of your heart may one day become totally sealed off to Him. Be receptive to the truth. Be willing to consider the wonderful offer of salvation from Jesus, and the many miracles which support His claims. Be willing to respond by surrendering your heart to Him.

The message of salvation is like fire. Fire has different effects on different objects depending on what they are made of. If the object is a newly-moulded clay pot, fire will harden it until it becomes so hard and brittle that breaks to pieces when it falls. But if the object is a candle, fire will melt it, causing it to yield itself to the flame and make it burn much brighter. Does the Gospel melt your heart or harden it? Be careful not to have a heart that is conditioned against the wonderful salvation that Christ offers.

You may ask: “What can possibly condition my heart against being saved?” The answer is found in John 12:43 – “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” These people were the chief rulers. They believed on Jesus, but their faith was not saving faith, because they refused to confess their faith in Him, out of fear of being ostracized (v.42). Faith that does not produce a willingness to confess Christ publicly is not yet saving faith (Romans 10:10 – “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”)

Many people have conditioned their hearts against believing in and confessing Christ, because they fear what others will think of them. Some are afraid of being ridiculed or rejected. Others are afraid of losing the respect, friendship and love of their closest peers. Are you afraid that if your family comes to know that you believe in Christ there will be plenty of heartbreak and strife in the family? “Why change things? Why rock the boat? It is not convenient.”

Whatever the cause may be, one thing must be made very clear: If a person allows this fear to prevent him from receiving Christ, he is being more afraid of men than of God. He wants to please men, and not God. I hope you can see how foolish this is. What should be more valuable to you – God’s approval or man’s approval? Isn’t what God thinks of you far more important that what people think of you? What people think of you will only be good for your lifetime in this world. After that, it will be completely forgotten. But what God thinks of you will last for all eternity, and will never be forgotten!

2. Is it worthwhile not to believe in Jesus to gain worldly wealth, but lose eternal blessings? Another thing that may condition your heart against receiving Christ is the prospect of gaining material wealth. Some will say to themselves: “Why should I live for things in heaven, or for spiritual things which I cannot see at all? There are so many things for me to gain and enjoy in this present life. I want satisfaction, and I want it now.”

One of the disciples of Jesus had such thoughts – Judas Iscariot. According to the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark and Luke, it was at this time in the life of Jesus that Judas went to make a deal with the chief priests to betray Him for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 12:14-16).

Why did Judas ‘sell’ his master to the chief priests? Was it not the prospect of making money for himself? Earlier glimpses of Judas show that he was put in charge of finance (John 12:6). The twelve disciples discovered later on that he had stolen from the funds under his care. He was able to cover up his deeds so well that no one suspected him of theft. After he betrayed Jesus, Judas felt so guilty about what he had done that he eventually killed himself. What was the root cause of all this? It was his love for money. “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” (1 Timothy 6:10)

Do you know that anyone who refuses to turn to Jesus Christ because of worldly wealth is like Judas? If your pursuit of wealth is the main stumbling block that prevents you from believing in Christ, then you are doing what Judas did, in valuing the 30 pieces of silver more than his loyalty to Christ!

If you adopt the short-sighted policy of living for what you can gain out of this world, instead of living for blessings in eternity, you will end up the same way that Judas Iscariot did. Jesus said, “What is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)

3. Is it worthwhile not to believe in Jesus, to lose all obligation to obey God’s Word, but gain eternal judgment? One more thing that may condition a person’s heart against receiving Christ is the desire to live one’s life without being bound by anything at all, and especially without being bound by the Word of God. This desire is the outcome of the independent spirit of our age: “I want to live my life in my own way. I want to be my own master. I want to be free to do whatever I want with my life, without any interference from outside. So don’t come and tell me what I should do or what I should not do with my life. Just leave me alone.”

The truth is that no one is completely free to do whatever he wants with his life, because he is already bound by the sinful nature within him. He cannot be his own master, because sin is already his real master. The freedom that he claims to have is only a freedom to walk in darkness and to abide in darkness.

There is only one way to have real freedom. True freedom of the soul comes from believing in Christ. Jesus said, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness.” (John 12:46) Believing in Jesus Christ is the only way you can be liberated from the darkness of sin, and have true freedom. Those who refuse to listen, or to have anything to do with the Word of God, are only denying themselves this one and only means of being released from the control that sin has on their lives.

The saddest part of all is that they will eventually have to listen to the Word of God on the Day of Judgment. On that day, there will be no more good news for them, but only the bad news of suffering the consequences of rejecting Christ and His Word. “And if any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (John 12:47,48)

When a sinner stands before God at the Last day, he can only say to himself. “If only I knew and believed a long time ago that one day I would be standing here before God and experiencing His judgment, I would have listened and would not have rejected Christ. How could I have been so foolish not to receive Christ and be saved when I had the opportunity to do so? How blind I was to the things that are of real eternal value. All the wealth and fame and power that I was proud of - Where are they now?  All are gone forever! There is nothing I can do now. There is no one who can help me. The only one with power to help me is God. But since He is now against me, there is no one I can turn to for help. What a price to pay for my foolish unbelief!”

Since you know what awaits you now, isn’t time that believe in Jesus Christ? Please think seriously about these three questions: Is it worthwhile to gain the praise of men, but lose the praise of God? Is it worthwhile to gain worldly wealth for a short time, but lose eternal blessings? And is it worthwhile to be free from all obligations to obey God’s Word but to face eternal judgment by that same Word on the Last Day?

If your answer is ‘No,’ then come to Jesus Christ right now, without any more delay! He has promised – “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37) This article appeals to your good sense and shows the logic of believing in Christ. And this call to believe is a loving offer of salvation. But it is not only a loving offer. It is also a command from the Most High God to all sinners:  “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2).         —Pastor

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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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LBPC Combined Fellowship conducts:

“Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship Seminar”

Sep. 19 and 249 am to 5 pm

Please register at: http://tinyurl.com/GSED15 OR at Manual Registration booth in front of the Church sanctuary after 8am and 11am services and Sunday School. All are Welcome.

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GAF Meeting, 5 Sep 15

Time   :         4-6 pm

Venue :         Beulah MPH

Topic  :         “The Best is Yet To Be”

Speaker : Rev. Quek Keng Khwang

With Mandarin Interpretation Followed by High Tea Fellowship

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1) Infant Baptism on Anniversary Sunday, 18 Oct 15. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by TODAY. Please call the Church Office (6594 9399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

2) 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 con-tact Bro. Daniel or Sis. Hui Chuien for more details.Transcribers can help from home.

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.

Preaching appts: Rev Wong at New Life BPC (Tamil) Service, 9.30 am and Life Evening Service, 6.00 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