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Scripture Memory: God’s Benevolence.

VERSE : John 6:37 “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness 

28 June 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (Proper Observance of the Lord’ Supper, 1 Cor 11:20-34)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (Contentment in the Lord, Prov 15:16,17)

5 July 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (Spiritual Gifts for Service, 1 Cor 12:1-11)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (Man Proposes God Disposes, Prov 16:1-3, 33)

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“Changed into His Image” - Testimonies of Life Church Camp 2015, Nirwana Resort Hotel, Bintan

I joined this camp to learn more about God, to take a break from my busy school work. I gained much from this camp. Thank God for the physical and spiritual nourishment. I enjoyed the delicious food and the amenities here. But most of all, I liked the messages preached by Uncle Khek Teong. Those were spiritual food for my soul and helped me to grow closer to Christ. The theme was “Living for Jesus” and the messages helped me to learn to be more Christ-like. As Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”, I must be a shining testimony for Him. - Jotham Lim (P6).

We are truly thankful to God for allowing our whole family to attend our first Life Church camp.  The fellowship that we enjoyed was sweet and edifying.  For the past 18 years, we were attending Maranatha BP church camp and had been truly blessed by the faithful preaching of God’s word by different speakers.  Coming back to Life Church has been like home-coming for us.  Now with mum and the 4 girls, we are even more thankful for how they have integrated well and have been blessed by the messages and the fellowship with like-minded brethren.  Especially so in the camp when we spent 4 whole days together learning from Dr Carl Martin and having warm fellowship with each other, getting to know some brethren better. Through the sharing sessions, we learned from each other and mutually encouraged each other to press on as we are sanctified by God and strive to lead holy lives in order that we might be changed into His image and serve Him.

Thank God also for the parenting session that some of us had with brother Winston - he shared precious lessons from his training from the US and his personal experience raising his two children.

The sincere and heartfelt seminar sharing by the youths also warmed our hearts.  We are never too old to learn from the young ones.  Thank God truly for them and their spiritual maturity.

We look forward to next year’s church camp. God willing, we may attend as a family again and may serve in any area that He deems fit.  All praise and thanks to God! With grateful hearts, 
Terence & Sally Tan

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Although I didn’t get much sleep, God still gave me the strength to go through four days of camp to praise Him through the things I do. This is my last year in the children’s programme of the church camp. I will always cherish the memories of lessons learnt and the crafts done. What I like also about the camp is the food, the sports facilities and the friendships made.  - Jayson Loo (P6)

Our family would like to thank God for the opportunity to attend church camp and benefit from all spiritual feasting. Thank God for the teachers of the children’s program, which has been a blessing for Sarah and Timothy as well.

We were encouraged by the series of messages on spiritual growth, and the reminder is that we should not remain as partakers of milk but to progress onto meat (Heb 5:12-14). The sanctification process should not stop because we think that we have reached a certain stage of Christian growth. It is a lifelong journey until we meet Him face to face.  Examples were shared of godly men who revealed that their battle with temptations continues even as they are in their senior years, not because they are weaker in faith, but that they have grown closer to God and thus are more sensitive to their own sins which displease God.

May we remain steadfast in our Christian walk, for our adversary walketh about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, and tempt, and discourage. May we find solace in our true and living God, whom we shall seek daily through praying and the reading of His word. - See Toh Yoong Chiang & Magdalene

I liked the crafts and stories in church camp. Uncle Khek Teong told us interesting stories and showed us videos to help us understand them better. I learnt from one of the lessons that it is important to pray to God everyday. The food was great and I had fun at the swimming pool and the beach. - Sharon Quek (P4)

It is my privilege to share the precious lessons I learnt at this year’s Church Camp 2015.  Before we started off for this camp, our Ladies’ Prayer Group had been fervently praying for a spiritual revival of our church members through listening to God’s messages, delivered by our camp speaker, Dr. Carl Martin.  Our camp theme is: “CHANGED INTO HIS IMAGE”.  Indeed, God has answered our prayers!  Not only did He bless us, individually, through His messages, but I also learnt much from His powerful messages.

The lesson on continuing sanctification left a deepest impression on me: we ought to be “Spiritually Alive and Growing – New Life Produces Ongoing Spiritual Changes” (Scripture Text from 2 Peter 3:1-18).  There were four main points:

1.   To resist spiritual decline

2.   To re-affirm the Lord’s order in history

3.   To re-assess our spiritual standing

4.   To renew our commitment to grow (in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ)

We were reminded to stop drinking milk after so many years, and start taking meat.  We were challenged to look into the mirror and see if we were the same as few years ago.  Should we find ourselves not changing into Christ’s image, then we are not growing spiritually. I thank God that He has rekindled my first love for Him and pray that more members be encouraged and challenged to re-assess their spiritual standing, commit themselves to grow spiritually and serve God faithfully in His ministries. All glory to Him! Amen. - Judy Loon

I love the church camp as there were many sports I enjoyed with my friends, such as swimming and bowling. Although the art and craft sessions were hard, I felt greatly encouraged when all my friends helped me. I would like to thank the teachers for being so patient with me! I do hope to attend church camp next year. - Caleb Tan (Pri 6). 

Thank God that I’m able to both serve in VBS and attend Church Camp this year, which is a first!

The Church Camp was fantastic as I befriended more brethren from both the English and Chinese services, and was privileged to serve as group I/C as well as chairman for the final day worship and testimony. I was encouraged by the campers’ testimonies of how they have been blessed through the church camp. God is so good!

I enjoyed the seven messages by Dr Carl Martin who expounded the Bible on various aspects of sanctification. Some of the quotes I’ve picked up which I felt applied to me would be the question “How to have a submissive wife”, and the response, “be a loving husband.” Another which disturbed me was his comment on James 2:19, “Knowing Jesus only brought us close to the level of the devil and his demons... not even equal, because they tremble at His name, while we swear, smirk or were indifferent.”  We were warned that we may face persecution when we share the gospel, as in the life of missionary Helen Roseveare.  Nonetheless, God is so gracious to continue to sanctify us through His word (Jn 17:17). The messages were well structured, beginning with the need to know Jesus personally, to having a new life in Christ, the gospel call to come immediately to know Jesus at the camp, and ending with the call to grow and to serve.

I was edified by the seminar presented by youths on Tuesday afternoon on Christian living, which they had first delivered at a recent Cambodia Mission trip.  The topics were: “What is your goal in life” by Wang Enzhao, followed by “Relationships” by Daniel Ong, “Self Image” by Anna Ang, “Worship & Music” by John Lee, “Free time” by Jeremy Yeo, and a touching testimony by Ang Qing of her cousin’s battle with illness.

The final evening’s seafood dinner at the kelong was fabulous. So was the dinner conversation with other campers.  Throughout the camp, we cherished memories of building relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ.

Kudos to the brethren who conducted the children’s programme. My two boys of 11 and 8 years old, Samuel and Isaac, excitedly recount every night the lessons they have learnt from stories and crafts.

On the final morning, several testimonies and inspiring song items challenged us to live for Jesus. The ukulele ensemble, Music Makers, presented the stirring hymn “I love Jesus, Hallelujah.” The Choir sang “Is your all on the altar” that caused us to examine if our hearts are truly surrendered to do God’s will.  The grand finale “I saw Jesus in you” sung by Lively Teens Fellowship encouraged us to witness to the lost world by our Christ-like lives.

I am blessed and very glad to have attended and served in this church camp, leaving the camp much strengthened by God’s Word and encouraged by Christian fellowship. Thank God for all the wonderful truths I have learnt from the camp.   - Dn Benedict Sim

I love this church camp. I enjoyed listening to the stories and making the crafts. I learnt that the Bible is God’s truth and that I must praise God and pray to Him everyday. - Megan Wong (P3)

I love the camp. I learnt a lot about Jesus. I learnt that living for Jesus is the right thing. I also like the food and the free time we have. - Abigail Kusuma (P3)

A pertinent  lesson I learnt from the very first message is the proof of our faith. Our faith needs to be tested; if it is not well prepared it will crumble. Our response to trials will prove our faithfulness. 1 Peter 1:7-9 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than pure gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

Many times in the past, I  have crumbled. I pray that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I will renew my mind, be transformed and sanctified through the study of the Bible and reading of edifying books. Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world : but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Through the camp, I have learnt many precious lessons and made new friends. Hence I would like to encourage all to attend future camps for the privilege of feasting on God’s Word. Thank you Dr Carl Martin. Thank you pastors and the camp organising committee for making the camp a success. - Chan Kim Siu.

I like the food and games a lot in this camp. I get to meet and make friends with people I have never met before.  I have learnt many things including how to pray.  I have also learnt to persevere through the “difficult” crafts.  I  learnt the two most important commandments i.e. that we must “love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and that we must love our neighbour as ourself.” - Samuel Sim (P5)

Firstly, I would like to thank God for bringing my family together for this year’s church camp.  Truly, God is at work in our lives, and He is sovereign.

Next, I would like to share on how we claim God’s promises each day of our lives as He encourages us in our walk with Him. When we first received God’s precious gift of salvation, it was Him who first loved us, and not that the other way round (1 John 4:19). For God had said: ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’. We, as God’s elect, claim this precious promise.

After receiving God’s precious gift, we then move into the next phase of progressive sanctification. Through our walk with God, we will be faced with trials and temptations. But God has given us a ‘cloud of witnesses’, from whom we can be encouraged, to ‘run with patience the race’ of life, ‘looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith’ (Hebrews 12:1). As God’s children, we claim this promise, and strive faithfully, that we may finish this course that God has ‘set before us’.

With confidence, we will work diligently towards our crown of glory that awaits us in heaven. And we can claim the promise that ‘He that had begun a good work’ in us ‘will perform it until the day of Christ’ (Philippians 1:6). He will see us through, and He alone will hold me fast, as the hymn writer puts it. Praise the Lord, praise ye the Lord. - Bernard Bagtha

What I learnt from this camp is to be patient. Also, there is no such thing as a “half-Christian.” A Christian is a full and true Christian. A true Christian can go to heaven. What I enjoyed most from this camp is to know God. Thank God also for the delicious food, the swimming activities and the opportunity to see baby turtles being released into the sea. - Chang Zhi Hui (P6)

This camp was meaningful as I learnt about how good and great our God is and how we can pray and respect Him. The most interesting message I had learnt was the word “FROGS”. It means “Fully Rely On God’s Strength.” We must always rely on God even when we are in trouble. I really enjoyed the camp. The food was extremely delicious and I hope to attend next year’s camp. Wenbao (P6)

I thank the Lord for granting me the wonderful privilege of attending the YAF retreat followed by the church camp.  Both the YAF theme and Camp theme complemented each other.  The YAF theme - “Living In The Light Of Eternity” and the camp theme “Changed Into His Image” were my goals in life as what matters most in life is to please and honour God.   As Eld Lee Heok Seng, the YAF Retreat speaker said, any gaps from the YAF retreat would be filled by Dr Carl Martin during the church camp.

The YAF retreat indeed has set the stage and prepared my heart and mind for Dr Martin’s messages, to be changed into His image through sanctification, to put on the new man. Through these, we experience ongoing spiritual changes sustained by our ever-faithful God, and we are able to continue to serve the Lord, showing His love to other members in our spiritual family.

During church camp I am often reminded of how Jesus sacrificed on the cross to save us, and still continues to forgive and sanctify us for the rest of our lives. His deep unfailing love for unworthy sinners fills me with deep anguish when I see that I still continue sinning daily.  What hit me really hard was the testimony shared by Ang Qing on Tuesday afternoon about her 10-year old cousin who was diagnosed with an incurable disease, and had only a few months to live. Amazingly, she did not blame God, but submitted her life to Him. Instead of complaining and getting depressed like what I imagine I would have done if I were in her shoes, she selflessly loved and cared for her friends, encouraging and comforting them in their times of trouble. She made full use of her remaining earthly days for the Lord.  It caused me to reflect on my life: I have often taken for granted God’s blessings of good health, loving family and friends and instead grumble and complain. Have I treasured my life? Am I making full use of every second and all my gifts to please God and do His will? Would the Lord say to me “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” when He returns? Am I a good steward or am I wasting the talents that God has entrusted to me? These recurring thoughts plagued me during both camps. I pray that I will please God in everything I do, and lay down my life for Him. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Pet 4:10

Another lesson that I took home was to be kind to others, whether they’re saved or not.  Christians are the salt of the world, set apart to be a witness for Christ, by showing Christian love to others.  I am ashamed that I am often mean to people around me - if they do things differently, or if they act in different ways. How can I be a good example to my non-Christian friends who are kinder than I? What would they think of this mean, judgmental ‘Christian’ girl? How can I be fit for God’s use if I continue sinning? Not only should we be loving and compassionate to non-Christians, but even more so to our fellow Christians as we are all related by the blood of Jesus. We are members of the family of God.  As Dr Martin said: “If there’s a point of error between you and someone else, let it be on the other side. But let yourself always respond with wise words and the love of Christ.”  I have struggled with being kind to my family as I recall the hurtful words I have blurted out in fits of anger. “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” 1 John 4:20.  How can I claim that I love God, use my mouth to praise Him, and then curse my family in the next minute? I felt like a hypocrite judging others when I am a sinner in God’s eyes.  Thank God for these gentle rebukes, and for withholding the punishment I deserve. I pray that I will be more patient and loving like the woman of Proverbs 31:26. “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” 

Thank God for the opportunity to attend this camp, my first as a member of Life Church. It was an utterly enjoyable experience, in the company of brethren who share the same passion and love for our Lord Jesus Christ. It was truly a foretaste of heaven. The beautiful Bintan beach resort away from Singapore’s hectic life was a bonus. Most importantly, the Lord has been forgiving and ever faithful, not giving up on me or punishing me even when I have sinned, but instead graciously sending me reminder after reminder. “Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Ps 106:1 - Sarah Tan.

The food at this camp is so nice and I cannot resist the taste of it. The seafood at the kelong was good. I learnt that we need to love God completely. God is good and strong. God is always with us. I like this camp a lot. - James Chan (P3).

I learnt that we have to set aside quiet time for prayer and reading of God’s Word. I love the excellent food at the camp, especially the seafood and ice-cream. The accommodation was good too. I enjoyed the activities at the resort. 
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 Joshua Yee (P6)

Thank God for granting my husband Rev(Dr) Yiew and I the privilege and opportunity to attend this year’s church camp at the eleventh hour’s notice as pastor Rev Charles Seet and his wife and son could not be there. Though we missed the first  two messages, we had learned much from Dr Carl Martin on “Changed Into His Image.” For the “New You” we were reminded on the Progressive  Sanctification, a supernatural continuing work of God to produce Christ-likeness in us.  To be “Spiritually Alive and Growing” we need to: resist spiritual decline and remember God’s advance warnings; reaffirm God’s ordering of history; reassess our spiritual standing and renew our commitment to grow in His likeness.  On “Family Resemblance”,  new life develops on the ministry we have, message that we proclaim, measures we endure and the motivation by which we are sustained. We have been made aware of the accounting we face the confession we made, thecommunity that we are, the change we experience and the character that we possess.  God has provided a way of reconciliation. He has made us a new creature and we are to be our  “brother’s keeper”, a minister and ambassador of reconciliation for Jesus Christ , even to those in the body of Christ, and continue to reach out to those who have been nasty to us.  For sanctification is not only “how do I stand before God but how do we stand before God”. Therefore we were urged to be active in the ministry of being our “brother’s keeper” and seek to help others grow to be all that God wants us to be. Dr Carl Martin reminded us that  if we are “fractured with one another”, and harbouring a grudge against someone and refuse to speak to someone, we are not in the right relationship with the Lord. We were to respond in a God-honouring loving manner even to those who despised us (2 Cor 5).   I had “gossipped” with a few brethren on how impressively our youths had conducted the seminar on 16th June, and that they are the next generation of leaders in our church, even before we were taught about the “right kind of gossip” from Dr Carl Martin. Thank God for the fellowship and joy of singing with the music makers.  Praise and thank God also for the cohesive camp committee who had performed well and ministered to everyone. May we all be recharged, revived  and strengthened to pursue holiness for the glory of God and the advancement of his kingdom and finish our ministry with joy.  - Lee Way Chor

I am very thankful to the Lord for allowing me to go for this year’s church camp. Initially, I had a study trip which clashed with the camp’s dates and I thought that I would not be able to make it this year. However, it was in God’s plan that my study trip was shortened and He allowed me to come for church camp this year. From this camp, I have learnt precious lessons that a study trip would never be able to teach me.

Hearing God’s Word prompted me to reflect on my own spiritual state; am I more interested or devoted to Christ at any other point in my life and am I pointing others to Christ as a living sign post? It was indeed humbling to know the sins that had hindered me from growing closer to Christ and have been slowly turning me away from God.

Aside from the spiritual feasting, I am also very thankful for the sweet fellowship experienced in the camp. Although I had to spend most of my free time studying for my common tests the following week, I am glad that I was able to catch up with my brothers and sisters in Christ whom I have not spoken to for a long time. I truly thank God for them as well as their words of encouragement!

God has indeed been gracious as always to me and I am just so grateful to have been able to go for camp this year. May we learn to live for Christ each day and ‘praise Him till the end of our days, as we upward onward trod in the image of God’!  - Joy Tan 

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Life BPC Family Day@Zoo<br< a="">>(137 has registered as of 14 June 2015!)

Date: 25 Jul 15;  Time: 9am to 1pm

Venue: Singapore Zoo

Fees 
Senior Citizen :      SGD   5.00 (60 years old & above) 
Adults           :        SGD 10.00 (13 to 59 years old) 
Child             :        SGD   5.00 (3 to 12 years old) 
Friends of the Zoo/
Corporate Membership: SGD   5.00 (above 3 years old) 
Transport (One way)        :          SGD   2.00 (per head)

*This is a heavily subsidized programme by the church with the objective to build stronger bond among ourselves. The fees we are collecting goes to the entrance fee, lunch, rental of the hall and activities. Love gifts to defray the cost of this event are welcome!

 

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Parenting Seminars organised by FEK

 “A Wise Son Makes A Father Glad”. All are welcome! 

Dates: 11 July & 12 Sep 15.    Time: 0900h - 1200h

Speaker: Pastor Tan Soon Yong.     Venue: Life BP Church

Registration is open for 11 July 2015 seminar at www.lifebpc.com/fekedu/fekseminar.htm

Topic: Teach Them Diligently

Register before 21 June 2015 to enjoy Early Bird Rate. Closing date for registration: 30 June 2015

Electronic flyer is available on FEK website (www.lifebpc.com/fekedu/)

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Talk on AMD (Advanced Medical Directive), 
LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney) & Writing of Will.

Sat 11 Jul 15, 2.30 pm, Beulah MPH.

Speakers: Rev Charles Seet, Dr Koh Lip Hoe & Bro Chee Wai Pong

Please register with Mong Eng at 9745 2448 or 
Chee Weng at 9697 7582. All are welcome!

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1) Mission Trip to Batam churches, Indonesia from 1-2 Aug to be led by Rev Charles Seet. Those interested, please contact Jeremy Yeo (9647 7091 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Betrand Lam (9363 5059 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

2) Mission Trip to Grace B-P Church, Medan, Indonesia from 10-17 Aug to be led by Rev Colin Wong. Those interested, please contact Rev Wong (9665 8160).

3) Catechism Class for Anniversary Baptism on 18 Oct 2015 commences on 12 Jul 15 at Beulah Centre Rm 2-1, 9.30am. Please pre-register by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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: TOMORROW.

4) What is NS to Me? An NS talk to pre-enlistees and recent enlistees on NS by Eld Lee Heok Seng and Mr Yeo Hock Seng. 7 August 2015 (Fri). Beulah Centre 2-1. 0930am-1230pm (Lunch provided). Register by 15 Jul at tinyurl.com/NStalk2015. For enquiries contact Rev Quek KK

5) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 2. A written review exercise of the verses is obtainable at the front counter. Review No. 1 is also available for those who missed it. Please submit by next Sunday.

6) GAF Outing. August 15 (Sat), one day tour to Muar, Johore. Please register with bro. Ong Beng Hong or sister Evelyn Tay. Details in the registration form. Closing date: July 5, 2015.

7) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Ivan Hoe on the birth of a baby girl on 17 Jun 15.

Preaching appointments: Rev Wong at Life Evening Service, 6pm. Rev Quek at Maranatha BPC Service, 10.45am. Rev Lee at Grace BPC, 9.30 am.

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

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11