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Scripture Memory: Christ Gives Life.

VERSE : John 11:25 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

5 April 2015

7am Combined Easter Service

Rev Charles Seet (Christ Is Risen in Glory and Power, 1 Cor 15)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Ho Chee Lai (Come and See, Matt 28:1-10) 

12 April 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (Should I Be Single? 1 Cor 7:6-9, 25-40)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Mathews Abraham (The Silver Tongue of a Just Man, Prov 10:11-21)

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EASTER TESTIMONIES (Part 1)

Before I was Saved
My first contact with Life BP Church was when I attended Jurong Calvary Kindergarten. My mother would leave me in the care of Mrs Chan occasionally when she was busy and at her encouragement, I attended a few sessions of Church. This brief encounter with Christ was short-lived.

Throughout my student life and early working years, I always believed that I can achieve anything I want to as long as I put my mind to it. I thought that I was in total control of my life. Even though I was not against religion, I did not believe that it had anything to offer me in my life. My scientific background also drove me to believe more in the theory of evolution than God being the creator of everything.

The Journey

My relationship with Life BP Church was rekindled briefly when my colleague, Tan Bien Keem, invited me to Calvary Pandan Church to listen to a sermon on “Da Vinci Code” as he knew that I had read the book and watched the movie. After attending a few services there, my interest lapsed again.

My daughter, Vanessa, was invited to attend Sunday school Life BP Church by her school friend. My wife brought her along and she herself started attending the services. I was quite resistant to come along with her initially but when Brandon started attending Sunday school too, I no longer had any excuse not to attend services with my wife. I still remember feeling very uneasy in my first service. I was not willing to open myself up to accept Christ.

Gradually, as I spend more time attending church, I realized that Christianity gives one a very good and sound set of principles to live by. The turning point for me came around the time when my wife had to go for major surgery twice in a span of a year. I was very worried for her well-being but I had to put up a brave front to show that everything was going to be all right. I was searching for inner pillar of strength to carry me through this difficult period. I prayed to God for her well-being and told myself that if she recovered from this episode, I would believe more firmly in the divine intervention of God. My prayers were answered and my wife made a full recovery.

After I was saved

I now believe everything in life happens for a purpose and some things are truly beyond our control.  We just have to seek guidance from God through our prayers. I realized that I am more caring towards the people around me and also more compassionate towards my patients. Facing life and death on a daily basis, it eases me to know that there is a place we can go to after death as long as we accept Christ in our lives. I am thankful that I have gotten to know and accept Christ and this baptism would be a good opportunity for me and my family to affirm our faith.                                       —Ong Yee Siang

Ever since I had the notion of death, I have this fear of going to hell and I felt helpless about it. You see, my family practised ancestor and idols worship, so my parents and relatives could not tell me how to avoid going to hell or what one has to do to go heaven. Most of the time, they would just tell me once you are dead, you just stop thinking and cease to exist. This answer scared me and I shuddered every time I thought of it because it was just too terrifying to think that my consciousness would just disappear! On the other hand, whenever I think about Christianity, the picture of a white dove on a window amidst a background of intense white came to my mind – this brought me peace but I could not understand then until God opened my heart later.

When I was serving in the army, I got to know people from many religions – Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. After getting to know more about the different religions, I started to do more research on my own by going to the library and researching online. I found that except for Christianity, the rest do not have a definite answer on how to go to heaven. If not for the fear of my family’s objection and my sense of loyalty to my then religion (idol worship), I think I would have accepted Christ as my Saviour earlier because His Way made the most sense to me.

The turning point came when I was having a hard time trying to get gold for my physical test. Because of the extra training I was getting, the days were very tough and I was on the verge of breaking down. So on the night before the next test in the morning, Christ found me. I took out the amulet I have had with me since I was 10 years old from my neck, and prayed to Christ. It was out of sheer desperation that I cried out to Him for deliverance. I told Him that if He let me pass get gold I would believe that He is real. To my surprise, I really got gold the next day despite not being in the best physical condition. So it was really a miracle! That same day, I told my Christian platoon-mates about this and they led me in the prayer to accept Christ as my Saviour. And on that weekend, I started going to Church with my aunt who was the only Christian in my whole immediate and extended family.

After knowing the truth and accepting Christ as my Saviour, I no longer feared what would happen to my soul after death because I know that He had redeemed my soul by dying on the cross for my sins and also conquered death by rising from the dead three days later through His own power. Through Christ, I have also found what many wise men have been trying for centuries to find, but failed - the meaning of life, our purpose and why we were created.

For the rest of my time on earth, His Word is my guide and He will be enough for me. I will have no fear because my Lord is my rock and my fortress. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

                                             —Koh Hwei Keong

 

I was born and raised in a Christian family for as long as I can remember. From young I was taught about Jesus Christ in both home and Sunday School, but after listening to the same things over and over again, it grew monotonous and after a while I stopped paying attention. Therefore I went to church with the wrong mindset. I went regularly not because of a thirst for God’s word or a want to worship and glorify God, but more as a weekly routine. I did it without thinking, almost robotically. I did not act like a Christian in front of my non-Christian friends. I also did not do my quiet time or pray regularly. I was clearly in a very dangerous spiritual and moral state and very much needed salvation and God’s guidance in my sinful life.

I cannot pinpoint the exact time when I was truly saved as I have prayed the Sinner’s prayer when I was very young. The point when I became serious about my spiritual state was when I began to worship at Life BP in March 2014. I was from another much smaller Bible-Presbyterian church before my family and I joined Life BP. The main difference I noticed between the two churches was the congregation size. At first, the large congregation size intimidated me. I had a very pleasant surprise when we were warmly welcomed by the members! After a few months of only attending the main Sunday service, I decided to join the Lively Teens Fellowship and again was pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome. It was one of the factors leading to my taking my salvation seriously as having a large pool of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who could understand the struggles I am going through and encouraging each other to keep close to the Lord. This contributed to the maintaining of a healthy relationship with God. Another factor was a particular sermon that posed the question if any of us were simply ‘Sunday Christians’ only being godly on Sundays and being a completely different sinful person on weekdays when you don’t go to church. This sermon really made me think and search my own heart, whether I was living a life as a true Christian. I realized I had been guilty of not taking God seriously and prayed for forgiveness from God after realizing how sinful I was by God’s standard.

After joining Life BP I feel like I was a changed person. I now felt happier and more self-assured, because before I always felt worthless in the eyes of man. Now I realize that efforts to please man are futile and what matters most is forming a healthy relationship with God and doing things that are pleasing to Him. My quiet time and prayer I now do regularly every day. God has helped me in countless ways and now I know I can always trust in Him to guide me through rough patches I will face in life. My walk with God has very much improved and for that I am truly thankful, because God made me see how sinful my former ways were. I have also changed the way I treat others now as I used to be judgmental. But despite this change in my life that I have God to thank for, I believe I still have a long way to go in living my life as sinless as I can. I trust that God will strengthen my faith in Him and that my walk with Him will be closer, sweeter and more joyous each day. Luke 10:20b “Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”             —Jemima Kwok Jie Ming

I completed my Catechism class last October, but was not baptized then. I am so glad that the church leaders were aware that I was not “ready” then. I have recited the sinner’s prayer. Thus, there was oral confession; nevertheless, there wasn’t evident conviction.

I praise the Lord. Over the past 6 months, I have come to know Christ better than all the other 48 years of my life. The Holy Spirit has attempted speaking to me several times while I was “growing up” and multiple times during my “early-career” days. I have however been much oblivious. The Catechism class has certainly helped me to better understand Christianity. However, upon completion of class, I was “troubled” and was struggling with 2 primary issues, though I accepted the “truth” that I am a sinner and have to turn to Christ for salvation. The two issues were: my family’s idolization of deity “Toa Pek Kong” and the controversy of “Free Will” vs “Predestination”. I have since, end February, “overcome” these two impediments. Undoubtedly, the act of the Holy Spirit.

I have always been a self-confident/self-motivated person and have thought ace of myself. I used to think of it as a personal strength, but now I no longer think so. Since graduation, I consider myself to have done comparatively well. Before accepting Christ, I used to think that I was the “master of my life/destiny” and all “good/successful things” that have befallen onto me are the results of my personal and individual effort and wisdom. I simply never knew how blessed I have been and that it has been by the Grace of God that I am who/what I am. When I eventually accepted and believed that every single thing I have in my life are gifts from God, I broke down and cried. It then dawned upon me that I have been arrogant and overtly confident for the wrong reasons. I am so grateful that God has spoken to me on this and has been so patient and merciful towards me.

I have to concede that the “ultimate nail” to my total submission to our Lord Jesus Christ is the word, BELIEVE. A simple word and yet a daunting task. I certainly need to thank, among several people, Elder Lim Teck Chye who has helped me with the “break-through”. He simply put it to me that the world prevalently subscribes to the ideology of “Seeing is Believing”. As this is much a “worldly” view, it is obviously not a “Godly” one. The “Godly” view is precisely the absolute reverse, which is “Believing is Seeing”. Should one not believe in Him, one shall not see Him. God sent another pastor from a different church to speak to me. He recited and highlighted to me the Biblical verse which I knew since I was ten. It is simply magical that a Biblical verse so ubiquitous and for me, having known it for 38 years becomes the “final piece of the puzzle”. I am so delighted and moved to share with all, 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.  
                                      —Benson Ng Boon Kwang

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YAF Retreat 2015!

How will being aware of Eternity change the way we live? Join us as we learn together from 13-15 June at Bintan Lodge, Bintan. Speaker: Eld. Lee Heok Seng. The YAF Retreat will end when the church camp begins on the 15th of June.

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

2) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 1. A written review exercise of the verses is obtainable at the front counter. Please submit by 19 Apr 15.

3) Holy Communion will be served at both 8 am and 11 am service next Sunday.

4) Chinese Service Parents’ Night. 2nd May (Sat). 5:30 to 9pm. Venue: Pin Si Restaurant @ Yishun Safra, 60 Yishun Ave 4, #02-V1,Yishun Safra Country Club,S769027. Program: Gospel Sharing by Rev Daniel Khoo Hung Siang (in Mandarin).Testimony by a brother from Helping Hand (in Mandarin). Choir Presentation. Chinese 8-Course Dinner. Fees: $30  (13 years old & above); $20 ( 4 to 12 years old). Free (infant to 3 years old).  (The fees are subsidized by the Chinese Service.)

5) Parenting Seminars organised by FEK
“A Wise Son Makes A Father Glad”. All are welcome!

Dates  : 18 April, 11 July & 12 Sep 2015

Time : 9.00am – 12.00pm.  Venue : Life BPC

Speaker: Pastor Tan Soon Yong

Registration is open for 18 April 2015 seminar at www.lifebpc.com/fekedu/fekseminar.htm

Topic: Like Arrows in the Hand of a Warrior, so are the Children of One’s Youth

Closing date for registration: 13 April 2015

6) Our condolences to Lee Chee Seng and Lee Chee Weng and their families on the homegoing of their mother, Mdm Yuen Yim Aun (age 91) on 30 Mar 15.

7) Rev Wong is overseas till 10 Apr. 

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