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Scripture Memory: Only One Way

VERSE : John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

11 January 2015

8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (The Disease of Division, 1 Cor 1:10-17; 3:1-9)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Charles Seet (Two Different Paths, Prov 2)

18 January 2015

8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Colin Wong (The “Foolishness” of God, 1 Cor 1:17-31)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Lee Hock Chin (Simply Trusting God, Prov 3:5-8)

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My dear Reader,

SANCTIFIED FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE

Sanctification is not optional because it is God’s will for you to be holy (1 Thessalonians 4:3) and without holy living (which is the reason why God has chosen you in Christ even before the world began to be holy), you can never see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).     

Sanctification is necessary to Christian service.  Every work of God is tested by fire.  Scriptures remind us that on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done.  The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.  If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.  But if the work is burned up, he will suffer great loss.  He will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames (1 Corinthians 3:13-15).  Therefore, every service offered to God without a sanctified heart is not acceptable to the Lord and will be burned up on the judgment day because it could be done out of envy, jealousy, anger, piety or any ulterior motives which only God knows (Psalm 139:1-6).

A classic case is found in Philippians 1:15-18.  Somehow Paul’s imprisonment had given believers much confidence to preach the Gospel without fear.  As it was revealed, some preached Christ out of jealousy and rivalry.  Some preached Christ with pure motives.  Others preached Christ with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make Paul’s chains more painful to him.  But it did not bother him, for as long as the Gospel is preached, he would rejoice.

As long as the Gospel is preached, whether it is done out of pure motives or not, God can still use it to bring souls into His kingdom, but that does not mean that these people’s motivation of preaching the Gospel is well-pleasing in the sight of God.  Their work could be classified as wood, hay or straw to be burned up on the judgment day (1 Corinthians 3:12).

How about Jesus’ rebuke to the church in Ephesus? He knew everything that church did.  He had seen their hard work and patient endurance.  He knew they don’t tolerate evil people.  They had examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not.  They had discovered they are liars.  They had patiently suffered for Him without quitting (Revelation 2:1-3).  All these seem commendable but Jesus had this complaint against them, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love” (Revelation 2:4).  Only Jesus could make such a comment because He alone knew the heart of the believers in Ephesus (John 2:24, 25).

This is also true in many churches.  Some members of the church are very active in the Lord’s vineyard and are highly commended by the leadership.  But little do the people who labour with them know or the leadership knows the spiritual condition of these active members.  Just like Christian worship.  How many of us truly know so and so is sincerely worshipping God on the Lord’s Day? In many ways, nobody knows except God who knows the hearts of men.  This is why Jesus could rebuke the religious people of his day.  He said, “This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (Mark 7:6).  Without sanctification, no man can worship God acceptably.  

Sanctification is crucial to Christian service.  For that reason, not every believer is fit for the Master’s use.  The Holy Spirit of God can only use “sanctified” saints to accomplish His work on earth.  This is why Paul said if you keep yourself pure, you will be a special vessel for honorable use.  Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use for every good work (2 Timothy 2:21).

Dear Lifer, are you involved in any ministry in the church? Whatever ministry you are involved in, the scriptures remind us to sanctify ourselves first before we can be fit for the Master’s use.  Since sanctification is crucial to Christian service, let us strive to sanctify ourselves by doing the following:

1. Daily Bible Reading

Daily Bible reading is important to the spiritual health of the Christian.  Daily reading of the Bible sanctifies us.  In His high priestly prayer, Jesus said, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17).  The Word makes us holy.

The great puritan Thomas Watson aptly said, “When Christians abate their fervency in private devotions, God abates their peace. If you slacken the strings of the violin, the music is spoiled; so, if a Christian is slack in duty, they spoil the sweet music of peace in their souls. As the fire decays, the cold increases; so, as fervency in duty abates, our peace cools” (A Body of Divinity, pg. 264).

Let us make every effort to keep our daily appointment with God by reading His Word so as to sanctify ourselves for the work of the Lord.

2. Daily Prayer

“You may as soon find a living man that does not breathe, as a living Christian that does not pray” (Matthew Henry).  Prayer is one of the survival kits of the Christian life.  Prayer is talking to God.  There is no other way to bring talk to Him but by prayer. 

King David knew that prayer was necessary to Christian living.  This was one of the things he so desired of the LORD – to seek after Him daily (Psalm 27:4a).  He would do it in the evening, morning and at noon.  In other words, he sought the Lord all the time (Psalm 55:17).

Jesus prayed much in His earthly ministry.  Oftentimes, He slipped away to a quiet place to pray (Matthew 14:23; Mark 6:46; Luke 9:28; John 6:16).  Just before He gave up His spirit, He prayed to God to forgive His enemies (Luke23:34).  The early church prayed fervently whenever it encountered persecution (Acts 1:14; 2:1; 4:23-31; Acts 12:3-17).  The apostles prayed earnestly for their ministries (Acts 3:1; Romans 15:30; Ephesians 1:163:14).  If David, Jesus, the early church and apostles could see the necessity of prayer, how much more you and I ought to labour in fervent prayer for our own sanctification in order to be used mightily for the ministry that God has entrusted to us.

3. Daily Cleansing

Daily cleansing is vital to the spiritual health of the Christian.  The Psalmist said, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word” (Psalm 119:9).  Jesus said, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3).  How can we stay clean in a daily basis? There is no other way except by hiding the Word in our heart (Psalm 119:11) and by obeying it (Proverbs 13:13)  

4. Daily Walk with God

A daily walk with God is one of the basic requirements of the Christian life.  We are to walk with Him humbly.  The prophet reminds us, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8).  This re-echoes the charge given in Deuteronomy 10:12 and 13: “And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?” One of the sweetest compliments given to any man on earth is found in Genesis 5:24“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”  He lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God.  Then one day he suddenly disappeared because God took him.

How is your walk with God? May God grant you a sweeter walk with Him even in 2015!

5. Daily Dwelling in the Presence of God

Finally, daily dwelling in the presence of God is an essential practice to the spiritual health of the Christian.  This was one of King David’s desires of the LORD – to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of his life, delighting in the LORD’s beauty and meditating in his temple (Psalm 27:4b). 

David’s unquenchable thirst for the living God was incredible.  He said, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.  My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:1, 2)  Such passion to come into the presence of God to seek His holy face ought to be our utmost desire also.

Dwelling in the presence of God not only satisfied David’s thirsty soul, but it also filled him with joy.  He said, “…in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).

Dear Lifer, there is no better way to prepare ourselves for the Master’s use than to sanctify ourselves daily.  So, if you want your service to be pleasing to the Lord, then you must discipline yourself for the purpose of godly living (1 Timothy 4:7b).  Amen.                                             —Pastor Colin

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Adults’ Fellowship 34th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service & Dinner

17th Jan 2014 (Sat, 6pm) at Beulah MPH

Topic: Saved to Serve (Heb 9:14)

 Speaker: Bro Lee Hock Chin

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1) Missions Awareness Seminar will be held on Saturday 14 March 15 from 3.00-5.45pm at Beulah Multi-Purpose Hall. Please E-register via LBPC website at www.lifebpc.com/missionsaware.htm

2) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 5 April 2015 is held at Beulah Room 2-1, 9.40 am.

3) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 6. Please submit by TODAY.

4) Australian Orientation Mtg, 17 Jan 15 (Sat), 1 to 2.30 pm. Maranatha B-P Church, 63 Cranwell Road. Encouragement by: Rev Jack Sin. Others: Info session, fellowship with students back here on school break. Parents of students are also welcome.

5) The Life B-P Church Camp 2015 will be held from 15 to 18 June 2015 at Bintan’s Nirwana Resort Hotel in Indonesia.  Speaker: Dr Carl T Martin. Topic: “Changed into His Image.”  Please book your annual leave early to avoid disappointment.   Online registration begins in Jan 2015.

6) ERBL lectures commences tomorrow evening. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

7) Rev Dr Quek Kiok Chiang, a founding leader of the Bible-Presbyterian movement in Singapore, went home  to be with the Lord in glory at 1.14 am on Saturday, 3 January 2015 at the age of 98. He was also one of the first elders of Life Bible-Presbyterian Church, the founding pastor of Faith Bible-Presbyterian Church, the chairman of Ling Kwang Home for the Aged and Chin Lien Theological Seminary, and the General Secretary of the International Council of Christian Churches for many years  among other distinguished services over more than seven decades for the glory of God.

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Herald BPC, 9.30 am; Thai Service, 2.30 pm and Calvary-Jurong BPC, 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