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Scripture Memory: Overcoming Anxiety.
VERSE : Psalm 94:19  
“In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

19 October 2014
9.30am 64th Church Anniversary Combined Baptismal Service
Rev Charles Seet (Great is God’s Faithfulness, 1 Thes 5:23,24)

6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Isaac Ong (Living in Humility and Service, Rom 12:3-8)

26 October 2014
8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Colin Wong (The Text that Changed the World that Changes Us, Rom 1:16,17)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Lee Hock Chin (Love Without Pretence, Rom 12:9-10)

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TESTIMONIES ON THE OCCASION OF LIFE BPC 64TH ANNIVERSARY

When I was 8 years old, I began to wonder, “Am I going to disappear when I die?”  “What is outside of this universe?” While my mom was teaching me about Buddhism, my uncle brought me to church. I still remember one day after the Sundayschool teacher prayed the sinner’s prayer with me, I was totally confused. Am I going to choose a paradise with Buddha or a paradise with Jesus after I die? Will I see them at the same time after I die? After a while I became addicted to television shows, and I stopped following my uncle to church.

When I was 12 years old, I realized that my biological father was not a legal father to me. Since I was young he was not always at home. I was told that he was very busy at work, but my classmates suspected that he has another family.  They made fun of me.  But what was more hurtful was when I finally found out the truth that he had been unfaithful. Even though his blood was flowing in my vein, I could not bring myself to accept him. He was merely a stranger that my mom asked me to call ‘father’. I was rebellious and anti-social and I started to hurt my mom by totally ignoring my studies and my own life. My mom felt very helpless.  So she asked my uncle to bring me back to church.

I felt love from all the brothers and sisters in the church, and I was encouraged to be a Christ-follower. Knowing the inerrancy of scripture, I started to study God’s Word.  John 14:15 and Luke 16:10 are two verses which helped me to build up my faith in a practical way. John 14:15 reads, “If you love me, keep my commandments” and Luke 16:10 says, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much.” I studied hard and worked hard to obey God in every area of my life.

But, it was a charismatic church and I was confused over speaking in tongues.  I forced myself to pray in tongues in order to pray with other brothers and sisters, and to fit into the church. I did not feel peace at all. I was always worried that I might not be saved as I was building my faith on ‘supernatural’ encounters and ability.  My church promotes encounter retreat and praying in tongues but I don’t understand why there are many other churches that are not praying in tongues. Martin Luther and John Calvin also did not pray in tongue. Is it just a tradition in charismatic churches and I could not do anything but follow the crowd?

When I was 19 years old, I was baptized in that church.  Not long after, I was to further my studies in Taiwan. So before I moved to Taipei, I prayed that I could find a suitable church to get involved in, but I did not find one.  As I was too used to charismatic church, I could not fit into a traditional church.  The charismatic churches there were too “modern” that I found it very weird to see people in church wearing Ed Hardy or Guns N’ Roses. I felt that my life was totally messed up and I was doing badly at my studies, and even worse that I got into a relationship with a non-Christian. I felt that I was getting further and further away from God.

Though I led an ungodly life, I was still praying that I could find a church that I could join. God answered my prayer when I was 22 years old.  By this time, I was working in Singapore. I met a lady from Sembawang BP church at my workplace and she brought me to the branch of this church, which is Moriah BP church. After I joined them for one month, my boss asked me to work on Sundays. So I couldn’t join them anymore. My friends there recommended Life BP church to me, as there were earlier services and evening services that I could attend.  So I came to Life BP Church, alone.

I started to join YAF and I went to YAF retreat this year. In the retreat, I learnt about election, predestination and TULIP. I can finally have peace knowing that the irresistible grace of God can preserve me through my life and I cannot lose my salvation.  Truly, sola gratia, salvation is by grace alone, I cannot work or do anything to gain my salvation.

Yet, as I grow in Christ, I want to obey Him and keep away from sin. Sin is doing what we shouldn’t do and not doing what we should do. It is really difficult for me to obey God’s command to “honor thy father and mother” as I don’t acknowledge my father. I prayed that I can be submissive to God’s will, no matter how hard it may be to overcome my own feelings. I was convinced when I learnt that nothing can happen by chance.  Even though under the law, he is not my father, he is the father that God has given to me for my earthly life. I had been ignoring him for a very long period, until Father’s Day this year. I took the initiative to call him and greeted him happy Father’s Day. I felt joy and liberty after doing this.

“Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god” (Ps 16:4).  I had sorrows when I did not know the existence of a true living God, when I sought after a sense of security in family relationships, and when I was confused and could not understand salvation. But I will not have any more sorrows as Jesus said, “no man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him”.  It is only by God’s grace that I can come to know the Way, the Truth and the Life. Glory to God alone.                              —Chong Rui Wern

  As a “single child policy” kid who used to live in China, I grew up in a secular family, and was raised in a society which does not believe in God or anything supernatural.  I was raised to be independent, self-reliant, confident and competitive, and inevitably selfish, just like most of my peers. I was conscious of what people think of me, and was consumed by worldly pursuits of attention and superficial friendships. I was a pursuer of the world.

 My first semester in university turned out to be a life changing experience. Along the way, I have encountered many Christian friends, and they became increasingly significant in my life. Their selfless, God-centered attitude often bewildered me, and without knowing, I began to change as well. When I decided to explore Christianity, these friends patiently guided me along, teaching me about the Gospel and inviting me to workshops and church services. My eyes and my heart were opened to the many things about God and Christ which were once unknown to me. It was a wonderful feeling and experience.

  Many things didn’t go according to plan academically in the first semester with one setback after another. I have never tasted such defeat before, and my self-confidence which used to be the pillar of my world crumbled. I was at my lowest point, and I felt alone and helpless.

  But I was not alone, for Christ is with me. For the first time in my life, when I needed someone but no one was there, Christ made His presence felt to me. He lifted my heart, and opened my eyes to the things beyond this world. The feeling of frustration and helplessness dissipated in the face of Christ. I was given a new life in Christ, and I believe that these trials and tribulations are all part of God’s plan to crush my self-centred life, and to bring me back to Him. How gracious and loving is God!

  “Love is patient, love is kind…” These verses from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 touched my heart the very first time I read it. Christianity is all about God’s love for us, and our life time devotion to enjoy his love, and to show Godly love to one another. God has shown this love to an entirely undeserving me, and I want to show this love to the people around me as a good testimony of God’s love for us. As a renewed person in Christ, the rest of my life in this world shall be dedicated to glorifying God, and to enjoy Him forever. Wang ErDong

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Golden Age Fellowship (English/Chinese)

Date : 1 Nov 14 (Sat) at 4 pm
Venue :  Beulah MPH

Speaker : Rev Daniel Khoo

Topic : Longevity or Eternal Life? (Mt 19:16-22)

Should you wish to bring refreshment, kindly contact:
Mrs Sng Teck Leong (Chinese Service) : 96937021 / Mrs Evelyn Tay (English Service) : 62803344

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 30th November 2014

Time: 8 am & 11.00 am

Topic: Prepared to Meet God (Amos 4:12)

Speakers:
Rev Colin Wong (English Service)

Rev Kew See Seong  (Mandarin/Hokkien)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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

2) Combined B-P Youth Camp, 15-18 Dec at Oldham Hall at ACS (Barker Road). “The Lordship of Christ” by Rev Isaac Ong. Register at https://cbpyc14.com/. Cost: 1 Oct till 30 Nov - $90. Contact: Joshua Lim,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3) Chinese Vacation Bible School (CVBS), 3 - 5 Dec 2014. Registration Forms for Helpers and Children are available outside the Sanctuary. Completed forms can be deposited into the collection box. Forms are also available online @http://www.lifebpc.com/cvbs. Closing date for Registration is 16 Nov 14. For enquiries, please emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Preaching appointment: Rev Quek at Thai Service, 2.30pm.

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