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Scripture Memory: Peace.
 VERSE : Psalm 4:8 
“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

7 September 2014
8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Ho Chee Lai (Loving My Leaders, 1 Thes 5:12-13)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Bro Lee Hock Chin (The Weary Warrior, Rom 7:14-25)

14 September 2014
8 am & 11am Worship Service
Eld Chin Hoong Chor (Serving Our Members, I Thes 5:14,15)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Colin Wong (Abba, Father; Rom 8:14-17)

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THE GREAT COMMISSION

Before Jesus ascended up to heaven, He gave His disciples the Great Commission: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20)  Matthew Henry called it, “The great charter of Christ’s kingdom in the world through which He sent His disciples out as His ambassadors and gave them their credentials.”

But the the words ‘all nations’ and ‘unto the end of the world’ shows that it is also the mission of all believers in every place and in every age of history. The Great Commission therefore defines the mission of the Church. Long before business corporations and organisations started having mission statements, Jesus already gave the Church this mission statement, and it hasn’t changed in the last two thousand years. The question we need to ask then is: Are we fulfilling the Great Commission? And more importantly, how can we fulfil it?

1. Be Convinced of the Full Authority of Jesus

That glorious moment when Jesus rose from the dead marks the turning point in God’s redemption plan. From that moment onwards, Jesus exercised full authority in all things: He alone has the right to rule over all things, judge all things, and require obedience and submission from all things without exception. And so the resurrected Christ rightly proclaims, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.” But how does His authority become the basis of the Great Commission?

Firstly, it is because of His authority that we are to go and teach all nations. Since we are Christ’s disciples we are under His authority. We receive our marching orders from Him, and so wherever He sends us, we must go without the least hesitation. To be reluctant to go or refuse to go is rebel against His authority.

Secondly, it gives us maximum confidence that our efforts will not be in vain. Since all things in heaven and earth are under His authority, nothing can stop His work from progressing. His authority ensures that there will be adequate protection and timely provision for every work that He directs us to do. Christ will exercise His control of all things to make them work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Thirdly, it requires people of all nations to become His disciples. It gives Him the right to be their Lord and master. However, although He has the right to be their Lord and master, His lordship is not established yet in their lives. They must first hear the Gospel of salvation, and receive Him as their own Saviour and Lord. Then, as they yield their wills to obey Him, His lordship will be fully established in their lives. Our role is therefore to go to them and make them His disciples. And that is the actual meaning of the word ‘teach’ in v.19. It means ‘to make disciples.’

2.  Be Committed to Follow the Commands of Jesus

The main command in His commission is to go and make disciples of all nations. This ‘nations’ here refers to all the ethnic groups of the world, including Jews and Gentiles. This would be extremely difficult for those first disciples of Christ because they were all Jews who had been taught from young that the Gentiles have no part in their covenant with God. So they must have minimal contact with them – not even to share a meal with them. This explains why their efforts were confined only to Jews although they were making many disciples in Acts 1-7.

The Lord therefore sent a very strong persecution to drive them out of their homeland and bring them into close contact with Gentiles (Acts 8:1,4). Philip went to Samaria and brought the Gospel to the Samaritans. Others brought the Gospel to Antioch (Acts 11:20) where the first Gentile church was formed. By the end of the book of Acts, the Gospel had reached the city of Rome. But with each new place where the Gospel went, new challenges were faced because of the different culture, customs and languages of the people there.

This is still true today. The easiest people for us to evangelize are those who are just like us, because they speak the same language, and have the same background and lifestyle as we do. But when we attempt to reach someone of a different age group, or speaks a different language, we would have problems telling him the Gospel. This is the greatest challenge of fulfilling the Great Commission – How to reach out to people who are different from us ethnically, socially or culturally. The only way to overcome these barriers is to go beyond our comfort zone.

The limiting factor is commitment. If all of us are committed enough to follow our Lord’s commands to go beyond our comfort zone in His strength, bring sinners to Him, make sure that they get baptized and that they are taught to obey all that He has commanded us, the world will soon be turned upside down! This was how the disciples of the early church turned the world of their time upside down, even though they were so few in number and were faced with the most daunting challenges a church could ever face. How did this happen? There is no doubt that they were deeply committed to follow the commands of Christ.

In 1886, Dr John Pemberton, an American pharmacist, concocted a new non-alcoholic beverage in a three-legged brass kettle in his backyard in Atlanta, Georgia. Since its main ingredients were Coca leaves and Kola nuts it was named Coca-Cola. Today it dominates the world soft-drink market. Surveys have revealed that 97% of the world has heard of Coca-Cola, 72% of the world has seen a bottle or can of Coca-Cola, and 51% of the world has tasted Coca-Cola. Today more than one billion drinks are consumed every day. How did this happen?

Years ago, the Coca-Cola Company made a commitment that everyone on this planet would have a taste of their soft drink, and so they went all out to market it aggressively. If men can commit themselves to make a carbonated soft drink known to the world, can we not commit ourselves to make our wonderful Saviour known to the world? If we have tasted the sweet blessedness of knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, let us make a commitment that everyone on this planet will be able to taste this blessedness that is found only in Him! Commitment is the key requirement to fulfilling the Great Commission.

3. Be Comforted by the Faithful Promise of               Jesus

This faithful promise is: “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” We need to have Lord Jesus with us if we are to accomplish His Great Commission, for without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). He is the One we must constantly rely on to provide all the wisdom and all the strength we need for His work of making disciples, and all the patience and joy we need to keep doing it faithfully. As long as we have Jesus with us, we have nothing to fear. Though the path of service in which He leads us may be filled with the most distressing trials and awful difficulties, we have nothing to fear as long as He is with us.

Dear Reader, through this article you have learned that to fulfil the Great Commission you need to be convinced of the full authority of Jesus, be committed to follow the commands of Jesus, and be comforted by the faithful promise of Jesus. The question you need to answer now is: Will you obey the Lord’s call to fulfil it? Here are some action points:

1. Bring the gospel to your loved ones. Are your parents, brothers and sisters saved? Are you praying for their salvation and seeking opportunities for them to hear the Gospel? As our next Gospel Sunday is two weeks away, why not invite them to come to church?

2. Shine forth as lights in your place or work or study where God has placed you. Who are the people that you come into contact with daily and how can you bring the gospel to them? Make an effort to speak to them about spiritual things. You may be surprised to find that that they are interested to listen.

3. Help in our church evangelistic efforts. For example, plan to join at least one door-to-door evangelism session in Yishun a year. If you are fearful of how to share the gospel for the first time, don’t worry. You will be paired up with someone who is experienced.

4. Reach out to foreigners who come to work or study in Singapore. If you have domestic helpers working for you why not bring them to a service that suits them, e.g. our Thai, Filipina, or Indonesian service? If you can speak Mandarin, will you consider helping in the Bible study fellowship for Chinese migrant workers on Sunday evenings?

5. Go on mission trips. Look out of them when they are announced through our church prayer bulletin, or the Focus on Missions. You can help to teach a Bible lesson to children, or to encourage the church by singing a hymn in the local language, or to share your testimony of salvation.

6. Pray every day for souls to be saved. Prayer is the key that unlocks God’s power for the evangelistic and mission activities of the church.

7. Consider if God wants you to serve Him fulltime. It is a high calling to be serving the Lord. Don’t dismiss it in favour of the career opportunities the world has to offer. Parents, please don’t discourage your children from fulltime service if they sense that God is calling them to serve Him. God gave His only begotten Son to save you. Can you not give yours to serve Him?

So many people  Yet so little time.

So many obstacles  And mountains to climb!

 

Worshipping idols  Devoting their lives,

Being deceived  By the Father of lies!

 

Christians awake  To the call of the Lord

Proclaim to the millions  The grace of your God!

 

Weak in the flesh  But endued with His power

His presence abides  To the very last hour!

 

Reach every tribe  Love every nation

Disciples from all lands

Is the goal of His Commission!

 

– Pastor

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Men’s Fellowship Meeting

12 Sep 14 (Fri) at 8pm 
Greek & Hebrew Room

Topic: “Your Spiritual Gift Matters!”

Speaker: Bro Tan Thiam Hong

 All are welcome

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1) The Cry Room  will be closed for repair and renovations on 14 Sep (next Sunday).

2) “Evening by Evening”: Daily Devotional by C H Spurgeon, Vol 4 (Oct to Dec 2014). Available at the front counter. The same devotions are available online at http://www.lifebpc.com/devotions.

3) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 4. The deadline for submitting the review is 14 Sep 14. Review Nos. 1-3 are also available for those who missed them. Obtainable at the front counter.

4) 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: Now till 30 Sep - $70; 1 Oct till 30 Nov - $90. Contact: Joshua Lim, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

5) 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.

6) Our condolences to Dato Pang Leong Siang & family on the homegoing of his wife, Datin Amy Tan Bee Luan (81 years old) on 2nd Sep 14.

Preaching appointment: Rev Quek in Batam

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