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Scripture Memory: Courage.

VERSE : Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

31 August 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service
Pastor Tan Soon Yong (Why Is the Gospel Good News? Rom 5:6-11)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Charles Seet (Walk in Newness of Life, Rom 6:1-14)

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)

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GAIN AND LOSS

In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus was addressing both the people and His disciples, concerning the issue of life’s value. Which is more important: gaining the whole world or losing the soul?

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36; see also Matthew 16:26).

 “What is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” (Luke 9:25). What will it benefit you if you gain the whole world and forfeit your soul?

The word “soul” means life, “the real person,” “the essence of humanity”. It is used in this passage in two senses: (1) the physical life on earth, which is temporal, that quickly passes away, and (2) the spiritual life in the hereafter, which is eternal.

  GAIN

Can you gain the whole world? But what if you could? What would be the benefit even if it were possible to gain the whole world, that is, all the land, the earthly leisure and pleasure, wealth and possessions, power, fame, etc .? What good would these things do you? Are you living for self or for Christ and others? Are you giving to those who are in need, in distress, the down and out, etc.? Jim Elliot, who was martyred by the Auca Indians in the 50’s said: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Remember, you will have to leave all behind. In the words of Job, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither” (Job 1:21a). In the same vein, Solomon said, “As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand. And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?” (Ecclesiastes 5:15-16). Remember also this: monetary and material riches have no value after death (See Luke 12: 14-21).

  Why is the soul far superior to the whole world?

Reasons:

•   Things on earth are of transient value

They will soon fade and pass away. Monetary and material riches can be held only for a short time.

“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1Timothy 6:7).

“For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.

 The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away” (1 Peter 1:24).

   Everything cannot be used all at one time

Most of the time, the things you possess, can you use them all at once: your clothes, your car, your wealth, etc.? You can only use a portion of what you have each time. You can only drive one car at a time, sleep on one bed at a time, live in one house at a time, eat one mouthful at a time, etc. What is the use even if you are in possession of all that the world can offer?

   The human soul is eternal

The human soul is eternal. It shall live forever, either with God or apart from God. It is indestructible and inestimable.

   The human soul is of more value than the whole world.

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26; see also Luke 12:20-21; John 12:25).

Is there any exchange rate in the world high enough for the human soul? Can all the money in the world buy the soul?

“He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal” (John 12:25)

“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:8).

  LOSS

How much would you lose, if you should gain the whole world and lose your soul?

What a contrast between gaining the whole world and losing your soul: two eternal destinies: (1) If you are not in Christ, not a believer, the Bible says, you will end up spending eternity in misery, in Hell. (2) But if you are a believer in Christ, you will end up spending eternity in Heaven.

To lose your soul is to lose what is of greatest value, an infinite loss because it incurs inestimable loss and eternal misery. Can you afford to forfeit your soul at the expense of gaining the whole world?

“They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever). That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.” (Psalm 49:6-9; 39:6).

Let me give you two illustrations from the Bible:

     (1)          The Rich Man and the Beggar

In the account of the rich man called Dives (Latin word, meaning “rich man”) and the beggar, Lazarus (not the Lazarus of Bethany, whom Jesus raised four days after his death, see John 11). Here, we have

   Two characters: one rich and the other poor

   Two deaths: Lazarus died and the rich man also died.

   Two destinations: The poor man died and was escorted by God’s angels into Abraham’s bosom (Paradise), eternally comforted and blessed.

The rich man also died and was buried, and ended up in Hell, eternally condemned, and in misery.

Life’s Application (1)

Does it make sense to attempt to save your life while on earth, and then to lose whatever you have gained through your lifetime? Can you imagine losing yourself and being cast out?

Remember this: your life and your time are in God’s hand. When you die, which could be at any time: sooner or later: “you can’t take it with you.”

     (2)          Parable of the Rich Fool

In the above parable, Jesus taught that a man’s life is not measured by the amount of his possessions: “And He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15).

The rich fool thought that he would live forever on earth. His priorities were misplaced:

   He put material things before spiritual things.

   He put the kingdom of possession, leisure and pleasure, before the kingdom of God.

   He planned for every contingency of life except death.

   He never took God into partnership in his plans.

   He never consulted God in making his plans.

   He was not theo-centric or God-centred, but was ego-centric or self-centred, using the pronouns: “I” and “my” about six times (vv. 17-19).

How enamoured the rich fool was with hoarding goods for himself! He soliloquised: “And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:17-21).

Life’s Application (2)

What is the wisest and best course to take? Invest your earthly assets - time, talents and treasures - on things of eternal value (Colossians 3:1-2). Focus and set your minds more and more on Christ and eternal life. The Apostle Paul’s exhortation is: “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2). Things above are of eternal value. Let us look at life with eternity’s values in view. Let us use our God-given opportunities in doing good while we are still living; doing good not only to members of the household of faith but also to others (Galatians 6:9-10).

John Wesley said: “Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can, so long as ever you can.”

Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21; see also Luke 12:33).

Life’s Application (3)

What is the use even if you are in possession of all that the world can offer? At death, you carry nothing out. You leave this world just as you entered it, with nothing.

 “Let your conversation (character, manner of life) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5; see also Matthew 6:25, 34; Philippians 4:11-12).

Do not put your trust in uncertain riches. “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings, they fly away as an eagle toward heaven” (Proverbs 23:5; see also 11:28; 27:24) “but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate” (1 Timothy 6:17b-18).

What is your life?

Human life is brief; it is uncertain; it is frail. The average life span of man is three score years and ten, that is, 70 years, and if we are strong, we may live up to 80 years and beyond (Psalm 90:10).

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away” (1Peter 1:24).

The reality of life is that no matter how long we live, death will catch up with us: it is a matter of time: sooner or later. We are all going to die. Death is sure; sin the cause; Christ the cure.

“For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Conclusion

Which would you choose? Gaining the whole world or losing your soul? It is an issue of life’s value.The choice here is between the value of this world and the value of your soul. A soul saved is of infinite value for there is joy in heaven and the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth (Luke 15:7,10)

Gospel Invitation

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36) “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:12-13).

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth: And that every tongue should “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11) “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

“…. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” (Acts 16:31).

One of the warnings in the Bible: “How shall we escape, if we neglect (reject) so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3a).                                       

Your decision today decides your eternal destiny: Heaven or Hell. I lovingly urge you not to delay because life is uncertain and death is sure. God’s promise is this: “…. He that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).     —Elder Khoo Peng Kiat 

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GAF Morning Fellowship Meeting:

Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 at 9:30 am (Room 1-05)

Learn to use “The Story of Hope”.

It is a simple and comprehensive narrative of the Bible. You can tell people what the Bible is all about in 15 minutes. It has the whole concepts of the Gospel and you can lead some one to Christ with it.

Each one present will be given the book Free, compliment of GAF.

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1) Members can collect their hard copies of the new THEN SINGS MY SOUL today after the 1st and 2nd worship services at the front of the sanctuary.

2) 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.

3) Infant Baptism on Anniversary Sunday, 19 Oct 14. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by today. Please call the Church Office (6594 9399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

4) Peh Siew Kuan & Family would like to express their appreciation to the church for conducting the vigil service on the demise of her mother, Mdm Toh Lian Kee (90 years old) on 23 Aug 14. They would also like to thank the Pastors and Session members for their encouragement and support.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Olivet 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

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