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Scripture Memory: God’s Faithfulness.
 VERSE : Psalm 73:23 
“Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

29 June 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service
Rev Colin Wong (Lord, Let Me Serve! Eph 4:11,12)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Mathews Abraham (Worthy is the Lamb, Rev 5:12-14)

6 July 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service
Eld Ng Beng Kiong (The Christian’s Vital Signs, 1 Thes 1:1-10)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Colin Wong (Called to be Saints, Rom 1:7)

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CALLED UNTO HOLINESS

Dearly beloved, as redeemed of the Lord, “be ye holy” is not an option but a command because our God is holy!

The modern church is known for everything else except holiness! It may be a mega church with tens of thousands of membership, talented in every way and highly respected by modern society but in the eyes of the thrice holy God – it may be dung and unclean. For they worship God with their lips but their hearts are far away from Him (Isa 29:13; Mk 7:6).

On 16-19 June 2014 we ascended to Awana Genting, West Malaysia to sit at the feet of God’s servant, Dr John Davis as he expounded to us on the Old Testament book of Leviticus on the camp theme of “Called unto Holiness”.

The words in one of the songs in the camper, “Keep your heart” is very apt in describing the after-camp experience –

“Now on this mountain top

We have gleaned so many things.

We’ve been drawn closer to His heart,

A place that trial brings.

We have seen victory over sin,

And witnessed answered prayer.

We have known Christ be our only strength,

Found His Word a jewel rare.”

More than a week has passed since we descended from the mountain top experience to the reality of daily life struggles in the valley. As forgetful creatures, I would like to share the lessons we learned from the 7 messages to stir us up and to share the benefit with those who could not attend the camp. Readers are encouraged to read Leviticus chapter 1, 8, 11, 21 & 24 for a better understanding of the messages. In summary, the 7 messages (topics highlighted in bold) can be encapsulated as follows:

The Holy God has redeemed us to be a Holy people by His Holy Deeds. We, as His Holy Priesthood, are to honour His Holy Name with Holy Sacrifice by living a Holy Life and continuing a Holy Ministry till He comes, Amen.

Dr Davis shared with us that our all-powerful God, the great I AM, is infinitely holy and the nature of His holiness is unique (Lev 11:45). None of the Egyptian and Canaanite gods are His equal (Ex 15:20). God is serious about covenant faithfulness. Although He allowed the Jews to be made slaves in Egypt, for His covenant with Abraham He delivered the Jews out of their bondage to His Promised Land. So He delivered them by His mighty hand through Moses His servant. Each of the 10 plagues is of enormous significance against the Egyptian deities as it demonstrated that no pagan god can stand before the great Jehovah. The Egyptians and the gods they worshipped were totally discomfited and defeated. Similarly, no human monarch or any of the gods of this world is able to stand in the way of our great and mighty God. Our God rules supremely over the whole world and He is in control of all circumstances.

These are not bedtime stories but the wonderful works (deeds) of God that He hath done (Lev 11:45) and He hath commanded (Ps 78:4-10) that we should make them known to our children so that:

•   the generation to come might know them,

•   they might set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but to keep His commandments,

•   they might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God; a generation that kept not the covenant of God.

The name of our God reflects the significance and character of His Person (Lev 24:10-23). Understanding the perfection and sanctity of His name will help us to honour Him. “A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? And if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you” (Malachi 1:6). The heart of holiness is separation. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt 6:24). Honouring God and obeying Him is therefore not an option. God will not allow His name to be blasphemed and His judicial judgment will follow against all who reject Him and despise His name. Dearly beloved, it is thus a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31). Repent ye that are full of pride in yourself and turn to the Lord for mercy without delay.

God in His great mercy, not only has saved us but has also appointed us a holy priesthood. Peter reminded us that we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that we should show forth the praises of Him who hath called us out of darkness into His marvellous light (1 Pet 2:9). Just as Aaron and his two sons were ceremonially cleansed and ordained as the high priest and priests respectively to minister to God (Lev 8:1-36), we too are to consecrate ourselves to offer daily sacrifices of love and praise to our God. We are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind and be conformed to the image of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to serve and worship our holy God.

In Lev 1:1-17, God gave Moses the instruction on how the burnt offering is to be offered. God expects our sacrifice to be holy (perfect) and offered from a sincere and thankful heart. The value of the sacrifice lies not only in the proper selection of the sacrifice (which must be without blemish) but that the offerer must lay his hands onto the sacrifice to own and confess his sins and to seek for forgiveness. Christ was made to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor 5:21). A sacrifice that costs us nothing is not a sacrifice. David said in 2 Sam 24:24,  “… neither will I offer burnt offering unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing ..” God detests sacrifice offered from hypocritical hearts who are disobedient and rebellious. “… Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams” (1 Sam 15:22).

Lev 11:1-43 defines what is clean and unclean for the Jews. While this may be for hygiene and medical reasons, it serves as a daily reminder for our spiritual purity. If we want to be happy and effective, we need to be clean and holy before God so that the Spirit of God can dwell with us. To live a holy life we have to be separated from the unclean things that God has commanded us to abstain (1 Cor 6:9-11). Will you therefore resolve to be clean for the Lord? We must be discerning to accept the clean and reject the unclean things of the world if we are to be the light and salt of the world.

Finally in Lev 21:1-24, the laws were given for both the ordinary and high priests with regards to spiritual purity which is essential for the holy priesthood. While we may be tempted to compromise and drift from the truth in our daily life, we must hold fast to the truth faithfully to keep clean and pure unto the Lord. God did not leave us helpless but has given us His Holy Spirit to enable us to have an effective ministry for Him. We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit and to walk in the Spirit. The Spirit-filled life is characterized by a melodious hearta thankful heart and a submissive heart as Paul instructed the Ephesian church in Eph 5:18-19. God has given “the car filled with petrol” signifying the power of the Holy Spirit. He expects us to use it!

The goal of these messages is not information or knowledge but inspiration that we should embrace and appropriate to our daily Christian living so that we may grow thereby in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy Word” (Prov 119:9). How do we appropriate or apply God’s Word to our lives? What does it mean to live a holy life? I would like to share how using the acronym – ROCR for RequirementO for Operationalize and C for Compliance.

God’s requirement for each of His children is to be holy as He is holy. Men cannot see God for He is a Spirit - they see Him in us. We are therefore His image bearer on earth. If we call ourselves Christians, men around us must be able to see the holiness of God reflected in our lives. It is akin to the people of Israel who saw the Shekinah glory of God on Moses’ face when he descended from Mount Sinai after 40 days’ fellowship with God. In the early church, critics of the apostles marveled and took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus for they were filled with the Holy Spirit and were bold in witnessing for the Lord (Acts 4:13). Can our loved ones, friends and colleagues see Jesus in us, transforming our lives in whom we profess?

Operationalize is to put into practice what we learned. Another word is how to be holy? The challenge for most of us is how to apply holiness into our daily living especially for young people. Holiness seems such a foreign word in our modern digital age. Well, I would like to suggest 3 areas to practice holiness in an unholy world. Let us strive to be holy in our thoughts, words and conduct.

The Bible tells us that our thoughts determines our action. Our thoughts are closely connected with our heart and where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matt 6:21). It is thus important to guard our thoughts. The Apostle has this advice in Phil 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Unkind and impure thoughts will lead us to sin against God. On the other hand, loving and kind thoughts yield much fruits and good works that are profitable for us and those around us.

Next is our words. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Eph 4:29). Our words must be seasoned with salt and grace and used to edify one another and to glorify God. They must not be offensive, abusive and quarrelsome. Let’s beware of our tongue, “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell … but the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (Jas 3:5-6).

And finally our conduct. “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (Jas 1:27). If we truly believe in the thrice-holy God, we must walk the talk. We must be a good Samaritan to love our neighbours as ourselves and to help those in need without expecting any return. We are also to keep ourselves unspotted from the world by abstaining from all evil associations and questionable leisure with the world. A godly person who walks closely with God has no problem to discern and identify what these evil associations and leisure are because the Holy Spirit indwells him.

Compliance refers to our obedience to God’s commands. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 Jn 5:3-4). If we love the Lord, His commandments are indeed not grievous to obey. Moreover, they are for our good if we faithfully observe and keep them. “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee … So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man” (Prov 3:1-2, 4). If we love God we will keep His commandments.

CH Spurgeon says, “The practice of truth is the most profitable reading of it”. Good theology must thus be applied. Do not give place to the devil by delay! Haste while opportunity and quickening are in happy conjunction! I pray that these lessons learnt will be deeply impressed upon us, and may God grant us the grace to persevere and labour on to live a holy life and to serve Him the King of kings and Lord of lords. Maranatha! Till He comes. Amen.  —Elder Chia Ah Lak

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Golden -  Age Fellowship  Meeting 

Date    : 5 July 2014 (Saturday)

Time    : 4  - 6  pm

Location  : Beulah MPH

Speaker  : Dn Ong  Beng Hong

Topic   : Vision for the Aging Church, Renewing  Ministry for and by Seniors.

If you wish to bring refreshments kindly contact Mrs. Evelyn Tay, 62803344. 

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1) Catechism Class for Anniversary 2014 Baptism will commence next Sunday9.30 am at Rm 5-4, Beulah Centre. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the Catechism Class.

2) Traffic wardens. A second group of 6 wardens is needed, between 10.00 to 10.45 am, on alternate months. If interested to serve, please contact Dn David Tan at 9667-9733 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 3. A written review exercise of the verses is obtainable at the front counter. Review Nos. 1 and 2 are also available for those who missed them. Please submit by 13 Jul 14.

4) Archaeology Seminar Notes, Slides and MP3 by Dr John J Davis are available in a CD at RTL Office for a S$1/-.Downloading from Church Website is also available here.

5) GAF One Day Outing to Johore. Sat.16 Aug 14, Form available from sis Evelyn Tay. Closing date: 5 Jul 14.

6) Adalena Koh would like to thank church members who have prayed for her family and grandmother. Thank God for Life Church for the three night vigil service arrangement and Pastors, brothers and sisters who attended the vigil services.

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