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Scripture Memory: God’s Judgment
VERSE : Psalm 62:12 “Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

22 June 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service
Dr John Davis (A Fisherman’s Great Challenge, Jn 21:1-14)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Charles Seet (Laodicea - The Lukewarm Church, Rev 3:14-22)

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)

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YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

Is There An Afterlife?

“If a man die, shall he live again?” This is a very pertinent question raised by Job in Job 14:14. Is there an afterlife? Is there a place where the departed go? Is there a heaven or hell? When such questions are discussed, two views from two groups of people will emerge. One group will state adamantly that there is no such thing as heaven or hell; that there is no life in the hereafter and that death ends all things. So their philosophy is “eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.”

The other groups believes in the existence of heaven and hell. To their mind, hell is a bad place reserved for evil people and heaven for good people. If a person’s good and bad deeds are placed in a balance and the good outweighs the bad, then that person will surely go to heaven after he dies. So they endeavor to do as much good as they can in this life in order to earn their way to heaven.

But what does the Bible, the inerrant and infallible Word of God, say? It states categorically that there is a literal hell and a literal heaven. Hell is a place of eternal punishment prepared for the Devil and his followers. Jesus had described it as a place of outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:12). It had also been described as a lake which burneth with fire and brimstone (Revelation 21:8) as well as a place of continual, eternal torment (Revelation 14:11).

Whereas heaven is the dwelling place of God where His people dwell with Him, worshipping Him and enjoying His presence and glory for all eternity. It is a place where there is no more pain or suffering, no more sorrow or crying or death.

The Bible speaks of heaven as being a wonderful place. “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:3-4).

Is not heaven a wonderful place? Sadly, not all can enter. A person must be born again.

The Need to be Born Again

This was what Jesus told Nicodemus when he came to meet Jesus at night. “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of heaven” (John 3:3).

Nicodemus was a well-educated, a ruler of the Jews, a Pharisee and a teacher of the Law. Yet he could not understand what Jesus meant. He associated being born again as returning back into his mother’s womb and being born a second time which he knew was an impossibility. Nicodemus was totally stunned.

Jesus used the words ‘born again’ to indicate that there are two births. The first birth is the physical birth when we are brought into this world. When we are born, we are already born sinners as King David professed in Psalm 51:5, “Behold I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

Why are we born sinners? The blame lies fully with Adam, the first man created by God. God commanded Adam, “Of every tree in the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). But Adam did not heed God’s command. He ate of the forbidden fruit and sinned against God. Because Adam represented all mankind, all who are born after Adam are born sinners, condemned by God.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

Sin has to be punished – the punishment is death. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23a).

So, because of Adam’s sin, every person without exception, must die, not only physically but also spiritually. Sin has separated us from God. We have become His enemies and when we die, we are doomed to hell with no hope of heaven. If we want to enter heaven, a second birth, a spiritual birth is needed. We need to be born again.

How to Be Born Again

To do so, we have to go to the Bible for instruction.

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” (1 Peter1:23).

The Holy Scriptures will lead us to Jesus Christ. Outside of Jesus Christ no one can be born again. Only He can save us from our sins and bring us to heaven.

“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). Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Jesus Christ, the Son of God and second person of the Godhead, was sent by God the Father to earth to die for the sins of mankind.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Although God hates sin and has to punish sinners, He is a God of love and compassion. He has benevolent feelings for us. He desires our happiness and does not want us to perish forever. But being a just God, He has to punish sin. Sin’s penalty must be paid. So God sent Jesus Christ to pay that penalty on the cross. There Jesus shed His precious blood and died in our stead to appease the wrath of God. The blood of Jesus has the power to cleanse and purify sinners if they repent of their sins and by faith accept Him as Lord and Saviour. This is the only way for sinners to be reconciled with God and to be adopted into His family as sons and daughters. This is the only way to heaven; it is a simple way available to all, young or old, rich or poor, learned or unlearned.

“Repentance towards God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21b).

The first step is repentance. We have to confess and acknowledge our sins before God and come before Him in repentance and to seek His forgiveness.

Next we must by faith believe in Jesus Christ – believe that what was written in the Bible about Him is true; that He indeed is the Son of God, the Second person of the Godhead equal in every aspect with God the Father; that He left the glories of heaven and took on human form; that He died willingly on the cross in our stead to pay the penalty for our sins; that His blood shed on the cross will cleanse us of all our sins if we receive Him as Lord and Saviour.

Once we have done this, the Holy Spirit of God comes into our bodies taking up residence there, never to leave.

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).

“Now if any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” (Romans 8:9b)

Once the Spirit of God comes into us, we have experienced the new birth – the spiritual birth. We are born again; we are regenerated to be new creatures. We have become children of God and citizens of His heavenly Kingdom. Should we pass from this world, we enter straight into heaven into the presence of God.

But if we are not born again, hell awaits us and we will suffer and burn in hell fire for all eternity.

Heaven or hell, the choice is ours to make. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.

To those who have been saved from sin and hell fire, may they take heed of the Great Commission given by Jesus and go out to win more souls into His Heavenly Kingdom.

Daniel 12:3 says, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever.”—Elder George Foong

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ERBL LECTURES (JUL-NOV 14)

Day Time           Course                 Lecturer

Mon 7.30 - 9.30 pm                         The Pentateuch         Rev Charles Seet

Tue  10 - 12.00 pm                          Church History          Rev Dr Jack Sin

Wed                    10 - 12.00 pm      Esther  Rev Charles Seet

Thu 10 - 12.00 pm                          Romans          Rev Ho Chee Lai

         7.30 - 9.30 pm                         Evangelism    Rev Dr Jack Sin

Fri    10 - 12.00 pm                          The Doctrine of Christ          Rev Isaac Ong

Lectures begin on 7 Jul 14. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

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ERBL Night Lectures (Free)

CHRIST-CENTERED BIBLE APPLICATION

Date: Monday, 23 June & Thursday, 26 June 14

Time: 7.30-9.30 pm

Venue: Beulah MPH

Lecturer: Rev Dr Tim Yates

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

2) Two Traffic wardens needed as replacement,  between 10.00 to 10.45 am each Sunday.  If interested to serve, please contact Dn David Tan 

3) Catechism Class for Anniversary 2014 Baptism will commence on 6 Jul 14, 9.30 am at Rm 5-4, Beulah Centre. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the Catechism Class.

4) ERBL Seminar 2014. 23-28 Jun (Mon-Fri, 8.30am - 1.00pm) at Beulah Centre. Speaker: Rev Dr Tim Yates. Topic: Biblical Precepts for Effective Leadership & Discipleship for the Local Church.

5) Our condolences to Adalena Koh on the homegoing of her grandmother, Mdm Ng Siang Eng, on 13 June 2014.

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Thai Church Camp, 10.00 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