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Scripture Memory: Contrition.

 VERSE : Psalm 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”* * *

 

O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

 

1 June 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (How to Grow Spiritually, 1 Pet 2:1-3)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Mr Lee Hock Chin (The Worldly Church, Rev 2:18-29)

 

8 June 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service
Rev Charles Seet (Why Be a Servant? Mat 20:20-28)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Pastor Mark Chen (Sardis - The Lifeless Church, Rev 3:1-6)

 

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THEN SINGS MY SOUL

 

This month, we are launching a revamped edition of our well-used songbook, Then Sings My Soul. We thank God that through the efforts of many Lifers it has developed over four decades from a cyclostyled booklet used by our fellowship groups into the present printed and bound collection of 800 well-loved hymns and spiritual songs!

 

This edition has many new songs beside the old-time favourites. It is the first edition in which Chinese songs have been included. It also has improved indexes to facilitate the selection of appropriate songs for use in Bible studies and fellowship meetings.

 

Due to copyright licensing restrictions, all copies of this song book – whether printed or digital – must remain under Life Church ownership. Hence no copies can be purchased, sold or given away. However, for those who wish to use them outside the church (e.g. for NBC meetings, family worship, outings or mission trips) copies can be loaned from the church office from 16 June onwards (subject to availability).

 

The publication of this songbook fulfils an important need. Singing occupies a prominent place in the life of the believer and of the church. It is one of the main features of the worship that goes on in heaven and also of our worship. We sing when we are happy and thankful to express our joy. We sing when we are sad and need comfort. We sing to remember great events in redemptive history. We also sing whenever we meet together as Christians for fellowship or prayer.

 

One verse that speaks of singing is Colossians 3:16 – “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

 

Why should we sing?

 

The term ‘Word of Christ’ here refers to the whole Bible, and this verse exhorts us to know all of it well. This is brought out by the phrase “in all wisdom” which implies that the whole counsel of God is meant.

 

Then it goes on to prescribe one way of doing this – through singing. Singing becomes one of the aids to be used in this ministry of teaching the Word of Christ to one another, and to admonish one another in the Word of Christ. The verse states that it is the entire Word of Christ that is communicated in singing, and not only what is written in the Book of Psalms.

 

What should we sing?

 

The songs in our songbook have been carefully selected because not all songs are suitable for singing in worship or fellowship. Some are in fact unbiblical and also unedifying. The songs we sing should have three qualities:

 

1. They should be faithful to the Scriptures. (Colossians 3:16)

 

2. They should be objective and free from introspection. (1 Corinthians 14:15 – “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”; Cf. Psalm 47:7)

 

3. They should not be conformed to the world. (Romans 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…”)

 

Many new songs composed in recent times lack these qualities. The main difference is that they are becoming more conformed to the world’s music, reflecting the same trend to compromise with the world that is also found in Christendom today.

 

The music that Christians use to worship God must be intrinsically different from the world’s music. Someone has put it this way: “We do not sing the world’s songs with God’s words because the music of the world will always overwhelm the words of the song even with the best of intentions.”

 

The world’s music is meant for entertainment. The primary purpose of all our singing is not to entertain men but to praise and glorify God. They should help us to love God more and to declare that love to others. Since our God is a God of truth, order, goodness and beauty, our music should be the same too, in order to reflect His glory well.

 

How should we sing?

 

There are at least three things that must characterize our singing: Firstly, we should sing with grace in our hearts. This means that one must first be saved. If you have not experienced the grace of God that alone can save you from sins, your singing of hymns will become a meaningless activity, and at worst, it may even be something displeasing to God (cf. Amos 5:23 – “Take thou away from Me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.”).

 

Secondly, we should sing in our hearts. Notice that Colossians 3:16 does not say, “…singing with your mouths to the Lord.” It is easy to sing with your mouth, but it requires effort to sing with your heart as well. Singing will be futile and meaningless if it becomes a mere outward form, done mechanically with no inward expression from the heart. It may be possible for a person to sing a hymn most beautifully and with perfect pitch, but it will be nothing but noise to God, if his heart is not in it.

 

Whenever you sing hymns and songs, please do not get too carried away by the music. Pay close attention to the words you sing. Think about what they mean, and let your singing be a genuine personal expression of the words. Only then will your soul be blessed with the Word of God that is found within them, and your singing will be filled with life!

 

Finally, we should sing to the Lord. Every song we sing in worship is an offering dedicated unto Him. We should not sing to be heard by the people around us. We should not sing even to ourselves, for our own personal enjoyment during congregational worship. This also means that congregational applause would be quite inappropriate after hearing song items presented during worship services, as it implies that they were presented for our own enjoyment. We should sing to the Lord, to minister to Him and to give Him the greatest pleasure that mere mortals can ever give.

 

May all the psalms, hymns and spiritual songs we sing be sung with grace in our hearts to the Lord! – Pastor

 

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Results of Scripture Memory Verse Programme Review Exercise No.2

 

We congratulate the following who have achieved  a score of 70% and above:

 

1. Angela Tan

 

2. Annette Kunst-Teh

 

3. Betrand Lam

 

4. Carina Teh

 

5. Chan Sok Kheng

 

6. Charmaine Low

 

7. Claire Tan

 

8. Daniel Tan

 

9. Eunice Chew

 

10. Ian Liu

 

11. Iris Loe

 

12. Jennifer Goh

 

13. Joelle Heng Wee En

 

14. Joyce Ang

 

15. Leong Li Peng

 

16. Leong Sow Mun

 

17. Leslie Tan

 

18. Lim Buay Hock

 

19. Lorene Chee

 

20. Mark Liu Liwen

 

21. Nigel Teh Tian Li

 

22. Ong Phei Hong

 

23. Patrick Kok

 

24. Peggy Heng Siew Ngen

 

25. Russell Joel Indran

 

26. Ryan Cheung Hao Han

 

27. Samuel Quek Yixin

 

28.  Sim Siew Hoon

 

29. Sim Yen Hua

 

30. Tan Khoon Lee

 

31. Tan Kwee Mui

 

32. Tessa Teh

 

33. Theodore Lee

 

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1) Life B-P Church Camp, 16-19 June 2014 at Awana Genting, West Malaysia. Church Camp Registration Office will be opened on Sundays till 8 June for camp fees payment between 9.30-10.30am and after second service, till 1pm. Location will be at Church Office Level 3 Beulah Centre. Love gifts to defray the cost are welcome. 

 

Campers are to attend a camp briefing on Tuesday 10 June at 7pm to be held at the MPH, Beulah Centre.

 

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) “Evening by Evening”: Daily Devotional by C H Spurgeon, Vol 3 (Jul to Sep 2014). Available at the front counter. The same devotions are available online at http://www.lifebpc.com/devotions.

 

4) Catechism Class for Anniversary 2014 Baptism will commences 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.

 

5) Day Seminar: Archaeology and the Trustworthiness of the Holy Scripture  by Dr John Davis, Th.D., D.D. 14 June 2014 (Sat); 2– 5 pm at Life B-P Church. *Sign up online at this link: bit.ly/LifeArc (Registration ends today.)

 

6) ERBL Seminar 201423-28 Jun (Mon-Sat, 8.30am - 1.00pm) at Beulah Centre. Speaker: Rev Dr Tim Yates. Topic: Biblical Precepts for Effective Leadership & Discipleship for the Local Church.

 

7) FREE ERBL Night Lectures on 23 and 26 Jun 14 (Mon and Thurs, 7.30pm to 9.30pm) at Beulah Centre. Speaker: Rev Dr Tim Yates. Topic: Christ-Centered Bible Application

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

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11