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Scripture Memory: Delighting in God.
VERSE : Psalm 37:4 
“Delight thyself in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

6 April 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Perspectives on Salvation, Eph 2:8-10)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (The Time is at Hand, Rev 1:1-3)

13 April 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Christ Has Reconciled Us to God, 2 Cor 5:18,19)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Colin Wong (Hosanna! Save, I Pray; Mark 11:1-10)

 

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SETTING THE HOUSE IN ORDER

Not long after Christ’s resurrection and ascension, about 120 disciples of Christ met together for the purpose of setting their house in order (Acts 1:15-26). The outcome of it was the appointment of Matthias as a new apostle of the early church.

Soon after that, the Holy Spirit was poured out (Acts 2:1-4), and the church in Jerusalem increased to about eight thousand members (Acts 2:41; 4:4). As the administration found itself unable to cope with the needs of the growing membership, another church meeting was held to set the house in order (Acts 6:1-6). The result was the appointment of seven deacons to take care of the logistic needs of the church.

Setting the house in order should never be considered as a purely administrative matter carried out merely to fulfill some legal requirements of the church. This applies to our Annual Congregation Meeting (ACM): It is to be carried out prayerfully, as well as decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40), remembering that the Lord walks in the midst of His churches (Revelation 2:1).

Some would want to quickly dispense with administrative matters and just get on with the work of harvesting souls. But these things cannot be neglected. Christ Himself, before He began His ministry, came to John the Baptist to be baptized in order to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15).

May every Lifer who is a Communicant Member (i.e. baptized, or reaffirmed his or her faith, or transferred membership to Life B-P Church) therefore take note that it is your biblical duty to be present at the ACM that will be held in three weeks’ time (10:45 am, Sunday, 27th April 2014). Please make every effort to be present at this important meeting where the church’s annual report, treasurer’s report, and this year’s budget will be presented. As there will be an election of office bearers to serve in the Church Session, the Church Constitution requires 50% of all resident communicant members of good standing to be present at this ACM before it can legally proceed.

Proper Organisation

Besides the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, the church needs proper organization to serve the Lord more efficiently. It was for this reason that the apostle Paul left Titus on the island of Crete. The local churches there were in dire need of leadership and organization to address some grave moral and doctrinal issues, and Titus’ task was to “set in order the things that are wanting and ordain elders in every city” (Titus 1:5).

Paul himself had done the same thing for the Galatian churches: “And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.” (Acts 14:23) It is of interest for us to note that the word ‘ordain’ in this verse is ‘cheirotoneo’ which literally means ‘to vote by raising the hand’. This is how we derive our present system of electing office bearers to serve in the church – All members of the congregation have to cast their votes in order to choose them. This system ensures that there would be no dispute later on, on the right of these office bearers to govern the church.

Nomination and Election

The coming ACM will provide Lifers with the opportunity to perform this duty, since the present Church Session’s three-year term of office is ending. The congregation will have to elect the next Session to serve and lead the congregation for the next term (2014-2017). Following Article 13.2 of the Church Constitution, the present Board of Elders has nominated the following candidates for election:

Rev Charles Seet (Pastor)

Rev Colin Wong (Associate Pastor)

Rev Calvin Loh (Assistant Pastor)

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Assistant Pastor)

Elder:

Lee Heok Seng      Dr Sherman Ong

Lim Ching Wah      Sng Teck Leong

Dr Lim Teck Chye  Tan Cheow Hock

Ng Beng Kiong       Tan Yew Chong

Deacon:

Charlie Chan          Victor Loo

Benny Chng           Ong Beng Hong

Choong Chan Yong           Michael Sim

Benny Goh              Benedict Sim

Mark Heah               David Tan 

Heng Shao Sheng Dr Clement Tan

Peter Koy                 Dr Wang Chin Kiong

Roger Lim               

 

For more details about these candidates, kindly study their Curriculum Vitae (summary of life) that have been put up on the notice boards and that has been given to all communicant members in good standing. In addition, the four new candidates have submitted write-ups about themselves. These will be published in next Sunday’s weekly. You are urged to pray earnestly for these candidates, and for the wisdom of God to guide you in casting your vote.

Whom Should You Vote For?

Some candidates may have served in the church in a quiet and invisible manner and are therefore not well known to members. This should not cause voters to cast a blank vote. Please study the CV, and if you wish to know more about the candidate, please speak to a pastor or elder about him. Each candidate must obtain not less than 50% of the votes to be elected into office.

Voting is not to be taken lightly, such as voting only for those you like, and not voting for those you dislike. Candidates are not to be chosen on the basis of their personality, popularity, knowledge of the business world, their financial ability or their prominence in society. Your choice should be based on the spiritual qualifications of a candidate, and on his ability to work well with the rest of the elected office bearers, and to fulfill his expected role.

Roles and Required Qualifications

Elders are the stewards or managers of the church (Titus 1:7, Greek: oikonomos) who are directly accountable to God, who is the Owner of the church (Hebrews 13:17). The word “elder” (Greek: presbuteros) implies spiritual maturity or rank of office. Elders are also called “bishops” (Titus 1:5,7, Greek: episkopos) to denote their responsibility of overseeing the church.

Pastors are specialised elders whose primary responsibility is to take care of the spiritual nurture of the flock (Jeremiah 23:2; 1 Peter 5:1,2). The word “pastor” means “shepherd.” Just as a shepherd leads his sheep to find green pastures and takes them to the still waters (cf. Psalm 23:2), pastors are responsible to feed church members with nutritious spiritual food diligently prepared from the Word of God (Jeremiah 3:15).

While there are no apostles in the church today, pastors fulfill the role of the apostles, to “give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:4) Unlike the apostles however, pastors do not receive any new revelations from God, but are only to teach from God’s inspired, written Word.

Here are some qualifications that you should look for in elders and pastors:

•   Blameless (without reproach, unaccused, 1 Tim 3:2)

•   Husband of one wife (and always faithful to her, 1 Tim 3:2; Tit 1:5)

•   Vigilant (temperate, self-controlled, 1 Tim 3:2)

•   Sober (serious-minded, sensible, self-restrained, 1 Tim 3:2; Tit 1:8)

•   Of good behaviour (orderly, disciplined, 1 Tim 3:2)

•   Given to hospitality (1 Tim 3:2; Tit 1:8)

•   Apt to teach (able to instruct others, 1 Tim 3:2)

•   Not given to wine (or alcoholic beverages, 1 Tim 3:3; Tit 1:7)

•   No striker (not violent, 1 Tim 3:3; Tit 1:7)

•   Not greedy of filthy lucre (or base gains; 1 Tim 3:3; Tit 1:8; 1 Pet 5:2)

•   Patient (reasonable, gentle, considerate, forbearing, 1 Tim 3:3)

•   Not a brawler (not quarrelsome but conciliatory, 1 Tim 3:3)

•   Not covetous (not desiring what he should not have 1 Tim 3:3)

•   Not a novice (not a new convert, but a mature Christian, 1 Tim 3:6)

•   Not self-willed (not stubborn, overbearing or arrogant, Tit 1:7)

•   Not soon angry (not quick-tempered, but mild mannered Tit 1:7)

•   Lover of good men (supports those who are worthy, Tit 1:8)

•   Just (upright, Tit 1:8)

•   Holy (with purity of life, Tit 1:8)

•   Temperate (self-controlled, Tit 1:8)

•   Holding fast the faithful Word…that he may by sound doctrine exhort and convince the gainsayers (Clinging to the Word of God and able to refute those who oppose it, Tit 1:9)

•   Rules his home well (a good parent, 1 Tim 3:4)

•   Having his children in subjection with all gravity (keeping his children under control, 1 Tim 3:4,5)

•   Having faithful children (who are believers and who love the Lord, Tit 1:6)

•   Having a good report of them which are without (good public reputation, 1 Tim 3:7)

•   Willingness and a ready mind (not serving by constraint, 1 Pet 5:2)

•   Being ensamples to the flock (a good role model for Christians, 1 Pet 5:3)

Deacons are responsible for practical service (cf. “serve tables,” in Acts 6:2) such as: collecting and counting the weekly offering, maintaining the accounts of the church, maintaining an active ministry of mercy to meet the needs of church members, overseeing the maintenance of the church building and of other necessary equipment, and organising church seminars and camps. Some of these responsibilities may be shared by ordinary church members, but it is nevertheless needful that deacons initiate and supervise them.

Deacons who have fulfilled their responsibilities well “purchase to themselves a good degree.” (1 Timothy 3:13) This can be interpreted to mean that they earn the respect from the church that causes them to be chosen as elders later on (Barnes, Clarke, Henry & Vincent).

Here are some qualifications that you should look for in deacons:

•   Servant-hearted (The word ‘deacon’ means ‘servant’)

•   Of honest report (good reputation, Acts 6:3)

•   Full of the Holy Ghost (Spirit-filled life, Acts 6:3)

•   Full of wisdom (Acts 6:3)

•   Able to administer church funds (“daily ministration,” Acts 6:1,3)

•   Grave (worthy of respect, 1 Tim 3:8)

•   Not double-tongued (not insincere, 1 Tim 3:8)

•   Not given to much wine (or alcoholic beverages, 1 Tim 3:8)

•   Not greedy of filthy lucre (or base gains, 1 Tim 3:8)

•   Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience (maintaining divine truth without fear or favour of men, 1 Tim 3:9)

•   Must first be proved (with some experience of service, 1 Tim 3:10)

•   Blameless (without reproach, unaccused, 1 Tim 3:10)

•   Husband of one wife (and always faithful to her, 1 Tim 3:12)

•   Ruling children and house well (a good parent, 1 Tim 3:12)

May the Lord find us faithful to fulfill our part in setting the house in order.

—Pastor

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Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting,

Lord’s Day, 27 April 14, at 10.45 am sharp

All members of Life B-P Church are reminded to attend this meeting. The combined English worship service begins at  9.00 am.

On 7 April 2014, ACM Notification Letter (personalised with your name and with a QR-code) will be either e-mailed or post-mailed to all resident voting members of good standing.

For those by e-mail, please print out the ACM Notification Letter directly from your e-mail.

Please remember to bring along this printed ACM Notification Letter to the ACM to exchange for the ballot sheet for voting.

 

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Men’s Fellowship 24th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service

12 Apr 14 (Sat) at 6pm, Beulah MPH

Topic: “Jesus - the Peace of Life”
Speaker: Rev Charles Seet
All are welcome

 

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Vacation Bible School 2014: 
“A whale of a time!” (Jonah 2:9)

Dates: 4th to 6th June (Wed to Fri)

Registration is now open for all N2-P4 children.

Helpers (teachers & logistics/games) are needed. Please avail yourself to serve (Titus 3:8).

Registration forms for children and helpers are available at the front of the Sanctuary. Registration may also be done online at www.lifebpc.com/vbs. Sign up now! 
Closing date: 11 May.

CONTACT: Russell Indran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9188-9980.

Note: VBS Staff briefing at MPH for all helpers on 18 May 2014, 12.30pm to 3pm (lunch provided at Beulah House). Attendance is compulsory.  

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1) Israel / Jordan Study Tour.  22 Nov - 3 Dec 2014. Limited places available. Priority given to Lifers. Please confirm your bookings with Rev Quek Keng Khwang early. 

2) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Dave Tang on the birth of a baby boy on 3 Apr 14.

 

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet 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

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