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Scripture Memory: God’s Mercy.

VERSE : Psalm 147:11 “The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.”* * *

O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

30 March 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Rev Tan Eng Boo (GPS: God’s Plan of Salvation, Gal 4:4,5)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Dn Joel Seah (Christ’s Rejection is Our Acceptance, Ps 118:22-26)

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)

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My dear Reader,

A MAN CALLED JESUS

Is there an answer to life’s perennial question - What is the meaning of life?  This is an age-old question.  This question has been asked by people from all walks of life.  It does not matter whether you are rich or poor, educated or uneducated, sophisticated or simple-minded, young or old, king or peasant, you may have asked it at one point of your life.  But have you found the answer to your soul-searching question?

Mankind has been searching for happiness, peace and satisfaction in life since our first parents wilfully disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3).  Little did mankind know that the world’s problems are not only psychological, ecological, sociological, economical and geological, but most of all theological because it has to do with the age-old question – What is the answer to the meaning of life?

More than 3000 years ago, King Solomon asked a very heart-searching question which millions of people are asking today: Do people really gain anything from all the hard work they do in this life? (Ecclesiastes 1:3) In his quest for satisfaction in life, Solomon discovered to his horror that everything is meaningless - wisdom is meaningless, pleasures are meaningless, toil is meaningless, advancement is meaningless, riches are meaningless, everything, that’s right, everything is meaningless.

If everything is meaningless, then what is the answer to life’s perennial question: What is the meaning of life? I believe the answer to life is found in the blind man’s answer to the curious crowd in John 9.  When the people asked him who opened his eyes, his answer was simply, “A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight” (John 9:10, 11).  That’s right! A man called Jesus is the answer to what mankind has been searching for – the meaning of life.

But why is Jesus the answer to mankind’s perennial question and not any other sage? The simple answer is because Jesus is God.  Let me share with you why Jesus is the answer to mankind’s perennial search for a full and meaningful life.

Jesus is the Answer to Man’s Spiritual Sickness

A man called Jesus said, “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 2:17). 

A healthy person does not need to see a doctor.  He does not need medication.  However, when he is unwell, he calls on a doctor.  The doctor examines him and prescribes for him medication according to his sickness.  In the same way, a sinner needs a spiritual doctor because he is spiritually sick. 

The problem of his sickness is sin.  Sin has ruined his life.  Sin has brought misery on him.  He needs to be delivered from it or else he will die an eternal death, forever separated from God. 

Jesus said, “…I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  Jesus is the answer to the problem of sin.  He is the sinner’s spiritual doctor.  He can take away your sin.  He has come to call sinners to repentance. 

Friend, are you spiritually sick? There is no other spiritual doctor who can cure you from your spiritual sickness except Jesus.  He is the answer to your sin problem.  Will you come to Him today? (Acts 4:12)

Jesus is the Answer to Life Everlasting

A man called Jesus said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:14, 15; 14:6). 

The background of these words of Jesus is found in Numbers 21:4-9.  The people of God were complainers.  God was angry with them.  So He sent poisonous snakes among them to bite them and many of them died.  The people came to Moses for confession and asked him to pray to God to remove the poisonous snakes among them, which he did.  God told him to make a bronze snake and put it on a pole, and if anyone is bitten by the snake he can look at it and live.  

Jesus said that as Moses lifted up the snake on a pole in the desert, even so the Son of Man must be lifted up that whosoever looks at Him and believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  Here He speaks of His crucifixion by the Romans and the way to obtaining everlasting life.

Friend, sin has bitten us badly.  Mankind has no solution to the sin problem.  As long as it is not solved, mankind remains miserable and condemned in the sight of a holy God.  It’s time to stop looking everywhere for an answer to your sin problem.  Look at the cross of Jesus Christ and be saved from the problem of sin.  Will you?

Jesus is the Answer to a Full and Meaningful Life

Life is full of routines like sleeping, eating, playing and working with occasional landmarks such as marriage, birth and death.  Seasons and years come and go.  Even special events like vacations, birthday parties and wedding anniversaries can become repetitious, less exciting and meaningful as we grow older.  So how can we live a full and meaningful life?  

A man called Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).  This verse is often taken out of context.  The prosperity preachers will use it to support the idea that Christianity leads to health and wealth.

What did Jesus mean? John 10 draws a contrast between a true and a false shepherd.  A false shepherd is a thief whose purpose is to kill, steal and destroy the sheep, but a true shepherd will not only give protection to his sheep, but also give them life in its fullness.       

This is what Jesus claimed to do when he was on earth.  He came so that you and I might have life and might have it more abundantly.  To be a Christian is to have a superabundance of life.

A Roman soldier came to Julius Caesar with a request for permission to commit suicide.  He was a wretched dispirited creature with no vitality.  Caesar looked at him.  “Man,” he said, “were you ever really alive?”

When you and I try to live our own lives, life is a dull, dispirited thing.  But life with Jesus is different – full of vitality.  He will lead us to the best of all pasturage where we can enjoy a richer and a fuller life (Psalm 23:2). 

So what is the secret to a full and meaningful life? Well, it is simply abiding in Jesus.  He is the Vine.  We are the branches.  The branches depend on the Vine for nourishment.  Jesus is our spiritual Source of nourishment.  Therefore, we are to abide in Him at all times lest we become spiritually malnourished and life on earth becomes not worth living anymore (John 15:1-5).   

Friend, do you long for a full and meaningful life? There are three things you need to do.  First, you need to acknowledge that you are a sinner and you are unable to save yourself.  Second, you need to confess your sins to God.  Jesus who committed no sin was made to be sin for you in order that in union with Him you might share the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Finally, you need to put your faith in Jesus to save you from sin, misery and hell, and acknowledge Him as your personal Lord and Saviour.  Will you?

Jesus is the Answer to Man’s Fear of Death

The fear of death is a universal phenomenon.  No matter where you go in the world, you will always find numerous people who are afraid of dying.  The reason for fearing death is obvious: Death is the greatest mystery of all.

Fear of the unknown is incredibly powerful.  Since death is considered the biggest “unknown” of all, many people find death terrifying.  Death is surrounded by so many unknown variables.  What will it feel like when you die? What will be waiting for us when we reach the other side of the veil of death? Will the afterlife be as chaotic and painful as this life?

Since nobody has ever come back to tell us of the afterlife, man’s million-dollar question is, “What’s going to happen to us when we die? Where will we spend our eternity?”

A man called Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  Believest thou this?” (John 11:25, 26) There is life after death.  Death is not the end of everything but the beginning.  Death can be seen simply as a doorway leading into an infinitely better existence which Jesus promises to all who believe in Him (Philippians 1:23). 

Friend, are you fearful of death? Why don’t you come to Jesus who had overcome death on the third day and lives forever more? He is tenderly calling you.  The world’s latest technologies and advancements are not the answer to man’s fear of death.  Jesus is.  Praise God for “a man called Jesus!” Will you embrace Him to be your personal Lord and Saviour? Amen.                                     —Pastor Colin 

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GAF Morning Fellowship

Date: 5 April 14 (Sat)

Time: 9.30 to 11.30 am

Venue: Room 1-5, Beulah House

Testimony: God’s Grace on Fight Against Cancer by Dr Thio Hoe Tong

Exhortation: Old, Not Out! by Tan Thiam Hong

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Good Friday & Easter Services

Good Friday (Bilingual Service), 18 Apr, 8 pm 
“Hope for a Dying Sinner”
 (Luke 23:39-43) by 

Rev Charles Seet. (The Lord’s Supper will be served.)

Easter Sunday, 20 Apr, 7 am (followed by Breakfast Fellowship). 
“The Ever-Living Saviour”  (Hebrews 7:25
by Rev Calvin Loh (Baptismal service).

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EMMANUEL REFORMED BIBLE SEMINAR
by Rev Dr Tim Yates

Biblical Precepts for Effective Leadership and Discipleship for the Local Church

23-28 June 2014 (Mon-Sat) at Beulah MPH  
8.30 am-1.00 pm (Mon - Fri); Exam on Sat morning.
Details are available at www.lifebpc.com.
Please complete registration forms available at the reception counter and place them in the box, together with payment.  Closing date: 15 May 14.

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Free Evening Lectures, 7.30 - 9.30 pm

Christ-Centred Bible Application

23  June (Mon). Be Thou My Vision: The Supremacy of God in the Biblical Change Process.

26 June (Thu). Be Thou My Vision: The Supremacy of God in the Biblical Interpretation and Practical Application.

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1) Life B-P Church Camp, 16-19 June 2014 at Awana Genting, West Malaysia.  On-line registration at the church website,www.lifebpc.com/churchcamp2014.htm. Registration forms are also available at the front entrance for those who have no internet access.

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