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Scripture Memory: Wise Choice.
VERSE : Psalm 118:8 
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

26 January 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Relying on God, Ps 118:5-14)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Isaac Ong (The Sufferings of Christ, Ps 22:1,7-8,16,18;)

2 February 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Rev Patrick Tan (The Lord Reigns, Ps 93:1-5)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Joel Seah (Christ’s Delight to do God’s Will, Ps 40:6-8)

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THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CHURCH

Our church theme for this year is, “O taste and see that the LORD is good!” One of the evidences of His goodness is seen in His provision of men who are able to lead His church – “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12).

This can be observed in the early church when they needed new leaders in order to make further progress. Out of this came men like Stephen, who became the first martyr, and Philip, who became a dedicated evangelist (Acts 6:5).

But while God provides men who are able to lead, each church congregation must recognize its need and take the necessary steps to choose them to be leaders. “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” (Acts 6:3)

We must recognize those whom God has placed in our midst to be leaders, and appoint them to do the work of the Lord. God willing, this is what we will do at our church election on 27 April 2014. All members are hereby urged to consider whom they should choose to form the Session of the Church for the next three years. What criteria should we use in making our choice? The same verse (Acts 6:3) provides three of them:

Firstly, they must be men “of honest report.” To have an honest report means that one must have a good reputation in public and be well-spoken of by everyone. This first qualification is a moral one. A leader must be above reproach in all matters, whether it be in family life, social life, working life or financial matters. That is the first criterion for considering anyone for a place of leadership. Is there anything in a person’s background that may be used against him? If we have been living lives which seek to glorify our Lord and have been consciously striving to do His will, then we can meet this moral qualification. In fact, all Christians, not just leaders, should seek to be people of honest report.

The second criterion directs our attention to the spiritual qualification. According to Acts 6:3, only those who are “full of the Holy Spirit” should be chosen. A leader cannot be a new Christian, but one who has reached maturity. When a Christian has learned how to submit daily to the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit, his will and desires will be fully in tune with God’s will and desires. This is acquired through studying God’s Word seriously and through a healthy prayer life. One needs to develop sensitivity to the Spirit and discernment of God’s will not just for oneself, but for God’s people as well. If we are walking with the Lord in prayer and in His Word daily, we will be able to meet this qualification. As with the earlier qualification, it is God’s will that allChristians should be Spirit-filled.

The third criterion is a little more difficult to have, as it is a practical one. The word used in Acts 6:3 is“wisdom” and it refers to skill in administrative or leadership matters. It would include the ability to organize and plan, make sound decisions, coordinate activities, exercise faithful and efficient stewardship and good management of resources. Although not everyone may have this qualification, it may be cultivated with diligent effort and experience.

Now that we have seen the criteria that we must use to choose leaders, it must be noted that all three of them must be met. Having one or two of the qualifications is not good enough. The apostles did not say, “Look out for seven men who are of honest report, or full of the Holy Spirit, or full of wisdom.” The conjunction used isand. So if someone has a good reputation and is Spirit-filled, but has terrible leadership skills, he should not be considered for the leadership post. On the other hand, if someone is excellent in leadership but spiritually or morally weak, he should not be considered.

The question that now comes is: Can we ever find sufficient members in the church, who meet all these criteria, and who are willing to take leadership roles? Humanly speaking, it is extremely difficult. But we believe that God loves His church and will always ensure that there will be members with such qualities to provide the leadership it needs. They are His gifts to the church, and they will emerge from among the ranks of believers whenever the need arises.

All Lifers are urged to pray earnestly for God’s guidance and blessing, so that only the ones of His choosing may be identified and elected to office, to oversee the flock of God. Let everything be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40) and to the glory of God.

The process of Election to the Session is clearly defined in the following paragraphs from articles 13, 14, 15 and 16 of the Church Constitution:

13.1 Candidates shall satisfy the requirements listed in 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1 and 1 Peter 5. Additionally, and to ensure better objectivity in selection, they shall fulfill the following conditions:

13.1.1 Demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt, and over a sufficient length of time, that they are faithful and mature members of the Body of Christ and faithfully devote themselves to personal prayer and study of the Word.

13.1.2 Attend public worship and prayer meetings of the Church regularly unless prevented from doing so for valid reasons.

13.1.3 Make a careful study of the Constitution, in particular the Principle and Practice of Biblical Separation and fully accept it.

13.1.4 Be willing to participate wholeheartedly in the ministry of the Church, with the Pastor, and to devote time, talents and resources in such ministry which shall include serving in the various departments of the Church.

13.2 The Board of Elders shall nominate candidates for election to the Church Session. Nominations may also be submitted by any member of the congregation to the Board of Elders.

13.3 Proposals for election to the Church Session shall be carefully screened by the Board of Elders to ensure that only those with the essential qualifications and who are in full agreement with the doctrinal stand of the BiblePresbyterian Church, in particular with its Principle and Practice of Biblical Separation, are con-sidered for nomination and election to the Church Session.

13.4 Elected Elders/Deacons/Deaconesses shall be formally installed into office at a Service of Consecration to be held on an appropriate Lord’s Day soon after election.

14.1 The Pastor and/or Associate Pastor/Assistant Pastor shall be elected by the members of the Church at the Annual Congregational Meeting by a majority of the votes cast and shall hold office for a term of three years but shall be eligible for re-election. The Pastor shall be the Chairman of the Session.

15.1 The number of Elders in the Church shall not be more than one to every 50 communicant members. Where there are less than 50 communicant members, the Church shall have one Elder.

15.2 A candidate for election to the office of an Elder shall be a Deacon of not less than six years’ standing, duly nominated by the Board of Elders and elected by a majority vote of the members of the Church at the Annual Congregational Meeting, save that the Board of Elders may in its absolute discretion, shorten the qualifying period.

15.3 Upon election, an Elder shall hold office for a term of three years and may be eligible for reelection.

16.1 The number of Deacons shall not be more than six or one to every 40 communicant members, whichever is the greater number.

16.2 The number of Deaconesses shall not be more than four or one to every 100 communicant mem-bers whichever is the greater number.

16.3 A Deacon or Deaconess shall be elected by a majority vote of the members of the Church at the Annual Congregational Meeting, provided the candidate shall have attained 21 years of age at the time of nomination.

16.4 Upon election, a Deacon or Deaconess shall hold office for a term of three years and may be eligible for re--election.

19.4 The quorum of the Congregational Meetings in the election of the Pastor, Associate Pastor, Assistant Pastor, Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses and in the amendments of the Constitution shall be a simple majority of all resident voting communicant members in good standing.

19.7 The election of the Pastor, Associate Pastor, Assistant Pastor, Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses shall be by secret ballot.

19.8 The election of Session members, and decisions on all other businesses of the Church shall only be adopted by a majority vote of those present except the amendments to the Constitution which shall not be adopted without a two-thirds majority vote of those present.

Please note the following dates in the election process:

Nominations Open:* 2 February (Next Sunday)

Nominations Close: 23 February

Approved Nominees Announced: 6 April

Election: 27 April

Election Results Announced: 4 May

(*Nomination forms will be available from the Reception Counter on Sundays, and from the Church Office on weekdays.)

Let us all be in much prayer that God will bless our church with good leadership.             —Pastor

 

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Results of Scripture Memory Verse Programme Review Exercise No.6

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

1.  Angela Tan

2.  Annette Kunst-Teh

3.  Candace Neo

4.  Carina Teh

5.  Chan Sok Kheng

6.  Claire Tan

7.  Daniel Tan

8.  Fidelia Beatrice Alvina

9.  Ian Liu

10. Iris Loe

11. Janice Lee

12. Jedidiah Koh

13. Jennifer Goh

14. Jireh Loo

15. John Lee

16. Joyce Ang

17. Leong Li Peng

18. Leong Sow Mun

19. Leslie Tan

20. Lim Buay Hock

21. Lorene Chee

22. Mark Liu Liwen

23. Melina Te

24. Nicholas Lim Song Ping

25. Nigel Teh Tian Li

26. Ong Phei Hong

27. Rae-Ann Lim

28. Russell Joel Indran

29. Ryan Cheung Hao Han

30. Ryan Lim

31. Samuel Quek Yixin

32. Sharon Quek

33. Sim Siew Hoon

34. Sim Yen Hua

35. Tan Khoon Lee

36. Tan Kwee Mui

37. Tessa Teh

38. Theodore Lee

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1) Membership Roll Update Exercise: If you are a member of Life B-P Church, please fill the form and put it in the box at the church entrance.

2) Young Adults Fellowship Retreat 2014 will be held at Pulai Desaru, from 15 (Sat) - 18 (Tue) Mar 2014.Theme: Our Spiritual Conversation – Do We Walk the Talk? Speaker: Rev Patrick Tan. More details and sign up at bit.ly/yafretreat2014 For any queries, please contact Caleb Chia at 9438 8889 or email toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3) The Life B-P Church Camp will be held from 16 to 19 June 2014 at Awana Genting, West Malaysia.  Dr John J Davis will be preaching on the theme “Called unto Holiness.”  Please book your leave early to avoid disappointment. Registration begins early 2014.

4) Combined Lunar New Year Service, 31 Jan 14 (Friday) at 8.00 am. Rev Peter Chng will be speaking on “God’s Waiting” (2 Peter 3:8-13).

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