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Scripture Memory: Warning Against Evil
VERSE : Proverbs 4:14 
“Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

8 December 2013
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Eld Ng Beng Kiong (Two Great Commandments, Mt 22:34-40)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (The Poor Rich, Mt 19:16-30)

15 December 2013
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Rev Charles Seet(Are You Obeying the Great Commission? Mt 28:16-20 )
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Colin Wong (RSVP, Mt 22:1-14)

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ARE YOU TRULY SAVED?

Some questions are not worth spending a lot of time on, as the Bible refers to them as “foolish and unlearned questions” which we should avoid. However there are some vital questions that we should ask because of their impact and importance on us and on others. In this article we want to deal with a vital question: Are you truly saved?

Why Ask This Question?

1. To Avoid Living in Self-Deception

Not all who come to church are truly saved. Some may come to church faithfully and still not be born again. It would be really frightening for a faithful church-goer to discover this only on the Day of Judgment!

It is possible to “have a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.” (2 Timothy 3:5). Jesus said that even those who call Him “Lord” and have done many great works in His name may not be allowed into His kingdom (Matthew 7:21-23).

While it is good to attend church faithfully every Lord’s day, give your offerings, and do a lot of other Christian activities, please do not assume that all this means you will surely be acquitted before God on the Last Day. They might only be an outward form. To put your trust in outward performance without paying any attention to your spiritual condition is to trust in an empty shell.

Do you come to church out of a sense of duty rather than love? Is your heart cold and not really participating in the worship service? Do you just go through the motions of worship every Sunday? Do you have to force yourself to pray and read God’s Word? These may be early indications that an unpleasant surprise awaits you!

What makes a person a true Christian is not outward form but inward change. God must do a work of regeneration in your heart, so that you become recreated in His image: “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away. Behold all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

2. It Gives You an Assurance of Salvation

Does the Bible teach that believers can know that they are really born again? Yes it does! Many have had assurance of their salvation. How was Job able to say, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God” (Job 19:25,26)?

How was King David able to say so confidently, “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” (Psalm 17:15)? How did he know that He would spend eternity in heaven with the Lord, as he testified in Psalm 23:6? – “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” The Apostle Paul knew that he was saved – “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.”(Philippians 1:23)

Unfortunately, when many Christians are asked whether they are saved or not, they reply, “I am not sure. Sometimes I think I am saved, but sometimes I really question whether I am saved or not. At times when I fall into temptation and sin – that’s when I doubt my salvation.”

Some have claimed that having no assurance of salvation is good for Christians because it keeps them on their toes. If they are assured that they are saved they might live anyway they like, and become worldly and sinful. But this would mean that their works of obedience are done out of self-interest. Obeying God becomes only a means to gain more assurance for themselves.

Having a firm assurance of salvation therefore enables you to serve God with gladness, and out of pure selfless motives of love and gratitude to Him. You will no longer have a nagging fear that you may still end up in hell after everything is done. Being freed from this fear enables you to live for the Lord and serve Him selflessly.

How You Can Tell?

1. Not Your Feelings

When a person is saved, feelings of joy will come naturally. But as his moods and circumstances change those feelings will evaporate. If you depend solely on the way you feel, you cannot have a firm assurance. God has given three things by which you can have a firm assurance…

2. The Witness of the Spirit

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”(Romans 8:15,16) When a person is saved the Holy Spirit comes to dwell permanently in him, and gives him the inward assurance and peace that he is truly a child of God.

This does not come by an audible voice but by an inner prompting. This often comes unexpectedly at the time when the Christian is reading his Bible, or hearing a message from God’s Word at a worship service or during a Sunday School class. The witness of the Spirit therefore works in tandem with…

3. The Testimony of the Scriptures

The Bible contains many wonderful passages that assure the Christian of his salvation. One of them is“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that  ye  may  know  that  ye  have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

God has invested His Word with a unique power to assure and strengthen our faith (Romans 10:17). As a Christian reads it, the Holy Spirit personalises it to him, giving him the conviction that it is true of him. This conviction is real and not imaginary. The faith and assurance of salvation of every born-again Christian will be strengthened each time he reads and understands the promises of God.

4. The Evidence of a Changed Life

While the Word of God and the Holy Spirit are sufficient to give the Christian an assurance of his salvation, the Bible teaches an even better way to gain assurance of salvation after that: When there are clear signs of spiritual growth. This shows that God is working in his life.

Change is evident as his life exhibits more and more of the characteristics mentioned in 2 Peter 1:5-7 – “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” The presence of these characteristics reveal that his profession of faith is genuine. Thus he gains greater assurance of his salvation.

These characteristics provide a useful way to examine yourself to see if you are in Christ or not (2 Corinthians 13:5). Is your life manifesting more of them? Another telling sign to look out for is habitual sin. The Scriptures make it clear that no true Christian will continue to sin habitually after he is saved (see 1 John 2:9,11; 3:6-10,14-15; 5:18). He may still struggle with certain besetting sins, but if Christ lives in him he will gradually experience victory over them.

What Should You Do?

If you are not growing spiritually, you ought to be concerned. Alarm bells should sound! Perhaps you are not saved yet. Another possibility is that you are saved but have failed to grow into maturity. There were Christians at Corinth whom Paul called “babes in Christ” because they showed clear signs of immaturity. This should be just as alarming to you, since the Lord’s will is that you attain unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).

Since either of these two possibilities may be true of you, you really have no assurance of your salvation. You must not delay to act on this matter as it is of utmost importance. God says to you now, “Give diligence to make your calling and election sure.” (2 Peter 1:10) Spend some time alone with God in prayer and honest reflection on the characteristics mentioned in 2 Peter 1:5-7 namely, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly love and charity. Do this now so that you will not be shocked at the Last Day with an unexpectedly unpleasant time before God, but will instead be rejoicing in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

You can pray a prayer like this: “Lord, please search my heart and see if I possess salvation – if Jesus truly lives within me. If I am truly saved, help me never to doubt it. But if I am NOT saved, O Lord, take away the false security. I sincerely want to know the truth. Amen.” If you need help or guidance, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our church pastoral staff. May the Lord enable you to make your calling and election sure.                                                                         — Pastor

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60th YF / 32nd YAF Anniversary 2013

Theme: King of My Life, I Crown Thee Now

Speaker: Elder Khoo Peng Kiat

Date: 31st December 2013, Tuesday (before Watchnight Service)

Time: 7 pm

Venue: Beulah Centre MPH

Other info: Everyone is invited to fellowship over dinner thereafter (dinner will be provided)

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ERBL LECTURES (JAN-MAY 14) : Expanded to Day Lectures!

Day Time Course Lecturer

Mon 7.30 - 9.30 pm OT Survey II Rev Charles Seet

Tue 10 - 12.00 pm Basic Greek II Rev Ho Chee Lai

Wed 10 - 12.00 pm Theology of Prayer Rev Isaac Ong

Thu 10 - 12.00 pm 2 Corinthians Rev Isaac Ong

7.30 - 9.30 pm NT Survey II Rev Ho Chee Lai

Fri 10 - 12.00 pm Nouthetic Counselling Rev Dr Jack Sin

Closing date for ‘Early Bird Discount’ of $5 is 2 Dec 13, and is valid only with payment. Lectures begin on 6 Jan 14. Place completed registration forms with payment in the box.

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1) Scripture Memory Verses 2014: “O Taste and See that the LORD is Good”. Memory verse booklets are available at the front counter.

2) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 20 Apr 14 commences on 5 Jan 14 at Beulah Centre Rm 5-4, 9.30 am. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the catechism Class.

3) Life B-P Church Calendar 2014. Members who wish to have additional calendars as Christmas gifts for their friends and loved ones may request for up to 2 additional ones from the deacons.

4) The Sunday School cordially invites all members and friends to the SS Christmas Thanksgiving Fellowship on 21 Dec 13 at 10am, followed by fellowship lunch. The theme is “Jesus came, and He is coming again...” Please come and rejoice to commemorate Christ’s birth and His 2nd Coming.

5) Our condolences to Clarence Lim and sister Sharon Lim on the homegoing of their brother, Aaron Lim Soo Heng (55 years old) on 30 Nov 13.

6) The family of Arthur Yeo Eng Wah wish to thank Session members, pastors and members of the church for their prayers,encouragement, words of comfort, gifts and condolences at the home-going of his father, Mr Yeo Ah Keng, on 28 Nov 13. 

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Indonesian Service, 4.00 pm.  Rev Wong at  Life  Chinese Service, 10.45 am. Rev Quek at JWS, 8 am & 10.45 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

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