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Scripture Memory: Self-Control.
VERSE : Proverbs 16:32 
"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

1 December 2013
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Pastor David Yan (The Blessings for Following Christ, Mt 19:27-30)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Calvin Loh (Faith that Impresses Christ, Mt 8:5-13)

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)

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My dear Reader,

I BELIEVE IN LORDSHIP SALVATION

When I became a Christian in the 70s I was told to believe in the Savior who saved me from sin, misery and eternal damnation. Then I was told that it was up to me when I want Jesus to be the Lord of my life. However, as I read my Bible and Reformed Theology, I realized that this was not what the Bible teaches. I thanked God for opening my eyes to see what it meant to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

As I read the Word, I found many hard sayings of Jesus. Honestly speaking, I understood what Jesus meant, but I had difficulty accepting his teachings (John 6:60). God was patient with me. He took time to teach me. Over the years, I have come to accept Jesus’ teaching on Lordship Salvation.

One of the hard sayings of Jesus is Matthew 16:24: "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." What did Jesus mean? A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus said that if you wish to follow me, first, you need to utterly disown the self of the old man and put on the self of the new man (Ephesians 4:17-29; Colossians 3:5-17). John Stott said: "Self denied...is not to deny things to myself, but to deny myself to myself. It is to say no to self and yes to Christ; to repudiate self and acknowledge Christ" (John Stott, Basic Christianity (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972), p. 111).

Second, you need to carry your own cross. Oftentimes we hear people say, "This is the cross I must bear every day." This is not what Jesus meant. Cross bearing is not having an unsaved, abusive husband, a nagging wife, or an unreasonable mother-in-law. Nor is it having some form of physical disability or an incurable disease. To take up one’s cross means to be willing to pay any price for the sake of Jesus such as enduring shame, embarrassment, reproach, insult, rejection, persecution, and even martyrdom. John Stott aptly said, "To take up a cross is to put oneself into the position of a condemned man on his way to execution. In other words, the attitude to self is that of crucifixion. Every day the Christian is to die. Every day he renounces the sovereignty to his own will. Every day he renews his unconditional surrender to Jesus Christ" (John Stott, Basic Christianity (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972), pp. 111-112).

Third, before you can say that I am ready to be a follower of Jesus, you need to fulfil the first two requirements. Following Jesus is not a cultural thing; it is the way of the cross. It’s not an easy road because there are many trials, troubles and dangers along the way. However, you do not need to walk alone. Jesus will walk beside you. He will brighten the journey and lighten every heavy load. He will guard and keep you so that nothing can harm you (Psalm 23:4).

Dearly beloved, do you have the same problem as me? Have you been struggling on the subject of Lordship Salvation? I can deeply empathize with you.

The subject of Lordship Salvation is not some kind of invention after the apostolic age. This teaching has been there since Jesus called His first disciples to follow Him (Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11).

Who is a disciple? A disciple is a learner or a follower. He is one who gives his whole life over to follow another and his ideology. Marxism has many devoted followers today who propagate Karl Marx’s ideology. The Red Guards are devoted and committed to Mao’s teaching on Communism. The liberals of America are dedicated to spread their false and destructive ideas that resulted in untold millions of unborn babies being murdered by abortion. People who rally for the Gay Rights Movement have violated God’s seventh Commandment – "Thou shalt not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14) and have helped to promote a promiscuous society that leads to the destruction of the traditional family. These are good examples of what it means to be a disciple of a wrong ideology.

Sadly in the church today, countless professing Christians claim to believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of them are long time Christians in the church. There is no lack of biblical knowledge in them. As a matter of fact, many of them are well-mannered people and seem to show love, concern and care for others. No one would question their lifestyle and commitment to the Lord.

However, there is something lacking in them, and that is, they may appear to have a godly life, but there is a lack of transforming power in them (2 Timothy 3:5). These professing Christians may have a good knowledge of the Bible but have never experienced the power of the truth (Romans 1:16). Therefore, there is no sanctification taking place in them. When there is no sanctification by the truth; there is no spiritual growth (John 17:17). This is what Paul meant when he wrote, "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Timothy 3:7).

Furthermore, these professors of the faith are not interested in the subject of Lordship Salvation. One reason why many of them rejected its teaching is that they have been told that the Lordship Salvation teaches a sinner must cease from a sinful lifestyle to be saved. If that is true, then there is no need for any sanctifying power of the Word in the Christian life. This kind of teaching is contrary to Paul’s post-conversion teaching in Romans 7:15-25.

What is Lordship Salvation? Lordship Salvation emphasizes that surrendering to Christ as Lord over your life goes hand-in-hand with believing in Christ to be saved. That is to say, when a sinner believes in Jesus to save him from sin, misery and eternal hell, he not only receives Jesus as his Saviour but also acknowledge Him as his Lord. Jesus becomes the Saviour and Lord of his life.

Jesus said, "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:26, 27, 33). When Jesus said this to the great multitudes, he was not talking about a process of discipleship, but a commitment of discipleship. While it is true that a biblical commitment to the Lord is a process of growth, in these verses, He is talking about an initial commitment to Himself. This is an unalterable requirement which He said must be met or else one cannot become His disciple.

A careful reading of these verses will tell us that Jesus is not telling us to hate our parents, wife, children or siblings, and even ourselves. What He is dealing with here is love and devotion. He demands first place in the heart of an individual. He must be preeminent and all other relationships are secondary.

William Hendriksen aptly commented: He tells the people that devotion to Himself must be so wholehearted that even attachment to parents and to other members of one’s family must not be allowed to stand in the way. Clearly the meaning of the word "hate" in the Lucan passage is to love less. In all things Christ must always have the preeminence (Colossians 1:18). That the word "hate" in Luke 14:26 cannot have the meaning which we generally attach to it is clear also from the fact that Jesus tells us to love even our enemies (Matthew 5:44). What the Savior demands in Luke 14:26 and other passages is complete devotion, the type of loyalty that is so true and unswerving that every other attachment, even to one’s own life must be subjected to it. If a person is unwilling to tender that unconditional devotion, then says Jesus, ‘he cannot be my disciple’(William Hendriksen, New Testament Commentary, The Gospel of Luke (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1978), pp. 734-735).

Dearly beloved, nowadays many professing Christians are addressing Jesus as "Lord." In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warns them, saying, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 7:21). Elsewhere He also said, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46)

Let us examine ourselves thoroughly. Have we been calling Jesus "Lord" and have not been doing what He tells us? Is Jesus our Saviour only or is He both our Saviour and Lord? Amen.

Salvation Poem

Jesus you died upon a cross

And rose again to save the lost.

Forgive me now of all my sin

Come be my Savior, Lord and Friend.

Change my life and make it new

And help me, Lord, to live for You.

(Taken from GodLike)

Lovingly in Christ, Pastor Colin

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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) 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.

2) 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.

3) YF Camp 2013 (16-20 Dec)Theme: Back on Track. Speaker: Rev Mathews Abraham. Registration closes TODAY! Sign up at our booth outside main sanctuary after 8am & 10.45am service. For more information, contact Timothy Loe at 9678-1953.

4) Our condolences to Arthur Yeo Eng Wah on the homegoing of his father, Mr Yeo Ah Keng (91 years old) on 28 Nov 13. Funeral service will be held today at 3.30 pm (Rev Colin Wong). Cortege will leave for Mandai Hall 1 at 4:00 pm.

5) The family of Dr Ho Siew Lan & Mdm Carol Ho Siew Kheng wish to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Pastor Charles, Pastor Colin, Pastor Quek, Dn Lee Hock Chin and all the other members of Life B-P Church for all the kind attendance, condolences and donations on the glorious homegoing of their mother, Mdm Lee Chua Tee on 19 Nov 13.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Thai BPC Service, 2.30 pm. Rev Quek 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

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