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Scripture Memory: Restraint in Speech.
VERSE : Proverbs 10:19 
"In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

24 November 2013
8 am Worship Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Losing to Gain, Mat 16:21-26)
1045am Worship Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Losing to GainMat 16:24-28)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Eld Sherman Ong (It’s Only Words, Mat 12:33-37)

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

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THE HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONS (Part 2)

(Extracted from Jerusalem to Irian Jaya – A Biographical History of Christian Missions, by Ruth A. Tucker)

Columba

The evangelism of Ireland by Patrick and others resulted in one of the most extraordinary missionary accomplishments of the Middle Ages. It was a missionary venture conducted largely by the Celtic church. "There was a passion for foreign missions in the impetuous eagerness of the Irish believers," writes Edman, "a zeal not common in their day. Burning with love for Christ, fearing no peril, shunning no hardship, they went everywhere with the Gospel."

One of the most famous of these Celtic abbot-missionaries was Columba, who was born into a noble Irish family in 521 and brought up in the Christian faith. As a young man he entered a monastery, where he was ordained a deacon and later a priest. His evangelistic zeal was evident early in his ministry, and he is credited with establishing many churches and monasteries in Ireland, including those famous ones at Derry, Durrow and Kells.

Columba’s switch from "home" missions to "foreign" missions at the age of 42 was, according to his seventh-century biographer, motivated "for the love of Christ," but there were apparently other factors involved as well. Whatever Columba’s reasons were for embarking on the foreign field, the fact remains that he went, and through his years of service he made a tremendous impact on Britain. With twelve clerics to serve under him, he established his headquarters just off the coast of Scotland on Iona, a small bleak, foggy island battered year-around by the pounding waves of the sea.

Columba himself was active in missionary work, and from Iona he traveled many times into Scotland proper and is credited with having evangelized the Picts who lived in the Scottish highlands. Through his witness, King Brude, who reigned over the northern Picts, was converted. Brude initially refused to allow Columba to enter the gates of the city, but Columba stayed outside and prayed until the king relented.

Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf

One of the greatest missionary statesmen of all times and the individual who did the most to advance the cause of Protestant missions during the course of the eighteenth century was a German-born nobleman, Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf.

Zinzendorf was born in 1700 into wealth and nobility. The death of his father and the subsequent remarriage of his mother left him to be reared by his grandmother and aunt. It was their warm evangelical Pietism that turned his heart toward spiritual matters. His early teaching was reinforced by his education.

An incident during a tour of Europe changed the course of his life. While visiting an art gallery he viewed a painting (Domenico Feti’s Ecce Homo) that depicted Christ enduring the crown of thorns, with an inscription that read, "All this I did for you, what are you doing for Me?" From that moment on, Zinzendorf knew he could never be happy living the life of a nobleman. No matter what the cost, he would seek a life of service for the Savior who had suffered so much to save him.

The opportunity for Zinzendorf to become involved in meaningful Christian service did not come until 1722, when a group of Protestant refugees sought shelter on his estate at Bethelsdorf, later named Herrnhut, meaning "the Lord’s watch." Zinzendorf’s invitation to these refugees to settle on the land, despite opposition from other family members, was a turning point in the development of the Moravian movement.

Direct involvement in foreign missions did not come until some years after the great spiritual awakening. Zinzendorf was attending the coronation of Danish King Christian VI, and during the festivities he was introduced to two native Greenlanders (converts of Hans Egede) and a Negro slave from the West Indies. So impressed was he with their pleas for missionaries that he invited the latter to visit Herrnhut, and he himself returned home with a powerful sense of urgency. Within a year the first two Moravian missionaries had been commissioned to the Virgin Islands, and in the two decades that followed, the Moravians sent out more missionaries than all Protestants (and Anglicans) had sent out in the previous two centuries.

Although Zinzendorf is known primarily as a missionary statesman, he willingly helped in foreign mission ventures himself. In 1738, some years after the first missionaries had gone to the Caribbean, Zinzendorf accompanied three new recruits who had been commissioned to join their colleagues there. When they arrived they were distressed to find their colleagues in prison, but Zinzendorf wasted no time in using his prestige and authority as a nobleman to secure their release.

As a missionary statesman, Zinzendorf spent 33 years as the overseer of a world-wide network of missionaries who looked to him for leadership. His methods were simple and practical and ones that endured the test of time. All of his missionaries were lay people who were trained not as theologians but as evangelists. As self-supporting laymen, they were expected to work alongside their prospective converts, witnessing their faith by the spoken word and by their living example – always seeking to identify themselves as equals, not as superiors.

Above all else, the Moravian missionaries were single-minded. Their ministry came before anything else. Wives and families were abandoned for the cause of Christ. Young men were encouraged to remain single, and when marriage was allowed, the spouse was often chosen by lot.

The chief example of single-mindedness was Zinzendorf himself. His wife and children were frequently left behind as he traveled abroad, and his exile for more than a decade from his homeland further complicated his family life. While he was away, his business and legal affairs were handled by his capable wife, Erdmuth, but she was less adept at keeping their marriage relationship intact. It was no secret that he and Erdmuth had grown cool toward each other and that the last fifteen years of their marriage was a marriage in name only. Nevertheless, her death was a time of bitter grief for Zinzendorf. According to John Weinlick, his biographer, "…the count’s sorrow was aggravated by remorse. He had not been fair to Erdmuth. Cynics to the contrary, he had not been unfaithful to her during their long periods of separation; but he had been extremely thoughtless. He had forgotten that she was a woman, a wife and a mother."

While some may view the Moravians’ obsession with the physical death of Christ as merely a strange aberration of the evangelical Christian heritage, the significance lies far deeper than that in its relation to Christian missions. The more mystical and introspective the Moravians became in their personal identification with the Lord’s physical suffering, the less they cared about the needs of others, particularly regarding world evangelism. They viewed their mystical sensual experiences as evidence of ultimate spirituality and neglected the practical side of their faith. Active missionaries were actually looked down on because they had not yet reached the mystics’ high plane of spirituality, and the cause of missions, therefore, suffered.

All this may have brought a quick demise to this great missionary movement, but, fortunately, the count came to his senses before that occurred. Admitting that the condition of the church had "greatly degenerated," and that he himself had "probably occasioned it," Zinzendorf was able to put that "brief but fearful" period behind him and to steer his following back on course again. Certainly that factor alone adds to the stature of this great man.

Zinzendorf’s contribution to missions is best seen in the lives of men and women who accepted his challenge to forsake all for the sake of the gospel. Their sole motivation was Christ’s sacrificial love for the world, and it was with that message that they went to the ends of the earth. 
(To be continued)

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An Appeal for Typhoon Relief Funds

Those who wish to contribute, please designate an offering "Disaster Relief" and put it into the offering bags during any of the worship services in Life Church today. Offering envelopes are available in the pews in the church sanctuary.

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Results of Scripture Memory Verse Programme Review Exercise No.5

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

1. Angela Tan

2. Annette Kunst-Teh

3. Calvin Choo

4. Candace Neo

5. Carina Teh

6. Chan Sok Kheng

7. Charmaine Low

8. Chloe Neo

9. Daniel Tan

10. Deborah Chan

11. Elizabeth Wun

12. Fidelia Beatrice Alvina

13. Freddi Te

14. Ian Liu

15. Iris Loe

16. Janice Lee

17. Jayson Loo Jia Sheng

18. Jedidiah Koh

19. Jennifer Goh

20. Jireh Loo

21. Joel Neo

22. Joelle Heng Wee En

23. Johannah Koh Mei Choo

24. Joyce Ang

25. Kimberly Yeap

26. Leong Li Peng

27. Leong Sow Mun

28. Leslie Tan

29. Lorene Chee

30. Low Siew Kiang

31. Mark Liu Liwen

32. Melina Te

33. Nicholas Lim Song Ping

34. Nicole Lim

35. Nigel Teh Tian Li

36. Ong Phei Hong

37. Rachel Lim Jia En

38. Rae-Ann Lim

39. Russell Joel Indran

40. Ryan Cheung Hao Han

41. Ryan Lim

42. Ryan Yeo Jun Wei

43. Samuel Quek Yixin

44. Sharon Quek

45. Sim Yen Hua

46. Tabitha Lee

47. Tan Khoon Lee

48. Tessa Teh

49. Theodore Lee

50. Woon Yee Shin

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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) 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. 

2) "Evening by Evening": Daily Devotional by C H Spurgeon, Vol 1 (Jan to Mar 2014). Available at the front counter. The same devotions are available online at http://www.lifebpc.com/devotions.

3) YF Camp 2013 (16-20 Dec)Theme: Back on Track. Speaker: Rev Mathews Abraham. Registration closes on 1 Dec. Sign up at our booth outside main sanctuary after 8am & 10.45am service. For more information, contact Timothy Loe at 9678-1953.

4) Infant Baptism on Christmas Sunday, 22 Dec 13. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by TODAY. Please call the Church office (65949399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

5) Our condolences to the family of Dr Ho Siew Lan & Mdm Carol Ho Siew Kheng on the homegoing of their mother, Mdm Lee Chua Tee (96 years old) on 19 Nov 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