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Scripture Memory: Boasting.
VERSE : Proverbs 27:2 "Let another man priase thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

6 October 2013
8 am & 1045 am Worship Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Why Should We Follow Jesus? Mt 1:18-25)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Frank Low (God’s Word Will Never Fail, Mt 2:1-23)

13 October 2013
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Eld Lim Teck Chye (When Temptations Come, Mat 4:1-11)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Calvin Loh (Behold the Lamb of God, Mat 3:1-17)

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A BRIEF REPORT OF THE LONDON MINISTRY
(4 July – 2 October 2013)

 I thank and praise God for an open door to come to New Life Bible-Presbyterian Church, London to minister to the saints. Phoebe and I were very happy to renew friendship and fellowship with many of the saints here. In general, the attendance on the Lord’s Day has not changed much but the spirituality of the people of God has changed tremendously. We are very glad, encouraged and joyous to see them still walking in the truth (2 John 4; 3 John 3, 4).

However, it was not all smooth sailing for me to enter the United Kingdom. As some of you already know, I was denied entry to the country, detained, interrogated by immigration officials at Heathrow Airport for six hours, and was eventually asked to leave UK the following evening. Throughout the interrogation, I was very calm and felt peace within my heart. I could sense the presence of God with me. The Lord gave me wisdom to answer all the questions the officer asked me. During the interrogation, the words of Jesus came to my mind, “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you” (Matthew 10:19, 20). I believe that explains why I was so calm during the interrogation. I was released past midnight. John was there to fetch us to the church. I did not have any dinner. I just drank a glass of honey and went to sleep peacefully.

Since I had to leave UK the following evening, Phoebe and I decided to pay a visit to an old saint in the morning. She was very happy to see us. We shared and prayed for one another. At four in the afternoon, we took a mini-taxi to Heathrow. Jonathan, one of the Task Force members came to send us off. After checking in, Jonathan felt strongly that he should speak to the immigration officer again to appeal my case. He called the office at the airport. The officer was not very happy that the appeal was made last minute. However, she acceded to the request. Later she called Jonathan to tell him that she could not make the decision and had to ask her superior. We waited for a long while. Finally, she called Jonathan and told him the good news. I could see joy on his face. Deep in my heart, I knew that God had overruled the former decision of the officer. I saw God at work! To cut the story short, I got back my passport shortly and was given a six month visa. My luggage was delivered to me the following day by courier.

The Pulpit Ministry

Before I came to New Life, I had planned to do a series of messages on “One Another” during the morning service. The purpose was to build up the body life of the congregation. The series went well. The Word preached was well-received. Praise God! After the service, instead of giving another Bible study, I decided to have a discussion on the sermon preached. Worshippers who stayed behind for lunch fellowship would share and contribute practical ways to put the truth preached into practice. I have personally benefited and was greatly edified by the lively discussion.

The evening service starts at 4 pm. But prior to it, the saints would spend half an hour to read the Holy Scriptures. Then all of them would proceed to the sanctuary to have fifteen minutes of pre-worship singing. I preached devotionally through Psalm 119. The purpose was to encourage the saints to read, study, memorize, meditate on and practice the Word. Praise God for good response to the preaching of the Word. The evening service would last for an hour or so.

The Prayer Ministry 

Prayer meeting was held every Saturday at 4 pm at the fellowship hall. We began with an hour of Bible study before sharing items for prayer. We prayed for an hour or so. I praise and thank God for the spirit of the saints in prayer. Though the attendance was small (7), the fervency of prayer of the saints was most encouraging and uplifting.

The Pastoral Ministry

Many of the members live very far away from church. Some of them spend at least an hour and a half traveling to church with no complaints. I asked a Jamaican sister why she didn’t mind traveling so far to church. She said she did not mind because she had found a church that preaches the truth. The Lord’s Day was the best day to minister to the flock. I would seize every opportunity to fellowship with them.

Some shared deeply with me and others asked for prayer. Phoebe and I would make every effort to visit them. We were blessed by the fellowship of the saints.

The YAF Ministry

There are seven of us in the Young Adults’ Fellowship. We meet on Friday evenings. We would have our dinner first before the meeting. Usually Phoebe would cook a simple meal for them. I did Christian Discipleship with them. I taught them the Five Points of Calvinism and the Importance of the Follow-Up Ministry. Periodically, some of them could not join us in church and so they were asked to join us via Skype. I thought it was a very innovative idea. Thank God for technology! 

The Ladies’ Bible Study 

Sister Yetta from South Africa led this Bible study on Wednesday morning. There were four of them. However, for the last couple of weeks, Phoebe has been leading them in the study of the book of Genesis. 

The Ladies’ Fellowship 

The Ladies’ Fellowship meets on the last Sunday of the month for devotion, sharing and prayer at 2.30 pm. 

God has blessed New Life Bible-Presbyterian Church in many ways and has been sustaining her for more than a decade. Without fail, the Lord ensures that his people would not miss the hearing of the Word preached on the Lord’s Day. Sometimes the pastor is away for other commitments but the Lord would provide a preacher for that Sunday.

The community here is predominantly Roman Catholic. The ground is very hard for sowing the seed of the Gospel. In the past, more than 2000 Gospel tracts and invitations were given to homes but there was no response. However, the saints are not discouraged because Jesus said, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). He will bring in his sheep in in due time (John 10:16). That is a promise from the Lord! 

Finally, I appeal to you, Lifers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with the saints in London in your prayers to God to bring in his elect to build a Gospel witness in the North-West of London for the glory of God. Amen. 

Because of Calvary,

Pastor Colin 

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Men’s Fellowship Meeting 
11th Oct 2013 (Fri, 8pm)

at Greek & Hebrew Rm 
Speaker : Rev Jack Sin
Topic: "Rejoicing in Our Labours"

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1) Transfer of Membership: We extend our right hand of fellowship to Rev and Mrs Patrick Tan who have transferred their membership from Ebenezer B-P Church (Australia) to Life B-P Church w.e.f. 30 September 2013.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet 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