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Scripture Memory: Respect for Parents.
VERSE : Proverbs 23:22 
“Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

29 September 2013
8 am Worship Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Compassion like Christ; 1 Thes 2:8-12,Mk 6:34)
1045 am Worship Service:
Rev Tan Soon Yong (How Precious is Your Soul?Lk 12:20-21)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Eld Sherman Ong ((Jehovah Rophi: The LORD who Heals; Ex 15:26)

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)

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DOES GOD EXIST?

The Bible makes no attempt to prove that God exists, but simply assumes it as a fact. It begins with the words, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

For us who have experienced God’s goodness in our lives and are enjoying our personal walk with Him, if anyone were to ask us, “How do you know that God exists?” our natural response would be, “I know that God exists because I talked with Him today when I prayed. This is the greatest proof – the fact that I can enjoy daily personal fellowship with Him.” But this answer may not make much sense to those who have not known God yet. If you are like that, here are some useful points that can help you.

Creation

Creation is the best testimony to God’s existence. It is found everywhere – “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead…” (Romans 1:20). Psalm 19 speaks of the evidence of God from creation – “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork.” It is obvious that if the world exists, it must have had an origin or beginning. The only sensible answer to the world’s existence is that God made it.

The world not only exists but it is filled with incredible complexity of design. The great inventor Thomas Edison said, “No one can study chemistry and see the wonderful way in which certain elements combine with the nicety of the most delicate machine ever invented, and not come to the inevitable conclusion that there is a Big Engineer who is running this universe.”

Johannes Kepler, the famous 16th century astronomer, was troubled by a friend who took the view that the universe came into being all by itself. In order to convince him that God exists, he constructed a model of the sun and the planets revolving around it. When his friend came into his observatory and saw the model, he exclaimed with delight, “How beautiful it is! Who made it?” And Kepler carelessly answered, “No one made it: it made itself.” His friend looked at him and said, “Nonsense, tell me who made it.” Kepler then replied,“Friend, you say that this little toy could not make itself. It is but a weak imitation of this great universe which, I understood you believe did make itself.” A study of nature reveals that every little detail of every creature, even the tiniest, is not a product of mere chance, but has been marvelously designed to fulfill a specific function.

One of the wonders of creation where God’s hand is so clearly evident, is the existence of life. Scientists used to think that life came about by spontaneous generation. But with all the new research that have been made in life sciences and molecular biology, we now have a huge wealth of scientific information that make it much more difficult to hold to that position any more. Even the simplest cell is so complex and highly organised at the molecular level, that it is impossible for an ancestral form of it to have arisen by chance.

A cell needs at least 2,000 different proteins and nucleic acids in order to function. Life would be impossible without them. These vary in molecular weight from several thousand to many million, consisting of long chains of amino acids. They also have an enormous range of functions. Some are enzymes that are essential for metabolism; others have a passive structural role. We can think of each protein or nucleic acid in a cell as a little machine. The simplest cell processes such as replication of DNA requires more than 20 different kinds of machines working perfectly together. If any of these is defective, replication can never take place. And yet they must all work continually, efficiently and extensively, or else life cannot exist!

No one can explain how such a high level of technology on a molecular and cellular level could ever have come about by chance. Consequently some scientists, including the Nobel prizewinner, Francis Crick, who did not believe in God, have thrown up their arms in despair and concluded, “I cannot myself see just how we shall ever decide how life originated.” (Crick, Life itself – Its Origin and Nature, Futura London, 1982).

If only men would acknowledge that God exists, they would have their perfect answer to the origin of life! Psalm 36:9 declares this truth as the psalmist says to God, “For with Thee is the fountain of life.”

History

God has been manifesting His existence through various events, various people, as well as ancient nations that have left written records behind. One notable event in history is the worldwide flood. It is striking that ancient records from the Babylonians, Sumerians, Greeks, Hindus, Chinese, native Hawaians, Mexicans, and North American Indians all have a similar account of a man who was amazingly saved together with a few others from a universal flood, and then had to face the task of repopulating the earth after the flood waters receded. This is evidence of God’s righteous judgment of the sinful world with the Great Flood, as recorded in Genesis 6-9. Huge extensive deposits of sedimentary rocks all over the earth, with all the fossils embedded in them, confirm that this worldwide flood took place. The fact that the world today is still filled with people and animals confirms that God preserved a family and some animals from being destroyed by that flood. Can anyone know these facts of history and say that there is no God?

The most sustained evidence of God’s existence in history is Israel. This nation has been an enigma in human history. Many ancient civilisations that were greater and stronger than Israel have ceased to exist a long time ago – the Assyrians, Persians, Greeks and Romans – nothing is left of them except some ruins that reveal the greatness they once enjoyed. Yet this nation that began 4,000 years ago with Abraham has survived to this day, and still continues to hold its own today. No other nation has miraculously survived slavery in ancient Egypt, captivity in ancient Babylon, an extermination decree in ancient Persia, persecution under the Seleucid kings, dispersion under the Romans, the Holocaust under the Nazis, pogroms in Europe and wars with the Arab world.

History offers no rational explanation for this amazing feat of survival and consistent triumph of the Jewish people over their foes. The only way to account for this is to believe that there is One who has been providentially preserving the Jews throughout all ages, a God who is faithful to the promise He made in Genesis 12:3 – “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

The Human Soul

John Calvin said that man can look into himself and find there “a hundred vestiges of God.” Man is born with a natural universal belief in a supreme being. Throughout all ages people have always desired to worship something or someone greater than themselves. Anthropologists have observed that every race or tribe in this world has had a religion at some point in time in its history. Even though what they believed about God is distorted, there was always a basic idea of deity, whether consisting of one god or many. Ancient cultures had sun gods, moon gods, thunder gods and many others.

This shows that there is a spiritual consciousness inside man that tells him of his need to relate to God. According to Acts 17:25,26, God “…hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us.” Blaise Pascal, the famous French physicist and philosopher, put it this way, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man, which only God can fill…”

Dear Reader, have you ever felt a sense of restlessness inside you, or a longing for something, but you were not sure what it is? It may be your soul crying out for its void to be filled, and none but God can ever fill it!

Another evidence within yourself is your intellectual capabilities. Man has a powerful intellect that is many times better than the best computers in the world. It is capable of comprehending and expressing abstract ideas and concepts, and of learning, reasoning, exploring his environment, and then changing and adapting it as he likes. It is capable of producing the finest literary works, the most artistic designs, the most moving pieces of music, and the most advanced high-tech equipment.

This intellect makes man unique among all creatures. But where did it come from? The only reasonable answer is that it comes from God. Colossians 3:10 speaks of the intellectual consciousness, when it tells us to “put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.” The intellect that enables man to receive and understand knowledge comes from the image of God that was imprinted in him at his creation.

We have one more type of consciousness that cannot be explained apart from God’s existence: A moral consciousness that teaches us the difference between right and wrong, and that governs and influences all our thoughts and actions. This is also known as the conscience. It serves like a guiding mechanism, compelling us to do what is right, and troubling us with a deep sense of guilt and regret whenever we do wrong. But where did this conscience come from? Like the intellect, it comes from the image of God that was imprinted in us at creation. Unfortunately, when this image of God was corrupted by man’s sin the conscience became unreliable. Therefore Ephesians 4:24 tells us that we need to “put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

So What if God Exists?

Knowing that God exists is not enough – you must go on to know Him personally. This is the most important knowledge in life, because God is the ultimate reality, the fundamental fact, and the integrating factor of the whole universe. Therefore your relationship with Him is the most important relationship in human existence. To be in a right relationship with God is life; to be out of a right relationship with God is destruction and death. How can you build up your relationship with God? By spending time to read the Bible and to talk with Him in prayer.

If you are not a Christian yet, God requires you to admit that you are a sinner worthy of eternal death, and to receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord. He alone can wash your sins away with the blood that He shed for you when He died on the cross. This is the first step you must take to know God, love God and live for God aright. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3)

If God has spoken to your heart as you read this article, what are you waiting for? Come to Him now and acknowledge Him as your God!

— Pastor

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1) Migrant Workers Outreach: Please meet in Church at 6.00pm in Rm 1-5 for prayer before setting off to Soon Lee Road Recreation Center at 6.30 pm.

2) Mr & Mrs Tan Soo Phiow would like to thank the pastors, Session members and those who have prayed and visited Soo Phiow when he was in the ICU. Thank God he has been discharged and is resting at home.

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