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Scripture Memory: Peace with Man.
VERSE : Proverbs 16:7 
"When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

8 September 2013
8 am & 1045 am Worship Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Cultivating Love; 2 Pet 1:7, Eph 3:17, 1 Jn 2:15-17, Mt 22:37,38)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Jehovah Hoseenu: The LORD our Maker; Ps 95:6)

15 September 2013
8 am & 1045 am Worship Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Commitment to Christ, Luk 9:23,24; 2 Cor 5:14,15)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Jehovah Shalom: The LORD is Peace; Judg 6:24)

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WHY BRING SOULS TO CHRIST?

No roadworthy vehicle will move forward without a good engine. In the same way, every Christian needs motivations that are sound and powerful enough to make him bring souls to Christ! Without such motivations to urge us onward, we would find it most difficult to overcome our inertia and commit our time and effort for the task of soul-winning.

One remarkable example of a life that was thoroughly motivated to bring souls to Christ was Paul the apostle. From the day that Christ found him on the road to Damascus, he worked untiringly, completing no less than three missionary journeys. Paul endured every kind of difficulty and hardship in order that people far and wide may know the good news of salvation. What was it that motivated Paul to do this?

The Constraining Love of Jesus Christ

In 2 Corinthians 5:14, Paul wrote, "For the love of Christ constraineth us…" The love that was demonstrated when Jesus died on the cross for our sins is so great that no words can ever describe it fully. Never before has anyone endured so much pain and sorrow to pay so great a price to redeem objects so unworthy! As we seek to fathom the breadth, length, depth and height of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18,19) in its full glory, how can we not be moved by it?

Even in our own human relationships, we can hardly ignore someone who loves us deeply. We can hardly keep ourselves from responding to those who really love us, whoever they may be, returning love with love. If you are convinced that Christ loves you so greatly, how can you not respond with love for Him, in whom is everything to call forth love? That love of Christ, when properly understood, will compel you to surrender yourself fully so to Him, that you will not live unto yourself any more, but unto Christ (v.15). Because of Christ’s love for you, your will, desires, and ambitions can no longer be called your own. They are all to be yielded to Him willingly for His own use and for His own purposes. Whatever He wants you to do, you will do. Wherever He wants you to go, you will go.

This enables you to understand why you should bring others to Him. Since Christ gave His own life to save sinful men, He wants people to know about His salvation and to come to Him. If you are living for Christ, you would gladly spend your time and effort fulfilling His will and His desire for men to hear the gospel. Evangelism then no longer becomes just a duty for you to perform but rather, a glad service of love for your Saviour.

Whenever you find it difficult to talk to someone about Christ, remind yourself about how much Christ loves you. Think about what He has done for you. That will give you the motivation you need for witnessing. And besides this, there is also something else that can effectively motivate your witness for Christ.

A Compelling Concern for People around You

In verses 16 and 17 of the same chapter, Paul wrote on his view of people, "Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." People should no longer be judged according to impressive outward appearances, but rather as sinners who need salvation.

By this world’s standards, a person is in good circumstances if he has enough wealth, comforts, recognition and respect from others. If Christ were judged by the same standards, "after the flesh," He would be regarded as a failure, for He was never rich in material wealth or in the comforts of this life. He said of Himself, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."(Matthew 8:20) He also died a shameful death, despised by the world.

But as we well know, that shameful death accomplished far more than all the world’s accomplishments put together. It achieved the outpouring of untold blessings from God. It accomplished the redemption of sinful men, the salvation of souls unto life eternal, and the beginning of new life and new hope! Thus we should no longer regard Christ "after the flesh" or by outward appearance.

In the same way we also should no longer regard people around us after the flesh. A person may have much wealth and luxury, enjoying fame and great success. In the eyes of the world, he may be at the pinnacle of achievement and the envy of all his peers. But to us, these things should not matter as much as the condition of his soul. They are nothing if his soul is headed for eternal judgment because of sin!

This then is the way you ought to regard everyone around you: With a true concern for their eternal destiny and for their relationship with God. Learn to love your unsaved relatives and friends by giving them the best gift or help that you can ever give to them: The saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ! Give yourself no rest until they come to salvation. As long as they are still outside Christ, they are under the power of sin. Whatever problems they come to you with usually comes from sin that still resides in them. Whatever help you give may solve these problems for a while, but soon more problems will surface because of the sin that has not been dealt with in their lives.

What they really need is to have this root cause of all their problems removed. This requires a change from within. The power of sin must be rooted out from their lives. That is something beyond your ability to do. Only the life-changing power of the Lord Jesus Christ can remove sin. "Therefore if any man is in Christ he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Christ alone can change a person from within, removing his old sinful heart and replacing it with a new heart, with new attitudes, and new values in life. This life-changing power of Christ is really wonderful for those who have experienced it. Paul himself testified that before he knew Christ, he was persecuting Christians and was proud of his self-centered accomplishments as a Pharisee. But all that was changed when he met Christ. He became Paul the humble servant, promoting the very cause that he once persecuted! Besides Paul, countless numbers of other believers have had a similar testimony to the life-changing power of Christ.

One of them was John Newton, the writer of the famous hymn, Amazing Grace. Newton was a slave trader on the coast of Africa, deeply involved in much sordid work. He was given to all kinds of vice and immorality. Who would have thought that such a man could ever become a well-loved pastor and hymn-writer in England?

But one day when Newton was extremely afraid of dying during a storm at sea, he remembered the Sunday School lessons he had been taught as a child, and he called out to Jesus for help. That was the turning point of his life. From then on, Christ changed him totally. He gave up the slave trade and his life of vice and immorality. Those who knew him were amazed at this change: John Newton was a different man – a man whose life Christ had visibly transformed!

Today, there are many John Newtons whose lives are waiting to be similarly changed by the power of Christ. Many have yet to experience the same deliverance from the power of sin. Some of them may be people that you know and meet each day. Do you not desire to see them rejoicing in salvation and in having a new relationship with God? If you would, then you should be more than willing to share the Gospel of Christ with them whenever there is opportunity, and to pray for their salvation, that the Lord will mercifully open their hearts to receive His word.

Many years ago, I had an uncle who was saved shortly before he went home to be with the Lord. Before he was saved however, he had never heard the Gospel all his life, simply because he was born a deaf-mute and had never learnt any formal sign language. My wife and I loved him dearly and wanted to see him come to Christ, but we really did not know how to do this, because we could not communicate the Gospel to him. We kept praying for him.

One day he was hospitalised and diagnosed as having cancer. At that time I found a little gospel tract entitledOne Way that communicated the gospel message not with words but with pictures. During a visit to the hospital we took the opportunity to give him this special tract, and prayed that the Lord would somehow use it. And the Lord was gracious to answer our prayers: On our next visit my uncle indicated his newfound faith in Christ, and shortly after that, he requested to be baptised. Although we were sad when he died a few months later, we were much comforted that he was able to rejoice in his salvation before he left this world, and we look forward to seeing him again at the throne of grace!

It is truly a wonderful blessing to see a loved one or friend finding new life in Christ and experiencing His life-changing power. One’s relationship with him will take on a new dimension, because both now share the same Saviour and Lord, and the same joy in Christ.

But all of this will not be yours if you are not concerned enough to share the Gospel of Christ with your friends and loved ones. And this lack of concern for them will persist as long as you keep viewing them "after the flesh" and do not see them as sinners who are in great need of salvation. Your view of them must change before you can be bold enough to say a word about Christ to them.

Please ask the Lord today to fill your heart with a compelling concern for the unsaved, and also with the constraining love of Christ. May they motivate you to bring souls to Christ. 
— Pastor

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To Know Him Better

I want to know Him better 
Than I did just yesterday

I want to learn more of Him 
As I walk along life’s way,

To understand the depths of 
His amazing love,

And come to glimpse a little of 
that grace from heaven above.

I would come apart with Him
From this world’s turmoil and strife,

I’d rest in His tender care, 
And learn His will for my life,

To be with my Saviour and know 
the joy He brings,

To be filled with His Spirit 
and be guided by His Word.

Each day I would draw closer 
To the Christ of Calvary

I can surely do no less, 
After all He’s done for me.

Perhaps He then through me, 
Might to others reflect

The glory of Salvation that 
from sin will set men free.

I’d learn more of compassion 
for the lost He came to win,

His tenderness and mercy 
I would long to comprehend

To weep over lost sinners, 
As He, Jerusalem,

And travel this world’s by-ways 
to bring wand’ring souls to Him.

- Rev Dan Ebert III -

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 29th September 2013

Time: 10:45 am

Topic: How Precious is Your Soul?

Speakers:
Rev Tan Soon Yong (English Service)

Rev Tang Chee Keong (Mandarin/Hokkien)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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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) Biblical Tour Greece & Turkey 6-18 Dec 2013. Limited seats available. Final booking date: today. For details, contact Dn Lee Hock Chin (9456 2516) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 4. The deadline for submitting the review is today.

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