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Scripture Memory: Choice of Friends.
VERSE : Proverbs 13:20 
"He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

2 June 2013
8 am & 1045 am Worship Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Victory Over Sickness, Jas 5:13-15)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Christ, the Head of the Church, Col 1:18-24)

9 June 2013
8 am Worship Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Victory through Fervent Prayer, Jas 5:16-18)
1045am Worship Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Victory through Fervent Prayer, Jas 5:16-18)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Mathews Abraham ((Christ Will Return for Us, 1 Thes 4:13-18)

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IF YOU DON’T GO, WHO WILL?

John chapter 4 records how our Lord Jesus converted a woman at a well. It happened when He and His disciples stopped to rest from their journey at Jacob’s well. As they were all tired and hungry, the disciples left Him there while they went to buy some food. A Samaritan woman came to the well and our Lord took the opportunity to witness to her. This resulted in her salvation, and she began to tell other Samaritans to come and see Him.

When the disciples returned, Jesus was still talking with her. Not knowing what had transpired, they were only concerned that their Master should now enjoy His meal. But Jesus replied that He had something greater to be concerned about. Here was an excellent opportunity to save sinners, and much work needs to be done! He therefore challenged them to do the work of bringing sinners to salvation, first with His own example, then with an exhortation, and finally with an encouragement. Here we can find three reasons why we need to go forth and do the work of evangelism.

Christ’s Example: Our Kingdom Mission

"Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work." (John 4:34) The disciples had seen Jesus speaking with the Samaritan woman and had seen her going away overjoyed at having found the Saviour. But they hardly seemed to be excited or interested about this. Why was this so? Perhaps they were too preoccupied with the subject of food. Their foremost thought was that they had just bought food and that their Master should now come and dine with them.

Are we like these disciples? Are we too preoccupied with mundane things to care about the souls of men? There is nothing abnormal about being concerned with these things. But something is wrong when our thoughts and our time are grossly preoccupied with them.

There are more important things in life to be concerned about. Would you forego a meal as easily as you would forego your daily quiet time? Would you forego your leisure time or rest time if there is an opportunity for you to lead someone to Christ? Would you forego buying the shirt or dress you always wanted, to purchase a Bible for a friend who expressed interest in reading God’s Word?

If you cannot answer ‘Yes’ to these questions, this shows that you are too preoccupied with mundane things. If you want to advance God’s kingdom you must remove this preoccupation, and embrace a sense of mission, a sense of being urgently compelled by a higher purpose. Fulfilling that mission must become a basic necessity to you, as Jesus said, "My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work."(v.34) Doing the will of God and finishing His work were His food and drink. He could not do without them. They were His mission which He must fulfill!

Have you embraced a sense of kingdom mission? Is the work of saving souls from eternal death as basic to your existence as food and water? Jesus said, "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:31-33)

Unless this kingdom mission becomes yours, you will never desire to bring anyone to the saving knowledge of Christ. The real issue behind all this is whether Christ is truly your Lord and Master. Do you give Him the full rights to rule your life? If Christ is truly the Lord of your life, you will do anything for Him. But if He is not the Lord of your life, then seeking His kingdom will never be a top priority to you.

This point needs to be emphasized. Unless you are submitting to Christ’s Lordship in every area of your life, you will never move out of your comfort zone. If Christ has done so much for you, even to the extent of dying on the Cross for you, is anything too hard for you to do for Him? Are you willing to go with the Gospel, for Him?

Christ’s Exhortation: The Kingdom’s Needs

"Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." (John 4:35) There is a contrast between the way the disciples perceived the fields of grain, and the way that our Lord perceived them. The disciples perceived that they were not ripe yet for harvest. Therefore they can rest for the next four more months before the harvest. But Christ perceived that the grain in the fields was already overripe. The fields were white – this means that if no one were to harvest them soon the whole crop would be lost!

The message here is that there is an urgent need to save the lost. The world is God’s harvest field. The harvest involves the reaping of souls by preaching the gospel far and wide. The needs are truly overwhelming. The problem is that we do not take them seriously enough to act upon them. Our vision is myopic. We do not see far enough.

Therefore Christ says to us, "Lift up your eyes and look on the fields." Have you lifted up your eyes and looked hard enough and far enough? Can you see the urgent needs of the unsaved who are around you? Do you not realize that if someone had not taken this need seriously enough to bring the Gospel to you, then you too would be one of the millions who are perishing? Lift up your eyes and look on the fields! Do they not cry out to you for help?

Do you have loved ones who are still outside Christ? How about those at your place of work or study? Do you not feel burdened that they do not know the joy of salvation yet? Look at the crowds of people living without the hope of eternal life. How do you feel when you see them? They are sinking deeper and deeper towards the eternal fires of hell. Who will go and help them escape from such a horrible end?

Let us lift up our eyes and take a long, hard look on the fields. Now is the time to advance God’s Kingdom in all of them, "…by all the means we can, in all the ways we can, in all the places we can, at all the times we can, to all the people we can, as long as ever we can." (John Wesley)

Let us not be contented with a short-sighted complacency. To remain indifferent to the Kingdom’s needs would make us cold and heartless. Let us be like our Lord Jesus: When He saw the multitudes He was moved with compassion on them because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd (Matthew 9:37).

Christ’s Encouragement: The Kingdom’s Reward

"And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together." (John 4:36) The first part of this verse tells us that those who reap will receive wages. The harvest is therefore profitable work! The second part tells us that we will have joy. The harvest is therefore joyful work! These are the rewards we can look forward to in harvesting souls. They will be given to us at the Judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15).

Let your present efforts for God’s kingdom be motivated by the incentive of receiving these wonderful rewards from Christ! Imagine how happy you will be when Christ says to you, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy Lord" (Matthew 25:21). Let this motivate you now to bring the lost to Christ. Do all that you can to reap a good harvest of souls, because He has said, "He that reapeth receiveth wages."

There is yet another incentive for evangelism: "And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours." (John 4:37,38) Here the disciples were told that their work was relatively easy because it was actually the work of completing what others have already done. This can be seen when we view the whole work of redemption from beginning to end.

The "other men" mentioned in v.38 refer to the Old Testament prophets who had laboured to write the Scriptures and to build up the foundation for the Gospel. Christ may also be referring to Himself, for He had the most difficult part of the labour for redemption: He had to humble Himself and suffer the agonising death on the cross for our sins. And now that all this labour for redemption has been completed by Christ and the prophets, our part is simply to reap the results of it! Should we not be more willing then, to do our part in the whole scheme of redemption?

There is one more incentive for evangelism: "And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on Him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did." (John 4:39) It is truly amazing that by only one single act of soul-saving, so many more were now coming to believe in Jesus. The work was growing rapidly, because the woman was spreading the good news to her fellow Samaritans, who would in turn spread it to others (cf. 2 Timothy 2:2).

The same process is continuing even today. Evangelism is a work that grows. This makes it so worthwhile, because every effort invested in it is bound to be multiplied in time to come. "He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." (Psalm 126:6)

As our Gospel Sunday is just four weeks away (30 June), you can invite your unsaved friends and loved ones to come. If you have signed up to serve in Vacation Bible School this week, make full use of this opportunity to bring the children into God’s kingdom. As Life Church embarks on reaching out to the girls in the 13th GB company in Sembawang and to the migrant workers at Soon Lee industrial estate, let us ensure that there is no shortage of labourers for these ministries to function well for God’s glory.

Perhaps you can join our door-to-door evangelism team which goes out to Yishun every 1st and 3rd Sunday afternoon. There is also a great need for helpers for a mission trip to Cambodia on 15-22 July, and for more teachers to serve in the Life Children’s Club on Saturday afternoons. If you don’t go, who will?

Who can tell what great things God will do through you, if you will take the initiative to go with the Gospel? Who can tell how many will eventually be saved and brought into the Kingdom of God as a result of your efforts to win souls to Christ? Will you go? —Pastor

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 30th June 2013

Time: 8 am & 10:45 am

Topic: O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?

Speakers:
Rev David Wong (English Service)

Pastor Willy Ng (Mandarin/Hokkien)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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Father’s Day Celebration: Dad’s Legacy

Date : 15 June 2013 (Sat)

Venue : Beulah MPH

Time : 5.30 pm - 8.00 pm

$5 per person (above 12 to 65 yrs); FOC (all other ages)

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Men’s Fellowship Meeting

7 June 13 (Sat) at 8pm, Greek & Hebrew Room

Topic: "Qualities of a Good Father / Grandfather"

Speaker: Rev (Dr) Gabriel Gan 
All are welcome

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1) Migrant Workers Ministry. Briefing today at 1.30 pm in Room 1-5. Do attend if you wish to know more or are interested to serve in this ministry.

2) Church Camp Registration Office is opened till Sunday, 9 June for camp fees payment at FEK Resource Room. You should have received email on payment fees. Love gift to defray the cost are welcome.

Camp briefing will be held on Tuesday 11 June, 7pm at Beulah Multi Purpose Hall

3) Catechism Class for Anniversary 2013 Baptism will commence on 7 Jul 13, 9.30 am at Rm 5-4, Beulah Centre. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the Catechism Class.

4) 2-way Batam tickets (to Batam Centre, Sekupang, Harbour Bay, Nongsapura) at a special price of $39 each (inclusive of SPDF & Batam Terminal Fee & Return Surcharge) are available from the office. Expiry date: 31 Aug 13. Please contact Yin Chan at 6594 9399.

5) Our condolences to Lilian Ng & family on the demise of her mother, Mdm Rosalind Kwan (72 yrs) on 29 May 13.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Philadelphia BPC Camp, 2-5 June. Rev Wong 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