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Scripture Memory: Hypocrisy in Worship.
VERSE : Proverbs 15:8 
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is His delight.”* * *

O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

24 February 2013
8 am Worship Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Victory over Personal Favouritism, Jas 2:1-13)
1045am Worship Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Victory over Personal Favouritism, Jas 2:1-13)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Calvin Loh (Christ Manifested His Glory, Jn 2:1-11)

3 March 2013
8 am Worship Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Victory Over Dead Faith, Jas 2:14-26)
1045am Worship Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Victory Over Dead Faith, Jas 2:14-26)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Christ, the True Friend of Sinners, Mat 9:9-13)

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GUARD OUR TONGUES BY GUARDING OUR HEARTS FIRST!

Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.” (Ecclesiastes 5:2)

When King Solomon penned these words in the Book of Ecclesiastes, he wrote in the context of spiritual worship. He began chapter five by instructing: “Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.” (Ecclesiastes 5:1) We are to make a deliberate plan and action to attend to the exercise of spiritual worship. For the worship of the Almighty God is our eternal occupation. While on earth, we are not to drag our feet, or be ill-prepared to worship God. Therefore, “keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God”, signifies the importance of public worship with our fellow saints in Christ, and at the same time we are to prepare our hearts to worship the Almighty God in His holy house.

The preparation of the heart establishes an attitude of worship. We do not go to the house of God as a judge of God’s servants who are preaching the Word, but we are there to listen to God’s revelation through His servants – “be more ready to hear”. The Bible tells us that our God is a speaking God, and He seeks to speak to us constantly. Hence, James says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” (James 1:19)

Underlying these scriptures is a very fundamental theological principle for spiritual worship. We are to guard our tongues by guarding our hearts first in spiritual worship. The tongue articulates what is within the heart. If the heart is unholy, what we say will be unholy too!

Guard our tongue in spiritual worship

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:8)

God has given us a vital organ, namely the tongue, for the purpose of spiritual worship. With the tongue, we are to praise and worship the Almighty God. With the tongue we are to bless and affirm our fellow saints in Christ. With the tongue we are to testify of the Gospel of Grace, and bring souls into His eternal kingdom.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16) The best way to tame the tongue before it becomes an “unruly evil, full of deadly poison” is to fill our hearts with God’s words. The psalmist says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11) This is also the right way to guard our tongue; to ensure that it is only being prepared and ready to be used for worship of God, and to bless others.

Guard our tongue with our heart

And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.” (Mark 7:20)

In one of the classic discourses between the Lord Jesus Christ and the Pharisees, Jesus told them in no uncertain terms that the things that come out of the man’s heart are the very things that corrupt and destroy him! He enumerated, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” (Mark 7:21-23) What a huge array of wickedness from within the heart of man that may be articulated through the tongue which can destroy lives. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:21) Such a deadly combination are the heart and the tongue, yet they can be used of the Lord Jesus Christ to worship Him and to bless souls.

Again, King Solomon wrote: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) The heart precedes the way; that which is inside precedes that which is outside! When we learn to fill our hearts with God’s divine wisdom and His holy will, our heart-and-tongue combination can be a great source of blessings to be reckoned with. Let us purify our hearts in order that our tongues may become a blessing to others every time we use it.

Guard our tongue by speaking less …

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” (Proverbs 10:19)

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.” (Proverbs 13:3)

The wisest king, Solomon, has much to say to us about bridling the tongue. For in many ways we sin, and the easiest way is to speak uncontrollably and unwisely without giving it much thought. Hence, “in the multitude of words there wanteth not sin”! In this respect, we should not make promises that we can’t possibly keep later. We should not vow before God in an unthinkable manner that we later regret and cannot fulfil what was vowed. We should never say something which is not edifying and will cause much grief later to both the recipient and ourselves. Therefore, “he that keepeth (guards) his mouth keepeth his life”!

God has given us a very powerful tool to bless Him and to serve Him. We should therefore use our tongue only for these holy purposes. “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.” (Ecclesiastes 5:2) Guard our tongue by speaking less …

Be single minded!

The Word of God has so much to teach us about the tongue. One more very important truth is this: Be single-minded! James says, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:8) Not only “let thy words be few”, we must not double-talk or be double-minded! This is a very serious warning. Our entire life is to be consecrated to God in spiritual worship (Romans 12:1-2).

If we learn to put God first by seeking His kingdom and His righteousness, we do well. But if we become distracted and serve the devil at the same time, we are in deep serious trouble. For we can’t walk with God and hold Satan’s hand at the same time! Jesus says, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23) This is a very fundamental theological principle of putting God first at all times. If our hearts can clearly see God’s plan and if we learn to discipline our entire life to follow after God’s plan, then our “eye (will) be single, our (thy)body shall be full of light”!

Christians are the light of the world. Therefore, we must learn to tutor our heart to follow hard after God and be single-minded Christians. When our hearts are in tune with God, our tongues will articulate peace and blessings. Let thy words be few when it comes to unedifying things, but let our words be blessed when it comes to praising God and blessing His saints.

There are many who walk in compromise, not discerning the holy will of God. Their end is sorrow and destruction. Jesus says, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21) Only those who are single-minded can put their trust whole-heartedly unto God, and He will direct their footsteps. May the Lord help us to guard our tongues by guarding with our hearts first. Amen.

                 In Christ, Elder (Dr) Sherman Ong

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Book Table (24 Feb 13)

Winners of Scripture Memory Verse Review and Sunday School prizes can use your vouchers to purchase books at this booktable.

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GAF 13th Anniversary Thanksgiving

Date : 2nd March 2013 (Sat)

Time : 4pm-6pm, followed by dinner

Venue : Beulah House

Speaker : Rev Colin Wong

Topic : Never Too Old to Press On (Phi 3:12-21)

Those who would like to contribute food, please contact Mrs Evelyn Tay at 6280-3344.

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1) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 1. A written review exercise of the verses is obtainable at the front counter. Please submit by 10 Mar 13.

2) The transport provided by the Chinese service that fetches brethren from MRT to church and return trip will have some amendments.  Please note that from March onwards, there will only be return trips.

3) The Young Adults Fellowship will be holding our Retreat from 21 - 24 Mar 13 at La Grandeur Palm Resort in JB. The theme for the retreat is “Building, Bonding and Bridging”. Speaker: Rev Quek Keng Khwang. We warmly invite all young adults to join us for a short getaway! Sign up at our registration table outside the sanctuary today or Simply go to the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9G6XYNJ to sign up! For any queries, please contact Mark Liu at 9667-4268 or Jeremy 9179-7061. You can also contact us atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4) Infant Baptism on Easter Sunday, 31 Mar 13Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by today. Please call the Church office (6594-9399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

5) Far Eastern Kindergarten Registration for 2014 Intake : Priority registration in February for church members. Pre-Nursery-YOB 2011, Nursery-YOB 2010. Please visit our website athttp://www.lifebpc.com/fekedu/ or call 6251 3676 for more information.

6) Life B-P Church Camp, 17-20 June 2013 at Bintan Lagoon, Indonesia. On-line registration at the church website, www.lifebpc.com. Registration forms are also available at the front entrance for those who have no internet access.

7) Congratulations to Kelvin Fan and Yvonne Li on the birth of a baby girl on 19 Feb13.

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

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For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25