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Scripture Memory: Answered Prayer.
VERSE : John 15:7 
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

21 October 2012
9.30 am Worship Service:

Rev Tan Choon Seng (Living a Life with No Regrets, 2 Timothy 4:6-8)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Blessed Is He Whose Transgression is Forgiven, Psalm 51)

28 October 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Rev Colin Wong (Martin Luther: The Just Shall Live By Faith, Rom 1:16-17)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Matthews Abraham (Gospel of Reformation, Rom 1:16-17)

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TESTIMONIES ON THE OCCASION OF LIFE BPC 62nd ANNIVERSARY

I am not born into a Christian home. My father told me that he would disown me and throw me out in the streets if he knew that I was going to church. Ironically, he allowed me to choose Bible Studies instead of Confucian studies or Buddhist Studies when I was in secondary school. It was then that I learned more about Christ. My first Bible was a small blue Bible which I picked up from the dustbin in school. I was curious as to who would throw away such a new book. When I opened the book, I realized that it was a Bible and I brought it home and read it every night. As my father was really against us becoming Christians, I had to read it only in the toilet every night. I would put it in between my clean clothes and read it before I go for shower and ‘smuggle’ it back into my locked drawer as I shared the room with my sisters. The little blue Bible was found and thrown away from time to time. Once I found it downstairs near the rubbish chute but managed to bring it back home.

Finally, my father questioned me about the Bible one night. I am ashamed to say that instead of telling the truth, I denied that I believe anything about Christ and I had the Bible as a reference for my Bible Studies examination. After that, I felt really remorseful and guilty. I stopped reading the Bible and praying totally, blaming myself for denying God but never thought of turning back at all. When I started working, I got even farther away. I always thought that I have no time; I gave up in the end without even trying. I even thought that I will remain as a free thinker. Since I have failed my Lord so many times, He probably has given up on me too. Until one day, while I was in the park I sat on a piece of torn paper…a Bible verse, "Turn us back to you, O Lord, and we will be restored." (Lamentations 5:21) It hit me suddenly; God is always with me and never gives up on me. I prayed and asked God for forgiveness.

I started reading the Bible again and prayed more than twice a day, if possible. When we love Him, Jesus can turn our most serious blunders into awesome wonders. I was baptized in Calvary Bible-Presbyterian Church (Jurong) and am now transferring to Life Bible-Presbyterian Church. I wake up every morning and look forward to each day as a blessing from God. What could possibly be better than that? Praise be to God, my Saviour, my Strength, my Comforter, my Friend! 
—Laura Chua Gek Lui

I would like to tell you what happened to me when I wasn’t a Christian. I was born in a single-parent family. I was raised by my mum when my dad left us at a very young age. I wasn’t an obedient boy during primary school times. I hardly listened to my mum and grandmother. When I was in primary 3, I was a naughty and playful boy. I hardly completed my homework at home everyday. I would just depend on my luck. If my teacher did not check, I would just pretend that nothing has happened.

During the Chinese lesson, my Chinese teacher wasn’t strict at all. So, I would take the opportunity to play the fool in class. I would crack jokes to make the class laugh. That was repeated in primary 4 as I had the same teacher. Also, I would skip remedial class and hang out outside school to play. I was on bad terms with my younger brother. I treated him badly as I hated everything he did. I would hit his head if he disturbed me. He would cry to attract my mother’s attention. My mother would scold me and tell me to stop doing it. But I wouldn’t listen and carry on.

When I was in primary 3, I came to know Christ as I was in the school student care centre. I went to church every Saturday. But I quit the student care in primary 4. So I stopped going to church. But the Lord did not let me go. He sent Aunty Christina Toh to persuade me to go back to church.

Although I went back to church, I would just be a ‘good boy’ in church and become normal in school. I slacked a lot during primary 6. I would just go home and dump my bag aside and begin to watch television as I could not access the computer. As a primary 6 student, I have PSLE. I wasn’t even working hard to achieve great results. After attending more services I learned how to obey my parents and be hardworking, I slowly started to do my homework in early September 2011. When PSLE was approaching, I worked extra hard by revising my work. I also started to cherish my brother somehow as I realized that he is good to me. Although I still do not like what he does sometimes, I would just ignore him instead of hitting him.

Finally, the time had come. When PSLE was just a few days away, I worked extra hard. During PSLE, I put in my best effort. It was all over. My results were B for Maths, B for English, A for Chinese and D for Science. Although I wasn’t quite happy with my science, I believe with God’s help, I can do well when I am promoted to Sec 1. Now, I give myself to the Lord and obey Him. I’m not what I used to be. It seems like I was reborn. God is great and almighty. How happy I am to have known him. Hope you have enjoyed my testimony! —Elvan Lau Haw Shane

This testimony revived many memories. I came from a poor family with eight siblings and I am the second eldest. Life was not easy especially for my late mother. Once a month we would go down to a welfare centre in Penang Lane to collect free rice, flour and cooking oil. The welfare centre was run by Seventh Day Adventist Church. It was here that I came to know about God, our Heavenly Father. The church members would visit us very often and also encourage us to attend church. Subsequently, my late mum, my sister and myself were baptised in Thomson Road Seventh Day Adventist Church and my elder brother in Balestier Road Seventh Day Adventist Church. Since then God has blessed us tremendously. Pastor Chang sent me to Seventh Day Adventist school in Upper Serangoon Road. I was very happy and thankful to God.

After I completed senior Cambridge, I worked in Youngberg Memorial Hospital as a clinic assistant. This hospital was run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Hence I was able to continue keeping Sabbath Day on Saturday. However, after working for a few years I left for a better paid job in the private sector because of my family’s financial needs. I had to work six days a week, I could no longer attend church on Saturday but only if a public holiday fell on Saturday. Though I was unable to attend Church on Saturday, I had never forgotten our Lord Jesus Christ. I went to many other churches for their Gospel service on Sunday but was never comfortable in those environments. I continued to pray earnestly to God to lead and guide me to find a right church to attend.

The atmosphere in Life Bible-Presbyterian Church is warm and holy. I enjoy listening to the sermons at the Church’s worship on Sundays. But most of all, I am deeply impressed by the systemic teachings of Christian Faith in the Catechism Class. I feel sad that it took me so long to realise that SDA’s doctrine was wrong. The founder of this doctrine, Mrs Ellen G. White gave wrong and false teachings. Under Rev. Charles Seet’s guidance supported with scripture verses and through my reading of Gospel of John I was able to understand the meaning of keeping Sabbath Day on Sunday instead of Saturday. I also realised that we are saved by grace through faith and not faith and good works. I now understand that it was the resurrection of Christ that has fulfilled all the requirements of the Old Testament’s ceremonial practices. I believe we should not restrict ourselves from eating certain meats and seafood which God has cleansed (Acts 10:9-16). Contrary to SDA’s teaching on "soul sleep and annihilation" I now believe that when believers die, their soul will straight away enter into heaven and the unbeliever’s soul will be taken into hell to suffer eternal torment. Now I understand and believe the new found truth of the Bible teaching. From now onward I will diligently pray to God to guide and lead me to be a good and faithful Christian glorifying God.

Thank you and may the Lord bless you. —Ivy Hee Mee Wah

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EMMANUEL REFORMED BIBLE LECTURES

Time: 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm; Venue: Beulah House.

Mondays: The Poetic Books of the Old Testament (Rev Charles Seet)

Thursdays: The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev Ho Chee Lai).

Lectures begin on 7 January 2013.

Please complete registration forms available at the reception counter and place them in the box.

‘Early Bird Discount’ of $5 will be given to those who register before 3 Dec 12.

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1) Prevention of Theft: Worshippers are advised to watch their belongings in the church premises to avoid losing them.

2) The library will be open today for 45 minutes after the service.

3) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 31 March 2013 commences on 2 Dec 12 at Beulah Centre Rm 5-4, 9.30 am. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the Catechism Class.

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Evening Service, 6.00 pm.

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Results of Scripture Memory Verse Programme Review Exercise No.3

We congratulate the following who have achieved a score of 70% and above:

1. Adrian Teh Tian Xin

2. Angela Tan

3. Annette Kunst-Teh

4. Carina Teh

5. Chan Sok Kheng

6. Charmaine Low

7. Chiam Tok Ling

8. Daniel Tan

9. Flora Lau Seck Hong

10. Grace Lim

11. Ian Liu

12. Janice Lee

13. Jennifer Goh

14. Jireh Loo

15. Joyce Ang

16. Leong Li Peng

17. Leong Sow Mun

18. Leslie Tan

19. Low Siew Kiang

20. Lui Phui Ying

21. Mark Liu Liwen

22. Michael Lee Yew Chuan

23. Nigel Teh Tian Li

24. Ong Phei Hong

25. Russell Joel Indran

26. Ryan Cheung Hao Han

27. Sharon Quek

28. Shawn Lim Songqi

29. Tabitha Lee

30. Tan Khoon Lee

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