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Scripture Memory: Protection
Psalm 33:18,19 
"Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

7 October 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Rev Charles Seet (Isaac: Man’s Prayer & God’s Purpose, Gen 25:19-34)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Our Attitude to Worship, Psalm 84)

14 October 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Rev Colin Wong (Philip: The Evangelist Who Preached Jesus Christ, Acts 21:8-10)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Calvin Loh (Peace in the Midst of Troubles, Ps 46)

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THINGS PERTAINING TO THE KINGDOM

"To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me." (Acts 1:3-4)

The Gospel writer, Dr Luke, wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. There is a sense of the gospel sequel between these two glorious books of the New Testament. Luke 24:50 records the Lord Jesus Christ leading the disciples to Bethany where He blessed them. Immediately in the next verse Luke 24:51, Luke recorded the ascension of our Risen Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at Mount Olivet which was the introduction in chapter one of the Book of Acts. What was most wonderful was Luke’s meticulous writing when he wrote Acts 1:3 indicating the final focus work of our Lord Jesus Christ before parting with the disciples. Luke told us that for forty days, Jesus spoke of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God! What are these things which pertain to the kingdom of God that Christ spoke on? Didn’t He cover them during His three and half years of ministry? Were they just mere reminders of something important that He really wanted to leave behind for the disciples? What was the Lord Jesus Christ’s message? If this was the Lord Jesus’ final message to the disciples, it must be very important!

What was our Lord Jesus Christ’s mission? Luke wrote in Luke 19:10, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." This was our Lord’s mission on earth. He had fulfilled His mission by offering Himself as the Lamb to be sacrificed for the remission of our sins. What a wonderful Saviour! Having done His part, He wants to establish His kingdom with His disciples. It was important for our Lord Jesus Christ to remind the disciples of their mission on earth. While our Lord Jesus Christ had ascended to heaven, sitting at the right-hand of the Father interceding for us continuously, He has established the New Testament Church as a gathered community to witness His saving grace to the lost world.

The reasons for the existence of the Church are clearly given by the Lord Jesus Christ when He gave the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Hence, the Church exists as a gathered community for the purpose of evangelism of sinners and edification of saints.

The power source of the Church mission is found in the Trinity, "all power" (v.18) is given by the Triune God to empower and authorise us (the disciples) to witness to the lost world. The scope of the Church mission is "all nations" (v.19), and it is the specific responsibility of the church to engage in both local and global evangelisation. This is the call to true discipleship. Biblical discipleship is Christ-centric and intentional (purposeful)! The strategy of this Great Commission is to teach every disciple to observe "all things whatsoever I have commanded you" (v.20). This is the most important task and message which our Lord Jesus Christ spent His last forty days teaching and talking to the disciples about! He wanted to make sure that we know our mission and we carry it out His way to reach the lost world for Him.

We learn from the last chapter of the Gospel of Luke how our Lord Jesus Christ reached out to the disciples. Jesus met with Cleopas and his friend on the Emmaus road according to Luke 24:13-31. Jesus could have easily revealed His identity to these two disciples at the first instance of their meeting. But He chose to work on the disciples’ heart through the discourse. "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." (Luke 24:27) Biblical discipleship is Christ-centric and scripture-based. The Scriptures had revealed Christ’s mission and identity. God had from eternity past prepared all these to take place. Nothing happened by chance in God’s redemptive plan. By going to the Scriptures, Jesus was pointing the two disciples to the Scriptures to discover His identity. "And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight." (Luke 24:30-31) When the time had come for Him to reveal His identity, He "opened" their eyes to see clearly the Lord at fellowship with them. The testimony of these two disciples’ fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ is to be a model of our daily fellowship with our Lord – "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?" (Luke 24:32)

While having His fellowship meal with the disciples later, Jesus revealed the identity of the church to us: "And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me." (Luke 24:44) Our salvation is deeply rooted in Christ and the Scriptures. By the same Scriptures, we are to preach to the lost world. Our witness and testimony is that this is the Christ which the Scriptures refer to, that He came to die for our sins and He has ascended, one day, He will return to receive us unto Himself to establish His kingdom. "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things." (Luke 24:47-48) Once again, the mission of the church is to evangelise the lost world by preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus ended His message by giving the disciples the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit. "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." (Luke 24:49) Yes, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the mission of the church today!

"When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6) After forty days of exposition, the disciples were apparently still unclear of the message from the way they put forward this question to the Lord. Jesus once again reminded them that they are to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit Who will empower them to become witnesses for the kingdom. "And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:7-8)

The urgent call of today is for the church to come together as one body to fulfil the Great Commission. The strategy is to implement biblical discipleship to go forth and make disciples of all nations. Obeying the Lord Jesus Christ’s Great Commission begins with us, to be individually committed to this purpose, and through the discipling process to reach out to others to help them to become faithful disciples of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! May the Lord help Life B-P Church, Amen. 
– Elder Dr Sherman Ong

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62nd Church Anniversary Combined Baptismal Service

Lord’s Day, 21 October 2012, 9.30 am.

Fellowship Lunch after Service

(Offerings to defray the cost of the lunch are welcome. Please contact Dn Benny Goh, 9743-3383.)

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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) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 3. A written review exercise of the verses is obtainable at the front counter. Review Nos. 1 & 2 is also available for those who missed it. Please submit by 14 Oct 12.

2) Rev Mark Chen & family convey their thanks to the church for all the prayers, support, well-wishes and gifts for their departure and new ministry at Covenant B-P Church, Australia.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Evening Service, 6pm. Rev Quek 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

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