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Scripture Memory: God’s Mercy.
Psalm 103:17, 18 “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.” 

 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

16 September 2012
9.30 am Combined Ordination Service:

Rev Edward Paauwe (Timothy: Paul’s Proven Son in the Faith, Phi 2:19-23)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (That Children May Know, Ps 78)

23 September 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Rev Colin Wong (Martha’s Chores and Mary’s Choice)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Why Do the Wicked Prosper?)

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TESTIMONY OF MY CALL TO SALVATION AND FULL TIME SERVICE

by Mark Chen Chih-Chuan, Ordinand

HAVING grown up in a church attending household, I had heard the gospel preached many times and probably had "accepted" Christ just as many times. However it was not until I was twelve that I truly understood the gospel and felt the intense weight of my sinfulness. But exactly when it was that I trusted in Christ to save me and when it was I submitted to His Lordship, I cannot say for certain; I can only say, by God’s grace, that I have.

Because we moved a fair bit when I was young, I never really settled into a church long enough to serve. It was only in university that I became actively involved in Christian service, participating in Bible study, summer missions, and campus ministry. It was then that I felt the inward call to serve God full-time. This burden only grew stronger. And when I returned to Singapore, the burden continued to grow as I took night classes at two Bible colleges and served with a missions organization.

The time came when I was at a crossroads – whether to continue working, return to school for a further degree, or minister in Japan with the missions organization where there was an opening. I knew that since God’s call was loud and clear, I would not continue long in secular vocation nor return to secular academics. And yet, I knew that while I wanted to serve God, there was no peace to go to Japan because of the broad evangelicalism of that organization.

As I sought the counsel of Pastor Tow and Pastor Wong, they reminded me that they had all along strongly encouraged me to enter Bible college to be trained for the ministry. This then, I believe, was God’s leading for me in the matter.

After ten years of ministry in Life Church, the Lord has called me elsewhere. During my ministry in New Life B-P Church in London, the Lord gave me a burden for churches without pastors, as she had been without a resident pastor for years. By providence, I was involved in helping them call their current pastor, and shared their joy when he accepted.

Covenant Bible-Presbyterian Church in Perth will soon be without her pastor, who will retire from church work after decades of faithful ministry. And while I am burdened to continue the work that God has started through him, I am mindful of my many inadequacies.

Through my ministry experience and further theological training, I have clarified the focus of my calling. Despite my many weaknesses, I believe that God has given me the desire and the gifts to serve him as a pastor-teacher, to equip the church to worship God, serve the saints, and preach the gospel.

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Creation Ministries International (CMI) Seminar

Why is there death and suffering in the world?
Many reject God on the basis that he must be a cruel god to allow the terrible events and suffering that we see in the world today. Could you answer this? Find out how you can use this question, and more, as a powerful tool to reach others for Christ.

Remember to bring a friend when you hear Dr Carl Wieland giving one of his dynamic messages at 3.00 pm next Saturday, 22 September 2012.

(CMI is a Christ-centred, non-denominational ministry dedicated to upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse. More details about CMI are available at www.creation.com)
 

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Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Thai Service, 4 pm.

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