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Scripture Memory: Courage.
VERSE : 
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

5 August 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Rev Charles Seet (Christian Patriotism, Rom 13:1-8)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Thanking God, Ps 100)

12 August 2012
8 am Worship Service:

Rev Colin Wong (Anna: The Widow Who Served God,Luk 2:36-38)
1045am Worship Service:
Eld Khoo Peng Kiat (Anna: The Widow Who Served God,Luk 2:36-38)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Mark Chen (The Good Shepherd, Ps 23)

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PRAY FOR OUR NATION

As we celebrate Singapore’s 47th birthday this week it will be good for us to pray for our nation. We must be thankful that God has been ruling and overruling all its affairs since its beginning. How else could this tiny city state with hardly any natural resources and a very wide diversity of people survive, let alone become what it is today? “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)

If we love our nation well, let us seek God’s blessings upon it and pray that He will grant its leaders much wisdom and guidance to make the right decisions. Pray that He will grant more years of peace and prosperity and that we will be good stewards of every available opportunity that these afford to build His kingdom. –Pastor

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THE COUPLES MINISTRY

Life Church has many wonderful couples – both young and old. Some have been active in the Lord’s vineyard; others have not or have not yet. How wonderful it is to see couples actively serving the Lord together in the church. This is a good example for couples to show their children what it means to serve God together!

Aquila and Priscilla was a good example of a husband and wife team ministry. This couple not only worked together in a trade for their livelihood but also worked together in the church for the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They had come from Italy to Corinth because Emperor Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. When Paul came to Corinth from Athens, he went to see them because he was of the same craft. He stayed and worked with them, earning his living by making tents, just as they did (Acts 18:1-3).

Paul’s relationship with Aquila and Priscilla was apparently a close one because when he left Corinth, both of them went with him. After he spent some time ministering in Ephesus, he left the couple behind and continued his journey to other parts of Asia Minor, ministering to the saints (Acts 18:18-23).

While they were in Ephesus, a certain Jew named Apollos of Alexandria came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent speaker and had a thorough knowledge of the Old Testament Scriptures. He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord. With great enthusiasm, he proclaimed and taught correctly the facts about Jesus. However, he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they decided to invite him home with them and explained to him more accurately the Way of God. As a result, he became an effective Bible teacher (Acts 18:24-28).

Where did Aquila and Priscilla learn the knowledge of the Old Testament? No doubt this couple heard Paul preach and reason with the Jews in the synagogue every Sabbath and learned the Way of God accurately from him through discussions while staying together with him.

Signing off his letter to the Corinthians, Paul mentioned the couple’s names in his greeting. He said, “The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house” (1 Corinthians 16:19). We see here that the couple actually opened their home for Christian meetings. That is a way where Christians can come together for worship, Bible study, prayer and fellowship (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:25).

Paul speaks highly of the couple to the Romans. He said, “Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles” (Romans 16:3, 4). Aquila and Priscilla were not only great helpers to Paul in the Gospel work but also risk-takers who regarded not their own lives (i.e. to be placed under the axe) for him.

Beloved Lifers, the church needs many modern Aquilas and Priscillas to serve God together in His vineyard. Have you thought of yourself coming forward to contribute to the ministry of the church? Will you be willing to pray fervently to the Lord to open a door of service for you in the church?

Benefits of Couples’ Ministry

The purpose of the Couples’ Ministry is not only to build stronger marriages that reflect the relationship between Christ and His bride (i.e. the Church) as found in Ephesians 5:22-33, but also to encourage couples to reach out to other struggling couples and to create “Great Commission” homes where our marital and domestic lives become effective means of sharing and demonstrating the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Couples’ Ministry is beneficial in many ways. I would like to share with you three benefits for your consideration. They are as follows:

1. The Couples’ Ministry Strengthens Marital Relationships

Getting married may not be a difficult thing to do, but building and sustaining a healthy, lasting marriage can be extremely challenging. In an age in which many marriages end in divorce, it’s no secret that many married couples need help with their relationships. That is why a couple’s ministry in a church can be a way to extend needed resources to couples who want to strengthen their marital relationship and the lives of their families.

Strong couples can come alongside struggling couples seeking to save them from deeply troubled marital relationship, especially those who are on the brink of divorce. Let us not be naïve to think that church people do not have marital problems. There are signs a marriage is failing. Acknowledging it can help you determine whether your own marriage relationship is really in serious jeopardy.

Allow me to share with you two common signs. One clear sign a marriage is failing is when the couple stops talking to each other. It is a sure indicator that your marriage relationship is in deep trouble or is coming to an end. You need to do something about it or seek counsel from mature, godly couples. Perhaps one reason why your spouse is not willing to share what she is feeling is that she is fearful that you may reprimand her or abuse her verbally when she begins opening up her struggles in a marriage relationship. Most men are chauvinists.

What you need to do is to let her know that you want to hear how she is feeling and you won’t interrupt her or become defensive. In that way, you will be able to know her feelings and it may help you to make restitution, strengthen and build a stronger marital relationship.

The other sign a marriage is failing is a lack of intimacy. All couples know that whenever there is a shift in the frequency of intimacy because of job stresses, career, hobby or a newborn, it is not a good sign at all. A lack of physical closeness is an indicator that emotional closeness is suffering. If your spouse is continually coming up with excuses for why he/she can’t or does not want to make love, consider that a serious problem. I do not need to elaborate any further but this is one thing you must act on immediately, and that is, you need to do away with all your pride, pray fervently and seek marital counseling before it is too late to save the marriage relationship.

The couples’ ministry is a needed ministry in the church, for it helps struggling couples to reconcile broken marital relationships, build and strengthen them to the glory of God. Therefore, if you are going through difficulties in your marriage relationship, please do not suffer silently. Do something about it. Go and seek pastoral counsel or counsel from mature, godly couples (1 Timothy 5:2).

2. The Couples’ Ministry Sets a Good Example to Younger Couples

Aquila and Priscilla were an excellent example to the young couples in the early church. Nothing much is said about them, but what is said is enough to teach young couples how a husband and wife in the Christian faith are to model their faith together.

Aquila and Priscilla made their living together by making tents. The couple travelled together with Paul on his second missionary journey (Acts 18:18), worshipped together with Paul (Acts 18:26), served in the ministry together with Paul (Acts 18:19, 26) and planted a church out of their home (1 Corinthians 16:19; Romans 16:3-5).  Being discipled by Paul, the couple was able to help Apollos to explain the Word more accurately (Acts 18:24-28).

Here is a wonderful lesson for young couples to learn from old Aquila and Priscilla to co-labour together in the Lord’s vineyard. Given the fact that sometimes it is difficult for couples to work together, we need to look at things from the Lord’s perspective. Speaking from many years of experience in the Lord’s ministry, I realized that I can’t serve the Lord effectively and joyously without the encouragement and strength of my spouse (Of course, I go to the Lord for encouragement too, 1 Samuel 30:6). At times, I might not agree with her but I realized that without her help, prayer, physical and spiritual support and encouragement, the growth of my Christian ministry is stifled and minimized.

There is a lack of couples’ ministry in our church. Truly, it is a real privilege to serve the Lord together with your spouse. Serving the Lord on your own is a personal blessing; serving the Lord with fellow believers is a church blessing, but serving the Lord with your spouse is a family blessing. May I strongly encourage you to serve the Lord together so as to be an example to the young couples in the church!

3. The Couples’ Ministry Provides a Means to Reach out to Other Couples

Every couple has their own set of challenges in marriage life. That is why the couples’ ministry can play a helpful role in helping these struggling couples – from newlyweds to those married for decades – to cultivate stronger marriages, as well as those whose marriages are almost falling apart.

Godly couples can reach out to couples with marital problems to help guide them and equip them with God’s Word on the marriage covenant (Titus 2:2-8). Through frequent fellowship and coming together, a support system continually develops by married couples for married couples. The leaders of the church can also play a part through sound counsel from the Word and pray for these struggling couples.

The couples’ ministry can become a powerful means to create “Great Commission” homes where our marital and domestic lives become effective means of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to unbelieving married couples who are invited to our homes for a meal or event.

The couples’ ministry is a needed ministry in the church. I praise God for couples who are already ministering to other struggling couples. I would encourage more mature, godly couples to come forward to help couples who are going through marital problems. —Sincerely in Christ, Pastor Colin

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Creation Ministries International (CMI) Seminar

Topics: (1) Creation / Evolution: the Controversy; (2) Dinosaurs & the Most-asked Questions— Answered!

Speaker: Dr Carl Wieland (Managing Diector, CMI Australia; Founding editor of Creation magazine)

Date: Saturday, 22 September 2012

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue: Life B-P Church Sanctuary

Cost: Free. All Are Welcome!

(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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Sunday School Teachers’ Training Course for current and potential Sunday School teachers. 
Saturdays, 3 to 5 pm. Chinese Service Hall. If you are interested, do register with Mrs Jennifer Goh 
or any of the Sunday School Ex-Co members.

Date           Topic (Instructor)

11 Aug       1. The Sunday School Organisation & The Great Commission (Eld Sherman Ong)

                 2. The Gospel Message of Jesus Christ

25 Aug      3. Bible-Presbyterian Church Doctrines (Elder Sherman Ong)

                4. Spiritual Gifts and its Application

8 Sep       5. Survey of the Bible (Rev Charles Seet)

               6. Westminster Confession of Faith

29 Sep    7. Our Sunday School Curriculum (Dn Lee Hock Chin)

              8. Class Managment and Relationship Building with Students

13 Oct    9. The Teacher’s Toolkit (Elder Sherman Ong)

             10. Life-long Learning Attitude

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Notice of Ordination: At the request of the Session of Covenant B-P Church, Australia, the Board of Elders convened an Ordaining Council to examine Mr Mark Chen Chih-Chuan for the purpose of ordaining him as a Minister of the Gospel. As the council has examined him, notice is hereby given that he will be presented for ordination at an ordination service that will be held in Life B-P Church on 16 September 2012. If any person knows any valid reason or impediment why he should not be ordained, he is to inform the Board of Elders immediately, and not later than 19 August 2012. (Please contact Rev Seet at 6594-9380.)

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong in Batam. Rev Quek at Life Evening Service, 6pm.

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