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Scripture Memory: Patience.
VERSE : Psalm 27:14 
"Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

29 July 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Dr Paul Choo (You’d Better Be Sure! Jn 3:1-15)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Colin Wong (The Blessed Man, Ps 1)

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)

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WHY DID JESUS DIE ON THE CROSS?

The following news was reported by the media within the past week:

"The death toll from the heaviest rain to hit Beijing in over 60 years has risen to 37…."

"Scores of people were injured and trees were ripped from the ground as a typhoon lashed Hong Kong packing winds in excess of 140 kilometres an hour…"

"A masked, black-clad gunman in full body armour opened fire at a packed US movie theatre showing the new Batman film on Friday in a bloodbath which left at least 12 dead and nearly 60 injured…."

"Tensions over competing claims in the South China Sea could escalate into conflict, with an arms build-up among rival nations raising the temperature…."

"Syria admitted on Monday it has chemical weapons and warned of using them if attacked…"

"Three youths, aged between 15 and 17 years, have been arrested for stealing school buses. They are suspected of stealing two school buses parked in Defu Lane 10 between June 26 and July 6."

What the media does not report is that the ultimate cause of all these things is SIN. Although people do not like to talk about sin, there is no subject that we should be more concerned about than this one. The world we live in is a world full of sin, and all the problems of life in it are actually the horrible effects of sin. Broken relationships, broken families, lives that are wrecked by pain or sickness, and the grim reality of death – all these would not exist if sin had not come into this world.

If you know someone who has suffered from cancer you may understand what a debilitating disease it is. Millions of dollars are being spent on medical research to find a cure for cancer. Although there has been some success from chemotherapy or radiotherapy for certain types of cancers, no definitive affordable cure has been found yet. And so for the vast majority, a diagnosis of cancer is a most frightening prospect because it means pain, suffering and even death.

The Spiritual Cancer Called Sin

As terrible as cancer is, SIN is a far more serious and more debilitating disease for which no man-made cure can ever be found. It has destroyed billions of lives and brought a far worse end than physical death. It has in fact sent countless souls to spend eternity in endless torment and suffering.

The symptoms of this disease can easily be seen in daily life, in the common attitudes of hatred, anger, jealousy, greed, pride and lust. Some have tried to find ways to suppress these attitudes or at least, to limit their expression. Some thought that education is the answer, but alas, even the best-educated person can commit the worst crimes. Some years ago there was a kidnapping case in the local news and the mastermind was found to have several academic degrees. Some believe that thorough rehabilitation of delinquents and criminals can deliver society from the evils of sin. But after years of implementing this, the success rate is not encouraging – many go right back to their old sins and crimes again.

Whatever methods used to remove sin eventually fail because they can only treat the problem superficially. They do not deal with the root of the problem: the malignant spiritual cancer that resides deep within the heart of every person. Everyone who has this spiritual cancer will meet an end that is much worse than the pain and suffering of cancer patients in hospital. The sinner suffers alone for ever in the eternal flames of hell. The horrible suffering endured in hell will convince anyone who knows about it to do everything he can and give everything he has, to find the cure for sin.

Jesus Died to Provide the Cure for Sin

This is the reason why Jesus died on the cross: to provide the effective cure for sin. Only His cure can deal completely with the spiritual cancer of sin. His treatment is most comprehensive: He removes the cancer and replaces it with His own righteousness. He cleanses the sinner completely from all sin, so that he will stand faultless under the close scrutiny of God. He takes away the turmoil and fears that sin produces, and replaces them with the peace that passes all understanding. The cure that Jesus gives is so effective to deal with this spiritual cancer that those who receive it have full remission!

Dear Reader, if you have not availed yourself of this cure yet, we most heartily recommend it to you. You have the guarantee of God Himself that it will work most effectively to deal with your spiritual cancer. There is no better cure for sin than this. In fact there is no other cure beside this one. This is because the only way that a cure for sin can be made, is through death, and not the death of any ordinary person. The one who dies must be totally sinless, and not infected with sin at all. The one who dies must also have infinite worth, in order to make sufficient atonement for all sinners.

Jesus is the only One who has met both of these conditions. Because He is God, and because He is perfectly sinless, He is able to die for sinners. And this is what He did about 2,000 years ago. Jesus endured the whole ordeal of being tried, whipped, beaten and nailed to the cross. He was wrongfully treated as a condemned criminal and unjustly crucified for claiming to be the Son of God – a truth that was substantiated by all the miracles He performed.

Those who crucified Jesus were clearly manifesting their spiritual cancer. It was the source of all their hatred, dishonesty, lies, and cruelty toward Him. Thus Jesus became a victim of man’s sin. But the wonder of it all is that by becoming the victim of man’s sin, Jesus became the cure for man’s sin. All that He suffered at the hands of sinful men was designed to bear the punishment we deserved for our sins. This is why the Bible says in Isaiah 53:4,5, "He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows… He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him." Jesus died on our behalf. His suffering and death paid the full penalty for our sins, giving us now the perfect cure for sin.

How do we know that this cure really works? Because God has set His seal of approval on it by resurrecting Jesus from the dead. The Bible tells us of this miraculous event: After being dead for three days, Jesus came back to life, never to die again. He appeared to many people in His resurrected state: According to 1 Corinthians 15:5, He was seen by Peter and by the twelve disciples, and then by more than 500 people at one time. They not only saw Him, but heard Him, touched Him and ate with Him as well. The evidence of the empty tomb and of all these appearances leave no doubt that Jesus is alive and well!

Jesus Lives to Apply the Cure for Sin

The fact that Jesus lives is most important for the application of the cure for sin. What would be the use of the cure, if Jesus is still dead? How will sinners obtain the cure they need, if there is none to apply it to them? A Saviour who is dead cannot save! But because He is a living Saviour, Jesus is now able to apply the cure for sin effectively to all who come to Him in repentance.

When we come to Jesus, all our sins are removed because He has already paid the penalty for them by His death. But after that, He also works in our life to transform us from within, because He lives right within us. Galatians 2:20 tells us: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."

Dear Reader, Jesus loves sinners like you and wants you to come to Him for salvation. Come to Him now, if you have not done this yet. And if you come to Jesus with all your heart, He will not only give you life, but abundant life: "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) This is a life that is filled to overflowing with spiritual blessings because it is life with Jesus Himself who lives within you, a life that continues into eternity, when you will be forever with Him in heaven.

Do Not Delay to Be Cured of Sin

There is absolutely nothing better in life than to be saved from your sins and live with Jesus in your life. And the best part of salvation is that it is free. You do not need to pay anything for it. The Bible tells us that there is nothing you can do to earn salvation. All your good works avail nothing, because they cannot meet God’s righteous standards of goodness. We are all unworthy sinners, with nothing good in us to merit God’s regard for us. Salvation can never be purchased. It can only be received as a free gift from God.

Do you know that God has every right to let us remain in our state of sin, and do nothing at all to save us? But the Bible tells us that He loved us so much that He was moved to save us. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16).

How should you respond to this? If you are a sinner and you realize that you need the cure for your spiritual cancer, then there can be only one appropriate response: Come to the Lord Jesus Christ without delay and ask Him to save you now. Do not wait to do this any further, because there may not be much time left for you. Death can overtake you at any time. It would be a grave mistake to think that you still have plenty of time left to come to Jesus – you may not!

Please regard your salvation as a very urgent matter. If you were to die right now without coming to Jesus, you are certain to suffer eternal death in hell. There is no way out of this end once you are there. But if you come to Jesus now, and ask Him to save you by His death on the cross, you will immediately be saved. Listen to the words of Jesus who said: "All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.... Come to Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (John 6:37; Matthew 11:28). Will you come to Him now? 
— Pastor

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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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1) Prayer Meeting Refreshments. From August onwards, there will be no refreshments served after the prayer meeting. The Session would like to thank all those who have contributed in the past.

2) Church Camp English & Chinese message CD & Photo CD are available in RTL Office after Service time. CD at S$1/- per copy.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Tg Piayu Anniversary, 4 pm. Rev Wong at Shalom BPC, 9 am and Life Evening Service, 6 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