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Scripture Memory: Self-Examination
2 Corinthians 13:5 
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

24 June 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Rev Charles Seet (The Worship that Is Not, Mat 15:7-9)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Matthews Abraham (Withstanding Trials and Overcoming Temptations, Jas 1:1-16)

1 July 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Rev Charles Seet (Enoch: He Walked with God, Gen 5:21-24)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Yap Beng Shin (Embracing Grace Again, Luke 15:1-2, 11-32)

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TESTIMONIES FROM CHURCH CAMP 2012 – ‘UNITY IN DIVERSITY’

PHILIPPIANS 2:3-5 – "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."

Thank the Lord for this year’s church camp and for His granting me leave to be able to go for it. Church camps can always be looked forward to as times of spiritual nourishment, sweet fellowship and opportunities to know fellow Lifers better. This year’s messages, delivered with great impact by Pastor Tan Soon Yong, addressed many heart issues and obstacles to unity within the body of Christ.

I was most struck by the notion that unity is not something to be achieved at all costs, but it is simply a "by-product" of all members having the same mind, that is, of Christ’s. Pastor Tan began with the "heart of the issue" - namely, our pride and elevated sense of self-worth (above others) - that was the chief hindrance to unity in the church. Indeed, if we all adopt this mind of Christ in all our thoughts, words and deeds, we would have more unity amongst us.

Besides the spiritual feasting, we all had a blessed time of fellowship and getting to know other Lifers better. O, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Thank God for the opportunities to practice what we learnt in the camp, in mutual care and concern for all campers. Thank the Lord for His protection and care for us! – Cornelius Kan

WE ARE THANKFUL to the Lord for this year’s Church Camp. First, all our family members were able to attend the camp together and secondly we managed to meet and make new friends. Most importantly the messages were inspiring, down to earth and they spoke to our hearts. One of the key statements made by the speaker that aroused our thoughts is "Unity comes naturally when we are all humble before God" Another lesson learnt is that "stress is always due to sin".

On the second last day of the camp a group of about 17 of us made good use of the free time period. Made up of current AFers, ex-AFers, their spouses and a friend, we met in one of the member’s room. There were singing of songs, prayer, reminiscences of happy moments doing activities together and renewing of friendship. There was indeed a feeling of Unity in Diversity.

Our hope and prayer is that all who attended this wonderful Church Camp will, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, begin to work together towards making Life B-P Church achieve Unity in Diversity.

Lastly we encourage all Lifers who were not able to make it for this year’s camp to sign up for the 2013 camp and be blessed with the spiritual feasting of God’s Word. – Sonny and Iris Loe

HAVING HEARD Pastor Tan last year, I was very much looking forward to this year’s camp – I was anticipating that God would speak "surgically" to the heart as He did in 2011. And He did. Many lessons were learnt, in particular, the reminder that it is not about having happier lives and homes and families, but it is our duty to obey God as children of the new covenant. Unity is not a choice for us. Whether at the family level or the church level, I am now more conscientious that if we are united, we can be a great testimony for the Lord.

Humanly speaking, sometimes, the conflicts we face seem so mammoth they are impossible to resolve. Yet, we are reminded that unity is possible in the Lord, and that TRUE unity exists if we all have the mind of Christ.

I want to particularly thank God that three of my non-Christian PRC students joined us for the Camp too. They were open to the Word of God and they felt the warmth of being in the company of Christians. Coming from a non-religious background, it was a new experience for them. Two of them joined the Chinese Service last Sunday. May the Lord continue to work in their hearts unto salvation!

Finally, I would like to echo what Elder Beng Kiong said, "God’s Word is given for our obedience, not our opinions." May the Lord give us grace upon grace, that we may obey not only in big things, but in little things as well.

Let everyone be encouraged to make a special effort to go for the yearly church camp, for the time of spiritual refreshment and encouragement is precious indeed! – Huey Chun, Priscilla.

PSALM 90:12 – "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." Every year church camp is a wonderful time for me. It is a great time to take time off from the mad rush of life in Singapore and just listen to God’s Word and to worship Him. This year was no exception. The messages given by Pastor Tan Soon Yong were so clear, so easy to understand and at times painfully so.

During the messages I often found myself wondering if I was doing all I could to glorify and honour God in my life, not just as a young adult but also as a son. The message on honouring your parents spoke to me as it reminded me of all the wrongs that I’ve done as son. It reminded me that there is much more to honouring your parents than just doing what they tell us to do. We are to honour them as we would honour God and it was a very timely reminder and rebuke for me. Camp was also special this year as I was asked to chair one of the messages. I remember my fear when I was approached by Dn Hock Chin to serve. Even after I agreed to serve, the fear was still there. I had no idea what to do! By God’s grace, He guided me in my preparation and was with me when I chaired. Praise God for His goodness and mercy!

I can’t wait for camp next year to see what else God has to teach me as I listen to His wonderful word. Lamentations 3:25 – "The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him." – Josiah Seah

I WANT to thank God for the many blessings He poured out upon me at the recent church camp on ‘Unity in Diversity’. The camp has been a tremendous blessing to my soul and I’m sure to many others too. I thank God for the conviction of sin and also for the encouragement from His Word. Looking back, there are so many lessons that God has taught me, that I am not sure where I should begin to share! But here are some lessons that were especially meaningful to me:

Unity starts with the fear of God.

"For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word." Isaiah 66:2

In the first message, we were led to search our hearts to see if we indeed tremble at God’s Word. The humble man trembles as he reads it, because he knows that although he must obey it, he cannot do it perfectly. I realize that many a time I gloss over God’s Word, or ‘pick and choose’ selected passages. I also don’t always read the Bible with an attitude of care and reverence. I thank God that this message helped me to set my attitude right for the other messages in listening for myself and not trying to apply the message to other people! Indeed, it is because we fear God and what He is saying to us through His Word (and His messenger) that we are driven to His feet to abase ourselves, and make every effort to build unity.

Unity starts with me.

As we look around us, we see much disunity all around. It can be very troubling, and for some of us it may affect us personally. We see it from within families (siblings/ parents), between friends, within the church (in the fellowship group/ ministries/ between leaders and followers). Even if we had never observed all these, a quick glance at the titles of the Camp messages would have suggested the presence of such problems!

However, this camp taught me that the first step is to stop looking around so much, and to start looking deep inside myself. The disunity around could very well have been caused by the sin in my own heart. So I need to first repent of my sin before trying to resolve the conflict.

A searching question for me that was posed was: Do I regard others as more important as myself? Do I value their opinions highly or am I quick to judge the person even before he or she says anything? If I were to be honest with myself, I am often guilty of thinking too highly of myself in many ways. In message 2, we were reminded that we all know how to treat others who are more important than us – so perhaps what we need to learn is to then treat everyone as more important than us (Philippians 2:3 – "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves").

The motivation for unity is obedience.

We often don’t work towards unity because it takes too much effort, or we feel we can bear with some disunity. But we must learn to live in unity because God demands it. The message that spoke very clearly to me on this was the final message on honouring our parents. We must honour our parents because God commands it. Many of us look at the 5th commandment as one that is for children only, but if we apply it throughout our life it has great implications on the way we ought to treat our parents at various stages of our life (whether we be only a child or already a parent).

For there to be unity, we need to practise what we have heard.

I am sure those who went for the camp would agree with me that we enjoyed a great spiritual ‘feast’. We had 8 messages in total, most of them averaging an hour each! It was hard to keep up with all of them. Yet, for all we have heard, it avails nothing if we do not set our hearts to be a doer of God’s Word. As our Camp Speaker prayed at the close of one of the messages: may our desire to grow to become a godly person not wane after the camp (as it so often does) but increase even more, till the day we see Christ! "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." (James 1:25)

I pray that I may indeed do what I have been convicted of with regards to how I ought to live my life differently after this camp. May God help me to live in the fear of God always and strive to be a blessing to the people around me! To God be the glory. – Russell Joel Indran

CHURCH CAMP was enriching yet enjoyable. We were taught about the Armour of God by Uncle Keng Khwang. I also had an opportunity to attend with my parents one evening. Pastor Tan was a good speaker and he made his message easy to remember. The Lemon Experience was interesting and fun. Everyone at the camp was friendly and helpful. At the bowling session, everyone cheered loudly whether it was a strike or no strike. To sum it up, church camp was super fun and I would want to attend the next church camp again. –Prudence Lim, 11 years old.

WHEN I ARRIVED at Bintan Nirwana, I thought to myself that it was just another 4-day Church Camp. However, I was wrong. The messages I heard on the Armour of God made me want to change for the better for Christ. I also learnt that if one piece of the armour is missing, the whole armour is not complete. I thought of myself as a good Christian, but after each message, I realized how much wrong I have done. It certainly was a fruitful camp. – Hannah Tan, 10 years old.

THIS YEAR’S church camp was nicer than I thought it would be. We had a lot of fun during the programme. I also learnt important lessons from God’s Word. I am thankful to the teachers and helpers for making this Camp possible for all of us. I enjoyed the Camp thoroughly. – Yee Wern, 
10 years old.

IN THIS Church Camp, I learnt a lot of new knowledge. It has been fun and enjoyable time. I learnt the various parts of the Armour of God, the belt of truth; the breastplate of righteousness; sandals of readiness for the gospel; shield of faith; helmet of salvation and sword of the Spirit. When I go home, I will bring home wonderful memories. – Rachel Loh, 11 years old.

I FIND that this year’s church camp is enjoyable. I made a lot of new friends. The messages are interesting and useful to my daily walk with God. I really hope that next year’s Church Camp would be equally enjoyable and memorable as this year’s. – Beatrice Alvina, 12 years old.

DURING this Church Camp, I have learnt more about Christ. I have learnt not to fall into temptations so easily and to defend myself against the devil. I think I have grown closer to God in this Camp. I have made new friends. I hope next year’s Church Camp will be longer so that we can learn more about the gospel. Overall, the Camp was enriching and fun! - Celine Choo, 12 years old.

I ENJOYED the Church Camp. There are many activities to do like bowling and jet-skiing. I have learnt spiritual lessons from the messages. I hope to learn more about Jesus Christ. I look forward to the next Camp. – Ryan Loh, 12 years old.

I HAVE ENJOYED the Church Camp very much and I have learnt a lot. The activities were fun and innovative. It was a joy to celebrate Joy Wee’s birthday. The camp was very fun. I do hope next year’s Church Camp will be longer! – Elijah Choo, 10 years old.

DURING these three days in Bintan, I enjoyed myself very much. I learnt many things about God and how to apply them in our daily lives. We were taught about the Armour of God and how to put our trust in God. This year’s church camp is enjoyable and meaningful. I hope I am able to attend next year’s Church Camp! – Germaine Lee, 11 years old.

"THY RIGHTEOUSNESS also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto Thee!" (Psalm 71:19) At Nirwana Bintan, we caught a glimpse of God’s transcendent greatness: the heaven is His throne, and the earth His footstool, yet the heavens of heavens cannot contain Him (Isaiah 66:1-2). When each of us personally humble ourselves and bow before the glory and greatness of God, then unity will come within the church. This is possible when we have the mind of Christ; not to be like each other, but to be like Christ, as we strive to obey God’s Word which is given for our obedience, not our opinions (- Elder Ng Beng Kiong).

The theme "Unity in Diversity" is apt as we so need to be united as members of Life Church, and as members of our respective families. Having savoured last year’s spiritual feast prepared by Pastor Tan Soon Yong, I looked forward to this year’s messages with great expectations of the Lord’s blessings.

It was with some trepidation that I took over from brother Mark Chen as English camp master (my first). I thank God for sending experienced men to guide me. Truly God has been good to us in answering all our prayers. The camp committee members under Dn Benny Goh’s gentle fatherly leadership worked harmoniously, and everyone helped one another with ideas, action and reminders, which exemplified the theme of unity in diversity. Within the committee, we have different complementary gifts humbly offered to the Lord as each person does his/her best to the glory of God. May the Lord be pleased as we strive for personal humility and corporate unity.

Pastor Tan stressed that "God does not reveal His will to only one person in church" but He works through a multitude of counsellors who share their insights and gifts and work together for His glory. Teamwork is possible for church members as we put aside our differences and work with one heart and mind to do God’s will. Instead, strife comes from lusts within our hearts (James 4:1-2), pride, and an inflated view of ourselves and our ideas. We are to perish any thought of our own worth to God’s ministry. It is not an occasion for self-glory, display of our gifts or to prove that we are right or better. God does not need me to do His work; He can do His work a million times better and more effectively than I can ever do. But as a father is pleased to encourage the initial stumbling steps of his toddler son, our Heavenly Father smiles with approval on our feeble efforts in ministry. It is a high privilege to serve our loving merciful compassionate good Lord and King.

For unity to be achieved in church, we who are members must have a healthy scepticism of our own plans, decisions and ways; a healthy suspicion of our own heart attitudes and motives; a healthy anxiousness to listen to the counsel of others; a healthy concern to gather and consider diverse counsel; a discerning heart to weigh and balance different views, and a genuine willingness to die to our own plans and preferences.

Leaders are exhorted to be sacrificial in labour, to exercise authority and oversight through faithful instruction of God’s Word, godly example, and intimate discipleship. Members are to strive to know their leaders personally, to esteem them very highly, and to submit to them willingly in order that they may minister with joy. We respect our leaders, not because of their gifts, but because of their position as God-appointed "fellow sheep" accountable to Christ the Great Shepherd of the Sheep.

From the church, Pastor Tan turned the spotlight on unity within the family, which begins with the man – the head of the home. He highlighted seven disciplines of a noble man: the discipline of submission, the discipline of leadership, the discipline of sacrifice, the discipline of holiness, the discipline of shepherding, the discipline of gentleness (1 Peter 3:7) towards his wife’s weakness, and the discipline of faithfulness. For there to be unity within the home, the wife is to see to it that she honours, supports and submits to her husband. This is impossible because of her pride and the sins of her husband, unless she submits to Christ her Lord and master. Children (including married adult children) are reminded to honour our parents especially in their evening years. Grandparents are reminded not to undermine the authority of their children over the discipline of grandchildren.

I confess I do not always think of myself as a slave of Jesus Christ my Master, which was a prerequisite of humility. I am also reminded of my responsibility as a father and husband to display the glory of God by living out the gospel in the home, after the humble "slave" example of Christ (Philippians 2:1-11). During the camp, my family had breakfast together and shared what we learnt – a tender time of reconciliation, loving and forgiving one another. Knowing that I am a sinner humbles me, as I look to Jesus daily for help. There is nothing sweeter on earth than a family united in Christ, where peace, joy, mutual acceptance, respect, and love pervade our relationships.

Thank God that campers enjoyed each other’s company over meals and coffee, had wholesome fun bowling, playing basketball and badminton, or discussing lemons and theology. Camps are relaxed times when we cherish precious moments and prayer with family and brethren in Christ whom we have grown to love over the years. We also have a duty to love the unlovable or the one with whom we disagree.

As the ferry sailed out of Bintan, my heart was filled with gratitude to God for blessing us with His Word, for opportunities to fellowship with saints and meet new visitors. I am looking forward to applying God’s Word over the next 12 months, until we meet in next year’s camp. I hope you will also join us then. – Hock Chin

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 29th July 2012

Topic: You’d Better Be Sure!

Speakers:
Dr Paul Choo (English Service, 8:00 am & 10:45 am

Pastor Willy Ng (Hokkien with interpretation to Mandarin, 10.45am)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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EMMANUEL REFORMED BIBLE LECTURES

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

Mondays: Historical Lessons from the Ancient and Medieval Church (Rev Jack Sin)

Thursdays: The Epistles of Peter: Triumph & Truth (Rev Isaac Ong).

Lectures begin on 16 Jul 12. ‘Early Bird Discount’ of $5 will be given to those who register by Monday.

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1) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 2. The deadline for submitting the written review is today.

2) LTF 25th Anniversary Thanksgiving Services will be held on 30 June 12 (this Sat), 3:30pm at Beulah Center MPH. All parents who have Teens, and Teens aged 12 to 17 years old are cordially invited to join us in our Thanksgiving Service.

Dinner will be served thereafter. Theme: Great is thy Faithfulness by Rev Quek Keng Khwang.

3) Catechism Class for Anniversary 2012 Baptism will commence next Sunday, 9.30 am at Rm 5-4, Beulah Centre. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the Catechism Class.

4) "Faith’s Checkbook": Daily Devotional by C H Spurgeon, Vol 3 (Jul to Sep 2012). Now available at the front counter. The same devotions are available online at http://www.lifebpc.com/devotions.

5) Maranatha BPC will be organising a Holy Land cum Jordan pilgrim trip from 6-17 Nov 2012 in conjunction with ERBL. Those interested (first-come-first-served), kindly give your name, contact details and church by 27 Jun 2012 to Ms Doris Sim at: Maranatha BPC at 65458627 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and more details will be given to you. Those who want to work towards a 2 credit hr course under ERBL for this Holy Land trip may enquire at the same email for the course requirements as approved by the faculty of ERBL.

6) Our condolences to Evelyn Chan and family on the demise of her mother, Mdm Tan Hui Nai (89 years old) on 21 Jun 12. The funeral will be held today.

Preaching appointment: Rev Quek in Nepal.

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