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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

17 June 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Rev Philip Heng (Our Father in Heaven and on Earth, Mat 6:9-15; 7:9-11)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Calvin Loh (Why are you Obeying the Lord? Mal 3:13-15)

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)

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FATHER’S DAY

The Origin of Father’s Day

Father’s Day is one of the many special days in the calendar observed and celebrated in many countries including Singapore. It is believed to have been initiated in the United States by a Christian woman, Sonora Smart Dodd. Sonora’s mother died when she was 16 years old leaving the task of bringing up her 5 other siblings to her father, an American civil war veteran. She had witnessed the problems and difficulties involved, together with all the sacrifices her father had to make. In grateful acknowledgement for all her father had done, Sonara decided to campaign to have a day set aside to remember and honour fathers.

It is believed that the first observance of Father’s Day was on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. It was only through much political wranglings that Father’s Day was declared a public holiday every third Sunday of June from 1972. Since then, Father’s Day is celebrated in many countries though the date differs.

Should Christians Celebrate Father’s Day?

There is no mention of Father’s Day in the Bible and therefore there is no command whether we should or should not observe that day. But although the Bible is silent, it does give a place of honour for men who were examples of excellence in certain skills. In Genesis 4:20-21 Jabal was called "the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle." His brother Jubal was called "the father of all such that handle the harp and organ." In Genesis 17:5, God told Abraham, "for a father of many nations have I made thee." So God in giving these people special honour shows that He recognizes the importance of fathers.

Furthermore the Ten Commandments written by God’s own hand include one to honour father and mother – the only one with an attached promise. Exodus 20:12 – "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." To this same commandment, another promise is added in Deuteronomy 5:16: "and that it may go well with thee."

The Apostle Paul repeats this in Ephesians 6:2-3: "Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth."

So honouring father and mother is not an option, but a direct commandment from God. Christians therefore should be encouraged to keep and observe Father’s Day by giving fathers special honour as we remember all the love and care they have showered upon us and all the sacrifices they have made.

How Can We Honour Fathers?

The thesaurus gives the word ‘honour’ the following synonyms – to esteem, to respect, to pay homage to, to assign a value to. The Greek word for honour is "timao" which means to prize, to fix a valuation upon. This means ‘to revere’. To honour fathers then is to value them highly and giving them all the respect due to them irrespective of whether or not they deserve to be honoured. Whether we are children, youth, young adults, or married men and women we are to honour our fathers (mothers included) since they are the ones who have brought us into the world. They have loved us, cared for us, laboured hard to provide for us and have raised us up the best way they knew how. The heart of this command must remain intact throughout all our years.

The following are some ways whereby we can honour fathers:

1. Address him with respect. Call him dad, daddy or father – not old man. And never ape western societies by calling him by his first name.

2. Talk to him gently. Never shout at him or scold him even if he had done wrong or offended you for "He that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death." (Exodus 21:17)

3. Give him cheerful obedience but this obedience must be "in the Lord" – Ephesians 6:1. Anything that is against our Christian conscience or morality we must not do even if our disobedience angers him, but we must explain to him gently the reasons for our disobedience.

4. Support him financially even though he is still actively employed and does not need your support. A small gift now and then especially on special occasions will surely bring him much joy and happiness knowing that he is remembered and appreciated. Give as we are able for it is not the amount but the thought that counts. We are not to think of excuses for not giving otherwise we will be like the Pharisees in Jesus’ days. These Pharisees when they declared that a gift is Corban (given to God), the giver is freed from giving to his father or mother – Mark 7:11-12. Giving to parents is a priority and should not be shirked by a hypocritical donation to the church.

5. Take good care of him should he fall ill. Accompany him for doctor’s appointments. Help feed and dress him if he is unable to do so. Better still, if your financial position allows, employ a maid to help look after him.

6. Take him along when going out for meals. Include him when going for holidays if he is physically able.

7. Visit him regularly if you are married and not living with him. Spend time with him. Talk to him. If you are living overseas or away on work assignments, you can still call and talk with him on the phone. It will not cost much these days to do so.

This list is not at all exhaustive. We can do much more. It is but reasonable service for all the love and care he had showered upon us not forgetting the labour, time and expenses incurred in bringing us up. And as long as father is alive, it is imperative that we fulfill our responsibility towards him.

Sadly there are some that when father is yet alive, they do not have time for him. Perhaps they are too engrossed in the things of this world. And when father dies, they suffer much regret. So they buy him the most expensive coffin and give him a grand and elaborate funeral. They may even set up special funds and give large sums to charities in memory of him. What is the use? All these will not be of any benefit to father as he is not around to see. This is but a vain and desperate attempt to clear their conscience. Honour father when he is alive and not when he is dead.

Besides honouring our biological or adopted fathers, we must not forget our other ‘fathers’.

Honour the Elderly

"Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head and honour the face of the old man and fear thy God: I am the LORD." (Leviticus 19:32) Sad to say this command of the Lord is not followed by the younger generation at large today. Very often we see on trains young people busy with their mobile phones or iPads in seats reserved for the elderly. Their seeming oblivion to the elderly standing around them only betrays their disregard, disrespect and even contempt for them.

Even in churches, how many actually rise up to greet or render assistance to the hoary heads? The young ought to cultivate the attitude of respect and honour for the elderly.

Honour our Spiritual Fathers

God’s Word says, "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine." (1 Timothy 5:7) Our ministers (pastors) are our spiritual fathers. They have laboured hard devoting much time and effort to see to our spiritual welfare. Moreover they have faithfully expounded to us the whole counsel of God quite unlike the many contemporary ministers who laboured only for self-enrichment and glorification. Ought we not therefore to remember our ministers and give them double honour and respect?

Honour God our Heavenly Father

Even as our Lord Jesus Christ during His time on earth had honoured His Father so must we. How else to honour Him than to love Him? "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind" (Matthew 22:37) and to obey His commandments that He has given in His Word.

Conclusion

Honouring fathers and mothers is the duty and responsibility of all children. It should come naturally considering all the love and care they had showered upon us. Let us therefore remember them not only on Fathers’ or Mothers’ Day but every day of every year.

Elder George Foong

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

3) "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.

4) 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.

5) Catechism Class for Anniversary 2012 Baptism will commence on 1 Jul 12, 9.30 am at Rm 5-4, Beulah Centre. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the Catechism Class.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Thai Grace BPC Service, 4.00 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

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