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Scripture Memory: Assurance
Philippians 1:6 
"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

10 June 2012
8 am Worship Service:

Rev Colin Wong (Blessed Are They Which Are Persecuted, Mat 5:10-12)
10:45 am Worship Service:
Mark Chen (The Prize of the Persecuted, Mat 5:10-12)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Faith Even in Death, Gen 23:1-20; 25:7-11)

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)

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SERVING GOD

It was another day in the church office like any other. Pouring my eyes over the monitor screen, I heard cheery voices outside my office. I looked up and saw two familiar faces. I stepped out of my office to greet the two ladies with fond familiarity. Both are well in their golden years yet spoke with strong and bright voices. I thought their company was quite unusual as one worshipped in the Chinese Service while the other in the English Service. Out of curiosity, I enquired on the purpose of their coming to Church. They told me that they were here to prepare for a fellowship meeting to be held the following day. I smiled and nodded in assent and excused myself to return to my desk.

I knew these ladies since I came to Life Church 33 years ago. They were both actively serving in their respective areas. While some at their age had to scale down their active service or cease totally for various reasons, these two ladies are still plodding on. This led me to recall a handful more Lifers serving faithfully in simple areas for a good part, but overlooked because of the mundane nature of what they do. I felt encouraged thinking of the faithful service of these members. But such uplifting thoughts are somehow dimmed with the accompanying fact that these members are in the minority. It’s less material when the church membership is small but for a large church like ours, the disparity is plainly too significant to be missed or ignored.

A fellow Elder once gave this illustration of inactive church members. He likened them as the thousands of spectators desperately in need of exercise watching 22 frazzled football players in desperate need of rest! I found the illustration apt and amusing. To stretch the illustration, it’s not beyond reasonable imagination to add that these same spectators are often the ones most forthcoming in unrestrained critique of the players.

My dear reader, are you in need of exercise? I am referring to the spiritual exercise of active service to God’s people. Let me rephrase this. Are you involved in the life of the church in some meaningful way? There are many areas of service in Life Church. Many are not apparent but if you would take the time to make genuine enquiries, I am certain you will find an area where you can contribute meaningfully. In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul describes the various spiritual gifts God has endowed believers. In almost the same breath, Paul gave important lessons regarding unity in diversity. These two emphases are critical components to the church community life.

Our annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) would have concluded by the time you read this article. Rev Quek KK tells me there were 92 staff supporting the event. There were the teachers, assistant teachers, song leaders, kitchen crew, transport coordinators, administrators, games planners, logistics crew, stationery support crew etc… Their age ranged from 13 year olds to a handful hitting past their 60s! Many pairs of young and wrinkled hands were needed just to get the VBS ticking for the Lord. How many pairs of hands do you think it would need to get Life church ticking for the Lord?

Somehow, I can’t help thinking that our Asian roots of outward modesty hold us back from acknowledging or accepting our God-given spiritual gifts. Many of us readily or perhaps even eagerly use our "natural" abilities to pursue career, sports, interests or studies, but when it comes to church life, well it’s a very different ball game. From being active participants in the secular world, we switch into mere spectators where church is concerned.

This, dear reader, is a scary and dangerous proposition. Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-27, and you won’t find a redundant member described. My cousin had an extra finger growing from the side of her little finger. Her parents arranged for surgical removal because in their mind, the extra finger was redundant as it serves no function. This reminds me of John 15:2 – "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." I hope you understand now why I said that it’s a dangerous proposition to be a spectator in church.

Perhaps some words for the "minority" at this point would be helpful. I would like to thank members who serve behind the scenes (these are the "not apparent" areas of service). Continue in your faithful service however small it may be perceived. God gives it significance just as He did for the widow’s mite (Luke 21:1-4). It’s helpful to remind ourselves that we are ultimately serving God and not man. In the Parable of the Talents, the Master commended his servants who used the talents wisely for being "good and faithful". It’s not the bigness of what we do that counts. It’s the faithfulness of our service that looks big in God’s sight.

Earlier on, I asked how many pairs of hands it would take to get Life Church ticking for the Lord. My answer to the question is: EVERY PAIR OF HANDS – It’s the only logical conclusion if we apply 1 Corinthians 12. Would you then commit yourself to seek an area of service for the Lord? As real as it is today as in the past, it’s not a question of I CANNOT BUT I WON’T. May we be constrained by the love of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14) to serve our Master while He tarries. He is returning soon. —Elder Tan Cheow Hock

WHERE CAN YOU SERVE?

Visitation – with Ladies Fellowship, Tuesday 1:30 – 4:00 pm

- Pastors provide spiritual counsel

- Members care for one another

- Contact: Mrs Goh Mong Eng

Sunday School – Sunday, 9:30 – 10:30 am. Teachers are needed for:

- Young children – Contact: Mrs Iris Loe

- Young Teens – Contact: Dn Heng Shao Sheng

Children’s Ministry – during 8:00 am and 10:45 am worship services

- For children age 3-12 years

- Needed: storytellers, song leaders or helpers for crafts and class management

- Contact: Rev Quek Keng Khwang

Children’s Ark – Every Saturday: 1:30-3:30pm (school term)

- Program: Singspiration, Bible Truth, art and crafts, games and shopping days, refreshments…

- Contact: Mrs Iris Loe

Life Children’s Club – (Same time as Children’s Ark, but in Yishun)

- Contact: Tan Ming Song

Evangelism - Sunday door-to-door evangelism to residents

- held on every first and third Sunday of the month. Meet at Beulah Centre 02-11 at 12:15pm

- Co-ordinator : Amos Hoon

Mission Trips

- Cambodia (2-10 Jul), Myanmar (Nov), etc.

- Contact: Dn Lim Pin

Church Choir

- A service choir that presents periodic songs of exhortation and at Good Friday, Easter, Church Anniversary and Christmas.

- Annual Christmas Carolling – evangelistic outreach to the community

- Contact: Dn (Dr) Clement Tan

Music Ministry

- Pianists, organists, guitarists for various services, children ministries, Sunday School, etc.

- Contact: Daniel Phang

Library – Books and DVDs

- Opening hours: 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month: 7:30am to 7:55am 
Every Lord’s Day: 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm.

- Contact: Paul Cheong

Mercy Ministry – provides financial assistance to members

- Contact: Dn Charlie Chan

Other Areas of Service

- Public Address System

- Contact: Lun Chee Leong

- Car parking or Ushering (for Sunday Worship Services)

- Contact: Elder Tan Cheow Hock

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1) Pastoral Help: Members who need pastoral help during the church camp week (11-14 June) may contact Rev Peter Chua at 9838-7010.

2) "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.

3) 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.

4) 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 Life BPC Chinese Service, 10.45 am; Indonesian Service, 4.00 pm; Evening Service, 6.00 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

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