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Scripture Memory: Repentance
Acts 3:19 
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

1 April 2012
8 am Worship Service:

Rev Colin Wong (Jesus the King, Jn 12:12-19)
10.45am Worship Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Jesus the King, Jn 12:12-19)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Called to a Life of Faith, Gen 11:27-12:3)

8 April 2012
7 am Combined Easter Service:

Rev Colin Wong (Because He Lives! Mat 28:6)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Living by Faith, Gen 12:4-9)

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IF ANY MAN SERVE ME

On Palm Sunday many churches remember the triumphal entry of our Lord into Jerusalem, prior to the events that led to His betrayal, death and resurrection. Since we will remember the Passion of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection this week on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, it is good for us to trace some of the significant events that took place, beginning with Palm Sunday.

Jesus rode a lowly ass into Jerusalem, fulfilling Zechariah’s prophecy that the Messianic king would enter into the city not on a horse, as a mighty conqueror, but as a gentle bringer of salvation (John 12:12-23). This typifies the first advent of Jesus Christ when He came to the world not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:17).

The triumphal entry was warmly greeted by the cheering crowds of Jews waving palm branches in their hands and shouting, "Hosanna [meaning: Save now!]: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord." At this point it would seem as if the whole of Jerusalem was acknowledging Jesus to be the rightful King of Israel and Messiah of the Jews. But the true picture is revealed a few days later, when they hurled at Him jeers of "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"

Why did they change their tune?

It was probably due to an utterly selfish and mistaken concept of the Messiah. Having heard that Jesus had raised Lazarus who had been dead at Bethany for four days, they probably hoped to feast their eyes on more great miracles by Him (cf. John 12:18). And so they thought that He was about to raise the glorious Davidic Kingdom of Israel back to life, a kingdom which had been dead for more than four centuries. Thus, they cried"Hosanna!" to express their hopes that Jesus would now lead them to overthrow the Romans, and to restore all the lost fortunes of their Kingdom.

But when it became clear that this was not His intention, all their excitement gradually died down. In the days that followed, they went back to their own businesses and hardly paid any attention to what Jesus said or did. All the honour they had given to Him was soon forgotten, revealing that the people had sought after Him for the wrong reasons. They craved for all His benefits and for manifestations of His power, but they refused to give themselves and all that they had to Him.

The same thing is still true today. Out of the multitudes of people who seek Jesus, how many come to Him for the right reasons? Many may be looking for a Saviour who is powerful enough to give them whatever they wish for in this life or in the life to come, be it wealth, health, comfort or ease.

What are you looking for?

Dear Reader, do you seek Jesus for these reasons? Are you seeking Him with the right motives? Why do you come to church each Sunday? Do you come to give Him the full-hearted worship He deserves, or do you come with the expectation of procuring all the blessings you can get from Him? Would you still come to Him if He requires you to sacrifice your life for Him?

Listen to what Jesus said at the end of His triumphal entry – "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honour." (John 12:24-26)

These words remind us of the cost of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. We must be willing to follow Him fully, even to the extent of forsaking our own life. Jesus used a picture that farmers are familiar with: A seed can never produce anything unless it is first planted into the ground. Only then will it germinate into a plant and produce many more seeds.

One reason why Jesus said this was that His own death was imminent. As the seed falls to the ground and ‘dies’ so Jesus was shortly going to fall into the hands of those who would crucify Him. But out of His death, the bountiful atonement for sins would germinate and blossom, bringing many into eternal life!

Are you willing to die to self?

There is another reason why Jesus said this: To teach us to follow His example of self-sacrifice. He said, "He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." This is totally opposite to the world’s philosophy which is based on the survival of the fittest. Most people not only desire to preserve their lives, but to enhance and improve them as much as they can. Self-love makes them put their desires and will before God’s desires and will. It makes them want to have things going their way rather than God’s way, and live the way they want, rather than the way God wants them to live.

Although you may not like to be humbled or end up having less privileges and rights than others, that’s the price you must be willing to pay to follow the Lord’s example. But if you die to self, you will produce much fruits that bring glory to God. Let it be your resolve that whether you live or die, you do so to glorify God. Let your earnest prayer be, "In my life, or in my death – may God be the One who is praised and glorified."

Anyone who follows Christ must be willing to make the same sacrifice that He made, and to have the same self-denial that He had. This requirement is not unreasonable because, as Christ Himself said, the disciple should never expect to be better off than his master (cf. Matthew 10:24,25). You should not expect to be in better circumstances than your Lord’s. You should have the same willingness He had, to forsake every right for the sake of God’s Kingdom whenever necessary.

What has it cost you thus far?

What price have you paid for following Him? What sacrifices have you made to do His will? How does it compare with what Christ paid to do the Father’s will? And how does it compare with what other believers have paid to do the Father’s will? Many have paid the price of discipleship with their own lives – some were fed to the lions by the Roman Emperors and others were burnt at the stake for their faith during the Spanish inquisition.

But not all Christians are called to pay such a price. Many are called to glorify God by a life of consecrated service, burning themselves out for the Lord. God has put each one of us in different circumstances, with different opportunities, different abilities, and with different limitations. Discipleship simply means that you make the utmost and most cost-effective use of whatever God has given to you, in doing His will.

Perhaps it may cost you the loss of convenient comfort, or of your sense of security, or of your leisure time. Perhaps the cost may involve going the second mile, or stretching yourself to your limits, whether physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually to do God’s will. Or perhaps the Lord may lead you to serve Him in the Sunday School, or in Vacation Bible School, or in evangelism, or in the mission field ("The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few" – Matthew 9:37).

Serving in any area will involve some kind of sacrifice in time, in effort, or in forsaken opportunities for personal advancement. But you must be willing to make whatever sacrifices the Lord requires of you.

What does Christ deserve from you?

As your Lord and Master, Jesus deserves nothing less than total compliance with His will, and total willingness to give Him your best. If Christ is your Lord and master are you giving Him what He deserves from you? What price are you willing to pay to do His will?

If your life has not measured up to His standards of discipleship, please take steps to make sure that it does from now on. The Lord wants you to serve Him and follow Him faithfully. Listen once again to His words – "He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honour." May the Lord help us all to be what He wants us to be. —Pastor

And He Saith, "Follow Me"

"The cross awaits me"? Yes, I know.

"The night is dark"? But He is near.

"The path is rough"? His arm upholds.

"I cannot see"? But I can hear,

And where He leads I follow on;

He calls me, and I may not stay;

His strength is mine through all the days;

His light is sown along my way.

I know not where that way shall lead;

It matters not, so He shall guide,

So only, when the tempests come,

I feel His presence at my side.

When skies are bright above my head,

When smiling eyes with tears grow dim,

Through smiles or tears His peace is mine;

‘Tis joy enough to follow Him.

O loved Redeemer, loving Lord!

I hear Thy voice; it calleth me

Through joy and grief, through toil and pain,

To rest beyond the stormy sea;

O’er mount and valley, plain and stream,

Unto the place where I would be,

Unto the heaven where Thou hast gone,

I follow Thee – I follow Thee.

- A. J. Flint -

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Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting on Lord’s Day, 22 April 12, at 10.45 am sharp

All members of Life B-P Church are reminded to attend this meeting. The combined English worship service begins at 9.00 am.

Please collect the ACM package which will be given out on Sunday, 8 Apr 11 after the Combined Easter Service which begins at 7.00 am.

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Combined Easter Service

Next Lord’s Day, 8 April 2012, 7.00 am

Fellowship Breakfast after Service

(Offerings to defray the cost of the breakfast are welcome. Contact Dn Benny Goh, 9743-3388)

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VBS 2012 (5-7Jun); "Mission Possible"

Registration opens for all N2-P4 children. Closing date: 6 May. 
Teachers and helpers needed. 
Registration forms are obtainable at church’s front entrance or register online www.lifebpc.com/vbs. Sign up now! 
Contact: Rev Quek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
NOTE: VBS Teachers/Helpers Briefing @ Beulah House: 20 May 2012, 12.30pm-3pm. (Lunch provided). Attendance is Compulsory

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1) There will be no prayer meeting on Tuesday. Instead there will be a Prayer Meeting on Maundy Thursday, 5 Apr 12 at 8pm at Beulah Rm 1-6. Rev Colin Wong will be speaking on "Thy Will Be Done, Not Mine".

2) All are welcome to join Street Evangelism on 7 Apr 12 (Sat). Meet and pray at 6pm in Beulah House. Soul Winning commences at C.K. Tang (Orchard Road entrance) from 6.30 pm till 8.30pm. Let us bring the Hope & Glory of Easter to the unsaved. Arranged by EDD & MF.

3) Evangelism Workshop. Sat, 19 May & 26 May 12 (Sats), 9am to 5pm. Title: Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship. Speakers: John Ching, Tan Thiam Hong, Ong Beng Hong. Registration from 8-29 Apr, forms available at front entrance. *Lunch provided. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet in Batam. Rev Wong at Herald BPC, 9.30 am.

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