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Scripture Memory: Sin
Genesis 6:5 
"And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

29 January 2012
8 am & 10.45am Worship Service:

Rev Mike Redick (Are You on the Right Track? Mat 7:13-14)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Calvin Loh (The Pastor’s Work, Col 1:24-29)

5 February 2012
8 am & 10.45am Worship Service:

Rev Colin Wong (Are You Genuine? Luke 18:9-14)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Mark Chen (Marks of a Mature Church, Col 2:1-8)

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Everyone Needs Jesus

By Rev Calvin Loh

"For All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)

The instinctive response of a man when he first heard the gospel is to deny that he is a sinner. This is so because he cannot see why he should be likened to the criminals who are locked up in the prisons. After all, he has not broken any laws of the land. He earns an honest living and with diligence; he is honorable and reliable and his words can be trusted; and he is a doting father to his children and a loving husband to his wife. What more does God expect from him? While he may not consider himself as a perfect man or a saint, he feels unwarranted to be called a sinner.

This response is not something new. It is typical in Jesus’ days, the Jews regarded themselves highly. Regarding themselves as sinners is the last thing on their minds. They are a class above prostitutes, adulterers, extortioners, etc. In their own opinion, they were righteous enough to go to heaven.

But nothing is further from the truth. When Jesus was with them, he reminded them that sin always begins from the heart, and not after it was acted out. Therefore when the all-knowing God judged them, He did not begin with their action but with the thoughts and intents of their hearts. He said, for example, concerning the sin of adultery, "...whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matt 5:28-29) The same principle applies to other sins such as murder or covetousness.

To the Jews, this divine principle came as a rude shock to them because they had never taken into consideration the condition of their heart.

The same is true with us today. We seldom consider the condition of our heart when we speak of our righteousness before men. And even when we do speak of it, seldom do we really search our hearts thoroughly to discover what is inside us. But deep down within us, we are aware that all is not right with us. This is the reason why we seldom reveal all the thoughts of our heart to others, not even to our loved ones. We are afraid they will be stumbled if we open our hearts to them.

Because of this reason, God’s Word declares that all have sinned and fall short of the true standard of righteousness. God says without apology that "there is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one." (Rom 3:10-12)

Since God’s indictment that none of us is righteous, no good works can atone or save us from our sins. We are in a sad state of hopelessness. Regardless of how good we may be in the eyes of men, we are simply not good enough because our hearts are corrupted by sin. Our best efforts can be liken to a man who tries to wash his white shirt in a basin of muddy water using the most powerful and effective soap. Although having the best soap and trying to wash the shirt with great assertion, the desire to have a clean white shirt proves futile because the water itself is dirty. This is the actual situation that we are in.

We are all in muddy waters, there is no way anyone can escape from the inevitable through his own efforts. The Word of God tells us that "...it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment." (Heb 9:27) The day will come, when every man and woman will have to stand before God and be judged for all his or her sins. There will only be one terrible outcome in the end – it is eternity spent in a place of torment where the worms never die and the fire is never quenched. (- Mk 9:48) It is a place that is absolutely terrifying beyond man’s wildest imaginations.

But this is where the grace of God enters in. When there was no way out for us, He Himself opens a way for us to escape from this seemingly inevitable end – not by perverting His own justice, but by fulfilling the demands of His own justice through His only begotten Son Jesus.

Two thousand years ago when Jesus came to this world, He made it very clear to many people concerning His mission. To a seeking religious leader who sought Him out by night, He said unto him, "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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (Jn 3:16-17) To His disciples who were seeking greatness in the wrong way, He said "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Matt 20:28)

Jesus is the very beloved Son of God who came to bear the wrath of God on our behalf. He took upon Himself our sins. Instead of us being punished for our sins, He was punished for us. We as sinners will not be condemned to hell but will have eternal life when we acknowledge Him as our Lord and Saviour.

Truly, it was not the nails but His love for sinners like us that made Him stay on the cross. Although he has the power to come down from the cross but He will not because of His great love for us. He chose to suffer and die on our behalf so that we may be saved from God’s judgement through faith in Him. His death is not the end, on the third day after his death and burial, He rose again from the dead, to give us victory over sin and death.

Dear friends, this morning, perhaps it may be your first time hearing the gospel. Or perhaps you have been hearing it for numerous times already. Nevertheless, let me say this to you again – You need to acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. You need Him because according to God, you are a sinner fallen short of God’s righteousness, and Jesus is the only way whereby we are saved from the holy wrath of God and to enjoy the bliss of heaven. If this is not so, He would not have made the decision to go to the cross for you.

Therefore, let us humble ourselves before God by repenting from our sins and turning to Him.

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Far Eastern Kindergarten Registration for 2013:

Pre-Nursery (2010); Nursery (2009)

Priority for Members’ Closing Date: 28th February 2012

Please call 6 251 3676 or log on to www.lifebpc.com/fek/ for more information.

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YAF RETREAT

Theme: Did you think to pray?

Date: 15-18 March 2012

Venue: Pulai Desaru, Johor Bahru

Speaker: Elder Ng Beng Kiong

Retreat fees:

Working – S$285

Non-working – S$235

Contact: Tim Goh @ 9876-8654/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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1) Please Note: There is a change of date for Vacation Bible School 2012 to 5-7 June.

2) Membership Roll Update Exercise: If you are a member of Life B-P Church, please fill the form and put it in the box at the church entrance.

3) Church Camp this year will be held from 11 - 14 June 2012 at Nirwana Resort, Bintan. Speaker: Pastor Tan Soon Yong. Apply for annual leave to attend this spiritual feast. Look out for more details on the camp and registration.

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