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Scripture Memory: Sin
Romans 5:12 
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

15 January 2012
8 am & 10.45am Worship Service:

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Are You Growing? Mat 13:3-8,18-23)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Who’s Number 1 in Our Lives? Col 1:15-20)

22 January 2012
8 am & 10.45am Worship Service:

Mark Chen (Are You Forgiving? Mat 18:23-35)

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YF CAMP TESTIMONIES

THANK GOD for the YF camp which was held last month, it was truly a blessed time and that we saw God’s hand working through all who served Him, and we have much to thank God for. The Lord’s messenger for the camp was Elder Beng Kiong.

The theme of the camp was called ‘self inquiry’ and it is based on the book of the same name by J.C. Ryle. Through the messages and discussions, the campers were encouraged to examine their own Christianity and were provided practical steps to live a life that is acceptable to God.

Many camper’s hearts were touched by the Holy Spirit, as seen through the heartfelt sharing through the discussions and testimony night at the end of the camp. Many campers made the commitment to live lives pleasing to God in the new year.

The camp committee faced many challenges in the planning and executing of the camp. The committee was relatively inexperienced, and there were a larger number of those who signed up. Also many of those who signed up were of younger age, and were those who attend church but do not attend any fellowship group.

However God guided the camp committee throughout the stages of the camp, and there were no major hiccups. Also God granted the camp good Christian fellowship and so the leaders were able to reach out to the younger ones and they responded well to that. Many of those who did not come for fellowship meetings also resolved to attend or be more regular after the camp.

We would like to thank God for all the people who contributed to the camp in one way or another, especially Uncle GL and Aunty Audrey for tirelessly helping in many areas of the camp. May God continue to bless them in their service. We also like to thank God for health and safety, as the injuries or sicknesses that happened were all minor.

Personally, I would like to thank God for the opportunity to serve Him. Although it was hectic and I did not have enough time to self inquire during the camp, I have seen his presence working through the camp, and the new year break gave me the opportunity to catch up.

One example of God’s working in the camp was through the weather: For all the games on the second and third day, it would always rain suddenly just as we finished preparing for the games. For the fourth day we were supposed to have an ‘amazing race’ out of church and then have a BBQ at ECP. The commandants were quite worried seeing the erratic weather in the past few days, and we were unable to come out with a good enough plan should it rain. Also we did not plan to have a testimony night earlier and it moved in our hearts that we should have one. Taking both the physical and spiritual welfare of the campers in mind, the decision was made to move it back to church instead. The campers still had fun, and were blessed by all the testimonies that were shared that night.

This shows how God can move the weather to effect his sovereign and perfect will, and I truly thank God for that. If God can calm the wind and the waves, he can surely send passing showers so that His will be done in our lives.

I pray that all who have attended the camp would hide what they have learnt in their hearts, so that it would not be in vain, but that God’s kingdom on earth may be extended. – Samuel Ang

"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD." (Psalm 122:1)

GOING for the recent YF camp has been a tremendous blessing for me. It was a fitting end to a difficult year, and a good time for me to rest, fellowship and reflect.

I thank God for how He has convicted me of the sins in my life. As one stanza of the camp theme song goes:

Search, till Thy fiery glance has cast

Its holy light through all,

And I by grace am brought at last

Before Thy face to fall.

Here are some searching questions that were posed during the messages:

"Are you an Alien?" Such a question may have offended some but it was rebuking to me. It reminded me of how little effort I made to be not conformed to this world. God has called us to be aliens, foreigners, strangers and pilgrims in this land. Sometimes I am not willing to bear the persecution that comes with being a different person. I must remind myself that it is more important to please God than men! We were given examples of godly men to pattern after, such as Elisha who was perceived as a ‘holy man of God’ (2 Kings 4:9) and the disciples in Antioch who were first given the title of ‘Christians’ (Acts 11:26).

"How is your Bible-living?" As faithful Bible-Presbyterians, we are good at asking one another how our Bible-reading and Quiet Time is. That is perhaps the ‘standard’ question in our fellowship group sharings (maybe we now have standard answers too!). We are also good at quoting Bible verses, perhaps even in the memorizing of Scripture. I was reminded through this camp how much more important it is to live out what we read in our Quiet Time and hear over the pulpit. We often pride ourselves on knowledge, but should we not be ashamed if the knowledge does not translate to godly Christian living? Perhaps we should begin to ask one another that same question too: how is our Bible-living?

"Are you a Thermometer or a Thermostat?" As Christians we are called to be an influence in this world. But very often we are like a thermometer: wherever we are placed, we merely ‘register’ the values of the world and follow its culture. We ought to be a thermostat instead – one that effects a change in its surroundings by the way that we live. I confess that in many ways I have not been the salt of the earth or light of the world. We should remember that we are living epistles, known and read by all men. Our lives can have an impact on others and we can shine for the Lord!

"Do you find fellowship a delight?" True Christian fellowship brings much joy, delight and blessings. It is a wonder that so few of us attend the fellowship group! I learnt that we should not regard fellowship as an option, or something ‘extra’ only for the more spiritual Christian. Christian fellowship is an important aspect of our Christian life (Hebrews 10:24,25). But it must also be centered on the right things: commitment to God’s Word (Acts 2:14,42), loving concern for members (Acts 2:44) and also a desire for spiritual growth (Acts 2:47). We sometimes think that fellowship merely entails ‘hanging out’ with other Christians. Surely we need to go beyond that!

Elder Beng Kiong aptly pointed out too that the busier we are, the more needful fellowship is. And if we are too busy for God’s people, we are too busy, period! But one who experiences true spiritual fellowship will find it a great joy and gladness each time he is able to fellowship with God’s people (Acts 2:46).

Thank God for the YF Camp! May God help us to apply the lessons He has taught us, as we strive to live for Him in this New Year. – Russell Indran

SELF-INQUIRY. What an apt theme, I thought to myself. To me it meant a great deal, as I see my friends around me drowning themselves in the mindless pursuit of academic excellence and I questioned, where is God in the picture? Likewise, I asked myself this same question, where is God in my life? Have I allowed all these so-called ‘valid’ and ‘important’ responsibilities to take the place of God’s throne in my heart? Even as I pondered over the words of King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 1:3 ("What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?"), I feel even more jaded knowing that whatever that is wrought under the sun is in vain. A call for self-inquiry, reflection and review of my life is indeed pressing, knowing what has gone wrong in the past and how to push on ahead in the coming days ahead. Have I been living my life to the glory of God?

The YF Exco members made a decision early in the camp planning that as much as possible, they should not be called upon to serve (or play an active role) in the running of the camp. This would allow other YFers to have the opportunity to step up and serve in the various roles available in the YF Camp. To me, it meant that the year end camp would provide me much time to rest, listen to God’s Word, and spending time in fellowship with fellow brethren. This has been something I yearned for considering the many changes that has been taking place in my life in 2011, as well as the past years that I have been serving in the camp committees.

However, God had other plans. Instead of an expected break, I was running on adrenaline throughout the week (in the words of a close friend). Somehow, through different circumstances, I was called upon to be the photographer, stand-in treasurer as well as the group discussion leader during the camp. On top of those responsibilities, I was involved in the planning of YF / YAF Anniversary (happening the day after camp). The NUS scholarship, which was granted to me recently (praise and glory to God!), seemed to give me more woes than joy. I was required to do major changes to the curriculum plan for the rest of my education in university within a few days because module selection for the following semester started on the 3rd day of YF Camp. I was also involved in the organization of a Faculty Camp and had to prepare to head another ‘games testing’ camp on the following Monday and Tuesday (after YF Camp).

I just felt so tied down with all the responsibilities and duties that were required of me during that week, to the extent that I felt burnt out. I felt that I have not been the best testimony for God during the camp period with a tired body and possibly occasional murmurings about how busy I was. I sought God for forgiveness. I wonder how can it be, when I have been yearning so long to just take a break and spend time in fellowship with my friends, that my life took such a turn that the camp felt like another chore I had to go through. Just reminiscing that thought pains me, a time set aside for God simply be crowded out by the things of the world. Self-inquiry. What self-inquiry can be done in a situation like this?

Through God’s manifold grace and mercy, I was somehow able to take lessons away during the YF Camp:

Lesson 1: A life that is to be dedicated to God. I thank God for Eld Ng who was God’s messenger during the YF Camp, many campers have been encouraged by the messages and God’s Word. "Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it." (Mark 8:34b-35) It always seemed so ‘correct’ that with a well-organized and prioritized life (with God being first always and other things falling into place), I would be able to please God and glorify Him in whatever I did. After some time, however, I realized that I was going on a downward spiral where "Oh! QT completed, use the computer" or "QT done, time to start on homework" became a norm in my thoughts. Inevitably, it was soon when QT became dry and a daily checklist issue. I learnt that what is indeed important is a life that is FULLY surrendered to God, leaving no room for self in the picture. I pray that I would be able to live a life that is consecrated and pleasing to God, not segregating my life up, but having God first in every area of my life.

Lesson 2: God can use useless people to make things happen for His glory. I was extremely encouraged to hear one of my discussion group members share that he benefited much from the discussions and resolved to make changes to his life. As many can testify, I am poor at leading discussions, especially in a formal setting. I felt that it was no better leading discussions during the YF Camp itself, in which I was spending half the time figuring what to say next and the other half trying to get a response. There were moments when there were heartfelt sharings and discussions, but all praise and glory be to God for that member who shared on the last night testimony sharing time. I would never have expected that my discussion would have done any good, but God, in His own ways, has worked in the hearts of the members (I am sure, for other discussion groups too) and cause a positive impact in their lives. I felt, and I thank God, that He has made use of someone as useless as me, to be part of something so great, encouraging the group members and turning their focus back to God.

Lesson 3"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:9) Halfway during the camp, I was feeling disappointed that I was unable to have the sweet time of fellowship with my friends due to the heavy workload. I felt that this resolution of mine could not be fulfilled. Although I was not able to fellowship with the many people I wanted to fellowship with, God led another person into this picture and used me to encourage him and help him up from a relatively low point in his life. I did not expect that to happen at all, but it did. Having it all planned out may not always be the best thing for my life, learning that in the end God is in control and that His perfect plan for me would always come to pass. As His ways are indeed infinitely higher than mine, God has enabled me to be an encouragement to this one brother, something that I did not expect at all.

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:36-37) It is my prayer that I would be able to remember where I’ve fallen, and repent, and do the first works, return to my first love. It is my prayer that I live for the glory of God, not my will but God’s will be done. May the Lord even find us faithful always. – Joshua Lim

THE WEEK of camp was definitely a special time to look forward to - a time about God, with God, and devoted to the things of God.

God had bestowed abundant opportunities for me to serve Him as dorm leader, discussion group leader, as well as the chairperson for the message on the second day. He sure knew my thoughts and heard my prayers to be given opportunities for service. However, shortly after agreeing to serve, I have to admit that I was soon overwhelmed with nervousness, doubt and fear due to my feelings of inadequacy and immaturity as a Christian. By His grace, I gradually overcame my fear of stage fright (in addressing a sizable audience). In His guidance, I was equipped with the words to speak during all 4 discussion sessions and the chairing on the second day. What little faith I had...

Sustaining a fall face-down during ice-breakers shortly after camp started marked a beginning of serious Self Inquiry for me. It was even more of testing when by the end of day one I was down with flu and on the verge of developing a fever. How was I going to sustain throughout the remaining days and fulfill all my given roles? In my physical weakness and time of solitude in the sick bay, the Lord brought me to realise how much I needed to trust in Him for strength, healing and wisdom. I’m greatly thankful for the speedy recovery, for the medical attention received, for all the people who helped me along, for the outpouring of concern from everybody during and even after camp, and for all the prayers made for me. God’s grace had been sufficient!

Upon examining life in 2011, I then realised the gravity of living in neglect of God due to my lack of discipline, slothfulness and procrastination. In my preoccupation with work and enjoyment of school holidays, my daily Bible reading and quiet time was sparsely existent, and the little time and energy I spent with God were the leftovers. God has shown me through camp what really mattered in life - not riches, nor fame, power, status, or career, but the relationship each of us have with Him. At the end of life on earth, we will see Him face to face and give an account of all our doings. Our lives would clearly show if we truly valued God and our relationship with Him, or worldly pursuits. What we value in life ties in with the way we live - as pilgrims or strangers or as friends of the world. Furthermore, this invariably exhibits the extent of our love for God. Truly, thank God for granting me leave from work to come for camp and to come back to Him before I drifted any further.

Looking back, words just aren’t enough to explain in totality the abundance of God’s love, grace, power, and providence. I was most encouraged by the sharing through discussions and especially during the time of testimony sharing on the last night of camp. The working of the Holy Spirit was clearly evident as fellow campers came forth to share openly the many thanksgiving and praises for what God had given to them and taught them particularly through the messages. I then realised the nervousness all of us had in going up to share. It was also found that many of us do face similar struggles in our walk with God (for example, trying to maintain daily Quiet Time amidst the busyness of school and everything else).

In the face of this new year with its mix of ups and downs, I can bravely say - as the song When God is Neargoes - "When God is Near every fear is set aside. When God is Near, how can I falter?" It is my prayer that all campers would do a constant self inquiry, not just during camp, so that the Lord may be their most valued possession in their hearts, and they may grow closer to Him. It is also my prayer to maintain a closer walk with God now and always, and to put Him first in all things.

May the following verse encourage everyone as you enter this new year of challenges:

"My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth" (Psalm 121:2) – Mun Kit Yeng

SOUL FOOD: Shalom. Looking back on the recently concluded YF Camp, I am indeed thankful to God for many things. Firstly, for His endearing protection on all campers throughout the camp duration, without which, many serious accidents would have realized. The especially unpredictable weather also gave our outdoor games a real ‘run’ (for shelter) factor. Thank God too, for bringing together these dedicated young men and women from the YF camp committee, whom He has moved to serve Him tirelessly throughout.

Definitely one of the highlights of the camp were the delicious (and generous portions) of food we all enjoyed. It really sustained us physically and kept us going. But I guess the most important things I had to thank Him for, were the intangible ‘foods’ for the soul. Reading Hebrews 4:12, I am reminded of the benefits of not only being able to listen to His Word spoken to me, but also utilizing it in discerning and examining the intentions of my heart and value of my soul. Without this time of self-inquiry and His moving to expose just how depraved my life in the past year has been, I would have become just another "convinced" person – one who heard of the faith, went through the motions, but spiritually uncommitted to "taking up my cross" (Matthew 16:24).

The opportunity to fellowship and edify one another; as new Godly friendships were forged and old ones renewed (1 Thessalonians 5:11) between campers also made me smile. For I am reminded that to love Him, is also to love my fellow Christians (John 21:15-17).

A Life By Faith: After being spiritually ‘recharged’ at the camp, and as a new year begins, the assault on our faith begins anew. Please pray that we will remain steadfast in our faith; always being Christ-centric. And that we will not only be listeners of the Word only, but doers for His glory (Romans 2:13), always sharpening one another (Proverbs 27:17). In His Love. – Josiah Shen

THIS YEAR’S YF Camp has indeed been a blessing to me. Firstly, it was a blessing to have the younger teens join us at the camp and it was indeed refreshing to hear them share about their views on the discussion questions.

Secondly, the camp provided time and opportunity to catch up with friends. This helped me to start new friendships and strengthen old ones. It also allowed us to talk more about spiritual matters and encourage each other and sharpen one another.

The camp’s theme was self inquiry and it helped me to take a step back and look at my life in the year 2011. It also helped me to see where I had gone wrong and where I had strayed. The speaker, Eld Ng, expounded on God’s Word helping me to see where I had gone wrong with my walk with God. It helped me realize that I had to improve my walk with God. Thus far, my walk with God in 2012 has been sweet and enjoyable and I pray that it will stay that way.

Lastly, it was heartening to see some of the youths step up and serve the Lord. Despite their inexperience and unforeseen problems that came their way (some albeit last minute), it was heart-warming to see them trust the Lord wholeheartedly and serve the Lord with passion.

"And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee." – Psalm 9:10

However, it was during the time after the camp, that I decided to do a proper self-inquiry of myself and it helped me to make resolutions to live a better Christian life in the future.

The Lord has shown himself faithful. All praise and glory to the Almighty Father for having worked such a mighty work during and after the YF Camp. – Josiah Tan

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Results of Scripture Memory Verse Programme Review Exercise No.4

We congratulate the following who have achieved a score of 70% and above:

1. Angela Tan

2. Chan Sok Kheng

3. Chiam Tok Ling

4. Chua Hui Tin

5. Claire Tan Liu Yan

6. Daniel Tan

7. Ethan Tan

8. Flora Lau Seck Hong

9. Ian Liu

10. Janice Lee

11. Jennifer Goh

12. Jeriel Heng

13. Joelle Heng Wee En

14. Joyce Ang

15. Joshua Chia

16. Karen Heng-Sin

17. Lee Chee Weng

18. Leong Li Peng

19. Leong Sow Mun

20. Leslie Tan

21. Lim Buay Hock

22. Loi Huey Ching

23. Lois Quek Yi Ning

24. Lorene Yeo

25. Low Siew Kiang

26. Lui Phui Ying

27. Mark Liu Liwen

28. Matilda Heng Wen An

29. Michael Lee Yew Chuan

30. Ong Phei Hong

31. Samuel Quek Yixin

32. Sharon Quek

33. Tan Khoon Lee

34. Wendy Lee

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1) There will be no Evening Service next Sunday due to Chinese New Year’s Eve.

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) Australia Orientation Meeting 2012. Where: Greek and Hebrew Room, 9A Gilstead Road, Singapore 309063. When: this Sat, 10am - 12 pm. Others: Info session, Fellowship, Refreshments.

4) 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.

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Thai Grace BPC, 4.00pm.

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