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Scripture Memory: Growing in Christ.

VERSE : 2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

1 January 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (Occupy Till Christ Returns! Luke 19:11-27)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (The Blessed Life, Ps 1)

8 January 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (The Consequences of Disobedience, Dan 1:1-7)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Lim Teck Chye (How Excellent is His Name! Ps 8)

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LTF CAMP TESTIMONIES

LTF Camp Introduction

The annual Lively Teens Fellowship (LTF) Camp was held from 5–9 December 2016.  The theme of the camp this year is 100OC for Christ, with Mr Lim Chien Chong, who is no stranger to the teens, as our camp speaker. This year, we thank God for giving us around 65 teens, between 11–17, for a week of spiritual feasting on God’s Word as well as a wonderful time of fun and fellowship throughout the camp.

The intriguing title of the camp theme, 100OC for Christ came from the verse Rev 3:16, which highlights the dangers of lukewarm faith in the church of the Laodiceans. It is the desire of the Camp Committee for every teen to fundamentally have a living relationship with God, and to be zealous and fervent for Christ in all aspects of their walk with God (personal devotion, service, fellowship, Christian witness).

Firstly, the Camp Comm would like to thank God for a team of young adult leaders to serve as discussion group leaders. Indeed, each and every one of them has actively reached out to the teens during discussions, games and fellowship.

Next, the Camp Comm would also like to thank God for the strong team of FnB ladies, led by Sister Angelena and Wendy, who dedicated their time early in the morning to prepare breakfast as well as whipping out sumptuous dinners.

Also, we thank God for the camp speaker, Uncle Chien Chong, for delivering five thought-provoking messages in a precise yet easy-to-grasp manner, and also for our workshop speaker, Aunty Chui Hwa, for conducting an interesting activity-based workshop on the theme “gods at war” (Idolatry).

Lastly, we would like to thank God for providing and seeing LTF Camp 2016 thus far. Although the camp planning process encountered numerous hiccups and fell through many loopholes, we are grateful for His faithfulness and incessant grace for the Camp Committee.

After camp concludes, it is ubiquitous for each camper to experience the post-camp “fever”. However, it is our hope and prayer that God’s Word would be engraved in our hearts that we might remain resolved to be on fire for Him.

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” 1 Cor 3:6-7

May these testimonies of LTF Camp 2016 encourage any lukewarm hearts to pursue after God with zeal and passion!                    —Nicholas Lim, Camp Advisor

 

LTF Camp Testimonies

This LTF camp was a challenging one, yet fulfilling one, in many areas. In terms of service, I took up the role of the camp commandant, which was basically to lead in the planning and execution of the camp itself. In valuing the people placed under me, the easy option was always to give up, or push it to the back of my head to worry about it later, but the more I did that, the more God pricked my conscience to do well the responsibility given to me. The more I shunned these thoughts, disappointment built up; at my efforts which reaped little results, and letting down those who had placed their trust in me. The wave of exams, final submissions and competitions crashed down together with the weight of these unfulfilled responsibilities pushed me to the edge. And as I fell, weary and worn, God received me into His arms. That moment of anguish, of helplessness, followed by the unimaginable peace and joy, would be one I would never forget. It taught me total surrender and reliance on God, and it wasn’t about how much I could do for God, but rather how much God could do through me. My efforts met a dead end, but God planted me back right on track towards the finish line. It is only by God’s grace and mercy that He has led and guided me back to Him, and only through His strength was I able to cross the finish line, and give of my best to my truly deserving Master.

The other thing that impacted me strongly was the workshop, gods at war, talking about idols and the treasures in our heart that we are unwilling to let go of. A striking fact was, the word “before Me” in the first commandment wasn’t referring to priorities, where God had to be first; it refers to “in My presence”, where God had to be the only thing in our lives. It pained me that so many people in this world, especially young Christians, do not take God seriously. These little “harmless” distractions become huge idols that are painful and tedious to remove, and are also disgusting to God, going against His righteousness and plan for all of us. Myself included, it served as a warning to get right with God, and to mean it when I say “He is Lord”. I am resolved to live this life like it is not my own, but God’s, and let Him work in, through and with me for His glory only.

May Christ help us to die to ourselves and our sin, to “take up the cross” and follow Him. To God be the glory, the Best is Yet to Be.             —Jireh Loo, Camp Commandant

 

LTF Camp 2016 was an awesome experience. The theme of this year’s camp was 100oC for Christ. Mr. Lim Chien Chong was the speaker for the LTF Camp. He has a gift for speaking to us youths as his messages are powerful and engaging. Normally, you might expect us teens to drift in and out of sleep in church during messages. However, Mr. Lim was very clear and concise during his message. He did not beat around the bush and went straight to the point. We teens found it easy to catch his points as they were clearly displayed on a PowerPoint Slideshow too. The messages were thus effective in teaching us about giving our all for Christ and they were relevant and easy to apply in today’s context. The messages served as a solemn reminder for us not to be lukewarm in our devotion, service, fellowship and witnessing for Christ. It taught us to give our all for Christ and never to be half-hearted in the things we do for Christ.

After the messages, we would have a time of discussion. I must say the discussions were highly thought-provoking. Our discussion leaders, most of them from the Youth Fellowship, had prepared very well for the discussions. They would ask questions relating to the message and if we had any doubts about the message, we could clarify them during discussions. The discussions made us think and reflect on our life – they made us stop and think, “what is my current situation?” and “how can I apply what I have learnt from the message into my daily life?” The discussions really helped drive home the learning points from the message and helped us to apply the learning points more practically in our everyday lives. The discussions also gave us a more in-depth look at the message. During discussions, we would “analyse” the message and bring up certain points from the message. We would then share our perspective on the topic with everyone else. Discussion time was fruitful and enjoyable as we learnt much.

On day 2, we had a workshop conducted by Auntie Chui Hwa. The workshop was entitled “gods at war” and used hands-on activities to teach us about being 100oC for Christ. It reminded us to get rid of all our idols in our hearts and to be the salt and light of this world to lead others to Him. The workshop was not only interactive and engaging but also fruitful.

Another big item on the camp timetable was the games. We had all types of games, from escape rooms to water bombs. The games were not purely for fun – they had certain spiritual learning points that could be taken home. Some of the games really tested our biblical knowledge and most games had many parallels to Biblical lessons to be learnt.

I have learnt much from the camp. I would like to thank God for helping me to understand His Word and helping me to draw learning points from it. One lesson I learnt was that when we serve Him, we must understand that we are part of the body of saints and we are to act as one and to be unified, thinking like a body to serve Him. I learnt that we must serve God not only with our talents, but also with our resources like time and money and also through our responsibilities i.e. if we are given a task, we should willingly carry it out. I learnt too that when we witness for Christ, we must be humble and empathizing. We must not be overcome by evil and we must always overcome evil with good. We must even seek to bless our enemies – those who persecute us, and pray for them.

In conclusion, LTF Camp was very meaningful and productive, where we spent time in worship, prayer, fellowship, reading the Bible. LTF Camp was a time where we consecrated our devotion to the Lord God. Of course, LTF Camp could not have been possible without God, the discussion leaders, the adults who supervised the camp, the aunties who helped to cook for us, the Camp Committee and the campers. Praise God for the smooth running of the Camp!                     —Josiah Teo

 

I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity to go for camp this year even though I had common tests the week after.

I would like to thank God for the many lessons I have learnt during this camp and even giving me the chance to be an assistant discussion group leader. I am also thankful for the speaker, Mr Lim Chien Chong, who taught us how we can have a passion for Christ in everything we do, with the aid of his many life examples. Through the messages, I was taught on what it truly means to have a passion for Christ in everything we do. For example, in our daily walk with God, in our service to God, in our fellowship with other Christian brethren, and even when it comes to witnessing to our friends. All these lessons have made me realize my walk with God was really dull and meaningless and that I should improve my walk with God.

I would also like to thank God for the fellowship with the fellow campers and even with the adult helpers. I was able to learn many new things from them even through the discussions after the messages and the dorm devotions at night.

LTF camp verse, “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot; I will spue thee out of my mouth” Rev 3:16    —Yap Yong Shen

 

Truthfully I was not particularly looking forward to LTF camp 2016 because I don’t like spending long periods of time with people, much less five straight days. In addition I was assigned to the Logistics sub-committee and I had heard that the work was hard and that you had to wake up early and sleep late, so I was dreading the five exhausting days ahead. However at the end of the five days which were as expected still mentally exhausting, I felt spiritually refreshed, encouraged in the Lord and very thankful for the lessons I had learnt throughout this camp.

Firstly I was very thankful for the opportunity to serve in Logistics for the first time. It was not as tiring as I thought it would be and I even got a kick out of cleaning the floors, realising manual labour was not that bad after all! Logistics is an area of service where you remain unseen for the majority of the camp and you don’t get much thanks from people and that’s actually what makes it such an especially edifying area of service. You are much more likely to be serving for God than serving for the purpose of gaining praise from man in an area of service where you remain largely unseen by the other campers. And I think having the opportunity to serve in logistics gave me the opportunity to really draw closer to God and to strengthen my relationship with Him. One thing that really struck me about service is that we should always serve cheerfully and not with discontent in our hearts because you should always put your heart into the work that you’re doing for God.

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

I was also thankful for the messages that our speaker Uncle Chien Chong prepared for us. I enjoyed how he tailored his message format to suit the younger LTFers’ perhaps shorter attention spans and made them engaging and thought-provoking, and yet everyone of all ages was able to learn something from each message. It really struck me that I should not be just lukewarm in my passion for Christ (Revelation 3:16) and that I should strive to be “100 degrees for Christ” and truly have a flaming passion to serve Him.

The thing I am most thankful for in this camp is my discussion group, Solomon. I truly thank God for each and every one of my discussion group members and am genuinely grateful for all the very enriching and edifying discussion we have had. I was initially not looking forward to discussions because I thought all the questions asked would be all more or less the same and that I would not be able to learn very much from it but I was very wrong. I thank God especially for our beloved discussion group leader Magdalene Huang as she was very adept in knowing when to steer the discussion topic away when we got too far from the topic at heart, but also knowing when to keep the discussion topic going when she felt it was important and edifying, even if it had nothing to do with the message. I thank God most graciously for all my discussion group members and how willingly and openly you all have shared your experiences and contributed your knowledge in order to reach the common goal of edifying one another through fruitful and thought-provoking discussion! This has undeniably been the best discussion group I have ever had the privilege of being a part of and I really thank God for the sweet fellowship we have had as well!

Lastly, but certainly not the least, I thank God for putting me in the position of being a Games Group Leader. Despite being my second time as a games group leader, I think I still have a lot of room for improvement. Being in this position gave me the chance to interact with people in my games group with whom I would not normally have interacted with. I am not particularly socially adept but being a leader really pushed me out of my comfort zone and I managed to talk to people when I didn’t really feel like talking to anyone. I still have a long way to go in terms of pushing myself out of my comfort zone in order to help and edify others and to have fellowship with everyone, but LTF camp 2016 has really helped with that.

“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16                             —Jemima Kwok Jie Ming

 

I learnt a lot of lessons through messages, workshops and games. I made a few good friends that were from my dorm. Hopefully the newcomers can get to know Christ by coming to our weekly LTF sessions every Saturday@3pm to 7pm latest.

                                                        —Thaddeus Ho

 

At the dawn of this year’s LTF camp there was anxiety in me besides the usual excitement. Being one of the games I/Cs, I was worried about the execution of the games especially because this year, I had to leave on the third night of camp for a school trip (hence missing the last segment of wet games). Now, with 3 weeks since the closure of camp, I see that such ‘worries’ were unnecessary, and also that God has yet again worked through LTF Camp to touch the lives of many.

The messages (centred around the importance of being zealous for God) were powerfully delivered by Uncle Chien Chong; they reminded me to keep aflame my passion and first love for Him, and that this love should ever be the wellspring from which all I do flows. This was particularly timely as much of the camp was spent busily in the execution of games. It was easy to be caught up in the execution of plans, serving like Martha, not seeking like Mary...but I thank God for the well-written lyrics of our camp song which served as a continuous reminder: ‘Not just to serve, but to love Thee with all of my heart.’

It is truly a privilege to serve Him – in serving I was also reminded that it is not about my strengths or abilities, but it is He who encourages, empowers, and enables. While mistakes were made and things were often forgotten by our committee, His grace worked through all these imperfections and allowed the past year of plans to come into fruition. He blessed us with a week of good weather, kept every camper safe, and moved their hearts to renew their passion for Him. All praise, honour, and glory be to God alone!

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 136:1                                                      —Rae-ann Lim

 

I thank God for this lovely and fun camp. Being a first timer in this camp, I was not expecting a camp like this that led me to the straight and narrow path. I thank God for changing my mindset on being a Christian just attending church and not be blinded by the “gods” of life and also to have a zealousness in Christ. I thank God for Uncle Chien Chiong for the messages and answering our questions, Reverend Quek for the devotions, Auntie Chui Hwa for the workshop, the Aunties that woke up bright and early just to prepare our 3 meals a day, and lastly, the camp committee, YALs and campers for making my first LTF camp fun and meaningful! All glory be unto God!                 —Lee Wei Xin

 

I thank God, firstly, for the opportunity to serve in the games committee this year. Thank God for seeing the games comm through 6 months of planning and 4 days of execution, for without His strength, all of our efforts would have been futile. Before camp commenced, we were all skeptical as to whether the campers would receive the games well and participate enthusiastically. This was especially so for the night activity, which was a completely original idea that had not been tried out before. Nevertheless, we thank God that except for a few minor injuries and slip-ups, everything was executed smoothly and there were no major errors. Thank God that the teens were engaged actively and enjoyed themselves! I was reminded once again of his great power demonstrated through His control of the weather, as we were blessed with 4 days of wonderful weather with no rain at all, allowing our activities to flow without interruption.

Secondly, I thank God for the chance to form bonds of friendship with new people, especially the younger ones, and also continue to fellowship and foster stronger bonds with existing friends.

Lastly, I thank God for His word, as Uncle Chien Chong’s messages were a timely reminder for me to continue being steadfast in my walk with Him, always burning passionately at 100 degrees, for Christ. To God be all the Glory!             —Samuel Quek

 

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. -Colossians 3:13

Through this camp, I have learnt a few things about service:

Forbearance in service.

Service is never a one-man job. When you work with people, you might face disagreements with others. However we should put on the mind of Christ and remain teachable when we receive constructive feedback or even negative criticism, so that ultimately we can be sharpened tools for God’s work.  (Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.)

Joy in service.

During this camp, despite being occupied for Christ in their daily duties, I have been greatly encouraged by the F&B, Logistics and Games committees, who strived to serve God with excellence with bright smiles and without complaints.

Strength in service.

Personally speaking, this camp was physically strenuous because the camp committee slept late and woke up early. It was through this that I was able to experience God’s goodness in sustaining me through the five days and for allowing me to stay awake during messages and devotions.

Lastly, I would like to thank God for providing encouragers as I serve. Service reinforces the importance of fellowship. I would not have been able to continue to serve without those around me. They have encouraged me to press on through challenges encountered and gave me many different perspectives of the situation and reminded me that we are serving God.                                                                        —Jann En Leong

 

During LTF Camp, I was serving in the Games Comm. As it was really tiring, I want to thank God for my fellow Games Comm members who continually encouraged us to look to the Lord and review our motives, instead of simply being overwhelmed by the process of executing and planning the games. God also renewed our strength daily. Miraculously, we were constantly refreshed for the day despite sleeping late. Also, I would like to thank God for the good weather that He provided such that it only rained when we were not having outdoor games as we didn’t really have wet weather plans.

I also learnt many lessons through the messages such as to truly serve the Lord with passion and love. After hearing about how our speaker jumped out of his bed every morning, eager to serve the Lord with zeal each day, it made me reflect about how the only time I jumped out of bed was when I was late for something. Truly, I realised that I often go about my daily activities not with cheer and enthusiasm but out of duty or even sometimes dread.

I truly thank God for my discussion group leader who issued a challenge to our group, to reach out to the newcomers or those we hardly talk to in LTF, to show true brotherly love, as we would show to a very close friend or brother by birth.

I pray that as we continue our walk with God, we may strive to not just be Christians, but to have the passion that many may not think we are capable of and to revive LTF to what it once used to be, and even better. That we may be exemplary Christians, to display true Christian living that others would see Christ’s joy and hope in us through our passion for Him and have a burning desire to know our great God. Thank God for the friendships made and the pleasures shared!                      —Joelle Heng

 

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Missions Seminar - White Unto Harvest

     Venue:   Beulah Multi-Purpose Hall

     Date:      Saturday 1 April 2017

     Time:     3 - 5.45pm (Dinner at 6pm)

    Please register at:  http://lifebpc.com/missions-seminar 

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ERBL LECTURES (JAN-MAY 2017)

Day  Duration                    Course                 Lecturer

Mon 9 Jan - 15 May 17      Esther                  Rev Charles Seet

Thu 12 Jan - 2 Mar 17       Galatians             Rev Colin Wong
        23 Mar - 11 May 17   Bible Geography  Rev Quek Keng Khwang

Lectures commence at 7.30 pm. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

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1) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 4. The deadline for submitting the review is today.

2) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 16 April 2017 commences next Sunday at Beulah Centre Rm 2-1, 9.40am. Please pre-register by emailing church office or filling up the form available at the front counter. Closing date: today.

3) Life BP Church Camp 2017 will be held from June 12-15 (Mon-Thu) at Batam Holiday Inn Resort. Do book your annual leave now to join us for a blessed time of fellowship, and exhortations from God’s Word.

4) Family Seminar 2016 recordings: Those who have ordered, please come personally to collect the recordings at the RTL Office (next to Cry Room 1) after worship service.

5) Kian Guan & Laurel would like to thank our church Pastors, Elders, (with special thanks to Eld Sng), Deacons, Wednesday Bible Study ladies, Thomson NBC and all church members for all their loving support for the passing on of Laurel’s late father, Ng Hong William on 26 Dec 2016.

 

Preaching appt: Rev Seet  at Thai Service, 2.30 pm. Rev Khoo at Chinese Evening BSF, 7.00 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