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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

8 January 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (God is Still On The Throne, Dan 1:1-7)

6:00 pm Evening Service

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

15 January 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Do You Dare to Take a Stand? Dan 1:8-21)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (The Lifter of My Head, Ps 3)

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THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CHURCH

Our church theme for this year is, “Occupy Till Christ Returns.” This theme reminds us of an important requirement for Christian service – faithfulness. The apostle Paul wrote, “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)

What the church needs most in its leadership is men who are faithful. As our church election will take place on 23 April 2017, let us pray that all who are nominated and elected to form the Session of Life church for the next three years will meet this most basic criterion. Besides this, there are three other criteria that we must use when choosing our leaders. They are found in Acts 6:3 – “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.”

Firstly, they must be men “of honest report.” To have an honest report means that one must have a good reputation in public and be well-spoken of by everyone. This first qualification is a moral one. A leader must be above reproach in all matters, whether it be in family life, social life, working life or financial matters. That is the first criterion for considering anyone for a place of leadership. Is there anything in a person’s background that may be used against him? If we have been living lives which seek to glorify our Lord and have been consciously striving to do His will, then we can meet this moral qualification. In fact, all Christians, not just leaders, should seek to be people of honest report.

The second criterion directs our attention to the spiritual qualification. According to Acts 6:3, only those who are “full of the Holy Spirit” should be chosen. A leader cannot be a new Christian, but one who has reached maturity. When a Christian has learned how to submit daily to the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit, his will and desires will be fully in tune with God’s will and desires. This is acquired through studying God’s Word seriously and through a healthy prayer life. One needs to develop sensitivity to the Spirit and discernment of God’s will not just for oneself, but for God’s people as well. If we are walking with the Lord in prayer and in His Word daily, we will be able to meet this qualification. As with the earlier qualification, it is God’s will that all Christians should be Spirit-filled.

The third criterion is a little more difficult to have, as it is a practical one. The word used in Acts 6:3 is “wisdom” and it refers to skill in administrative or leadership matters. It would include the ability to organize and plan, make sound decisions, coordinate activities, exercise faithful and efficient stewardship and good management of resources. Although not everyone may have this qualification, it may be cultivated with diligent effort and experience.

Now that we have seen the criteria that we must use to choose leaders, it must be noted that all three of them must be met. Having one or two of the qualifications is not good enough. The apostles did not say, “Look out for seven men who are of honest report, or full of the Holy Spirit, or full of wisdom.” The conjunction used is and. So if someone has a good reputation and is Spirit-filled, but has terrible leadership skills, he should not be considered for the leadership post. On the other hand, if someone is excellent in leadership but is spiritually or morally weak, he should not be considered.

The question that now comes is: Can we ever find sufficient members in the church, who meet all these criteria, and who are willing to take leadership roles? Humanly speaking, it is extremely difficult. But we believe that God loves His church and will always ensure that there will be members with such qualities to provide the leadership it needs. They are His gifts to the church, and they will emerge from among the ranks of believers whenever the need arises.

All Lifers are urged to pray earnestly for God’s guidance and blessing, so that only the ones of His choosing may be nominated and elected to office, to oversee the flock of God. Let everything be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40) and to the glory of God.

The process of Election to the Session is clearly defined in the following paragraphs from articles 13, 14, 15 and 16 of the Church Constitution:

13.1 Candidates shall satisfy the requirements listed in 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1 and 1 Peter 5. Additionally, and to ensure better objectivity in selection, they shall fulfill the following conditions:

13.1.1 Demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt, and over a sufficient length of time, that they are faithful and mature members of the Body of Christ and faithfully devote themselves to personal prayer and study of the Word.

13.1.2 Attend public worship and prayer meetings of the Church regularly unless prevented from doing so for valid reasons.

13.1.3 Make a careful study of the Constitution, in particular the Principle and Practice of Biblical Separation and fully accept it.

13.1.4 Be willing to participate wholeheartedly in the ministry of the Church, with the Pastor, and to devote time, talents and resources in such ministry which shall include serving in the various departments of the Church.

13.2 The Board of Elders shall nominate candidates for election to the Church Session. Nominations may also be submitted by any member of the congregation to the Board of Elders.

13.3 Proposals for election to the Church Session shall be carefully screened by the Board of Elders to ensure that only those with the essential qualifications and who are in full agreement with the doctrinal stand of the Bible-Presbyterian Church, in particular with its Principle and Practice of Biblical Separation, are considered for nomination and election to the Church Session.

13.4 Elected Elders/Deacons/Deaconesses shall be formally installed into office at a Service of Consecration to be held on an appropriate Lord’s Day soon after election.

14.1 The Pastor and/or Associate Pastor/Assistant Pastor shall be elected by the members of the Church at the Annual Congregational Meeting by a majority of the votes cast and shall hold office for a term of three years but shall be eligible for re-election. The Pastor shall be the Chairman of the Session.

15.1 The number of Elders in the Church shall not be more than one to every 50 communicant members. Where there are less than 50 communicant members, the Church shall have one Elder.

15.2 A candidate for election to the office of an Elder shall be a Deacon of not less than six years’ standing, duly nominated by the Board of Elders and elected by a majority vote of the members of the Church at the Annual Congregational Meeting, save that the Board of Elders may in its absolute discretion, shorten the qualifying period.

15.3 Upon election, an Elder shall hold office for a term of three years and may be eligible for re-election.

16.1 The number of Deacons shall not be more than six or one to every 40 communicant members, whichever is the greater number.

16.2 The number of Deaconesses shall not be more than four or one to every 100 communicant members whichever is the greater number.

16.3 A Deacon or Deaconess shall be elected by a majority vote of the members of the Church at the Annual Congregational Meeting, provided the candidate shall have attained 21 years of age at the time of nomination.

16.4 Upon election, a Deacon or Deaconess shall hold office for a term of three years and may be eligible for re-election.

19.4 The quorum of the Congregational Meetings in the election of the Pastor, Associate Pastor, Assistant Pastor, Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses and in the amendments of the Constitution shall be a simple majority of all resident voting communicant members in good standing

19.7 The election of the Pastor, Associate Pastor, Assistant Pastor, Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses shall be by secret ballot.

19.8 The election of Session members, and decisions on all other businesses of the Church shall only be adopted by a majority vote of those present except the amendments to the Constitution which shall not be adopted without a two-thirds majority vote of those present.

Please note the following dates in the election process:

Nominations Open:* 8 January (Today)

Nominations Close: 5 February

Approved Nominees Announced: 2 April

Election: 23 April, during our Annual Congregational Meeting

Election Results Announced: 30 April

(*Nomination forms will be available from the Reception Counter on Sundays, and from the Church Office on weekdays.)

Let us all be in much prayer that God will bless our church with good leadership.                    —Pastor

 

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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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Golden Age Fellowship Meeting

Wed,  11  Jan 2017. 10.00 am. Rm 4-2

“An Exciting Last Lap” by Elder Joshua Lim.

Morning Devotion: GAF Members and all who are attending the lunch, are reminded to attend the Morning Devotion at 10 am.

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1) Nominations for Election of Session Members, 2017-20. Nominations open today and will close on 5 Feb 17. Nomination forms will be available from the Reception Counter on Sundays, and from the Church Office on weekdays.

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) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 16 April 2017 commences today at Beulah Centre Rm 2-1, 9.40am. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the catechism class.

4) 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.

5) 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.

 

Preaching appt: Rev Quek at Thai Service, 2.30 pm. Rev Khoo conducting Bible seminars overseas, 5-16 Jan.

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