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Scripture Memory: The Beginning & the End.

VERSE : Revelation 22:13 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

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 (Why Worry When You Can Pray, Ps 3)

22 January 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Colin Wong (Who Can Reveal the Secret Things of God? Dan 2:1-30)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (When We Are On God’s Side, Psalm 4)

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YF CAMP TESTIMONIES

 

YF Camp Introduction

This year’s Youth Fellowship Camp (YF Camp 2016) was held from 19–23 December 2016.  The camp theme was “FIGure it out”, with Rev Isaac Ong as the camp speaker. The camp theme is a word play on the words “FIGs” and “Figure”, which summarizes the context and main objectives of the camp. The idea of figs comes from the vision of the Good and Bad figs in Jeremiah 24 where God showed Jeremiah that there were distinct consequences between these two groups of figs that God had chosen. In the vision, God promised to the “Good Figs” restoration and prosperity, and to the “Bad Figs” –  destruction and judgement. In light of this stark contrast, we hoped that campers would reflect on their own spiritual states and hence, “Figure it out”.

It is our prayer that through the series of camp messages, the youths could reflect on their spiritual state, recognise the relevance and significance of Jesus as our LORD, know God’s standards of a Godly person, and understand that the inward mark of a true Christian is a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.

Firstly, we thank God for moving the hearts of the youths to join us for the camp. We thank God that 71 youths signed up for the camp to join us for a week of spiritual feasting on God’s Word and a wonderful time of fellowship and fun. We thank God for several new faces this year, and many who are back to visit from their overseas studies.

Next, we thank God for the youths who stepped up to serve. Thank God for these passionate youths who were responsive to serve as discussion, dorm and games group leaders. Indeed, all of them were moved by God to put in extra effort to prepare and to ensure that the camp is meaningful and impactful.

Also, we thank God for very supportive advisors and church staff. The Camp Committee would like to specially thank God for the group of ladies who has graciously prepared sumptuous homecooked meals for us during the camp.

Finally, we thank God for the camp speaker, Rev Isaac Ong, who delivered four challenging and thought-provoking messages to help the youths reflect during the camp, and our workshop speaker, Rev Lee Hock Chin, who conducted an insightful session on “Word Study: Figs”.

Returning to our daily routines after a week of spiritual refreshment will throw us back into the chaos of the world. However, it is our hope and prayer that the youths are convicted by God’s Word and will find a resolution about their spiritual state, eventually actively drawing closer to Christ each day.

O for a closer walk with God,
a calm and heavenly frame,
a light to shine upon the road
that leads me to the Lamb!

May we all continue to draw close to God and to love Christ more.      

                    —Daniel Ong, Camp Commandant

 

I WOULD REALLY LIKE to thank God for enabling me to attend this year’s YF Camp. The theme ‘Fig-ure it out’ was really applicable to me as I have been pondering over the status of my relationship with God. I have definitely benefitted much more than what I expected. It was great to see God working through the camp.

The messages, discussions and dorm devotions have been very meaningful and fruitful. Indeed, in our relationship with God, what truly matters is the heart – whether we have a transformed heart, which will then result in a transformed life. We are all sinners who are not in the least bit righteous. The Lord is our righteousness. Even as we strive to become more Christ-like, we need to remember not to dwell in the guilt of our sins but instead focus on God and what He has done for us. The discussions and dorm devotions enabled me to really consider how I can apply what I have learnt from the messages into my life and also at the same time be encouraged by what others shared. The messages, discussions and dorm devotions have helped me to clear my doubts and to be sure of my love for God.

I have also enjoyed the fellowship during the 5 days in camp. I am really thankful for the other campers who were welcoming and friendly. During meal times and games, we had a great time of communicating and bonding with one another. There were also times where we shared with one another our struggles and we comforted one another in Christ. Truly, it is great to dwell with like-minded brethren and I am grateful to God for enabling me to experience sweet fellowship. All in all, the camp was fulfilling and it is my prayer that we will rekindle our love for God and persevere on in our walk with Him. Thank God for this camp!                                                        —Fidelia Beatrice  Alvina

 

THIS YEAR was the first time I attended the YF camp. My decision to come for the camp was because of two reasons. I hoped to grow spiritually and learn from the messages; also, to have the opportunity to fellowship and get to know the other YFers. 

One takeaway was from the second day’s message, The Lord Our Righteousness. I learnt that we, as sinful men, lacked our own righteousness. God imputed His righteousness onto us. I was reminded that with His righteousness now on us, we should not hence live for ourselves, but for God. This was something that I constantly struggle with in my daily life. I often would put my own priorities first, and not those of God. One application that I intend to put into practice in my own life is to prioritize and have Quiet Time in the morning, so as to start the day with God.

Another takeaway was from the devotional passage on the fourth day of the camp. It was again brought to mind that God looks not at the outward appearances of men, eg. Not how much one serves in a particular ministry, but at the inner hearts of men, at the attitude of one who serves.

I am thankful to God for the opportunity to attend YF camp 2016. Through this camp, I have been able to reflect on and examine my own faith. I hope to be able to attend more YF camps in the future.                                            —Janey Lai

 

FROM THE BEGINNING of camp to the end, the Lord has been so wonderful and gracious to me. Through the messages, discussions and the sweet fellowship sessions, God has been so great as He has enabled me to see His Majesty even in the simplest conversations. Leading up to camp, I was blessed to be able to serve in the LTF and yet I thought that service for God was all that was for the year. However, I lost that passion of service 4 months into the year and I was starting to lose that steadfastness and faith in the Lord as the responsibilities accumulated. Yet, God continued to place people in my life on such a regular basis that even if I wanted to ignore God just for that little while He wasn’t going to do the same. God NEVER forsakes. Instead, we are the ones who forsake Him in our lives. God extended His hands to receive me back even after my unfaithful service to Him and I am really thankful that through this YF Camp, He reminded me to repent and turn back to Him so that one day He will acknowledge those who believe in Christ and truly repent – just like how He acknowledged the good figs in Jeremiah 24:5. To end off this testimony, I would like to share a stanza of the camp theme song “Nearer still Nearer”:

Nearer, still nearer, nothing I bring,

Naught as an offering to Jesus, my king;

Only my sinful, now contrite heart.

Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart.

Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart.                                                                     —Lee Weiyao

 

I THANK GOD for seeing us through YF Camp 2016. This camp has been introspective. Thank God for Rev Isaac Ong who faithfully and passionately preached the Word of God. Four messages were preached, first, whether we were chosen of God, second, whether Christ is our Righteousness, third, the traits of a godly man, and lastly, whether our actions are rooted in a new heart inclined towards Him.

One of my greatest takeaways was from reflecting on what it meant that Christ is my righteousness. I was convicted that oftentimes I have not lived as though Christ is my righteousness but have tried to create my own righteousness to stand before God. I was amazed at such great love that Christ would die for a wretched sinner like me. Such a realisation made me more resolved to live by faith in the Son of God who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

I will not boast in anything.

No gifts, no power, no wisdom.

But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection.

I thank God that through this camp, I have been encouraged by some younger people who are committed to knowing God. It was an edifying time during discussions and dorm devotions as we shared our doubts and our struggles in the Christian faith. It was a pleasure to edify one another.

Lastly, I would like to thank God for the faithful service of the camp committee. It was very encouraging to see the camp committee staying up late without complaints throughout the camp to ensure the smooth running of the camp. They served joyfully and prayerfully. Surely, their labour is not in vain in the Lord.

YF Camp has been an enjoyable time of growing closer to God, and also getting to know His people better. I pray that this camp will be used by God for His glory.                       —Shawn Lim

 

FOR THE PAST few YF camps, my motives for attending were never God-centered – this year was no exception either. However, thank God for His graciousness in leading His wayward children back to Him in His perfect timing, hence I would like to testify of His faithfulness.

One of my biggest takeaways from camp came from the Special Night, where we were broken into smaller groups and given 15 minutes to prepare for an impromptu skit. Groups were to act out the personae assigned to them.

There were 2 personas involved: both Christians who seemingly have no problems with regards to their walk with God. However, beneath the exterior of one of the characters, was a heart that was far away from Him - This was where the old adage ‘Appearances can be deceiving’ came into play.

It is so easy to deceive others into thinking what fine Christians we are, simply by actively participating in fellowship groups and displaying hallmarks of a ‘good Christian’. Putting up a façade of Christian piety eventually led me to not only deceive others, but myself as well.

Prior to YF camp, there was a period of time where my behavior was no different from a modern-day Pharisee, as I would silently judge other Christians for things, such as not doing their devotions or praying regularly, often masking my condescending attitude by giving them advice on how they can take steps to restore their relationship with God.

Not long after, I soon found myself backsliding from God, and did not bother to keep up with my devotions or prayers any longer. I reeked of spiritual apathy, but did not display it outwardly as I desperately tried to maintain a good Christian image. Nonetheless, God works in marvelous ways in convicting us of our sins. When we were told the deeper meaning behind the skits, which was that good works does not necessarily translate to our faith being put into action, it struck me how deeply I could resonate with the character that did not have a heart for God. The faith, which I thought I possessed, did not exist all along. Upon looking back at my past actions done ‘for God’s glory’ (when it really was for myself), it’s truly by His mercies that we are not consumed (Lamentations 3:22).

With the knowledge that sanctification will be a lifelong struggle, it has further strengthened my resolve to rely on God whenever faced with trials and temptations. There will definitely be times where I will fail in certain aspects of the Christian life, and hence be tempted to think myself unworthy of God’s forgiveness. However, it is unwise to think in such a manner, for it undermines Christ’s death on the cross. John 1:9 reads If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

To end off, I would like to share the chorus of a song that we sang during the camp, His Robes for Mine, which speaks of the level of gratitude we ought to possess towards the Lord for His unfailing mercies every day.

I cling to Christ, and marvel at the cost:
Jesus forsaken, God estranged from God.
Bought by such love, my life is not my own.
My praise-my all-shall be for Christ alone.                                           —Tan Min Hui

 

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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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Adults’ Fellowship 36th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service & Dinner

21st Jan 2017 (Sat, 6pm) at Beulah MPH

Topic: Serve God Acceptably with Reverence and Godly Fear (Heb 12:28)

Speaker: Rev Charles Seet

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Combined Lunar New Year Service (Bilingual)

28 Jan 17 (Sat), 9.00 am. Beulah MPH

“Peace be with your Going Out and Coming In” (Psalm 121)

Speaker: Rev Peter Chng

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1) Hongbaos printed by Life Church are available at the front counter for use during the Lunar New Year Season. Each worshipper may receive not more than two packets of hongbaos.

2) Nominations for Election of Session Members, 2017-2020. Nominations will close on 5 Feb 17. Nomination forms will be available from the Reception Counter on Sundays, and from the Church Office on weekdays.

3) 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.

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

5) 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.

6) 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 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

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