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Scripture Memory: The Light of the World.

VERSE : John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

5 February 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (God’s Sovereignty in World History, Dan 2:31-49)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (The Lord Is In His Holy Temple, Ps 11)

12 February 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Elder Ng Beng Kiong (Courageous Convictions, Dan 3:1-8)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Bro Joel Seah (How Long, O Lord? Ps 13)

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A “HOLIER-THAN-THOU” CHRISTIAN

 Have you come across “holier-than-thou” Christians? We all have.  In fact, it is very easy to spot them on the Lord’s Day. “Holier-than-thou” Christians think they are spiritually better than other Christians. 

John is a devout Christian.  He never misses church.  He is well-versed in the Bible.  He teaches the Word well.  He is also mission-minded and gives generously to missions.  No one could match his track record of faithfulness in the church.  But sadly, John is found to be a self-righteous, egoistic man.  He always relied on “what he had done” as a measurement of how good he is, and that led him to think of himself more highly than he ought to think (Romans 12:3). 

Jesus compares such a person who is full of confidence in his own righteousness with the Pharisee going to the temple to pray.  The Pharisee boasted in his self-righteousness (Luke 18:9).  He had an unrealistic sense of self-worth.  He prayed, “God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess” (Luke 18:11).  The use of the five “I” pronouns by him revealed how egoistic he is.  Instead of thanking God for what He has done for him, he arrogantly brags to God about his own moral purity and religious piety.

However, the prayer of the tax collector was full of contrition.  Because of shame, he would not even dare to lift up his eyes to heaven but beat his breast, which is a sign of sorrow and contrition, and pleaded with God for mercy.  Such an attitude God would not despise (Psalm 51:17).

Which of these men went home with God’s approval? Jesus said, “…for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 18:14; James 4:10; Proverbs 18:12; 15:33; 16:18).  

Characteristics of a “Holier-Than-Thou” Christian

Many people turn away from Christianity because of a self-righteous, egoistic attitude some Christians portray.  A “holier-than-thou” Christian possesses certain distinct characteristics. 

1.    A “holier-than-thou” Christian always thinks he is better than others because of his religious beliefs or superior attitude.  He likes to compare himself with other Christians, often thinking that he is somewhat more religious, more anointed, more well-versed in the Bible than others.  He says to himself, “I am a full-bloomed Calvinist.  I know my theology well.  I am a widely read person.  There is nothing that I do not know.”  

2.    A “holier-than-thou” Christian always thinks highly of himself (Romans 12:3).  He is quick to point out every flaw in others but never really look at himself as flawed.  Because he thinks that he knows more than others, he always speaks condescendingly, arrogantly, sarcastically or harshly to people.  He behaves as if he has higher morals than other people.  Such a Christian lacks good character and attitude. 

3.    A “holier-than-thou” Christian is unreasonable.  He feels he is always right and everyone else is wrong.  Nobody can help him to see the difference because he refuses to listen to anyone since he feels his way is superior over others.

4.    A “holier-than-thou” Christian lacks humility.  He says to himself, “I am a good example of a Christian.  No one can perform his or her holy duties and obligations as often or as well as I do.  Moreover, I have a higher understanding of God than him or her.”

5.    A “holier-than-thou” Christian lacks compassion.  He does not have any sympathy or empathy for people who are weakened by sin.  He is not aware that he himself is as afflicted as the weak brother or sister because of his pride.   

6.    A “holier-than-thou” Christian is at times angry and bitter with life.  He always sees things negatively.  He can never look at the bright side of things.  He is usually pessimistic.  Things are always wrong to him.  He seems to always pronounce judgment on things that don’t agree with him.

7.    A “holier-than-thou” Christian likes to falsely accuse people who do not agree with him.  He will not take the trouble to check the facts or give the person who disagrees with him the benefit of the doubt.  He would rather believe lies about a person he is in conflict with.

8.    A “holier-than-thou” Christian is a religious supremacist.  He has the attitude that his denomination is the only true one on earth.  He is proud of it.  He is a sectarian (Mark 9:38-40). 

9.    A “holier-than-thou” Christian is dogmatic and intolerant.  He is a militant Christian.  He does not entertain other theological views on non-essential issues of the Bible.  He strongly believes what he believes is the only view and there are no other acceptable views.

The term “holier-than-thou” is not only used to talk about religion or a person’s degree of piousness.  It also implies much more today.  For example, exhibiting an attitude of superior virtue or self-righteous piety.  The term is used derisively or mockingly against someone who is overly self- important or thinks of himself as great for some personal reason, like having a string of degrees, a lot of wealth, a company of VIP friends or something that makes them feel great.

A “holier-than-thou” attitude drives people away.  How can I know that I have a holier than thou attitude?  How can I fortify myself against a “holier- than-thou” attitude? A “holier-than-thou” attitude can be seen in the way we share, the way we testify for God and the way we talk to people.  Therefore, you and I need to pay close attention to how we share, testify and talk to people lest we fall into a self-righteous, holier than thou attitude.  That’s not what genuine Christianity is all about! Amen.      —Lovingly in Christ, Pastor Colin

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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)

  Register at: http://lifebpc.com/missions-seminar

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1) Nominations for Election of Session Members, 2017-2020. Nominations close TODAY. Nomination forms are available from the Reception Counter.

2) YAF Retreat 2017 29 Apr to 1 May at Changi Cove. Theme: Renewed Minds and Transformed Lives. Speaker: Rev JJ Lim. Join us for a time of learning, fellowship & fun! Register at: https://yafretreat2017.wordpress.com/. Contact: Arthur (87213071).

3) Study Tour: Maranatha BPC will be organising a 14D Scotland Covenanters & England Puritans Study Tour from 17-30 May 2017. Those interested may contact Ms Angie Sin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call MBPC office at 65458627 for more details.

4) Far Eastern Kindergarten Online Registration. 2018 Intake: Pre-Nursery (YOB 2015) & Nursery (YOB 2014) Priority registration for church members: 1 February to 14 February 2017. Register online at http://fek.qoqolo.com/cos/o.x?c=/ca4q_fek/registration. It will be on a first-come-first-serve basis after 14 February 2017. Please visit our website http://www.lifebpc.com/fekedu/ or call 6251 3676 for more information.

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) Our condolences to Matthew & Amanda Loh on the homegoing of their grandfather, Dr Robert Loh (92 yrs old) on 31 Jan 17.

 

Preaching appt: Rev Khoo in Batam. Rev Wong in Batam, 7-10 Feb.

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