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Scripture Memory: The Preincarnate Christ.

VERSE: John 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

2 April 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (The Vision of the Four Beasts, Dan 7:1-28)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (There is Victory For Me!, Ps 21)

9 April 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Colin Wong (Shout with the Stones, Luke 19:37-40)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Mark Chen (Behold, What Manner of Love, Ps 22)

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SETTING THE HOUSE IN ORDER

 

            Not long after Christ’s resurrection and ascension, about 120 disciples of Christ met together for the purpose of setting their house in order (Acts 1:15-26). The outcome of it was the appointment of Matthias as a new apostle of the early church.

 

            Soon after that, the Holy Spirit was poured out (Acts 2:1-4), and the church in Jerusalem increased to about 8,000 members (Acts 2:41; 4:4). As the administration found itself unable to cope with the needs of the growing membership, another church meeting was held to set the house in order (Acts 6:1-6). The result was the appointment of seven deacons to take care of the logistic needs of the church.

 

            Setting the house in order should never be considered as a purely administrative matter to fulfill some legal requirements of the church. This applies to our Annual Congregation Meeting (ACM): It is to be carried out prayerfully, as well as decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40), remembering that the Lord walks in the midst of His churches (Rev 2:1).

 

            Some would want to quickly dispense with administrative matters and just get on with the work of bringing souls to Christ. But these things cannot be neglected. Christ Himself, before He began His ministry, came to John the Baptist to be baptized in order to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15).

 

            May every Lifer who is a Communicant Member (i.e. baptized, or reaffirmed his or her faith, or transferred membership to Life B-P Church) therefore take note that it is your biblical duty to be present at the ACM that will be held in three weeks’ time (10:45 am, Sunday, 23rd  April 2017). Please make every effort to be present at this important meeting where the church’s annual report, treasurer’s report, and this year’s budget will be presented. As there will be an election of office bearers to serve in the Church Session, the Church Constitution requires 50% of all resident communicant members of good standing to be present before the meeting can proceed legally.

 

Proper Organisation

            Besides the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, the church needs proper organization to serve the Lord more efficiently. It was for this reason that the apostle Paul left Titus on the island of Crete. The local churches there were in dire need of leadership and organization to address some grave moral and doctrinal issues, and Titus’ task was to “set in order the things that are wanting and ordain elders in every city.” (Titus 1:5)

 

            Paul himself had done the same thing for the Galatian churches: “And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.” (Acts 14:23) It is of interest to note that the word ‘ordain’ in this verse is ‘cheirotoneo’ which literally means ‘to vote by raising the hand’. This is how we derive our present system of electing office bearers to serve in the church – All members of the congregation have to cast their votes in order to choose them. This system ensures that there would be no dispute later on, on the right of these office bearers to govern the church.

 

Nomination and Election

            The coming ACM will provide Lifers with the opportunity to perform this duty, since the present Church Session’s three-year term of office is ending. The congregation will have to elect the next Session to serve and lead the congregation for the next term (2017-2020). Following Article 13.2 of the Church Constitution, the present Board of Elders has nominated the following candidates for election:

 

Rev Charles Seet (Pastor)

Rev Lee Hock Chin (Assistant Pastor)

Rev Calvin Loh (Assistant Pastor)

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Assistant Pastor)

 

Elders

Lee Heok Seng       

Lim Ching Wah       

Dr Lim Teck Chye   

Roger Lim     

Ng Beng Kiong

Dr Sherman Ong

Sng Teck Leong

Dr Clement Tan

 

 

Deacons

Charlie Chan                       

Benny Chng            

Choong Chan Yong          

Benny Goh               

Mark Heah                

Heng Shao Sheng 

Russell Indran         

Peter Koy                  

Leow Ban Tat          

Victor Loo    

Michael Ong

Michael Sim

Benedict Sim

David Tan

Terence Tan

Ian Tay

Teo Kian Guan

Dr Wang Chin Kiong 

            For more details about these candidates, kindly study their Curriculum Vitae (summary of life) that have been put up on the notice boards and that has been given to all communicant members in good standing. In addition, the seven new candidates have submitted write-ups about themselves. These will be published in next Sunday’s weekly. You are urged to pray earnestly for these candidates, and for the wisdom of God to guide you in casting your vote.

 

Whom Should You Vote For?

            Some candidates may have served in the church in a quiet and invisible manner and are therefore not well known to members. This should not cause voters to cast a blank vote. Please study the CV, and if you wish to know more about the candidate, please speak to a pastor or elder about him. Each candidate must obtain not less than 50% of the votes to be elected into office.

 

            Voting is not to be taken lightly, such as voting only for those you like, and not voting for those you dislike. Candidates are not to be chosen on the basis of their personality, popularity, knowledge of the business world, their financial ability or their prominence in society. Your choice should be based on the spiritual qualifications of a candidate, and on his ability to work well with the rest of the elected office bearers, and to fulfill his expected role.

 

Roles and Required Qualifications

            Elders are the stewards or managers of the church (Titus 1:7, Greek: oikonomos) who are directly accountable to God, who is the Owner of the church (Hebrews 13:17). The word “elder” (Greek: presbuteros) implies spiritual maturity or rank of office. Elders are also called “bishops” (Titus 1:5,7, Greek: episkopos) to denote their responsibility of overseeing the church.

 

            Pastors are specialised elders whose primary responsibility is to take care of the spiritual nurture of the flock (Jeremiah 23:2; 1 Peter 5:1,2). The word “pastor” means “shepherd.” Just as a shepherd leads his sheep to find green pastures and takes them to the still waters (cf. Psalm 23:2), pastors are responsible to feed church members with nutritious spiritual food diligently prepared from the Word of God (Jeremiah 3:15).

 

            While there are no apostles in the church today, pastors fulfill the role of the apostles, to “give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:4) Unlike the apostles however, pastors do not receive any new revelations from God, but are only to teach from God’s inspired, written Word. Here are some qualifications that you should look for in elders and pastors:

 

· Blameless (without reproach, unaccused, 1 Tim 3:2)

· Husband of one wife (and always faithful to her, 1 Tim 3:2; Tit 1:5)

· Vigilant (temperate, self-controlled, 1 Tim 3:2)

· Sober (serious-minded, sensible, self-restrained, 1 Tim 3:2; Tit 1:8)

· Of good behaviour (orderly, disciplined, 1 Tim 3:2)

· Given to hospitality (1 Tim 3:2; Tit 1:8)

· Apt to teach (able to instruct others, 1 Tim 3:2)

· Not given to wine (or alcoholic beverages, 1 Tim 3:3; Tit 1:7)

· No striker (not violent, 1 Tim 3:3; Tit 1:7)

· Not greedy of filthy lucre (or base gains; 1 Tim 3:3; Tit 1:8; 1 Pet 5:2)

· Patient (reasonable, gentle, considerate, forbearing, 1 Tim 3:3)

· Not a brawler (not quarrelsome but conciliatory,   1 Tim 3:3)

· Not covetous (not desiring what he should not have, 1 Tim 3:3)

· Not a novice (not a new convert, but a mature Christian, 1 Tim 3:6)

· Not self-willed (not stubborn, overbearing or arrogant, Tit 1:7)

· Not soon angry (not quick-tempered, but mild mannered Tit 1:7)

· Lover of good men (supports those who are worthy, Tit 1:8)

· Just (upright, Tit 1:8)

· Holy (with purity of life, Tit 1:8)

· Temperate (self-controlled, Tit 1:8)

· Holding fast the faithful Word…that he may by sound doctrine exhort and convince the gainsayers (Clinging to the Word of God and able to refute those who oppose it, Tit 1:9)

· Rules his home well (a good parent, 1 Tim 3:4)

· Having his children in subjection with all gravity (keeping his children under control, 1 Tim 3:4,5)

· Having faithful children (who are believers and who love the Lord, Tit 1:6)

· Having a good report of them which are without (good public reputation, 1 Tim 3:7)

· Willingness and a ready mind (not serving by constraint, 1 Pet 5:2)

· Being ensamples to the flock (a good role model for Christians, 1 Pet 5:3)

 

            Deacons are responsible for practical service (cf. “serve tables,” in Acts 6:2) such as: collecting and counting the weekly offering, maintaining the accounts of the church, maintaining an active ministry of mercy to meet the needs of church members, overseeing the maintenance of the church building and of other necessary equipment, and organising church seminars and camps. Some of these responsibilities may be shared by ordinary church members, but it is nevertheless needful that deacons initiate and supervise them.

 

           Deacons who have fulfilled their responsibilities well “purchase to themselves a good degree.” (1 Timothy 3:13) This can be interpreted to mean that they earn the respect from the church that causes them to be chosen as elders later on (Barnes, Clarke, Henry & Vincent). Here are some qualifications that you should look for in deacons:

 

· Servant-hearted (The word ‘deacon’ means ‘servant’)

· Of honest report (good reputation, Acts 6:3)

· Full of the Holy Ghost (Spirit-filled life, Acts 6:3)

· Full of wisdom (Acts 6:3)

· Able to administer church funds (“daily ministration,” Acts 6:1,3)

· Grave (worthy of respect, 1 Tim 3:8)

· Not double-tongued (not insincere, 1 Tim 3:8)

· Not given to much wine (or alcoholic beverages, 1 Tim 3:8)

· Not greedy of filthy lucre (or base gains, 1 Tim 3:8)

· Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience (maintaining divine truth without fear or favour of men, 1 Tim 3:9)

· Must first be proved (with some experience of service, 1 Tim 3:10)

· Blameless (without reproach, unaccused, 1 Tim 3:10)

· Husband of one wife (and always faithful to her, 1 Tim 3:12)

· Ruling children and house well (a good parent, 1 Tim 3:12)

 

            May the Lord find us faithful to fulfill our part in setting the house in order.                                                     —Pastor 

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GOSPEL SUNDAY 

Date: 30th April 2017

Time: 8.00 am & 11.00 am

Topic: The Gospel Is The Power Of God Unto Salvation

Speakers:

Rev Philip Heng (English Service)

Rev Tang Chee Keong (Mandarin/Hokkien)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives. 

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Life BPC VBS 2017, Truerassic Park, a Bible Adventure in Creation & Dinosaurs is now fully open for children and helpers registration at www.lifebpc.com/vbs! The event is hosted at Life BP Church from 31 May to 2 Jun 17 (during Jun school holiday). We wish to invite parents to sign-up for your children earlier due to limited slots, as well as for the helpers to sign-up to serve along side with us! For inquiries: Mr Yeo Hock Seng at 97406547, or visit our VBS booth. 

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1)        The Chinese Service will be organizing a Parents’ Night Dinner cum Gospel Meeting on 6 May at Ban Heng @ The Cathay to reach out to our unsaved parents and relatives. Speaker is Rev Tang Chee Keong. Ticket will be sold at Beulah House Cry Room from 12.20pm to 12.45pm. Adult (13 yrs old and above) $30, Children (4 to 12 yrs old) $20, Young Children (3 yrs old and below) Free.

2)        Biblical Chinese for Beginners. A new class will begin on 5 Apr, 7.30 to 9.00 pm. Those interested, please register with Mrs Iris Loe .

3)        Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 1. Please submit by today.

4)        New Library Opening Hrs: after 1st service to 9.35 am & 12.15 pm to 12.45 pm.

5)        Israel Biblical Tour 24 Nov-6 Dec 2017 (13D10N). For details, please email Rev Lee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

6)        Church Camp 2017 will be held from June 12-15 (Mon-Thu) at Batam Holiday Inn Resort. Theme: Behold I come Quickly by Rev Ho Chee Lai. Registration closes by May 14 or when rooms are fully allocated. Please register soon at www.lifebpc.com/church-camp-2017.

7)        Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Timothy Leow on the birth of a baby boy on 30 Mar 2017.

Preaching appointments: Rev Wong at Thai Service, 2.30 pm. Rev Khoo in Batam.

 

 

 

 

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