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Scripture Memory: The Risen Christ.

VERSE : Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

16 April 2017

7am: Combined Easter Service

Rev Charles Seet (Christ Is Risen from the Dead! 1 Cor 15:20)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Ng Beng Kiong (My Times are in His Hand, Psalm 31)

23 April 2017

9am: Worship Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Fitly Joined Together, Eph 4:16)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Ong Hock Khee (The Secret of the Lord, Psalm 25)

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EASTER TESTIMONIES

 

I grew up in a Buddhist family.  My grandma went to the Buddhist temples to pray. My parents were free-thinkers and due to their respect to my grandma they followed my grandma and prayed to the ancestors.

Since young I had always been a free-thinker.  I believed in the Universe, the Big Bang Theory and that there was an Almighty who created it.  Who He was I didn’t know and He could be the only God that everyone worshiped but in different languages and religions.

 I led my life casually like any free-thinker and I prayed first thing in the morning whenever I could to thank the Almighty for my family’s good health and happiness and for giving me a normal, peaceful and safe yesterday and for this day another day of life.

I had visited many different temples (Buddhist and Hindu), mosques, Churches (Catholic and Protestant).  In a way I was searching and had many questions on their beliefs and could not get a logical, satisfactory answer, maybe because I had not established that Faith nor had any experience on any “Appearance or Happen-ing” like others. There was no dream, no vision or drama of any kind.

Two years ago I witnessed my son, Brian’s baptism followed by his marriage in Life Bible-Presbyterian Church and got to know Pastor Quek.  Since then I had visited the Sunday services to find out more on Christianity.  I find the Life Bible-Presbyterian church simple, comfortable, serene and holy.

I received several Christian reading materials from Brian’s mother in-law, which I made it a habit to read before going to bed.  It does increase my understanding, knowledge and interest in God’s Word.  I started my Bible class with Pastor Quek in April last year and  started to read the Bible, first on Genesis then jump to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  They highlighted the beginning, the events, the life and works of Jesus Christ and how Jesus spoke with authority.  Jesus displayed justice, compassion and sacrifice for the poor and needy which were good examples to learn and follow.  With the guidance and explanation from Pastor Quek, the reading of God’s Word and praying to be guided and to have patience and understanding of the words in the Bible, I began to appreciate the word in the Bible, its reasons, meanings and truth.  It was a natural progression that established my belief and faith in Christ and Christianity.

Yes, I sinned from the original sin and I am a sinner as a human being and await God’s judgement. However, the Heavenly Father had sent His son, Jesus who lived a sinless life, being crucified and died on the cross for our sins, being buried and rose again, ascended to Heaven. By the grace of the Heavenly Father, I prayed to repent and accept Jesus as my Saviour and to seek his forgiveness for my sins. I believe the righteous way of living in God’s Will and prayed that He would guide me, and to receive His comfort and to be able to establish a relationship with Him.

Developing a relationship with God, I felt my life had changed.  Being more understanding,  taking things easier as it is being planned, more forgiving, loving, giving and living and appreciating every extension of the day to do good.  I thank and praise God for His grace and for giving me the opportunity to have His fellowship and that He still blesses my family with good health and happiness.                
                                                —Chang Teck Mack

 

I was born in a Christian family and got baptized as an infant. I was brought up with many Christian values and attended church service regularly. Initially, I loved to go to church and subsequently, Sunday School as I joined later in Primary 6. However, as time passed, I began to think of church as a weekly routine. My walk with God had always been going up and down and I didn’t think much of it until after I got my posting in tertiary education. I got into Banking and Finance in Nanyang Polytechnic but I was really considering another course of Social Work. I didn’t know whether to appeal and I remember very clearly my sister told me to appeal and see if God wants me to go to that path. I got into the course by God’s grace and over there I met so many Christian friends who encouraged me in my faith as I always had many difficulties with many things in school. By then I was ready to accept the Lord God as my Saviour and wanted to reaffirm my faith but was a little doubtful as I kept thinking that I was such a sinner and I couldn’t even be consistent in little things like my own relationship with Him as I kept drifting.                 What really made me even more positive and confident of my decision was one of Pastor Colin Wong’s sermon about being ‘Almost a Christian’.  He talked about the word ‘almost’ and how it’s so sad that someone is almost there but not there yet. He gave so many ‘almost’ examples and I realized how bad it sounded. He also talked about how almost being saved is not the same as being fully saved. I compared this to myself like how I was also almost ready to accept Christ and I realized that I was stuck in that pit of being almost a Christian as I kept drifting from God and coming back to Him. I then made up my mind to pray and ask God to be my Saviour, and I believed in Him. Also, there were many encouragements from my family members and Christian friends who really helped to push me forward to take Christ as my Lord and Saviour.                                                        —Candace Neo Mei Yan

 

I was raised up in a family that never read the Bible although we went to Church (Catholic) on Sunday to worship God. We just listened to the Gospel and sermon of the priest. I also did not go to any Sunday School activities.

When I grew older, I felt a sudden emptiness, confusion and disbelief. A lot of problems came and went. I lost my job and my father was sick. We had nothing but our small and weak faith, and at that time I felt my prayers were always rejected. In my mind, there was a question that nobody could give me an answer: “Is God true?” Why did he never respond to my prayer? Why were all these happening?

In the year 2012, I decided to enter the world of Islam, and yes, I agreed to convert into a “Muslim” which my family strongly disagreed. After a year I realized that I do not belong to this religion because I couldn’t feel the “spirit of God”, I felt empty and unhappy. I still had no direction and was still blinded to the truth, thirsty for the love of the true God.

Three years ago, when I first came to Singapore, my employer asked me and encouraged me to come and follow them to Church. I just said yes, for me it was part of my job. But later on, as the time passed by, every Sunday, I voluntarily joined the other Filipino girls in Bible Study group and Filipino service. I learned and was able to read and find the chapter and verses in the Bible. My heart was filled with joy and happiness every time I attended the service and heard the gospel. The meaningful songs touched my heart. That is why I am here now, willing and still learning the word of God, follow His commandments and believe that He is my Saviour.          —Jessiebel Melchor

 

I was 10 when I was introduced to Christianity by my uncle. Being a staunch Christian, he would arise daily in the morning to read both the Old and New Testaments while making notes and studying them religiously. My interest was further pipped as he is the only son out of my grandmother’s children of seven that is not of the Taoism faith. I started to find out more about the words of God in the Bible by talking to my uncle and understanding how we are brought into this world as sinners and that the only Saviour to our wretched soul is Christ the Redeemer. Joining the 35th Company Boys Brigade in my primary school when I was 11 was another attempt by me to learn more about God.

This went on for two years till my learning abruptly ended when I was streamed to the secondary level. I started to backslide when going through my teenage years, engaging on the issues of growing up rather than growing in the presence of God. This decline in spiritual life actually continued into my working adult life. Fortunately my friends were constantly in touch with me on the gospel at different stages of my life even though I was not inducted in a church to becoming a Christian. I am grateful that God kept me in sight with people who encouraged me to attend church and be stronger in the faith. It is also through God’s grace that I am reminded of His presence and that our self-righteous acts and lifestyle change cannot earn our salvation except through the acceptance of Christ to whom we give our life control to. A good friend Benedict’s constant invitation to church led me to become a regular church goer taking the Exploring Christianity class before progressing to the next level of Catechism class. For all things happening, I give praise and glory to the one and only God for having his Son die on the cross for our sins so that we can be reconciled to Him. Amen!                                                                                           —Li Kwok Meng

 

When my children were of primary school age, my brother brought my family to his church. My husband was baptised in that church. Occasionally, I went to church with them. 

I was very busy with work and my children’s studies. As my children were only average students (by Singapore’s standards), I had to constantly guide them in their studies in the evenings and on weekends. Therefore, I limited my children’s time spent in church as Sundays were the only days to catch up with their studies.

Contrary to my expectations, going to church created more stress. I heard pastors giving thanks for members’ children for being selected into the ‘gifted programme’, for obtaining scholarships etc. I get parents asking me whether did my son go for the ‘scholarship talks’ after his A levels. My conclusion then was, church goers were people who have free time on Sundays and those with smart children. I rejected God for being unfair.

I recall one incident more than 10 years ago. My sister-in-law had last stage breast cancer. She sounded so lost and fearful. I suggested that she seek refuge in the Lord Jesus Christ although I was not sure myself whether I was saved. She was very interested. My brother got a Chinese speaking pastor to talk to her and she was baptised before she passed away. Unknowingly, God was using me to reach out to other sinners. After that incident, I felt closer to God.

After my children grew up and started working, I went to church more frequently, mainly to keep my husband company. However gradually, I begin to understand that God has His plans for me and my family. I want to thank God for forgiving me for my sins.

The catechism lessons were very enlightening; they cleared many of my doubts. I begin to understand the Holy Spirit. Even though most of the time I had neglected Him, God had been answering my prayers and waiting patiently for me.                                        —Teo Bee Bee

 

Before I was saved, I knew there is a God who created this world but I was neither concerned about the state of my soul nor where I would go after death. It was at a Christian friend’s wake that I heard about the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16 v.19 – 31. It got me thinking about my destiny when I pass on. I was quite fearful and had no peace. Since then, I attended church regularly just to know more about God. Many times, the Lord spoke to me through His word that I was born into this world as a sinner because of Adam’s sin. Consequently, there is no escape from God’s wrath and the penalty for sin is eternal death and separation from our Holy God. Our supposedly good deeds are like filthy rags in God’s sight.  It was then that I realized that the sinless soul I claimed I was is a wretched sinner before God’s eyes. It’s only by faith in God’s grace that I am justified. I repented of my sin and receive Jesus as my savior. Now I have peace with God after surrendering my life to God. Amen.                                                                                   —Jane Ho Chok Kim

 

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Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting / Elections on next Lord’s Day, 23 April 17, at 10.45 am sharp

All members of Life B-P Church are reminded to attend this meeting. The combined English worship service begins at 9.00 am.

Please bring your yellow “Voting Member’s Record Verification Form” (VMRVF) to the ACM to exchange for your voting ballot paper. Otherwise, there will be processing delay in your membership verification.

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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 (31 May - 2 Jun 17). Truerassic Park, a Bible Adventure in Creation & Dinosaurs. Please register at www.lifebpc.com/vbs! We wish to invite parent to sign-up for your children earlier due to limited slot, 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) Prevention of Theft: Worshippers are advised to watch their belongings in the church premises to avoid losing them.

2) 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.

3) Church Camp 2017. 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. Kindly register soon please at www.lifebpc.com/church-camp-2017

Preaching appointment: Rev Lee at Evangel BPC, KL & Tangkak BPC and ERS from 15-21 Apr.

 

 

 

 

 

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

September 17 & 24 - Living for Christ

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20