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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

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)

30 April 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Philip Heng (The Gospel is the Power of God Unto Salvation, Romans 1:16)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (The Lord is My Light and Salvation, Psalm 27)

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MEMBERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

 

As we will have our Annual Congregational Meeting today, it would be good to focus our thoughts on this subject. Our responsibilities as church members ought to be taken seriously because biblically, the church is the primary means through which God accomplishes His plan in the world. It is His ordained instrument for calling the lost to Himself and the context within which He sanctifies those who are born into His family. Therefore God expects and even demands commitment to the church from all its members.

 

The importance of the local church is highlighted in 1 Timothy 3:15 – “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” The term ‘house of God’ here does not refer to the church building, but the church family. It is God’s will that all believers should serve Him not only as individuals, but also together as a family. We can therefore say that each local church is a family unit of God.

 

Just as your family plays an important part in your life, the church plays an indispensable role in the life of the believer – it enables him to do his part for the overall work of God in the world, and for the truth of God. The local church is ordained by God to provide the necessary structure that believers need in order to build up one another and to have proper accountability to one another. With all this, we can now understand why we should take our responsibilities as church members seriously.

The first responsibility of every church member is to keep regular attendance in Church every Sunday. Hebrews 10:24,25 tells us – “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” In the early church, there were already some who habitually failed to turn up in church. The writer of Hebrews tells his readers that they are not to do this. In fact they ought to be more diligent about their attendance as the Day of Christ’s return draws nearer.

 

We are now much nearer to the Day of Christ’s return than those early Christians were. It is therefore more needful for us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. You have a weekly appointment to keep in God’s House and you should not miss it. With three worship services available this should not be difficult even if you have an urgent call of duty on Sunday. And if you are posted overseas for study or for work for a long period of time, please provide your overseas address to our church office so that we can keep in touch with you.

 

The second responsibility of every church member is responsive participation. It is one thing to be physically present in church, but another to be actively participating in what goes on in church. At the very least, all members ought to participate in the worship service. Worship is the most basic duty of every believer (cf. Psalm 100:2,3) but it becomes futile when one’s heart is not in it (cf. Matthew 15:8). When hymns are sung, be sure to sing them outwardly with your voice as well as inwardly with your heart. When the Scripture text is read, be sure to open your Bible to the passage and follow along by reading it. When the sermon is preached, be ready to listen and jot down the salient points.

 

The worship service is not all that church members ought to participate in. You should keep growing spiritually by building up your own knowledge of God’s Word, and by engaging in meaningful fellowship with other Christians. You can do this by participating regularly in a Sunday School class, in a Fellowship group or in a Neighbourhood Bible Community (NBC). Whenever we organise Bible seminars, special talks or Church camps, please make every effort to arrange your schedule so that you can attend them and gain spiritual blessings from them.

 

Another important area of participation is prayer. Take time to read the weekly Prayer Bulletin and pray for the needs of the various missions and ministries of the church, and also for brethren who are unwell. As a member of the church family you should be concerned about the welfare of other members. And this means taking time to get to know them and their needs and including them in your prayers.

 

Participation may also take the form of service to others. God has designed the church to function like a human body (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-27). In order for the body to be healthy and strong all its parts must fulfil their specific roles. Thus each church member needs to identify his or her role within the church and strive to do it well. The Bible teaches that every believer has a spiritual gift that should be put to good use for the benefit of others (1 Corinthians 12:7).

 

The third responsibility you have as a church member is ready submission. God has instituted office-bearers within the church to ensure its smooth running and orderly administration. He has defined the roles and responsibilities of the pastors, elders and deacons of the church in His Word. God has also given specific instructions to church members to submit to their church leaders, e.g. Hebrews 13:17 – “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”

 

Submission is easy when you feel like submitting. However, there may be times when you do not feel like submitting yourself to them. It may be that you are unhappy with a decision that was made by the leadership with the concurrence of the majority of members just because it is not exactly in line with your own personal preference. Then you must lay aside our own personal preference and submit to the leadership.

 

Submission is also required when you receive pastoral counsel from church leaders concerning some sin or spiritual deficiency they have observed in your life. Instead of getting upset and leaving the church, you should discern that God is speaking to you through them and take their counsel to heart by repenting of your sins. Such submission may not always be easy but it is absolutely needful, and it glorifies the Lord.

 

This however does not mean that you should comply blindly with everything that church leaders tell you to do. In John’s 3rd epistle, John the apostle instructed Gaius not to obey a church leader named Diotrephes because he was corrupted by his own pride and had opposed John’s apostolic authority (3 John 9-11). If any church leader attempts to dictate things that are clearly contrary to God’s Word, you cannot submit to his authority, because you must always obey God rather than men (cf. Acts 5:29).

 

This reminds us that church leaders are fallible men. They need your prayers because they are strategic targets for Satan. Satan knows that if he can cause the leadership of a church to take a wrong course and fall, the whole church will probably fall along with them.

 

May God help us all to know how we ought to behave in “…the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” Let us take our responsibilities as church members seriously so that Life Church may bring glory unto His blessed Name.

– Pastor  

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RESULTS OF SCRIPTURE MEMORY VERSE PROGRAMME REVIEW EXERCISE NO. 1

We congratulate the following who have achieved a score of 70% and above:

 

1.        Abigail Elena Kusuma

2.        Angela Tan

3.        Annette Kunst-Teh

4.        Betrand Lam

5.        Chan Sok Kheng

6.        Claire Tan

7.        Clement Tan

8.        Daniel Tan

9.        Folla Karuti

10.      Ian Liu

11.      Iris Loe

12.      Jennifer Goh

13.      Joyce Ang

14.      Karen Heng-Sin

15.      Laura Chiang

16.      Lee Chee Weng

17.      Lee Lit Miah

18.      Leong Li Peng

19.      Leong Sow Mun

20.      Leslie Tan

21.      Lim Buay Hock

22.      Lorene Chee

23.      Michele Yong

24.      Nigel Teh Tian Li

25.      Ong Phei Hong

26.      Patrick Kok

27.      Prudence Lim En-Song

28.      Rachael Loh Su-Ann

29.      Russell Joel Indran

30.      Samuel Lim Wei Yang

31.      Sarah See Toh

32.      Sherrie See

33.      Sim Yen Hua

34.      Surya Kusuma

35.      Tan Khoon Lee

36.      Tan Kwee Mui

37.      Tan Min Hui

38.      Tay Liang Hui

39.      Tessa Teh Shuhui

40.      Timothy Goh

41.      Timothy Neo Zheng Kang

42.      Xie Wenquan

43.      Yeo Hoon Huat 

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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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VBS 2017, Truerassic Park, a Bible Adventure in Creation & Dinosaure! We wish to invite you as our VBS helpers to serve alongside with us, by 30 Apr 17. This is so to allow us to prepare a set of T-shirts for you. The event is to be hosted at Life BP Church from May 31 to Jun 2. Kindly register at "www.lifebpc.com/vbs". For inquiries: Mr Yeo Hock Seng at 9740-6547. 

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1)        Christian Attitude Formation Seminar by the GAF will take place on the 10th of May from 8.30 am to 1 pm. Contact Bro Chee Weng (9697 7582) or Sis Mong Eng (97452448) by 30th April 2017.

2)        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.

3)        Sanctity in Worship: Come early on Sunday. Being habitually late for worship dishonours God. Remember to switch off your handphone, and avoid conversation during worship. 

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

May 21 & 28 - Looking for the Saviour

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20