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Scripture Memory: The Preeminence of Christ.

VERSE: Colossians 1:17 “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

 

27 August 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Calvin Loh (Ye Are the Light of the World, Matthew 5:14-16)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Jack Sin (Under the Shadow of the Almighty, Psalm 91)

 

3 September 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (A Look at the Law of God, Mt 5:17-20)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Ng Beng Kiong (Serve the Lord with Gladness! Psalm 100)

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THE B-P CHURCH MOVEMENT (Part 2)

(A message delivered by Rev Charles Seet at the Combined B-P Churches Reformation Conference on 9 August 2017)

 

In the years that followed, the Bible Presbyterian Church in the US grew into a Twentieth Century Reformation movement with an increasing global influence. Missionaries were sent to Central and South America, Africa, Australia and Asia. This was done through the Independent Board of Presbyterian Foreign Missions which J. Greshem Machen had founded in 1933. In 1937 Faith Theological Seminary was established to train pastors and missionaries to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3). In 1948 the International Council of Christian Churches (ICCC) was founded at Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It was established in response to the ecumenical efforts of the World Council of Churches (WCC) which is leading churches back to Rome.

The Beginning of the Bible-Presbyterian Church in Singapore

Now we shall consider how this movement came to our part of the world. It began with our Presbyterian roots. After the Presbyterian Church was established in Scotland, a Presbyterian movement arose in England. It was led mainly by the Puritans. Their efforts to reform the Church of England led to the forming of the Westminster Assembly, which produced the Westminster Confession of Faith.

            But their reforms could not be implemented because of adverse political changes. In 1662 the English Parliament issued the ‘Act of Uniformity’ that required all ministers to follow the Anglican system and to use the Book of Common Prayer for all worship services. As a result of this, 2,000 English ministers lost their position and support because they held Presbyterian convictions. During the time of persecution that followed, they became scattered and isolated.

            In the 1840s the English Presbyterians were revitalized and became organised as a Church. They sent out many missionaries to China. One of them was a Scotsman named William Chalmers Burns. Through the evangelistic efforts of these missionaries many Chinese came to the saving knowledge of Christ. Many of these converts migrated to Singapore in the 1870s. Soon there was a need to establish new local churches for them here. Thus, in 1881, four Chinese Presbyterian churches were established for the migrants in Singapore. One of them was Life Church at No. 144 Prinsep Street. The Chinese called it ‘Say Mia Tng’.

            In the 1930s, the Chinese churches in Singapore experienced a great revival through the ministry of John Sung. Through his powerful preaching many souls were brought to Christ, and many were also called into fulltime service. John Sung also delivered strong warnings against Liberal doctrines. This is because he had personally experienced the damaging effects of Liberalism during his theo-logical studies in America.

            This revival made a huge impact on the life of a young man in Life Church who was a fourth-generation Presbyterian. Eleven years later, this young man Timothy Tow, answered the call to fulltime service. He went first to Nanjing Seminary to study theology for a year under Dr Chia Yu Ming. But he was eventually directed to the US to receive further theological training. By God’s providence, the place where he studied was Faith Theological Seminary. There he came directly under the influence of Dr Carl McIntyre, and he imbibed the Bible Presbyterian Faith and the spirit of the Twentieth Century Reformation movement.

            Upon returning to Singapore, Rev Timothy Tow and Elder Quek Kiok Chiang among others founded the Life Church English Service on 15 October 1950. Although this English service started with only 30 members, it had a large vision for the advancement of God’s kingdom. The daily witness of its members brought many souls to Christ. Through numer-ous mission trips sixty villages in Malaya were evangelized.

            However, Life Church was a member of the Chinese Presbyterian Synod at that time. This synod was part of the Malayan Christian Council, which was under the control of Liberals. The Malayan Christian Council was also affiliated with the World Council of Churches. For a few years Life Church made several attempts to petition for the synod’s withdrawal from this Council. But all their efforts were to no avail. After the last attempt in January 1955, a decision was made to sever all ties with the synod and form a new church with the name Life Bible-Presbyterian Church.

            This saw the birth of the Bible-Presbyterian movement in Singapore. By God’s grace this movement has grown and branched out through evangelism and missions. The nine B-P churches that organized this conference are all part of this movement. Life was started in 1950. Galilee was started in 1960. Sharon was started in 1971. Calvary was started in 1973. Kulai was also started in 1973.  New Life was started in 1983. Maranatha was started in 1990. Evangel in KL was started in 2006. And Evangel in Singapore was started in 2008.  At one time the B-P Church was reported to be one of the fastest growing churches in Singapore: with 60 congregations in Singapore, 20 in Malaysia and many more in Asia and other countries world-wide. The latest addition to the movement is the Emmanuel Reformed Bible College which opened in January this year.

            It must be acknowledged that all this increase has taken place despite the many issues, controversies and divisions that have occurred within our 62-year history. We are definitely not a perfect church movement. But we take comfort that we are led by a perfect God. The burning bush is an illustration of this: We are just like a frail and humble little bush. And God is a consuming fire who can easily destroy us. But the wonder of it all is that God in His grace is with us and works through us, and yet we are not consumed! We must give God all the glory for the B-P Church movement.

            In this message we have seen how God has led His people since the time when the Presbyterian Church started over four centuries ago. We seen how God kept the Light of the Gospel burning within the Church despite the strong winds of Liberalism and Ecumenism. We have seen how God empowered our spiritual forefathers to contend earnestly for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. All these works of God must be made known today, so that those of the next generation “might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.” (Psalm 78:7)

            We must thank God both for our Bible-Presbyterian heritage, and for the Word of God that our spiritual forefathers fought so hard for. And if the Lord tarries, there will probably be more battles ahead. As long as sin and unbelief continue to thrive in this fallen world, we will have to fight more battles for the Lord.  Although our circumstances may change, the way to win each spiritual battle remains the same. It is still best won with the most powerful weapon, which is the inspired and sufficient Word of God.

            Let all of us who belong to the present generation and to the next generation remember this well. The Bible-Presbyterian Church was founded with the word ‘Bible’ in its name. This emphasises the importance of standing firm for the Word of God as our only rule of faith and practice. Let us also remember that we are a confessional church. We hold to the Westminster Confession as our doctrinal standard. May we all therefore commit ourselves at this conference to be fervent and faithful, “For the Word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 1:9) 

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Golden Age Fellowship Meeting

2nd Sept 2017 (Saturday); Beulah MPH
4.00 – 5.30 pm
followed by refreshment fellowship
Roles of Elderly Christians—Be Fruitful
(Psalm 92)
by Bro Ong Beng Hong
 

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1) Every Believer is A Soul Winner for the Lord. It is Too Costly to Opt Out. Join 2017 Good Soil Evangelism Seminar: 1 & 2 Sep, 9.00am to 5.00pm. Register: URL: bit.ly/gsed2017

2) Infant Baptism on Anniversary Sunday, 15 Oct 2017. Parents who intend to have their infants baptized must register by 10 Sep 2017. Please email to Doris Chik by giving the child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

3)        Jeffrey, Leng Leng and family would like to thank the pastoral team, Session members, Thomson NBC, Chinese congregation, Golden Age Fellowship and church for their condolences, presence and prayers during the homegoing of our mother, Mdm Teo Meng Kee.

4) Congratulations to Mrs & Mrs Timothy Goh on the birth of a baby boy on 22 Aug 2017.

 

Preaching appointment: Rev Khoo on overseas mission trip, 21-31 Aug 2017.

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