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Scripture Memory: Living for Christ.

VERSE: Galatians 2:20 “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.

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

 

17 September 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Eld Lim Teck Chye (The Lustful Look, Matthew 5:27-30)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Calvin Loh (Forget Not All His Benefits, Psalm 103)

 

24 September 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (The Unraveled Union, Matt 5:31,32)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Chia Ah Lak (Vain is the Help of Man, Psalm 108)

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CHOOSE TO BE CHASTE!

The world we live in is becoming more permissive than ever before. Rallies that promote alternative lifestyles draw bigger crowds every year. In June this year the Straits Times reported that more young people in Singapore are getting sexual infections. Many of them are teens who had sex before they reached 16 and who had several sexual partners before they reach adulthood. One study revealed that 95% of sexually active boys indulged in pornography.

In the midst of this increasing moral degradation in society, we must all the more make the choice of faith to maintain our moral purity. Choose to be chaste, and do not yield to the pressures and temptations that are all around us. There are two strong reasons to make this choice.

It Is the Will of God for You

If you truly believe that the Lord is your Creator and Saviour, you will want to do His will at all times. Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). It is definitely God’s will for you to maintain your moral purity. This is mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 – “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour…” For those who are unmarried, abstaining from fornication means keeping yourself pure from all sexual activity, whether it is with another person or by yourself. For those who are married, abstaining from fornication means keeping your marriage pure and free from infidelity. “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” (Hebrews 13:4) It is unwise to stay apart from your spouse physically for more than 2-3 weeks. Regular sexual activity with one’s spouse is actually mandatory “that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency” (1 Corinthians 7:5)

One whole book of scripture, the Song of Solomon, emphasises that there is blessed joy from sexual activity within marriage. But this is not meant to be a selfish joy and seeking for one’s own gratification. It is a mutual joy that is borne of love, not lust. Lust is selfish, but love is always concerned with the satisfaction and well-being of one’s spouse. This is why seeking any sexual pleasure outside of marriage can never be done in love, but in lust. It is utterly self-centred.

Lust is mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 4:5 – “…not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God.” The word ‘concupiscence’ means a craving, longing or desire for what is forbidden. There are some who say that indulging one’s lust is harmless so long as the imagined acts are not carried out. But the danger of having lustful thoughts is that they do not satisfy: They only stimulate the desire for more and more until they ultimately lead a person into committing what is imagined. Every sexual sin begins with immoral thoughts.

Therefore you must flee from these lusts (2 Timothy 2:22). Do not allow anything into your mind that will cause temptation. Deliberately avoid any object, person, place, or activity that causes you to have sinful thoughts. Remember what our Lord Jesus said: “Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28)

Much of the art, entertainment, and advertising in the media seem to be deliberately designed for the purpose of seduction. The Internet has opened instant access to pornographic websites, and unsolicited e-mails flood our mailboxes enticing us to enter their deadly portals. Christians are sometimes tempted to satisfy their curiosity, thinking that there is no harm done as long as they do not commit the things they see there. But before they know it, they find themselves drawn deeper into sin.

If you are earnestly seeking to do God’s will, please keep clear of anything that will stir up sexual thoughts and feelings in you. And whenever temptation comes, remember the words of 1 Thessalonians 4:7 – “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” This brings us to the second reason why you must choose to be chaste:

It is Part of Your Calling

This is an even stronger reason than doing the will of God. It ties your commitment to be chaste with the Call of God that brought you to salvation in Christ. This is the same Call mentioned in Romans 8:30 – “Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.”

All who are saved have received that Call of God. That Call is the most important point in your life. It was the moment when your attitudes to Jesus Christ changed, and when you were irresistibly and inwardly called by the Holy Spirit out of the darkness of sin and into God’s marvelous light. It brought you to faith in Christ and to understand spiritual truth. It also gave you a new nature that loves righteousness and is averse to sin. This is why we are told in 1 Thessalonians 4:7 that it is a Call unto holiness.

Chastity must therefore be seen as part of your Call to holiness. Just as you have been saved not to keep on sinning but to sin no more, so you have been called of God to be morally pure and chaste. This means overcoming any temptation to lust or to indulge in any immoral activity. There are three chief senses through which such temptation comes: touch, sight, and hearing.

Physical touch normally stimulates the desire for more intimate contact and is biologically designed to prepare for conjugal relations. This is the reason why unmarried couples ought to take utmost care to have very limited physical intimacy one with another during courtship. Set those limits early and do not change them, otherwise you may slide down the slippery slope into sexual sin.

The sense of sight is the second source of temptation. If you happen to see something that stirs up sexual thoughts and desires, do not give it a second look. Turn away from it and deliberately look at something else and think of something else. If it is in a magazine, turn to another page; if it is on TV, change the channel; if it is in a website that you stumbled into accidentally as you surfed the Internet, close that window immediately! Do what Job did – “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?” (Job 31:1)

And this is why you ought to dress decently and modestly in public. Avoiding temptation also means avoiding being a temptation to others. Please do not say, “I can dress however I like to dress; what others think is their problem.” God holds you responsible if you cause others to stumble into sin: But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6).

The third source of temptation is the sense of hearing. Do not listen to music that has suggestive lyrics. Even instrumental music can stir up the lust of the flesh if they are composed and performed by people who are deliberately out to do that. If a certain talented musician is known to lead a very immoral life, beware of listening to his music, because it will probably contain expressions of his immoral values and lifestyle.

Whatever the temptation you encounter, whether through sight, sound or touch, make it a habit to ask yourself if it will cause you to go against your Call – the special divine Call that you have received from God; the glorious Call that brought you to salvation in Christ – the Call to be holy and chaste!

And whenever you are not sure if something is acceptable or not, remember that it is better to err on the safe side than to tests the limits of sensuality. Being conservative may not make you very popular with your peers, but it enables you to walk pleasing to God! (1 Thessalonians 4:1)                                                         –  Pastor 

 

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1) Chinese Service Gospel Meeting on 30 Sep 2017, 3.30 pm at Beulah MPH.  “Have the Last Laugh in Life” by Pr Chua Kiew Hore. Meeting is conducted in Mandarin only.

2) Save the Date...LTF Camp 2017 from 11-15 Dec. More details to follow! Contact Betrand.

3) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 3. The deadline for submitting the review is 1 Oct 17. Review Nos. 1-2 are also available for those who missed them. Obtainable at the front counter.

4) Men's Ministry's "All Stress No Rest" by Elder Chin Hoong Chor this Saturday, 23 Sep, 3pm at Beulah Centre room 2-1. All brothers are welcome.

5) The Combined B-P Reformation 500 Conference audio messages are available on the Church Website. Same messages on video can be viewed via a given link at the website. A complete Reformation Conference materials in a thumb-drive will be announced when available.

6) Kindergarten Care Centre (KCC) Supervisor required. For details, please call: 93676789 (Linda) or 96690781 (Victor) or send your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
7) You are invited to join the Door to Door Evangelism at Yishun on every 1st and 3rd week of the month. For enquiry, please contact Amos .
8)  The family of the late Elder George Tan would like to thank the Pastors, session and church members for their prayers, love gifts and encouragement during their recent bereavement.

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

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11