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Scripture Memory: The Call of Christ.

VERSE: Matthew 16:24 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

 

1 October 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (I Would Be True, Matt 5:33-37)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Khoo Peng Kiat (When Death is Precious,  Psalm 116)

 

8 October 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (The Journey Beyond Justice, Matt 5:38-42)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Jesus Our King-Priest Forever, Psalm 110)

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THE RAPTURE

            The Rapture is a miraculous event where millions of Christians will suddenly disappear from the earth. It will begin when Jesus appears in the clouds above the earth. All believers who have already died will resurrect from their graves and be brought up to Him. After that, all believers who are still alive at that time will be transported right off this earth, and taken up to meet Him in the sky. Then there will be a huge reunion of Christians from all nations and from every age in history with the Lord, who will then lead them home to Heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).

The Rapture is a different event from the Second Coming of Christ although they are often put together. In the Rapture, Jesus comes in the air for His Church, but His feet will not touch earth. In the Second Coming, Jesus comes back to earth with His church and His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives (Jude 14; Zechariah 4:14; Revelation 19:14). In the Rapture, Christ comes to fetch His church up to heaven so that it can join in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 19:6-9). At the Second coming, Christ will come to make war on earth with the armies of the world. (The only great supper in this event will be for the vultures - Revelation 19:17,18!) In the Rapture, Christ will come in the clouds (Mark 13:26,27). At the Second Coming, He will descend from heaven on a white horse (Revelation 19:11).

The Purpose of the Rapture

Why should the Rapture be a separate event from Christ’s final descent to earth? Why can’t we just remain here on earth until Christ comes down? One purpose for the Rapture is to keep believers safe from suffering all the plagues and judgments that God will bring upon the world because of its sins.

When God’s wrath is poured out on the world (Revelation 16) everyone on earth will be smitten with painful sores. The seas, rivers and streams of the world will all turn into blood. The heat of the sun will increase tremendously, scorching people with fire. It is hard to imagine the awful pain, sorrow, chaos and terror that all this will cause. No natural disaster can ever compare with these end-time judgments which are meant for unbelievers.

But the Lord will not punish the righteous with the wicked (Genesis 18:25). Since His children are dear to Him, He will take them out before sending His judgments into the world. 2 Peter 2:9 assures us, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.”

The Rapture therefore demonstrates not only the power of God, but also the goodness of God to His people. It speaks of His great mercy and love toward us. However, this does not mean that there will be no suffering for believers who live in the End times. Although we are spared from God’s wrath, we may still have to face some persecution from the world. This persecution will get much worse when the Antichrist is revealed.

Jesus said, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name’s sake.” (Matthew 24:9) But we can take comfort that the worst persecution of the world is nothing compared to the wrath of God.

Why Do We Look Forward to the Rapture?

  1. It Is the Fulfillment of the Promise of Christ to Us.

The Rapture was promised by Jesus just before His crucifixion. He said to His disciples, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:2,3)

Christ supported this promise by giving them a preview of it when He ascended up to heaven. The important feature of the ascension was that He ascended bodily. The resurrecion body of Christ was a real body that could be touched and held by the disciples, and it could eat the food that was given to Him. And yet this resurrection body was glorious – it could disappear and defy all the laws of science.

If we are alive when Jesus returns, we will be transformed to have that same glorious body He has. And then we too will defy gravity and travel upward to meet with Him in the sky. The power that enabled Christ to ascend upwards is the same power that will enable us to ascend up to heaven bodily. Jesus has established the pathway to heaven that we will take when at the Rapture. At that day our identification with Christ will be full and complete.

  1. It is the Completion of the Likeness of Christ in Us.

At present we are identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:4,5). One day we will also be identified with Christ in His ascension. How wonderful it will be, to be like Him in all aspects of His life!

In living, our aim is to be conformed to the moral likeness of Christ. In thinking, our aim is to be conformed to the mental likeness of Christ. Attaining both of these aspects of Christlikeness requires some effort on our part. But attaining the physical likeness of Christ requires no effort from us. It will be ours at the Rapture – “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2) The Rapture is therefore the grand climax of our Redemption – a redemption that is full and complete because it encompasses the soul, the mind and the body.

  1. It is the Exaltation of the Power of Christ to Change Us

There are two features that bring out the magnitude of this change. “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52) The first feature is that it is a mystery. The word “mystery” implies that it has never been known before and is hard to understand. There are many questions about the change our bodies will undergo in the Rapture, like: How will we feel in this new body? Will we look old or young? Will children who are raptured remain as children forever? Will those who are very old still look old? We will not know the answers until the Rapture takes place. But one thing is sure – it will be a glorious change that is worth waiting for!

The second feature is that it will take place “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye…” This means that the change is instantaneous. The huge gap between mortality and immortality will be crossed in only a moment, in just the blink of an eye! This will be the most awesome experience that anyone can ever go through! It makes us realise what great power Christ has to bring about such a change on all living saints at the same time. This is the power that we can all look forward to experience. It will be a miracle that we will actually feel as it takes place within us.

How Should the Rapture Affect Us Now?

  1. It Should Make Us Hopeful

When a loved one dies there will be sorrow. But for Christians, the sorrow of losing loved ones who have believed in Christ is compensated by the hope of seeing them alive again (1 Thessalonians 4:13). At the Rapture, we will be reunited with one another and with Christ, never to be parted from each other again. Since Christ has given us such a blessed hope, let us live by it. Let our friends see that we have an excellent hope that comforts us in moments of pain and loss.

  1. It Should Make Us Watchful

We need to be watchful because we do not know the exact time when the Lord will come – “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3).

These verses show that the Lord will come when the world least expects Him to come. Two illustrations bring out the unexpected nature of His coming. The first is that of a thief in the night. This was used by Christ Himself in Matthew 24:43-44. The second illustration is the onset of labour pains. If you were to ask any expectant mother in her ninth month when her baby will come by normal delivery she can only say, “Some time this week or next week.” She will only know that the baby is coming when she begins to feel the contractions.

Many professing Christians are no longer watching because they have grown tired of being alert to the signs of the End times. They have taken off their spiritual armour. As a result they fall into temptation and sin easily and are not prepared at all for the coming of Christ. Like the five foolish virgins, they will be caught unprepared when the bridegroom arrives at midnight (Matthew 25:1-13).

Let us therefore watch and be sober (1 Thessalonians 5:6). Put away every sin and every unprofitable pursuit from your life. We must live as children of the day, labouring and serving God fervently. Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: The night cometh when no man can work” (John 9:4). Live your life fully for Christ, knowing how wonderfully He has saved you from sin when He died on the cross, and how gloriously He will raise you when He comes again!                                                                                       – Pastor 

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The Jewish Feasts and Their Fulfillment in Christ

Do you know that the Jewish feasts have prophetic significance for us Christians? 

Join us at the Multi-Purpose Hall to hear Stephen Pacht (Director of Jews for Jesus, Switzerland) speak on the Spring and Fall feasts on 11th November 2017. The talk will be held from 10am to 3.30pm. All are welcome. 

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1) Corrigendum to Preaching Schedule for Oct to Dec 2017. Please note that instead of a Combined Service on 31 Dec morning, there will be 2 worship services as per normal, at 8am and 11am. The speaker and topic remain unchanged.

2) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 3. The deadline for submitting the review is TODAY.

3) “Daily Manna”: Daily Devotional by Rev Isaac Ong (Oct to Dec 2017). Available at the front counter. The same devotions are available online at http://www.calvaryjurong.com/index-4.html.

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

5) ERBL Lectures (Jan-May 2018), 7.30-9.30pm.

Mon: The Ten Commandments by Rev Charles Seet

Thu  : The Book of Romans by Rev Ho Chee Lai

Lectures begin on 8 Jan 18. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment. An ‘Early Bird Discount’ of $5 will be given to those who register before 4 Dec 17.

6) 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 .

7) The family of the late Mdm Wong Yuet Oh would like to thank the Pastors, session and church members for their prayers, love gifts and encouragement during their recent bereavement.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet 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

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