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Scripture Memory: The Power of Faith. 

VERSE: Matthew 21:22 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

 

7 January 2018

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (Basking in the Light of the Son, John 1:1-18)

6 pm Evening Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Forsaking All I Take Him, Gen 11:31-12:9)

 

14 January 2018

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (Behold the Lamb, John 1:19-34)

6 pm Evening Service

Eld Khoo Peng Kiat (Our Shield and Exceeding Great Reward; Gen 15:1-6)

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THEME OF LIFE B-P CHURCH FOR 2018

Our church theme for 2018 brings us back to the motto of Life Church – “Holding Forth the Word of Life.” This is taken from Philippians 2:16, the climax of an exhortation which began at verse 14 with the words, “Do all things ….” What the words “all things” here refer to, is found in the two preceding verses which are about obeying God (v.12 – “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed; …”). Paul wanted the Philippians to keep on obeying God at all times.

This is what our Christian life ought to be: We are to do God’s will rather than our own will, and we are to please Him rather than ourselves in every aspect of our life. True believers find their greatest delight in doing these things. The Holy Spirit who indwells them will produce the willingness in them to obey Him and to please Him in every aspect of life. The Holy Spirit will also provide all the necessary power we need to do whatever God wants us to do.

The Enablement for Christian Living

Let us pray that we may always be found doing God’s will throughout 2018. We must seek to build a healthy relationship with God so that He may work in and through us. This principle is stated in verse 13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” It is only as God works in you that you are able to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (v.12) You can only work out in your life what God works in you. This is the way to live the Christian life successfully. Anyone who tries to live the Christian life without God’s enablement will not succeed. You may be able to put on a facade for a while, but it will soon strain your will and your power to your very limits!

Never forget that God is your source of life and power to do all things. Jesus said that without Him we can do nothing: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Are you abiding in Christ? If you are not, please do what is needful now to have this restored into your life. You need His enablement in order to obey Him and do all things, including those  things that are mentioned in verses 14-16.

The Effects of Christian Living

Verse 15 begins by saying, “That ye may be blameless and harmless.” Our lives should be above reproach before the world. This is what all Christians should aspire to become, since Christ has now become our Saviour and Lord. There should be nothing blameworthy in our life that can be used against us. There should also be no reason for anyone who knows us well to think that there is some evil thing about us that they need to be very careful of whenever they are with us.

The next part of the verse teaches us that these things are expected of those who are sons of God. Since we now have the wonderful privilege of becoming the sons of God by His mercy and grace, our lives ought to start showing the inward qualities and characteristics of God’s dear children! There ought to be nothing at all in our character that will contradict our status as sons of God. This is the meaning of the words, “without rebuke” in v.15.

Perhaps you may think that these expectations are quite unrealistic. How can we fulfill them? Don’t we sometimes fall when we are tempted and make mistakes? Yes, we do. But we must not let these occasional falls and mistakes discourage us from pursuing our objective. We should be constantly striving with God’s help to become what the Scripture says here – “blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke.” This ongoing pursuit is what the Bible calls sanctification.

There is a very good reason why these expectations are imposed upon us. It is only when God’s people fulfill them that others will be able to see Jesus Christ and be saved through Him. We are to be blameless and harmless because that is exactly what Christ is: He is blameless and harmless. We are to bear the likeness of God’s sons, because that is exactly what Jesus is – He is the only begotten Son of God. The ultimate aim of Christian living is therefore to exhibit Christ to the world.

This is what it means to “Holding Forth the Word of Life” (v.16) – It is not just holding forth the Bible, which is the written Word of God. More importantly, it is holding forth the Living Word – which is Jesus Christ. Christ is called “The Word”. This is one of the most profound names given to Him. John’s Gospel begins by saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1). John’s first epistle also begins in a similar manner: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life” (1 John 1:1)

Christ is that Word of Life that we are to hold forth, so that He may draw all men unto Himself (John 12:32). The action implied by the words, “holding forth” is that of presenting and offering Him to men.

We do well to present the Gospel to people by telling them about the good news of salvation through Christ. And that is being done in the evangelism and missions efforts of our church. But that is not enough to hold forth the Word of Life.

We do well to study the Scriptures intently, interpret it correctly, and expound it systematically. And that is being done in the teaching and preaching ministry of our church. But that is not enough to hold forth the Word of Life.

We must also present Christ fully and accurately by having our lives conformed to the image of his Son (Romans 8:29). This is the way to fulfill the words of our church theme – “Holding forth the Word of Life.” It requires nothing less from us than the cultivation of all the characteristics of Christ in our life – including His love, His righteousness, His goodness, His meekness and His compassion. Let this be our focus for the New Year!

The best compliment that any Christian can ever hope to receive from others is, “I can see Jesus Christ in you.” If someone has said this to you before, you can thank our gracious heavenly Father for enabling you to fulfill what He expects of you. You have exhibited Christ in your character. You have held forth the Word of Life! But please don’t become complacent after that because you may easily lose the likeness of Christ if you are not careful.

And if no one who is close to you is convinced that Christ is in you, since they cannot see even the slightest resemblance of Christ in your life, then you have every reason to be very concerned about yourself. It means that you are not what you ought to be.

It would also mean that you are not shining as a light of the world. You are not fulfilling the unique role that Christ wants you to fulfill. In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

The Environment that Needs Christian Testimony

Your light must shine before the world! The world needs your light because it is full of darkness. We are not talking about a physical darkness, but a spiritual and moral darkness – the darkness of sin, immorality, ungodliness and wickedness. The world is described in verse 15 as “a crooked and perverse nation.”

The darkness of sin hurts unwary souls with death, decay and destruction. Despite the tremendous increase of knowledge and efforts to change society in our present age, immorality and permissiveness are increasing at an alarming rate. Moral values are losing ground, and there are no more absolutes. The world that we dwell in is more than ever before, a “crooked and perverse nation.” The need is therefore very urgent.

What should we be doing about this? We ought to shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life. Is that what you are doing now? Or are you making Christ more obscure to the world by living in a worldly and selfish manner? Does your manner of life contradict the Gospel message that God wants you to proclaim? If it does, then you must put things right. You cannot go on like this. If God has so marvelously saved you out of this world’s darkness, how can you go on presenting a rotten testimony of His grace to the world?

The Encumbrances to Our Christian Testimony

This has sadly been a problem of Christians in every age. We do things which hinder or encumber our testimony for Christ! Such things were happening even when the apostle Paul wrote his epistle to the Philippians. This is why he had to tell them, “Do all things without murmurings and disputings.” (v.14) Apparently there were interpersonal differences which caused them to murmur against one another and even dispute with one another.

The exhortation Paul gave in Philippians 2:3-4 implied that there was a spirit of self-centred pride and conceit among some of the members which created a spirit of disunity within the Philippian church. Paul had to plead with Euodias and Syntyche – two ladies who had laboured with him in the Gospel – to settle their personal differences so that they may be of the same mind in the Lord (4:2).

Every church in every age have their Euodiases and Syntyches. And God expects every church in every age to work on settling such problems well so that the church’s testimony before the world will not be damaged. Murmuring and disputing should be replaced with Christian virtues like brotherly love, forgiveness and forbearance, mutual care and concern for one another.

The Example We Need to Follow

The key to doing this is to have the mind of Christ in us. We must make a commitment to cultivate this mind, as Philippians 2:5-8 tell us – “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Jesus never murmured nor complained; neither did He ever do anything through strife or vainglory. But He humbled Himself by leaving His heavenly glory to take the form of a lowly servant. He did this by living on earth as a man. Christ humbled Himself even more when He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.

As we begin the year 2018 let us lay aside every sin and every encumbrance from our life and do much more to hold forth Christ, who is the Word of Life. The world needs to see Christ. The only way they can see Him is when we hold Him forth in all His perfection, loveliness, and glory, both by our life and by our words. May the Lord help us to do these things well.                                                                                              – Pastor

   

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AF 37th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service

Saturday 20 Jan'18.  Time: 4:30pm - 8:00pm

Venue            :         Multi-Purpose Hall, Beulah Centre

Speaker                   :           Rev Daniel Khoo

Message                  :           We Serve God by Serving Others

Text               :                      John 13: 1-17

Dinner will commence from 6:00pm in Beulah House, Room #1-6

 

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1)        New Sunday School Class 2018

Focus : Soteriology, Contact Evangelism, Disciple Making and Discipleship  Venue : Beulah, Rm 3-2.

Starting Date: next Sunday, 9.40am

Class is open to all brothers and sisters in Christ of all ages. Those interested, please contact:

Bro. Ong Beng Hong

2)        Music Seminar: All church members are invited to attend the upcoming Music Seminar on 3 March 2018 (Saturday), 9am to 6pm with lunch provided. Venue: Church Sanctuary. Pianists/choir members are encouraged to also attend the 4 March (11am to 3.30pm) session and organists the session on 2 March (7pm to 9.30pm). Please register online at lifebpc.com/music-seminar. For more details, contact Russell Indran.

3) 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 .

4) Mrs Felicia Ooi & family of the late Mr Gordon Ooi wish to express their heartfelt thanks to pastors, session members and church for their prayers, comfort, condolences and presence on his homegoing on 2 Jan 2018.

Preaching appointment: Rev Khoo 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

January 21 & 28 - The Power of Prayer

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16