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“They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” (Psalms 92:14). 

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Programme

24 May— Outing to Museum (8:30am)

 

GAF Quarterly Meeting

Speaker: Rev. Charles Seet

Topic: The rewards of Finishing well (Rom 14:8-12)   

Venue: MPH Beulah House

Date: Sat, 3 June 2017, 4-530pm follow by refreshment

 

 

Visitation: No visitation in June 2017

Please contact: Mr Ong Beng Hong, 96230800  (HP) 

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Introduction

The main theme for the Golden Age Fellowship (GAF) is “Finishing well”.

As the children of Israel waited to cross into the Promised Land, Moses instructed the Israelites: “…therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” (Deut 30:19b). Moses had instructed the people to choose a meaningful life. We must therefore choose to introduce meaning into our lives. Leading a divinely sanctioned life means mirroring this essential act of making good choices, “refusing the evil and choosing the good” (Isa 7:16). We must also choose to amend our spiritual lives by drawing closer to God through community living. This requires discipline, training and a willingness to obey His commandments (John 14:15). 

Community living

Jesus’ way teaches that believers should live in the community and learn through interactions on how to conform to the image of Christ. It is through these interactions that we grow in our faith and apply the teachings of Christ Jesus to our daily lives.

The congregation provides the base where we form our Christian life. In the congregation, we develop our identity and gather to contribute to each other’s lives. Jesus’ way also involves creating a community where His disciples learn to love Him and one another. Like Jesus, we must choose to live the life of submission to one other and to consider the needs of others equal to ours (Phil 2:3-14). Individualism turns the congregation into a consumer enterprise where the individual chooses to like certain speakers, ministries, deacons or elders, types of music and ways of worship. The gospel is then recast into a consumer item, to meet the needs of these consumer Christians. As a result, we no longer try to live sacrificially and are not available to meet the needs of others. Therefore, the GAF chooses to  encourage members to focus on community living in the congregation.

Finishing well

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” 
― 
Voltaire

His lord said unto him, well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:23).

“I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” (John 17:4)

The key to start well and finish well is to be a follower of Christ. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German pastor, theologian and martyr. He said, “Christianity without discipleship is Christianity without Christ (The cost of discipleship page 64). The surest path to finish well is to follow Jesus with commitment and faithfulness

Our church has more than 400 members who are 55 years old and above. This number is expected to grow as the population ages. How are these brethren faring in their physical, emotional and spiritual walks with the Lord? A major concern of our church leaders is how the church can provide the structure and means to help our ageing congregation to choose a life that is consistent with the command of Moses—“choose a meaningful life”. 

Research shows that less than 30% of leaders finish well. Similarly, out of the more than 400 church members who are 55 years old and above, how many of us will finish well? We pray that by engaging our members in godly activities, we can bring them closer to God to walk in His way.

How do we finish well? To finish well in the end, we have to begin to finish well now. We must be faithful to our calling and complete the assignments from God faithfully. Finishing well involves relationships that have to be maintained and cared for during our journey in service. This is one area that is challenging yet fulfilling. As Christians journey together to serve God, there will be many challenges of joy and disagreement. A philosophy of treating our fellow members with integrity and respect is important. Do not do to others what you would not have others to do to you. Christians must learn to be magnanimous and agree to disagree gracefully. 

GAF Activities

The revamped GAF committee is planning a series of activities for its members.

a. Each year the GAF will organize two seminars. One will focus on spiritual formation and the other will be a medical seminar. This year, the “Christian Attitude Formation” seminar is planned to be held on 10 May 2017. The medical seminar will be held on 4 November 2017.

b. We have also started a Wednesday (10am-12pm) meeting for GAF members. On average, the attendance is about 20 members. This is held every 2nd week of each month. In this meeting, we share God’s Word and encourage discussions so that doubts can be clarified. We do encourage all members to try to attend and have fellowship with one with another. The next meeting will be held on 26 April 2017.

c. Some of the Wednesdays, instead of messages, we will organize outings for our members. The most recent trip to Botanic Gardens witnessed a significant interest to explore places of interest. We had a blessed time in fellowship with each other. Some members have requested we organize more of such outings to include Hort Park, Labrador Park, etc. The next outing will be on 24 May 2017.

d. Every 2nd week Wednesday (2-4pm) of each month, we also organize visitations to our members’ homes. If you are ready to open your homes for visitation, please contact any one of us. The next visit will be on 10 May 2017.

e. The GAF is also involved in the Vigil Ministry. Our brethren feel the need to be present to encourage our bereaved church members as they journey through difficult times. We present hymns to remind the audience of the promise and hope in Jesus Christ. Any of you who wish to participate with the GAF, please contact Sister Sim Mong Eng (97452448).   

Conclusion

Please pray for the GAF to have the wisdom to meet the needs of our members. The committee is concerned about our members’ needs and pray that members are willing to come and participate in our activities. The messages for the remaining part of the year will be on, “How to finish well?” We pray that God will continue His good work in you till Jesus comes again. The GAF also wishes to encourage members to provide feedback on what they wish to be included in our programs.

 

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