English Congregation

This is the view of our church annex in end of June 2017. Our church hall will be kept intact as it has been designated as a Heritage Conservation Site. Please commit this project to our Heavenly Father for His blessing.

BULLETIN ARTICLE – 18 February 2018

Whenever the topic of healing is discussed, the question “Does God always heal?” is usually asked. This is not an easy question and it does not have an easy answer.

We see sickness so prevalent in this world, with new strains of viruses and new diseases appearing so often. There is still no cure for cancer or AIDS. Our church often prays for the sick amongst us, with a segment of every pastoral prayer dedicated to praying for the healing of our brothers and sisters.

The Bible does not shy away from showing us instances of sicknesses – the Egyptian plagues, the lepers, the blind man Jesus performed his miracle on. We are taught in the Bible that sickness comes as a consequence of sin and this is part of our earthly suffering the defiance of God has brought on us. Still, we pray for healing knowing that God can do all things. Some churches even preach that a belief in God would always bring health and prosperity.

Debates about the assurance of healing from sickness are still ongoing in the theological community. However, we must remember that there are two kinds of healing – earthly and spiritual. While earthly healing is debatable, we know for certain that God will ALWAYS heal us spiritually. We come to God in humility and “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

In the gospel of Mark we read that Jesus’ many instances of healing earthly sicknesses were always used to further his preaching of the gospel of salvation in the Kingdom of God. The miracles of healing he performed pointed to his ability to heal us from our spiritual sickness, sin, the greatest disease of all which can only be healed by our Lord. 1 Peter 2:24 quotes the prophetic passage in Isaiah 53, saying: “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

The spiritual healing that God promises us is greater than any earthly healing we desire. Jesus’ death on the cross has ensured that we will always be healed from our sins, as long as we believe in him and accept him as our Lord and Saviour. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 assures us on this: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

  1. ELDER CHIA ENG CHUAN: Pray for our Elder Chia Eng Chuan who gives us the ministry message on Sunday, 18 February 2018 with the topic: “Healing of the lame beggar” (Acts 3:1-10). Pray that we will have attentive hearts to this message given to us.

  2. BIBLE – WORD OF GOD: “Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.” (2 Samuel 7:28)
    Almighty God, you speak and it is done. Your words are true. They are powerful and they bring life. Would you give me a desire for your words? Sometimes I feel anxious but do not turn to the Bible to guide me. I am fearful yet forget to ask you for protection. I am weak but reluctant to ask you for strength. Renew my desire for your constant help and remind me to return to the Bible. Make the Bible close to me to meet my needs today. Please bring to my mind the words I need for encouragement and direction. Thank you that the Bible is all I need to lead and guide me in my daily living. In your name I pray this, Amen.

  3. CHURCH FINANCIAL NEEDS: Pray for the financial needs of our Church. There are our Church general expenses, our giving to missionaries and mission agencies, our present Church redevelopment needs and other special givings. Our Church annex redevelopment is now completed and we will be occupying and using it soon. We will soon proceed to do upgrading to the main Church building. Please continue to give to this special big budget cost. “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9:7). This is our Church Community and we are the ones to look into our financial budget and needs. Pray about this and let God speak to you on this matter and respond appropriately to the various Church needs including the various fund raising efforts.

SUN SERVICE
STARTS AT 8.00 AM

 Date: 18 February 2018

TOPIC
Healing of the lame beggar
(Acts 3:1-10)

SPEAKER
Elder Chia Eng Chuan

WELCOME TEAM
Florence Lim & Noni Tan

MUSICIANS
Pianist: Andy Lee
Organist
: Deborah Gan

SUN SERVICE
STARTS AT 8.00 AM

 Date: 25 February 2018

TOPIC
Peter’s second sermon
(Acts 3:11-26

SPEAKER
Advisory Elder Dr Ernest Chew
(Bethesda Frankel Estate Church)

WELCOME TEAM
Isobel Koh & Tan Jee Leng

MUSICIANS
Pianist: Andy Shi
Organist
: David Mitchell

2018 THEME VERSE

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
– Acts 4:12

VERSES FOR THE WEEK

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

ACTS 3:6-8 (NIV)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

No meeting this week and next Sunday for the following ministries:
Sunday, 18 February
Junior & Senior Sunday School,
Foreign Workers Ministry,
& Ladies Ministry.


SENIOR CITIZENS MINISTRY
Thursday, 22 February, 3.00pm

Please note: No meeting in the morning at 10am. There will be a Lunar New Year tea celebration in church at 3pm before proceeding to Marina Bay to see fireworks.


PRAYER MEETING
Friday, 23 February, 7:45pm
God’s abundant grace for ministry – 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Key verse:
And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus” – 1 Timothy 1:14 (NKJV)
Speaker & Prayer coordinator:
Benjamin Pang & James Lau
In focus:
YAG, E&F, Gospel meeting & Good Friday Service


GOSPEL MEETING
(movie night)
Saturday, 10 March, 7:00pm
Movie title: “The Case for Christ”
Chairman: James Lau
Dinner will be served at 6pm before the screening of the movie.


BAPTISM COURSE
4 Sundays, 11 March to 1 April
Those who intend to get baptized are required to attend
our church baptism course.
Application form is available on the notice board at 160 Carpmael Road, refreshment area.
Kindly submit your completed form to Susan Chan or Leong Kok Weng.

BAPTISM SERVICE
Sunday, 29 April, 5:30pm