English Congregation

The main hall renovation (Phase 2) began on August 1 and God willing should be completed by first half of 2019. The above image is taken on August 10, 2018 showing the main hall hoarded for renovation work. The annexe was granted TOP on 27 July 2018. The first group to use the annexe is the Peranakan Bible Study on Tuesday, 31 July, followed by the Senior Citizens on 2 August 2018 morning and the Alpha Course in the evening. All 3 congregations had their first worship services at the annexe on Sunday, 5 August 2018.  Please continue to pray to God for safety of all workers and the smooth  completion of this project. 

BULLETIN ARTICLE
17 March 2019
RIGHT CHOICES

Our choices in life speak a lot about who we are and what we truly believe. Our choices speak louder than words. If our choices and our actions contradict our words, we begin to look like hypocrites. We will lack integrity. People cannot take us at our word. But, if our choices and our actions match our words, we do not just say what we mean but we mean what we say. People will then have to take us seriously. The difference between the choices Abram and Lot make teaches us valuable lessons in making right choices.

Wealth very often drives a wedge dividing families. The circumstances that caused Abram and Lot to separate had to do with their wealth. To be sure, Lot became wealthy as a result of following Abram. They had accumulated much livestock and servants that the land they were living in was unable to accommodate them.

It was Abram who took the initiative first. He knew that the situation was unhealthy. Quarreling is not pleasing to God and would hurt family relationships and their testimony for the LORD. When Abram gave Lot the first choice, he must have guessed that Lot would choose the best for himself. Abram had the right to choose first. God’s blessing to Abram was the source of his wealth. Abram gave up his “first choice” right and allowed Lot to choose. To live a peaceful life is evidence of the mature Christian. The Apostle Paul says it this way – why not rather be wronged? Cheated in relation to disputes involving money and possessions – settle it amongst the Christian community rather than go to court. Pleasing God is more important than exercising personal rights. Abram chose to trust God when he yielded his “first choice” right to his nephew Lot.

Lot should have been grateful to his uncle Abram. He acquired his wealth while he was staying with Abram. Yet, he showed no gratitude. He should have refused to make the first choice as he owed his uncle everything – yet he only cared for himself. He chose the best for himself. He chose to please himself first. The Apostle Paul teaches us to not please ourselves but to please our neighbours for their good and to build them up in their faith (Rom 15:2,3). Even Jesus did not please himself. Lot made his choice by sight, not by faith. He saw what he wanted most – prosperity, comfort, pleasure and status. His desire for success and recognition from the world took precedence over pleasing God

What do we look for first when we make choices in our lives? Do we choose to put our conveniences and our interests first? Or do we choose the path that will bring us close to God by faith? Which of our rights are we prepared to give up for the sake of Jesus? We always need to trust God with the outcome when making the right choices.

PRAYER REQUESTS: Elders Loh Kah Weng and Richard Tio will gladly spend time with you in private prayers after the morning service. 

1. SPEAKER: DR PENG CHUNG MIEN: 
Pray for Dr Peng Chung Mien (Bethesda (Bedok-Tampines) Church) who gives us today’s ministry message. The Theme for March is “Turning Point: God’s Plan for Salvation” (Genesis 11:10-25:11) and today’s Topic is “Abram and Lot” (Genesis 13:2-18). Pray that we will have attentive hearts to this message given to us.

2. GOD’S WORD IN THE BIBLE
Abba Father, we praise you, our living God. You are our God who is alive and who gives us life. Thank you for your acts on behalf of your people through the centuries and across the world. Thank you for the record of all you have said and done in the Bible and for all we can learn of you through the work of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for the truth we have received about Jesus from the Bible. His knowledge and love of the Bible guided his life and ministry as your uniquely precious Son. Thank you that he has become the focal point for every part of our lives and for the fulfillment of the Bible in him. Thank you for Jesus’ life on earth, his death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. Thank you for the assurance we have in him. No matter what trials and problems we face today, we will share in your promise of the ultimate victory of your purposes for all your creation. Amen.

3. FOREIGN WORKERS’ BIBLE STUDIES
Pray for the weekly Bible Studies conducted for the foreign workers who attend our Church. Pray that as they study the Bible, they will discover for themselves God’s salvation in Jesus. Pray for God to continue to establish their faith and that they will be good Christian testimonies to their employers and friends. Pray that they will be good witnessess for Jesus in the homes and other places of work. Pray that in the challenging situations they find themselves in, they will continue to always find comfort in Jesus, their Lord and Saviour.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ladies’ Prayer Fellowship
Sunday, 17 March @ 9:45am
Seek God (Matthew 5-7) – Purity
Speaker: Mrs Yvonne Foo, wife of Senior Pastor Daniel Foo from Bethesda (Bedok-Tampines) Church.


Men’s Fellowship
Sunday, 17 March @ 9:45am
The Man in the Mirror
– Pt 2 Solving our relationship problems
– Broken Relationship

Senior Citizens’ Ministry
Thursday, 21 March
Praise Exercise Instructor @ 9:30am:
Mrs Peck Suat Mui
Bible Study @ 10:15am:
Hagar and Ishmael
(Genesis 16:1-16)
Speaker:
Advisory Elder Eric Ang

Prayer Meeting
Friday, 22 March @ 7:45pm
Obedience and blessings for the next generation
(Ephesians 6:1-34; Proverbs 3:1-4)
Focus: Haig Road Ministry and Bethesda Tuition Ministry
Speaker: John Lau
Prayer Coordinator: Jimmy Goh

No Prayer meeting on Friday, 29 March.

Evangelistic Movie
Saturday, 23 March @ 4pm to 7pm Movie Title: On Wings of Eagles
Venue: Salt Media @ Capital Tower Level 9
(168 Robinson Road)
Speaker: Henson Lim @ Archippus Awakening
Priority sign up will be given to those who sign up with their guest(s). Please WhatsApp you & your guest names to Susan @ 81261986.

BKC Family Camp
9-12 June 2019
Hatten Hotel, Melaka
Theme: TRANSFORMATION – Another awakening call?
Speaker: Henson Lim @ Archippus Awakening
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Children Programme: Mission Possible
Camp Instructors: Lorita Lim & Anna Tong
@ Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Those who have made reservations for the church camp, please make your payments to Jeannette Yin or Janie Ng by 31 March to be entitled for the $100 early bird discount. 

2019 THEME VERSE

VERSES FOR THE WEEK

Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”

Genesis 13:5-6, 8-9 (NIV)

SUN SERVICE
STARTS AT 8.00 AM

 Date:  17 March 2019

THEME
3. Turning Point: God’s Plan for Salvation
(Genesis 11:10-25:11)

TOPIC
Abram and Lot
(Genesis 13:2-18)

SPEAKER


Dr Peng Chung Mien
(Bethesda (Bedok-Tampines) Church)

WELCOME TEAM
Leong Kok Weng & Family

MUSICIANS
Organist: Deborah Gan
Pianist
: Andre Maniam

SUN SERVICE
STARTS AT 8.00 AM

 Date:  24 March 2019

THEME
3. Turning Point: God’s Plan for Salvation
(Genesis 11:10-25:11)

TOPIC
War of the kings and Abram blessed by Melchizedek
(Genesis 14:1-24)

SPEAKER


Deacon Dr Jonathan Choo

WELCOME TEAM
Noni Tan

MUSICIANS
Organist: David Mitchell
Pianist
: Andy Shi