“O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy” (Psalm 107: 1-2)
Our hearts rejoice in the goodness and grace of the Lord upon Berith this past year. Though small, we are thankful for God’s faithfulness in preserving us in the Gospel ministry. He has graciously seen us through another year.
We are all here today by the grace of God. Like the psalmist, we joyfully proclaim: “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so.” God’s redeemed ones have every reason to declare His goodness. Our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, gave His life a ransom for our sins. Before our conversion, we were enemies of the cross (Rom. 5: 10). As depraved, wretched sinners, we were dead in our trespasses and sin, but God drew us to Him by His grace: “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; …and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” (Eph. 2: 1, 3-5). Thank God for opening our hearts to the Gospel of grace.
“The Redeemer is so glorious, the ransom price so immense, and the redemption so complete, that they are under sevenfold obligations to give thanks unto the Lord, and to exhort others to do so. Let them not only feel so but say so; let them both sing and bid their fellows sing” (The Treasury of David).
Pulpit Ministry/Annual Camp
We thank God for the ministry of His precious Word especially during the worship service and the Annual Camp.
By God’s grace, we have jealously guarded the pulpit. Only preachers of the same doctrinal conviction – who are for biblical separation and the verbal, plenary, perfect preservation of Holy Scriptures – were invited to minister God’s Word to us. Our list of invited preachers included Rev (Dr) Quek Suan Yew (who spoke at our 6th Anniversary/Thanksgiving Service), Rev (Dr) Jeffrey Khoo, Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy, Rev Dennis Kwok, Elder John Leong, Elder Douglas Ho, Elder Boaz Boon, Pr Ko Lingkang, Pr Clement Chew, Pr Kelvin Lim and Pr Jeremiah Sim. It is my prayer that we be not only hearers of God’s Word but doers also (Jas. 1: 22).
Our annual camp was held from 9th – 12th December 2013 at Hotel Puri, Malacca. Our camp speaker was Pr Ko Lingkang of Calvary Pandan B-P Church. The theme was: “Is Christ pre-eminent in your life?” based on the book of Colossians.
As with previous camps, our brethren from Calvary Jaya B-P Church joined us. We had not only their youths in our midst, but also a few of their mothers, who joined us for the first time. Altogether, there were 48 youths/adults and seven children. The children’s programme, which was managed by Helen and Tammy, focused on the theme, “The fruit of the Spirit”.
Thank God for blessing us with many spiritual lessons and a meaningful time of fellowship. This year, God willing, our annual camp will be held from 15th – 18th December. We look forward to another blessed time of learning from God’s Word.
It is our great joy to recount the Lord’s faithful dealings with us as a church. May we encourage one another to progress in our faith – to “grow in the grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ” (II Pet. 3: 18). Be of one mind and one heart as we serve the Lord. Give of our best to the Master: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Col. 3: 23-24). Let us labour faithfully till the Lord returns for us. Amen.
From Knight’s Treasury of Illustrations:
“I’ll join a church when I find a perfect church,” said a self-righteous young man to a wise old pastor. Quipped the pastor, “Should you find a perfect church, I advise you, young man, not to join it, for if you do, it would cease to be a perfect church.”