“Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely” (Psalms 147:1)
This psalm is the happy response of the psalmist to God’s rich blessings. The psalmist tells us that to praise God is both “pleasant” and “comely”. Calvin aptly commented: “He addresses more especially God’s people ... who alone behold his works in an enlightened manner ... that this kind of exercise is good, delightful, and pleasant ... To teach men to take a delight in this religious exercise, the psalmist reminds them that praise is comely, or desirable.”
Like the psalmist of old, let us come before the Lord with joyful hearts on Berith’s 8th Anniversary. He is our faithful and sovereign God who had led us through another year. On this happy day, it is pertinent to reflect upon God’s grace and goodness upon us at Berith.
We are all here today by the grace of God (Eph. 2: 8-9). As sinners saved by grace, we have every reason to declare His goodness. Before we knew the Lord, we were enemies of the cross (Rom. 5: 10), bound for a lost eternity. Thank God for drawing us to Him by His saving grace.
“The Redeemer is so glorious, the ransom price so immense, and the redemption so complete, that they are under sevenfold obligation 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).
o Place of Worship
Thank God for providing this sanctuary for us. It may not be in a church building but it is centrally located and adequate for our small congregation.
What is important is our heart as we come before the Lord. Remember our Lord’s response to the Samaritan woman: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4: 24). May we come before the Lord each week with a humble and pure heart “to worship Him in spirit and in truth”.
We thank God for this weekly means of grace and for His many answers to our petitions as a church. In the past year, we covered the Book of Psalms during devotion. Currently, we are going through a series on Basic Theology.
We meet in our members’ homes on a rostered basis. We are encouraged by our members’ commitment to this ministry of intercession. It is my prayer that everyone in Berith will resolve to be part of this all-important ministry. May we continue to be faithful prayer warriors for the Lord’s glory.
Ministry of God’s Word
We are grateful to the Lord for the ministry of His perfect, preserved, inerrant and infallible Word on the Lord’s Day as well as the fellowship meetings.
For our pulpit ministry last year, we did a study on I and II Thessalonians and the Book of James. Our list of invited speakers for the Lord’s Day included Rev (Dr) Jeffrey Khoo, Rev Dennis Kwok, Elder John Leong, Elder Douglas Ho, Elder Boaz Boon, Pr Ko Lingkang, Pr Clement Chew and Pr Kelvin Lim. Let us cherish every opportunity to learn God’s Word. Let us not only be hearers of God’s Word but doers as well (Jas. 1: 22).
Our Annual Camp was held from 15th – 18th December 2014. Our speaker for the second year running was Pr Ko Lingkang. The theme was: “Lessons from the kings of Judah”. As with previous years, some brethren from Calvary Jaya B-P Church joined us. Altogether, there were 38 adults and youths.
This year, our Camp speaker will be Pr Joshua Yong. We look forward to a time of blessed learning from God's Word and warm fellowship with our brethren.
We thank the Lord for bringing us through another year of joy and blessing. Let us continue to give of our best to the Master (Col. 3: 23-24). Be encouraged that our labours are not in vain: “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (I Cor. 15: 57-58 ). Let us stand steadfast in faith, fervent in spirit and faithful in service till the Lord returns. Amen.