Sermon #6 Growing In The Grace and Knowledge of Christ

Synopsis of 2 Peter

Does God’s grace to us mean we can indulge in sin without consequences?
Perhaps Christ won’t really return to judge the world after all?
For those tempted by such falsehoods, especially enticing in a permissive age, 2 Peter provides a timely pastoral message:
Reject such falsehoods, for those who live by them will surely face God’s judgment.
Instead, let us remember and hold fast to the word of God we have received and strive to be fruitful in our knowledge of Christ, growing in godliness and being sure of our salvation.

DateSermon PassageTopic/Passage Big IdeaSpeaker  
31 Oct2 Peter 1:1-11“Godliness and Salvation in the Grace and Knowledge of God in Christ.”
– In the grace and knowledge of God in Christ, make every effort to grow in godliness and confirm your salvation.  
Deacon Jason Sin
7 Nov2 Peter 1:12-21Remember that the prophetic and apostolic testimony about Christ is true and from God, and hold fast and live according to it.  Elder Caleb Chua
14 Nov2 Peter 2:1-22Be warned that false teachers and those who follow their false teachings and depraved conduct face the certainty of divine judgment.  Elder Ernest Chew
21 Nov2 Peter 3:1-10Believe God’s true and certain word about his coming day of judgment, regardless of how things may appear.  Deacon Vincent Lim
28 Nov2 Peter 3:11-18Make every effort to live holy and godly lives, in anticipation of the coming day of God; he is not slow to act but patient to save.  Elder Jimmy Tan

A Pastoral Update (Issued 4 Oct 2021)

A Pastoral Update – Seeking Him First, Praying for One Another (Issued 4 Oct 2021)

Dear Frankelites,

How are you doing? We trust that you are journeying with us in our church’s Seek First series.

I have been much blessed by each sermon, testimony as well as activity generated by our Digital and Creative Outreach team on the Seek First microsite http://bfec.sg/seekfirst. It is wonderful that we can stay connected through such means at a time when the lack of physical gatherings can easily make us feel isolated.

As you know, the COVID-19 numbers have been rising nationally during this phase. As the authorities have outlined, we can expect that this transition to the endemic stage in Singapore will come with more infections. But what has also been rising are the vaccination numbers. Based on the medical evidence so far, if one is fully vaccinated, not suffering from underlying health conditions and in the vulnerable age group, being infected with COVID-19 now is not as concerning as if one had contracted it last year.

Regardless of the ongoing news, let us stake our lives on the Good News and so continue to pray for one another – to stay trusting in Christ for His sovereign will, protection and provision. Should it surprise us that He challenges you and me to seek Him first (Matt 6:33) even at such a time?

There is something I would like to share with you for your prayers. We have come to be informed that four Frankelites have contracted the COVID-19 virus at various times over recent weeks. The four cases are unlinked. And as far as we know, all had contracted it outside our church premises. Thankfully, all of them did not experience serious symptoms and are on the road to recovery.

Of the four, only one had physically attended our worship service. The other was a child in JSS. All four had promptly isolated themselves according to the relevant and current protocols. They have also been receiving support from friends and family.

According to the official protocol, it is MOH’s role to inform those deemed to have been close contacts. But we have taken the initiative to inform ahead, those we know to have been in close contact with them in our church premises so that they can monitor their health and self-administer ART at home.

I am sharing this to encourage us to pray for them, and one another, even as we recognize that such developments are becoming part and parcel of this phase.

Let us bear each other’s burdens by expressing ongoing care and concern in our cell groups, Sunday School classes, and ministries (Gal 6:2, 9,10). Some of us are especially more vulnerable emotionally and psychologically during such times.

As His royal priesthood (1 Pet 2:9), let us not wait for someone to reach out to us. Instead, you and I can do simple acts of kindness that will go a long way to bless and bring cheer to someone. As salt, we flavour and preserve the spiritual and emotional atmosphere around us. As light, we can shine hope in the darkness of negative news bombarding us each day (Matt 5:13-16). What’s more, we ought to seize the opportunity to reach out to someone who does not yet know Him. For they will know Him through you, an ambassador of His love, grace and message of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18-20)!

Brethren, as we seek to live each day by faith and not fear, may we also continue to heed the prevalent health advisories e.g. reduce your out-of-home activities if you are aged 60 years old and above. During this time, it would be apt to utilize the ART self-testing kit weekly before attending church service too. In BFEC, we will continue to adhere to the protocols every church has to administer – be it safe entry, mask-wearing, or safe-distancing. So I urge you to continue to attend church services physically if you are able.

We look forward to the day we can – young and old – gather physically in greater numbers once more. Till then, if you have any prayer requests, apart from sharing them with your cell group, you may wish to contact the church mainline: 6448 1800 or text us on the Response Line: 9670 1800.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

In His grace and grip,
Elder Alex Lo
Chairman, BFEC

Baptism and Membership Class #3 (26 Oct, 2 Nov, 9 Nov and 16 Nov) with Baptism on Sun 5 Dec

Baptism is a public proclamation of our faith, that we will follow Jesus as Lord, having believed in Him as the One who died for our sins to be reconciled to God.
Come and attend the 4 online baptism classes to prepare yourself & clarify your convictions as we learn more about how to grow & serve together in this BFEC community.

The classes will be conducted on Tuesday nights 8 – 9.30 pm.
Membership Transfer: You only need to attend 2 sessions on 9 and 16 Nov. However, you are encouraged also to attend the first 2 sessions.

Application form for Baptism/Membership Transfer : bfec.sg/baptism or bfec.sg/transfer
Closing date for completed form, with one photo: 24 Oct.