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.

Seek First – Living For What Matters Most

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.”

attributed to D.L.Moody

“Nothing matters but the kingdom, but because of the kingdom everything matters.”

Gordon Spykman, Reformation Theology.

Do you find it increasingly difficult to follow Jesus faithfully in this modern world? With cares and concerns on every front, distractions abounding from social media and other challenges arising in our homes, workplaces, societies and relationships due to the recent pandemic and a hyper-connected world, what exactly does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus and “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33)?

This 6-part church-wide journey aims to explore this teaching and encouragement from Jesus to “seek first” His Kingdom and His righteousness, by purposefully and practically examining what the Kingdom of God and His righteousness mean, how this changes the way we live it out in the various arenas of our lives, while honestly considering the real challenges that all of us face today.

SEEING THE KINGDOM

DateTopicSpeakersServices
19 SepDo you see the King?Elder Caleb Chua Soon Boon8am & 10am
26 SepDo you see the Kingdom?Elder Jimmy Tan8am & 10am

LIVING IN THE KINGDOM

DateTopicSpeakersServices
3 Oct Living as RoyalsElder Alex Lo8am
Living with RoyalsDeacon Jason Sin10am
10 OctRoyal DutiesCo-opted Elder Jonathan Cho &
Deacon Willy Ong
8am & 10am

UNTIL THE KING RETURNS

DateTopicSpeakersServices
17 OctHis Kingdom ComeElder Joshua Quek Mong Hua8am & 10am
24 Oct“Happily Ever After” – Celebration ServiceElder Jimmy Tan &
Deacon Kiang Tzy Peng
8am & 10am

Sermon Series #4 (15 Aug – 5 Sep): Under The Wings of God

Under the Wings of God – Learning Faith, Duty, Love & Hope from the book of Ruth

  1. 15 Aug 2021             FAITH needed to please God (Ruth 1)
  2. 22 Aug 2021             DUTY, the outworking of Faith (Ruth 2)
  3. 29 Aug 2021             LOVE displayed in faithful Duty (Ruth 3)
  4. 5 Sep 2021                HOPE, the outworking of God’s Love (Ruth 4)

Introduction: Ruth is one of only two books in the Bible that bears a woman’s name. At least one commentator thinks that it may even have been written by a woman. We do not know as the Bible does not tell us. Ruth is a beautiful love story, a true story, but set against a bleak backdrop, the period of the Judges (Ruth 1:1), a period summed up by these words, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” (Judges 21:25) Notes Leon Morris, “The book of Judges tells of war and strife, but this (Ruth) is a quiet story of ordinary people going about their ordinary lives. … But it deals with them in such a way as to show that God is active in the affairs of men. He works his purpose out and blesses them that trust him.”

We will look at the four key themes in the book over the four Sundays with Elder Melville Szto speaking.

Alpha Online 2021

Alpha Online is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life and what the Christian belief is all about.
Now available on Zoom, it is a pressure-free platform where one can ask anything.
Best of all, you do not have to leave the comfort of your home to do this.Details:
Starting 23 July – 8 October 2021 (on Fridays)
8.00pm – 9.30pmTopics covered:
23 July – Is There More To Life Than This?
30 July – Who is Jesus?
6 August – Why Did Jesus Die?
13 August – How Can I Have Faith?
20 August –   Break
27 August –  Why and How Should I Pray?
*4 September (Sat) – Day Away
10 September – Why and How Should I Read the Bible?
17 September – How Does God Guide Us?
24 September – How Can I Resist Evil?
1 October – Why and How Should I Tell Others?
*Day Away will be held on a Saturday. Details to be announced nearer the date

Format of Meeting:
  • Welcome
  • Ice Breaker
  • Video
  • Small Group Discussions
 
Enquiries: alpha@bfec.org.sg

PASTORAL NOTE (issued on Thurs 22 July 2021)

PASTORAL NOTE (issued on Thursday 22 July 2021)

Dear Frankelite,

Greetings in the name of our dear Lord Jesus! 

We thank God that we were able to resume onsite (physical) Sunday Services and Ministry meetings for the past 4 weeks since 27 June. It was indeed good meeting some of you face to face.

With the current Return to Phase 2 (Heightened Restriction) from 22 July – 18 August, the leaders have made some key decisions, aligned with the provisions in the government’s advisory.


A) SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES – ON 25 JULY, 1, 8 & 15 AUGUST

1. 8am English Service:  Continue with onsite (physical) service (2 zones, up to 100 seats).  

This service is for Frankelites and guests who:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e. 2nd vaccination dose needs to be done 14 days prior to the date of church attendance)    

          OR 

  • Have undergone Pre Event Testing (PET) using an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test administered by an approved test provider. Test results are only valid for 24 hours from the time an individual registers at the testing premises to take the test and must be valid till the end of the service. So if you are planning to attend the 8am service, the test must be taken after 9.30am the day before, on Sat. (PLEASE NOTE: at the moment, the authorities do not accept self-administered or DIY COVID-19 test kit results, even though they are considered ART, as valid for entry to worship services.)    

          OR 

  • Have an exemption notice (PET exemption notice with a relevant validity period. It must be issued 270 days from the date of the earliest PCR+ result performed in Singapore or 270 days from overseas PCR+ result if a Serology-positive (S+) result is obtained in Singapore.)

REGISTRATION FOR 8AM SERVICE

Register your seats for the 8am using our usual Eventbrite booking platform at https://bfec.sg/service or call BFEC hotline 6448-1800 for assistance with booking.

You will receive further instructions via email upon successful registration of your seats.

2. 10am English ServiceNo onsite (physical) meeting. Join us in our online service which will be live-streamed at 8am and available after that.

Youtube: https://bfec.sg/youtubeorhttps://bfec.sg/sermons

3. Chinese Service: No onsite (physical) meeting. Join us in our online service at 10am.

Facebook https://bfec.sg/facebook orYoutube: https://bfec.sg/youtubeorhttps://bfec.sg/sermons


4. KSS, JSS & YOUTHS will meet ONLINE. 

  • KSS: 9.45am – 10.45am
  • JSS: 11.00am – 12 noon
  • Youths: 12noon

B)  OTHER MINISTRIES AND CELL GROUPS – FROM 22 JULY to 18 AUGUST

All Ministries and Cell Groups to meet ONLINE.  No onsite (physical) meetings in church.

Should you have any queries on the above, you may contact Shirley Soo at 64481800 (ext 124) or email: shirleysoo@bfec.org.sg.

Brothers and sisters, let us first ensure that we “stay safe” in Him, abiding in nothing else, important as vaccines and other safe measures continue to be. Like the psalmist, we can say, “I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.” (Psalm 119:30)

Then let us move to spur one another in love and good deeds during this time. There is no restriction for Spirit-inspired prayer, spending quality time with the Lord in His word, looking out for one another over zoom or the phone or reaching out, as He leads, with thoughtful gifts and words that share the hope we have in Christ. 

This Sunday will doubtless mark a very different 63rd Anniversary for our church but I trust that we, as this “church on the hill”, must and can shine brightly on (Matthew 5:14).

To be His Bride Ready,

Elder Alex Lo

Chairman, BFEC

Sermon Series #3 (27 June – 1 Aug): Where Are The Workers?

Theme Verse: Matthew 9:35-38

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Synopsis:

We are living in a time of major disruption, not least in global missions. The pandemic has inevitably put a brake on some aspects of missions, particularly those related to missions as sending. Yet while crises like Covid-19 lead to much disruption, they can also lead to great transformation. Therefore, this is an opportunity to take stock and press on to hear God’s leading for us in global missions.

Jesus travelled through towns and villages proclaiming the good news. He saw the crowds and had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus being our Great Shepherd, saw the destitution of man and his heart went out to them. He cared for their souls. Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”. He directed his disciples to intercede with God to send forth workers into his harvest, and immediately afterward appointing and sending those workers.

What does this mean for us in BFEC? How can we still participate in the Great Commission? The series of messages during this Mission Months hope to inspire and invigorate us towards seeking out the various opportunities available to us to proclaim the good news across our borders.

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

DateTopicSpeaker
27 JuneMissions: Still proclaiming the Good News Deacon Willy Ong
4 JulyServing with CompassionSis Lau Ying Kheng
11 JulySheep without a ShepherdBro Tan Hwee Yang
18 JulyFew Workers in Plentiful HarvestDeacon Kelvin Ng
1 AugInterceding to Send outBro Tan Lai Yong