Easter and Baptism Services on 17 April 2022

I Do Believe; Help Me Overcome My Unbelief

Come and hear Elder Joshua Quek Mong Hua at our 8 am and 10 am Baptism Services on Easter Sun 17 Apr 2022. He will be preaching from Mark 9:14-29.
Also, 8 brothers and sisters will be going through the waters to publicly proclaim their faith in Jesus. There will also be 3 transferred-in members.

Good Friday Service 15 April 2022

Come and hear our guest speaker from “Thinking Faith” Brother Max Jeganathan, who will be sharing from Rom 8:31-39 at Bethesda Frankel Estate’s Good Friday Service on 15 Apr 2022. Only 1 Combined Service @ 9 am.

In an increasingly volatile, uncertain and anxiety-ridden world, suffering is everywhere. No matter who we are and what we believe, we all suffer. If God is real, why does He allow it? If He’s a God of love, why doesn’t He stop it? What does Easter have to do with my suffering? And how is the Christian message relevant to me, my life and the suffering that I struggle with?

Pastoral Note 26 Feb 2022 – RIDING THE WAVE IN THE STORM

26 Feb 2022

RIDING THE WAVE IN THE STORM

35 On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. 37 And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. 38 Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. 40 And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” (Mark 4:35-41 – NIV)

Dear beloved Frankelites,

How are you feeling? 

The news is grim. Russia has struck Ukraine. The international markets will rattle even as world governments wrestle with a swift and suitable response. While it is a war geographically far away from us, the shock waves of lives lost and people displaced will no doubt ripple out. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, that the situation there does not escalate further. This is not the first time acts of aggression of this scale have threatened to steal our peace. And it will certainly not be the last. 

Meanwhile, we are still coping with that other more immediate viral scourge. While the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel seems within sight, there is no doubt we are currently riding the peak of the Omicron wave. Suddenly, everyone knows someone who has caught the virus, or is on Health Risk Notice. 

The Council and church staff have been praying for a number of Frankelites who had been infected. If you are one of those who had recently contracted COVID-19, inform your leaders and shepherds so as to be assured of continued prayers for your healing and recovery. Do take the time to rest and secure the needed medication. 

It is understandably disconcerting for those navigating omicron with vulnerable seniors or unvaccinated young children in their care. With this variant being highly infectious, many have chosen to ride it out with as little additional exposure as possible. 

It can also be draining for those who are living in close proximity to those infected – having to care for them and, at the same time, take the necessary precautions. 

For some, it has hit much closer to home, as it did for me when my wife was diagnosed with it. Though you supposedly know what’s to be done, seeing the unexpected second line on your ART kit has a way of throwing you off, let alone any well laid-out plans you may have made. 

How can we stay calm and persevere in the midst of this and other disruptions?

In the account of the sudden storm in Mark 4:35-41, Jesus and the disciples were in the midst of executing their daily to-do’s. Going from place to place sometimes meant taking the boat across the Sea of Galilee where most of their ministry revolved, where the people were. In some sense, there was no avoiding the occasional storm if one depended on being out at sea as a matter of course. 

Yet what happened in this sudden storm gives us encouragement in three ways.

First, we see that even when our Saviour is with us (Jesus was physically with his disciples on the boat), sudden storms can still come at us. These may not only be sudden but severe. Many of the disciples were experienced fishermen and they knew the Sea of Galilee is a setting for the perfect storm, yet that evening, they were still shocked by the severity of it all. As long as we are on this old earth, we will still be subject to the consequences of sin and the fallen nature. And they can hit us hard. The encouragement here is that Jesus is with us even through these storms.

Second, sometimes our Saviour may not seem to respond to the storm but he surely hears our cries. Jesus was asleep at the back of the boat. But when they yelled out to Him for help, even as we, in crisis, honestly unload our feelings and fears on Him, he hears. (“Do you not care? The disciples accused Jesus.) He responds. Fear can immobilize us, as it did the disciples.  But when bad things suddenly happen in our lives, our Lord is longing for us to look to Him and to call out to Him. Instead of succumbing to the noisy barrage of bad news, he wants us to hear the Spirit whisper His comfort and assurance from His word: “Be strong and very courageous. I am your helper. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:9; Hebrews 13:5,6).

The final and single most important encouragement here is that our God is sovereign and in control. Like Moses at the Red Sea, Jesus could have simply stilled the waves without saying a word, but that wasn’t his modus operandi here. I believe it is to our benefit that we hear him command the storm, “Hush, be still.” The winds and waves obeyed this demonstration of faith. In like manner, He who made us can still the storms in our hearts, if we but let Him. 

Brothers and sisters, Jesus challenges us to remember His promises. Let Him have our hearts as we pray and let him lead us by the hand, crisis by crisis, day by day. His grace will once again be sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). Remember, Jesus can use every circumstance and storm to develop us. He can use it to shape us for good if we love and follow Him (Romans 8:28). 

This miracle was done well before Jesus went to the Cross. Today, we know God had sovereignly demonstrated his greatest miracle with far greater consequences – doing what only he could engineer and execute – Jesus’ perfect sacrificial death and resurrection to save us from our wretched and fleeting lives into one that is free and eternal. In the book of Hebrews, we have been reminded how “he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:9). Because Jesus conquered sin and death, so shall we. And He will return to complete his restoration work for all who have entrusted their hearts to Him, making new and whole all that has been broken and marred (be it bodies, nature, relationships, work etc) in the new heavens and new earth. 

May the Lord encourage all our hearts with His word. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23).

He is near.

In Christ,

Elder Danny Chua
Chairman, BFEC

Priority registration for Bethesda Katong Kindergarten

Priority registration for enrolment in Bethesda Katong kindergarten for BFEC / BKC members.
Children born in the following years will be eligible for enrolment:

  • 2021 for Playgroup (when child turns 18 months)
  • 2020 for Pre-nursery classes
  • 2019 for Nursery classes
  • 2018 for K1 classes
  • 2017 for K2 classes

Hard copy application forms are available from the church office. Please return the form, duly completed, by 8 Mar 2022. Completed form can be emailed to bkk@bfec.org.sg by the above deadline. Thank you

Baptism and Membership Class #1 (1, 8, 15 and 22 Mar) with Baptism on Easter Sun 17 April

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 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 online, Tue nights 8 – 9.30 pm.

Membership Transfer: You only need to attend 2 sessions on 15 and 22 March. However, you are encouraged also to attend the first 2 sessions.
Application form for Baptism/Membership Transfer:bfec.sg/baptism or bfec.sg/transfer
Email completed form to seowcheng@bfec.org.sg by 27 Feb.

BFEC 40:31 CNY Event – 7 Feb 2022 10am – 1pm

A Life Well-Lived: Celebration in Community (message by Lawrence Ko, National Director – Singapore Center for Global Missions)

 

*** NOTE — due to changes to the regulations, lunch can only be served in the Cafe. As the Cafe can only accommodate 50-60 pax at a time, lunch will be staggered with a 30 min interval between groups. ***

 

BFEC 40:31 CNY Event on 7 Feb from 10.00 am to 1.00pm

10.00 – 10.20 Welcome and Icebreaker

10.20- – 10.45 Singspiration

10.45 – 11.00 Special Item by our Line Dancing Team

11.00 – 12.00 – Message By Lawrence Ko
A life Well-lived: Celebration in Community
Lawrence Ko is National Director – Singapore Center for Global Missions

12.00. – 1.00 pm – Special CNY LUNCH

Thanksgiving/Consecration Sunday – 2 Jan 2022

“Hold Fast The Confession of Our Hope Without Wavering”

As we enter into 2022, we are entering another year of uncertainties and unknown challenges. Hebrews 10:23 exhorts us “to hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” – our Church Theme verse for the year.
Our hope is anchored on our Lord Jesus because He will be faithful to His promises to us.

Come and hear our new Chairman, Elder Danny Chua at our 8 am and 10 am Sunday Service as he exhorts us from Hebrews 10:22-25.

Sermon Series #1 “Jesus, Our Supreme and Sufficient Saviour”

Sermon Series #1 “Jesus, Our Supreme and Sufficient Saviour”

Synopsis:

The book of Hebrews was addressed to believers who had put their hope in Christ, but were daunted by the reality that following him did not mean less but may even entail greater suffering and hardship. How should Christians in similar circumstances today respond?

As Hebrews exhorts us, we must not give up, but hold fast to Jesus, our supreme and sufficient Saviour.  And as we hear the message of Hebrews in the weeks ahead, may the Lord help us indeed to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

No.DateBible ReferenceSpeaker  
1.9 Jan1:1-4  Deacon Jason Sin
2.16 Jan1:5-2:4  Deacon Jason Sin
3.23 Jan2:5-18  Deacon Lee Yen Ter
4.30 Jan3:1-4:13  Bishop Dr Robert Solomon
5.13 Feb4:14-5:10  Co-Opted Elder Jonathan Cho
6.20 Feb5:11-6:20  Elder Caleb Chua Soon Boon
7.27 Feb7:1-28  Elder Ernest Chew
8.6 Mar8:1-13  Elder Ernest Chew
9.13 Mar9:1-28  Elder Danny Chua
10.20 Mar10:1-18  Elder Melville Szto
11.27 Mar10:19-39  Elder Jimmy Tan or Co-opted Derek Pang
12.3 Apr11:1-12:2  Elder Jimmy Tan or Co-opted Derek Pang
13..10 Apr12:3-29  Elder Melville Szto
14.24 Apr13:1-25  Kenneth Wong

** 6 Feb 2022: Chinese New Year Combined Bilingual Service (Open Topic)