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

Baptism & Membership Class 101 #02/2021 (29 June, 6 July, 13 July & 27 July)with baptism on 15 Aug 2021

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 Google Meet, Tuesday nights 8 – 9.30 pm.
Membership Transfer: You only need to attend 2 sessions on 13 and 27 July. 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 (to seowcheng@bfec.org.sg), with one photo: 25 June.

Sermon Series #2 (28 March – 13 June) What We Believe – The Apostles’ Creed

Synopsis:
The Apostles’ Creed is a declaration of faith recognized by all branches of true Christianity. For 2,000 years the Apostles’ Creed has served as a succinct statement of the irreducible minimum of the Christian faith. It is the common heritage of the true Christian church. It offers a broad survey of Christian doctrine that focuses all on God as the object of our faith, and what he has done for believers. In this declaration of beliefs, the God the Christian church believes in is sharply distinguished from all others. The authority of these statements of belief embodied in the Apostles’ Creed lies entirely on the Word, that is the Bible, and not on any personal or private interpretations. It follows then that a person who professes to be a Christian must therefore subscribe or believe in everything stated in this creed, at the very least, as a start of what the Christian must believe. Since what we believe about God guides our behaviour, let us therefore grasp and apply these truths so that we may truly live, with full conviction, as we ought.

DateTopicSpeaker
28 MarchI believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.  Dr Marty Foord (ETCA – Evangelical Theological College of Asia )
4 April (Easter Sunday)  I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,  Elder Ernest Chew
11 Aprilwho was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,  Deacon Jason Sin
18 Aprilsuffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.  Elder Melville Szto
25 AprilOn the third day he rose again;Elder Jimmy Tan
2 Mayhe ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father,  Kenneth Wong (Bethesda Ang Mo Kio)
9 MayMOTHER’S DAY  (Open Topic)Joseph Chean (Youth With A Mission)
16 May and he will come to judge the living and the dead.  Bishop Emeritus Dr Robert Solomon
30 MayI believe in the Holy Spirit,  Elder Caleb Chua Soon Boon
6 Junethe holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,  Elder Daryl Liu
13 Junethe forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.  Dr Lai Pak Wah (BGST)

Baptism & Membership Class #1/2021 (2, 9, 16 and 23 March) with Baptism on Easter Sunday, 4 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 on Google Meet, Tue nights 8 – 9.30pm
Membership Transfer: You only need to attend 2 sessions on 16 and 23 March.
Application form for Baptism/Membership Transfer:bfec.sg/baptism or bfec.sg/transfer
Email completed form to seowcheng@bfec.org.sg, and attach with one recent photo by 28 Feb.

Let us pray for our under-shepherds serving in 2021

As we embark on the new year in 2021, let us remember to pray for our under-shepherds (Elders, Deacons, Local Pastoral & Operations Staff, Missionaries, Ministry ICs, Cell Group Leaders, Sunday School Teachers and Helpers, Youth Service leaders) serving in different ministries in BFEC.
May they be “strong and courageous” as they serve in the strength of our Lord.

Thanksgiving / Consecration Sunday 3 Jan 2021

“Conquerors in God’s Wisdom and Courage”

After an arduous 40-years’ journey from Egypt and slavery, Israel had just lost Moses – a great and compassionate leader. Joshua who was commissioned to take over Moses’ mantle had very big shoes to fill. But God charges Joshua obedience to His word and to be strong and courageous to lead Israel to conquer the promised land. The one who promised is faithful and will fulfil His word.

Are there areas of our lives, God wants us to conquer by obedience to His word and being courageous for Him?
Come and hear our Chairman Elder Alex exhorts us as we ponder our church theme for 2021!

Church Theme Verse for 2021:

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:8-9 (NIV)

2020 Year-End Sermon Series

Eccl 3:1, 2 – “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
For most of 2020, we lived in the shadow of COVID-19. Governments and individuals have both been sorely challenged by the pain of disruption. While some may have flourished in the hiddenness of lockdown, most find themselves pining for things to return to the way they were.
Like it or not, 2020 has also surfaced pastoral issues that can no longer be ignored. For many, these have already become personal: challenges in emotional and mental health, finances, digital addiction, being neighbourly to the dislocated and disadvantaged.
The writer to the Ecclesiastes would be sympathetic. He provokes dialogue and reflection at every turn as he observes the pain and pointlessness of the inequalities or inevitabilities pervading his world. But if asked today, he would probably say even COVID-19 is nothing new “under the sun”. And ultimately, he would firmly point us back to revere God, apart from whom nothing can make sense, let alone be enjoyed.
Taking heed, instead of merely wishing 2020 away, why not set our gaze God-ward and seize the opportunity to form Christ-like convictions for lasting change in our walk and witness?
Drawing inspiration from Ecclesiastes 3, we picked eight of the 14 contrasting dyads to spark reflection, discern the times and so see Christ clearly in our midst and overcome.

DateTopicSpeaker
22 NovA Time To HealDr Tan Soo-Inn (GraceWorks)
29 NovA Time To UprootRev Dr Lewis Wrinkler (EAST)
6 DecA Time To DiePs David Wong (Zion Bishan BP Church)
13 DecA Time To BuildBro Kenneth Wong (Bethesda Ang Mo Kio)
20 DecA Time To MendBro Benny Ho (Faith Community Church in Perth, Australia)
25 Dec (Christmas)A Time  For PeaceDr Freddy Boey (Covenant Evangelical Free Church)
27 DecA Time To LoveDr Tan Lai Yong
31 Dec (Watchnight)A Time To Be SilentBishop Emeritus Dr Robert Solomon

BFEC 2020 Church-wide Series: A New Song

As the global pandemic rages on, many remain fearful and disoriented by the prospect of mounting infections, job losses, social misery and political unrest. We are told these are part of the new normal.

As Christians, how are we coping? What do we trust in and hope for in a time such as this? The book of Psalms teaches God’s people to call and even cry out to Him, for true hope and assurance are found in the Lord alone.

It is thus timely that in this year’s BFEC Churchwide journey, we will explore a selection of psalms that give voice to our hopes and fears, and focus our hearts and minds where they ought – on God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, our only hope in life and death.

So join us on this journey as we pray and sing the Psalms together unto the Lord, for He is good and his steadfast love endures forever! In Christ, indeed, God has given us a new song!

DatePsalm and TitleSpeaker
4 OctPsalm 1 (Wisdom Psalm): No Two Ways About It  Deacon Jason Sin
11 OctPsalm 2 (Royal/Messianic psalm): Exalted One of God  Elder Jimmy Tan
18 OctPsalm 29 (Hymn of Worship): Whom will You Worship?  Elder Jonathan Cho
25 OctPsalm 32 (Penitential Psalm): Seeking the Blessedness of God’s Forgiveness  Elder Melville Szto
1 NovPsalm 85 (Corporate Lament): O Lord, How Long!  Elder Ernest Chew
8 NovPsalm 91 (Wisdom Psalm): Nesting in the Shelter of the Most High  Elder Caleb Chua Soon Boon
15 NovPsalm 103 (Hymn of praise/ thanksgiving): Giving Praise to His Unfailing Steadfast Love  Deacon Vincent Lim