Youth Fellowship Camp – Support Needed

The Bangsar Gospel Centre Youth Fellowship is a vibrant and active group with many activities for young people while firmly rooted in the study of God’s word, the Bible.   One of the annual highlights of the Youth Fellowship is their Youth Camp which God has continuously blessed.  Although many of our young people are blessed with parents who can easily afford to pay for the Camp fees, there are some who will need some assistance.  The youth would also like to invite some of their friends to the camp.  So every year, the Youth Fellowship carries out a number of fundraising activities to raise sufficient funds to enable all who want to attend the camp to go.

So starting this Sunday and going on for the next 5-6 weeks, the Youth will be carrying out various fundraising activities and we hope that we will all give support to their efforts.  Among the things that will be done include;

  • Bake Sale
  • Recycling items: donations of newspapers, magazines, old PCs, metal, plastics, tin cans and just about anything that is valuable or can be recycled will be accepted.
  • Car Wash
  • Clean homes
  • Other reasonable odd jobs.

If you would like the Youth to do any of the above for you and support their fundraising, please contact Noel (012-8773477), Cheng Keat (012-2461771) or Ian Beh (016-3339538).

 

Don’t forget to come hungry and support the bake sales after church service on Sundays for the next 5 weeks.

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By bangsarbeacon Posted in Youth

Praise Song : You Alone

 

 

Last Sunday during our Worship Service, our brother Simon shared a song and gave a testimony.  The song that he shared was “You Alone” by Don Harris.  The lyrics for the song is given below.

You are the peace that guards my heart
My help in times of need
You are the hope that leads me on
And brings me to my knees
For there I find you waiting and there I find relief
So with all my heart I’ll worship
And unto you I’ll sing

For you alone deserve all glory
For you alone deserve all praise
Father we worship and adore you
Father we long to see your face
For you alone deserve all glory
For you alone deserve all praise
Father we love you and we worship you this day

Simon shared that he and his wife had just returned from a much needed short holiday, only to face an emergency with the water supply at their place of employment.  Although it was already about 4 in the evening, he and his wife would struggle to solve the problem until late into the night because they needed to have the problem solved before the working day started the next day.  However, despite their best efforts they could not solve the problem.

Simon remained anxious but could do no more.  He and his wife committed everything to God in prayer and rested in their trust in Him.  Simon testifies that God directed him in his sleep and he went in early the next morning and found the source of the problem and was able to resolve the problem within fifteen minutes and before the working day began.

God indeed is our help in times of need and able to give us a peace that is beyond understanding.

Year End & Christmas Party

The Bangsar Gospel Centre Children’s Corner and Cornerstone wish to invite you to our  Year End & Christmas Party.

 

WHO?  – Parents, relatives, friends and kids of Cornerstone & Children’s Corner

& members of Bangsar Gospel Centre

 

WHEN & WHERE?   –  Tuesday 6th November 2012

10 am – 12.30 pm at Bangsar Gospel Centre

 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? –  A gift for exchange (worth about RM 15)

 

Come join us and have fun with the kids.  But……please confirm your attendance with Auntie Mabel Dunn.

 

 

Many Ways to Get Wet

Here’s a little humor in celebration of our recent baptismal service when we welcomed three more brothers and sisters into God’s family following their public confession of their sins, acknowledgement of their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and obedience to the command to be baptised (Three Went Through the Waters).

It also illustrates the difference between what is important and what is not important; what is a central truth or requirement and what is just methodology or tradition.  Baptism is a command from Jesus and it is important that Christians take this step of obedience but while it may be nice to be baptised in a similar fashion as Jesus was – in the open and in the middle of the Jordan River, that can be difficult or inappropriate in a different setting or situation (as in the cartoon below).  Yet sometimes we get caught up way too much on the methodology or the ritual when we should be focusing on what is on the heart of the  individual.  How strange that we do this when the bible repeatedly tells us that God is more concerned with our hearts than our rituals.  Rituals carried out as an outward representation of our inner contrite hearts and our worship is received by God joyously but rituals carried out by hardened and rebellious hearts is not welcomed by God.

Psalm 51:16-17

“16You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.”

 

Nevertheless, we should not also be outright dismissive of rituals and traditions.  Many rituals and traditions of the church were developed after much thought and time, with the intent that the symbolism would help express those very inner testimonies of our heart in a way that could be easily understood by all.   However these rituals and traditions can sometimes be limited by time, geography and cultural differences. When that happens, it is important to maintain the message and meaning of those rituals and traditions rather than its form.

As for baptism, let us be of the same spirit as the Ethiopian eunuch as recorded for us in Acts 8: 36.  “36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”   It did not matter if it was not the River Jordan, nor that it was not in a baptismal font, nor that it was not in a church, nor that it was so spontaneous but what was important was the heart, faith, obedience and testimony of that Ethiopian eunuch.  And as our Eskimo friends learn below, river baptism may not be so practical where they are.

 

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Dentists are Fun

On Friday mornings, Mum and I usually go to the Children’s Corner playgroup at Bangsar Gospel Centre where we have a lot of fun playing with toys, listening to stories and singing songs. I think most of us really like the “tick-tock” song where our mums swing us about like little pendulums; well, I really enjoy that.

But a week ago, Auntie Mabel told us that instead of our usual playtime, we were all going to visit a “dentist”.   Mum says that a dentist is a special doctor that takes care of our teeth.   I like my doctor.  He always makes me feel better if I have a fever or a cough and I even get a lollipop when I visit him.

So visiting a dentist should be fun too.  I don’t know why dad’s face turned pale when I mentioned visiting the dentist; you would have thought he was going to faint!

Anyway, the visit was great.  Dentist Jason was so much fun.  He showed us his special dentist chair – it could go up and down, backward and forward, had all these bright lights and cool toys like the straw that could suck up the water.  He allowed us to play with everything!  He even told me to spit!  If only Mum could be so cool……

He told us to brush our teeth everyday which I do with Mum’s help.

Later he made us balloons out of rubber gloves.  It was so much fun.  I can’t wait to go back again.  I heard Mum made an appointment for next week.  I wonder what other toys I will discover at the dentist’s office next.

Three Went Through the Waters

We ended the month of September with a baptismal service on the 30th which saw  two brothers and a sister publicly proclaim Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord of their lives by going through the waters of baptism.

We now warmly welcome our brothers, Daniel Hong Aan Lee, Kenny Teh and our sister, Ivy Chong Wan Chuin into God’s family and into the fellowship at Bangsar Gospel Centre.  Our prayer is that they may walk close to the Lord and grow spiritually, exercising their gifts for the building of the Body of Christ, the church, and for the blessing of those around them.

Below is Brother Daniel’s testimony which he shared at the baptismal service;

Good evening Brothers & Sisters-In-Christ, I’m indeed so glad and excited to share my personal testimony with each and everyone of you on this very special night. Before knowing Christ, I always feel that there’s no one I could talk to; not even my closest friends & parents could I trust to share my thoughts and my sadness with. I know that they being human beings, won’t be able to know and understand my problems & intentions like how our God does. For as human beings, we are all guilty of making flawed judgements and each of us have our own mental blocks & misguided interpretations, which makes it difficult for people like me at the time, to find a satisfying answer or to find someone who hears my pleas & sadness without having an opinion to judge my feelings.

After I knew Christ and accepted Him as my personal Lord and Saviour, I felt a warmth in my heart (a joy like no other), a feeling of ease and then I knew, that there is someone who truly understands me. One who is on call 24/7 and ready to hear me when I need Him. One who won’t judge me for the sins of my past, present & future, for He has already taken it all upon Himself when He died on the cross. To be reconciled with God is a gift like no other, something which no other human being can give. And knowing that God has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell inside me is assurance enough that I have nothing to fear because if God is for us, who can be against us?

I stand before you now Brothers & Sisters-In-Christ to joyfully proclaim that I am a Christian – a child of the Most High God and member of this wonderful household, where each of us are Brothers & Sisters and Christ is the Head of this household. All praise be given to Jesus Christ, our Lord, forever and ever. Amen.

ON THE MATTER OF MARRIAGE…

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

ON THE MATTER OF MARRIAGE

I had the privilege of solemnizing the wedding of Berend & Choi Wan last May. It brings me great joy to see God’s children come together in holy matrimony before Him. As I write this article, the events of August 7th, 1999, weigh fondly in mind. Witnessed by family and friends, Mabel and I took our marriage vows before our loving heavenly Father and Lord, “to have and to hold from this day forward – for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, to honour and to cherish and to be faithful to you till death us do part.” Those words were uttered in faith and confidence in the grace and strength of our Almighty God.

There will be a couple more weddings this year, and many more to come over the next few years as we look at the growing number of young adults within our congregation. It is indeed an honour for us, the elders, to participate in these upcoming wedding celebrations as we believe that the covenant of marriage which was firstly established by God in creation, signifies the mystery of the union between Christ and His church. Therefore, the Holy Scripture commends the ordinance of marriage to be honoured among all people. Even our Lord Jesus blessed this custom when he performed his very first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee.

The union of husband and wife in heart, body and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy, and for the help and comfort given one to another in moments of prosperity and adversity – and when in the will of God – for the procreation of children and their nurturing in the knowledge and love of the Lord.

We believe, therefore, that marriage is not to be entered into lightly but reverently and in accordance with the purpose for which it was instituted by God. Thus, we will not consent to a wedding for anyone who has yet to place his/her faith in Christ or for anyone who wishes to marry someone of the same sex. We are convinced that Scripture has made it very clear that such a union is not honouring to God.

In the event a couple commits fornication, they must come before our gracious Lord to confess, repent and renounce their sins in the presence of the elders. Through godly counsel and continuous accountability, we trust that their marriage, blessed by the elders and sanctified by the blood of our gracious Lord Jesus, who died on the cross on behalf of our sins, will be made new. To this, I echo our Lord’s words in John 8; “Has no one condemned you? Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

As part of our commitment to the subject of marriage, we are raising and developing, by God’s grace, within the church, marriage counselors who can journey alongside couples intending to enter this blessed covenant. The church will also continue to commit to the teaching, training and counseling on this matter of marriage. While this may not yet be an exhaustive guide, on behalf of the elders, I felt very strongly that this would be a good first step in introducing Bangsar Gospel Centre’s stand in the subject of marriage. Other circumstances and situations with regard to this holy and reverent covenant will continue to be addressed in the near future.

by Francis Dunn on behalf of the Elders