We are very blessed this past December to have heard 6 messages on the topic of “Serving God”. Thank God for the various preachers of our church, for Prs Dennis Kabingue, Jeremiah Sim, Daniel Lim, Kelvin Lim and especially Pr Andrew Koh for imparting the Word unto us, that we may glean precious lessons from it. As Psalm 47 exhorts us—”Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.” May the testimonies in this article encourage your heart, and move you to hopefully join us for the next one!
Ayn Tindaan: I praise God for the opportunity to attend the Youth Camp this year as the theme on “Serving God” was timely for me. My heart was convicted of the need to labour for the Lord and serve Him with purity, love, joy, faithfulness and longsuffering.
The message regarding “purity” by Pr Dennis Kabingue reminded and warned me, from Hebrews 12:28-29, that the people of the world are not in the love of God but are rather outside the kingdom of God. Therefore, no Christian should try to fit in within the ungodly society, or else we would end up compromising and serving God with ulterior motives and half-heartedness. The Lord taught me that I should “not be conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2). I must remember to maintain a pure conscience towards Him as I serve Him. I praise God for how I have been spiritually strengthened in this matter and pray that as I serve the Lord, I will have a commitment to purity, single-mindedness and godly fear.
Secondly, the message on “Serving God in Love” by Pr Jeremiah Sim taught me about two different types of people serving the Lord. The first type is like the Pharisees. They are an example of people in the church who put up a religious front but are not pleasing to the Lord at all. The second kind is like our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, who serves the Heavenly Father and His people without pride or impatience, but with humility, endurance and unceasing love.
I was especially amazed by how God’s love was demonstrated to the youths in this camp through the aunties who cooked for us. They travelled far and came as early as 6am and stayed as late as 11.30pm. I thank God for the preachers who preached to us despite their hectic schedules and duties, as well as the people who managed the logistics so as to ensure the smooth running of the activities. Certainly, such service could not be done if it was not out of love for the Lord and the believers! 1 John 3:16 says, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
I pray that I would remain in His love as I serve the Lord according to His standards, and not let the daily affairs in my life disrupt my service to Him. All honour and glory to His Name!
Dorcas Koshy: I thank God for the various sermons on “Serving God” received during this recent youth camp. Though the 3-day, 2-night camp felt shorter than usual, we were not shortchanged, as the sermons were ample in comprehensively covering various aspects of service. The two aspects of the fruit of the Spirit that I have been reminded to prayerfully seek are love and longsuffering. Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” God sent His Son to serve a rebellious and wicked people who would eventually kill Him – this example stood out to me and showed me that there is truly no excuse for not manifesting God’s love to all in service. I was rebuked for having a double standard of love, and was pointed once again to Christ, our perfect example, who condescended to a hateful and unregenerate people. The camp ended with the exhortation to grow in patience towards all men and to exhibit longsuffering in the face of provocations. This addressed my weaknesses very clearly and may God be pleased to help me overcome my sins and become more Christ-like in my service to Him.
Jenice Choy: Luke 19:40 says, “And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”
Truly, if I keep silent on the bountiful blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us, even the stones would shout out God’s wonderful works upon us during the camp. Thank God firstly for the reminder from the Word of God that I ought to serve the Lord with reverential fear, for the Lord “looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7) Secondly, I learnt that sin separates us from our genuine service to the Lord. Furthermore, anything that is done for self-glory is scorn to Christ. It reminded me to check my motive of service. Thirdly, I learnt that I ought to emulate our perfect example, Jesus Christ, who humbly washed His disciples’ feet, with the following promise – “happy are ye if ye do them” (John 13:17). May the Lord find me fit for the Master’s use, and our youths be spurred to greater and more joyous service.
Marcus Chee Wei Heng: Firstly, I want to thank God for the opportunity to attend my first YF camp in Gethsemane. It has been a blessing and spiritual revival for me. This camp is possible because of the efforts put in by the camp committee and, more importantly, the all-sufficient grace of God.
Thank God for the close fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ. They have experienced the love of Christ in their life and have thus shown it to others and me as well.
In this camp, I was most touched by the preaching from Isaiah 59:2 in the sermon, “Serving God in Purity”, by Preacher Dennis. It says: “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” It is crucial to live a life of pure conscience, as sin will only render our worship and service to be in vain.
I learned, through the sermons preached, the various aspects of service – purity, love, faithfulness, joy and longsuffering. As Christians, we cannot do all these on our own. God must help us to serve Him in the way that He wants. By the grace of God, this camp has been an encouragement for me to serve God with more humility and prayerfulness. Service to God is indeed “not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).
Moses Lee: I thank God for granting me the opportunity to attend this year’s youth retreat as I missed last year’s. It has truly been a most blessed time of studying God’s word and fellowshipping with all the youths. Through the series of sermons faithfully preached, I have learnt many valuable lessons that are very applicable in different aspects of my Christian walk. I was reminded of how I have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. God has been extremely merciful in giving me the priceless gift that is Christ, who reconciled me to the Father. Having tasted the grace of God and the genuine joy of salvation, I need to serve my Master fervently and with gratitude. I have to examine my own mannerism, disposition and attitude when carrying out my duties in church. We have to emulate Christ, who is our perfect example, in His servanthood.
Therefore, it is imperative for us to understand the meaning of serving Him with a pure conscience, with an unwavering and sincere heart, with immense joy and much longsuffering. I need to fully devote and consecrate myself in service to Him. My boundaries are only determined by His will and not my own limitations or others’ expectations. I must not let challenges and difficulties hinder me but trust that Christ can help me with these. I pray for the unity of spirit, meekness, love and delight in serving God together and that all of us share the same mindset in service. We must all walk worthy as His beloved children until He calls us home.
Finally, I thank the entire committee for being so accommodating and for putting in a lot of time and effort in organising the camp, as well as ensuring everything went smoothly. To God be the glory!
Titus Ho: I am firstly thankful to God for enabling me to attend this camp, whereby the theme was “Serving God”.
Thank God for the messages I have heard over the 3 days, preached by our various preachers; I have certainly been blessed and edified by all of them. One particular message which struck me was Message 1, entitled “What does it mean to serve God?” Truly, I have learnt that serving God might seem easy at first, but there will be distractions and trials to make us doubtful of our service to God. Hence, serving God always requires consistent devotion and total faithfulness to Him. For Jesus has said, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour” (John 12:26). May we follow God and serve Him continually.
Thank God also for the camp committee led by Preacher Andrew, who helped organise everything so as to make this camp possible. Thank God for the games coordinators (Gideon, Amoz and Jia Wi) – their hard work in preparing the games helped us to have a time of interaction and relaxation. Not forgetting also the aunties (Aunty Karen, Aunty Kim Lei, Aunty Luan Kheng, Aunty Katherin, Aunty May Ling) and others who had helped with the preparation of the food.
Last but not least, I would like to thank God for the time of fellowship I had with the youths in this youth camp. All glory be to God!
Zacharias Tan: I thank God for giving me this opportunity to join the youth camp. The theme, “Serving God”, is very relevant to me because as a Christian, I am called to serve Christ my Saviour. These messages serve to teach me more on what it means to serve God.
I learnt that it is easy to begin to serve but to continue in faithfulness is not easy. God will prove me if I love Him with all my heart and soul. One thing that I often forget is the importance of serving God with purity. Too often, in my excitement, I lose my testimony before others, especially in school. As such, I have to be more mindful of my behaviour outside of church. As my service will be examined by God, there is no point if it is done in sin.
It seems difficult to serve God when circumstances are tough, such as when I have to manage between the manning of our Sunday live broadcast and participating in the youth choir practices on Sunday. This means I have very little time to take my lunch or have fellowship. However, God knows and remembers the struggles I face when I serve Him. At the end, when the broadcast is good and when people appreciate the singing of the youth choir, I thank God for using and helping me to serve Him. In fact, it is amazing how God works behind the scene when I serve Him. Many a times, things could have gone wrong, but God makes it all turn out well in the end. Indeed, all things will turn out well for God’s glory when I serve Him faithfully (cf. Romans 8:28).
May the Lord continue to help me to serve Him according to His will – “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2).