Exhortation-English - 2013
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 December 2013
As w e approach the end of year 2013, let us not forget to be a thankful people. “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High” (Psalm 92:1).
Let us take time to remember His goodness towards us and praise Him for all the mercies He has showered on us. To encourage all God’s people to engage in thanksgiving to God, I have written the following exhortation.
Every thanksgiving psalm in the Scriptures is a heartfelt response to God’s goodness to His servants...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 22 December 2013
The prophet Isaiah declared that Immanuel (“God be with us”) shall be born of a virgin. Almost 600 years later, this prophecy was fulfilled in a dramatic fashion – God chose Mary, who was espoused to Joseph, to be the virgin who would give birth to His Son and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Matthew records this event as follows...
Written by Bro Donald dela Cruz Sunday, 15 December 2013
The above verses from Psalm 90:16-17 summarise my earnest desire and prayer during my recent mission trip to Pangasinan. Every church work is God’s work. The Lord establishes the work of the hands of His servants upon them. He prepares and orders all things, and reveals His work before His servants. Truly, if the work is of the Lord, all things will fall into their proper places.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 December 2013
Follow your pastors
The last part of Hebrews 13:7 exhorts us further – “whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation”. The word “follow” is the translation of mimnisko, which literally means “to mimic” or “to imitate”. The word “considering” is anatheoreo, which means “to observe attentively”. The phrase “end of their conversation” is more clearly “the outcome or issue of their manner of life”. The exhortation, then, is to observe their leaders who spoke the Word of God to them, with the intention of imitating their lifestyle. They are also urged to imitate their faith while they observe attentively how they live in obedience to the Word of God and its outcome. Paul urged in 2 Thessalonians 3:7 that “for yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you...”
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 December 2013
Clear instructions are given in the Scriptures concerning how believers should relate to their pastors. The unity and effectiveness of a local church are greatly dependant on the good relationship between the congregation and the pastor. Therefore, the Lord provided specific guidelines in His Word concerning the attitude and response of believers to their faithful pastors. It is important that believers understand and yield themselves to fulfil the biblical instructions on this matter.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 24 November 2013
Church Camp 2013
Our church camp is just a week away. The church camp committee led by Dn Arvind Pawa has been hard at work to make sure that we will have a wonderful church camp. I thank God for a meticulous and fastidious committee that is at work behind this camp. Let us earnestly pray for them and co-operate with them.
Over the years, our church has manifested an excellent spirit of brotherly love while organising the church camp. Help for those who have difficulty paying the camp fee has always been ‘fast and furious’. This year, we have not raised any special fund for the camp as we are in the midst of raising the Building Fund and the Philippine Relief Fund. Some brethren in our midst would need help with the camp fee. If the Lord enables you, please give towards “the church camp fee” for the needy brethren.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 17 November 2013
Paul wrote in Galatians 2:10 that “Only they would that we should remember the poor”. In Hebrews 13:16, we are exhorted: “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” John, the apostle, reminds us: “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” (1 John 3:17).
We, as a church of Jesus Christ, are bound by divine authority to consider the poor and the afflicted and help them with our gifts. It is our divine obligation to relieve the burdens of poor Christians everywhere. Showing mercy to the poor among His people is a sure proof of divine mercy at work in our hearts...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 10 November 2013
Humility is a necessary virtue that all Christians ought to put on. God’s Word commands everyone to “be clothed with humility” (1 Peter 5:5). But why is humility such a necessity for Christians?
That we may be more like our Master
Humility of heart is the chief mark by which the followers of the meek and lowly Lamb of God are to be known. “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 03 November 2013
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.
It is the special delight of everyone who loves God to go into the house of the LORD to worship Him. When the day of worship comes, they love to be where God’s people are gathered together. Their hearts rejoice when others tell them it is time to go to the house of the LORD.
The psalmist tells us that when he was invited by others to go to the house of the LORD, he was glad. Obviously, he was eagerly waiting to go to the place where they worshipped God. So he accepted the invitation joyfully...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 October 2013
Celebrated on the last Sunday in October, Reformation Sunday commemorates the 16th-century Protestant Reformation as well as Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517. Year after year, we remember to praise God for the Reformation and the Reformers.
One of the most significant individuals that God raised to spread the flame of Reformation across the world was Martin Luther. Even he himself would not have imagined the great impact he was going to make when he protested against the Roman Catholic’s distortion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Little did he know that the nailing of his 95 Theses to the church door against the Catholic teachings and practices would ultimately lead to the Protestant Reformation that transformed Europe...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 October 2013
Is it biblically correct to say: “Give, even at all costs, till it hurts”? Is it wrong to give until it hurts? Doesn’t the Bible teach us not to give grudgingly? So is it proper to give in a way that would hurt us?
There is nothing unbiblical in saying: let us give to the Lord’s work even if it hurts our pockets. It simply means let us be sacrificial in our giving and service to God. In fact, it is a biblical doctrine that Christians should give generously, even sacrificially (Mark 10:21; Luke 12:33; Matthew 19:21; 6:18-19; Acts 2:44-45; Acts 4:34-35; 36-37)...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 13 October 2013
Music that Christians enjoy must be sacred. Our songs and music must glorify the Lord and edify the hearers with the truth of God’s Word. The apostle Paul taught the Ephesian believers about the musical activities in Ephesians 5:19 – “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord”.
Our singing must not serve our carnal pleasure or material gain but our Lord. Our singing and its music is not making noise but that which moves our minds and hearts to solemn devotion unto God. Also, our songs must be the sacred words that magnify our God, His words and His works.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 06 October 2013
Jesus spoke of the Laodicean church, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17).
The spiritual blindness that Jesus once warned of now engulfs almost all churches of our time. Whether they be charismatic, evangelical, fundamental or reformed, there is a sense of self-satisfaction that conveniently ignores the dreadful spiritual and moral darkness that has quietly encroached and settled in amongst them...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 September 2013
All the leadership training available today cannot produce church leaders. All the years of experience in leadership of social, commercial, political, government or any other institution cannot make church leaders. The church is a spiritual institution which cannot be run like a secular organisation. The church exists to glorify God in all matters and to fulfil all His will concerning it. Its aim is not material gain or earthly powers and glory, but salvation, sanctity and spiritual maturity of people whom the Lord adds to the church that they may be ready for His coming...
Sunday, 22 September 2013
I urge all communicant members (18 years of age and above) of Gethsemane B-P Church to prepare for the upcoming Annual Congregational Meeting and Election to the Church Session with much prayer. If you (as a communicant member) have not received the notice, reports and accounts, please avail yourself of them at the reception table or contact Dn Francis Lee (the Clerk of Session). Please be reminded that the ACM and election to the Session will be held next Lord’s Day (29th Sept) at 1.30 pm. All communicant members are advised to attend the ACM as it is our constitutional duty to do so.
The following persons are approved by the Board of Elders to be the candidates for election to the Church Session. Their particulars and various areas of service are included below for your information...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 15 September 2013
Every biblical doctrine is a blessing to those who believe and apply it fully in their lives and ministries. Our Lord Jesus said, “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28). God’s truth profits everyone who believes and obeys. Isaiah the prophet said, “Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit... O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea” (Isaiah 48:17-18). God’s truth, regardless of differing opinions, if adhered to passionately, will provide great blessings to the soul...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 September 2013
See What's Coming Your Way!
The Word of God warns in 2 Timothy 3:1–5, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
Alas, the biblical prediction of moral and spiritual depravity that would overpower every realm of society is finally here. Sexual immorality of every kind has deeply invaded the psyche of our world...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 September 2013
Are you surprised by the title?
You might be saying, “Well, I know that the Gospel transforms cannibals into Christians. Many a missionary has come back from the foreign fields with thrilling stories of the power of the Gospel to change cannibals into Christians. Then, how can there be cannibalism in the church?”
Interestingly, there is another kind of cannibalism which the apostle Paul speaks of in Galatians 5:15 – “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.”
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 August 2013
After 70 years of captivity, in 536 BC, a group of 49,897 Jews journeyed back from Babylon to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:22, 23; Ezra 1:1-4). They returned with hearts that were determined to rebuild the temple of God, which was destroyed by the Babylonian army. Soon after they arrived in Jerusalem, in the second month of 535 BC, they laid the foundation of the temple of God (Ezra 3:11-13). But soon their enthusiastic efforts were met with opposition from the Samaritans who were denied any part in the temple construction. The work was disrupted for about 16 years.
When the construction works were halted, the Jews became discouraged, and their hearts wandered into selfish and sinful ways. Though people abandoned the work of the temple, the Lord did not forsake it...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 August 2013
Raising S$5 Million by the end of 2015
We praise the Lord that He has steadily nurtured our church and blessed us with spiritual growth and an increase in worshippers and ministries. He has always been gracious to provide us with wisdom, strength and all the things that we have needed for the past 25 years.
Our growing church urgently needs a larger space for our church’s administration centre and various activities. It has been for a while that our present Church Resource Centre is overcrowded and overflowing. Though the church staff work joyfully and patiently in a jam-packed office, the cramped workspace affects efficiency, safety, etc...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 August 2013
In chapter 8 of Proverbs, wisdom is personified as a lady who gives wise counsel to those who seek her. In verse 13, she lists those things which she hates, and one of them is pride. The Hebrew word for “hate” expresses a strong feeling of revulsion that is determined to exterminate. Why does wisdom chase away pride? To understand the reason for wisdom’s hatred for pride, we will pursue wisdom’s perspective and handling of pride.
Wisdom views pride as evil
In the list of evils mentioned in Proverbs 8:13, the first is “pride”. A study of various Hebrew words, translated as “pride” in the book of Proverbs, provides us with the following understanding of pride...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 August 2013
Though many may talk about evangelism, only a few persistently engage in reaching out to persuade others to follow Christ. I am convinced that one of the major reasons for the lack of zeal and success in evangelism is the fact that many in the church themselves are not following Christ. One’s lack of zeal and fruitfulness in evangelism is evidence of his spiritual waywardness.
Didn’t Jesus say, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19)? Unless you follow Jesus, you will not be “fishers of men” for Him. How can you ever impress anyone about the glory of Jesus if you do not wholeheartedly and passionately follow Him? How can you convince another about the joy and peace that is in Christ if you have been wandering away from Him?...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 28 July 2013
Achurch’s God-given mission on earth is to preach the Gospel of Christ that sinners may be saved and brought to the church for their spiritual growth. A church that is not committed to doing the Gospel work has no right to exist, and it shall soon weaken and die.
Preaching Christ is particularly important to the church that seeks true biblical growth. All its members must be engaged in the soul-winning ministry because it is the work that the Head of the church, the Lord Jesus, has given them to do. Jesus defined His work as “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Then, He told His disciples that “as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21)...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 21 July 2013
Gethsemane Chinese Ministry
Sunday, 28 July
Next Lord’s day, we will have a combined service with our Chinese Ministry to praise God for its 10th anniversary. Let us all come together with thankful hearts on that day. We praise God for Pr Daniel Lim’s relentless efforts in the Chinese ministry. We also thank Him for those who labour as preachers of the Word; worship chairmen; pianists; ushers; providers of refreshment and other helpful support for the worship services on Sunday. May the Lord be pleased to bless the efforts of our brethren to reach out to more Chinese-speaking people with the Gospel.
Since its inception, the Lord’s hand of blessing has made it a fruitful and effective ministry. Through this ministry, scores of men and women, particularly those who are aged, have been brought to Christ. The Chinese Ministry has enhanced the overall work of Gethsemane B-P Church. Many of the worshippers in the Chinese service actively participate in the weekly gatherings of Gethsemane Seniors’ Ministry...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 14 July 2013
On last Lord’s Day (7th July), Preacher Dominino dela Cruz Jr, our missionary in Bogo, the Philippines, was called home to be with the Lord. He was only 46 years old. For about three years, he had been battling with a rare form of cancer around his stomach, which finally brought about his death. Our departed brother was a very industrious and dedicated servant of the Lord who established two mission churches in Bogo and San Antonio, and a children’s outreach in Libjo in a short period of 1 year. He was also an able and faithful expositor of the Word. His demise is a painful loss to his dear wife, Sis Sharon and their young son, Nehemiah, and to the young churches he planted, and to all of us who loved him and co-laboured with him in the Lord’s vineyard. It has pleased the Lord, his Saviour and Master, to call him to His glorious presence. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15).
While we were preparing to travel to the Philippines to attend the burial of Preacher Dominino, on last Tuesday (9th July), we received the news of the home-going of Mr Lim Ming Tin (husband of Mdm Took Ah Quee, member of our Chinese Service, and father of Bernard Lim and May Ling of our English Service). Mr Lim came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ on 3rd November 2011 when Preacher Daniel Lim and I visited him in Tan Tock Seng Hospital and told him about our Great Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. The same day, we baptized him on his hospital bed. Since then, though Mr Lim was not well enough to come to church for worship...
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