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Church Leaders’ Pitfalls


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 16 February 2014

Church leaders are not free from the temptations of sin. They need to be always on guard lest they be suddenly overtaken by the deceitfulness of sin. My prayer, as I write this article, is that the Biblical expose of the deceitfulness of sin that surrounds church leaders will further intensify our vigilance and prayer, that we might keep ourselves pure for the work of the Lord.

Pitfall #1: A Sense of Self-Glory and Self-Vindictiveness

The Apostle John wrote about an early church leader who walked into this pitfall. “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not” (3 John 9)...

The Grand Example of a Giving Church


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 February 2014

In Second Corinthians, Paul records for our learning how the brethren in Macedonia were motivated by love to spend and be spent. This record has an interesting background. While Paul was making his way through Europe, he made some effort to collect money for the hurting believers in Jerusalem. When he reached Macedonia, he announced the need of the fellow Christians in Jerusalem. What adds to the significance of this whole episode is that Macedonia was already an economically depressed area. It would be like encouraging some of the mission churches in poorer areas of the Philippines to support those in Ethiopia. This would be a strange appeal today! (Please read slowly and carefully the following words of Paul. Don’t skip even a word...

From the Horrible Pit onto the Rock of Ages


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 February 2014

“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” (Psalm 40:1-2)

What an inspiring testimony David bears here! He tells us how he handled his dilemma of being in a horrible pit of sin and its dire consequences. He responded to his peculiar trouble by waiting patiently for the LORD.

He was in a very distressing situation. He described his situation in verse 2 as “an horrible pit … of miry clay”. It was a picture of helplessness and despondency experienced by David which those words grimly painted. He was sunk in deep and dark depression. No one (least of all himself) could deliver him...

Ashamed of Your Suffering?


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 26 January 2014

In these days, Christians generally think that it is rather a shame for them to suffer affliction. They are often told by very popular, secular minded preachers that God would not let any of His children suffer. So they think that suffering Christians are an embarrassment to God’s name.

But the Apostle Peter exhorts us, “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf” (1 Peter 4:16)...

Growing Up in Gethsemane Children’s Choir


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 January 2014

Gethsemane Children’s Choir not only trains the children to sing songs unto the Lord, but also teaches them biblical disciplines that are necessary to work together as a team to serve God with one heart and one voice. We appreciate the commitment and labour of our sisters who train the Children’s Choir. May their efforts be so blessed by the Lord that our church will often be filled with the voices of children singing melodious hymns of praise. As Psalm 148:12 & 13 say, “Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD.”

The Prevailing Ministry of God’s Mighty Word


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 January 2014

Have you wondered why there is so much preaching in our church, whether it be in the Lord’s Day worship services, Tuesday night prayer gatherings, fellowship meetings, retreats, or camps? Why are we so occupied with the exposition of God’s Word? Should we give so much attention to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word?

As a church, we make no apology for being unabashed proclaimers of the truth of God’s Word. Our reason for giving primacy to the preaching of God’s Word in our church is to put the glory and majesty of God on public display. His Word is His self-revelation of His very eternal being, His plans, His purposes and His power...

Let Us Renew Our Vows unto Our Holy God & His Word


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 05 January 2014

“Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared” (Psalm 76:11).

“Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High” (Psalm 50:14).

I would like to call all the leaders, members and regular worshippers of Gethsemane B-P Church to once again come together this Tuesday night to avow ourselves to our God in the New Year during the Prayer Meeting...

Believers’ Thanksgiving


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...

Virgin Birth


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 22 December 2013

“...Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

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...

Pangasinan Mission Report


Written by Bro Donald dela Cruz Sunday, 15 December 2013

“Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.” — Psalm 90:16-17

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.

Biblical Guidelines on How to Relate to Your Pastors – II


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...”

Biblical Guidelines on How to Relate to Your Pastors – I


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.

Church Camp 2013 & Missionary Conference 2014


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.

A Relief Fund


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...

The Necessity of Humility


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...

Rejoice in Christian Gatherings


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 03 November 2013

Psalm 122:1
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...

16th-Century Protestant Reformation & Martin Luther


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...

Should We Give Till It Hurts?


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)...

Sacred Music


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.

A Blind Church?


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...

Church Leaders


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...

Information on Candidates for Election to the Church Session 2013–2015


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Dear Gethsemaneans,

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...

Eight Spiritual Blessings of SEPARATION


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...

Moral Decadence Rules the Day!


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...

Cannibals in the Church!


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.”

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