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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.”

Not by might, nor by power But By My Spirit


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...

Our Need for a Larger Place for Administration and Activities


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...

Wisdom Decries Pride - Part I


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...

Follow Christ! Be Fishers of Men


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?...

Let Us Be A Soul-Winning Church


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)...

Pastoral Chat


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...

Departed for Far Better Things Above


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...

Wise Speech – Part II


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 07 July 2013

Words of Wisdom

The book of Proverbs lauds men who impart wisdom and understanding to others. In fact, it exhorts the readers to seek after such people and listen to them intently.

Who speaks words of wisdom? Proverbs 10:13 casts light on those who utter words of wisdom. “In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found.” In Proverbs, a man of understanding is one who yields his mind to the fear of the LORD (2:5) as well as righteousness (2:9; 8:8; 10:32), learning (1:5; 16:21), prudence (14:8, 15; 16:21) and knowledge (2:5; 8:9; 14:6; 18:15; 19:25; 28:2). Such a man will possess wise thoughts and is deemed wise...

Wise Speech - Part I


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 June 2013

Pleasant Words

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24). The Hebrew word translated as “pleasant” (nō’am) occurs about seven times; and the King James Bible translated it as “beauty” four times, “pleasant” twice and “pleasantness” once. The root form of this word is even used to refer to the beauty of the LORD (cf. Psalm 27:4; 90:17a).

Here, pleasant words are compared to the sweet and healthy honeycomb. This comparison is meant to show us that pleasant words sweeten fellowship and restore troubled relationships...


Sunday, 30 June 2013

During the June school holidays, a special programme for our youths was held by Gethsemane Youth Fellowship (GYF ). About 45 youths participated in the Youth Camp. We appreciate the joyful rendering of service and support by the YF committee and members of the church which have made this event possible. May the Lord bless all the labour of Gethsemaneans in bringing together youths in its respective programme that many souls be saved and edified...

Youth Camp 2013 – Testimonies


Sunday, 23 June 2013

In the past one week of the school holidays, a special programme for our youths was held by Gethsemane Youth Fellowship (GYF). About 45 youths participated in the Youth Camp. We appreciate the joyful rendering of service and support by the YF committee and members of the church which have made this event possible. May the Lord bless all the labour of Gethsemaneans in bringing together youths in its respective programme that many souls be saved and edified.

Jenice Choy: I truly thank the Lord for a blessed Youth Camp. I praise Him that His everlasting goodness and mercy were upon each and every one of the youths. It was certainly a blessed time of feasting on God’s Word and learning how to be an effective soul winner for Christ

Charlatans of Christianity


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 16 June 2013

Beware! Modern-day Christianity is infested with spiritual charlatans. They are men who put on a godly appearance to mask their unbelief and decadence. They are so prevalent today that the general perception of our time is that they are the real deal. They dominate the pews and pulpits of the churches everywhere. Such men have always existed in Christianity, but never like now.

So many on the rise

In the Scriptures, Jesus forewarned us that there would be a proliferation of religious impostors in the end times. So it is gullible to presume that they are just a few. Jesus has cautioned, “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:11)...

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