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Pastoral Exhortation

Critical Concerns (2) About Our Church

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 April 2018

30 years of Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian Church’s existence provide many things for any sharp-eyed person to evaluate and comment. We are grateful for both cheering and corrective comments from God-fearing and faithful Christians. Many believers whom the Lord added to the church in the course of the last 30 years also brought much joy and assurance concerning the church’s testimony.

You might be wondering what critical concerns about our church could there be? Are we not sound in our doctrines? Are we not making every effort to preach the Gospel to the unsaved, and also to edify the believers? Do we not have a biblical form of worship...


Report on Mission Bohol 2018

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Written by Elder Mah Chin Kwang Sunday, 22 April 2018

Mission Bohol 2018, a short 4-day trip (5-8 April 2018), was yet another occasion where the mission team experienced God’s goodness as we ministered to unsaved souls and encouraged brethren in Tagbilaran City and Anda. We praise God for His grace and help in strengthening the 10-member team, together with Pr Edsel and the Bohol brethren, for all that was done for the Lord.

It was a long journey from Singapore to Bohol. The team decided to fly from Singapore, transiting for 6 hours in Manila and landing directly at Tagbilaran City Airport, Bohol. By the Lord’s grace, the team did not feel overly tired. After a quick dash to the nearby supermarket to stock up ingredients needed for the preparation of all participants’ lunch for the following day’s DVBS, the team left to visit Bro Buchio and his family...


Critical Concerns - I

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 15 April 2018

About Our Salvation

The Bible grants full assurance of salvation to all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Acts 15:11; 16:31; John 1:12; 3:15-16, 36; Ephesians 2:8-10). Forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7) and the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:7) certainly belong to all those who have trusted Jesus wholeheartedly.

But along with the assurance, the Bible also relates a matter of critical concern to everyone who professed faith in Christ. It calls every professing believer to examine himself to make certain that his faith is genuine...


Let Us Guard Against Disunity

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 April 2018

Disharmony and disunity have existed in the church since New Testament times. The church in Corinth, for one, was most disreputable for its quarrels. Even in modern times, we have known of churches that have gone through schisms or that have even split.

Why People Quarrel?

“From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members...


Believe that He is Risen!

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 April 2018

Before His death, our Lord had on several occasions prophesied of His resurrection (cf. Matthew 16:21; 17:22–23; 20:19; Mark 9:9; 14:28; Luke 18:33; John 2:19–22). He specifically foretold that He would rise from the grave on “the third day”. He assured His hearers that His death would be speedily followed by His return to life from the grave.

Even though Jesus had plainly spoken about His resurrection, it was not fully understood by His disciples. Such a prediction of one’s own resurrection was so unprecedented and unheardof that His disciples could not comprehend it. However, His enemies did take note of His prediction...


The Inevitability of Christ’s Death

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 30 March 2018

Jesus repeatedly insisted during His public ministry that He must suffer and die. He pre-announced His death as “a must”. Jesus never spoke of His sufferings and impending death in a doubtful or reluctant manner, but in the most express and clear terms. Consider the following portions of the Scriptures that record His statements about His death:

  • Matthew 16:21 – “From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day...

Thinking Biblically About Church - Part II

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 March 2018

In commemoration of Gethsemane B-P Church’s 30th Anniversary

The church is also called unto His fellowship

As much as the church of God is called to be saints, it is also “called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). Likewise, the apostle John wrote: “truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). Our fellowship (or partnership) with Christ, the Son of God, must determine every fellowship we have with people or organisations

Our fellowship within the church must also be based upon Christ. In other words, we should not enter into a relationship or fellowship that would dishonour or hinder our fellowship with the Son of God. John warned us, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth...


Thinking Biblically About Church – Part I

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 March 2018

In commemoration of Gethsemane B-P Church’s 30th Anniversary

Dear Gethsemaneans,

Thirty years have passed since our church was established. Only a handful in our present congregation were there when it was started. Most of us were added to the church along the way. Now, it is an appropriate time for every member to ponder over some pertinent questions, like: Why am I part of this church? Do I regard the church as God’s Word teaches us about it? Have I been conducting myself as a genuine member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ?

We must reckon our church just as our Great Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, instructs us in His Word. If we neglect His counsels concerning the church, we will certainly incur His wrath. His warnings and condemnation against every form of foolish, irreverential misconduct within the church are fiercely vivid and ominous. For His avowed exhortation has constantly been...


Practical Suggestions for Family Worship

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 March 2018

In a world of terrible moral corruption and religious deterioration, having daily family worship is the best protection against the sins that are rampant in our society. It is also the best aid in nurturing the fear of God in our children’s hearts. May our families seek the Lord that we may escape the corruption and tragedies that are predicted concerning those who do not seek the Lord – “Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name” (Jeremiah 10:25). Oh, may we not be weary of calling upon the Lord!

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Mission Report

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Written by Pangasinan Mission Church Sunday, 04 March 2018

Report from Rev Reggor Galarpe

Bro. Edsel and I have returned safely from our short visit to Gethsemane (Pangasinan), bringing with us much blessings for a fruitful time spent with Pr Donald and family and our brethren there.

We had a well-attended worship service last Lord’s Day as most of the members, worshippers and contacts came, including Bro Ariel’s (also Sis Ara’s) family who drove for two-and-a-half hours from their hometown in La Union. The Gospel meeting we had in their house last Thursday was also well attended. Praise God...


God of Patience and Consolation

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 February 2018

Patience is one of God’s perfections. In the Christian, patience is a grace wrought by the work of the Holy Spirit; and it is cultivated and perfected through suffering and sorrow. But in God, patience is an essential attribute of His being, a part of His nature, so perfect that He needs no nurturing of it through some disciplinary process. God is never without patience. He is infinitely patient.

In Exodus 34:6, the LORD Himself proclaimed, “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.” Numbers 14:18 says, “The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation...


God, Money and You

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 February 2018

Without fail, we desire and pray for God’s provision for our daily needs. We pray for jobs that we may earn a living. When our business fails, we pray for His help to meet our financial needs. When we face emergencies, we cry out for God’s quick provisions. We do these because God’s Word teaches us that “this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us” (1 John 5:14). But our desires and prayers are not always in line with God’s will and His ways. There is nothing wrong with asking for God’s direction, but it is wrong to go our own way without waiting for God’s answer. So, when we turn our finances over to God, we must also be willing to accept His direction. Too often, we impatiently seek our own way without any clear direction from Him, sometimes even borrowing money to do His work...


What Must I Do To Be Saved?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Question & Its Circumstance

Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30b). That question was not asked as a response to a stirring sermon. Rather, it was a cry of anguish that ensued a terrifying event. A prison guard in the city of Philippi uttered that question after a great earthquake had shaken the foundations of the prison under his watch, in which the prison doors were flung open and every prisoner’s chain unfastened. As soon as he realised what had happened, he panicked, thinking that the prisoners had all escaped in the midst of the pandemonium that followed the earthquake. His heart so feared the severe punishment that would be meted out to him due to the escape of the prisoners that he attempted to kill himself with the sword. (It was rather common among the Greeks and Romans in those days to commit suicide when a man was faced with inescapable dangers. History attests to the tragic reality of many who ended their lives by falling on their own swords!...


A New Bible Study Outreach (Anda, Bohol, the Philippines)

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 February 2018

(Our missionary, Edsel Locot, sent the following report about a new Gospel outreach in a place called Anda in the island of Bohol. Let us praise the Lord for yet another Gospel-door being opened. Let us pray for the Lord to bless this work for the furtherance of the Gospel and salvation of many more souls.)

Greetings to you in the blessed name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

The LORD has sustained and preserved the Bohol mission church, and we thank the Lord for His abundant mercies. We also praise the Lord for bringing back members of two families who left the church several years ago but had recently begun to come for Sunday worship services. The present members of the mission church are persevering in their service to the Lord in spite of the many trials and difficulties they face. Praise the Lord!...


Heavenly-Mindedness

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 28 January 2018

The upcoming BW retreat (14-16 March) is just about 6 weeks away. I would like to encourage you to sign up for the retreat without delay. Come and join the retreat for three days of rest and spiritual nourishment. Please pray for the blessing of this retreat.

The messages will explain the biblical meaning, manner and benefits of “Heavenly-Mindedness”. We who are journeying to heaven must “set (our) affection on things above, not on things on the earth...


Lions Home Ministry Update

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 21 January 2018

As we recall God’s bountiful blessing and goodness upon this ministry to the Lions Home for the Elders (Bedok and Bishan) in the year 2017, we look forward to yet another year of fruitful Gospel ministry in 2018. Indeed, we count it a joyful privilege to serve the Lord among the elderly. Every Lord’s Day, after our church worship and Bible study (now GBI class), we would set out to visit the elderly people in the Lions Home.

The primary purpose of this ministry is to declare the Good News and glorify our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray that the seniors whom we visit will come to the saving knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ...


Boasting in the LORD

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 14 January 2018

The psalmist David said, “My soul shall make her boast in the LORD” (Psalm 34:2). Similarly, in another psalm it is said, “In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah” (Psalm 44:8). “Boasting” in the Lord is all about duly and joyfully acknowledging and exalting the Lord above oneself and everything else. It is about rejoicing in the Lord and all that He has done. An elevated feeling of gratitude, praise and rejoicing overwhelms the man who boasts in the Lord, and he spontaneously and sincerely exalts the Lord.

Since the soul that boasts in the Lord is most concerned about the Lord’s praise, it will be least concerned about its own glory. When the glory of the Lord is the soul’s uppermost passion, the soul boasts in nothing but the Lord alone. That soul will be selfdenying and full of thanksgiving before the Lord...


Christ’s Custom of Worship: Our Example

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 07 January 2018

While on earth, Christ – though worshipped by the heavenly hosts of angels (cf. Hebrews 1:6; Luke 2:9-14; 1 Peter 3:22; Revelation 5:9-12) – habitually took His place among the worshipping people. Luke, the inspired historian, records concerning Christ: “as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read” (Luke 4:16).

We might rightly wonder why He, who is fully God and full of glory and power, would join men of low estate in their worship. Even so, it was customary for Him to be in the place of worship on the Sabbath day. Though the worshippers could offer Him nothing to benefit Him, He disregarded not the assembling of the worshipping community...


Testimonies from GYF-GYAF Combined Retreat

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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Sharon dela Cruz

Thank God for His mercy, grace and providence which enable me to attend this retreat. Truly, “God’s Word is like a deep, deep mine with jewels rich and rare.” I admit that I did not realise how vital and precious the doctrine of the “Communion of the Saints” was, until Pastor expounded on it from the Word of God. I thank God for Pastor’s labour in teaching us. I am also thankful to the Lord for Aunty Carolyn and the helpers who laboured to teach the children so that I could sit through all the messages. (I think this is the first time I have been able to concentrate fully since I have become a mother!)

It is my prayer that I will have a closer communion with God so that I can be a channel of blessing to fellow saints, as well as increase and abound in ministering to others and in the work of the Lord...


Pastoral Letter

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 24 December 2017

Beloved in Christ,

God’s loving compassion has brought us to the end of 2017 – to Gethsemane B-P Church, it means 29 years of God’s faithfulness and blessings! The year 2018 will be the 30th year of our church. Let us praise God for the salvation, and all spiritual and material blessings that He has abundantly showered upon our congregation all these years. The following words of the psalmist ring in my heart as I think of the excellence of His loving kindness to our church:

“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light...



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