16th Century Reformation in Germany
– Martin Luther (Part 1)
Martin Luther, the Reformer, belonged to a peasant family in Saxony, Germany, ‘My father, grandfather, all of my ancestors were thorough peasants’, said Luther. His father bore the name of Hans (John), his mother Gretha (Margaret). They lived in Eisleben where Hans Luther earned his livelihood by mining, specially for copper which was abundant in the hills. Their son was born on the 10th November 1483, and as observed by the Roman Catholic Church, he was named after that saint. Half a year after his birth the family moved to Mansfield, about six miles from Eisleben.
Forerunners of the Reformation
In the 14th Century a young man was enrolled at the University of Oxford, of whom his teachers had great expectations. John Wycliffe, for such was his name, had a brilliant mind, undaunted courage, and a silver tongue. He also developed great skill with the pen. The date of his birth and the precise spot where it took place are not known, but in all probability it was during the period 1320-24, and in or near the village of Old Richmond in Yorkshire. He would doubtless be about 16 years old when he went to Oxford.. He remained in association with the University for the rest of his life, becoming a Fellow, and then in 1361 the Master of Balliol College. He became a Doctor of Theology there also.
The greatest of all the works of accomplished by Wycliffe was to translate the Bible into English, so that all who were able to read, or listen to the Word when read, could learn the truth of God.
Of the Book that had been the sealed-up Book
He tore the clasps, that the nation
With eyes unbandaged might look thereon
And therein find salvation.
Forerunners of the Reformation
– The Waldenses
Early in the 12th century there lived in Lyons, a city in the Rhone Valley in France, a wealthy merchant named Peter Waldo. In or about 1170 he employed a priest to translate from Latin into French the Four Gospels together with certain other books of Scriptures. By the grace of God he saw the truths of God’s Word and wanted to practise them. He began to realize that the Scripture alone are to be the basis of faith, and not the word of any human being, be he priest or bishop or pope. He learned that there is but one Mediator, that saints should not be worshipped, and that two sacraments and two only – baptism and the Lord’s Supper – were instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ.
500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation – Meaning and Significance
On 28th October 2017, a special commemoration service for the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation will be held at the rented premises of The Salvation Army’s Worship Centre at 500, Upper Bukit Timah Road from 4pm – 6pm, followed by fellowship dinner at the Fellowship Hall.
We are thankful to the Lord that Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Khoo, Pastor of True-Life Bible-Presbyterian Church and Principal of the Far Eastern Bible College will be our guest speaker. He will share with us the “Meaning and Significance” of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in two messages.
We invite you to come and support this milestone event in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ on earth.
Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
(1) Be Thou My Vision
The hymn, “Be Thou My Vision,” has its origins almost fifteen hundred years ago in Ireland. Written by the sixth-century Irish poet, Dallán Forgaill, also known as St. Dallán. Monks chanted his poetry, and someone much later used it as the basis for this hymn. St. Dallán lost his sight, which inspired the first line, “Be Thou our vision”.
The hymn is a prayer — a prayer that Christ will be our vision — our best thought — our presence — our light.
What would it mean if Christ were our vision? How would it change our lives?
(1) Gospel Rally 2017
Thank God for bringing 7 new visitors to the church last Lord’s Day at our Gospel Rally 2017.
The theme was “The Meaning of Life” taken from John 1:1-4. The grappling for meaning in life finds its ultimate rest in the Giver and Sustainer of life – the Person of Jesus Christ. Life has its Source and finding it will bring with it fullness of meaning. The search to find the “meaning of life” finds its end point or beginning point in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The gospel message is recorded in the attached link below:
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
This hymn was written by Helen Lemmel (1863-1961), a gifted singer and musician born in England later moved to the United States together at the age of 12. The song was inspired by a tract written by Lilias Trotter, a missionary to Algeria entitled “Focussed”. Trotter was writing about having the right focus on Jesus Christ puts the whole jigsaw puzzle of life in a blessed order. She gave this godly advice for keeping one’s life moving in the right direction:
Turn your soul’s vision to Jesus, and look and look at Him, and a strange dimness will come over all that is apart from Him.
“Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus” is the one that has continued to find its way into many hymnals and into human hearts because it holds out a promise of Jesus’ help for troubled souls.
Children Are God’s Gifts
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psalm 127:3)
We acknowledge before God, His gracious gift of children to every parent represented in our congregation. If God had not given, we would not have received. Therefore, Psalm 127:3 is a statement of grateful tribute to the Giver of children entrusted to parents’ nurture and care.
Children are God’s precious gifts to parents, an inheritance from the LORD. Children are a part of God’s treasury entrusted to parents. The fruit of the womb is not a “fruit of chance”, but God’s special blessings upon parents. It is a token of God’s love and kindness. Spurgeon rightly noted, “He gives children, not as a penalty nor as a burden, but as a favour.”
There’s Within My Heart a Melody
-From a Calamitous Loss of Wife and Children
Luther Bridges, a successful young evangelist, accepted an invitation to hold two weeks of revival meetings near his wife’s home in Horrodsburg, Kentucky, in 1910. His wife, whom he had met and married at Asbury College, stayed with their three boys at his in-laws while he conducted the meetings, at which many accepted Christ.
Near the end of the campaign, he received a late-night phone call. The person at the other end conveyed the tragic news that his wife’s parents; home had burned to the ground with his wife and three sons all lost in the fire. At the age of twenty-six, he was bereft of his precious family.
(1) What Is Honest Money?
Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
The Bible tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Money itself is not evil. But the love of money is a grievous sin.
The Apostle Paul warns that while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6:10). Beware of the lure of a materialistic life-style that enslaves men and women in every generation.