On Sundays at 3pm. Please contact Bro Jose Lagapa: 81853623 anytime.
Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
The Lord gathered seven precious souls from among the FilBF attendees this year for baptism. As you read each of their testimonies, no one can deny of how the Lord had prepared their lives to come to this point of time where they will submit themselves to the sacrament of baptism. This symbolic ceremonial act of water baptism is not for their salvation but an outward sign that inwardly they have truly believed in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. It is in obedience to the Biblical command to publicly confess one’s faith in Jesus Christ and be identified with Him! We can only praise and glorify our Lord, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls” (1 Peter 2:24–25). Please pray for them as they undergo Catechism so that they will be fully grounded to know the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Bro Jose
Personal Testimony of Salvation – Encarguez Jermaine Pearl
I was born in a Roman Catholic family from Cabanglasan, Bukidnon. Everyone in my family, especially my parents, are devoted to the doctrines of this church. They encouraged me to attend church activities, taught me how to pray, (those prayers with guides from booklets) and introduced God through images. For me, I thought praying was just memorizing and familiarizing words because for me praying was not totally my habit. It is pitiful to know that I grew up without knowing on how to be grateful despite of all the sinful things I had done unto Him.
During my high school years, I was enrolled into a school managed by the Roman Catholic priests. Expectedly, the school taught us about the church’s doctrines, yet I was not very interested to know more and to go beyond. In fact, it only took me a year to study in that school. My parents decided to transfer me into a Christian School supervised by a Korean Baptist pastor. It was not because my parents wanted me to change my beliefs but they just wanted me to stay away from my friends who caused bad influences in my studies. As I entered in a Christian School, believe it or not, it was my first time to read the Bible and study about it! Every chapel hour, the pastor shared to us about God, His creations, stories based on the Bible and enlightened our mind to know God more.
This was my starting point when I became interested with God’s Word and live life knowing He is the Saviour. After 3 years of studying in a Christian High School, I entered the University. God really guided and protected me from the temptations and bad influences from my friends that surrounded me. He sent His instruments through my Christian friends to support me and help me to continue to know God more. It even came to a point where I attended several churches like “born-again”, Mormons and Seventh Day Adventist churches. I was trying to explore their religion and I became so curious to learn about their teachings. One day way back in year 2012, a Baptist Pastor from Kalasungay, Bukidnon invited me to attend his church and told me many things about Christ. The Word of God comforts me and I started attending that church every Sunday. Later on, the pastor asked me whether I understand everything and was ready to receive Christ as my personal Saviour. Honestly, I struggled and thought about my parents and told myself “what if they disagree?” and “what if there will be a relationship gap between me and them?”, because of these questions, I stopped going to their church and went back to attend Roman Catholic Church until year 2015.
I graduated from University that same year and it made me realize the emptiness in my heart and mind without God’s Word. I felt uncomfortable with all my decisions and actions and kept on relying on my parent’s suggestions. While I was still deciding where to work, I did not expect that the Korean pastor from the Christian High School came to our house, approached and offered me to work as a primary school teacher in their institution. Of course, I did not hesitate to accept the job offer. I was very overwhelmed at that moment and filled with excitement knowing that I had to be back to the place where I began to know God. I worked with full of gladness, comfort and satisfaction because I was surrounded by God’s people.
Nevertheless, in life, trials are unavoidable. It tested my understanding about God. I took the Licensure Examination for Teachers last September 2016. My family and all the staff of the Christian Academy prayed for me to pass the examination. But I failed. I felt I was broken and self-pity came to me. I was so ashamed to face my family and friends. During one of our school devotions, I wanted to cry and ask them why it happened to me. However, one of the preachers told me about God’s plan, about His timings and asked about my faith in Him. It knocked on my heart and gave me a positive mind. I learned not to give up but continue to be faithful to the Lord and leave everything to God. So, I took the examination for the second time and thank God I passed. I am very thankful to the people who made me realized how important it is to have faith in Christ and without Him I can do nothing.
After a year of service in the Christian Academy, I grabbed the opportunity to come to Singapore and serve as a Child-Care Teacher. However, I realize it is not just an opportunity to work but also an opportunity to grow spiritually. Through God’s guidance, He led me to True Life BPC and attended Filipino Bible Fellowship meetings. I thank God for my friend as well who introduced me to this fellowship. Hearing the preaching of God’s Word encourages me, and my brothers and sisters in Christ here in True Life BPC help me to continue to live in faith, to surrender my life in His hands and willing to share His words to my family with confidence and joy in my heart. Learning fundamentals of the Christian faith also guides me to understand more about God’s will and I am very grateful that the Lord open up my eyes and mind to know the truth.
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