On Sundays at 3pm. Please contact Bro Jose Lagapa: 81853623 anytime.
Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
Praise the Lord for the consistency of some Filipinos coming to our Bible fellowship. It is the work of the Lord in bringing each one of us into this Upper Room for worship, learning of God’s Word and fellowshipping with one another. The Lord Jesus says, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44).
There are many other Filipino fellowships, Bible studies or worship services in Singapore. Why should we invite our countrymen to come and join with us? Do we have something valuable and important to offer? Surely, we do not offer that they will become richer if they come. Not even the promise of good health. Moreover, we have no way of entertaining them here so they might be relieved of their stresses and distresses in life.
Are we really convinced that when they come to this fellowship they will get something? First, let us examine ourselves whether we have received something beneficial and profitable in coming here. Please help me check and pray whether we have these things below in this fellowship. If not, let us pray and ask God to help us have these in our Bible fellowship.
When we come to the fellowship meeting, are we aware that we are here to worship God? Do we understand we have to approach him with the spiritual posture of bowed heads and bended knees? Are we prepared to worship Him with a contrite and broken spirit acknowledging our sinfulness before the thrice Holy God? What comes to our minds when we worship God in FilBF? The Lord Jesus declared that “…true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23–24).
When we listen to the preaching of God’s Word, do we learn something? Is there at least one or few points that we can remember from the message? Do we know God more and more and what He commands us to do? Do the messages we hear challenge us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind? Are we like the Berean Christians who were “…more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so”? (Acts 17:11).
When we pray, do we know our God in heaven is listening to our prayers? Do we trust His good and timely provisions for the things we are praying for? Are we trusting His faithfulness to answer our prayers according to His will? Are we thankful of the past answers of our prayers and give praise to Him from whom all blessings come from? Like the disciples, we must all continue “with one accord in prayer and supplication…” (Acts 1:14).
When we fellowship with our brethren and friends in the fellowship, are we thankful to the Lord for each one of them who comes? Do we have the intention in our hearts to be an encouragement to them? Are we glad to see each other and share one another’s burden for the purpose of praying? Do you treasure the fellowship and consider it a blessing to comfort and to pray for one another? We must be like the Christians in Acts 2:42, “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers”
Personal Testimony of Salvation – Ga Marivic Gabales
I grew up in a “sometimes” Roman Catholic family. It is because “sometimes” we went to church – but more often, we did not. Though I had nine siblings. I grew up feeling lonely and unloved. There was always a feeling of emptiness inside me. When I was 14 my mother died of cardiac arrest and that was the time where my loneliness took a heavy toll on me. I felt like I was all alone, empty and abandoned. I started to question God’s existence. I said, “If there is truly a God why would He allow this thing to happen in my life?” I started to hate God for taking my mother’s life. I blamed my Dad for not taking care of my Mom and for having an affair with another woman while my mother was still alive.
I became rebellious and hard-headed. Nobody loved and cared for me and that was when I started looking for “love” outside the family. I got into a relationship and committed fornication. I got pregnant at 20, then got married to the father of my son at 21. So many problems came into my life that I attempted suicide twice.
When my son was a year and a half, I decided to come and work here in Singapore (that was January of 2006). As time passed, the feelings of longing mixed with self-hate slowly consumed me. There were times where I wished I was not born into this world. There were times also wherein I wished I did not exist. I felt I was living but was not really alive.
For my 12 years here in Singapore, I considered myself as an empty shell. I did not like to have many friends. I tend to keep things to myself and suffer alone. The problem with me is I worry too much.
I am thankful to have such a good employer who treats me like I am part of their family. But that doesn’t help me to be happy, to be at peace. “I’m a failure” that’s the constant thought I have.
On September of 2017, one of my friends on Facebook and considered a distant relative invited me and my sister to attend their Bible study at Gilstead Road. Though I told him, “Ok we will attend because God is more important,” deep inside I was hesitant. I was not ready to face God. I thought I have always been a bad child. Moreover, we have part time jobs every Sunday. But after a month of thinking it through, we attended. It was October 8, 2017 and I felt a sense of peace overflowing in me in listening to the scriptures.
It was on December 31, 2017, that I confessed Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour witnessed by Bro Jose and our distant relative, our “cousin” Jude Thaddeus Gabales. Through this, I came to realize how foolish I was to hate God. I felt ashamed of myself. I am a sinner and was separated from God and deserved to be eternally condemned by God. This is what the Bible says in Romans 3:23 “all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God,” and in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life though Jesus Christ our Lord.” I also came to understand that God loves me so much that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, who came to earth to die for my sins (and the sins of the whole world) so that I could be forgiven and have an everlasting life. This is also written in the Scriptures (Romans 5:6; John 3:16).
There is a great sense of relief in knowing that I am forgiven and that God is on my side and wants and still wants what is best for me. He has redeemed me from 3 major burdens of my life – Anger, Resentment and Solitude. He fills the emptiness of my heart.
I know there will be more trials and tribulations that may come my way. But, I know I can surpass it all because God is always there to strengthen me. As it is stated in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
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