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3rd Anniversary Issue

TESTIMONIES

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18–20

TLBPC – FilBF Testimony

Jose Trinipil Lagapa

Psalm 117:1–2 tells us, “O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.” This is a call for universal praise unto the Lord our God for His mercy and kindness.

Mercy, because He who is the holy and righteous Judge, has all the reasons and rights to condemn us for sinning against Him. He can cause us to perish out of this earth immediately the moment we defy His laws. In fact, if we see the evils done in our country, the Philippines, such as idolatry, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, corruption and all kinds of sins, God is just to send a tsunami big enough to wipe our country from the world map. But, He did not do that to us, not because He closed His eyes over our wickedness or excuse us of our willful sinning, but because He is longsuffering towards us that we may repent of our sins and acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. He did not hide our guilt under the carpet as if to gloss over the rotten deeds that we do but because the Lord Jesus Christ has offered free and total forgiveness to all who will come to Him and believe.

He is so kind because He does not just exercise His longsuffering to us but He with unfailing provisions keeps us afloat. He still pours upon the Filipinos His faithful material and even spiritual blessings, granting us food to survive and privileges of gospel witness in many parts of the Philippines. He still opens doors for many to hear the glad tidings of God’s free gift of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. This kindness is beyond compare for we who are not worthy are given the opportunity to receive the promises of forgiveness and life eternal by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Unworthy as we are in the FilBF, we are thanking God for giving us a part in bringing the good news to as many countrymen we could reach in the Philippines. He paved the way for us to begin ministries to bring the good news according to the Scriptures. Nothing in us is special to be chosen as His instrument. We should just be thankful that by His gracious hand, He moves us to sow seeds of the gospel.

FilBF’s third year is a year where we receive more than what we deserve. As we can immediately notice, He provided for us a place where we can gather and worship Him here in Godhill. The Lord moved the heart of our Pastor, the Rev Dr Jeffrey Khoo to point us to Godhill as our new meeting place. This very blessed and fitting place to worship Him is alone worthy of much thanksgiving.

On August 7, 2018, the Lord led us through the encouragement of Pastor Robert Kluttz in Japan to start a work in Dakutan, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. Pr Ronel Libertad answered the Lord’s call to become our missionary and is supported by the love gifts from Pastor Kluttz. Although we do not have a church there yet, he keeps on doing the work of an evangelist in the area. Last May, we had our Vacation Bible School there and 46 children attended with 13 parents who came during the closing program’s Gospel Rally. May the Lord work in the hearts of those who have heard the Word of God. It is now to be supported fully by FilBF and to be named Esperanza Bible-Presbyterian Missions.

On October 28, 2018, the commemoration of the 16th Century Reformation, was the Lord’s Day where we commenced our witness in Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu in the Christian Bible Fellowship (CBF). The Lord started His work through our brothers Carlo and Jude. The CBF is now having every Lord’s Day worship services/Bible study meetings. We thank the Lord for the children who came for the VBS and about half of them are now coming to CBF to attend the Sunday School. May the Lord continue to bless this ministry in Mactan Island (please see the testimony of Bro Deccarlo Igot).

The Lord’s rebuke to me signalled the work of Trinidad, Bohol to commence. On February 4, 2019, the Lord called Pr Rodolfo Gayon to start a work in my hometown. It is a heavily Roman Catholic community, which I myself did not have the faith to believe that such a work will thrive there. But the hand of the Lord is not shortened to reach the hardened hearts of the people there. Last May 2019 VBS, the first, as far as I know, saw 12 God-sent children and 4 parents at the Gospel Rally. The Trinidad Bible-Presbyterian Missions does not have worship meetings on Lord’s Day but in God’s time, He will grant this holy desire. We thank the Lord for the planned missions trip for Pastor and brethren to visit Cebu and Bohol this coming September 2019. Let us pray for the Lord to pave the way for them. “As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God” (Romans 9:25–26).

We are thankful that although we are not a rich fellowship, the Lord spared an amount where we can help the initial cost of a church building in New Camiling, Valencia City. Through the help of the True Life BPC and members, the church building was completed. The church is now using the premises for their Sunday worship, Wednesday prayer meetings, Bible studies, fellowships and other church activities including their recent Missions Conference.

The soul-winning team, Ambassadors for Christ, is still continuing its effort to help each other’s churches in reaching out to the people around their neighbourhood. On Monday, July 22, the team travelled more than 8 hours to help Pr Ronnel evangelize the villages nearby his place in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. Let us pray that the Lord will save souls to start as pioneering members for a church there. May the Lord prepare the hearts of the evangelists and the people to hear God’s Word. Please pray for their safety and protection. “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:14–15).

The Lord satisfies His children with abundant temporal favours in order to serve Him best. The 44th Graduation of Far Eastern Bible College (FEBC) saw three of our members receive their confirmations. It is by the grace of God and we should give unto the Lord the praise and adoration for He alone granted them success after years of enabling them to toil and work hard. God supplies their needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:9). Bro Jude Thaddeus Gabales Aprilaiza Sible and yours truly received the Lord’s favour of a certificate and degrees.

Aprilaiza desires to co-labour with us in our plan to translate the RPG and hymns for the use of our countrymen in the Philippines, as well as for those who are working here in Singapore and other parts of the world. This is a big task and we cannot do a bit if God is not opening the door for us. As Paul asked the Christians in Thessalonica, “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: (2 Thessalonians 3:1). Let us join together to seek the Lord’s will whether this is His plan for us to embark such a project.

Although a number of our members went back to Philippines for good, the Lord is bringing in new faces and let us pray they too will come to the saving knowledge of our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ. One of those who returned, Elmie Betacura, entered Bukidnon Fundamental Baptist Seminary (BFBS) to be trained as a Bible woman someday. Last January, we are also blessed with one who remained but entered into the FEBC in the person of Bro Deccarlo Igot. We look forward to more of our members to be called by God to worship and glorify our Lord. Jesus said in Luke 10:2 “The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

Because of many who returned to Philippines, we are getting fewer. Nevertheless, our Lord’s Day evangelism is still going on. We have been visiting Orchard Road and Dhoby Ghaut for our evangelism and recently as we moved to Goldhill Plaza, we have added Toa Payoh Town Park as one of our destinations for Sunday noon evangelism (please see the testimony of Bro Jude Thaddeus Gabales).

Let us give thanks and praise our Lord for His mercy and kindness. Let us invite as many as we can that they may hear of His free offer of salvation to all. The second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ is nearer than we think. Let them and let us prepare to meet our God!

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 24:42–51).

Personal Testimony

Jermaine Pearl Encarguez

Good afternoon, brothers and sisters in Christ. I thank God that He used True Life BP Church’s Filipino Bible Fellowship to allow me to share my testimony on how good, loving, kind, and powerful our God is.

First of all, my name is Jermaine Pearl Encarguez from Iba, Cabanglasan Bukidnon and my journey began when I was born in a Roman Catholic family. God is amazing because I can see how He worked in my life and how He walks with me throughout these years. I thought believing in what I learned from our church satisfies my soul and guarantees me that I can go to heaven, that I am pleasing in His eyes because I always went to church and pray. That's what I believed in, and everything seemed so easy for me. I was achieving what I wanted and living according to my desires. I was always captivated by how the world looked so beautiful in my eyes. Since primary to secondary, I've been so confident with myself, believing that I can do things on my own and believing in my strengths. I thought I knew God a lot, that I don't need to study more on His words because listening every Sunday is enough to grow in my faith. But I was so wrong. I was not even living in Him, but I was living with the world surrounded by all the desires that enticed me the most.

When my parents transferred me to Promise Mountain Christian Academy, other than the academic books, they also studied the Holy Bible. I admit it was my first time opening and holding a Bible. I felt completely different. People were different in their ways, and it seemed like I didn’t belong there.

I was isolating myself from others because I didn't want them to share God's word with me. Until one day when we had a chapel hour, our Korean Pastor shared the word of God with us. From that moment, I realized that those people around me were fully committed to God and full of passion in serving Him. I thank God that He brought me to a school where wisdom takes place when you live, knowing the true God.

After four years of studying in that institution, my soul felt so satisfied with what I learned. However, I was still a Roman Catholic and still attending that church every Sunday. I was still scared at the time to continue attending religion other than ours because I didn't want to be scolded by my parents. So when I entered college, I didn't manage to reread the Bible. Everything felt so comfortable and went according to my desires. But then I became boastful that whenever somebody approached me and shared the word of God, I will turn away and say, "I know about that already." I realized that I'm surrounded by worldly desires again. I had a group of friends who love the world a lot, and I did not notice that I had become one of them. One day, I met a group of friends who are very devoted to worship God with their best. I recalled what I learned from the Pastor who preached to us from Joshua 1:8. The word of the Lord says, "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then though shalt have good success." I felt the guilt and became sad knowing how I turned myself again to the world even though I was privileged to learn about the truth. You might think that this situation is not a big deal, but these small and unnoticed actions will turn into a greater sin that could make us blind from the truth and deaf to His words.

Our weekly devotion, together with my friends, helped me a lot to give time to praise and worship God. Indeed God provided an instrument for me to go near to Him. From Proverbs 13:20, the word of the Lord says, "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." I learned that we should always be wise to select our companions. Companions that will help us to grow faithfully and not foolishly.

“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Proverbs 13:20

But most importantly, we should also be an instrument for others who are blinded and lost. As the years passed by, I finished my studies and found a job at the same school where I started to know God. Those people also helped me to understand more in every circumstance in life, that there's always time to wait and there's a right time when God will grant you what you prayed, and faithfulness should always take place.

After one year and three months of service, I was given an opportunity to work here in Singapore, and that opportunity turned out to be my most magnificent journey to serve God. Through my friend who invited me to attend here in FilBF, I became one of God's children. Before, I was still not sure to continue and visit here because I was afraid that my parents would be against it. But later on, I got the courage to tell everyone that I accepted Christ as my Savior and as my Lord. My life had changed, I feel comfort whenever I am alone, and I feel safe whenever trials and temptations surround me. Serving the Lord is indeed not easy as well for the enemy exerts effort to put me down and to measure my Faith and how long I can hang on. Just recently, both of my parents almost died due to a heart attack and pneumonia. We thought it's the end for them, and I thought I couldn't reach them anymore to share God's word. The enemy knows how much I love my parents and making ways to disturb me. But I saw how God works in my life and how He shows His miracles. Philippians 4:6–7 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” How I thank God for delivering my parents from their physical infirmities. He still has plans for them, and I will take that chance to continue sharing God's word and praying that I will be able to help them also to know who God is and to accept Him as their Savior. I thank my brothers and sisters in Christ who are there to give comfort and reminders that God is greater than the enemy. Indeed, they helped me a lot to open up myself to others and helped me be a keeper of God's word.

Praise God, the Most High! He is greater than all our enemies; let's not stop sharing the good news with others, and let's continue to walk with faith in Him.

The FilBF Eband Testimony

Jude Thaddeus Gabales

The Filipino Bible Fellowship (FilBF) started the evangelistic band (Eband) around February 2017 along Orchard Road (beside Tangs and Lucky Plaza) after every Sunday morning worship service and before the start of FilBF in the afternoon with approximately 30-45 mins of the time we have left. It was a burden for brothers and sisters alike to share the good news of salvation to our fellow Filipino brethren who are still outside of God’s kingdom.

I remember the first time we went for evangelism. I was both eager and at the same time nervous because I didn’t know what to say or how to share the Gospel. I was also careful and worried because I was afraid many would reject what I had to share and it might eventually upset me. All sorts of negativity crept in my mind and in my heart. But I found out that it is just one ploy of the devil for me to give up evangelizing and leave my fellow countrymen to their own devices. In time, as I continued on with my study of God’s Word, I have been enlightened and given the renewed strength to testify for Christ so that we may win others unto God’s kingdom. Many of the sisters also came to evangelize, and I was surprised that they were even better witnesses for Christ which sometimes put me to shame. But needless to say, the heart and pursuit of evangelism would eventually grow as our faith also grows in Christ.

During evangelism, we would encounter different types of people. The Philippines has more than 80% of its population as Roman Catholics so we always meet these people. Aside from the Roman Church, there are also a few others from different denominations and religions, some atheists and agnostics, and others from different nationalities with different religious backgrounds. Suffice to say, it does not stop us from sharing the Gospel but all the more we rejoiced to speak with them and deliver the message of salvation. Apart from sharing the Gospel, we also hand out tracts and invitations of the FilBF for them to hear God’s Word. Most of the time, many would refuse to hear us nor receive the tracts as they continue on with their merry-making and some would even argue and quarrel with us. I especially remember one time at Dhoby Ghaut Park, one Filipina was so angry at us while we evangelized that we could physically see her lips and her whole body shaking while she retorted in anger. It was like she was demon-possessed. There are also times when our audiences are receptive and interactive in the sharing. Some of them promised to attend the fellowship and we would feel warmth and satisfaction. But whether they would truly come, it is the Spirit of God who will move their hearts to join us. These are a few of the many instances during our evangelization. Although we feel sad, disappointed, and dispirited with most of the various responses we receive, we will persevere and continue on to spread the Gospel of Christ with faith and zeal. It is not up to us when we should stop evangelizing or who we should evangelize, but we continue on because we believe that God will provide us with souls He specifically elected to be saved. We do not know who they are so we share the Gospel to anyone we meet. The Bible asserts in Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” It is by hearing God’s Word that we receive the faith in Christ so it is very important to share the Gospel. For without sharing, how will people learn of the saving knowledge in Christ and be saved? I pray that more people can join us so that we can spread to more areas and evangelize concurrently. With God’s strength and His leading, we can persevere to continue the task appointed to us by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. If you have Filipino friends here in Singapore, please feel free to refer them to the Filipino Bible Fellowship. All glory and honour unto God our Father.

Christian Bible Fellowship (CBF) Testimony

Deccarlo Igot

We thank the Lord that through the Filipino Bible Fellowship of True-Life Bible Presbyterian Church of Singapore, the Christian Bible Fellowship or CBF was established last October 28, 2018 in Pusok Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Philippines. CBF is a ministry, as its name implies, to conduct a regular weekly Christian Bible fellowship in the area where it is established at the very beginning. As time passed by we had also started to conduct a once a month worship service. CBF started to reach out to the immediate family members, relatives, friends and acquaintances of this writer and Bro Jude Thaddeus P Gabales. The main objective is to preach and teach the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ mainly based on the Holy Scripture.

This ministry is burdened by what Jesus Christ said in Mark 8:36 that “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” about 80% of the population of the Philippines are Roman Catholics where the majority of which do not read, study and learn the truth of the word of God from the holy scripture. Only about 10% are Christians and the rest are of different religious affiliations. Without studying and learning the word of God from the Bible, a man will likely focus only on how to gain in this world if not to wholly own it. When the worldly mind-set dominates we are assured that blessings from God will be hindered from pouring out to the people and the worst thing to happen is that nobody will know and understand the essence or the value of the salvation of our soul which Jesus Christ taught in that captioned verse of Mark 8:36 saying that “one soul is even more important that anything on this world.”

The ministry started its work to teach the Westminster Shorter Catechism. It had been taught in a module base on every Bible fellowship meeting. We divided the whole catechism, the 107 question and answers pertaining to the Christian faith, into 12 modules. After the Westminster Catechism, we proceed to have a Bible study on the books from the Bible, the book of Genesis, the book of John and the book of Romans.

At the start we conducted the Bible fellowship at AA Function Room located at Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City. This venue is a BBQ grill restaurant where we rented the function room on an hourly basis. The place was so convenient to the attendees because it is just along the highway and most of the attendees were just residing nearby. The attendance that time varies from about 15 to 20 persons on average. About two months later we were able to rent an apartment composed of two bedrooms, one living and one dining room. We use the area for living and dining for the Bible fellowships and worship services and the two bedrooms are spared for other activities or use as required for the ministry. For the Bible fellowships and worship services conducted in the new venue, we call it CBF apartment, varying from 8 to 10 regular average attendees thus far.

CBF also had the opportunity to host a Vacation Bible School (VBS) last May 20–22, 2019. We were blessed with about 40 children attending the event and about (6) six parents attending the gospel rally held on the last day of the VBS. Now, due to the Lord’s leading and zeal of the children for the continuity of the VBS, we managed to conduct a Sunday school every Lord’s Day beginning on the first week of this month of July up until now.

Aside from our activities at the CBF apartment, we continue to reach out to the people in Lapu-Lapu through evangelism and house to house Bible studies. This is to teach the Word of God and to invite them to the CBF Bible fellowship and worship service.

Lapu-Lapu, the place where CBF is located, was named after the first hero of our country the Philippines. He was a hero as he fought the first so-called invader of our land under the Spanish expeditor or navigator named Ferdinand Magellan. Magellan succeeded to introduce Roman Catholicism in the Island of Cebu way back around 500 years ago, in the year 1521. Magellan gave a figurine of a child Jesus now popularly called Sto Nino. However, Lapu-Lapu rejected Magellan and subsequently it turned to a battle where Magellan was killed. It happened on April 27, 1521.

This historical fight and the rejection of the Roman Catholicism in the place called Lapu-Lapu may serve as encouragement not for insurgency but for Christians in the Christian Bible Fellowship to fight a good fight of faith as adherence to the word of God written by Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” … as “the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”, Romans 1:17.

May the Lord bless CBF to continue to labour for the salvation of one’s soul and flourish for the glory of God alone!

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