On Sundays at 3pm. Please contact Bro Jose Lagapa: 81853623 anytime.
Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
We ought to give praise and thanksgiving to the LORD for a new year He has given us! Year 2020 was indeed an unforgettable year in the history of mankind thus far. But how about 2021?
As Christians, we can say with the Psalmist, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.” (Psalm 91:1–6).
The FilBF in 2020, as a ministry of True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church, is under the Lord’s appointed under shepherd, our Pastor, the Rev Dr Jeffrey Khoo and the session of the church. Our motto has been “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). The committee of FilBF is composed of Rev Jose Lagapa, Elder Douglas Ho, Bro Deccarlo Igot and Bro Jude Thaddeus Gabales.
In 2019 we desired for a wider evangelistic outreach in other parts of the Philippines. The goal was to step into the island of Luzon, the largest island of the archipelago, based on the Acts 1:8 principle. The ministries we had last year includes the following: 1) Joint-fellowship meeting with True Life BPC Ladies Fellowship on January 5 with Pastor speaking on the theme, “The Women in the Church” taken from Titus 2:3–5. 2) Gospel Meetings on months with 5th Sunday were done – March 29, May 31, August 30 and November 29. 3) Online worship services from March 29 – November 29 were posted in YouTube. 4) Two members were baptized on April 5 by Pastor namely: Ma Luisa Igot and Reema Cabintoy. 5) The 4th Anniversary Thanksgiving on July 26, with Pastor, speaking on “Shine Forth for Jesus” taken from Matthew 5:14–16 and the ordination of Jose Lagapa. 6) The Vacation Bible School in the Philippines was supposed to be conducted on April – May, 2020 but had to be postponed next year due to the pandemic. 7) In lieu of our Sunday school, twice a week a 5–8 minute recorded audio teachings from the Book of Psalms dubbed as “Nuggets of Wisdom” (NOW) are sent via WhatsApp to the members of the Fellowship. 8) Translation of literatures: Salvation Q&A Tagalog translation for evangelism and January–March 2021 Cebuano RPG. 9) The Radio ministry in DXMU-FM of Central Mindanao University, Univ. Town, Musuan, Bukidnon, the Philippines, “Ang Pulong Sa Dios” (The Word of God) every Lord’s Day from 2–3 pm commenced last November 29. The ministry broadcasts in Cebuano the “Theology for Every Christian” by Tow and Khoo with testimonies of FilBF members and hymns sung by the TLBPC Church Choir. 10) Giving of cash love gifts to the needy members during the height of the pandemic lockdowns in the Philippines in June and relatives of members affected by the flood due to the typhoon in December. 11) Phase 2 of Circuit Breaker saw the opportunity to have Sunday Lunch Fellowships with 5 members/guests joining in online worship and had lunch together from September 6 to November 29 in the Upper Room. 12) The Young People’s Bible Conference – 2020 online was held on December 12 participated by 337 young people in 15 different host churches. The theme was “Be Not Deceived” taken from 1 Corinthians 6:9–11.13) Exploration for the Lord’s direction in the approach of VBS in the Philippines next year led to a one-day training for the recording of teaching materials for children. It was conducted on December 22 for Filipino FEBC students by Sister Judy Lee. 13) FilBF resumed the physical gathering in Godhill on December 6, 2020. 14) Missions stations activities: a. Christ BP Church – welcomed a full-time preacher in May, Pr Jose Mangco. They celebrated their 2nd Anniversary Thanksgiving last November 29, b. Trinidad BP Church – celebrated their 1st Anniversary Thanksgiving last December 6 with Pr Rodolfo Gayon, the full-time preacher, c.True Word Bible Fellowship – started at the home of Bro Jude Gabales with our supported GBI students preaching: Johnny Rey Ebin and Kenneth Guillas, d. Musuan BP Missions – Pr Warly Sinonlay started evangelizing the labourers in Central Mindanao University.
The pandemic seemed to have hampered the aim of the fellowship to glorify God in the desire to extend outreaches to other parts of the Philippines. However, the recorded online worship, the Nuggets of Wisdom, the translated literatures and the radio ministry have been blessed by the Lord to be His means of reaching out many Filipinos not only in Singapore and Philippines but even to those who are in various countries where many of our countrymen are working. We thank the Lord that it was not our own desire and plan that made the FilBF’s aim achieved but His ways and means. To God be the glory!
Due to the current situation of many restrictions in going back to the Philippines for missions work, the aim of the FilBF for 2021 is to establish a stronger grounding of members in the Word of God and evangelism.
Testimony of Salvation – Jose Trinipil Lagapa II (Biboy)
I thank God that I was born into a family that has been grounded well in the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. Since young, God’s Word has always been taught to me day-in, and day-out. In the morning, I would read a psalm from the Bible. Throughout the day, hymns were played from the radio of Foundations Bible College as I did my homeschooling. In the evening, my father would read a chapter from 365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories and pray with my siblings and I before we dozed off to sleep. On Sundays and Wednesdays, Rev. Kluttz, whom we call endearingly, Grandpa Bob, and his daughter, Aunty Karen, would teach us straight from God’s Word. This was the routine for me for the 2 years I spent in Japan. These activities did not mean that I was saved. However, they were the catalysts that God not only used to lead me to Himself; He also used the King James Bible to teach me the English language.
I only truly understood the Gospel and the evil of my sin when I was 8-years-old. Before, I would only go with the flow. I didn’t want to disobey my parents, or be caught doing so, because of the consequences that would strike my backside. I did not perceive that I was a sinner and needed Jesus’ blood to cleanse me from my sins. It was only when I was lying on my bed that one night and could not fall asleep. I started thinking of death and hell. Depictions of hell from tracts and visual aids re-entered my mind. The pained and anguished facial expressions that screamed in silence haunted me. Sleep was thrown out the window and I started calling for my father in the dead of the night.
It was then that my father retold to me the Gospel. He reminded me that I am a sinner and cannot save myself. He explained why Jesus had to die such a painful death on the cross. He did it in order to save my soul and to pay the penalty for my sins. Not only did Jesus die on the cross, but He also rose on the third day to conquer death and secure eternal life for His children. Only then did I fully grasp the true meaning of salvation. I thank God for His salvation so rich and free!
Things did not stop there. I still had much physical and spiritual growing to do. I thank God for my Sunday school teachers and especially my parents who continued to teach me and reprove me when I turned aside. This was also one of the things I had to learn: becoming a child of God did not warrant perfection. I still had to struggle with the desire to sin. It was through these experiences that I came through my life verse, John 8:10–11, “When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none of but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” This verse gave me the strength not to wallow in my sin and self-pity, but to repent and ask for the LORD’s help to live a life pleasing unto Him.
Despite not being called into full-time service, I am entering FEBC for one year in order to ground myself in the Fundamental Doctrines of the Christian faith. I know that even though I have been listening to preachers and teachers of the Bible since young, I still have so many lessons to learn and misconceptions to unlearn. I pray that I will be humble to receive the teachings from God’s Word and apply them into my life. I pray also that the LORD may reveal to me what He wants me to do in my life after my time here in FEBC. To God be the Glory!
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