Pastoral 2016

Fellowship & Ministry Groups

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 September 2016

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The Lord has furnished our church with many fellowship and ministry groups so that members and friends may have opportunities to grow and serve the Lord. We thank God that all of them are well-organised and wellmanaged for the spiritual benefit of His people. Apart from the regular meetings, they also arrange special events like seminars, retreats, fellowship-outings, prayer meetings, evangelistic programmes, etc. Our preachers and Session members regularly give leadership and teach God’s Word in their activities.

What benefits will you receive?

What can you offer?

So brethren, make every effort to participate in the fellowship/ministry groups of the church. “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). ■

 

Testimonies of Young Adults

Bro Aron Ong
The GYAF is an avenue which God uses to minister to His children, particularly the young adults of Gethsemane.

For me, the GYAF message on 20 May 2016 was an especially timely one. The exhortation taken from Hebrews 10:25 on “and so much the more” - as regards to the assembling of ourselves together and the exhorting of one another in Christ - was a reassuring and encouraging message for me. It exhorted me not to give up but keep pressing forward in Christian life and service. At that point, I was just a month into parenthood - a “newbie” dad still settling into the new reality, trying to integrate my newest responsibility with my existing ones. My wife Shan was in her post-pregnancy confinement (though nearing the end of it then), and so I had been going to church alone without my immediate family for that past month. This had been an emotional struggle within me - part of me wanted to attend church, yet another part of me wanted to stay home together with my recuperating wife and newborn baby.

The temptation to slow down in the things of God is always there, all the more so when burdens of life increase. It is very easy to just give up, if we become transfixed by our own circumstances and some others around. However, to do that would be unfaithful to Him who has called and saved us.

Amidst life’s struggles, busyness, frustrations and troubles, we are still to be growing, fruitful Christians. As the palm trees that flourish in hostile desert conditions to produce sweet dates, and like the strong cedar trees that grow in favourable fertile conditions, may our Christian lives be ever flourishing and strong throughout all of life’s changing scenes, that we may show forth the glory of our Lord who has planted us and will make us flourish in Him (cf. Psalm 92:12-15).

That message was an apt reminder, for which I praise God!

 

Gethsemane Defenders’ Ministry

“Battle for the Bible”

Next month, Gethsemane Defenders’ Ministry will be holding two lectures (23 & 30 October) in conjunction with this year’s Reformation Sunday.

Reformed and Presbyterian churches traditionally observe Reformation Sunday on the last Sunday of October, marking Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. The 16th century Reformation was indeed a battle for the Bible, and one of its battle cries was “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture Alone).

Knowing the history of the church will enable us to be informed and better equipped Christians for the spiritual battles of our time. So please plan to attend.

23rd October (1.30pm – 3.30pm) “16th Century Battle for the Bible” by Andrew Koh

30th October (1.30pm – 3.30pm) “21st Century Battle for the Bible” by Prabhudas Koshy

Sis Low Hui Lin
The Gethsemane Young Adults’ Fellowship (GYAF) has been a blessing to me in the years that I have been in this church. I praise the Lord for using the GYAF to minister to me in several ways.

It was through the GYAF that I was assimilated into the church. During the months before my husband and I got married, I started attending the GYAF meetings. Through this, I was able to get to know more members of the church. I am thankful for several sisters who put in the effort to talk to me and make me feel welcome at each meeting.

Through the past 7 years, the GYAF has continued to be a source of blessing for me. I especially am thankful for the faithful preaching of God’s Word during each meeting, through which I have learnt much and grown in the Lord. How I sometimes wish that the preaching would not end, so that I can hear more of God’s Word!

The GYAF has also provided me with the opportunity to be in closer fellowship with some brothers and sisters-in-Christ as we get to know one other better. God has used the brethren from the GYAF to encourage me at different points in my life, for which I am thankful.

I praise the Lord for His goodness to me through the GYAF. May the Lord continue to use the GYAF mightily to do His work.