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Our Risen and Exalted Christ

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 31 March 2013

The story of Jesus Christ did not end with His humiliation, crucifixion and burial. In fact, His death led His people to greater anticipation because He had spoken of great and mighty things that would follow: His resurrection (Matthew 12:39-40; 20:17- 19; 26:30-32; Luke 18:31-33; John 2:19-22), ascension and being with the Father in His glory (Luke 9:31, 51; John 6:62; 7:33; 12:32; 14:12, 28; 16:5, 10, 17, 28; 20:17), the new dispensation of the Spirit and global Gospel advancement (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:18-20), and the preparation of a place for all His people in glory (John 14:2-3). The power and glory of His person is to have a greater impact after His death...


God Manifested His Love Through His Son

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 29 March 2013

We can know God, because His great love is manifested unto us. Immediately after making the assertion that “God is love”, the Apostle John wrote, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10). God’s love has sent the Son of God to bear all our sins so that we may know Him intimately.

How amazing it is that God should love vile mortals like us. Who can fully comprehend that the eternal God, who is holy, would love ungrateful rebels such as we? What a great mystery and a grand miracle that the divine love would send His only begotten Son into the world for us! If this is not love, what then is love...


The Philosophy of Thanksgiving

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 24 March 2013

The article below is written by the late Rev Dr Timothy Tow, the founding pastor of Bible-Presbyterian churches in Singapore and Malaysia. Rev Tow was a man of thanksgiving. Very often, I heard him say, “Praise the Lord.” He often urged his church and his students in FEBC to cultivate a thankful spirit before the Lord. He would always call the church anniversary meeting “Thanksgiving Service”.

As we prepare for our Silver Jubilee Thanksgiving Service and Dinner, which will be held this Saturday evening, I pray that we will come together with a genuine heart of thanksgiving. May this article teach all of us to come before the Lord with a biblical spirit of thanksgiving – Pastor Koshy...


25 Things That I Am Thankful About Our Church

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 17 March 2013

As I set my mind to praise God for 25 years that He has given to our church, I decided to list down 25 thanksgiving items about our church. I am sure that many of you would have written down many of these items and very likely, even more. It is important that everyone who is a member of Gethsemane do not forget to bless the Lord for the benefits he or she has received through the church. May it never be that we conduct ourselves like the unthankful people of ancient Israel about whom the Lord has said, “Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea” (Psalm 106:7).

I thank the Lord for Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian Church’s

  1. Submission to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour and Head of the Chu rch.
  2. High regard for the Bible as God’s inspired, infallible, inerrant, preserved and perfect Word...

Why We Should Regard the Bible as Authoritative?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 10 March 2013

If we accept God’s authority, then we must also acknowledge the authority of each and every word which He has recorded in the Bible. The following facts ascertain the supreme authority of the Bible in believers’ lives.

God’s call to keep the Bible unaltered ascertains its authority

Every word of the Bible is to be taken with utmost reverence. We are commanded not to diminish or expand, subtract from or add to that which God has already revealed in the Bible. God does not allow any change to His Word because such an action is against His own authority....


25 Questions for Self-Examination/A Quiz on the Historical Facts of Our Church

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 03 March 2013

For the past 25 years, the Lord has been faithful to Gethsemane B-P Church. All Gethsemaneans have experienced great spiritual blessings from the Lord through our church’s ministries. But have we been faithful to our Lord who has been faithful to bless us according to all His promises?

Below, I have included 25 questions that pertain to our dedication to our Lord and His church. I have published 21 of them before in the church bulletin on the occasion of our 21st Anniversary. It is time again to evaluate ourselves and see how we have conducted ourselves in the church for His glory...


Come and Cast the Gospel Net

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 24 February 2013

This Saturday night at 8 pm, we will start off a month long thanksgiving to the Lord for 25 years of His goodness to Gethsemane B-P Church. We will begin it all with a Gospel Rally. The Gospel preacher will be Rev Paul Ferguson, and the interpreter of the message into Mandarin will be Pr Kelvin Wong.

I trust that you have been praying and labouring to bring your unsaved friends and relatives to the Gospel Rally. May I once again urge you to make every effort to bring someone to hear the Gospel. May I once again urge you to make every effort to bring someone to hear the Gospel. Even if no one responds to your invitation, please come and participate in the rally as you will have a chance to talk to someone who comes to the rally about our Great Saviour. By your prayerful participation, you can be a testimony to someone about Christ...


Why Avoid the Company of Some?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 17 February 2013

The biblical admonition to avoid the company of disorderly and disobedient Christians is not, as some might think, an extreme, unreasonable, capricious and unprofitable command. The Bible casts much light on the necessity of this admonition. Consider the following seven biblical reasons for such a command:

Firstly, if we would not withdraw our association with unrepentant ones, this would encourage them to continue in their wrong ways. The apostle John cautioned, “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (2 John 11)...


Who Are Those To Be Avoided?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 10 February 2013

The following list of people with bad behaviour and sinful practices are mentioned in the Bible as disorderly Christians. If anyone who professes to be a Christian is found behaving as such in the following biblical list, he warrants our withdrawal from him. “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you” (2 Thessalonians 3:6-7).

  • Busybody persons (2 Thessalonians 3:11): These are those who meddle with the affairs of others instead of attending to their own duties. They pry into other people’s circumstances and domestic affairs, and tell tales about them by magnifying, minimizing, or misrepresenting.

Who Will Reap the Harvest?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 03 February 2013

How I long to see every Christian in our church taking the work of soul-reaping with increasing enthusiasm and commitment! May the Lord Jesus Christ, the lover and redeemer of our souls, motivate our hearts with His Words that we may be good reapers of the soul-harvest.

John, the Gospel writer, records in John 4:34-35 - “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest...


Joyful Celebrations of Solemn Days

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 January 2013

Is it unbiblical or sinful to celebrate a joyful occasion with a sumptuous meal? There are some who believe that it is a grave mistake to enjoy a grand meal even on a happy occasion, though God has provided the means to enjoy it. However, the Bible teaches the contrary.

It is true that the Bible instructs us not to live beyond our means. We are exhorted in 1 Timothy 6:6: “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” We should not be spendthrifts who always live a lavish lifestyle. We must be frugal, not to amass wealth for ourselves, and yet have enough for the proper care of the poor, the Gospel work and ourselves...


He Leads, We Follow

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 January 2013

“Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.”

—Isaiah 48:17

Why can we trust Him to lead?

We can trust Him absolutely, firstly, because He is our “Redeemer”. Take note that He introduces Himself to us, with all His authority and truthfulness...


A Pastoral Call For More Prayer

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 13 January 2013

My beloved fellow Gethsemaneans,

A praying church is always a great encouragement to its preachers. The prayers of the church reinforce the preachers in their ministerial tasks. All the struggles and strains of ministry are greatly helped when the church rallies behind its preachers with ardent prayers. Appreciating the prayers of the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote, “Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf” (2 Corinthians 1:11). Christians’ prayers are the minister’s help.


Greetings & Testimonies

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Sunday, 06 January 2013

Dear Pastor Koshy,

Blessed 2013 and may the Lord prosper you, your family and church leaders as all of you endeavour to serve Him faithfully and diligently, and in all the undertakings planned for the church in the new year; that the Sovereign Lord immanently and personally rules over all the affairs of the church.

Cecilia & Clarissa Lim
Wells, England


Watchnight Service

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 December 2012

Over the years, I have noticed that some Christians disregard the Watchnight service. I guess their question would be, “Why should there be such a late night service?”

As your pastor, it is my duty to tell you why our church has such a service. Though I can cite that Christians traditionally hold such services everywhere to give thanks to God for all His goodness in the passing year...


Unto You A Saviour Is Born

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 23 December 2012

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11)

This was the divine message made known to the shepherds of Bethlehem by the angels. This angelic declaration reveals the true message of Christmas. It is most fitting that we meditate on this message as we prepare to worship our Saviour who was born for our salvation.

“For unto you is born”: The conception and birth of Jesus Christ was a miracle. Mary, the virgin, conceived Him as the Holy Spirit overshadowed her (Matthew 1:20- 23). The eternal Son of God took on human flesh and was born to be our substitute, to bear the wrath of God against our sin. He was not born for holy angels but for poor men who are in the bondage of sin...


Testimonies

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 16 December 2012

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD...” (Psalm 92:1).

I am thankful to the Lord for enabling me to attend our year-end church camp this year after missing out on it for the past 10 years due to National Service, studies and work commitments and also for allowing me the opportunity to re-experience the spiritual fellowship in the Word and with the brethren. For a working adult, the church camp was a break from my daily work routine, a time of both spiritual and physical rest


Expressions Of Christian Fellowship

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 December 2012

Christian fellowship is one of the greatest blessings that will emerge from knowing Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour of our life. There is nothing like it on earth as far as close and affectionate relationships are concerned. We all enter into relationships whether by affinity or consanguinity, but when such relationships are not based on Jesus Christ and His truth, they tend to have great problems. Only the fellowship that comes out of the gospel of salvation carries a very special blessing.

Christian fellowship is filled with the splendour of heavenly realities and experiences. In a sense, it is really an “out-of-theearth” experience reserved by God only for His children. It is a God-given and God-sustained fellowship designed to prepare believers for the fuller heavenly joys that await them beyond this life on earth.


This Week’s Church Camp

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 December 2012

Dear brethren,

<This year’s church camp begins tomorrow. We thank God for 164 campers who will be joining the camp held in Hotel Equitorial, Bangi, Malaysia. Most will be travelling by the four coaches booked by the camp committee, and others in their cars.

Among the participants are brethren from our sister churches. Let us welcome them heartily and extend our hands of fellowship with joy.

Let us pray for our camp speaker, Rev Dr Jeffrey Khoo (Pastor of True Life BPC & Principal of FEBC), and the children’s speakers, Ho Xiao Wei, Tammy Ho and Choong Yi Jie. Remember also to pray for our own preachers who will be expounding the Word during the devotions, the Chinese Service meetings and night meetings...


Sanctify The Lord God In Your Hearts

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 November 2012

The Apostle Peter in his first epistle exhorts all Christians, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts” (1 Peter 3:15). Christians are urged to render their full devotion to the Lord. The word “sanctify” (in Greek, hagiazo) depicts the act of separating from all profane things and dedicating solely to God. Not to wholly dedicate to the Lord can mean desecrating the holiness of the Lord who indwells His children.

Only a whole-hearted dedication befits the Lord. A half-hearted devotion would mean one is trying to have two masters...


Follow Jesus And Be A Fisher Of Men

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 November 2012

Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19) were the words of Jesus to Andrew and Simon. These words of Jesus are full of promise and motivation. None who reads them should fail to observe the prospects they offer. These words of Jesus are gracious, potent and transforming! They are for our joyful contemplation and obedience.

The call of Christ: “Follow Me”

A gracious invitation
Firstly, we notice that herein is a warm invitation from our gracious Lord. He gently beckons us...


Pastoral Letter

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 November 2012

Dear brethren,

This will be my second Lord’s Day being absent from the church. In this regard, I am very miserable. Though I join you in worship through the live webcast, there is nothing like being in the midst of His people to worship our wonderful God. “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand” (Psalm 84:10). “How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God” (Psalm 84:1–3).

I give thanks to God for all your prayers for me, and I am sure that the Lord will answer us and heal me of my infirmities. While I was recuperating from my jaw and periodontal surgery...


We Need Praying Men

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 November 2012

When Gethsemane Men’s Fellowship meet together on 10th November (this coming Saturday) in the TGCM premises, the focus of the meeting will be “Praying Men”. GMF’s goal is to equip men in our church to be faithful men of God. We need faithful men because God has called men to be leaders both in our homes (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:23) and in the church (1 Timothy 2:12, 13). Unfaithful men will bring unimaginable hurt to their family and the church. When men become unfaithful to God, they become bad spiritual leaders. Their unfaithfulness will wreck their spiritual and moral authority to lead those under their care. Bad leadership inevitably leads to serious consequences, for without faithful men, our homes and our church will suffer severe spiritual and moral degeneration...


Unmasking the Dangers Of Worldliness - Part II

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 28 October 2012

As the apostle John explains in 1 John 2:15-17, worldliness is not only unprofitable but also detrimental to Christian life. In last Sunday’s bulletin, we considered the first spiritual danger of worldliness, namely “it excludes the love of the Father”. Today, we shall consider the second spiritual danger mentioned by the apostle John.

Worldliness embraces temporal at the expense of eternal

John forewarns, “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (v. 17)...


Unmasking The Dangers Of Worldliness - Part I

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 21 October 2012

Worldliness gives rise to severe spiritual dangers, which no Christian should consider trivial. Three specific spiritual dangers are mentioned by the apostle in 1 John 2:15-17.

Worldliness excludes the love of the Father

John said, “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (v. 15b). In other words, no one can love the world and God at the same time. Love for the world is a hindrance to genuine devotion to God. While love for the world pushes out love for God...



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