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Why Did God Give Music to His People?


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

In the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, there is a constant reference to music. Some books in the Bible, in part or in their entirety, are songs or poems (e.g. The Book of Psalms). In God’s plan, music is the accompanying counterpart to the Word of God. Therefore, in our churches, we must regard scriptural music highly.

Music is God’s gift

The Bible makes clear reference to music as a blessed means of praise given by the Almighty to His creation. When God unveiled His glory to Job...

Worship Must Be Trinitarian


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 26 February 2012

When we speak of worshipping God, we must always be mindful that we speak of Trinitarian worship.

That God is one, and that He is three is the very essence of who God is. The Trinitarian doctrine of God – One God, Three Persons – is thoroughly biblical, and uniquely Christian...

Trinitarian Heresies


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 February 2012

Throughout the church history, many unbiblical teachings about the Triune God had been introduced, but were duly condemned as heresies. These heresies resulted from their proponents’ unwillingness to accept by faith the mystery of the doctrine of Trinity. To them, since the Trinity is not pleasing to their human logic, it must be rejected as untenable. But the greatest reason for believing in the doctrine of the Trinity is that it is the divine revelation in the Scriptures. Divine truths are based on divine revelation, hence Trinity must be believed and declared...

The Holy Trinity


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 February 2012

The doctrine of Trinity, which declares that God is Triune, is fundamental to the Christian faith. We must believe this grand doctrine because it is clearly taught in the Scriptures. But it is a doctrine that defies human logic. It is beyond man’s ability to fathom and explain.

Why is this doctrine so incomprehensible? God is infinite, and hence He is beyond human reasoning. We can know Him only because He has revealed Himself to us by His Word. Whatever He has revealed concerning Himself in His Word must be received by faith and with humility. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7)...

Impressed To Be Equipped In His Word!


Sunday, 05 February 2012

Testimony by Bro Kenneth Wong

My salvation

I started attending church at the tender age of 10, when I was in Primary 3. My elder sister who is a Christian brought me to church. My family was Taoist and ancestral worshippers. My father did not allow us to attend church.

My father passed away in 1985 when I was 13. Elder Ng, Sis Dorothy and a few brethren from Sharon B-P Church came to my house to visit and comfort my mother.

Revision Sharpens Our Thinking


Written by Pr Dennis Kabingue Sunday, 29 January 2012

Revision sharpens our thinking. High achievers find wisdom in this proposition. Revision is demanding but it pays off. A second look is always a better look. When we work on our stored knowledge by way of revision, we are providing our mind with an opportunity to refresh our memory and more. As we sort out our ideas in our mind, our understanding of things is actually being refined, strengthened, deepened and broadened. That is why he who revises finds it easier to come up with good answers during examinations.

The concept of revision is also vital in our spiritual lives. If we are in the habit of revising the sermons that we hear in church, our souls will benefit from them greatly. There is a reason why God ordained the preaching and teaching ministry as central to our church life experience. God knows how much we need His Word.

Pursue Godly Fellowship


Written by Pr Jeremiah Sim Sunday, 22 January 2012

The Scriptures exhort believers to congregate for mutual edification. Sadly, today many Christians forsake the assembly of the saints to pursue friendship with the world.

Hebrew 10:23-25 demands that Christians who look forward to Christ’s return must resist the world and yield themselves to godly fellowship. “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:23-25)...

Prayer And Christian Fellowship


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 15 January 2012

Prayer is a ministry in which the bond of Christian fellowship is strengthened as mutual needs and burdens are presented before the Lord. Incessant prayers for one another are taught in the Scriptures (Hebrews 13:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:25) with regard to physical (James 5:16) as well as spiritual (Colossians 1:9) blessings. As such, it is expected of every Christian to pray one for another. An Old Testament prophet even declared that it is a sin to cease praying for the people of God (1 Samuel 12:23).

Prayer is a ministry in which the bond of Christian fellowship is strengthened as mutual needs and burdens are presented before the Lord. Incessant prayers for one another are taught in the Scriptures (Hebrews 13:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:25) with regard to physical (James 5:16) as well as spiritual (Colossians 1:9) blessings. As such, it is expected of every Christian to pray one for another. An Old Testament prophet even declared that it is a sin to cease praying for the people of God (1 Samuel 12:23)...

Gethsemane Men’s Fellowship


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 January 2012

We begin a new fellowship group for men in our church so that they may be built up through the Word and Christian fellowship. I am working together with our Adults’ Fellowship committee to organise GMF into a vibrant ministry.

Why this new effort? The Lord expects Christian men to be leaders of their homes and church. The Lord has called them to bear the burdens of spiritual leadership. When men become spiritually weak, backslidden, and worse still, unfaithful, their homes and church suffer severely from all the consequences of poor leadership...

Memories And Obligations!


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 January 2012

As I ponder on the conclusion of 2011, I am overwhelmed by a sense of deep obligation to God. This is especially so, when I consider how undeserving and wretched I am before His holy presence. He has been so good, and so magnanimous! The memories of God’s wondrous help throughout the last year are immensely awesome! I bow my head low before His exalted throne in thankful praise. Brethren, you too must bring your tribute to God with thanksgiving....

Good Tidings of Great Joy To All People!


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 December 2011

Blessed Christmas!

Let us rejoice for the incomparable
gift of God, the Son of God, our
Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ,
who was born for us in the little
town of Bethlehem.

May Christ be always magnified
in Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian
Church, where the Lord has joined
us all together to serve Him.
Come, let us worship Christ,
the Newborn King.

“O Come, Let Us Adore Him, Christ The Lord!”


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 December 2011

Christmas is just a week away. This year, Christmas falls on a Sunday, and our Christmas service will be held in conjunction with next Sunday’s worship service. It is an occasion when we specially commemorate the birth of Christ. It is a time of joy, for the infinite love of God has been manifested in all its beauty and splendour through Christ. Through His humble birth, we have received the fullness of His grace. Salvation has come to us so rich and free. Let us then come together next Sunday with thanksgiving and praise to God who sent His only begotten Son into this world for our redemption. “O Come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”

A Time Of Urgent Needs, A Time For Generous Giving


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 December 2011

While writing to the church in Philippi, Paul testified of their generosity towards the work of the Gospel he was engaged in - “Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity” (Philippians 4:15, 16). The church in Philippi was quick to respond to the needs of the ministry by sending their generous support.

Dear Gethsemaneans, you too have done well in giving towards the work of the Lord till this day. I trust that you will continue to show your joy in supporting the Lord’s work in our church, just as you have shown in the past years...

Pastoral Exhortation


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 December 2011

Dearly beloved,

We praise the Lord for His abundant blessings in our church life. His goodness towards us is seen in great measure as He has enabled us to spread the Gospel in many parts of the world, beyond all that we have imagined. "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen" (Ephesians 3:20-21).

3rd Missionary Conference


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 November 2011

We look eagerly towards the 3rd Missionary Conference of Gethsemane B-P Church. This event is a token of God’s grace that has enabled our church to be involved increasingly in worldwide Gospel missions. In this conference, we will have the joy of witnessing the inauguration and dedication of the newly constructed church and Bible institute in Ethiopia.

Our main purpose for organizing missionary conferences is to gather together all our preachers and missionaries for a time of worship, studying God’s Word and strengthening one another through warm and sweet fellowship. We thank God that all our preachers from Singapore are able to attend this conference in Ethiopia. We will also be joined by Rev Reggor Galarpe and Pr Edsel Locot from the Philippines...

Reading Shapes Our Thinking


Written by Pr Dennis Kabingue Sunday, 20 November 2011

Reading shapes our thinking. We must be extra careful about what we read. Take note: food is to our bodies what words are to our mind. Words are mind’s food. If our mind’s diet is lust, our body will crave for lust and find its way to fulfil it. Our hands and feet do not act on their own. They wait for instructions. What our mind tells them to do, they will obey (Proverbs 4:23). Likewise, if our daily intake is God’s words and good Christian materials that are faithful to the word of God, our mind will grow in the knowledge and grace of God. It all boils down to what we read...

Theme Of 3rd Missionary Conference - "All Nations Shall Worship The LORD"


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 13 November 2011

"All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee" (Psalm 22:27).

We eagerly look forward to the 3rd Missionary Conference which will be held in Ethiopia from Dec 6-11, 2011. God willing, about 45 brethren will be travelling from Singapore to Ethiopia to participate in this much anticipated missionary conference. A group of six brethren will leave as 'advance party' on 2nd December to prepare for the conference, and the rest will leave on 5th December, early in the morning. Let us pray for the Lord's blessings upon all the preparations that are being done for the conference...

No Time!


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 06 November 2011

No Time! An excuse that is increasingly heard when people are urged to consider spiritual matters and activities. Recently, while I was distributing Gospel tracts, I told a man, who appeared to be in no hurry and sitting in the park to kill time, that if he would not mind, I would like to share with him the very important message of salvation. His response was, “Sorry, no time!” This made me recall some other similar responses...

O, His Goodness!


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 October 2011

God's promises of His goodness to His people are plenteous in the Bible. There are also abundant testimonies of His people about His goodness in their lives. Here are a few:

  • "And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth" (Exodus 34:6)...

He Will Prosper Us, So Let Us Arise And Build


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 23 October 2011

I would like to exhort all of you to be full of faith in His goodness and faithfulness, as we found ourselves in need of a huge sum of money (S$500,000/-) to complete the building of the church and Bible college in Ethiopia. Furthermore, the need for S$300,000 in a week's time is making many of us very anxious, causing us to think how we can raise such a huge sum. Brethren, I am assured that this is His appointed time for us to believe and see His power to help us...

Testimonies Of Recent Mission Trip To The Philippines


Sunday, 16 October 2011

I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?" (Isaiah 43:12-13).

We praise and thank God for the honour and privilege given to us to behold God’s bountiful blessing bestowed upon the brethren in our mission churches in the Philippines...

Our Special Delight: Going To The House Of The Lord


Written by Photo Gallery Sunday, 09 October 2011

"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD"

It is the special delight of everyone who loves God to go into the house of the LORD to worship Him. When the day of worship comes, they love to be where God's people are gathered together. Their hearts rejoice when others tell them it is time to go to the house of the LORD...

The Best Remedy For Carnality Within The Church: Rebuke By Preachers


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 October 2011

Scripture clearly teaches us that the remedy for the onslaught of carnality is preaching that confronts sin with burning words and bold rebuke. Consider the preaching of the prophet Isaiah. In the very first chapter itself, Isaiah delivered a startling rebuke of sin. Isaiah denounced the Israelites’ sacrifices as hypocritical. He boldly declared that God despised their oblations, the incense, their holy days and feasts. Then in no uncertain terms, he told them that God would not hear their prayers because their hands were full of blood. Again in that chapter, he denounced them for the oppression of the poor, for their rebellion against God, for their spiritual harlotry. He was unflinching when he remarked that their princes ran with thieves...

Qualifications Of Church Leaders


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 September 2011

God's directive concerning the character of those who aspire to serve in the offices of the church is given in Titus 1:6-9: "If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate..

Information On Candidates For Election To The Church Session (2011-2013)


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 September 2011

Dear Gethsemaneans,

Next Lord's day (25th Sept 2011), God willing, our church's election to the Session (2011-2013) will be held in conjunction with the Annual Congregational Meeting. I urge all the communicant members of the church to attend the ACM, as it is our constitutional duty.

For many months, we have been praying as a church for the Spiritappointed men to come to the new Session. The Session of the church was also in much prayer and discussion on this matter. The Board of Elders has considered the names that were nominated and has approved the list of men given below...

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