Grace News (Quarterly) Category

Why I Belong

In the sermon on Eph 2:11-22, we were exhorted to belong to a community so as to illuminate the glory of God. In this article, GBC members Jonathan Yao, Paul Wu, Poh Gee and Patti Koh penned their thoughts on why they chose to sink roots in GBC, and call GBC their family in this season of their lives.

Church - God's Wonderful Idea

Tan Yee Kiat provides a biblical perspective of what it means to be a member of a local church, and the significance of this in building up the body of Christ.

The Three B’s - 2nd B: Belong

Rachel Wong explains to our children the difference between belonging and fitting in, and encourages our children (and us) that we belong simply because we are children of God.

Grace News Issue #1 2018 -- Standing on Three Legs

This is our first issue on GBC's theme for 2018: Believe, Belong, Behave. Our focus for this issue is Believe.

This is My Father’s World

University student Hannah Yeo reflects on how she came to believe in Jesus, and celebrates the difference this has made to her thinking and outlook on life.

The Three B’s - 1st B: Believe

We have heard from Pastor Ian how discipleship is like a three-legged stool, with the three legs being Believe, Belong and Behave. Here, Rachel Wong explains to our children what belief is, and how it is possible to believe in a God we have not seen.

Why I Believe

One of the legs of our three-legged discipleship stool is: Believe. Grace News decided to ask a couple of GBC members what it means to them to believe in Jesus, and how their belief has changed and strengthened over the years. Here, longtime church member Leong Kuan Yui shares with us his faith journey and explains how knowing Christ has changed his life.

Standing on Three Legs

Pastor Ian introduces GBC’s theme for 2018 and explains why discipleship is like a three-legged stool.

Seekers Class: Christianity 101

Do you know that GBC has classes available where you and your friends can hear the gospel explained? During the rebuilding of our church at Mattar Road, we held this Seekers Class ‘on-demand’ rather than on a regular basis, but we are now ready to revert to a fixed schedule come 2018. Chong Kang Wei tells us about the Seekers Class and inspires us to get involved.

Filipina Ministry

Set up in 1985, the Filipina Ministry aims to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of our Filipina sisters in Christ. Heng Wen Xiu interviews Patricia Chan about the challenges of helming this ministry, and Jocelyn Gan Loquinario, Racel Singular, Evelyn Daborbor, Tess Zamora and Dynah Alberca about how the ministry has supported them in their faith journey.

Grace News Issue #4 2017 -- Not Ashamed

Grace News Issue #4 2017 -- Not Ashamed

Not Ashamed -- Helen Chee -- Labourers by Faith

Wrapping up our series of “Not Ashamed of the Gospel” interviews, Chan Kim Hoong speaks to Helen Chee, secretary to GBC's Rebuilding Steering Committee and Building Sub-Committee. In the interview, Helen shares with us how she came to GBC, her fond memories of the old church building and her prayers for GBC as we settle into our new building.

Great is Thy Faithfulness -- A Special Publication of GBC's Rebuilding

A special publication tracing the rebuilding journey that God has led us through as well as the prayers and hopes that our members have for His church.

Not Ashamed -- Melissa Fam

Melissa Fam, one of our many unsung heroes who worked tirelessly behind the scenes for the church rebuilding project, shares with Neo Yi Ling on the encouragement she has received from her involvement in the rebuilding project and how it has challenged her to be not ashamed of the gospel.

Walking the Talk

This is the last Children’s Corner about being not ashamed of the gospel. The first one was about how the Holy Spirit gives us courage and strength to take a stand for God. In the second we looked at our speech: being bold to tell others about the gospel. And finally, in this last one we will see how important it is to do what we say. Now we’re ready for action!

Chronicles for the Church

We in GBC are uniquely blessed in being able to benefit from the teaching ministry of DS (Discipleship Seminars). Taught in a refreshing and engaging way by some of our younger members, it is an invaluable resource for us

Grace News Issue #3 2017 -- Not Ashamed

Grace News Issue #3 2017 -- Not Ashamed

Not Ashamed: Talking about Jesus

In the first of our three-part series on the theme of Not Ashamed for the Children's Corner of Grace News, we shared the story of Perpetua. In this second instalment, Rachel Wong shares with our children the example of Timothy and encourages our young ones (and us) to tell others about Jesus.

Building Lessons from Lego

What can the popular construction toy Lego teach us about building up the church of Christ? Pastor Eugene sees several parallels, and here uses those colourful little bricks to illustrate some important principles for us as we seek to establish the church on a strong foundation.

Not Ashamed -- Esther Cher -- Living Hope

Long-time GBC member Esther Cher, also known as Yoke Lin, shares her testimony of being not ashamed of the gospel with Grace News writer Heng Wen Xiu. The mother-of-two talks about the living hope she has in the gospel, and the power of the Holy Spirit working in her.

Not Ashamed -- Esther Yap -- Crossing Cultures for Jesus

Esther Yap shares with Neo Yi Ling her struggles to be not ashamed of the gospel even as she serves in the mission field.

Ministry Focus: Grace News

Have you ever wondered how editions of Grace News come into existence? How and why are they produced, who is involved and what are the changes ahead?

Youth Ministry

Ever wonder what our youth does in their weekly care group sessions? Written by youth on youth, we get a glimpse of what goes on at youthgroup on Fridays, as well as the abundance of food - both spiritual and physical!

Grace News Issue #2 2017 -- Not Ashamed

Grace News Issue #2 2017 -- Not Ashamed

Not Ashamed -- Caleb & Lianna -- GBC Youth Taking a Stand

In line with our theme on being Not Ashamed of the Gospel, our youth members, Caleb Lee and Lianna Chan, speak up on what the Gospel means to them personally and how they have experienced the power of the Gospel in their individual lives. We pray alongside both of them as they strive to continue to be not ashamed of the Gospel no matter where they are or who they are with.

Not Ashamed -- Rachel Chua -- Living a Transformed Life

Grace News writer Neo Yi Ling caught up with Rachel Chua who grew up in GBC. Rachel, now a 24-year-old public servant, shared her thoughts on how coming to know Christ had impacted her and what it meant to be unashamed of the Gospel. Here are snippets from their conversation over a cup of teh tarik.

Not Ashamed -- The Story of Perpetua

This is the first of our three-part series on the theme of Not Ashamed for the Children's Corner of Grace News. In this first instalment, Rachel Wong shares with us the example of Perpetua and encourages us to rely on the Holy Spirit who gives us faith and courage in our hearts to stand firm and be joyful.

Not Ashamed!

Pastor Ian Buntain pens his first pastoral column for Grace News, on not being ashamed of our one true Love, as we persevere in our study and application of the Book of Acts.

I PROMISE (maybe, sometimes, perhaps)

Our God is a faithful God who always keeps His promises. Rachel Wong exhorts our children (and adults too!) to ask God to help us be promise-keepers, so that we can be like God and show other people we belong to Him.

Living Out Our Marriage Vows by Faith

Alongside our spiritual covenant with God, He has also instituted the covenant of marriage, which some of us enter into. Jonathan & Eng Meng Yao here explore the significance of the marriage covenant, and share how the VOWS acrostic may be put into practice in marriage, as well as in our personal relationship with God.

Christmas Love Box

Towards the end of every year you will have heard appeals from the Missions Committee (MC) for love offerings to be given to the Christmas Love Box (CLB). You may have wondered what exactly is this Christmas Love Box?

Eternal Hope in His Faithfulness

Low Poyen shares with us his faith-journey with God on the loss of his wife to cancer.

Grace News Issue #1 2017 -- Renewing and Keeping Covenants

The theme of this issue of Grace News is that of renewing and keeping covenants. As we prepare to occupy our new building, it is critical that we do not get caught up in the excitement and busyness and thus neglect to consider our spiritual readiness. We should prepare our hearts to receive this great blessing with a solemn commitment to be faithful and obedient.

We Told the Story of Jesus - Reformation Concert 28-29 Oct 16

Last year’s Reformation Concert, held at Calvary Baptist Church, was an extended effort which involved over 120 members of the GBC family. While the majority of the participants formed the choir and musicians, many people also performed roles behind the scenes, from ushering to design to marketing. The participants interviewed here by Grace News represent a range of ages, professions and interests. These accounts give a glimpse, not just of what the respective responsibilities entailed, but also of the different means through which God communicates with each of us.

A Fruity Kind of Faith

In our Children's Corner for Grace News, Rachel Wong encourages our children to trust in our Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to work in them to produce good fruit.

The Tuition Ministry - An Open Door

Low Lai Sai has been serving in the Tuition Ministry since the late 1980s, with some short breaks in between. In Lim Rui Wen’s interview with this quiet man, we get a glimpse of his service and commitment through the years.

The Ministries of GBC - Where Should I Serve?

Heng Wen Xiu has put together a simple quiz to help us explore our potential spiritual gifts from God’s varied grace, so that we may use your gifts well to serve one another. May you soak your decision to serve in prayer.

Josiah’s Reformation: Lessons for Spiritual Revival

Lam Lup Meng looks at the spiritual revival of King Josiah and challenges us to apply the same principles in our own lives.

Touching Lives in Our Own Backyard

Michael Chee reflects on lessons learned from GBC’s Great Commission Month, which took place in July.

Dialogue in the Dark

Ngiam Xing Yi describes the Gracehaven outreach in July, and reminds us that we are called to lead those who are lost out of spiritual darkness and into the marvellous light of Christ.

Grace News Issue #4 2016 - Finishing Works

In tandem with the actual rebuilding of GBC, Grace News’ metaphorical church now has the foundation, the structure and the internal connections. What is still lacking are the finishing works.

Spaghetti Church

Do you like eating raw spaghetti? No? How about cooked? Cooked spaghetti tastes much nicer, don’t you think? But - at least raw spaghetti is neat and tidy, all lined up nicely and easily separated. Cooked spaghetti is a different story. A plate of cooked spaghetti is all mixed up and you can't see where each strand starts and finishes.

A Beacon of Truth and Light

Karen Lenn updates us on the progress of Beacon Hall, a hostel in Chiang Mai. We pray that the hostel will serve the needs of the students there and bring glory to God.

Through Thick and Thin

Rejoicing in God’s faithfulness and the warmth of the GBC family, Lim Song Huat shares why he chose to return to GBC after living in Australia for 10 years.

Living Together, Living for Him

Li Shi Wei talks to Nathasha Raj and Dr Loi Kuan Long on their expectations for this year’s church retreat, and what it means to them as part of the GBC family.

From Sunday Chore to Life Together

The faithfulness of one led him to a community of many. Tan Yee Kiat reflects on the importance of God’s family.

The Ministries of GBC - Who's who and what do they do?

Chan Kim Hoong invites us to serve in the ministries of GBC as it opens us a whole new perspective of the multitude of needs in GBC. It is a first key step towards deepening community spirit where we can support and strengthen one another by meeting one another's needs.

Grace News Issue #3 2016 - Relationships and Community

In Grace News’ metaphorical church, we now have a firm foundation (Issue 1) and a strong structure (Issue 2). For the third issue in our theme, we move on to consider the internal connections of the building, such as the wiring and pipes that provide electrical and plumbing services.

Stones that are Alive!

Everyone knows that stones are not alive, right? In fact, stones are just about the most unalive things I can think of. (Ok, so ‘unalive’ is not a proper word, but you know what I mean.) So why does Peter say in the verse below that we are like living stones?

Strengthened in Christ - the Word of God in our Own Language

Heidi Leong reminds us of the immense privilege we have of being able to read the Bible in our own language, and testifies that it is God’s word that strengthens and sustains her and her husband Tzi Ping as they serve as missionaries in Indonesia.

Jesus Builds the Church

Tan Yee Kiat shows that Jesus is a masterful temple-builder, and reminds us that Jesus is expecting today’s church to bear fruit for Him.

Why and How should we Grow as Christians?

Would a potential questioner find us stumbling over our answers to the above queries? Stumble no more: Leow Wen Pin provides clear answers to these fundamental questions, and challenges us to grow towards Christlikeness.

An Usher Reflects

The head of the Ushering Ministry explains his passion for the job - and why it's a role worth taking seriously.

Grace News Issue #2 2016 - Being Built Up in Christ

In this second issue of the year, we move on to examine the structure or ‘frame’ of God’s house, as exhibited in us, His people.

GBC Congregational Care

Pastor Bobby Lee likens the role of the Congregation Care Team to following in Jesus’ footsteps by caring for the flock.

Roots, Shoots and Fruits

In our Children's Corner for Grace News, Rachel Wong teaches our children the importance of having strong and healthy roots for their faith plant.

Rooted in Christ as a Missionary

David Chang reflects on sinking his spiritual roots in Christ, whilst serving in metropolitan Bangkok.

Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Go

Chan Kit Wan shares how responding to a call to teach Sunday School brought her unexpected blessings in teaching her own children God’s Word.

Speaking the Truth (about our Smartphone Addiction) In Love

What can we learn from goldfish? Tan Yee Kiat explores how our smartphones influence our use of time and our Christian witness in today’s digitised world.

Desiring God

Grace News interviews Ngo Thian Chye and Matthew Koh to find out what they do during their daily devotion, how they find the time and energy for such regular devotion and the motivation behind their commitment.

Grace News Issue #1 2016 - The Importance of Being Rooted in Christ

Grace News Issue #1 2016 emphasises the importance of sinking our roots deep in Christ.

O Church, Arise

Aaron Lum explores the theme of commitment in the words of a favourite modern-day hymn.

Why GBC?

Continuing our series on Commitment, Cecilia Kang interviewed five GBC members on why they choose to worship at GBC.

Discipleship NOT For Me

Yap Kim Meng urges us not to be intimidated by the words ‘disciple-making’, but simply to commit ourselves to extend Christian love and care to those around us.

Commitment in the Age of Choice

Tan Yee Kiat asks what role commitment plays when we are faced with a multiplicity of choices.

Commitment - A Really Scary Concept

Pastor Arnold Wong reminds us that being committed to God should be the chief commitment of our lives.

Grace News Issue #4 2015 - Commitment: In for the Long Haul

The October 2015 issue of Grace News focuses on commitment: an old-fashioned concept in the eyes of the world, yet one that bears closer inspection for Christians.

Discipleship Seminar (DS) Ministry

Through this interview with Ann Rodis from the DS team, we see that serving in a church ministry teaches one to live in submission to others.

Being Discipled: Personal Stories from My Life

One person’s Christ-likeness impacts another, and a disciple is made over time. Pastor Oliver Chia shares his journey of being discipled by two men he encountered in his life.

What it Takes to Submit and Unite

Cecilia Kang talks to 7 GBC members to find out what they think it means to submit and unite.

United We Stand

We would all agree that church unity is important as a mark of obedience and a testimony to the world, but how does it play out in practice? Rachel Wong speaks to three church members to learn how they practise and promote unity in their different roles.

Unity in the Body of Christ

Pastor Arnold Wong describes submissive relationships in the Bible that lead to unity in the church.

Reaching out to the young ones in Kampuchea

Deborah Teo shares about her missionary journey to Cambodia and how she serves God there.

Grace News Issue #3 2015 - Unity in the Body of Christ

As we get closer to the time GBC moves off-site, it may be a good time to reflect on what it means to submit to one another. This issue of Grace News prompts us to think further about why and how to do so.

Sacrifices of the Heart

As we imitate our King, the sacrifices we willingly undertake in pursuing Jesus matter in how they direct our hearts towards Him. Here, some members of GBC share about what they have given up, taken up, or willingly struggle with for the sake of the cross.

The Disciple-Making Taskforce

Hm? DMF Taskforce? If you’re not sure what that is or who is involved, read on!

Rendering the Image of God to God

Tan Yee Kiat takes a fresh look at the issue of tithing and asks if we have truly understood its deeper significance.

Sacrifice? No, it’s a blessing

The Grace News team interviewed four members of our church who reflect on the contributions they have made in the past, or are making now, to the rebuilding programme. Prepare to be inspired by these individuals and families who do not see their giving as a sacrifice but as a privilege and a blessing.

"... A Living and Holy Sacrifice ..." (Rom 12:1)

Pastor Arnold reminds us that we are living sacrifices, and our lives should show this through our transformed thinking and behaviour.

Grace News Issue #2 2015 - Sacrifice: Give Up, Take Up, Set Apart

This issue of Grace News urges us to offer ourselves as a "living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God", for this is true worship.

Ministry Focus: The Church Rebuilding Committee

Most of us voted “Yes” for rebuilding the church. Here’s some background on what has happened since then.

The Gospel that changes Prayers

In this personal sharing by Tan Yee Kiat, we see how transformation through faith in Jesus directs our prayers.

"Let's Pray"

Rachel Wong talks to Lydia Lee about the importance of prayer in church life.

Our Heritage of Faithfulness - Part 2

Mr CC Lee shares his experience in the 1978 building of the current GBC compound at Mattar Road.

Our Heritage of Faithfulness - Part 1

Mrs P shares with us her experience in the building of GBC at Mattar Road.

The Blessings of Praying Together

Pastor Arnold Wong talks about how praying together can change lives.

Grace News Issue #1 2015 - Persisting in Prayer

Entering the new year with a focus on prayer, the first issue of Grace News for 2015 is out! Read on for stories about the power of prayer in GBC.

Book Review: Maximum Life - All for the Glory of God

Samuel Beh reviews a book that renewed his thinking about God’s purpose and transformed his walk with God at school and at work.

Care Groups: Gospel and Community

Ps Oliver Chia reminds us of the spiritual purpose of Care Groups as vehicles of discipleship within our church community.

Engagement and the Modern Monastery

A short trip into Christian history can help us learn from past mistakes. Tan Yee Kiat takes us back to a time when engagement with those outside the church was minimal, and shows how this can still be a problem for us in modern times.

Choosing to be Engaged

Three of our members share why they choose to be engaged, and encourage us with testimonies of their resulting increased spiritual growth and more meaningful connections with fellow believers.

Pastor Arnold Wong: Engaged - to be or not to be?

Pastor Arnold Wong reminds us that being engaged is to follow Jesus’ example of service to God and others.

Grace News - Issue #4 2014 - To Be Engaged

Grace News Issue #4 - Engaged - this last issue of the year examines why and how we can and should be engaged with those around us, both inside and outside the church.

Book Review: If You Want To Walk On Water, You've Got To Get Out Of The Boat

Soh Swee Kiat encourages us to move faith forward and walk on water, as he reviews this book on faith by Dr John Ortberg.

Encouraging and Building

Through a book recommendation, Lim Nee Kiah ignites a revelation on marital encouragement and edification in a lady involved in a dating relationship.

Snippets of Encouragement

Daniel Cheong seeks out a variety of people in GBC to find out how they have been encouraged, or how they encourage others.

Strengthening the hearts of the disheartened

Being faced with discouragement in ministry and life brings us to the great and mighty God we have. Rachel Wong gets church members from various ministries to share from their own experiences.

Have you heard of the 3 "E"s?

Clearly emphasised in God’s word is the call to build one another up in Christ, and Ps Arnold Wong reminds us of how we can do that in his pastoral column for the latest issue of Grace News.

Grace News - Issue #3 2014 - Be Encouraged, Be Edified

Continuing on from discipleship, this issue of Grace News delved into the need to both encourage and edify others.

Book Review - Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life

Pastor Oliver Chia recommends a book on discipleship that usefully combines theology with practical applications.

Ministry Focus: Sound & Projection Ministries

Ministry Focus: Here we are reminded of the importance of the sound and projection teams for the smooth running of worship services.

Making Disciples - A Conversation with Miauw Suang

Seah Yen Goon interviews The Miauw Suang, a member of GBC, as she shares her experiences and deals with some of the fears that we may face as we seek to make disciples.

Discipling Disciples

Rachel Wong presents the testimonies of four church members who are involved in disciple-making, being discipled, or both. Here they share about how dependent we are when discipling others on the discipleship we ourselves have received from God.

The Wonder of Discipling

Jesus was a masterful disciple-maker. How did He do it, and how can we follow His example at GBC? Pastor Arnold Wong shares some exciting plans for discipleship training at GBC in the years to come!

Grace News - Issue #2 2014 - Focuses on Discipleship

Continuing our theme of spiritual growth of the church, this quarter's Grace News examines more closely what it means to be a disciple and to make disciples.

Last Week's Worship (Good Friday & Easter Services 2014)

A compilation of the two special services and the beautiful music presented by the Worship Ministry, to the glory of God.

Singing Praises to the Lord: A Missionary Update from Pearl Peh Paleh Naw

Pearl Peh Paleh Naw gives thanks for the establishment of music programmes at the Karen Baptist Theological Seminary (KBTS), Myanmar.

Book Review - BROKENNESS: The Heart God Revives

Rachel Wong reviews this book by DeMoss on how revival comes about when we undergo brokenness before God and others.

Reviving Outreach in MacPherson

Ps Bobby Lee talks about the harvest field of MacPherson Estate, introducing two outreach efforts - the tuition ministry within MacPherson, and the Kovan Fellowship.

There can be no Christianity without community

Desmond Soh revisits the story of Count Zinzendorf and the Moravian Church to remind us of what church revival is all about.

Personal Revival Testimonies

Samuel, Chuan Xin, Nehemiah and Poh Leng share with us personal stories of how their lives have been touched and revived by the Lord.

Grace News - Issue #1, 2014. A focus on the theme of spiritual revival

We begin 2014 by exploring the theme of spiritual revival. It is the first of our series on the spiritual growth of the church. In this issue of Grace News, Pastor Arnold explains what is spiritual revival, why spiritual revival is necessary and how it can happen.

Care Groups - Tips and Insights

Clara and Yee Kiat, both from two different young adult care groups, write about how care groups feature in God's plan of uniting the church family. They also share some tips and insight on doing what we can towards this goal.

Keeping Families Together

Rev (Dr) Arnold Wong writes on what keeps Christian families together: healthy thriving relationships with God and others.

Statement from EC & CC Leaders on Church Rebuilding

The congregational leaderships of the EC and CC believe God is leading Grace Baptist Church into a journey of faith to rebuild our church premises. The EC and CC leaderships have deliberated carefully and agreed on the following spiritual priorities for GBC to uphold and exemplify our unity as one church and one body.

Snippets of a Loving Church

The Grace News team went around asking various church members a simple question: ‘How have you experienced love from GBC as a church?’ Here are the responses we got.

Grace News (Fourth Quarter 2013) - Family of Faith

This issue of Grace News, the last for 2013 and the last on the theme of strengthening family ties, encourages you to think more about the church family.

Book Review: True Community - The Biblical Practice of Koinonia, by Jerry Bridges

Pastor Oliver’s review of a book for those in the church who want to grow in the understanding of what biblical fellowship looks like in practice.

New Grace News Issue - focusing on Family

This quarter's Grace News issue focuses on the theme of the family - here's what the Editorial Team ...