Posts tagged with church community

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.

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.

You Are Not Alone

From spiritual orphans to a united body of Christ: Pastor Ian explains how our shared story of the gospel is the key component of our sense of belonging as a church community.

Families Serving on Sunday Mornings

Lim Eng Khin shares about GBC's new initiative to involve families in greeting and welcoming worshippers before service on Sundays.

Quarterly Congregational Meeting (QCM) 7 Jan 2018

The first QCM of the year takes place after worship service this Sunday, 7 Jan. Join us at the meeting to find out how we can all work together to build up the church.

Family Dedication - 31 Dec 2017

On 31 Dec 2017, Grace Baptist Church gave praise and thanks to God for the gift of families and children.

A Note to My Church Family

Our dear sister, Lily Pang, who has retired as a missionary after faithfully serving 33 years in the field, updates us on the task that God has laid upon her heart to serve among the elderly in GBC and Singapore.

Welcome Others, as Christ Has Welcomed Us

As we move back to Mattar Road, Pastor Eugene reminds us that the new building should be first and foremost a place to make Jesus known. One way we can make Jesus known is to be friendly and welcoming to each other, and to reach out to visitors in our midst in the same way Christ reached out to bring us near when we too were strangers.

"What is a Healthy Church?" -- conference recordings

Missed the "What is a Healthy Church?" conference with Jonathan Leeman held on 17 July or only managed to attend some of the sessions? You can now listen to or download the audio recordings of all five sessions of the conference, courtesy of Shalom Church.

How Should We Do Church?

As Tan Yee Kiat reflects on the "What is a Healthy Church?" conference, he invites us to examine what the Bible says about how we should do church.

What is a Healthy Church?

Is our church healthy? How are we unhealthy? Do we know what being a healthy church looks like? What medication should we be taking, and what habits should we be changing? Read on for Caleb Yap's quick summary of Jonathan Leeman’s teaching during the "What is a Healthy Church?" conference held on 17 Jul.

The Joy of Mutual Ministry

Church leaders have an important responsibility towards the members of the church: they are to keep watch over our souls. How, then can we, as church members, make our leaders’ work a joy and not a burden?

Church Growth

This week, Pastor Ian challenges us to re-examine our definition of ‘church growth’. Are we thinking of our own church, or do we have in mind the whole Church of Christ? Once again we are reminded that obedience and personal transformation are key wherever God is at work.

Why Do People Remain Lost?

Ps Ian reminds us in this post that as we enjoy and celebrate God's blessings of our soon-to-be completed new building, we need to be mindful that the church is not a building and we should be a church beyond our building!

Sign up for GBC Fellowship Meal -- 4 Jun 17

Since moving to CHS, various CGs have taken turns to organise the GBC Fellowship Meal every quarter after the Quarterly Congregation Meeting. Pastor Ollie shares with us why we cherish this time of coming together to have a meal.

"Oh Precious is the Flow": YA blood drive

Our Young Adults conducted their first ever blood drive as a CG. This was not only a meaningful bonding activity for them, but also provided an opportunity to reflect on the precious blood of Christ that is the basis of our salvation and community.

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.

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.

GBC Church Retreat 2016

We give thanks to God for the recent Church Retreat, whose theme was “Gospel and Community”.

GBC Congregational Care

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

Family Meal 6 March 2016

We are grateful to the organisers for the hard work put in to the planning of the first GBC Family Meal and are eagerly looking forward to our next GBC EC Family Meal.

YA visit to Gracehaven

The Young Adults spent a morning with the children of Gracehaven home, and in this post, they've shared with us some of the things that they've learnt and how we can continue to pray for and support this ministry!

"Why Should We Come to Church?"

We chanced upon this helpful post by Rick Phillips on the reasons we should go to church. Drawing from the account and examples of the believers in Acts, he provides a couple of reasons for us.

"Why We're Failing At Community"

Is the biblical picture of community only a wistful dream that cannot be attained in busy Singapore? We chanced upon this article, which helpfully reminds us that what community looks like practically could change with our life stages and responsibilities.

Wanted: A Teaching Church

This helpful piece by Daniel Hyde of the Ligonier Ministries helps us understand what it means to be a church that is centred around the Bible, and committed to teaching the Bible.

Plans for 2015: A Sharing by the Leadership

2015 is a big year for GBC, and at the 2014 Watchnight Service, Elder Cheow Loon shared with us some of the plans that the Leaders have for the growth of the congregation in the year ahead.

Interview with CC Lee: Leading, serving and growing in a CG

In this blog post, we interviewed long-time member CC Lee, on how CGs have been a huge encouragement to him since he started attending GBC in 1966. Over the years, he has also taken on the role of CG leader, and he also shares some of the great blessings of leading.

GBC Reformation Concert

On the 25th October, around 450 visitors and members to Grace Baptist Church gathered in our sanctuary for the first ever Reformation Concert. Featuring our own in-house singers, musicians and arrangers, the evening was one to remember.

Community Day @GBC - 13 Sep 2014

We thank God for the opportunity and privilege to welcome the MacPherson community to GBC for a day of fun, food and fellowship.

Prayer for Needs of the Church and Rebuilding

At the EC Monthly Prayer Meeting, a set of prayer requests was provided for church members. For Church Rebuilding, the prayer is for Discernment, Commitment, and Unity. For needs of the Church, the prayer is for Consecration, Conviction, and Community.

Making Decisions in the Church as a Community

The coming weeks mark a crucial juncture in the life of GBC, with members due to vote on a proposed building project. In this guest post by member Tony Chan, we read and learn about the individual member's role and responsibility in decision-making, even as the church collectively comes to a conclusion.

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.

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.