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Veni, Veni Emmanuel!

Pastor Ian shares with us the original expectation underlying the season of Advent, and encourages us to await Christ's coming with similarly joyful and expectant hearts.

A Youthful Sunday

Samuel Beh shares with us why this Sunday's worship service will be different.

I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me

Reminding us that we were all at one time strangers in the land we now call 'home', Pastor Ian exhorts us to welcome those from other countries whom God has brought to our shores. 

From Farm Boy to Global Ambassador

Tom Chandler, one of the missionaries whom GBC has the privilege to partner with, explains how God used his unique background to prepare him for his ministry in Asia.

The Spiritual Barometer of God’s Church

What does it mean to 'steward God's voice with our vote, not our agenda'? Pastor Ian shares with us how we can prepare ourselves for the Members' Meeting on 24 Nov.

Keeping the Flame

Pastor Eugene exhorts us to keep the flame of the gospel lit through time and space by passing it on from generation to generation.

Reformation Drift

As we prepare for the Reformation weekend, Pastor Ian presents a sobering fact that we have drifted from Luther's place to another and he exhorts us to set our hearts ablaze again with a renewed passion for the gospel.

Taking Time for a Sabbatical Rest

Pastor Oliver will be taking a sabbatical of six months from 1 November 2017. He shares what he will be doing during this period of rest and how we can pray for him.

Q&A about ‘Singing God’s Love in God’s Word’

Have you bought a copy of the music album 'Singing God’s Love in God’s Word' produced by the Children's Ministry? If not, what are you waiting for? The Children's Ministry answers some questions you have about this music album and shares how you can encourage and support this sacrificial love offering from the children.

Evidences of Grace

What is God doing in our midst? Caleb Yap encourages us with these evidences of His bountiful and merciful grace that the Lord has opened his eyes to. May you be encouraged and strengthened as much as we are, and may our love for God and for one another grow.

Why Do People Reject the Gospel?

Pastor Ian shares with us five reasons for people's rejection of Jesus, and provides wise and practical advice on how we can respond.

Discipling in our Weakness

A common reason people cite for not discipling others is that they feel inadequate - not just ill-equipped, but actually disqualified, due to sin and personal weakness. Read Pastor Eugene's article to discover that in God's hands this very insufficiency can be a powerful part of our discipling, as we acknowledge our need of God and depend on Him to bring conviction and understanding to those around us.

Women, Desires and God’s Word

In August, some of our ladies started a Bible study called "Teach us to Want". Claire Low shares with us why the ladies embarked on the study and how we can guard our hearts and align our desires with the Lord’s.

GBC Thanksgiving & Dedication Service 2017

On 17 Sept 2017, both the English and Chinese congregation gathered together to worship God in the newly constructed sanctuary. Neo Yi Ling recounts for us the sweet time of worship and fellowship that we enjoyed on this special day of thanksgiving.

Everybody's Talking

Pastor Ian encourages us not to be taken in by the doomsday predictions that are so prevalent in our day. Instead of focusing on what we don’t know, we should obey what has already been revealed to us, carry on doing our God-given work, and point those around us to the truth.

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.

Building God’s House

As we prepare to celebrate the dedication of our new building, Pastor Eugene reminds us that the church is people, not place. As members of the church we are stewards of one another, having been brought together in Christ, and as such should have a deep concern for each other's spiritual growth. Keep reading to discover six practical ways we can deliberately help a fellow brother or sister know Christ and grow in Him.

Missionary Apprentice -- Fedora Teong

Now in her final semester at the Singapore Bible College, Fedora Teong updates us on her potential overseas mission plans in Thailand with OMF after graduation. We pray for her as she prepares to move out of her comfort zone, to bring the gospel to the ends of the earth.

Pua Mission Trip -- Sept 2017

A team of nine headed to Kathy's Home in Pua, Thailand to conduct the quarterly English camp from 1-4 Sept 2017. For this camp, they also taught the children English memory verse songs from the Children Ministry's Singing God's Love in God's Word music album. The children (and teachers) had a great time learning the songs. Read the trip report to find out more.

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.

When Someone Comes to See

Pastor Ian encourages us to invite our friends to church and to warmly welcome newcomers, so that we will be the kind of church where seekers feel safe to explore faith. Read on to discover the surprising number one reason why many people do not return to a church they have visited.

It is Good to Give Thanks!

At this season in our church life, GBC has a lot to give thanks for. Pastor Ian reminds us that it is not only good but also appropriate to express gratitude to the One who sustains us and provides us with everything we need. He suggests four ways we in turn can respond to such a generous God.

First Service back at Mattar Road

View the photo gallery to get a snapshot of our first worship service back at 17 Mattar Road last Sunday!

Interview with Samuel and Jessica

Pastor Ian wrote about Samuel Beh joining us as a new ministry support staff from 14 August onwards. This week, we interviewed Samuel and his wife Jessica (affectionately known to some as "Sam and Jess") to find out more about them and how we can support and encourage them as a community!

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.

Singing God's Love in God's Word (trailer)

Two months ago, the Children Ministry introduced the "Singing God’s Love in God’s Word” CD project which they have been preparing since May last year. We are excited to announce that the CDs (and USBs) are now available! Watch the trailer to find out more!

"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.

Pressing Forward in Him

Pastor Ian draws from the teaching and example of AB Simpson to remind us that we need both the leadership of the Holy Spirit and the authority of God's word to inform and strengthen our faith. Let us join him in praying that our hearts will be led by the Spirit and shaped by His word, and let us consider both as being of equal importance in our Christian journey.

When We Pray

Ps Ian shares with us why prayer ought to be a primary pursuit for everyone who desires to grow deeper in Christ.

GBC moves: 10 ways to participate

We're counting down and excited to be moving back in less than a month! But from now to the 20th of August when we hold our first service in the rebuilt building, there's plenty for everyone to participate in. We've compiled a list of 10 ways here!

Gracehaven Outreach -- 15 Jul 2017

On the 15th of July, the Young Adults Ministry spent a morning with the children from the Gracehaven home. Hannah Yeo reflects on the time spent with the children and encourages us to keep telling of Jesus, the only one who can change us from restless rebels into sons and daughters of God.

New Ministry Support Staff

Pastor Ian shares with us the wonderful news of Samuel Beh joining GBC as a ministry support staff.

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.

Getting Ready to Move Back

We are moving back! Here are the dates to look out for as we prepare our move back.

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!

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.

An Update from Beacon Hall

Beacon Hall, a hostel for university students in Chiang Mai, started its first intake of students in April 2017. We thank God for the hard work of William and Karen Lenn in seeing through the building of the hostel and for their joy and commitment to want to serve Him among the Hmong and Thai communities. Karen Lenn shares with us more about the students they are ministering to.

We Are Members of One Body

These past few weeks have been difficult for GBC, as we have mourned the loss of loved ones and friends. As we sorrow together, Ps Eugene reminds us how we, as a body in Christ, are bond to one another; and gives some practical suggestions on how we can love and give courage to one another so as to strengthen the entire body, for God's glory.

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?

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

'Holy, Resolved' - YA Retreat 2017

Over 23-26 June, our YAs went for their annual retreat entitled ‘Holy, Resolved'. Matthew Seah reflects on the time the YAs had learning about God's holiness and its implications for His people.

Loving God’s Beloved

How does God feel about His beloved? Pastor Eugene shares with us what God says about the church—His beloved bride—and how we can love and serve one another for His glory.

Short-term mission trip to Cambodia 2017

Over 6 days a team from GBC demonstrated the love of Jesus to rural Cambodians through dental care, teaching, and sharing the word of God.

Following God Outside of Sunday

In this post, our Associate Elder and Deacon, Lup Meng, gives us a peek into his life as he lives out the implications of the gospel mid week.

Upcoming Young Adults' Retreat

Every year the Young Adults' (YA) ministry holds a retreat to meet with God and to encourage each other to follow Jesus better. They share with us what the retreat is all about and how we can pray for them!

Come Away with Me

Pastor Ian exhorts us to come away from the cacophony of life's daily demands and quiet ourselves for a time of solitude and reflection in our God.

Introducing “Singing God’s Love in God’s Word”

Last Sunday, the Children Ministry introduced a CD project that they have been working on since last year: “Singing God’s Love in God’s Word”. We are so encouraged by how God is working among and in our children and we pray that they will continue to enjoy singing and meditating on God's Word.

Pua Mission Trip -- May 2017

11 GBC members headed to Pua, Thailand, to conduct the quarterly English Camp at Kathy's Home from 26-29 May 2017. The Thai academic year has just begun and the team was excited to meet four new children at the home. Read the trip report to find out more.

YA Ministry Evangelistic Event: Meet the Church

Meet The Church: Testimonies by Believers from Difficult Backgrounds was organized by the Evangelism Committee of the GBC Young Adults (YA) ministry. The team organised this with the purpose of encouraging and challenging Christians to share the gospel boldly.

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.

Luwuk Mission Trip 2017

As part of the program for Great Commission Month, the iCare CG shared with us the recent trip some of them made to Luwuk to visit Tzi Ping and Heidi Leong, their CG members cum adopted missionaries. The trip has helped them better understand and appreciate Ping and Heidi's work among the Saluan people. If you have missed their presentation, here's a short recap of what they shared.

Building Bridges

Pastor Ian shares his hope for GBC to consider how God might use us to support ministries that intentionally serve as bridges to the hearts of our neighbours.

Kamus Saluan - Saluan Dictionary Project

Tzi Ping and Heidi, our missionaries in Luwuk, update us on the Saluan dictionary project. We are so encouraged by how God is opening doors for them to bless the Saluan community and we are very excited for the launch of the Saluan dictionary app – Kamus Saluan.

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!

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.

Cramming for Missions

In a context in which we are taught to cram for excellence or nothing at all, as Christians, let's cram for "well done my good and faithful servants!" as we come to another Great Commission Month this year.

"Help! I Hate Change!"

Pastor Ian recently wrote more about the transitions facing our church and he helped answer some of our questions! After all, change is always hard and confusing. He shares more about where our God is leading us.

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?

Great Commission Month -- May 2017

The theme for this year's Great Commission Month is "Every Member Making Disciples in Obedience". The Missions Committee shares with us the programme for this year's Great Commission Month which will be held in May.

Christ is Risen…Now What?

How do we continue to live life every day in the power of the resurrected Christ?

Baptisms on Resurrection Sunday - 16 Apr 17

The church for whom Jesus died joyfully gathered this past Sunday to celebrate the risen Christ!

Good Friday Service - 14 Apr 2017

Neo Yi Ling reflects on the evening service held on Good Friday to remember the day when an innocent man, a King sent from God to reign over the world, became the sacrificial lamb for the entire humanity’s sins.

The New Testament Church: Who Was Doing All the Baptising?

In this post, Pastor Ian reflects on how good traditions of the church have inadvertently become a choke-point for the growth of the Gospel.

Transitions

Every one of us, by the grace given to us by God, must be willing to sacrifice the culture of our heritage, education and tradition for the transformational culture of Christ!

A Word from the Pastor

In this post, Pastor Ian shares on how we can continue to hold fast to the gospel as we wrestle with living in a world that holds out different values.