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Why Do Baptists "Vote"?

On 22 July, members will be asked to affirm the leaders' recommendation of Lam Lup Meng and Ngo Thian Chye as elders and Samuel Beh as associate pastor. Pastor Ian explains to us what the leadership is asking us to affirm.

A Shepherd’s Gifting

To help prepare us to recognise new elders, we have been considering what the Bible says about the roles and qualifications of an elder. This week's article focuses on an elder’s spiritual gifting.

Interview with Claire Low

Claire Low opens up on her personal struggles in following Christ while growing up as well as shares how she and Pastor Eugene plans out each year for spiritual growth.

A Shepherd's Character

Following from last week's article by Pastor Ian on the roles of an elder, this week Pastor Eugene deliberates on the character that an elder should have.

A Shepherd’s Resume

What is the role of an elder? Pastor Ian highlights the roles of those who are called to shepherd the flock of God.

My Struggles with Who I Am

What are our identities and goals rooted in? Pastor Oliver reflects on his struggles in finding his identity when he first started his sabbatical rest.

Gleanings from my Sabbatical

We welcome Pastor Ollie back to GBC after a six-month sabbatical. He shares with us how God has refreshed him during this period of rest and what he has learnt from other churches that he visited.

Discipling the Hearts of the Next Generation

God wants our hearts. Pastor Eugene recapitulates last Sunday's message and explains the importance of shepherding the hearts of our children.

Living as God's People on Mission

What is the Book of Deuteronomy teaching us about how to live as God's people? Pastor Eugene reminds us that we are called to be faithful to God's mission as salt and light in the world, as a people redeemed through Jesus Christ.

Joni's Godly Priorities

In a recent article, Joni Eareckson Tada advises her younger self to pay attention to cultivating godliness.

Tell Me the Old, Old Story

We are prone to wander and stray from God, Pastor Eugene exhorts us to keep our eyes on God by singing and meditating on hymns and songs that speak of His gracious salvation and love.

Suffer Little Children

We rejoice that more young families are joining us at GBC. Pastor Ian shares with us how we can respond with grace as we worship God together with young children in our midst.

Walking Together in the Light

Pastor Eugene shares five practical ways for us to walk together in the light as a church family.

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.

Know Your Leaders - Elder Beh Soo Hee

Elder Beh Soo Hee reveals to Jonathan Yao what he considers to be the most important aspect of an elder’s role, and what it means to him to be part of the body of Christ.

Gender Roles: Reflecting the Gospel

Pastor Ian invites us to consider whether the modern assumption that men's and women's roles are interchangeable is in line with the Bible's presentation of gender roles and responsibilities.

A Brilliant Display of His Perfect Patience

Pastor Ian reminds us that, like Paul, we have received mercy in order to demonstrate dependence on God, and to benefit others by displaying His perfect patience.

Know Your Leaders: Elder Lim Song Huat

Freshly Brewed: Lim Song Huat chats with Li Shiwei on his role as the newest elder of GBC.

Engaging the World

Do you live in a 'Christian bubble', spending most of your time with only Christians? Here are four helpful suggestions from Pastor Eugene on how to better engage with non-Christians and win them for Christ.

Know Your Leaders: Elder Wee Thiem Heng

In the second instalment of our series called 'Know Your Leaders', Elder Wee Thiem Heng shares with us how he came to GBC and the joys and challenges of being a spiritual leader of the church.

Resolving Differences

Disagreements and differences are bound to arise in any family, and that includes our church! Samuel Beh reflects on some ways Scripture instructs us how to resolve disagreements in the church.

Why Pray?

Every last Friday of the month we meet to pray for our church, community, nation and world. Pastor Ian shares with us why we pray and encourages us to join in this elder-led prayer service.

Life in Our Father’s House

As members of God's household and His representatives in the world, how should we live together as a church? Pastor Eugene reminds us that we are God's redeemed community, and as such our church life plays a crucial role in our Christian witness.

Standing on Three Legs

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

The Joy of a Christmas Bargain

Pastor Ian points us to the best Christmas bargain we will ever find, and encourages us to respond with joyful worship and heartfelt gratitude.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Christ is Risen…Now What?

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

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.