Let’s Go for Church Camp 2019!
Pastor Oliver exhorts us to steward the gift of grace that God has given us and living out the implications of the gospel at the upcoming church camp.
This year’s church camp will be from Wednesday 12 June to Saturday 15 June. Why should I spend 4 days and 3 nights to go for church camp? The theme for Grace Baptist Church in 2019 is “Grace Together”. The theme is about applying the grace of the gospel in our life together as church. We have received unmerited grace from God when He gave us the gift of salvation, we should then steward this grace of the gospel and apply it in our relationships with others. In our church camp, we will spend an extended time of 4 days and 3 nights together – this will be a good opportunity for the church to learn what “Grace Together” means and to grow in applying it in our interactions with one another.
Romans 12:5 tells us “so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other” (NLT). Paul after spending 11 chapters (Romans 1-11) explaining what the gospel is, appeals to believers to live as “living and holy sacrifices” as a way to truly worship God (Rom. 12:1). We do that by letting God transform us by changing the way we think (Rom 12:2). He then tells us the first area we should think differently: that is the church is like a body, with each member having a special function, and that we all belong to each other (Rom 12:5). Did you hear that? We often understand that as believers we belong to God, but Paul is also saying, “believer, as a member in a church, you also belong to each other!” And because we belong to each other, we are to exercise our gifts to serve one another (Rom. 12:6ff). One way we can serve each other is by going for the church camp. We may have second thoughts about taking leave and spending our holidays going for church camp in Malaysia, but it is not about ourselves. If we belong to each other, as Romans 12:5 tells us, then we go for church camp not for ourselves but also for others. We go for the camp as a church, exercising our different gifts in serving one another. Otherwise, the church body’s experience in the church camp will be diminished as you and your God-given gift is not there to participate and contribute.
In addition, we will also be doing a number of things at this church camp. We will have devotions, messages, panel sessions and group discussions. We will also have worship and prayer time together. What is different for this camp will be we intentionally providing more interaction time together. This will be facilitated by lunchtime table interactions and other group interactions, providing time and space for us to get to know one another. We will also provide opportunities for us as a church to pray together and talk with each other in order to picture how God would want us to truly live out “Grace Together”. We hope that as a church can thank God for the gospel we have received, and then resolve to live the applications of the gospel out in our relationships and interactions with one another.
So, please sign up for the church camp if you have not already done so! There are two ways you can sign up for this:
- You can fill in your details via our online link: tinyurl.com/gbcgracetogether
You are also welcome to sign up at a physical counter after our Sunday Service. This will be at Level 3 in the Fellowship Hall. There will be committee members who will be more than happy to talk your through any concerns you might have.
The committee is committed to making sure that our processes are inclusive for all members. We will be happy to provide assistance for any accessibility needs.
See you at the church camp in June!
The Project Timothy Evening Expositions will be held at Grace Baptist Church on 26 & 27 Mar (Tuesday & Wednesday) from 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm. The speaker is William Taylor (Rector, St. Helen’s Bishopsgate Church, London, UK) and he will be speaking from 1 Timothy. You can register here. Please pray for fruit from this Bible conference.
Registration for counsellors to help on the two days of Celebration of Hope (COH) (17 & 19 May) is ongoing. Counsellors are required to attend one of the training sessions (conducted over March and April) and be present at COH. If you are interested, please register here. The details for the training sessions are provided when you register.
The 39th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Church will be held on Sunday, 24 March 2019 at 10.30 am (or as soon as the quorum is met). Please pray for God’s wisdom and leading for us as a church as we make decisions on the matters of the church.
Pray for God to prepare our hearts as we ready ourselves to hear from the preaching of God’s Word from Romans 4:1-25 this coming Sunday (17 March 2019). Pray that God will remove any obstacles to us receiving His Word.