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By Gary L. Hutchens

God’s word is “living and powerful” (Heb. 4:12). God guides us and communicates His will to us through His word (Ps. 119:105). The gospel message of salvation is revealed to us in God’s word (Rom. 1:16). By reading His word we understand that it is through the gospel that we are actually called to salvation (2 Thess. 2:13-14). His word guides us as to how to live a faithful, productive Christian life after coming to salvation (2 Tim. 3:15-17). It is no wonder that God instructs us to diligently study His word in order to be able to correctly understand and apply it to our lives, and to stand approved before Him (2 Tim. 2:15).

Since God’s word is so vital to our spiritual well being, we need to spend a great deal of purposeful, focused time reading, learning and contemplating all that is revealed to us therein. Bible classes naturally fill the bill, so to speak, along this line. Bible classes are specifically designed to teach scripture. Generally, they are structured so as to teach in a rather intensive and methodical manner. It is common for Bible classes to afford the opportunity for a student to be able to ask specific questions and in that way come to a better understanding of a text.

Children’s Bible classes are just as beneficial and important. In fact, Bible classes provide some of the most effective Bible teaching for children. Material is used that is written more nearly on their level of understanding. In many cases, children who are in Bible class on a regular, weekly basis probably get better, more consistent instruction in the scriptures than they do at home. Literally, much of the formative learning in a child’s spiritual development is gained in Bible classes. The wise man wrote, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6).

With all of this in mind, where are you during Bible class? Where are your children? Do you make it a point to be in Bible class every week in order to gain the knowledge that is waiting for you in the teachings of the scriptures? Do you see that your children are in Bible class every week in order that they may learn all of God’s will and be fully equipped to live their lives in His service?

The person who knows and lives by God’s word has great advantage over others when faced with the challenges and difficulties of life. Are you in Bible class, gaining that advantage? Children who are taught, whose lives are moulded, by the teachings of God’s word are much better prepared to face life than are others without that training. They have understanding, a sense of purpose and direction, that other children do not typically have. Are your children in Bible class, receiving that training?

It’s easy to get careless in our thinking. As we do, it becomes easier and easier to miss Bible class. All kinds of excuses can be thought of. But before we know it, we’ve missed more classes than we’ve attended. Missing has become the norm, and being in class is the exception, and our children are growing up without proper instruction in God’s word. We didn’t mean for it to be that way, it just happened. It’ll only change when we make up our mind to change. It begins with the simple questions: Where are you during Bible class? Where are your children during Bible class?


By Gary L. Hutchens

Just how important is it to be at services when the church meets? Now, at the beginning of a new year, is an especially good time to consider this question. As Christians, we need to always be examining ourselves to make sure that our lives reflect true faithfulness (2 Cor. 13:5). But many people are reflecting on their lives more seriously right now than they normally would do.

How important is it to be at services when the church meets? In answer, we need to consider what is accomplished by gathering with the church to worship God and study His word. First, we are commanded to so gather ( Heb. 10:23-25). The text states that gathering with the church for worship and study helps us, as individuals, to remain strong, dedicated, faithful (vs. 23). Being with our brothers and sisters in Christ also provides encouragement and strength for each other (vs. 24).

The “assembling of ourselves together” is key to meeting both needs and is thus instructed (vs. 25). So, by assembling with the church we (1) help ourselves grow spiritually , (2) we help our brothers and sisters in Christ grow spiritually , and (3) we obey a commandment from God .

How important is it to be at services when the church meets? Spiritual growth is vital for our personal well being. Getting to Heaven is not a casual matter. It should be the most important thing in our lives. And, we should instill the seriousness of the matter in our children. Our lives need to demonstrate “the fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22-25). The Christian Virtues need to be the virtues by which we live (2 Pet. 1:5-9). We need to “Be faithful until death” in order to be assured of “the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10). To grow spiritually is to grow in our faith, and faith comes by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17). Worshiping and studying God’s word together with the church contributes immeasurably to our personal spiritual growth.

How important is it to be at services when the church meets? Our children desperately need the specialized teaching they receive in their Bible classes. When parents choose to not bring their children to Bible class, they deprive them of instruction in God’s word that is vital to their spiritual development. And, their careless attitude can be discouraging and disheartening to the teacher who prepares to teach his/her class and then finds no students present!

How important is it to be at services when the church meets? It provides the right positive example for our fellow Christians and for the multitudes who have yet to become Christians. One of the most powerful lessons we can give as to the value and superiority of Christianity as compared to every other lifestyle is in the living example of our daily lifestyle (Matt. 5:13-16; Phil. 2:15-16). Our purposeful absence from services can have a profound negative influence upon others.

Let’s make up our minds right now, at the beginning of this year, to commit ourselves to be at every service possible. It will glorify God. It will help us individually to grow in our faith. It will help our children to develop spiritually. It will provide a powerful example to those around us. Let’s do it, let’s be at services when the church meets…

TitleContend Earnestly for the Faith - Epistle of Jude
Text2 Pet. 3:17-18

Please pray for bro. Simon Lopez (health), bro. Siow See Lim, sis. Doris Chan, sis. Laura Swayne, mother of bro. Bikash (undergoing dialysis), Tai Win, Vani, bro. Tony Lye, (health concerns), bro. Ong Eng Boon (heart condition), bro. Victor Gnanam (back pain), sis. Constance Chew (working & attending classes in Perth, Australia), bro. Jeffrey Ong (health & other problems), sis. Mona Kalu & family and Lily Yap (bedridden & health concern).

Our theme for January is “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (Rom. 12:10).

Nomination Forms
May God grant us wisdom as we choose our leaders and coordinators for 2015. Kindly submit these forms to the church office today so that we can proceed the following week for our Annual General Meeting to be held on 18 January 2015.

Singing Workshop
Bro. Simon Wong will be conducting the Singing Workshop after the Bible study and before worship today.

Special Collection
There will be a special collection for bro. Yap Ah Peng after worship today who has secured a motorbike and spectacles. The shortfall is RM500. If the collection exceeds the shortfall, then the extra funds would be channeled to the Benevolence Fund.

Visitation to sis. Doris Chan
Bro. Ganga will be coordinating a visit to sis. Doris Chan today at 12.30 pm. Let us support this program where we can encourage sis. Doris and also be encouraged in the process. Her address is Sri Penaga Condo, Unit No. 37-05-01, Jln Medang Serai, 59100 KL. HP: 016-638 3909.

Fellowship Meeting
There will be a potluck Home Fellowship at the residence of bro. Chee Keong and sis. Anita on 24 January 2015 at 6.00 pm. Their address is 30 Jln Bkt Indah 3/2, Ampang, Selangor.

Guest Speaker/Fellowship Lunch
Bro. Steven Loo from Malacca will be speaking on “The Essence of Love” (1 Pet. 4:7-11) on 18 January 2015. Please join us for Fellowship Lunch.

Emergency Blood Donation Drive
There is an emergency appeal from the National Blood Bank for blood donors. This exercise would be coordinated by bro. Michael Beh. The venue would be at Subang Parade at 10.00 am on 17 January 2015 (Saturday). God bless us all as we contribute towards saving lives.

Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting and election of office bearers will take place after worship on 18 January 2015. Let us support this event as it has an important bearing on the future of the church.

Placing Membership
Sis. Esther Tan has placed her membership with us. Her address is R, 305, SD Apartment II, Persiaran Meranti, Bandar Sri Damansara, 52200 KL. HP: 014-603 3560. Email: tan99esther@gmail.com

We thank sis. Pooi Lai, sis. Julie Phoa, sis. Tang, sis. Woh Yon and sis. Soh Chin for visiting sis. Mariyammah on 4 January 2015. The next visit will be on 8 February 2015.

Our condolences to bro. Peter Chin and family over the demise of his father, Ling Choo Eng on 7 January 2015. He was 96 years old. We thank bro. Ganga, sis. Pooi Lai, bro. Albert Wong and bro. Chris Lopez for attending the wake in Klang.

Visitors/Visiting Brethren (Last Week)
We thank Gloria, Nidthiyaa, Haritha (Tamil Worship), Innocent (Nigeria), Amy Lim (KL), sis. Annabel (Sect. 17), sis. Esther Tan (Taiping) and bro. Mervin Lawrence, bro. Jonathan, sis. Kim & baby Solomon (Sydney, Australia), Nicole (USA), Ruth & baby Andrew (Myanmar) for worshiping with us last Sunday.

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