Among the first few opportunity was in school Student Bible Study Group and in particular the Student club held every Saturday in BHS JSM
Here are a nice group of Young Students very open to the Gospel
Standing 1st from far right is Sister Betty Soh (Mrs. Bethany Khng)
And standing last row 1st from left is Rev. John Khng
Between them are a brood of Young people of the Student’s Club. After more than 40 years many are now Pastors, Elders & Deacons of JSM, Baptist, Bible Presbyterian & other Independent Churches.
And this was the message given one Saturday. Though over 40 misty years have gone by the contents of the Message is as vital today as then
7 REASONS WHY WE OUGHT TO READ THE BIBLE
- THE BIBLE IS FOOD FOR THE CHRISTIANS
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2). A growing child needs milk because it has life. A toy child does not drink milk as it has no life. Every new born Christian with spiritual life has a hunger for the Bible. If not he/she has no life and is still dead in sin.
A Christian should grow up to take more solid food or else his growth is stunted.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:14)
D.L> Moody was once questioned or words to that effect , “How come the Bible is both Milk & Strong Meat at the same time” D.L. Moody looked out the train window & saw cows grazing on the grass and he said, “See those cows were eating the same grass but how they turn into hoof, horns, bones & flesh? So is the Word of God.” Just feed on the Word of God if you want to grow.
2. SEED FOR THE SOWER
Matthew 13: 3-9
13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying,
Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side,
and the fowls came and devoured them up:
13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth:
and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched;
and because they had no root, they withered away.
13:7 And some fell among thorns;
and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit,
some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
The Bible is Seed for the Sower
Early I spoke to Mohd Sdolehuddin mother who was an invalid. Because I was not well versed in Chinese I could only memorised some Gospel Versus in Chinese and shared with her. To my surprise I heard she was a devout Christian later and spent lots of time praying
It was not my intellectual discourse on Science or proofs. It was just simple Bible versus which were seed sown that germinated
So it is no use sowing the field with intellectual pearls. It is the seed that we must sow.
And the Bible is seed for the sower
3. SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
The Bible is food for the Christian. Seed for the Sower.
The Bible is also our Weapon
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:(Ephesians 6:17)
3 times when Satan came to tempt & test Jesus 3 times Jesus fought back with Scriptures
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
The phrase “it is written” was mentioned 3 times & three times Jesus quoted the Bible from the Old Testament the Word of God which is “THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT” & defeated the devil
So if we want to be victorious we MUST have the Word of God
“I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”
4. PATH TO SUCCESS
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
God made sure all who Kept His Word will have success
Success is finding the Will of God and doing it.
5. LAMP TO OUR FEET
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.(Psalm 119:105)
In ancient time people use lighted lanterns as lights in a dark night
We must walk in the light one step at a time. The Bible is like a lamp, not a sun in daylight.
So we must walk in it to see the next step ahead or we might walk astray and grope in darkness
R.A. Torrey said “Truth obeyed will help us to see further truth. Truth disobeyed destroys the capacity in us to see further truth”
We repeat this very vital point, “TRUTH OBEYED WILL HELP US TO SEE FURTHER TRUTH. TRUTH DISOBEYED WILL DESTROY THE CAPACITY IN US TO SEE FURTHER TRUTH”
In other words we must always obey what the Holy Spirit shows us from His Word or else we will not be able to receive more as we have blocked the access to see further light by our going astray.
May we never forsake the Bible but read it, love it all the days of our lives
6. THE BIBLE MAKES US LIVING EPISTLES
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
The Bible makes us into Living Epistles
The world might not want to read the Bible. But every Christian should live out the Bible by life, lips and conduct. In every School, Office or home where Christians are they should be open Bibles for men to know and read
If we profess to be Christians but live contrary to what the Bible teaches then we have failed to be Living Epistles
May God help us to live true to His Word as Living Epistles
7. The Bible will be our Judge both in this life and Life For Forever
All books written by men in the world will perish. Only the Bible is an Eternal Book
Because Almighty God wrote only one book – THE BIBLE
89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven(Psalm 119:89)35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.(Matthew 24:35).
At the end of this simple message was a challenge to read & honor the Bible
Many many raised their hands. And many started to purchase their own Bibles
All Glory be unto our LORD Jesus Christ
Amen & Amen!