On the 31st Anniversary of Tabernacle Bible-Presbyterian Church, we remember and rejoice in the goodness of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” (Psalm 103:1)

Today, I will be preaching on the topic “An Open Door” based on Revelation 3:7-13. I was led to this text based on the similarity of Tabernacle BPC’s situation with that of the Church in Philadelphia.

The Church in Philadelphia seemed to have been a small congregation with “little strength” in the eyes of the world. However, the Lord assured His people that He has set before them an “open door” which no man can shut. Though others may despise the small congregation and try their utmost to close the church’s witness, yet the Lord will protect His flock and her testimony. God shall provide His grace for them to overcome the seemingly insurmountable challenges before them – “for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” (Revelation 3:8)

Similarly, Tabernacle BPC started out as a small congregation in a warehouse in Tampines some thirty-one years ago. This is by the Lord’s appointment. Throughout her existence, it faced numerous challenges and obstacles. However, the Lord has preserved her through all the ups and downs that she has faced through her existence.

While the congregation has grown, Tabernacle BPC continues to remain small in comparison with some churches in Singapore. Nevertheless, the lack of size in no way hinders us from serving the Lord, for it is by the grace of Christ that we shall testify for Him. The fact that Tabernacle BPC continues to exist means that the door is still open and there is much more we can do for the sake of our Saviour! Though it may appear that we have “little strength”, yet by God’s grace He will help us to keep His Word.

On this 31st Anniversary of Tabernacle BPC, let it be a reminder that we must not rest on our laurels with regards to our service to the Lord. Neither should we be stagnant in our spiritual growth. We must continue to mature in our faith and seek the Lord’s guidance as to what He wants us to do. What more can we do for Christ? We must pray!

I have also observed that the seats for the English Worship Service are quickly being filled every Lord’s Day. We must give thanks for this increase, for every seat filled means one more soul coming to hear God’s Word. Currently, there are still some seats available in the first row. You may consider seating there – they are the best seats in the sanctuary! However, should the Lord be gracious to grant a further increase, we may need to consider finding a larger worship hall. Where will that be? Once again, we must pray!

Critically, we must seek God’s will each step of the way and not run ahead of Him. If we do God’s work in His way and according to His timing, He will bless our labours and provide all that is necessary to glorify His name.

May the Lord be pleased to grant Tabernacle BPC many more good years of labour for Christ.

“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” (Revelation 3:11)

Yours affectionately,
Rev. Clement Chew