A time to be born
It all began in 1935 when a school principal started a Sunday School class in his home – a rented bungalow at 356 Pasir Panjang Road. After moving a couple of times seeking refuge during the Japanese occupation, Pastor Phoa Hock Seng eventually bought the bungalow in the late 1950s with donations from friends and relatives. He named the church Pasir Panjang Christ Church (PPCC) as he firmly believed that the church belonged to Christ and not to him.
A time to sow
PPCC started with English and Hokkien Worship Services, Hokkien Bible Study and prayer meetings. Soon after, a ministry work at Perak House (a home for boys) kick-started the Youth Fellowship. With outreaches to people in surrounding kampongs and other efforts, the seed of the gospel of Jesus Christ was sown.
A time to build
In 1973, PPCC acquired a property at 302 Pasir Panjang Road (our current address) to erect a new church building, with Pastor Phoa laying the Foundation Stone that year. The building was officially completed in 1974. In 1991, a Multi-purpose Hall Block was added and in 1997, a renovated annex now houses the Fellowship Centre.
A time to serve
After 43 years of faithful service, Pastor Phoa Hock Seng was called home to be with the Lord in 1978. Subsequently, Pastor James Phoa assumed pastoral leadership. In 1981, PPCC took a stand on biblical separation from the charismatic movement, the neo-evangelical and the ecumenical movement. In 1984, Pastor Dennis van Etten arrived as Youth Minister and Pastor KT Yeow took over pastoral duties from Pastor James Phoa. More pastors have been ordained in years following including Pastor Elbert Lim and Pastor Ho Long Soon (1995); Pastor Peter Goh (2000); Pastor Charles Chow (2002); Pastor Seow Tan Song, Pastor McCoy Chow and Pastor Ng Boh Khoon (2010); Pastor Joshua Wong (2011).
A time to plant
In 2000, Pastor Peter officially planted a new church – Grace Bible Church in Punggol. A ministry for senior citizens at Ju Eng Nursing Home was also set up in 2001. Following the late Pastor Phoa’s example of going on solo missionary trips, PPCC has since sent its mission teams to the harvest fields of Asia. In 2002, Pastor Charles became PPCC’s first missionary to the Philippines. Pastor Yeow also answered the call for mission work in 2004.
A time to mourn
In 2009, PPCC mourned the loss of Pastor Elbert Lim, who had been the under-shepherd and senior pastor of PPCC since 2004.
A time to work
Several pastors have been appointed to helm the ministry at PPCC, and the church continues to evangelise the lost, edify the saints and exalt the Lord. We are still writing our future by the actions of the present, with full faith that our God makes all things beautiful in His time.
English Worship Service
Sundays: 10.30am (livestreamed)
Mandarin Worship Service
Sundays: 8.30am (livestreamed)
Hokkien Worship Service
Level 1 Bible Study Room
Seow Tan Song
Ng Boh Khoon
Foo Chin Hock
Seow Yeong Yang
Tan Wui Meng
Ong Chai Lian
Administrative Assistant (Mandarin)
Ho Soon Wah
Church Staff Worker
Tan Kian Chee
At the very heart of the Christian faith lies the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Here are 5 big truths that will help us understand what the gospel is all about!
The first pages of the Bible (God’s Word) tell us that God created the universe. When we observe the vast expanse of outer space, the millions of beautiful animals on earth, the laws of nature, we can’t help but recognise that there must be an intelligent Creator who fashioned this amazing universe. We, humans, were made by God to care for our world and enjoy all of its goodness, including a relationship with God himself.
But the world we live in today is a far cry from the perfect creation God intended it to be. The Bible asserts that our fundamental problem is sin (the rejection of our Creator’s authority over our lives). Although God lovingly created us and gave us everything that we need to enjoy life, we choose to reject Him and live life our own way. It doesn’t take much to see that we live in a ‘cursed’ world – suffering, broken relationships, and negative emotions are part of the everyday human experience. The result of our rebellion and broken relationship with God is that we end up hurting ourselves and hurting others.
True justice requires that wrong is punished. God, who by nature is Just, like a judge in the courtroom, must execute justice. Imagine a child who lives off his parents and depends on them, but does not want a relationship with them. This is what we do to God in our rebellion, but to a much greater extent. He takes our rebellion seriously and our fairly deserved judgement is condemnation. It is tragic and scary to be cut off from God. Since God is the source of life, being cut off from Him means certain death – condemnation in hell forever for our rebellion.
The good news of Christianity is that this is not the end of the story! While God is absolutely fair to condemn us, God did not abandon us to suffer the consequences. God’s character requires true justice, but he is also a God of mercy and love. His solution to humanity’s rejection was to send His own son, Jesus Christ, to take the punishment for humanity. A sinful man could never take the punishment on behalf of other sinful people. Jesus Christ was the perfect man who never sinned, and never rebelled against God, making him the only one who could take humanity’s place. In his love, Jesus Christ bore the weight of God’s judgement through His death on the cross, for undeserving sinners. After 3 days, Christ rose again from the dead, proclaiming to the world that God accepted His death as a sacrifice for our sins. Now, with sins paid and the curse reversed, humanity can once again have a relationship with God!
All of this leaves us with a choice. If we choose to continue in our rebellion, we will continue to suffer the consequences of being separated from God in this life and for all eternity.
But if we own up to the truth that we are sinners, trust in what Jesus Christ achieved for us on the cross, and confess that He is the ruler of our life, then everything changes! We will be brought back into a loving relationship with God! The Bible tells us that for all who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ, God gives us eternal life and adopts us as His children. We don’t have to work our way back into God’s heart to win His favour – the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has achieved that for us!
These are 5 big truths about the Christian gospel. If you still have questions about the gospel such as these:
“Was Jesus a real person?”
“What does it mean that Jesus died as a substitute in our place?”
“Did Jesus really rise from the dead?”
Please feel free to contact us, we will be happy to answer your questions!
Don’t pass up this chance to receive God’s offer of eternal life!