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From the Pastor’s Desk

Church In Action


ESUS CHRIST said in Matthew 16:18, “…Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Our 31st Church Anniversary is a proof of such truth. We thank God that we belong to a Christ-planted church, which He personally nurtures and nourishes. Gratefulness to God is what we express as we witness in today’s celebration His power through the salvation of souls, the baptism of converts, the revival of members, and the lifting up of His name. Likewise, we offer our praises to Him for His faithfulness in our lives, as we reminisce His goodness to our Church … preserving us during the first critical years of our beginnings when hardships, discouragements, and persecutions attacked us. Glory be to Him for our Church history reflects His story of compassion, grace, and victory! This is just the first Sunday, and we are expecting for another triumphant Sunday! Your service for Him will be blessed! Let us keep on praying, participating, and persevering… all for God’s glory!

One Great Anniversary Sunday...

3 MORE SUNDAYS TO GO! We have experienced God’s saving power once again. Let’s pray for more souls to be won these next 3 Sundays of our month-long anniversary.

ANNIVERSARY SUNDAYS February 14, 21, 28

Sunday School Outlined The Great Potentials of CBBC

III.CBBC is a hospital for distressed souls. A. This sin-sick world needs a spiritual hospital. John 14:11-14; I Corinthians 12:4-28 B. Our jeepney ministry shows our concern for I. CBBC is a home for the advancement of people who have no means to come. everybody’s potentials. C. The Loving Hands Ministry attests to the A. It is the best place for teaching Christians to Church’s love for the abandoned, surrendered, and hone their aptitudes or talents for the Lord. neglected children. B. It is the best place for training Christians to D. Our jail ministry particularly at the harness their abilities or skills for the ministry. Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong gives hope to those behind bars and II. CBBC is a habitation of some of the great Christian their loved ones. leaders. E. Our BAPSECOM helps the country shape its A. It produces determined preachers and pastors. values through the Moral Recovery Program (MRP) being conducted in school, barangays, and other B. It prepares offices. dedicated teachers through its education ministry. C.It presents devoted IV. CBBC is a hope for vision and growth. A. The world needs a church where truth is music ministry preserved, cultivated, and propagated. participants. B. For almost 31 years, CBBC has kept the faith. D. It propels C. CBBC has been proven to be an agent of diligent members through divided-area approach and vision and growth. outreaches.



MOTORCADE GROUPING Group 1 - Bro. Jun Garapan


Group 2 - Bro. Jonah Raña


Grand Motorcade - February 13 (this Saturday)

Areas: 1, 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 29, 32, 33,36 Meeting place: Puregold, San Pedro Areas: 5, 6, 8, 20, 22 Meeting Place: Post Office, Pacita

Group 3 - Preacher Jess Sibug

Areas: 7, 10, 11, 21, 24, 25, 26, 35 Meeting Place: NAPOCOR, Carmona

Group 4 - Bro. Danny Bacudio

Areas: 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 27, 28, 30, 31, 34 Meeting Place: Golden City, Biñan •Please bring light-colored cartolinas this week for our motorcade. •Motorcade t-shirts are available on order basis. Please see Bro. Pops.

First Time Visitors

•Revival Night February 10 •Couple’s Fellowship February 12

Schedule Change: 1st service – 8:00am 2nd service – 10:15am Sunday School – 3:00pm Afternoon Service – 4:30pm Discipleship – Wed. 5:45pm Prayer Meeting – Wed. 7:00pm



Celebrating 31 years of God’s faithfulness

The growing Church was put to a serious test when some of the members rebelled against the Pastor. They did not like the way Dr. Ed led the church and wanted him to leave. However being sure of his calling, he stayed and the rebels went away. The attendance went down to an average of 40, but this did not dampen the spirit of the Church. With much faith and hard work, the attendance picked up again. This year, the Church moved to a new location in San Pedro Ice Plant along the National Highway. With continued hard work, prayer and giving, the place could no longer accommodate the growing number of people. This same year marked the birth of the first daughter church in Los Baños, Laguna.

the Beginning of the Church the Strengthening of the Church

the Flourishing of the Church

the Advancing of the Church




T was in 1976 when Pastor Ed, while pastoring a church in Camalig, Albay, had an eye problem that led him to go to Manila every month for a checkup. While traveling, the train that he was riding had an engine trouble and it literally stopped in the San Pedro train station. It was on that day that God gave him a spiritual vision, despite his physical eye affliction, to behold with compassion, the people in San Pedro, Laguna. With God’s leading, Dr. Ed and his wife, with their three-month-old daughter, Mishael, stepped into the soil of the Laguna province in 1978. The family traveled in a rented jeepney to the last block of East San Pedro, Laguna and settled there. Christian Baptist Mission formally opened its first Sunday service on January 22, 1978 with 13 young people/ adults and 29 children. The work began as Pastor Ed went soulwinning and door knocking, three hours each in the morning, afternoon, and evening. 1974 Pastor Ed Laurena as a first-year Bible student


1978 Auditorium in San Vicente

1981 Pastor Ed Laurena


Being challenged by the split, Dr. Ed decided to do more for God’s glory. The Church attendance grew and reached up to 100-150 and there was a need for more teachers and preachers. Pastor Ed and his wife started a mini-institute for Sunday School Teachers and Preachers with 4 subjects. They had 17 attendees whom they taught twice in a week.

1984 First Building in St. Francis Homes 2


There was need for a new and bigger place to occupy the growing number of people. Together with the members, the Pastor found a lot in St. Francis Homes II Subdivision. Prayer vigils were held with members in every corner of the lot, claiming the property. Indeed their prayers were answered and God gave the 500 sq.m through their generosity in involving themselves in “sacrificial giving.” Construction began even if the church’s cash in hand was just half of the lot price.

1983 Church Picture in Ice Plant

On January 23, 1979, the mission was organized into an independent, Bible-believing Baptist church, bearing the name, Christian Baptist Church, which was sent out from Octagon Bible Baptist Church in Pasig. After the organization, soulwinning, visitations and door-knocking were 1979 intensified and more members were added Church Picture to the church.


This year marked the growth of the Church as more and more members were added and the people were taught to give. It held its first anniversary and celebrated the giving of first fruits offering. Also the church started to support missions.



Before the year 1984 ended, the Church occupied the building with just the roof and walls. The first service encouraged the members to give more. The Pastor continually encouraged the Church to give to complete the walls and the roof. As the Lord graciously provided, the building was finished after a year. Along with the Church’s improvements in terms of physical facilities was the progress of its ministries. With such was the change of the Church’s name into Christian Bible Baptist Church (CBBC). Moreover, the mini-Bible Institute became a Summer Bible Institute. Classes were then held daily with three additional instructors. A Church-school ministry began in 1985 with six volunteer staff trained using the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum. ...TO BE CONTINUED ACTS 29 | FEBRUARY 7 | PAGE 05



Beata B. Agustin Our aim is to love God with all our heart and soul… To give to Him our devotion’s pureness-whole Since He saved us along His compassion’s role And He keeps us in His mind for His best goal! Our passion is to live for God constantly… To esteem Him most with high regard so dearly Since He cares for us with His mercies tenderly And He provides for us with His bounty wondrously! Our desire is to honour God by His grace… To strive toward holiness along life’s race Since He commands us to be perfect for His praise And He leads us to do His will by His truth’s brace! Our vision is to seek God’s kingdom and His majesty… To soar beyond earthly fame of temporal dignity Since He exhorts us with view of eternity And He anchors us by His Word’s certainty! Our quest is to fulfill God’s entrusted task... To labour for Him sincerely without pride’s mask Since He enables us with more than what we ask And He drives us that in His service we can bask! Our prayer is to please God with our great faith in Him… To grow, trusting Him, overcoming selfish whim Since He enlightens us along paths, problematically-dim And He delights us with His miracles up to the brim! Our purpose is to help fulfill God’s Great Commission… To go, give and pray with soulwinning-action Since He moves us by His empowering inspiration And He works in us to do our best with our dedication!


Preparations For The House of God

by Bro. Jeffrey Manzo Area 17

“For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Psalm 84:10 (1-12)


AVID showed his love to the House of God by expressing his longing for it, like a sparrow acuiring a nest its dwelling. (verse 2) As a Christian we need to have a desire to always go to the house of God every service especially during Sundays. As we go to the house of God we should be prepare ourselves. 1. We should have a healthy body. Vs.5-7 Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit according to 1 Cor.6:19. We need to take good care of our body. We should sleep right, eat healthy food and eat breakfast before going to church. We should do some exercise and take a quiet time to pray. We must realize that a healthy body produces

a healthy mind to make us understand the Word of God. 2. We should have a hungry soul. V. 2 Every time we go to church we should crave for the Word of God. Let us give importance to the Word of God and listen carefully to the preaching, so that our lives would be changed and challenged in His service. 3. We should have an empty heart. Vs. 9-12 Our Pastor always tells us that every time we come to church, we should have an empty heart so that God can work and move in our lives. The house of God is the spiritual operating room of the heart. We must let God open, search and clean us as we pray to Him that He grants us an admonishable, teachable and correctable heart. In verse 10, the Psalmist desires to be a doorkeeper in the house of God rather than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. Brethren, we should thank God that we have a Church, that teaches us the pure Word of God, and we have a Pastor who challenges us to serve the true and living God. a


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Church Attendance Jan. 31 & Feb.03 Sunday Morning Sunday Afternoon Wednesday First Time Visitors Baptisms

MORNING EVENING Lev. 25-27 Psalm 36 Numbers 1-3 Psalm 37:1-20 Numbers 4-6 Psalm 37:21-40 Numbers 7-8 Psalm 38 Numbers 10-12 Psalm 39 Numbers 13-15 Psalm 40 Numbers 16-18 Psalm 41

Bible Reading Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Youth Insights WOrds for the youth “All is vanity but to love and serve Him.” Thomas A. Kempis need More?

Young People’s Fellowship will Resume After our month-long Anniversary

ng sabi ni Hesus, “Ako ang daan, ang katotohanan, at ang buhay: walang makapupunta sa Ama kundi sa pamamagitan ko.” Juan 14:6

Ayon sa Biblia, Iisa Lamang ang Daan Patungong Langit!



uotation Marks

“I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God; first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”

Hudson Taylor

MANALANGIN KA NG GANITO Panginoon, ako po ay isang makasalanan at nangangailangan ng kapatawaran. Nanampalataya po ako na nadanak ang dugo ni Hesus at Siya ay namatay sa krus para sa akin. Tinatalikuran ko na po ang aking mga kasalanan. Tinatanggap ko po si Kristo Hesus sa aking puso bilang aking Tagapagligtas. Amen.

Anniversary Special Issue Celebrating 31 Years of God’s Faithfulness

Basahin mo ang iyong Biblia araw-araw upang makilala pa ng lubusan si Kristo Hesus. Makipag-usap ka sa Diyos sa panalangin araw-araw. Manambahan ka sa isang simbahan na pinapangaral si Kristo at ang Biblia ang tanging pamantayan. Ibahagi sa iba si Kristo Hesus.

Wala nang iba pang makapagliligtas sa iyo mula sa impierno. Magtiwala ka kay Hesus ngayon! (Roma 6:23)

1. 2. 3. 4.

Kung tinanggap mo si Hesus bilang iyong Tagapagligtas, ito na ang simula ng iyong bagong buhay kay Kristo (Roma 8:1). Ngayon:

Aminin mo na ikaw ay isang makasalanan. Roma 3:10 Talikuran mo ang iyong mga kasalanan (magsisi). Gawa 17:30 Manampalataya ka na si Kristo Hesus ay namatay para sa iyo, nalibing at nabuhay namagmuli. Roma 10:9-10 Sa pamamagitan ng panalangin, tanggapin mo si Hesus sa iyong puso bilang iyong Tagapagligtas. Roma 10:13

“Kung ipahahayag ng iyong bibig na si Hesus ay Panginoon at mananam-palataya ka nang buong puso na Siya’y muling binuhay ng Diyos, ikaw ay maliligtas”. Roma 10:9 1. 2. 3. 4.

ACTS 29 - Christian Bible Baptist Church Official Sunday Publication St. Francis Homes 2, San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines 4023 • Dr. Ed M. Laurena, Pastor telephone: (02)869-0433 • email: • website:

Revive us through the House of God - February 7, 2010  

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