BIBLICAL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

Issue No. 26

14 - 20 July 2008


We give thanks to God for the Inaugural Chapel Service that was held on 9 July to dedicate the new academic year. One of the participants described the experience as “wonderful.” Another testified, “I was ministered to” and requested for a copy of the Dedication Prayer for personal use. BGST plans to make the Evening Chapel Service an annual affair especially to include you who are unable to join us during the regular Wednesday service at noon time.

Rev Dr Oh Boon Leong was the Speaker. He is a Pastor at Mt Carmel BP Church and our New Testament Adjunct Faculty. Those present at the service were blessed by his exposition of Psalm 1, “THE BLESSINGS OF THE WORD.” 
  1. Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
  2. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
  3. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its
    fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
  4. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows
    away.
  5. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor
    sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
  6. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way
    of the wicked will perish.

Pastor Boon Leong provided a summary of the message.

Each new academic year reminds us of new events and challenges. One thing, however, remains the same: the Word of God. As we study the Word, our desire is to be blessed, to be fulfilled in what we do. Psalm
1 tells us the secret of the life God blesses. A blessed life depends on the quality of life or the kind of people we are. 

First, blessedness or happiness is the legitimate pursuit of every Christian. Indeed, God promises to prosper His people when they keep His commandments (Jos. 1:8). Yet there are so many unhappy people. Ps. 1:1 makes clear where blessedness is not to be found: Sin & unrighteousness. Blessedness, on the other hand, is when one is at peace with God, where there is a sense of life being intrinsically right. Our challenge then as students of the Word is to “be in the world, but not of the world.”

Secondly, blessedness comes from building our life on the Word of God (v. 2). The Psalmist loves the Law, and he meditates on it. To meditate is to ruminate, to speak to oneself with the intent of applying it to life. Our second challenge then as students of the Word is to read it with our heart and mind. There is a longing in beloved’s heart to know more and more of the Lover.

Finally, blessedness produces stability & fruitfulness (v. 3). Like the evergreens, the blessed man of God has consistency, strength and fruitfulness. His life fulfills the purpose for which he was created. That is possible because, as v. 6 says, the Lord watches over the way of the righteous.

As the new academic year dawns, let us dedicate ourselves to the Word, to the diligent, delightful, meditative study of Scripture. May we know strength and stability. May we bear much fruit in our lives. And may we be a blessing to many others in the years to come. 

Amen.


BGST Inaugural Annual Lecture 
"The Christian as Salt and Light in Politics"

11 July 2008, Singapore Thomson Road Baptist Church

Dr Toh See Kiat, BGST Chairman, Chairman of Goodwins Law Corporation, a former Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC and former President of the Consumers Association of Singapore, delivered a thought-provoking and wide-ranging lecture. The clear presentation reflected the rich experience garnered from his vocational background as well as his theological reflections on this topic. We were encouraged by the 100 plus attendees and the lively Q&A session.

To order a copy of the audio CD ($6) or the DVD ($11) email lib@bgst.edu.sg and leave your contact numbers. (Include a postage charge of $1 if you want it mail to you). The online broadcast will be made available later on our website once it is ready.

Weekly Highlights

  • Dr Ng Liang Wei (Grad DipCS, 2007, MDiv 2008) and his wife, Tricia (Grad DipCS, 2008), were commissioned for international ministry at the Faith Methodist Church on July 13.
     
  • Dr Ng Peh Cheng will be one of the workshop speakers at the Wesley CM volunteers retreat on Sat 19 July. 
     
  • Mrs S M Peck will be our next chapel speaker on 23 July 2008.

Courses Commencing in August & September 2008

  • Exegesis-4 NT (MTh504, 3cr), starting Aug 1 (Fri 7.30-9.30pm). Lecturer: Dr Oh Boon Leong
     

  • *Counselling Skills: Premartial Counselling (CO233, 1.5cr), starting Aug 7 (Thur 7.15-10.15pm). Lecturer: Mr Song Cheng Hock

  • Facilitating Adult Learning (ECF512, 1.5cr); (MTh 2cr), starting Sept 9 (Tue 7.15-10.15pm). Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

Courses marked with an asterisk are not offered on audit basis.
Registration is open for all courses. Visit www.bgst.edu.sg for course description and registration (under Course & Events/Course Schedules). 


Bible Land Study Tours

This announcement is coming along later than desired as we are experiencing great difficulty in getting flight confirmations. However, we thought that we should still give you an update so that you can consider Bible Lands Study Tour when you plan for your holidays.

  • Tour #4: Footsteps of Paul – 9 to 22 Sep 2008 or 9 to 24 with optional extension in Rome (Syria, Turkey, Greece & optional Rome) 

  • Tour #5: Grandeur of Jordan & Israel – 23 Sep to 03 Oct 2008; (Jordan & Israel)

  • Tour #6: Quest for Eternity – 20 to 30 Oct 2008 (all Egypt tour)

If you are keen to join any of the above tours, please email Serene at serene@bgst.edu.sg.


Introducing Our Recent Graduates...

Mr Alby Yip Kong Fai
Grad Dip CS, MCS, M Div
Alby has been in the pastorate since 1999 and is now serving with Grace (Singapore Chinese Christian) Church as a Pastor of the English congregation. He is seeking God's direction on which course of study to pursue as part of his continuing education and equipping for ministry. His life verse is Galatians 2:20: 'I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.'

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