|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.”
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
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.
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.
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