BIBLICAL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
Issue No. 7

16 - 22 Feb 2009

Chapel Summary

FINISHING WELL

Mr. Andrew Chua Boon Chye (Grad. Dip CS, 1999) shared his personal reflection  on FINISHING WELL at Chapel on 11 February. He is currently in the MCS programme and will be embarking on a new chapter in his life as a full-time pastoral worker. We share the excitement and joy of the Lord’s leading in Andrew’s life, work and ministry. He provided a summary of his sharing.
In a few days time, I will be 59 yrs old. If the average life span of a man is threescore and ten I would have used up 85% of the given time. With 15% of the time left, I am now ending another chapter of my pilgrim’s journey. My desire is to finish my life well.  By God’s grace, if I am able to live beyond 70, I would like to be a Caleb, who at the age of 85 was strong and vigorous, ready to go out to battle for the Lord.  Rev Dr David Wong in his book, ‘Finishing Well’ listed 12 principles. I will share how some of these principles have prepared me in my journey to finish well. 

“To finish well in the end, we have to begin now.” “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Five years before I retired from the Army, I felt God’s call to serve the Church full-time and made preparations for it. I enrolled for evening theological studies at BGST and graduated with a Diploma in Christian Studies in 1999. In August 2000, I retired from the SAF after serving for 30 years but I did not make the move into full-time ministry due to personal reasons. I joined the Ministry of Home Affairs as a Training Consultant instead. Last year I felt the call again and with prayer and encouragement from my Church Pastor, Beh Soo Yeong, I made the decision to serve the Church full-time from 1 March 09. I have the full support of my wife and my children. I have also found peace within because I was able to resolve most of my personal and family issues. Instead of waiting until the retirement age of 62, I think there is not a better time to go into full-time service than now, even in the face of the economic slow down and the financial crisis. I have submitted my resignation letter to leave the Civil Service.

‘‘To finish the final chapter well, we have to finish each prior chapter well.” As I move forward into the new chapter, I must thank God for His grace and His mercy without which I am unable to reach this stage of my life. Ever since the day I received Jesus Christ as my Saviour I have not looked back. With my faith anchored in Him, God has blessed me in my careers and in my service for the Church. He has kept my family in the faith and He has enabled me to discharge my responsibilities as a son, brother, husband and father. Each chapter of my life is a reflection of God’s love and compassion. He has been my joy, my refuge and my strength.

‘‘Finishing well means letting go and moving on.’’ Initially I had difficulty letting go of the good pay and the performance bonuses should I leave my job. It is one of the hardest things to do.
‘‘Letting go frees us to move on. God never asks us to give up something without giving something better in its place. If we do not open our hands to let go, how can we have hands open to receive?”

‘‘To finish well, we need a perspective from the end.’’ Like the apostle Paul I would like to say at the end of my life, ‘‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith’’ and ready to receive the crown of righteousness from the Lord at the end (2 Tim 4:7-8). Jesus said, ‘‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work’’. What do I intend to accomplish in the new chapter of my life? It is to do His will and finish His work which He has entrusted in my hands. My Church has a mission and that is, ‘‘To glorify God by being disciples in a disciple-making community of Jesus Christ.” I would like to spend my energy and effort to move the Church towards the fulfillment of this mission in the new chapter of my life.

Weekly Highlights

Our Chapel speaker on February 18 is Mr Quek Tze-Ming our Alumnus & Faculty. All are welcome.

On February 25, Mr Ranaivoarisoa Mandimby Haja, a student (Grad Dip CS) from Madagascar, will be our Chapel speaker. Chapel begins at 12pm every Wednesday. You are welcome to join us.

News Bits

Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies
Mr Justin Zhou Ziyang, a graduate of the National University of Singapore,is currently a Social Worker and a Lay Pastor in an independent church.  He is involved in pastoral care, teaching, discipling, worship leading and counselling youth.

Faculty On The Move
Dr Ng Peh Cheng will be in the Philippines from February 18-20. She will be attending a meeting there as a member of the Asia Theological Association Committee on Accreditation & Educational Development and Convener of the Standards Committee.

New Books @ BGST Bookshop

The Vintage Church by Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears  (Crossway, 2008)
Price: $36.30 (Hardback)

Mirror Mirror: Discover your true identity in Christ by Graham Beynon (IVP 2008)
Price: $21.20   

 

 

 

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*Counsellor’s Skills: Developing Micro-skills in Counselling (CO213, 3cr), starting Feb 18 (New starting date), 25, Mar 11, 25, Apr 1, 15, 29, May 13;(Wed 7.15-10.15pm). Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

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Isaac, Jacob, Joseph: God’s Grace in a Dysfunctional Family (OT372, 1.5cr) starting Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26; (Tue 7.30-9.30pm) Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

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