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BIBLICAL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

Issue No. 33

17 - 23 August 2009

Chapel Notes

Dr Augustine Pagolu preached from Romans 11, tackling the difficult but important issue of the place of the Jews in God’s plan of salvation. He began by situating Romans 11 within the larger context of Romans 9-11. After giving a brief account of the differences of opinions among Biblical scholars on the way in which Romans 9-11 fit within the overall flow of the book’s argument, he observed that there is, nevertheless, general agreement that these three chapters are concerned with the unique position of the Jews in God’s purpose of salvation.

He went on to give an exposition of Romans 11:1-12 in the light of Jewish unbelief as recounted by Paul in Romans 9 and 10. His exposition centered around two questions raised by Paul: “Did God reject His people?” (Rom. 11:1a); “Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery?” (Rom. 11:11a) Paul’s answer to the first question is that Israel has not been rejected by God. There is, however, a “spirit of stupor” (Deut. 29:4) or hardening of heart (Rom. 11:8).

Paul’s answer to the second question was also negative. Just as Israel’s fall is not total, similarly, Israel’s rejection is not final. Israel has not stumbled “so as to fall beyond recovery.” In the words of Dr Pagolu, “the rejection of the Jews is a partial rejection; a believing remnant remains, as Paul shows in Romans 11:1-10.” In God’s sovereign governance of events, Israel’s fall has led to the salvation of the Gentiles, which in turn, has led to Israel’s envy and in-gathering. Israel’s “fullness” or “increase in numbers until the remnant has grown into a substantial majority”, as Dr Pagolu puts it, will lead to even greater blessings to the world. The sermon concluded with an exhortation to be concerned with missions and evangelism in the light of Romans 11.

Weekly Updates

Our Chapel Speaker on 26 Aug will be Mr Ritchemar Silva Macoy, fulltime MDiv student. Chapel begins at 12 pm every Wednesday. You are welcome to join us.

News Bits

CONGRATULATIONS

ChristopherWe rejoice with Angelo and Dorcas Tirhas on the birth of their son, Christopher.

May God be the strength of your heart as you embrace your new vocation as parents (Ps. 73:26). Angelo hails from Greece and is currently a Grad Dip CS student.

TayPKCongratulations to Reverend Tay Piak Kheng on her ordination on Friday, 7 August 2009.
May God grant you strength to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58). Reverend Tay graduated with the
Grad Dip CS (magna cum laude) in 2005.


Ben PweeHow should we response to the impact & challenges of Globalization & Postmodernity? Mr Ben Pwee’ course on Globalization & Postmodernity: A Christian Response will commence on Aug 27 (Thur). For details on dates & course syllabus, click http://bgst.edu.sg/courses/pdf/mm258-09.pdf

Quote of the week:

“The church today should be getting ready and talking about issues of tomorrow and not issues of 20 and 30 years ago, because the church is going to be squeezed in a wringer. If we found it tough in these last few years, what are we going to do when we are faced with the real changes that are ahead?” (Francis Schaeffer).


BGST Family Day

Dear friends, join us for a casual gathering among lecturers, staff, students and alumni for a wonderful time of fellowship, music & games. Get to learn interesting trivia about our BGST lecturers!

Experience a variety of cultural games from our many international students. We are looking
forward to seeing you there!

Date: 5th September 2009,
Time : 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Venue: 33 Mount Sinai Rise
(The Marbella Function Room)

For catering purpose please RSVP to Christine at bgst@pacific.net.sg by 31 Aug 2009

Please click for more details: http://bgst.edu.sg/family_day/family_day.pdf


golf BGST 2nd Fundraising Golf Tournament in aid of BGST Building Fund
25 Sep 2009 (Friday), Raffles Country Club, Lake Course

Though this may not be the best time for fundraising, but for the School's greater need to fulfill her vision and mission, the Golf Tournament Organising Committee appeals to all golfers in the BGST community to support us in this event.

So, gather your friends and swing for a good cause! We are also looking for sponsorship in terms of advertisement placement in the golf tournament souvenir magazine, contribution of prizes or items for our goodie bags.  We hope to raise $80,000 to help pay for the building loans.  Pray for us and with us in meeting our goal. 
                                                    
Visit www.bgst.edu.sg/GT2009 or contact Serene at Tel: 62276815 for more info. We look forward to your support!


Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit

The Dead Sea Scrolls are coming to Singapore in a rare exhibition featuring archaeological findings that capture the image of biblical times and speak of the persistence of God's Word.

Biblical Graduate School of Theology is pleased to display our collections as part of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Ancient World Exhibit.

Venue: The Art House, 1 Old Parliament Lane,
Dates: August 27 to September 20, 2009,
Time: 10.00am to 9pm daily.
Admission by tickets.

For more information, visit website: www.livinglegacy2009.com

 

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