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Issue No. 43 01 - 07 Nov 2010
Reflection  

Why I Study Christian Education: a Student’s Reflection
By Wong Choon Yew

I enrolled as a student in BGST without knowing that I would eventually end up in Christian Education studies. I wholeheartedly thank the LORD for my learning experience at BGST, especially in the Education for Christian Formation (ECF) degree programme.

The LORD has been providing opportunities for me to teach His word to facilitate spiritual growth in the lives of others, as well as conducting training in Third-World countries. To possess a good grasp of theology and bible knowledge is essential to undertake these given tasks. It is also preferable that one should be endowed with the spiritual gift of teaching by Him to undertake these education tasks with power and effectiveness. Nonetheless, it is expedient for a teacher of God’s word to undergo a certain degree of training to enhance one’s teaching capability and maximise the person’s potential as an educator.

Some may argue that the gift of the Spirit would be sufficient to enable a teacher to carry out the education task, thus, further academic training led by human teachers is tantamount to distrusting the LORD. Others reckon that a good knowledge in the bible and theology is adequate for one to become a Christian Educator. These presumptions proved inadequate when taking a closer look at the years of training undergone by the Paul and the Eleven Apostles. One might argue that it was entirely the power of the Holy Spirit that enabled them to undertake the overwhelming missions of global evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. Personally, I believe the LORD has a more holistic approach of equipping these servants to accomplish the marvellous tasks for Him. Paul, for instance, had received the education of the Pharisees since young. This had equipped him with excellent knowledge of the Old Testament, which became the foundation of his teaching ministry, equipping him to debate with the rabbis on the application of Torah for the post-ascension era. The three-year intensive learning with their Master offered the Disciples not only a superb opportunity for character building by imitating the life of Christ, but also the chance to be equipped with numerous teaching and ministry skills. Thus, it seems to indicate that the gift of teaching coupled with appropriate training, equip God’s people to do His work effectively. It is both a spiritual and educational process.

By implication, the discipline of Christian Education has developed over the years for the exercise of the gift of teaching and equipping His people to undertake the educational or teaching ministry of the church for the spiritual formation of believers.

The Education for Christian Formation programme at BGST emphasizes more than methods of conducting educational tasks. It challenges the passion and intellect to construct a philosophy that is biblical, theological and educational to plan and implement teaching ministries. The curricular approach is interdisciplinary, integrating faith with social science studies. The strong foundation of bible and theology laid in the programme integrates with the three emphases on teaching competency, social science research methods and spiritual formation. Courses such as Human Development & Spiritual Formation, the Craft of teaching, Facilitating Adult Learning, Children’s Spirituality and Ministry Formation, Educational Planning & Management, Spirituality for Christian Formation and others have impressed upon me the importance of engaging the whole person in the learning process and not mere memorisation of facts. The knowledge and skills honed from the Qualitative & Quantitative research methods help to develop goals, objectives, excellencies and evaluate the effectiveness of an educational ministry.

The Christian Education studies at BGST consistently poses this question: What does it involve to translate knowledge into the development of all aspects of a Christian life (physically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, morally and spiritually) to live a life worthy and pleasing to God, and, to be salt of the earth and light of the world? Enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education for Spiritual Formation (MA ECF), the question provides an impetus for lifelong learning and practice as a Christian Educator.

Chapel Notes Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Following Mr Chong Ser Choon’s precedent the previous week, Dr Satterthwaite gave a ‘textless sermon’: a personal testimony in which he spoke of the place that music has played in his life, both in his coming to faith in Christ and in his continuing walk with God. Illustrating what he said with excerpts from the music of Michael Praetorius, Domenico Scarlatti, J.S. Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Dr Satterthwaite spoke of the power of music to draw out our hearts towards God, to convey truth about God and about the Christian gospel, and to encourage, to exhilarate and to energize us for Christian service. He concluded Chapel by playing some ‘funeral music’, a piece (by Beethoven) that he would like to have played at his funeral: a scherzo with a ‘surprise ending’ which may remind a Christian believer about the greatest ‘surprise ending’ of all – the resurrection of the dead through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Chapel On 10 November 2010.
Rev David Burke, Pastor of Orchard Road Presbyterian Church is our speaker. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are most welcome to join us.

Faculty News  

On the four Sundays of November Dr. Satterthwaite will be speaking at Bethesda Frankel Estate Church.
The Theme of his series is “Psalms of Darkness, Psalms of Light”, and the four Psalms he will be speaking on are Psalms 39, 88, 118 and 150.

Dr Edwin Tay will be teaching at Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church on 07 November 10 from 10.45am to 11.45am. The topic is “The Necessity of the Atonement.”

Courses Commencing in Term 3 & 4, 2010-2011

APPLIED THEOLOGY
The Christian Mind (AT361, 1.5cr);(Group Tutorial)
Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1; (Tue 7.30-9.30pm)
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC, 235 Telok Ayer Street
Lecturer: by Dr David Wong / Tutor: Dr Lai Pak Wah

Discerning God’s Will: Biblical Principles of Christian Decision-making (AT353, 1.5cr);
Feb 21, 28, Mar 14, 21, 28; (Mon 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Zion Bishan BP Church, 4 Bishan St 13
Lecturer: Dr Tan Soo-Inn

BIBLICAL LANGUAGE
*New Testament Greek II (BG112, 3cr);
Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, 17, 24, 31, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5; (Thu 7.30-9.15pm)
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming (PhD candidate, Uni of Cambridge)

*Biblical Hebrew Exegesis II (BH212, 3cr);
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 28, Mar 14, 21, 28, Apr 4, 11; (Mon 7.30-9.45pm)
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

BIBLICAL STUDIES
New Testament Foundations II (NT102, 3cr);
Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 18, 25, Apr 1, 8;
(Fri 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Lecturer: Dr Oh Boon Leong

Old Testament Foundations II (OT102, 3cr);
Feb 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, 24, Apr 7, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26; (Thu 7.30-9.45pm)
Venue:Zion Bishan BP Church, 4 Bishan St 13
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Reading Revelation Ethically: the last word on Empire, Economics, Ecology (NT364, 3cr);
Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3;
(Tue 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC, 235 Telok Ayer Street
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming (PhD candidate, Uni of Cambridge)

Interpreting Ezekiel (OT367, 1.5cr);(Group Tutorial)
Mar 4, 11, 18, 25; (Fri 7.30-9.30pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church, 77 Prinsep Street
Lecturer: Dr Daniel Block / Tutor: Mr Andrew Lee (PhD candidate, Uni of Gloucester)

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL FORMATION
Spirituality for Christian Formation (ECF503, 3cr);
Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 9, 16, 23, Mar 2, 9, 23;
(Wed 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church, 77 Prinsep Street
Lecturer: Mr Chong Ser Choon

*Research Methods & Ministry: Qualitative
(ECF520, 3cr);
Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar 1, 8, 15;
(Tue 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Lecturer: Dr Chen Ai Yen

Educational Planning & Management (ECF510, 3cr);
Mar 17, 24, 31, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19;
(Thu 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue:Zion Bishan BP Church, 4 Bishan St 13
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

COUNSELLING & APPLIED THEOLOGY
*The Counsellor’s Skills: Developing Micro-Skills in Counselling (CO213, 3cr);
Feb 9, 16, 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr 6, 13; (Wed 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church, 77 Prinsep Street
Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

Contemporary Issues Facing Counsellors Today (CO240, 1.5cr);
Mar 28, Apr 4, 11, 18, 25; (Mon 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Zion Bishan BP Church, 4 Bishan St 13
Lecturer: Dr Danny Goh

HISTORICAL STUDIES
Introduction to Church History II: Six-Continent Christianities (CH102, 3cr);
Mar 15, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 24; (Tue 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Lecturer: Dr Lai Pak Wah

MARKETPLACE MINISTRIES
Liberating the Laity: Empowering the Whole People of God for Service in the Church & World (MM251, 3cr); (Group Tutorial)
Jan 13, 27, Feb 10, 24, Mar 3; (Thu 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue:Zion Bishan BP Church, 4 Bishan St 13
Lecturer: Prof Paul Stevens/ Tutor: Dr Ng Peh Cheng;

Globalization & Postmodernity: A Christian Response (MM258, 3cr); Feb 9, 16, 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30;
(Wed 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Lecturer: Mr Ben Pwee

Theology of Work (MM261, 3cr)
May 23, 25, 27, 30, 31, June 2; 7.15-10.15pm,
June 4 (Sat 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm)
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Lecturers: Prof Paul Stevens & Mr Clive Lim (DMin.candidate, Gordon-Conwell Theo. Sem.)

MISSION & EVANGELISM

Christianity Comes to Asia (ME325, 1.5cr);
(Group Tutorial)
Feb 8, 15, 22, Mar 1; (Tue 7.30-9.30pm)
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC, 235 Telok Ayer Street
Lecturer: Dr Bobby Sng / Tutor: Dr Lai Pak Wah

Introduction to Evangelism & World Mission
(ME101, 3cr); Mar 5 &12 (Sat 10am - 1pm, 2 - 5pm), Mar 4, 7, 10, 11; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Lecturer: Dr Tan Kang San

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
The Christian Faith (TS101, 3cr);
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 14, 21; (Mon 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue:Zion Bishan BP Church, 4 Bishan St 13
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

Teaching the Westminster Confession of Faith (TS216, 3cr);(Group Tutorial)
Mar 25, Apr 1, 8, 15, 29, May 6, 13, 20; (Fri 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church, 77 Prinsep Street
Lecturer: Dr Douglas Milne / Tutor: Dr Edwin Tay;

The Christian Spirit (TS251, 3cr); (Group Tutorial)
Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 24, 31; (Tue 7.30-9.30pm)
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC, 235 Telok Ayer Street
Lecturer : Prof James Houston / Tutor: Mr John Chong Ser Choon

For more information on courses for 2011 visit our website: http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events
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