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Issue No. 10 7 - 13 Mar 2011

Chapel Notes

 

Rev Dr John YuenRev Dr John Yuen of Evangel Baptist Church spoke to us from Luke 5:1-11 and John 21:1-19 on the topic, “The Call To Follow Jesus”. The key question raised in the exposition is, “What does it mean for us to love Jesus and to follow him in the particular situation in which he has placed us?” Peter is the central figure through whom the lessons of the texts were highlighted.

Luke 5:1-11 contains the record of a great catch of fish at a most unlikely hour. After teaching the people from the vantage point of Simon Peter’s boat, Jesus had given instructions to Peter to let down the nets for a catch in deeper waters (Lk 5:4). Thinking that he knew better since he had fished to no avail the night before, and desiring to prove Jesus wrong, Peter agreed to Jesus’ request. However, to his great astonishment, the catch proved so successful that the nets deployed reached breaking point. Rev Yuen attributed this unlikely result to “the Lord’s power and time”.

Paralleling this experience to that of the Christian, he observed that our Lord is able to turn our emptiness into fullness in his own time and power. This, however, would necessarily involve a letting go of certain things in our lives in order to respond to the call to follow Christ. In the case of Peter, he fell on Jesus’ knees and pleaded with Jesus to depart from him, a sinful man (5:8-9). Peter’s response indicated that he saw himself truly and honestly. He had to “let go” of his pride.

Rev Yuen then turned our attention to John 21:1-19. It is a passage that records a similar event of fishing which involved the same disciples. Although the disciples encountered the same problem as before and will eventually witness the same unexpected result of a great catch of fish, nevertheless, John’s account is of a more sober and realistic Peter. In John’s post-resurrection narrative, the disciples appear as a defeated lot. Judas had taken his own life. Peter had denied Jesus three times. The other disciples were probably in despair, having lost their hopes of a liberated Israel. Rev Yuen surmised that it was their sense of defeat and utter disappointment that drove the disciples back to their work of fishing. However, in the midst of this dark moment, Jesus extended his call to his disciples again, for he loved them and desired to use them for his glory.

Rev Yuen concluded his message with an insightful observation of the conversation between the resurrected Christ and Peter on the extent of Peter’s love for Jesus (John 21:15-19). Jesus framed his question to Peter in terms of agape (i.e. divine and unconditional love), but Peter answered Jesus in terms of phileo (i.e. human love). Rev Yuen suggested that Peter’s use of the term phileo demonstrates his honesty and truthfulness, a response that is conditioned by Peter’s own experience of defeat. Peter was rather presumptuous in the past, but in the light of his denials of Christ, he seemed to have become more sober and realistic. In Rev Yuen’s own words, “Peter did not promise the Lord the sun and the moon and the stars, but he promised the Lord his honest best.”

What then does it mean for us to love Jesus and follow him, particularly when we feel defeated and discouraged? Rev Yuen left us with the following challenge: “Remember that the call to follow Jesus is still a call for us to let go of some things in our lives today… [it] is not to promise him the sun the moon and the stars. But really to promise him your honest best and trust him to do the rest…In the Lord’s hour, in the Lord’s time, he can do great and mighty things in and through you and me. He is still calling you and me to follow him. May we be willing.”

Mr Tirhas Angelo will be our speaker for chapel on 23 March 2011. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.

Faculty News

On Tuesday evenings during March (8.00 - 10.00 p.m.) Dr Satterthwaite will be teaching on the book of Isaiah at Barker Road Methodist Church as part of their Trek Through the Bible programme. This Tuesday he will speak on Isaiah 13-27.

Dr Lai Pak Wah will be conducting a workshop entitled “Christian Spirituality in a Technological Age” at Zion Bishan BP Church on 19 Mar 2011 at 12 pm.

Announcements
BGST Office & Library will be closed on 16 March 2011 (Wed) for BGST Work Plan Seminar.  We will resume normal operating hours on 17 March.
Course Commencing

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: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Lai Pak Wah

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL FORMATION
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 Street 13
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

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

COUNSELLING & APPLIED THEOLOGY

Contemporary Issues Facing Counsellors Today
(CO241, 1.5cr);
Mar 28, Apr 4, 11, 18, 25; (Mon 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Zion Bishan BP Church, 4 Bishan Street 13
Lecturer: Dr Danny Goh

The course schedule for Semester I, year 2011-2012 is now available. For more information, please visit our website: http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events
TENT 2011
TENT
Tentmakers Equipping 'N' Training

Biblical Basis for Tentmaking Mission
Tues. May 24 & 31; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mrs Leong King Teng
Venue: 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Blk B
Clarus Centre (former Union Industrial Building)

Theology of Work
Tues. Jun 7, 14 & 21; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Dr Toh See Kiat
Venue: 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Blk B
Clarus Centre (former Union Industrial Building)

Understanding Culture & Country Profile Studies
Tues. Jul 5, 12, 19 & 26; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitators: Dr Ng Peh Cheng & Miss Valerie Lim
Venue: 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Blk B
Clarus Centre (former Union Industrial Building)

Religions of Asia
Tues. Aug 2, 16 & 23; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Dr Jeanette Hui
Venue: 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Blk B
Clarus Centre (former Union Industrial Building)

Personal Ministry Skills: Practical Considerations for a Tentmaker’s Ministry
Tues. Sept 6, 13 & 20; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mr Toh Kai Hua
Venue: 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Blk B
Clarus Centre (former Union Industrial Building)

Tentmakers & Ethical Issues
Sat. Oct 8 & 15; 2011 (9.30-11.30am; 12.00-2.00pm)
Facilitator: A Former Singaporean Tentmaker
Venue: 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Blk B
Clarus Centre (former Union Industrial Building)

Coping with Stress
Tues. Oct 11, 18 & 25; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mr Yam Keng Mun
Venue: 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Blk B Clarus Centre (former Union Industrial Building)

For more information on TENT courses, please visit our website: http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/tent
Church-Based Lay Training Modules
2011 Modules offered at
Yishun Christian Church (Anglican)

Dynamics of Cell Leadership
Wed. Mar 2, 9, 16, 23 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

What Do We Do With Four Gospels?
Wed. April 27, May 4, 11, 18 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming

Reformation Theology: Its Significance & Relevance for Christians Today
Wed. Jul 6, 13, 20, 27 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

The Message of the Song of Songs
Wed. Sep 7, 14, 21, 28 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

2011 Modules offered at
Mt Carmel Bible-Presbyterian Church

Evangelism In A Cross-Cultural Context
Thu. Feb 24, Mar 3, 10, 17 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Lai Pak Wah

Dynamics Of Counselling: People Skills To Connect And Support
Thu. April 28, May 5, 12, 19 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

The Message of the Song of Songs
Thu. Jul 7, 14, 21, 28 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Beginnings: Opening the Gospels
Thu. Sep 1, 8, 15, 22 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming

For details about the modules & registrations, please visit:
http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/church-based-lay-training

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