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Issue No. 29 18 - 24 July 2011

Chapel Message

 

We were privileged to have Mr Peter Jamir, our alumnus (MCS 2009), share about his experiences in the mission field and some of the challenges facing missions in India today. The following article is by Peter.

India is a great nation with a population of about 1.21 billion. It is a land of many cultures and linguistic groups, making it a very complex society that nobody can claim to fully understand. This complexity staggers church planters in the mission field of India.

In India, Hinduism is the majority religion. India is also the land where great world religions such as Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism were founded. The religion of Islam is practiced by about 160 million people. Although the church in India existed even from the time of the early church Apostles, the official Christian population is only about 2.3%. Statistically, the Christian population is decreasing in view of the fact that more than 50,000 babies are added to the population on a daily basis compared to only less than 10,000 new “born again” believers.

In his book, Global Passion (2003), Patrick Johnston shares that “the largest and most complex challenge of all is India with divisions along caste lines as well as language, religion and ethnicity. Our ability to complete discipling the world’s people, to a great extend depends on how we face up to the challenge of India.” Hence “India must have high priority in our prayers and Christian involvement over the next forty years…especially missions in North India where the largest concentration of the unreached are to be found.”

India is a vast harvest field. We thank God that people are responding to the Gospel in the midst of threats and persecutions. The churches in India are increasing, especially in the rural areas. There are certainly signs of church growth in the urban sectors although the increase seems to be due to migration of Christians from small towns or villages. Church planting in urban areas remains a great challenge. That India is the largest English speaking nation in the world means that there are many opportunities for Christian missions that do not require the acquisition of a new language.

Other mission challenges are as follows (just to mention a few):

  • The women of India (about 50% of the population). They are generally more sensitive to spiritual things and are often the first to respond to the Gospel.
  • The 700 million young people under the age of 35. India is now the youngest nation in the world.
  • The 350 million children under the age of 15.
  • The hundreds of cities and thousands of villages yet to be reached with the Gospel.

We thank God that India is becoming a strong harvest force. There is currently a deep sense of awakening in the Indian churches for Christian missions. Today, India is one of the largest cross-cultural mission forces in the world. There are an estimated 55,000 workers who are engaged in cross-cultural church planting and evangelism within India, and about 5000 Indian missionaries serve in over forty countries.

Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt 28:18-20, NIV).

May God help us to fulfill His mission in India!

Chapel News
Mr Ritchemar Macoy will be speaking in our chapel on 27 July 2011. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.
Condolences
The BGST family extends its deepest condolences to Dr Atomic Leow (MDiv, 2006) and family on the loss of his mother. May God’s comfort and peace be with them during this time of grief.
Courses Commencing in Term 1 & 2, 2011-2012

APPLIED THEOLOGY
Christian Biography
(AT151, 1.5cr);
Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Zion Bishan BP Church
Lecturer: Dr David Wong

Marketplace Theology
(MM255, 1.5cr);
(Group Tutorial) by Prof Paul Stevens / Tutor: Mr Ben Pwee;
Oct 20, 27; 7.15-9.45pm;
Venue: Clarus Centre

BIBLICAL STUDIES
Biblical Hermeneutics & Interpretation
(HE101, 3cr);
Jul 18, 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sep 12, 19, Oct 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 14, 21; 7.30-9.35pm
Venue: Thomson Rd Baptist Church
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

*Greek Exegesis I
(BG 211, 3cr);
Zion Bishan BP Church: Jul 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, Oct 13, 20, 27,
Clarus Centre: Nov 3, 10, 17; 7.30-9.30pm
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming (PhD candidate, Uni of Cambridge)

New Testament Foundations I
(NT101, 3cr);
Aug 16, 23, Sep 6, 13, 20, Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22; 7.15-9.50pm;
Venue: Thomson Rd Baptist Church
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming (PhD candidate, Uni of Cambridge)

Understanding Galatians
(NT312, 1.5cr);
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26, Sep 2; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Oh Boon Leong

Old Testament Foundations I
(OT101, 3cr);
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26, Sep 2, 9, 16, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4; 7.15-9.50pm
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church
Lecturer: Dr Andrew Lee

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL FORMATION
*The Counselling’s Skills: Working with Children (ECF515/CO235, 3cr);
(New Dates) July 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sep 1, 8, 15, 22; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

Children’s Spirituality & Ministry Formation (ECF502, 3cr);
Aug 16, 23, Sep 6, 13, 20, Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 8, 15; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

*Scripture Recitation & Story Telling (ECF514, 1.5cr);
Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Rev Ng Seng Chuan

Spiritual Retreat Experience: Nature, Purpose, Dynamics
(ECF504, 3cr);
Oct 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 7.15-9.45pm;
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC
Lecturer: Mr John Chong Ser Choon;
Residential Retreat Nov 17-20 (Additional Cost)

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
Theological Foundations I (TS211, 3cr);
Zion Bishan BP Church: Aug 25, Sep 1, 8,
Clarus Centre: 15, 22, Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24;
7.15-9.50pm;
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

The Roots of Christianity: The Wisdom of the Church Fathers for the 21st Century (CH260/TS281, 3cr);
Zion Bishan BP Church: Sep 12, 19,
Clarus Centre: Oct 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19;
7.15- 9.50pm;
Lecturer: Dr Lai Pak Wah

Courses marked with an asterisk are not offered on audit basis.

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

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3rd annual conference

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TENT 2011 Modules
TENT
Tentmakers Equipping 'N' Training

Religions of Asia
Tues. Aug 2, 16 & 23; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Dr Jeanette Hui

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

Tentmakers & Ethical Issues
Sat. Oct 8 & 15; 2011 (9.30-11.30am; 12.00-2.00pm)
Facilitator: A Former Singaporean Tentmaker

Coping with Stress
Tues. Oct 11, 18 & 25; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mr Yam Keng Mun

 

All TENT courses will be held at 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)

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

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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Tel: 6227 6815 Fax: 6255 3686

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