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Issue No. 38 19 - 25 Sep 2011
LORD OF ALL (BGST 3rd Annual Conference)

Dr Mark Chan of TTC, one of the speakers at the BGST 3rd Annual Conference on ‘The Message of the Cross Today’, here gives a ‘trailer’ for his presentation.

Growing up as a teenager in church, I was told that I needed to lead a balanced Christian life. Based on the description of Jesus in Luke 2:52 as one who “grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men”, I was encouraged to develop my intellectual life (“wisdom”), physical life (“stature”), spiritual life (“favour with God”) and social life (“and men”). Like slices in a pie chart, each of these requires attention from me; and it is my duty to ensure that the different spheres are well balanced.

I have since come to the conclusion that such a formulation of the Christian life is fundamentally mistaken. Framed in this way, the spiritual life is but one among other equally important parts of life.

But God cannot be confined just to one slice of life. His Lordship demands the lot. He wants to be at the centre from which everything in our life flows; and he is the circumference that gathers and holds all that we are together, giving our life both shape and coherence.

Relationship with God permeates and undergirds everything about us. There is a spiritual dimension to our intellectual life – our scholarly pursuits are carried out in his strength and for his glory. There is a spiritual dimension to our physical life – to walk with God is to care for the body that does the walking. And there is a spiritual dimension to our social life – for when we love God with all our heart, we will love our neighbours as ourselves.

Everything about the individual disciple revolves around God and his will.

God’s interest, however, extends beyond just the individual. To be sure, each person is deeply loved and important to God; and nothing brings more joy to the Father’s heart than when a sinner returns to him. But more is involved in God’s redemptive work. It has as its goal not only the reconciliation of sinners, but also the realignment and restoration of all things. It is to accomplish this divine purpose that Jesus the sacrificial Lamb went to Calvary.

Everything about the world, and everything about life as we know it, is thus implicated in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

There is a cosmic and holistic dimension to God’s redemptive work in Christ. Just as Christ undergirds and infuses every aspect of the Christian’s life, so the salvation that the Father has secured for us in Christ and made available through the Spirit is aimed at subjecting everything in the world under the Lordship of Christ. This is none other than the message and reality of the Kingdom of God that Jesus proclaimed and inaugurated in his life, death and resurrection, a Kingdom that will be fully actualized when history expires at the feet of Jesus.

The Kingdom of God is neither a utopian dream nor an attempt to impose Christendom upon the world. For at the heart of the Gospel is the huge paradox of seeing the Lion in the Lamb, and the crown of God’s kingly triumph in the cross of Calvary.

The cross is not just an icon to aid private piety. It is the epicentre of God’s active redemptive transformation of the world in history. The death of Christ has worldly ramifications; and the truth of the cross is at heart a public truth that orientates the Christian engagement with the realities of life on this side of glory.

Dr Mark Chan


You are invited to attend a BGST Public Lecture

‘The Message of the Cross Today’ (1 Cor. 1:17–2:5)

Speaker: Dr Douglas Milne, Principal, Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne

Venue: Zion (Bishan) BP Church, Main Sanctuary (1st Floor), 4 Bishan Street 13

Date: Friday 23rd September

Time: 7.30–9.00 p.m.

Admission is free

This public lecture forms the first part of BGST’s 3rd Annual Conference, on the theme, ‘The Message of the Cross Today’

Chapel News
Dr Dev Menon will be our guest speaker at chapel on 28 September 2011.
Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.
Faculty News
Dr Philip Satterthwaite will be preaching at the 8.00am, 8.45am, 11.30am services of Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church (PSPC) on Sunday Sep 25. The topic “The LORD Roars from Zion (Amos 1:1-2:3)”.
Announcements

BGST Office and Library will be closed on Friday, 23 September 2011 from 5.00pm; and on Saturday, 24 September 2011 (whole day) for the BGST 3rd Annual Conference.

We are pleased to announce that Ms Lucy Ong and Mr Isaiah Loong have joined BGST’s administrative department and Library with effect from 1 Aug 2011 and 5 Sep 2011 respectively. Please join us in welcoming Lucy and Isaiah to the BGST family!

Note to participants of our annual conference @ Zion Bishan BP Church on 23/24 Sep 2011:
The church carpark will not be available on both days. Please park at the HDB carparks nearby.
We regret any inconvenience caused.

Courses Commencing in Term 2, 2011-2012

APPLIED THEOLOGY
Christian Biography (AT151, 1.5cr);
Dates & Time: Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4; 7.15-10.15pm
Venue: Clarus Centre / Lecturer: Dr David Wong

Marketplace Theology (MM255, 1.5cr);
The course is cancelled due to Mr Ben Pwee's busy schedule.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL FORMATION
*Scripture Recitation & Story Telling (ECF514, 1.5cr);
Dates & Time: 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);
Dates & Time: 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)

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

The course schedule for Semester 2, year 2011-2012 is now available. For more information, please visit our website: http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events

TENT 2011 Modules
TENT
Tentmakers Equipping 'N' Training

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-courses

37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Block B, Clarus Centre, S(577177).
Tel: 6227-6815 Fax: 6255-3686 Email: bgst@pacific.net.sg
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