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Issue No. 50 12 - 18 Dec 2011
A Devotional Reflection from Oswald Chambers

“And Every Virtue We Possess”
“ All my fountains are in you.” Psalm 87:7 NIV

Our Lord never patches up our natural virtues, He re-makes the whole man on the inside. “Put on the new man,” i.e., see that your natural human life puts on the garb that is in keeping with the new life. The life God plants in us develops its own virtues, not the virtues of Adam, but of Jesus Christ. Watch how God will wither up your confidence in natural virtues after sanctification, and in any power you have, until you learn to draw your life from the reservoir of the resurrection life of Jesus. Thank God if you are going through a drying-up experience!

The sign that God is at work in us is that He corrupts confidence in the natural virtues, because they are not promises of what we are going to be, but remnants of what God created man to be. We will cling to the natural virtues, while all the time God is trying to get us into contact with the life of Jesus Christ which can never be described in terms of the natural virtues. It is the saddest thing to see people in the service of God depending on that which the grace of God never gave them, depending on what they have by the accident of heredity. God does not build up our natural virtues and transfigure them, because our natural virtues can never come anywhere near what Jesus Christ wants. No natural love, no natural patience, no natural purity can ever come up to His demands. But as we bring every bit of our bodily life into harmony with the new life which God has put in us, He will exhibit in us the virtues that were characteristic of the Lord Jesus. (p. 271) *

“ And every virtue we possess
Is His alone.”

* Taken & adopted from Chambers, Oswald. (1963). My Utmost For His Highest. Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour & Co

Christmas Celebration at BGST
MangerThere will no chapel services in Dec 2011, except on 21 December 2011 and Rev Dr David Wong will be the chapel speaker. Rev Wong will be speaking on "Unfamiliar Lines from a Familiar Carol." Come and join us on 21 December 2011 at 12pm for a special chapel service and a time of fellowship over potluck lunch. Please contact Ms May Fern at 62276815 ext. 223 or email kohmf@bgst.edu.sg if you are joining us and the food item you will be bringing.
Announcements

BGST and the library will be closed on Christmas eve and New Year’s eve on Sat 24 Dec 2011 and Sat 31 Dec 2011 respectively. We wish all our patrons a blessed Christmas and New Year.

BGST Book Corner will be closed from Fri, 23 Dec 2011 to 2 Jan 2012 for stock-taking purposes. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Condolences
Our deepest condolences to Mr Quek Yong Kwang (brother of Hoon Khim) on the demise of his mother-in-law on Sunday, 4 December 2011. May the peace of God be with the family at this time of bereavement.
Faculty News
Dr Philip Satterthwaite will be preaching at the 8.00 am, 10.00 am services of Bethesda (Frankel Estate) Church on Sunday 18 December 2011. The topic is “Isa. 11:1-16: The Root of Jesse and the New Creation.”

Dr Lai Pak Wah will be preaching on 基督的诞生与世界文化(The influence of Christmas on Contemporary Culture) on 17 Dec, Mount Carmel BP Church at 5.30 pm.
Upcoming Intensive Courses

Rev Dr Bruce WinterRev Dr Bruce Winter is currently Principal of Queensland Theological College and Director of the Institute for Early Christianity in the Greco-Roman World at the University of Queensland, Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University, and Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge.

He will be conducting two intensive courses in the months of January and February 2012.

1. God Goes to the Office: Walking Around God’s World God’s Way
Traditionally some theological discussion has been undertaken on the basis of the two kingdoms, where God’s kingdom works according to His Word and the kingdoms of this world where it works according to its own value systems. This course begins by examining the Word of God to see how the commercial world of Israel operated and then how the first Christians operated in that world. The course will then proceed to explore the implications of the film Wall Street and recent Christian discussion on this critical issue.

2. Secular Culture Versus Culture of the Cross: 1st and 21st Century Challenges
This course looks at the clash in five major spheres of first-century life for Christians. It examines what it would have been like to be conformed to the world of their day and also the demands in Romans 12:2, that they were to be transformed by ethical reprogramming according to the will of God.

For more information on the courses and registration, please visit our website: http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/2011-2012-terms-3--4-courses

Courses Commencing in Terms 3 & 4, 2011-2012

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES

*Biblical Hebrew II (BH112, 3cr)
Jan 10, 17, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24, May 8, 15
(Tue, 7.30-9.30pm)
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC
Lecturer: Dr Andrew Lee

*Greek Readings and Exegesis II (BG212, 3cr)
Jan 10, 17, Feb 14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24; (Tue, 7.15-9.50pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming (PhD candidate, Uni of Cambridge)

BIBLICAL STUDIES

Foundational
Old Testament Foundations II (OT102, 3cr)
Jan 16, 30, Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 5, 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7
(Mon, 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Thomson Road Baptist Church
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

New Testament Foundations II (NT102, 3cr)
Mar 2, 9, 23, 30, Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18 (Fri, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Oh Boon Leong


Old Testament
The Gospel According to Moses: A Study of Deuteronomy (OT 351, 1.5cr)
March 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 (7.15 – 10.15pm);
Venue: Clarus Centre
Overseas Guest Lecturer: Dr Daniel Block

Knowing Christ through Psalms (OT216, 1.5cr)
Feb 17, 24, Mar 2, 9, 23, 30 (Fri, 7.15-9.50pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church
Lecturer: Dr Andrew Lee

Ezekiel (OT367, 1.5cr)
(Group Tutorial) by Dr Daniel Block / Tutor: Dr Andrew Lee

Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4 (Fri, 7.15-9.15pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church


New Testament
Secular Culture Versus Culture of the Cross: 1st and 21st Century Challenges
(NT110, 1.5cr)
Feb 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Community for Christ Church (Block A Clarus Centre)
Overseas Guest Lecturer: Rev Dr Bruce Winter

CHURCH MINISTRY

Philosophy of Ministry (CM101, 3cr)
Date: TBA
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa

Field Education (AT325 or AT326, 3cr each)
Date: TBA
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa

COUNSELLING, PREACHING & TEACHING

*The Counsellor as Person: Self-Awareness & Maturity in Christ (CO101, 3cr)
Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 1, 8, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12 (Thu, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

The Craft of Teaching (ECF511, 1.5cr)
Mar 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 16 (Mon, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

Preaching in the Church: Homiletics (AT246, 3cr)
Jan 9, 16, Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 5, 19, 26, Apr 2, 9 (Mon 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Rev Song Cheng Hock

Facilitating Adult Learning (ECF512, 1.5cr)
Jan 9, 16, 30, Feb 6, 13; (Mon, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

HISTORICAL STUDIES

Introduction to Church History II: Six-Continent Christianities
(CH 102, 3cr)

Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Mar 7, 21, 28, Apr 4 (Wed, 7.15-9.50pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church
Lecturer: Dr Lai Pak Wah

MANAGEMENT & WORK FROM CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE

Leadership & Governance: Biblical Reflections on Organizational Integrity for Church & Society (MM301/AT254, 3cr)
Jan 27, Feb 24 (Fri, 7.15pm -10.15pm); Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 24 (Sat, 10am-6pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Clive Lim & Dr Tan Soo-Inn

God Goes to the Office : Walking Around God's World God's Way (MM262, 1.5cr)
Jan 30, 31, Feb 1, 2, 3 (7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Community For Christ Church (Block A Clarus Centre, #03-03A)
Overseas Guest Lecturer: Rev Dr Bruce Winter

Vocation, Work & Ministry (MM101, 3cr)
(Group Tutorial) by Prof. Paul Stevens / Tutor: Dr Clive Lim

Feb 1,15, 29, Mar 14 (Wed, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre

SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Human Development & Spiritual Formation (ECF 501, 3cr)
Feb 22, 29, Mar 7, 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2 (Wed, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng & John Chong Ser Choon;

Spirituality for Christian Formation (ECF503, 3cr)
Mar 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24, May 8, 15, 29, Jun 5, 12; (Tue, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Telok Ayer CMC
Lecturer: Mr Chong Ser Choon

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

Foundational
The Christian Faith (TS101, 3cr)

Jan 10, 17, Feb14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24
(Tue, 7.15-9.50pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

Theological Foundations II (TS212, 3cr)
[Prerequisite- TS101]
Feb16, 23, Mar 1, 8, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10 (Thu, 7.15-9.50pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay


Ethics
Christian Ethics (TS252, 3cr)
(Group Tutorial) by Dr Douglas Milne / Tutor: Rev Dr John Ting;

Feb 8, 22, Mar 21, 28, Apr 4 (Wed, 7.15-9.45pm)
Venue: Prinsep St Presbyterian Church

 

 

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

The course schedule for Semester 2, year 2011-2012 is now available.

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http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events

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