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Issue No. 51 19 - 25 Dec 2011
A Devotional Reflection

FIRST THINGS FIRST
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
Psalm 95:6-7

Living in the modern world, it is very easy for us to get things back to front. Our church lauds productivity. The God of the Bible, however, calls us first to receptivity. Our culture stresses individualism. The biblical story invites us into community. Many other comparisons could be made.

But where we possibly get things most badly out of kilter is in the activism that subverts our praying. While some mainstream Protestant churches have become social welfare “clubs” with little emphasis on discipleship in Christ and empowerment in the Spirit, evangelical churches are hardly centers of spirituality. They have become known for their activism and busyness.

While in no way wanting to make little of the importance of service and mission, there are fundamental realities of the Christian life that should not become neglected. The most basic, besides a life of worship, is the practice of prayer. And P.T. Forsyth emphasizes this with crystal clarity:” it is truer to say that we live the Christian life in order to pray, than we pray in order to live the Christian life.”

Prayer so easily becomes a matter of instrumentality. We pray in order to get certain results. We pray in order to get what we want. And while it is appropriate to make our own needs, and the needs of others known to God, this is not the heart of the mystery of prayer in Christian experience.

Prayer lies at the heart of the Christian experience, because the Christian life is an echo of the heart of God. And key to the movement between God and the human being, and the human being and God, is a mutual song.

God says welcome. And we come. God gives us gifts. And we worship the giver. God sends forth his Spirit. And we worship our Creator and Redeemer in spirit and truth. God speaks. And we utter responses in prayer and adoration.

Prayer is, therefore, our grateful response to the presence and movement of God in our lives. It is a song of the heart. The hello of the Spirit. It is our “yes” to the “yes” of God.

Prayer is, therefore, a communion. A communion between God and creature. And while our creaturehood emphasizes the great gulf, communion e mphasizes the great friendship that exists between God and us.

Prayer, as a result, is God’s invitation and our response. In prayer, God inhabits us and we inhabit God. Thus in God we dwell in the house of prayer. This house is not a temple, but our very being in communion with the God of grace. To dwell there is worship, well-being and empowerment. For the God who dwells with us makes us whole and calls us into the world.

Reflection: How can prayer become communion rather than mere asking?

Taken from Ringma, Charles. (2005). Whispers from the Edge of Eternity: Reflections on Life and Faith in a Precarious World. Vancouver, British Columbia: Regent College Publishing (pp. 113-114).

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 2011 for stock-taking purposes. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Condolences

Our condolences to Leow Wen Pin (student) on the demise of his beloved dad, Dr Leow Kwek Siew who was called home to be with the Lord on 14 December, 2011. May the peace of God that “surpasses all understanding” be with Wen Pin and family during this time of bereavement.

Students

We would like to extend our warm welcome to the following new program students to the BGST family. We trust that the Lord will grant them a meaningful time of studies with BGST as they equip themselves theologically.

Chen QingmingGraduate Diploma in Christian Studies
Chen Qingming has a Masters of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering and works as a Senior Electronics Design Engineer. He worships at Calvary Baptist Church and serves actively in the Sunday Bible Class, church choir and the Chinese Worker Fellowship. He sees theological studies as an important foundation for equipping him in his church ministry.

Kuah En Shyang

 

Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies
Kuah En Shyang is an Engineering graduate from University of Bristol and has served in the Navy for many years. Besides attending cell group, he is also an occasional speaker to the youths in True Way Presbyterian Church, where he worships.

Dewi Kartika GunawanGraduate Diploma in Christian Studies
Dewi Kartika Gunawan has an Engineering degree from Nanyang Technological University and is serving as a staffworker with Fellowship of Evangelical Students, ministering to tertiary students. She also teaches Sunday school in her church – Reformed Evangelical Church. Dewi views her theological studies as an integral part of her learning journey as a Christian.

Lim Chung WeiMasters of Christian Studies
Trained as a lawyer, Lim Chung Wei is currently working as a Trading Representative in Phillip Securities Pte Ltd. Besides leading three Bible Study groups in Orchard Road Presbyterian Church, he has served in different capacities in the House & Property Committee, Congregational Care Committee and the Redevelopment Committee. On 1st January 2012, he will be appointed as an Elder in his church. Chung Wei hopes that his theological studies will deepen his knowledge and make him more effective in his service.

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, Feb14, 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

HISTORICAL STUDIES

History of Christianity 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


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

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

Vocation, Work & Ministry (MM101, 3cr)
(Group Tutorial) by Prof. Paul Stevens/ Tutor: Dr Clive Lim
Feb 1,15, 29, Mar 7; (Wed, 7.15-10.15pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre

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)

Overseas Guest Lecturer: Rev Dr Bruce Winter

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
by 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.
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