|Issue No. 02||Jan 2013|
|Chinese New Year Announcement|
BGST will be closed for Chinese New Year 2013 on the following dates:
We will resume normal operating hours on 13 February, Wednesday.
|"Wise Men Still Seek Him"||By Mr Quek Tze-Ming|
A couple of weeks ago on January 6, Christians who follow the traditional church calendar observed Epiphany, the feast day that celebrates the revelation of God as a human being in Jesus Christ. Western Christians commemorate the visit of the Magi.
The Magi are the wise men from the east who arrive in Jerusalem some time after Jesus' birth. Many assume there were three of them (tradition even gives them names), but there is no indication from Matthew's Gospel that there were only three. Certainly their caravan was big enough that their arrival caused a stir in Jerusalem (Matt 2:3).
They have come to Jerusalem in their search of the one born "King of the Jews." They probably expected that this new king would be born in the palace of the old king. But their knowledge of this new king was incomplete. It would have to take Bible teachers to supplement their knowledge by telling them where he would born. These Bible teachers were the chief priests and scribes, of whom Herod inquired.
The Bible teachers quoted Micah 5:2 to Herod: the new king would be born to the line of David in Bethlehem. So, Herod sent the Magi to Bethlehem to search for the child. Here's an interesting observation: Everyone knew why these Magi had come to Jerusalem; all Jerusalem was astir about their search for a newborn king. These Bible teachers knew the Bible, and knew this report that a king had been born. But we have no record that these knowledgeable Bible teachers themselves ever went to Bethlehem. Contrast that to the Magi who had spent months traveling from the east, based on incomplete knowledge. It seems the Bible teachers simply took Jesus for granted.
Knowing the Bible, or even being respected as preachers or teachers, is no guarantee that our hearts are right. The Bible teachers that Herod gathered were knowledgeable, but the Magi were wise. One can be knowledgeable about the Bible and still take Jesus for granted. In fact, as New Testament scholar Craig Keener says, that is a sin that only people who know the Bible can commit. This is a reminder to me - and perhaps to you! - that God wants so much more than merely knowing the contents of the Bible; He wants us to seek Him.
May we all be wise, and continue to seek Him in the new year.
There will be no chapel on the 30 January 2013.
Mr Eugene Lim (Director of Resource Development—TransWorld Radio-Asia) will be speaking at the next BGST chapel (12:00pm) on 6 February 2013. Visitors are most welcome to join us.
|Lift Servicing for February 2013|
Please be informed that the Lift No. 4 leading to the main entrance of BGST will be undergoing servicing on 5 Feb 2013. Kindly make use of cargo lift no. 6 at the back of the building. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.
|Upcoming February Courses|
CHRISTIANITY, CULTURE & SOCIETY
To view course description please visit the webpage at http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/IC101-13.pdf.
ADDICTIONS: ON SUBSTANCE & PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLING
To view course description, please visit the webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/CO260-13.pdf.
SPIRITUALITY FOR CHRISTIAN FORMATION
To view course description, please visit the webpage at http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/CS101-ECF503-13.pdf
CHILDREN’S SPIRITUALITY & MINISTRY FORMATION
To view course description, please visit the webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/ECF502-13.pdf.
|Change of Course Dates|
TRANSFORMING THE PURPOSE OF TEACHING AND THE GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP
To view course description, please visit the webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/CE-ME231-13.pdf.
WORSHIP DESIGN AND WORSHIP LEADING
To view course description, please visit the webpage at http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/at235-13.pdf.
|If you would like to have an overview of the courses we will be offering in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2012-2013, please visit our webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/2012-2013-sem2.pdf
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