The Church Is Bigger Than You Think
by Patrick Johnstone.
"íThe growth of the church today is on a scale that is unique in the history of the world.í This is the thesis of The Church is Bigger Than You Think. Comprehensive in scope and contemporary in accent, this volume is rich in missiological insight.

Anchored in the eternal perspective of Biblical truth, this book guides the reader through the historical development of the Christian Mission before launching into a practical discussion of the structures and strategies needed. Practical suggestions for breaking down the barriers among local churches, training institutions and mission agencies abound. Graphs, charts and diagrams facilitate understanding and a sprinkling of appropriate personal illustrations add to the vitality of the book.

Although encouraging, Johnstone is also sobering as he identifies the challenges Ė geographical, urban, cultural, sociological, ideological and spiritual Ė to be met in order to accomplish the goal of "a church for every people and the gospel for every person." An incredibly rich source of recent statistics, this book is also a devotional masterpiece.

This book is one of a kind. It is an indispensable companion to Operation World. It provides the framework to understand what God is doing in our world, why He is doing it and how you can be part of the action.

As Stephen Gaukroger says, ĎWith this book in one hand, and Operation World in the other, we have two strategic resources. Now all we have to do is go into all the world and preach the gospel.í"

(Book review by Kenneth Mulholland.)

Dr. Satterthwaite spoke from Ps. 50. The psalm was perhaps used in Israel as part of a Ďcovenant renewalí ceremony celebrating the original giving of the Law at Sinai. For most of this psalm (vv. 7-23) God confronts his people concerning their attitude to him and their commitment to his law. Those who imagine that they are doing God a favour by their worship are reminded that God does not need this worship; rather, it is they who stand in need of God to deliver them (vv. 8-15). Those who take Godís law lightly are described bluntly as wicked people who defy God by their sin. They are urged to take God more seriously and stop imagining that he is someone like them, who turns a blind eye to evil (vv. 16-22). The application for us? Let us acknowledge our God for who he truly is. Let us both acknowledge how much we owe him, giving him appropriate thanks, and realise how earnestly he calls on us to renounce sin in all its forms.

The Jesus Film - DVD Game

"The Jesus film on DVD is more than a movie and a game. It is a resource for spiritual growth for the whole family. When you use the Jesus film DVD on your PC, you can hook up directly to the Jesus film game on the Internet. The game will keep adults as well as children entertained and educated about the life of Christ. The game is keyed to relevant scenes in the DVD movie. Sixty-three events from the film link to historical evidence and cultural background. It includes biographies of the key characters. It also includes the directorís "behind the scenes" of the making of the film Jesus. In short, hours of fun, learning and spiritual growth." (from "Mission Frontiers" magazine).

A Glorious Pursuit

Reflections on Godís passion for worshippers from all peoples.                 - Steve Hokes

Fifteen Lessons About Worship and the World

  1. First, God initiates worship - and Heís getting it.
  2. Practicing Biblical worship can help to integrate our lives with Godís character and to align our lives around Godís mission.
  3. Praise and proclamation of the Gospel (through word, deeds and power) are all acts of worship.
  4. A life of worship means dependence upon our object of worship.
  5. Worship creates a context in which I am able to see myself anew, under the reflection of Godís pure holiness.
  6. Only worship helps create, establish, and maintain a praise-centered worldview.
  7. Worship is a preview of coming attractions - a foretaste of glory.
  8. Worship is ultimately a world-sized affair.
  9. God touches people through worship.
  10. Worship bridges language and cultural barriers, because true worship is a supra-cultural experience of our supra-cultural Godís glory.
  11. Worship is developmental.
  12. In worship we are reminded of Godís cosmic cause to draw worshippers from every people group.
  13. Worship embraces us in the mystery of the breaking of the seven seals.
  14. Godís global mission becomes global worship.
  15. If the Kingdom of God is a party, ..., then worship is the best relationally dynamic way to offer invitations to people who have yet to hear of Godís forever party.
[For full article, please refer to Missions Frontiers, March 2001, pg 20-23].
The last module of TENT 2001 will be held in September. This is open to anyone who is interested. Tentmakers and Ethical Issues will consider some of the ethical issues which Christian professionals may encounter in their jobs overseas. The sessions will include case studies and discussions on issues like bribes, integrity, and connections. The four sessions are on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. beginning on 4 September. Inquiries may be directed to:

Mr. Walter Edman at or Mrs S M Peck at


Other Forthcoming Courses...

Isaac, Jacob, Joseph: Godís Grace in a Dysfunctional Family (1.5 credits)
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite
Commencing: 13 Sep, Thursday
Time: 7.30 to 9.30pm

Romans - The Gospel According to Paul (1.5 credits)
Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa
Commencing: 15 Sep, Saturday
Time: 8.30 to 10am

Discovering Leadership
(1.5 credits, videoclass)
Lecturer: Rev David Wong
Facilitator: Rev Ng Seng Chuan
Commencing: 21 Sep, Friday
Time: 7.30 to 9.30pm

For more details, you may either pick up a copy of the course description or download the course description from our website.

To register, call us at 3538071.


The Chapel speaker for this Wednesday is Dr Ng Peh Cheng. Come & join us at 12 noon this Wednesday in Rm 302!


Away from Office ...Dr Philip Satterthwaite will be on leave from 3 to 5 Sep.

Mr Walter Edman will be on a home and study leave and will be away in the USA from 15 Sep till 5 Dec. If you need to see him about any matter, please do so before he leaves for a long break.

Bible Lands Study Tour

If you are planning for a year- end tour but have yet to decide on a destination, why not consider visiting the Bible lands. 

BGST is organising a trip between 5 to 15 Dec 2001. If you would like to be kept posted, please contact Serene.

Wishing you God's Richest Blessings on your Birthday!

Mr Lau Pak Soon 09/03
Ms Tan Christabel 09/03
Mr Zhang Limin Barry 09/03
Dr Teo Choo Soo 09/04
Ms Lim Swee Gek Loretta 09/05
Mr Tan Boon Siang 09/06
Mr Oh Tian Hock Errol 09/07
Mr Quek Tze Ming 09/07
Mr Cheng Kok Seong Albert 09/08
Mr Chia Siong Teck Bernard 09/09

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