Issue No. 24 21 - 27 June 2010
Introducing Our Graduates from 19th Convocation


Ms Tan Siew Goh
Siew Goh is a member of Providence Presbyterian Church, where she has been actively involved in the Prayer Meeting Committee since 2005, as a Cell group leader for 2 years, and as a pianist/synthesizist for Sister Fellowship and Prayer Meeting since 2003/2004 respectively. She has also been involved as a volunteer in translation (English/ Chinese) for Mission focused Christian Organizations. Siew Goh has worked for HDB for 25 years as a Higher Technical Officer in the Internal Audit Department. She intends to continue with other programmes at BGST. Her life verse is 2 Tim. 2:15: 'Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.


Ms Seah Chiew Kwan (magna cum laude)
Chiew Kwan was with the National Computer Systems for four and a half years before joining Singapore Polytechnic as a lecturer for the next 20 years. She was active in the Sunday School at Zion Gospel Mission since she attended the church in the late 80s. She intends to study towards a Masters programme. In recent years, she found herself falling in love with Jesus, and Song of Songs 7:10 became her motivation for living this life in Christ: ‘I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me’ (ESV).’

Chapel Notes
Dr Edwin Tay

Dr Edwin Tay led chapel and shared from Mark 8:27-9:1 on the topic, “The Cross and the Messiah”. Using the encounter between Jesus and Peter as the hinge for his message, Dr Tay offered three reasons for the negative reaction of Peter to Jesus’ teaching about his impending suffering, rejection, and death as Israel’s Messiah. The first reason had to do with the contradiction between popular views of the Messiah, views which probably lay behind Peter’s messianic conceptions, and Jesus’ own teaching about the subject. The popular conception was of a triumphant messiah who would topple the Roman political power, free Israel from exile, and rule Israel and the nations in righteousness. But Jesus taught that as the Messiah, he must suffer and be killed. The second reason had to do with Jesus’ teaching concerning the manner in which the Messiah was to be killed. In challenging his disciples to “take up your cross and follow me”, Jesus specified that his death would be by way of crucifixion. Just as criminals who were sentenced to death had to “take up their crosses” and drag the horizontal beams of their crosses to the place of execution, Jesus had to do the same. Since death by crucifixion is tantamount to being cursed by God (Deut 21:23; Gal 3:13), the message of Christ crucified is thus a huge “stumbling-block” to the Jews (1 Cor 1:23). But to Jesus, the cross is the will of God. The final reason Dr Tay offered is satanic opposition. He argued that Jesus’ address of Peter as “Satan” cannot simply be explained on the grounds of linguistic considerations such as the use of hyperbole. The reality of Satan’s opposition through Peter has to be taken seriously. He listed several corroborating evidences: Satan tried to kill Jesus at his birth; Satan tempted Jesus in the desert just before Jesus’ public ministry; Satan “entered” Judas at the last supper and used him to conspire to kill Jesus. Followers of Christ need to discern the voice of God in the midst of competing voices, including Satan’s, that seek to turn us from the will of God.

Dr Tay concluded his message by challenging us about the cost of being followers of Christ. Christians need to be prepared to make sacrifices if they are serious about doing the will of God. “It is quite naïve”, he insisted, “to think that doing the will of God will be smooth-sailing.” Followers of Christ face the same adversary as their Master. Christians will be tempted to think of God’s ways in human terms just as Peter and the Lord Jesus himself were tempted by Satan to do so. The challenge of Christian discipleship is to choose to do the will of God in the full knowledge of its cost and the extent of sacrifice involved. Dr Tay encouraged those who feel the strain of following after Christ to press on, for there will be glory after suffering just as it was so for Christ.

Academic Year Dedication Chapel 2010
On 30 June, we will have Academic Year Dedication Chapel in the evening instead of the usual 12 pm to commit the new academic year to the Lord. There will be a time of fellowship over reception at 7pm followed by Chapel at 8pm. Dr Quek will be leading Chapel. For catering purposes, we would be grateful if you could RSVP with Kok Wee at 62276815 ext 221 if you are coming. Hope to see you!
New Admissions

Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies
Dr Oswald Goh Miah Kiang is a Graduate of the National University of Singapore and a Medical Practitioner by profession. He is an active lay leader serving as a Deacon, Young Adult Fellowship Advisor and Pastoral Care Coordinator in Zion-BP Church.

Mr Teh Keng Liang is a member of Paya Lebar Methodist Church and his ministry involvement includes cell group and missions. He graduated from the National University of Singapore and works in hotel operation with Hilton Worldwide (Asia/Pacific).

Mr Timothy Ang Pei-Zheng graduated from Oxford University (UK) and is serving in MINDEF.  He is a member of Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church and his ministry experience involves discipling, teaching, leading and worship.

Understanding Culture & Country Profile Studies
Jul 6, 13, 20, 27; 7.20-10pm
Venue : Union Industrial Building
Facilitator: Dr Ng Peh Cheng
Religions of Asia
Aug 10, 17, 24; 7.20-10pm
Venue : Union Industrial Building
Facilitators: Dr Augustine Pagolu & Ms Irene Tay
2010 Modules offered at
Yishun Christian Church (Anglican)

Dynamics of Counselling: People Skills to Connect and Support
Jul 6, 13, 20, 27 (Tue, 7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

The Sabbath As A Rhythm of Grace For Christian Living
Aug 3, 10, 17, 24 (Tue, 7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Chong Ser Choon

2010 Modules offered at
Mt Carmel Bible-Presbyterian Church

Israel’s Calling and the Church’s Mission
Jul 9, 16, 23, 30 (Fri, 7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

‘‘Hear My Son’: Proverbs 1-9 and Schooling in Bible Times
Sep 3, 17, 24, Oct 1 (Fri, 7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu

For enquiries about the modules & registrations, please contact
 Biblical Graduate School of Theology
Tel: 6227 6815 Fax: 6255 3686

cblt-ycca@bgst.edu.sg (Yishun Christian Church)
cblt-mcbpc@bgst.edu.sg (Mt Carmel BP Church)

Courses commencing in Term 1, 2010-2011

New Testament Foundations I (NT101, 3cr);
Jul 5, 12, 26, Aug 2, 16, 23, 30, Sep 6, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11; (Mon 7.30-9.45pm)
Venue : Union Industrial Building
Lecturer: Dr Aquila Lee

*Biblical Hebrew Exegesis I (BH211, 1.5cr);
Jul 5, 12, 26, Aug 2, 16, 23, 30, Sep 6, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11; (Mon 7.30-9.45pm)
Venue: Union Industrial Building
Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu

The Educational Ministry of the Church
(ECF500/CE101, 3cr); Jul 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 12, 19, 26, Sep 2, 9, 16; (Thu 7.15-9.45pm) (New Dates) Venue: Zion (Bishan) BP Church
Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng

For more information on courses visit our website: http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events

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

The 2010 BGST Annual Conference
BGST conference

The 2010 BGST Annual Conference

1- 3 July 2010, Thursday-Saturday

Come to our marketplace conference for: 

  • Two and half days to engage with Christians called to serve in the church, and those in the marketplace.
  • Keynote messages from theologians, pastors and experienced marketplace leaders.
  • Choice of 4 workshops.
  • Opportunity to interact with at least 8 speakers, ask questions, engage with fellow participants.

We are waiving the group registration requirement: just sign up with another friend and the group fee will apply.

Conference fees**  (includes lunches & tea breaks) Day Passes   (includes lunch & tea breaks)
$290 Day 1 & Day 3 $190 
Group  $270  Day 2 & Day 3    $190 

For more details on conference schedule & workshops, visit our webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/conference-2010/

Call us @ 6227 6815 or email us at bgst@pacific.net.sg to register. Sign up quickly.

Organized by: Biblical Graduate School of Theology in partnership with: Center for Christian Entrepreneurship, Graduates’ Christian Fellowship & Marketplace Christian Network.

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