Issue No. 19 9 - 15 May 2011

Chapel Summary


Rev Peter ChanRev Peter Chan is a pastor of Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church and shared with us the message, Serving God as Sons and Daughters at Chapel on May 4. Speaking on the Parable of the Prodigal Lost Son (Luke 15:11-32), Rev Chan drew attention to the spiritual condition, not of the prodigal, but that of his elder brother. As he sees it, the elder son had much animosity against his younger brother. Not only was he infuriated by the fact that his father had thrown a party for the prodigal but he also consciously distanced himself from his younger brother by regarding him as “this son of yours.” Why was the elder brother angry? How did he understand his relationship with his father? The elder brother, explained Rev Chan, is like the model son that most parents would adore, the one who is fully compliant to his parent’s wishes. Unfortunately, such compliance is not motivated by a love relationship with his father. Rather, it is understood functionally, that is, he is valuable to his father only in terms of what he does for his father, whether it is the functions he performs or his track record over the years. This is why the elder brother laments to his father “all these years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your commend; yet you never gave me a kid that I might make merry with my friends.” In addition to this, this same spiritual attitude also leads the elder brother to misunderstand his father’s generosity and compassion towards his prodigal brother. But is this not how the world often value people? In churches, we often review the ‘performance’ of ministries, missionaries or pastors. At Christian conferences, attendees and organizers often (subtly) judge an attendee by the size of his congregation and his position in church. Church has sadly become ‘Church Inc’. Yet, how sad it is if a minister or a Christian serves God like the story’s elder brother, out of a heart of functional compliance, rather than a love for God. More importantly, such a spiritual perspective would cause us inevitably to take negative ‘assessments’ or feedback, or the lack of rewards for our performance badly, just like the elder brother. Like him, we may even go on a downward spiral towards anger, bitterness, self-pity and spiritual depression. Should this happen, warned Rev Chan, we can no longer be a conduit for God’s love or minister to others in His love. For these reasons then, we must constantly remind ourselves that we are first and foremost sons and daughters of God. Accordingly then, we should serve God out of our love and delight for Him, rather than the elder brother’s slavish compliance. This is because we are saved by God’s grace and will likewise be sustained by God’s grace in our ministry.

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mr Paul Yap Beng Huat on May 4th. Paul was for many years Chairman of BGST Council, and continued to be involved in the work of BGST after he stood down as Chairman. A business manager by profession, Paul guided BGST through a number of challenging transitions. Not one to seek the limelight, he was a reassuring presence at BGST, providing firm, calm and measured leadership. Paul embodied what BGST stands for, combining a deep and reflective Christian faith, a love of family, a concern for the welfare of others, excellence in his chosen profession, and in general an enthusiasm for life. BGST Council, Faculty and Staff mourn the passing of a whole-hearted servant of God. We extend our deep condolences to Paul’s wife Irene, his children Jeremy and Janice, and to all his family.
Book Corner

Getting the Reformation wrongGetting the Reformation Wrong : Correcting Some Misunderstandings
James R. Payton Jr. (IVP Academic, 2010)
Retail price : S$28.50
Book Club member price: S$24.20
Student price :

Getting the Reformation wrong is a common problem.

Most students of history know that Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the Wittenberg Church door and that John Calvin penned the Institutes of the Christian Religion. However, the Reformation did not unfold in the straightforward, monolithic fashion that some Christians suppose. Using the most current Reformation scholarship, James R. Payton exposes, challenges and corrects some common misrepresentations of the Reformation. Getting the Reformation Wrong:

  • places the Reformation in the context of medieval and Renaissance reform efforts
  • analyzes conflicts among the Reformers
  • corrects common misunderstandings of what the Reformers meant by sola fide and sola Scriptura
  • examines how the Anabaptist movement fits in with the magisterial Reformation
  • critiques the post-Reformational move to Protestant Scholasticism
  • explores how the fresh perspective on the Reformation could make a difference in today's churches

(book description taken from publisher’s website)

The glory of PreachingThe Glory of Preaching : Participating in God’s Transformation of the Word
Darrell Johnson (IVP Academic, 2009)
Retail Price : S$31.05
Book Club member price : S$26.40
Student and Staff price : S424.80

In these pages you will find a vision of preaching that is both illuminating and inspiring. Drawing from biblical and theological resources as well as years in the pulpit, Darrell Johnson takes us far beyond the mere mechanics of delivering sermons. He dynamically unpacks the link between the human task of speaking to a congregation and the real, gracious action and presence of the living Christ in and through our proclamation.

Johnson assists preachers to profoundly engage the biblical text and then liberates them to make use of their own personality, gifts and abilities as they communicate that message.

This book is for any pastor or student who wants to cultivate a deeper pulpit approach, one that participates in the transforming mystery of God working through our less-than-perfect proclamation.

Faculty News
Mr Quek Tze-Ming will be giving the Bible Expositions on the Book of Haggai at the East Asia Regional Conference organized by the Fellowship of Evangelical Students from May 26-29 at the National University of Singapore.
BGST will be closed on 17 May 2011 (Tue) as it is Vesak Day. We will resume operations on 18 May.
TENT 2011 Modules
Tentmakers Equipping 'N' Training

Biblical Basis for Tentmaking Mission
Tues. May 24 & 31; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mrs Leong King Teng

Theology of Work
Tues. Jun 7, 21 & 28; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Dr Toh See Kiat

Understanding Culture & Country Profile Studies
Tues. Jul 5, 12, 19 & 26; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitators: Dr Ng Peh Cheng & Miss Valerie Lim

Religions of Asia
Tues. Aug 2, 16 & 23; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Dr Jeanette Hui

Personal Ministry Skills: Practical Considerations for a Tentmaker's Ministry
Tues. Sept 6, 13 & 20; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mr Toh Kai Hua

Tentmakers & Ethical Issues
Sat. Oct 8 & 15; 2011 (9.30-11.30am; 12.00-2.00pm)
Facilitator: A Former Singaporean Tentmaker

Coping with Stress
Tues. Oct 11, 18 & 25; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mr Yam Keng Mun

All TENT courses will be held at 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Blk B Clarus Centre (former Union Industrial Building)

For more information on TENT courses, please visit our website: http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/tent

Church-Based Lay Training Modules
2011 Modules offered at
Yishun Christian Church (Anglican)

What Do We Do With Four Gospels?
Wed. April 27, May 4, 11, 18 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming

Reformation Theology: Its Significance & Relevance for Christians Today
Wed. Jul 6, 13, 20, 27 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

The Message of the Song of Songs
Wed. Sep 7, 14, 21, 28 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

2011 Modules offered at
Mt Carmel Bible-Presbyterian Church

Dynamics Of Counselling: People Skills To Connect And Support
Thu. April 28, May 5, 12, 19 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

The Message of the Song of Songs
Thu. Jul 7, 14, 21, 28 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Beginnings: Opening the Gospels
Thu. Sep 1, 8, 15, 22 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming

For details about the modules & registrations, please visit:
or contact
 Biblical Graduate School of Theology
Tel: 6227 6815 Fax: 6227 6816

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









The Council, Principal, Faculty, Staff & Graduating Class of
 Biblical Graduate School of Theology
cordially invite you to join us in celebrating our
20th BGST Convocation & Thanksgiving Service
11th TENT Graduation

 Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church
77 Prinsep St, Singapore 188649
Saturday, 28th May 2011

Lunch Reception at 12.30pm followed by
Service at 2.00pm sharp
(Please be seated by 1.50pm)
Rev Edmund Chan,
Senior Pastor, Covenant Evangelical Free Church,
will give us the Convocation Address entitled
“Living With Intentionality” 
(based on Psalm 90)
R.S.V.P. by 20 May 2011, Friday
Tel: 6227 6815 x 222; Email: bgst@pacific.net.sg

Course Commencing

Theology of Work
(MM261, 3 cr)
Adjunct Lecturers: Prof Paul Stevens & Dr Clive Lim;
May 23, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31 June 1, 2 (7.15-10.15pm).
Venue: Clarus Centre

Counselling & Community (CO240, 1.5cr);
Guest Lecturer: Dr Rod Wilson (President of Regent College)
Jun 11(Sat 10am-12pm, 12.45pm-3pm),
Jun 21, 22, 23; (7.20pm-10.10pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre

The course schedule for Semester I, year 2011-2012 is now available.
For more information, please visit our website: http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events
37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Block B, Clarus Centre, S(577177).
Tel: 6227-6815 Fax: 6255-3686 Email: bgst@pacific.net.sg
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