Issue No. 18 October 2013
Launch of Certificate in Biblical Studies and Theological Studies

Two New BGST Courses

BGST is pleased to announce the launch of two new courses: the Certificate in Biblical Studies and the Certificate in Theological Studies.

BGST has always been committed to offering a high-quality biblical and theological training in a form that will be accessible to Christians in all walks of life. But we are aware that some Christians may be daunted by the prospect of enrolling for the Grad DipCS (30 credits), let alone the MCS (60 credits) or the MDiv (90 credits). That is why we have devised our Certificate programmes.

Certificate in BIblical Studies and Theological StudiesThe Certificate in Biblical Studies and the Certificate in Theological Studies are both short, introductory programmes designed as manageable first steps in theological training. The aim of the programmes is to give students a foundational understanding of biblical and theological studies respectively. Both of them are 12-credits programmes that can easily be completed within 2 years. The requirements are as follows:

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Old Testament Foundations I (OT 101)

New Testament Foundations I (NT 101)

Biblical Hermeneutics (HE 101)

3 credits of biblical electives

Certificate in Theological Studies

The Christian Faith (TS 101) '

History of Christianity I (CH 101)

Spirituality for Christian Formation (CS 101)

3 credits of theology, church history, intercultural studies or spirituality electives

Credits earned from these Certificate programmes are entirely transferrable to our postgraduate programmes (Grad DipCS, MCS, MDiv). Upon completion of both these certificate programmes, students would require only another 6 credits to complete the requirements for the Grad DipCS.

If you are uncertain whether you should embark on studies at BGST, or are unable at present to commit yourself to a programme which could last four or more years, here are two shorter, more accessible courses which can introduce you to the world of theological and biblical studies. Please consider enrolling for one of them: I would be delighted to see you at BGST. Please also tell your friends and church leaders about these courses.

Philip Satterthwaite,
Principal, BGST.

Public Events

Thanksgiving DinnerThanksgiving Dinner - 15 November 2013

Calling all alumni, students and friends of BGST!

Come join us at our Thanksgiving Dinner on 15 November, 7pm at Raffles Country Club, to celebrate God’s goodness in having brought BGST to the new premises at 50 Kallang Pudding Road.

It will also be a time to touch base with all whom we know through BGST. To book your seat(s), please call us at Tel: 62276815 or Email: peh-adam@bgst.edu.sg by 31 October 2013.

Public Lecture - 6 December 2013

Come join us for the last BGST Public Lecture for the Year 2013.

There are only limited seats so do register early via: http://bgst.edu.sg/public-lecture.

Dec Public Lecture


Launch of Semester 2 of AY 2013/14 Course Schedule

Semester 2 of AY2013/14 commences on 6 January 2014.

For the course offerings in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2013-2014, please visit our webpage at http://www.bgst. edu.sg/media/files/courses/2013-2014-sem2.pdf.

For course inquiries, please email us at inquiry@bgst.edu.sg.

showroomClosure of BGST Office & Library on 2 and 15 November 2013

  • The office and library will be closed on Saturday, 2 November (Deepavali).
  • Please note the change in Operating Hours of the Office and Library on 15 November due to the School’s Thanksgiving Dinner at Raffles Country Club that evening. 

    We will open from 9am to 4pm on that day and Library and Book Corner Services will resume from 9am - 6pm on Saturday, 16 November 2013.

Staff Devotion Time

There will be no Staff Devotion Time on 30 October 2013. We will meet again for Staff Devotion Time on November 6 and 13, 12 noon at The Upper Room of BGST.

Friends and visitors are welcome to join us for a time of fellowship and devotion together.

Course Highlights

Oh Boon LeongLife of Jesus
NT 218 (1.5 credits)
Lecturer: Rev Dr Oh Boon Leong
Venue: Mount Carmel BP Church
Dates: Thursdays, Oct 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5
Time: 7.15 pm - 10.15 pm

What is the world of 1st century Palestine in which Jesus lived and how his first hearers perceived his teaching and his deeds? In this course, class participants will explore the key events of Jesus’ life, the content of his message and his understanding of his own person and mission according to the gospels. This course also seeks to help us understand the theological significance of Jesus’ life and teachings, and how Jesus is the culmination of Israel’s hopes and indeed our hope for the world today.

To view course description, please visit http://www.bgst.edu.sg/

Intensive Courses - November 2013

Dr Vincent OoiLiturgy and Worship
CM220 (1.5 credits)
Guest Lecturer: Dr Vincent Ooi
Venue: BGST
Dates: Nov 16 (9:30am - 4:30pm), Nov 18, 19, 21 (7:15pm - 10:15pm)

Course Overview
This course explores the place of liturgy in Christian worship and living. The approach is interdisciplinary, i.e. scriptural, theological, historical and contemporary resources will be used to consider the subjects of liturgy worship, liturgical time, sacramental theology and the ordinances/ sacraments of baptism and communion. Students will be encouraged to make informed and critical reflections of liturgical practices in their own traditions in the light of liturgical practices in other traditions.

To view course description, please visit http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/cm220-2013.pdf

To register, click here.

Dr Tan Kang San and Lee Loun LingAsian Religions in the Contemporary Age
IC211 (3 credits)
Guest Lecturers: Dr Tang Kang San & Lee Loun Ling
Venue: BGST
Dates: Nov 23, 30 (9:30am - 4:30pm), Nov 25, 26, 28, 29, Dec 2, 3 (7:15pm - 10:15pm)

Course Overview
Christian engagements with people of other faiths flow from our theological convictions. “No task in missiology is more controversial and crucial than encountering world religions” (Gerhad Anderson). Despite living in a multi-religious society, many Asian Christians have superficial knowledge of the beliefs of their neighbours. This course offers an introduction to Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Hinduism religions as well as theological analysis of interfaith issues in Asian contexts. The course begins with the method of academic study of religion, followed by the study of selected religious texts, case study, videos and group discussions from a Christian perspective. Throughout the course, practical implications on gospel and culture, evangelism and inter-religious conversations and the mission of the local church in a contemporary plural society will be explored.

To view course description, please visit http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/IC211-2013.pdf

To register, click here.

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Tel: 6227-6815 Fax: 6743-6847 Email: inquiry@bgst.edu.sg
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