NEW YEAR GREETINGS

 Wishing all our supporters, prayer partners, alumni, students and friends of BGST 

A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR FILLED WITH THE LORD’S BLESSING OF HOPE, JOY, PEACE AND LOVE.


Saying “Good-byes” and Moving Forward . . .

 

YESTERDAY

 

“The God of Israel will be your rereward.” Isaiah 52:12

 

Security from Yesterday. “God requireth that which is past.” At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise from remembering the yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God's grace is apt to be checked by the memory of yesterday's sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them in order to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual culture for the future. God reminds us of the past lest we get into a shallow security in the present.

 

Security for Tomorrow. “For the Lord will go before you.” This is a gracious revelation, that God will garrison where we have failed to. He will watch lest things trip us up again into like failure, as they assuredly would do if He were not our rereward. God’s hand reaches back to the past and makes a clearing‑house for conscience.

 

Security for Today. “For ye shall not go out with haste.” As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, unremembering delight, nor with the flight of impulsive thoughtlessness, but with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities which will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ.

 

Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him.

 

Chambers, Oswald (1963). My Utmost for His Highest. Michigan: Discovery House, p. 366.


Praise & Prayer for the New Year

 ANOTHER YEAR IS DAWNING

 Another year is dawning: dear Father, let it be,

In working or in waiting, another year with Thee;

Another year of progress, another year of praise,

Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

 

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace;

Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;

Another year of leaning, upon Thy loving breast;

Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

 

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love;

Another year of training for holier work above.

Another year is dawning: dear Father, let it be,

On earth or else in heaven, Another year for Thee.

 

Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879

Chapel Notes

Our Chapel Speaker on Dec 20 was Dr Toh See Kiat, Chairman of BGST Council. The title was “The Challenge of Athens” based on Acts 17: 16-34. Dr Toh emphasized six major points and drew implications for the Mission and Ministry of BGST. 

  1. Church is Good
    - Equipping students for ministry within the church

  2. In the Marketplace
    - Equal emphasis on ministry outside the church in the “marketplace”

  3. City is Buzzing
    - Graduates to engage in “city talks” to view issues from Christian perspective

  4. Connection is Critical
    - Knowing the “what” and “how” to connect with the “city”

  5. Culture is Great
    - Cross-cultural “connectivity”

  6. Christ is Lord

  •  Pray with us that Christ will be honoured through the mission and ministry of BGST. 

News Bits

  1. Dr Aquila Lee will be on medical leave till 31 Jan 2007. Do continue to pray for his recovery to resume teaching in Feb. 

  2. Closure for Public Holidays. The Library and offices will be closed on Jan 1 & 2. School will reopen on Wednesday, Jan 3.

  3. Register NOW. We have a total of nine courses offered for Jan 2007. If you have registered for these courses, do take note of the dates. For those who are still considering, do sign up early. You can register online or email bgst@pacific.net.sg. Course descriptions are available at our website. 

¨       The Gospel of Isaiah (Isa 40-55) (OT363, 1.5 credits), starting Jan 5, 7.30-9.30pm. Lecturer: Dr Augustine Pagolu.

¨       *New Testament Textual Criticism (BG253, 1.5 credits), starting Jan 6, 2-3.30pm, at Bishan campus. Lecturer: Dr Quek Swee Hwa.

¨       *Biblical Hebrew Exegesis I (BH 211, 3 credits),  starting Jan 8, 7.30 - 9.30pm. Dr Augustine Pagolu.

¨       *The Counsellor as a Person: Self-Awareness & Maturity in Christ (CO101, 3 credits), starting Jan 10, 7.15-10.15pm. Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun.

¨       *Modern Hebrew (BH215, 1.5 credits), starting Jan 11, 7.30-9.30pm. Guest Lecturer: Mrs Tsipi (Israel).

¨       Old Testament Foundations I (OT101, 3 credits), starting Jan 11, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite.

¨       The Books of Kings: An Anatomy of Religious Decline in Israel & Judah ( OT365, 1.5 credits), starting Jan 16, 7.30-9.30pm. Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite.

¨       Children’s Spirituality & Ministry Formation (CE355, 3 credits), starting Jan 16, 7.15-10.15pm. Lecturer: Dr Ng Peh Cheng.

¨       Spirituality & Work: Journey Inward-Journey Outward (MM254, 3 credits). Guest Lecturer: Prof Paul Stevens. This intensive course covers 7 sessions on Jan 25, 29, 31, Feb 2 (Weekdays, 7.15-10.15pm); Jan 27, Feb 3, 10 (Saturdays, 2.30-9.30pm)

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

A Blessed Birthday to…

Dr Douglas Milne  1/1

Mr Andy Lew  1/1

Dr Sally Wong  2/1

Elder Victor Wee  2/1

Mdm Agnes Ng  3/1

A/P Timothy Lee  4/1

Elder Lim Kim Wah  5/1

Dn Raymond Tcheau  7/1

Mr William Prabagaram  7/1

Ms Karen Goh  7/1

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