The purpose of this introductory course is to equip you to preach expository sermons. As the title implies, we will do so by sharpening the communication skills and deepening the attitudes and philosophy towards preaching. Borrowing from Haddon Robinson’s seminal homiletic book, Biblical Preaching, this 16-hours course will build upon Robinson’s “Big Idea” homiletics model to help you step-by-step to produce a sermon that is clear, cogent and consistent with what the Text says. You will also be resourced with materials to build your sermons and get a 2-hours one-on-one coaching. Budding preachers and seasoned heralds who need a refresher will benefit from this course.
Rev Dr Desmond Soh is an ordained minister of the Gospel and pastors Bethany Evangelical Free Church. Until recently, he was also the Associate Professor of Homiletics and Intercultural Studies, as well as the Senior Director of Strategic Development at Singapore Bible College. Desmond served as a missionary and tentmaker in Indonesia with his wife Wendy for almost a decade. They have a dog called Cinta (love), and are into fostering children, and training faithful servants of Jesus Christ. He loves coffee, chocolates and conversations with fellow heralds.
This introductory course seeks to provide an understanding of the types of abuse – sexual, emotional, physical and spiritual, what constitutes abuse and why abuse is difficult to talk about. In learning about the impact of abuse, participants will become trauma-informed and explore several recovery pathways from a psychological, biblical and theological perspective. Participants will learn practical skills needed for helpful pastoral responses to those who have been abused, are experiencing trauma and to those who abuse others.
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Ai Jin currently serves as Vice-President of the Association of Christian Counsellors (Singapore). She is a SAC registered clinical counsellor and supervisor. Passionate about both counselling and Christian ministry, she has worked as a clinical counsellor in church settings for over a decade. Ai Jin has a MSocSc Counselling from Edith Cowan University and a MA Theology (Recovery Ministry) from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her professional focus includes the integration of faith and counselling, trauma recovery, marital and family counselling, parent education, and counsellor training. Ai Jin is married to a methodist pastor and is a mother of three teenagers.
Christians in the first few hundred years encountered many challenges. These believers were thrust outside of Jerusalem because of persecution. False teachings also challenged the early Christians, especially that of the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. As Christ is central to the teachings of the Christian faith, doctrinal statements based on Scripture were taught to every believer. These statements were given in a creedal formula (“I Believe…”) so that these people who could not read and write could memorize these truths and be able to combat erroneous teachings. Join us for 4 Saturday mornings for some hearty conversations and interactions!
Violet James has taught Church History at the Singapore Bible College for over 40 years. She retired in 2019 and continues to serve part-time as Alumni Advisor and Adjunct lecturer at SBC. She worships at Yio Chu Kang Chapel where she serves as Associate Pastoral Staff. She enjoys mentoring women both in YCKC and outside.
What does it mean to lead the “Church In Exile”? What is God’s unchanging mandate for leaders? What are the dynamics of inner spiritual growth? Often the measure of the leaders’ successful life and function are the outcomes of their key performance indicators, usually gauged by external metrics. Such “systems of measurement” usually fall short of what God may actually want from us. What has been left out is the vital metrics of inner life.
Rev Dr Keith Lai, was Senior Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church (1992-2022). He has been with this church since his conversion in 1974. After serving onboard the LOGOS (Operation Mobilization) for 4 years, he returned to serve as Youth Pastor in his own church, before becoming the Senior Pastor in 1992. He just stepped down as the SYNOD Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Singapore (2019-2021) and the President of the National Council of Churches in Singapore. (2020-2021).
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