The Firstborn of All Creation

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” – Colossians 1:15-16, ESV

For everything, absolutely everything finds purpose in Him who is the beginning and the end.

 

Physical Settings of the Bible (Evening Course)

Physical Settings of the Bible (Onsite)
BS531, 2 Credits
Thursdays, 7.00 pm-9.00 pm

Have you gone on a Holy Land tour in the past and would like to learn more about the places you visited? Or would you like to go some time in the future?  This course will help you better understand the biblical geography, history, and culture.

(Onsite classes meet at EAST campus on 118 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427407.)

Keith Shubert, PhD and Jeannette Shubert, DMin/PhD Studies

Keith lived in Israel for three years while completing a Master’s degree in Historical Geography of Ancient Israel. Many who have gone to Israel with Keith over the past 15 years have commented that his teaching at the biblical sites brings the Bible to life. His wife, Jeannette, co-leads the group. As a team they make this a memorable trip for all who have gone with them in the past.

This class may be taken for free from tuition fees by audit students under the GLO@EAST promotion (S$40 registration fee payable). Registration deadline is Friday, 9 July 2021.

God’s Strength and Provision

 

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is about living the Christian life. In Chapter 4:10-20 specifically, Paul speaks of God’s provision. He thanks the Philippians for their concern, but expresses that it was not needed. Paul has everything he needs when he has Christ. He is content no matter his situation, through Christ who strengthens him.

 

Do not take the verse out of context. Paul is not saying that God will empower all believers to accomplish anything they desire. God’s strength enables us to endure hardship and persecution, as Paul himself was experiencing at the time. Trust in the Lord’s timing and provision in everything we go through, so we can be content and not be consumed by greed and materialism.

 

That is Paul’s secret to contentment and the key takeaway from this part of his letter. Trust God, so much so that you can say: “Through Him, I can endure all difficulties no matter how seemingly insurmountable they may seem.”

United in Christ

Design: Joshua Wong

 

The first 10 verses of Ephesians 4 describe the concept of Christian unity and the importance of working together for God’s glory. All of us are uniquely created and gifted by God to serve him and each other to the best of our abilities.

Even though we may know this, we may sometimes find it difficult to put our knowledge into practice. Believers can come from any culture, any background, all walks of life. Regardless of our differences, we are called to love each and every believer as family.

Ephesians 4:2 is Paul’s instruction on overcoming these differences. We are to approach one another with humility, gentleness and patience. Pride and impatience have no place in the body of Christ and will only cause disharmony and chaos. As 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

A Cheerful Giver

Design by Joshua Wong

 

Paul is writing to the Corinthians to remind them about their previous commitment. Earlier in 2 Corinthians 9:3-4, Paul mentions that he has told the Macedonians about a gift to be received.

Paul’s point in verse 6 is this: The one who sows less seed can expect to have less grain. The one who plants more seed will have a more bountiful harvest. It is true both in a physical and spiritual sense, the more we can “plant” or give out of a willing heart of love for our spiritual siblings, the more that love will bear crops.

However, those results may not necessarily be in the physical wealth and prosperity that we expect. It is instead in a much greater form;  the spiritual lives of the givers and those who receive their gifts. In that sense, money becomes evidence of love given in the name of Christ.

In essence, money and the giving of money becomes evidence of the love the Church has for one another and a testament of Christ’s love on Earth. In this season, do consider giving cheerfully to EAST.

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