Biblical Studies Programme

The Biblical Studies Programme offers participants an in-depth study of God’s Word, focusing on specific books of the Bible each term and encouraging active study. The course emphasises knowledge of Scripture and developing skills to help live it out in a practical way.

Term 1, Unit 8: Acts of the Apostles (5 Jan – 1 Mar 2016)

The book of Acts provides the historical basis for a large part of the New Testament. Emphasis is placed on the study of the growth of the early church and Paul’s three missionary journeys, as well as the Council of Jerusalem. His subsequent arrest in Jerusalem, various defences he made (before the Sanhedrin, Felix, Festus and Agrippa), voyage to Rome (including his shipwreck) are also covered.

Term 2, Unit 13: Revelation (22 Mar – 17 May 2016)

The book is an important revelation about our Lord Jesus Christ (1:1). The book is read and studied as it is written, as there are serious warnings about additions and subtractions (22:18-19). Focus is on what the Bible says rather than the theories of scholars. The time line given in Revelation is carefully noted. Events on earth are chronological. Events in heaven provide important background to the events on earth. The vision of our Lord Jesus in chapter 1 underlies the letters to the seven churches (chapters 2-3). The vision of the throne in heaven and the Lamb taking the scroll are important preludes to the seven seals, seven trumpets and seven bowls.

Term 3, Unit 10: 1 & 2 Corinthians (28 Jun – 23 Aug 2016)

In the study of 1 Corinthians, emphasis is placed on the study of Paul’s rebuke of scandals in the Corinthian church (divisions, tolerated sin, lawsuits) and his answers to questions raised (marriage, food offered to idols, veiling of women in worship, the Lord’s supper, spiritual gifts and resurrection of the body). In the study of 2 Corinthians, the apostle’s ministry, giving, and the defence of the apostle’s ministry are covered.

Term 4, Unit 7: Life of Christ (13 Sep – 8 Nov 2016)

This course covers the four gospels, with special emphasis on the gospel of Luke. For the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) the student is directed to the unique passages in these gospels (passages that occur only in that gospel and not the other two). For John’s Gospel, major themes are studied.

BSP Testimonies

God’s Word is so precious, and learning about it at the BSP is low cost and so beneficial.

Biblical Studies Programme is a useful instrument for my spiritual growth and doing ministry.

I have learned how to apply the Word of God in my life.

We have been blessed richly by Rev Tay and his team thru this course!

Praise God! It’s my 3rd year in BSP already. I started in Dec 2013 as I was just curious about the programme. But then, I was hooked on every session and so I continued attending BSP till now. What I love about the programme is that we are not spoon-fed by Dr John. He encourages us to self-study of the Bible and do our weekly ‘homework’. During the class, he teaches practical applications of the scripture for our day-to-day living. The class is very interactive as everyone can share their thoughts and opinions as well.

BSP has equipped me to apply Biblical knowledge and principles in my daily life. The course goes beyond just reading the bible; it enables you to understand the context of what you have read. Hence, the greatest reward I have is not head knowledge but to build up a solid biblical foundation in my own life, and continually to do so. Rev Dr John Tay is also a great 'encourager'. He wants the participants to truly dwell on the words of the Bible. The process is both edifying and refreshing.