‘For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments’ (Ezra 7:10).
There is a grave need to theologically equip and train Reformed pastors for many Bible-Presbyterian churches and mission stations.
Singapore is a hub for theological training in Asia and we thank God for the official inception and registration of Emmanuel Reformed Bible College (ERBC), Singapore, on 5 August 2016. Our college motto, ‘To seek, to do and to teach’, is derived from Ezra 7:10.
This inauguration follows seven years on from our humble beginnings as Emmanuel Reformed Bible Lectures (ERBL), started by a group of like-minded Bible-Presbyterian churches, supported by a pastoral fraternal of 15 pastors, meeting monthly since August 2007. Some ERBL students have applied to study with us at ERBC.
ERBC has 168 part-time students, from more than 30 churches, in our present semester. We praise God too that we were officially approved by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore, on 19 September 2016, to receive foreign students in our new college.
The college website (www.erbc.sg) was launched recently and has most of the information that is in the prospectus. It includes information about the ERBC’s board, faculty and adjunct faculty, as well as a schedule of the courses on offer during January-May 2017.
Each student is placed under a mentor, in a church, for practical training. There is sound Reformed teaching from experienced pastors, for equipping the next generation of pastors and preachers to serve the churches and missions.
We thank God that many copies of the prospectus have been distributed. Our courses are in-depth and comprehensive. They are dedicated to the theological examination and pastoral application of the books of the Bible and, for some students, to the study of the Bible’s original languages.
The first ERBC semester opened on 6 January 2017. Courses on offer range from a basic certificate in religious knowledge to masters’ degrees. The subjects studied include church history, Christian apologetics, Old Testament and New Testament, systematic and biblical theology, missions, evangelism and discipleship, biblical counselling and Christian education. Lay people as well are welcome to take some ERBC courses, on a credit or audit basis.
The apostle Paul said, ‘And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also’ (2 Timothy 2:2). We covet your prayers for the 14 faculty members and adjunct lecturers, with Rev. Charles Seet as principal, as we serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray that this Reformed college will equip and train God-fearing and Bible-based pastors, preachers, missionaries and leaders, for full-time and part-time ministry in the Lord’s vineyard.
Dr Jack Sin
Dean of students