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“Holding forth the Word of Life” Philippians 2:16
“Holding fast the Faithful Word” Titus 1:9
“Holding forth the Word of Life” (Phil 2:16) and “Holding fast the Faithful Word” (Titus 1:9) are two biblical watchwords of the FEBC. The orthodox teaching of the Sacred Scriptures to nurture a new generation of “evangelists, pastors and teachers” is being assailed more and more by the counter-forces of liberalism, neo-orthodoxy, neo-evangelicalism, charismatism, postmodernism, open theism, neo-fundamentalism, and neo-deism.
In such perilous times as these, the mandate of the FEBC is not only to prepare labourers for the harvest fields, but also to train hardy soldiers to “earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude 3). A college that is called a Bible College is called to defend the Bible! May the FEBC keep every vigilance even to the safe-guarding of herself. How many a citadel of truth has fallen to the enemy through treachery from within.
In order to attain this dual purpose, it is of paramount importance that the Bible be received by both faculty and students as the Source from which all divine wisdom is derived (2 Tim 3:16). The Bible is to be reverently taught and devoutly studied, with due application to one’s personal life. All related subjects, whether they be theology, church history, biblical languages, etc, are to be taught and studied under the searchlight of the Sacred Word.
However, Christian doctrine is never to be divorced from life and practice. To nurture a fervent spiritual life, it is required that one be separated in holiness unto the Lord. This separation (2 Cor 6:14–18) requires that “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:12).
The College takes a strong stand against the use of tobacco and liquor, not to mention drugs, and against all questionable practices such as visiting the cinema and Sunday sports. Long hair in men (1 Cor 11:14) and short skirts and low necklines in women are deemed fashions of the world, and of the lust of the flesh, unbecoming to the Bible College family.
Apart from personal devotions, students are required to meet in corporate daily prayer and at the daily morning chapel. Separate evening prayers in the dormitories are to be held respectively by the students themselves. The prayer meeting of True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church is open to all students.
International students who do not belong to any church in Singapore are invited to attend the Sunday morning worship at True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church (held at the RELC Auditorium, 10.30 am, 30 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258352) and to partake of the Lord’s Supper. Students are required to involve themselves in some church work or evangelistic outreach in order to prove their own calling.
Murmuring was a sin that turned God’s wrath upon the Israelites. However, any dissatisfaction with a just cause on the students’ part will be readily heard and acted upon by the authorities concerned. Harmonious living together in the bonds of Christ should be the natural manifestation of the corporate life of the College.