The reason that I joined the
disciple class was to understand more about God. As it was an English Disciple class, I had a
hard time understanding some of the scripture and study manual. On some
occasion, I did not even know what I had read and listened. Nevertheless, with the
power of God, I persevered and managed to come to an end after three semesters.
May all the glory and honor be with God.
There are a few lessons that I had
learnt from the disciple class. Firstly, I have learned to be faithful. Joining
disciple class implied that I needed to allocate time specifically to read Bible
and attend classes. At first, this was
very challenging as I had to spend more time understanding the verses and
scriptures. Instead of having entertainment on Sunday, I had to spend time
attending the disciple classes, even when the mid-term or final exams were
around the corner. I remember there was one semester that I did not scored well
in one of my mid-term test. I blamed and grumbled against God for not blessing
me in my test. I was upset and distressed with my result. Fortunately, I was
reminded by one of the brothers in the cell group meeting, saying that no
matter what circumstances, never lose faith in God. Then I realized how small
my faith was after being a Christian for so many years. It was embarrassing. It
showed that I am only an ‘almost’ Christian. Therefore, I started changing my
attitude and remaining faithful in God. At the end of that semester, my result
was better than that in the first year and was granted award. Undoubtedly, this
was God’s work and grace. May all the glory and honor be with God.
Secondly, I have learned to be
grateful, no matter in what circumstances. Recall the three semesters that I
had been through, the grace of God was abundant. Before studying in Curtin
University, I was aspired to study overseas. I asked God to grant my wish, but
it did not happen. I was upset and struggled for one year even though I had a
scholarship granted to study at Curtin. However, through disciple class, it
reminded me that I was just like the Israelites, disobedient and ungrateful.
When I began to obey God’s will, God started to bless me. Over the past three
semesters, I was blessed by the Lord in every final exams and assignments. I
did not know how to deal with the exams and assignments, but He blessed me with
His wisdom. God did not change my circumstances or granted what I asked for,
but He transformed my heart and mind to be submissive to Him. God’s grace is
sufficient for me, for His strength is made perfect in my weaknesses. May all
the honor be with Him.
During the disciple course, I have participated
in a long house mission trip on 28th-29th June 2014,
which was the date after the university final exam. In that mission trip, I was assigned to do the
youth evangelism. Due to final examination, I did not really focus on the
preparation for the mission trip. I only
spent three days preparing for the mission trip after the exam. Since it was my
first time to share the gospel using Bahasa Melayu, I encountered language
barrier when I was preaching the gospel to the indigenous youth. In the first
day when I was presenting before them, I panicked and my mind went blank. I did
not know how to communicate effectively with them. Nevertheless, by God’s grace I managed to
reach out to three youth during the gospel-sharing session, though did not
achieve my targeted number. I felt that I
kind of had failed in that mission trip. But on the second day, during our group devotion
time, I was reminded that our God values the process rather than just the
result. Very often I merely focus on the
result. That morning, I have learned
that I have to try my best to preach the gospel but leave
the result to God, as He is the one who is in control.
I would like to share with you the verses in the Bible.
Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your
understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your
paths”. Let us not rely on our own ability, but always be obsequious and
faithful to God.
the year 2012, where I took my first steps into SMCGC. I met a lot of new
friends and they have been encouraging me to take part in Disciple Red which
only has few vacant left. I was also informed that I have to spend at least 30
minutes in studying the bible every day and 2 hours 30 minutes for the Disciple
Red class. I was in the 3rd year of Bachelor of Chemical Engineering
and I entangled in some other club activities and studies that directly lead me
into a serious dilemma. I was worried that I could not spend enough time in
doing my revision and completing my assignments when everything piled up during
the peak moments. At last, I took up the challenge and gave myself a chance to
try for the first three weeks.
After the three weeks of probation, I
felt that the classes are interesting and it has created the passion for me to
know more about God and also being a Christian. At the same time, I still doubted
myself that I could manage to squeeze my time to do my revisions. This will be
a tough challenge in the first few weeks which I have a shortage of time in
compare with others. But as time goes by, I have learnt to plan my work ahead
and complete them as soon as possible by reducing all the time taken to
procrastinate that time management is very crucial in our daily life.
the classes I attended in Disciple Red, I have gained a lot of knowledge and
knowing God more deeply. Beside from that, I also experienced some positive
changes in me. The changes are quite specific to practice to be Christlike
which means by the way we behave resembling the spirit of Jesus Christ. Jesus
Christ has endured all the pain and hardship than most of us and He also did
not complain on the way he is treated. Therefore, I have experienced that I
have become more humble and endure to overcome the obstacles of life. On the
other hand, the study of Old and New testaments have given me a better insight
on the history of Christianity.
but not least, I want to take this opportunity to thank our facilitators, Ms
Fidella and Irene who have strongly urged me to sign up for this Disciple Red.
Although it is not an easy journey in Disciple Red that we always have to make
sacrifice on our busy schedule, but always pray to God assist us in our
problems. We should always remember that there is no problem so big that God
cannot solve it.
在这里要分享一些在我拿门徒时的争扎与犹豫，一些朋友给的劝告，让我有勇气拿这课程：原文在此“If you are doing will of God, do you think He will
make you fall? For Psalm 37 23-24 states
that – The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him, though he
may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand. Thus,
when we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place in our
lives. Besides, God will gives us the strength to get through everything life
throws at us as Philippians 4:13 states that – I can do everything through Him
who give me strength.”简单来说就是靠着信心在神的道路上凡是都能！！
First of all, I would like to give thanks to our
Lord that I had graduated from the disciple red class. The disciple red class
took three semesters to finish. When I first came to join the Sunday service at
SMCGC, I found that this church was offering some courses that help students to
grow in their spiritual life. But that
time the disciple class in Chinese was full and only had English class
available. I have great interest to join
because I want to know more about the Bible. However, it might be difficult for
me to join this class because my English is not good. With the encouragement from
brothers and sisters in Christ, finally I made up my mind to join the class together
with my friend, Hui Hui as she was also interest in it.
When I first joined the class, I totally knew nobody
in the class except my friend, Hui Hui. Then, I just sat quietly and listened
to our facilitator instruction. At first, there were eleven students joined the
course. But in the end, only seven of us
managed to finish the course. Our class was scheduled at 1pm to 4pm every
Sunday. So basically on Sunday, I spent half of my day at the church. In our classes, we discussed the topic
together with the guidance of our facilitators. Some of my classmates do not
hesitate to ask questions they were curious of, and I was the quiet and shy
member in the class. After several
lessons, the relationships between each member of the disciple class became
closer. We shared our experiences and
stories, and had joined short-term mission trip to longhouses and had fun
together. Next, I would like to thank
Ms. Fidella and Ms. Irene for their guidance throughout this course.
Sometimes, we may not understand the meaning of God’s
Word and His purposes. But God said, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and
lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he
will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Through this disciple class, my Bible knowledge
has increased and my relationship with God is stronger than before. I also
understand better the differences between the Old and New Testament. By reading
the Word of God, I have learned to rely on Him more and my time management has
improved as well. I was able to strike a
balance between my school work and my Bible reading and preparation plus
activities at the church.
Last but not least, I am glad that I have the
opportunity to join this great course and I encourage you to join as well. Although
it may take up a lot of time on preparing and studying the Bible, but the time
spend is worth it and you will experience lots of different things in your
journey. The may think that you can’t do it, but Jesus said, “With man this is
impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) Ask, seek and knock from Him, you will
experience how God work miracles and lead you in your life that he had designed
for you. Hence, give yourself a chance to
get closer with God.
are 11 of us at the beginning of the Disciple Red Class.
there are only 7 of us are graduated from the Disciple Red Class.
It was the 2nd semester
of 2013 and I have just started my university life at Miri Curtin. I also joined
SMCGC not too long and I remembered one Sunday it was Ms. Fidella who made an
announcement about the English Disciple Course. I can barely remember finding Ms. Fidella
after the service with my friend, Celyne and asking if we could join the
disciple course. The reason I was so
interested and registered immediately was because through the course I could
learn more about the Bible. Also, in my
mother church, the Disciple Course was mostly for the adults to join. So I am
glad that to be given the opportunity to join in SMCGC.
When the class started, I was very
quiet and shy. For those who know me
well will know that, that was not my real character. The reason I was like that
is because the other classmates are older than me and I was not familiar with them.
It was not until the second semester of
the Disciple class, that I began to reveal playful and “annoying” nature of
mine. Besides that, due to my poor English, it’s a little bit difficult for me
to learn. However, thanks to Ms Fidella, Irene, and other students for helping
me patiently, so that I could learn it smoothly.
In this disciple course, we need to
study the Bible every day, and every Sunday we need to take 2 and half hours to
go to church and discuss about the Bible together with our classmates and
facilitators. Other than that, we also went
to a mission trip to share the gospel. This time we went to Rumah Balingian
with GMC uncles and aunties. All of the things
we did in disciple course are also the condition of a disciple. Disciples need
to study and understand God’s Words, fellowship with others, and most important
is to share the gospel, be a living testimony and learn to love others.
In this 3 semester-long course, I
learned a lot. I also became more aware of the idea of God and the idea of human
nature. Human are very weak, and very forgetful, often forget how God has helped
and led us, often sinned against other people, and offended God. But God still
loves us, never give up on us, and has not forgotten the promises given. I also
understand more of the Old and New Testament. It’s not only a history of Israelites; it’s
also a guide for our life.
This disciple class had become an
important part of my university life that I will never forget because I have learned
a lot and also met awesome friends.
The Disciple One was a good experience. If i were to be
brutally honest, i would have never joined such a course had it not been for my
brother's persuasion. At first, i felt pretty uncomfortable as the atmosphere
was pretty quiet and weird and it was only worsened by my introverted
personality. However, as time went by, our class got smaller but it also became
much more comfortable and each lesson was one to look forward to and not one to
avoid. The mission trip to Balingian was definitely a highlight for me during
my time taking the Disciple One course as it marked the period where i got felt
and got much closer with my Disciple One classmates. It felt really good to be
able to experience such a time with my classmates.
I'd also like to thank our course instructors Irene and
Fidella as they both bring something different in the way they teach and handle
the class. Although not all the questions that were asked by some of us had a
clear answer, both of them still gave their input and that was helpful for us.
I have to admit that the daily homework of the Disciple One can be quite
difficult at times as there really was a lot to read and think about. However,
ultimately it laid the foundation in the pursuit of knowledge of our Father in
heaven. I believe Disciple One helped to foster my interest in reading the
Bible as I was never really interested in reading the Bible until Disciple One
forced me to pick up the Bible (which was a good thing!). There was a lot to
learn about Jesus, about God and the purpose of each of the different books in
Lots of memories were created during my time in taking the
Disciple One and it is something I will miss. Friendships were fostered, good
times were made and lessons from the Bible were learnt. The Disciple One is
something I would urge every fellow Christian to take and even for
non-believers too. The quest for knowledge of God's plans and thoughts will
never be fully complete (anytime soon) but however the Disciple One lays a
solid foundation in that aspect.
Ever since my foundation period, I
have been encouraged by various members of our church SMPC (formerly SMCGC) to
join the disciple course. However, as my mother was a facilitator in Disciple
Red, I saw that the amount of time that she spent preparing for the class was
quite a lot. Given that I was also involved in other activities at the time, I hesitated
to join the Disciple class.
However, persistence works, and after 4 or 5 more semesters of being encouraged
to join the Disciple Red class, I went for it in the second half of the year
2013. I was then currently entering my 2nd year taking a Bachelor of
Chemical Engineering, so my workload was relatively tougher than when I was in
my Foundation year. I entered the class with strong mixed feelings.
During the first orientation of the
Disciple Red Class, I was surprised to see a lot of people, as one of the side
reasons that made up my mind to join was basically that there were not enough
people to start a Disciple Class. There were around 15 people that attended the
orientation and close to 20 that attended the first class of Disciple. Some of
my classmates I knew quite well already, but others were still new to me. I got
to know them better and better as the classes continued.
Soon however, a few classmates
couldn’t attend because of other commitments or personal reasons. By the end of
that semester, we only had 8 members remaining.
The myth that joining a disciple
class takes up a lot of time is both true and untrue at the same time. It
requires you to do bible study and devotion every day, which takes up about
half an hour to one hour a day depending on how heavy the day’s reading is.
However, as a Christian, we are all supposed to do devotion by ourselves, so
this exercise in disciple class is actually just a guideline for our daily
devotion. In retrospect, the only interruption that Disciple Course should have
made in my life is the 3 hours class every Sunday that we attended. As the
semester progressed, sometimes this class could take up time that was reserved
for sports, studies or other activities that used to be done every Sunday
afternoon. However, before long, I come to appreciate the fact that no matter
what occurred; there was always the privilege of going for Disciple Class every
Sunday afternoon to study God’s Word with a group of what was soon to be among
my closest friends. Classes soon became a place of sharing, learning and
enjoying God’s Word alongside each other’s company. After graduating, the gap
where I used to go to Disciple Class every Sunday afternoon felt a bit empty
The lessons learned in Disciple Red
are very important indeed. Many of the topics discussed in this class soon
became a starting foundation from which I could analyze and change my
character. Issues discussed in certain topics became building blocks to learn
to see the world around me differently. An example of this is the call out for
disciples to follow Jesus’s mission to the last the least and the lost in this
world. Studies done on the Old and the New testaments help to bring around a
cohesive picture of the Bible as a continued history of God’s providence for
mankind. Altogether, going through Disciple Red has brought to light the Bible
as a personal guide for living daily life through the knowledge and wisdom of
God speaking through it.
Disciple Red has helped me to mature
in both knowledge and depth of character. New friends and experiences made
through 3 semesters of classes will continue to be a highlight part of my life
while studying here. As a conclusion, for those who have not joined, take a
moment to reflect on your spiritual walk with God and ask Him if taking up
Disciple Red might be the way for you to grow closer with
Him and those around you. Amen.
SMCGC TOP 2班在这个学期顺利结业了，当中一共有12位学生参与。这一班的导师杨紫恩姐妹和林苏生弟兄。感谢神让这群弟兄姐妹透过TOP 2有新的看见，并且稳固信仰的根基。在两位导师的带领下，上课的过程都很轻松，有趣。在结业礼当天，除了颁发证书给每位学生之外，基教也预备了小蜡烛作为导师的礼物，感谢他们愿意牺牲时间与精力去带领12位学员完成这项课程。另外，TOP 2班也特别安排了两位学员做见证分享。