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MIRI – A batch of the congregation from Agape Grace Methodist Church successfully completed the Disciple Yellow Book (Under the Tree of Life) on Nov 3, 2019.
Facilitated by its Pastor-in-charge Linberg Wong, the group of 11 students out of the initial 13, proudly received their respective certificates during the Sunday Service on Nov 24.
To study this Book, one needs to have at least completed first the Red Book; DISCIPLE: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study.
The student is also expected (in terms of time and discipline) to invest 30 to 45 minutes of daily reading and note-taking. They are also expected to reflect and pray for 6 days a week, and participate in a two-and-a-half-hour weekly group study for 32 weeks. No certificate is awarded to those who miss the class for more than four times.
Bishop Richard B. Wilke, who created The DISCIPLE Bible Study Series, has always said that the Disciple Study is not for information but for Transformation.
Here are some testimonies from the participants:
Nine months of journeying through the Disciple Yellow Course with the theme “Under the Tree of Life” finally comes to an end. I would like to express my sincere thanks to our facilitator, Pastor Linberg Wong and the twelve participants for the lively discussion, sharing, joyful fellowship and wonderful time spent in studying God’s Word together.
I hesitated to enrol for the Disciple Yellow Course initially due to my lack of faith that I would be able to cope. But with the encouragement from sisters-in-Christ Irene Pui and Magdalene Lee, I finally took up the challenge and ended up being the last person to enrol for it. Frankly speaking, Disciple Yellow Course is not as tough as Red Disciple Course as less reading is required daily. The participants’ invaluable contributions via sharing personal experiences have enriched me in some ways and helped strengthen my walk with the Lord. All praise and glory be given unto Him for guiding and leading me throughout this journey. Last but not least, may I encourage you to sign up for the Yellow Disciple Course and discover for yourself what you will learn as you journey along. Do enrol for the course as you have nothing to lose but everything to gain. This is the kind of treasure all of us want to store up in our life: “Storing up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 6:20-21)
– Stephanie Ho
God has shown me and guided me throughout the course and He uses His Word from my daily reading to rebuke, correct and remind me as I persevere and continue to pray to commit my walk with Him each day.
– Robert KS Ting
The course has disciplined me to manage my time effectively as I’ve become a retiree. It has brought me closer to God, knowing His Blessings and His Love. Finally, I wish to thank Pastor Linberg and my peers who for the past nine months have accompanied me in completing my final book of the Disciple Series.
– Roseline Lee
Through studying the course, I have gained more knowledge of the Bible and that has given me deeper understanding. It has enabled me to build a closer relationship with the Creator.
– Sim Kim Lai
Studying the Yellow Book helped me understand and know more who our God is. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7).
Going through Yellow Disciple Book for 32 weeks together with our Pastor, brothers and sisters in this fantastic journey of learning, pondering and sharing, I experienced the love of God, the love of brothers and sisters, spiritual growth and deeper relationship with our Lord. The Lord brings joy to my life. Before, the Bible to me was just a boring book but now I hunger for the Word of God which I’ve never experienced in my life. The Word becomes alive and so real. The Holy Spirit has revealed insights of the Word. Hence, I have a better understanding of it, enabling me to experience His blessings and goodness. I have learned to fear the Lord and to be obedient to Him. My eyes are opened and I have found greater wisdom. I know now “Fear the Lord is the foundation of WISDOM” (Proverbs 9:10). Wisdom brings understanding, truth, knowledge, discernment, strength and good judgement. The most pivotal end time prophecies in the Book of Revelation is an eye opener for me which really helped me to ponder over my spiritual life and reminded me to stay alert and be on guard all the time. Come, join the disciple class, experience His powerful Word and the wonder of our Lord touching hearts and lives. He prepares our future home. Lord, how wonderful You are!
– Monica Tiong
When asked, Pastor Linberg summed up his thoughts: “It was a long yet enjoyable journey to go through with this group of people. I believe all have benefited from the study over the past 32 weeks, not just informative, but trans-formative. I pray that all would continue to thirst for God’s Word, as the completion of Disciple class is not the end of a journey, but the beginning of a new journey in encountering God.”
A warm, celebratory dinner was held at a local Thai restaurant after the final lesson.
By James TC Wong