GMA Report 2015

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GMA Report 2015

Noel A. Espinosa

The school-year 2014-2015 closed with a lone graduate in the person of Ramen Caliwag, pastor of Scripture Alone Baptist Church in San Simon, Pampanga. While Pastor Ramen is a lone graduate, that does not make the school-year lean in harvest. On the contrary. Ramen came from the Bible Baptist affiliation, with all its reputation for excesses of views and haughtiness. HetestifiestothetransforminginfluenceofhisGMAstudiesonhislifeandministry. Hecounts,asthelastinginfluenceof GMA, “the pastoral applications in every lesson… reminding us that theology must result to Christlikeness.” Our singular graduate of 2015 represents the mandate of GMA – a man trained, “to preach the Word of God, and pastor the Church of Christ.”

After a brief ministry as an interim tutor – teaching the important Pauline letters of Corinthian correspondence and Romans – we bid farewell to Pastor Gilbert McAdam. He is scheduled to leave the Philippines for good to settle in a pastoral ministry in his native Scotland. He will leave a vacuum that we look to the Lord to fill with a good tutor. This need is intensified by theanticipatedretirement(forgood?)ofPastorEllisfromteachingtheHistoryCourse. Itisaretirementthathadtobe delayed due to exigency, but he intends to make good of it after this semester. His tutorship is irreplaceable. But it is requisite that we have someone to fill that vacancy. Pray that the Lord may touch the right men for the positions. Tutoring in GMA is never just about the substance of teaching; it is about diligence, scholarship, and character.

At the opening of the school-year 2015-2016, there were six new students who enrolled. One of those, Jun Medalla, is a deacon of our church. He had to go into semi-retirement from his job to handle the load of GMA. He has a supportive family. His wife and two children – twins! – are members of the church. Another member of our church, Ben Patrick Vispo is hoping to graduate in March. We anticipate eight students to graduate. This will be the most number of graduation in our history. Pray that each student graduating will represent a church in our community of Reformed Baptist churches. We have one fulfilled last January 16 when Erwin Cadalin (Batch 2010) was ordained as pastor of the newly covenanted church of Morong. We thank the Lord for this bountiful harvest!

During the first semester of 2015, we had a guest who sat in all our classes. David Birse is a member of the First Baptist Church of Leominster in Massachusetts, where Dr. Lars Larson is the pastor. At the end of the semester, David gave a gracious testimony of his experience of GMA. Excerpts of his testimony are printed in the GMA Progress Report of First Semester 2015. A very encouraging note are his words: Grace Ministerial Academy may well be the best kept global secret in all academia. The world naturally would not recognize its worth, being in darkness. Yet it’s a treasure, a diamond in the proverbial rough.

In the mercy of the Lord, I have enjoyed stable health in 2015. No hospital and no absence, like there was in 2014. Ironically, it was in 2015 and early this year that I saw a number of dear brethren and loved ones pass into eternity. This culminated in the demise of my father, which I learned five minutes after preaching in our afternoon service of Jan 10.

Amidst these difficult losses, a decision that has been hanging needed to be done. After almost a year of prayer and dialogue with Pastor Rodel Lasco of San Pablo, under the counsel of Pastor Brian Ellis, we have come to a growing conviction of a call for sacrifice on both of us and our churches for the sake of reformation cause. Last Sunday, Jan 17, we simultaneously read a joint statement to our churches. In summary, we intend to make the year 2016 a year of transition. When the transition runs its course, I will seek retirement from my church ministry to give myself full time to reformation work. Pastor Rodel, contingent on congregational consent, will seek the pastoral office of GBC. This announcement, Rodel reported to me, was met with a lot of objections in his church. In my church, because it has had more years of preparation, people know it was forthcoming. Still there was a sobering hush in the congregation broken only by sobbing and tears. Both Pastor Rodel and I are pledged to proceed to this only as we have the conscience and consent of our congregation. It goes without saying that this intention is forged in the furnace of agonizing reflection. Pastor Rodel and I, after more than three decades of ministry, are knit to our churches. It tears our souls. But we both agree that the interest of the kingdom Christ must be above personal interest and convenience.

As GMA approaches its 20th year of ministry with a lot of challenges, I look back with incredulous amazement that such a milestone could be reached. It would have been impossible without the consistent support of your eldership and membership. Your consistent corporate commitment to this noble task, without doubt, will cushion my own difficult transition. Let us together face the challenges of 2016 with Paul’s words to Timothy ringing in our ears, O Timothy, guard what was committed to your trust! (1 Timothy 6:20). May the Lord’s countenance shine upon our every step this year.

Your Servant in His cause, NAE

GMA Progress Report for SY 2013 – 2014 2nd Semester

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But he said, “Oh my Lord,
please send someone else.”
Then the anger of the Lord
was kindled against Moses.
Exodus 4:13ff
 

Contents:

  • Godspeed to Brian Ellis; Welcome to Gilbert McAdam
  • A Graduate’s Reflection by Samuel Corpuz
  • The Graduates of 2014
    • Samuel S. Corpuz
    • Anthony L. Dadya-as
    • Romeo H. Endaya
    • Ariel A. Nicolas
    • Wilfredo M. Obrador
    • Benedicto O. Salen
  • Alumni Organization Formed

 

Read more here: GMA April 2014

GMA: First Semester of School Year 2014 – 2015

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GMA Faculty and Graduates

“Commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2

Subject offering for the first semester of School Year 2014 – 2015

June 17 – September 25, 2014

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NT: Corinthian Correspondence (2 units)

Tutor: Pastor Gilbert McAdam
Schedule: Tuesday, 2:00 pm

This section of the New Testament is at once very relevant, and very controversial, to today’s Christianity. No pastor can avoid the valuable lessons of these letters to his church ministry. Anyone seeking to have a sharp mind in theology must have a solid grasp of the Corinthian letters. This course will guide students to an honest understanding of these letters that they may preach and teach them to the profit of the church.

 

Dogmatics 5: Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (3 units)

Tutor: Pastor Noel A. Espinosa
Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 am

Study of the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit. This is a favorite subject today – but alas, in most cases, for all the wrong reasons. We need a clear-headed understanding that derives from the Scriptures. Who is He as a Person of the Godhead? What is He doing? What is He now in relation to the Christian? What about current claims and controversial issues? This doctrine is essential in the ministry of the Word of God.

 

Apologetics 1 (2 units)

Tutor: Pastor Noel A. Espinosa
Schedule: Tuesday, 11:30 – 1:00 pm

Study of the issues concerning the defense of the Christian faith. This will address the major positions that have been adopted on apologetics, and will seek to dialogue with the best insights of each. Christianity has an intellectual foundation. Even though the human
mind is depraved, arguing and defending one’s faith has its due place.

 

Languages: Hebrew & Greek 2 units

Assistant Tutor: Bro. Recman Denus
Schedule: Wednesday morning, as arranged

Study of the original languages of the Bible. An ability to read Hebrew and Greek and knowledge of the fundamental parts of speech is the basic goal. The course is not addressed to would-be scholars entailing strenuous demands. It is for pastors and teachers whose ministries will profit from knowing how to do research on the original languages of God’s Word.

 

Christian History: Baptists and Biographies (2 units)

Tutor: Pastor Noel A. Espinosa
Schedule: Thursday, 11:30 – 1:00 pm

Study of Baptist history. The history of Baptists is a must for Baptist ministers. This is so, not so much for hero-models as for understanding the origins and progress of the Baptist cause. Baptists have not been confined to their affiliation in their impact and
contribution to history. It will be both an encouragement and a call for caution. The course will include brief biographies of Christian figures with significant 20th century influence.

 

Modular Course: Synoptic Gospels

Tutor: Dr. Ian Densham
Schedule: July 22 – 31, 2014

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke have been the subject of the most intense research in New Testament scholarship. They are vital to the understanding of the gospel and of the Person and message of Jesus Christ. This course will guide students to an honest understanding of these gospels that they may preach and teach them to the profit of the church.

 

Elders of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church (CRBC)

Pastor Brian T. Ellis
Pastor Ramon Macapagal
Pastor Ismael Montejo, Jr.

Principal of Grace Ministerial Academy

Pastor Noel A. Espinosa

Tutors of Grace Ministerial Academy

Noel A. Espinosa
Pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Los Baños
London Theological Seminary, England

Gilbert McAdam (Interim Tutor)
Trinity Baptist Church, Dundee, Scotland
Pastor of Calvary Reformed Evangelical Church
Free Church College, Edinburgh

Ian M. Densham (Modular Course Tutor)
Pastor of Alexandra Rd Congregational Church, UK
DD, Master’s International School of Divinity, USA

 

Assistant Tutor

Recman Denus
Librarian of Grace Ministerial Academy
Member of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church
Fundamental Baptist Bible Institute, Quezon City

Policies of Instruction

  1. Tutors should be noted for Christian character and proven competence, and are (or had been) engaged in serious pastoral ministry.
  2. Exposition of the biblical material shall be paramount.
  3. Instruction will carefully relate to the historic distinctives of Evangelical confessions.
  4. Instruction will intelligently respond to contemporary issues of faith, ministry and ethics.
  5. Instruction will pastorally apply to the concerns of preaching and church ministries.
  6. Reformation of active pastors coming from any Evangelical affiliation, who are willing to learn, will be a conscious goal and design of instruction.

Policies on Students

  1. They must be vouched for by their elder(s) or congregation as to character and gifts for ministry.
  2. They must exercise a humble and teachable attitude.
  3. They must be willing to undergo spiritual oversight.
  4. They must have the intellect for diligent study.
    • sufficient knowledge of the English language
    • able to read comprehensive Christian literature
    • able to communicate well orally and in writing
  5. First-time students are under probation during their first semester of study.

 

IMPORTANT DATES 2014

March 27 - June 27: Enrollment at CRBC – GMA
June 17: Opening Service Start of Classes, 9:30 a.m.
June 26: Last Day for Sit-in
July 22-31: Modular Course: Dr. Ian Densham (Synoptic Gospels)
Sep 9: Settle all accounts/requirements
Sep 25: End of Semester
Closing Service

CREDENTIALS

  1. The Academy does not exist primarily to obtain credentials in the eyes of men, but is the tool of churches of like faith to commend men for the ministry.
  2. The primary credential, therefore, the Academy will grant is the ministers’ commendation of the students to the churches. cf. 2Cor. 3:1; 5:12; 10:12, 18; 2Tim. 2:15

CRBC Update and Typhoon Yolanda Relief Work

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Elders of CRBC with Matthew Gamston

Elders of CRBC with Matthew Gamston

“This is the day that the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it” Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)

The Lord is truly wise in giving this day for His people to worship Him and rejoice in the coming of His Kingdom!  Today, the Lord blessed us by gathering His people and opening His Word in preaching.  We are reminded of the great opportunity we have as a church being spared in the great catastrophe brought about by typhoon Yolanda (or Haiyan).  But even then we are also reminded that as Christians we have the obligation, privilege and the opportunity to serve those who are badly affected by the storm by providing for them their temporal and spiritual needs.

Pastor Ismael Montejo Jr

Pastor Ismael Montejo Jr

In the morning worship service, Pastor Ismael Montejo Jr. preached from the first and the beginning of the second chapter of Job.  He exhorted the church by showing that in the midst of great suffering, difficulty and trouble, the response of those who fear God like Job is worship.  While Satan accuses Job before God and the angels in heaven watch as to how will Job respond in Satan’s accusation, Job showed that he is a man who is in total submission to God.  There are times when we do not understand the things that are happening, yet the great call of the believer is to worship God.  This message is given to encourage the church in the midst of the present suffering brought about by the typhoon.  Indeed a timely reminder for all believers.

Matthew Gamston

Matthew Gamston

In the afternoon, our brother Matthew Gamston preached to us from Luke 7:18ff.  He showed us from the text that while God’s work is mysterious, be should fully trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  There are times, when things that goes along our way may bring us to doubts, yet we must be assured that first Jesus is our Messiah and secondly, the Lord exactly knows what He is doing.

We thank the Lord for Matthew Gamston.  Matt will be leaving to be a pastor in the UK.  He was instrumental in beginning a ministry for the homeless people which we call Drop-in Centre. Just this week, the work celebrated its 10th year anniversary.  It is a taxing ministry yet God blessed the church’s effort by giving conversions from it.

We are glad that the Lord has given a pastor for Providence Reformed Baptist Church in Tondo, Manila in the person of Pastor Larry Malabayabas.  Pastor Brian Ellis went to Tondo this morning to conduct the ordination service.  Pastor Larry is currently a student in Grace Ministerial Academy, currently on his second year.  We pray that his pastorate would truly be a blessing for the church.  For a long time the church in Tondo prayed for a pastor.  Indeed, God is a God who answers prayers.

Relief Operation

Relief Work Meeting

Relief Work Meeting

Members of the church met this afternoon to discuss the upcoming relief work in partnership with Christian Compassion Ministries.  Currently, Erwin Cadalin is in Samar surveying the places that needed relief. This evening Glen Manuel will board the bus going to Naga City to oversee that packaging of the relief goods to be transported to where Erwin is. While here in Manila, Glen’s wife, Adette, is coordinating the work.  Next week, Lord willing, we shall organize a second round of relief operation which will be done in Leyte.  Brother Henry and Levi will oversee the work.  Aside for the two provinces mentioned, there are still other places where relief is needed, we hope and pray that we will be able to reach them too.  Two of our elders, Pastor Ismael Montejo Jr. and Pastor Ramon Macapagal will share the load of preaching to people in the areas where relief will be distributed.

We thank the Lord for friend from abroad who has pledged help for the relief work.  We also are glad for local churches who already gave donations and are organizing to give some amount or items for the work of relief.  As we assess the need we see that the work for relief will last for a couple of week and may be even a month or two.

This week Dr. Ian Densham will teach in Grace Ministerial Academy. Please pray as he will be teaching on the Pentateuch for the next two weeks.

We hope that you will be in prayer with us to thank the Lord for all of His blessing and for the graces that we need to do the work which He has entrusted us.

GMA Report for the 1st Semester of 2013 – 2014

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Grace Ministerial Academy Progress Report

John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. ~ Revelation 1:4-5

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Grace Ministerial Academy – Subjects for 2nd Semester 2013 – 2014

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November 13, 2013 – March 27, 2014

NT: Gospel of John – 2 units

Tutor: Pastor Noel A. Espinosa
Schedule: Tuesday, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Dogmatics 4: Doctrine of Christ – 3 units

Tutor: Pastor Noel A. Espinosa
Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Polemics – 2 units

Tutor: Pastor Noel Espinosa
Schedule: Thursday, 11:30pm – 1:00pm

Languages: Hebrew & Greek – 2 units

Assistant Tutor: Bro. Recman Denus
Schedule: Wednesday morning, as arranged

Christian History: Modern Church 1 – 2 units

Tutor: Pastor Brian Ellis
Schedule: Tuesday, 2:00 pm

Modular Course: Pentateuch – 2 units

Tutor: Dr. Ian Densham
Schedule: November 19 – 28, 2013

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