Tan Siew Chin
studied at SMK Seksyen 1 Bandar Kinrara. She obtained 12A1s in the SPM including A1 for BK. She is currently doing the Cambridge A-Levels in Taylor’s University College.
“Firstly, I want to give all honour and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ for giving me the opportunity to take Bible Knowledge as a subject in my SPM and for blessing me with an 1A for BK.
I only learnt about Bible Knowledge in Form 3. As I wanted to learn more about this subject offered in SPM, I started attending the BK classes held in my church. I truly enjoyed the time spent on learning God’s Word together with a few of my church friends.
In Form 4, I decided to take up BK as a subject for my SPM. To me, it is a commitment that I must take and I did not want to miss the opportunity and the joy of learning God’s Word! Furthermore, I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage other Christian students in my school to take up Bible Knowledge as a subject in SPM as I was the first and the only student in my school who took BK as a subject in 2008. Thus, I was determined to do well in this subject. I remembered a day in Form 4 when one of the teachers in my school came over to me and tried to discourage me from taking BK. She said that many people she knew who took BK obtained 1As for all the subjects they took except for BK. She told me that I should not take this risk. But I firmly answered: “Puan, I am confident that I will do well in BK!” I knew that if I work hard, God will definitely help me to obtain the best result that I deserve. I thank God that there are quite a number of students in my school who will be sitting for BK in their SPM this year and next year. Praise the Lord!
Besides attending the BK classes held in my church in Form 3 and Form 4, I studied BK under Ms. Moey in Form 4 and Form 5. Here, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Moey, who has been greatly used by the Lord to be a blessing to all of her students. I truly enjoyed every single lesson and I thank her for all her dedication and guidance. I gained tremendous knowledge about the books of Luke and Acts and about the life of Jesus as an example to all mankind on earth. Learning these two books has taught me and molded me to be more and more like Jesus and to look at life from a different perspective. I also enjoyed the fellowship that I had with all my BK classmates. Studying God’s Word as a Family of God is truly a beautiful thing.
Lastly, I want to encourage all Christian students to take up BK as a subject in SPM. Do not miss this opportunity to learn God’s Word! As it is written in the Bible “In Him we live and move and exist. Acts 17:28” and “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment…. Matt 22:37-38” Taking up BK is a wonderful opportunity for us to honour and love the Lord with the minds that He has given us, so hesitate no more! Enjoy studying His word and God bless you!
Rachel Yong Yuen May
studied at SMK Assunta and obtained 10A1s and 2A2s (including A1 for BK) in the SPM 2008. She was awarded a Taylor’s World Class Scholarship to do a Diploma in Culinary Arts in Taylor’s University College. Below is her conversation with the Author.
“Dear Lord… I’m going to fail SPM,” I cried with regret.
I shouldn’t have procrastinated. I shouldn’t have taken extra subjects for SPM at all. No way I can revise all 12 subjects in a month before the exam. No way I can get straight As now. Ngaaah, how am I going to get a scholarship now?
“…. Why shouldn’t I cry in this situation? Gosh, I have gone nuts. I’m hearing voices in my head,” I sobbed.
Trust me and I’ll give you the As that you’ll need.
“… God, is that really you? Will you do that for me?” I whispered with disbelief. This can’t be God talking. I’m not faithful to my bible reading or even when it comes to praying regularly. Moreover, I had thought about dropping Bible Knowledge in order to focus on my other subjects. I don’t deserve to hear his voice.
Nonetheless, peace washed away my anxieties that day.
I have to confess that I took SPM Bible Knowledge for the wrong reason. I took it because I needed extra subjects to have a better chance at scholarships.
During that difficult time, I knew my chances for passing BK (let alone getting an A1) were slim because I didn’t attend classes and had only a month left to study the 52 chapters.
Everyone, please don’t be like me. Manage your time between your studies and extracurricular activities.
I am so blessed beyond measure to have taken BK for SPM. In the beginning, I thought it was just a typical subject which requires me to memorise it by heart in order to score. However, it taught my heart how to trust God.