The Bible Knowledge Ministry offers free classes to students in Forms 3, 4 and 5 who are keen to sit for the Bible Knowledge in the SPM examination. Classes are held every Friday from 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm. In light of the restrictions imposed by the Movement Control Order, classes are currently held online. When these restrictions are lifted, face-to-face classes will be held at the Catholic Centre B (1st & 2nd floors) on the aforesaid day and time.
1. SUBJECT CONTENT
The study of the SPM Bible Knowledge subject entails the mastering of:-
(a) The Gospel According to St Luke; and (b) The Acts of the Apostles.
The Good News Version is the accepted standard text for SPM 2007 onwards. Candidates are expected to have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the historical, cultural, political and religious setting of the period.
The general aim of this course is to acquire knowledge and understanding of the life and teaching of Jesus Christ and the growth of the Early Church. The candidates will be expected to:
(a) recall and select factual information; (b) describe, explain, relate and compare and contrast events and teachings in an organised manner; (c) describe and show an understanding of the role and importance of special people; (d) appreciate the Christian response to moral issues.
3. EXAMINATION FORMAT
Beginning SPM 2021, there will be a new examination format as follows:-
• Paper Code : 9221 • 2 hours only • 3 Sections A, B and C • Total Marks = 100
• Context questions from the Gospel According to Luke • 3 questions (answer all) • 5 marks per question • Total : 15 marks
• Context questions from the Acts of the Apostles • 3 questions (answer all) • 5 marks per question • Total : 15 marks
• Consists of 2 parts: Part 1 and Part 2 • 70 marks in total
Section C Part 1
• 2 questions (answer ONE) – short essay question • One question from Luke and one question from Acts • 10 marks • Open ended Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) question, may consist of applications of God’s Word in daily life
Section C Part 2 • 4 questions (answer THREE) – long essay questions • Each question carries 20 marks • Two questions from Luke and two questions from Acts • Total marks: 60 marks
4. WHY STUDY BIBLE KNOWLEDGE?
Bishop Fulton Sheen, an American Bishop of the Catholic Church and renowned theologian says “the purpose of education is not to train our children and us to merely make a living; the purpose of education is to acquaint us with the truth, truth about everything, truth of science, truth about literature and above all the truth of man”. According to Bishop Sheen “the one basic truth we have to learn is the truth of our own existence”. He laments that people live years of their lives without learning “why they are here and where they are going”. It is this absence of a goal or purpose that makes so many people full of anxiety, worry, fear, psychosis and neurosis – after all, what is the use of living unless you know the purpose of living. For Sheen, the meaning and purpose of life cannot be understood apart from God, nor, he writes, “can anyone enter into contact with the whole of environment unless he enters into relationship with God.” Hence, when God is removed, true education—that is, education that takes stock of what the human person really is—becomes impossible.
Our schools, colleges and universities ignore God and the spiritual side of the human person, which the Catholic Church teaches to be “that which is of greatest value in him, that by which he is most especially in God’s image”. Without God, any system of education is necessarily incomplete.
The Bible Knowledge Ministry attempts to fill this void in our education system to furnish our students with a compass with which they may find their port, which is the Kingdom of God. Ultimately it is the wisdom of God that will carry our students through the toughest situations of life.
“All your children shall be taught by the Lord and great shall be the peace of your children”.
5. HOW TO REGISTER?
For School Students You can register with the School when you register with other SPM subjects.
For Private Students You can register with the Ministry of Education to take the subject as a private student.