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Rick Griffith in Singapore: A Perspective from Overseas

Dr. Rick Griffith racks up a lot of air miles. He’s the Doctor of Ministry director at Singapore Bible College, where he has taught Bible, theology, and preaching for twenty-two years while at the School of Theology (English). He also helped plant Crossroads International Church, where he serves as pastor/teacher. And he’s the Singapore field leader of his mission, WorldVenture, and Asia translation director for The Bible … Basically® seminar.

Rick also serves as an itinerant teacher to twelve other countries in Asia and the Middle East. Some trips are with Biblical Education by Extension (BEE World), while with others he serves as a visiting professor at various seminaries such as Lanka Bible College (Sri Lanka), Myanmar Evangelical Graduate School of Theology, Himalayan Graduate School of Theology (Nepal), Southeast Asia Bible Seminary (Indonesia), Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary, Word of Life Bible Institute (South Korea), and Union Bible Theological College (Mongolia).

When Rick wrote his dissertation at DTS twenty-three years ago on “The Eschatological Significance of the Sabbath,” he concluded, “Believers are not under the Sabbath requirements in this dispensation.” He acknowledges, “That news doesn’t go well in our harried day when people need rest more than ever.” But he clarifies, “I certainly believe in rest,” adding, “I think the New Testament grants Christians freedom when to take this rest rather than requiring it on Saturday (the Sabbath).” As mentioned, Rick ministers in Nepal, where the Hindu day of rest is Saturday, “so Christians adopt this as well. But in many other countries, such as the U.S., Sunday is the preferred day because of Christ’s resurrection. Colossians 2:16–17 grants us this freedom in Christ.”

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