July 12 – 17. This week has been a tremendous blessing to work with a group who are very committed to completing the manual and understanding the principles of Scripture that are the foundation of God’s church and the expansion of the gospel. I seemed to connect with them very quickly. With very little help or prompting from others, individuals presented the complete picture of God’s plan for His church on the white board every morning as we started the sessions, and in some cases, they added their own insights received through observing God’s Word.
After someone has shared the “BIG PICTURE”, one person from each of the four groups shares the key principles the group has identified from their discussion of the Scriptures read in the lesson. It is not often, but sometimes I will coach them if a key principle has been missed. This learning process is very difficult for most cultures because they have been inoculated with a western style of lecture rather than self-discovery through observation. They are learning the value of this type of teaching and want to use it in their ministry and church settings as a means of inspiring persons to read and observe the Bible. After lunch, the students work in their groups on the lessons for the next day.
You can imagine that some lessons take more time than others because of the relevance to their culture and ministry. What a thrill it is to see them thinking about the current implications of truth as it is applied in their settings. The tendency is to generalize application of the key principles and let them remain as head knowledge rather than Spirit-empowered transformation. As we help them make this transition and understand the effect it will make on God’s work, the response is tear-jerking!
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