During the last month of this year TLI staff will be sharing stories of how God has used us in 2014. Enjoy! Today comes from Tom Brown.
The most memorable story of God's use of TLI, a use of such unlikely teachers as us, is a course on "Biblical Counseling" by a team teacher, Joe Propri. Joe's course could have been titled "The Sanctification and Expression of the Christian Life." But, it was "Biblical Counseling." Biblical counseling gave the class the application of moving from knowledge to wisdom, and not merely philosophical wisdom, but wisdom of personal appropriation and action.
The magic moment came as Joe taught about the ministry of reconciliation. The broader lesson included forgiveness in the way of Christ and grace in the act of God in Christ.
But then, Joe, in the spirit of biblical counseling, challenged the class to self examination before God. He asked his class to go and make broken relationships right through confession, repentance, and reconciliation. The students did it. Most were taken aback at the power of God in obedience to His Word. Butone student ...
One student said upon return from the class assignment a so simple but profound statement. He said: "I learned that the Bible is not only true, but its truth works."
TLI exists to impart biblical truth to hungry hearts. Even more, TLI exists to raise up indigenous church leaders and pastors who will competently inform the faith of our called men and women unto a true light in the face of Jesus Christ.
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.