I am teaching the class: Spiritual Formation. I am using Jerry Bridges,The Pursuit of Holiness and Paul's Letters to the Ephesians and Romans. These are the foundation for our class discussions on our call to holiness.
Our discussion began with a Peter’s statement “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). We reviewed scriptures that proclaim Jesus’ work of forgiving our sins and crediting His righteousness to us. We also looked at Scriptures that point to our responsibilities in pursuing holiness. We continued with discussions on the importance of conviction, commitment, personal discipline and perseverance needed to seriously pursue holiness.
Daily classes consist of lectures from “The Pursuit of Holiness,” quizzes to reinforce the teaching, and class activities in which students work in small groups to analyze selected Bible passages to glean truths relating to spiritual formation.
One objective of the course is to challenge students in their personal growth in holiness. A second is to provide information and practical examples of how pastors can challenge the people in the congregations that they are responsible to shepherd.
Yesterday, I had the blessing of preaching in Revival Fire Church. When we preach in the local village churches, we represent Training Leaders International and Africa Renewal University as well as Christ. This past Sunday, there was a practical benefit of filling in for the pastor, who celebrated his wedding the previous day.
We have three more days of classes. On Friday the students will take final exams. Please pray that we have the energy and focus to continue to effectively bring God’s word to students in a manner that encourages them, and prepares them to better serve their villages in the name of Jesus Christ.