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India (Andhra Pradesh) Nov 2017

Undisclosed Location November 2-11, 2017

Training Leaders International is working with a partner ministry to train pastors from various districts in Andhra Pradesh. These 26 pastors will be equipped with TLI's non-formal curriculum in order to train other pastors in their district. Course: Biblical Theology

Follow along as teachers in the field offer their experiences as they share theological training with local church leaders.

Nov  8th,  2017No Greater Joy

I am privileged to teach this week in Andhra Pradesh. For the last twelve years, we have called North India our home yet rarely have I traveled or taught in the South Indian village. Many pastors have I met over the years along with many smiling children. No greater joy have I than to see pastors pouring over the Scriptures, studying the pages of sacred writ, seeking to understand the deep things of God. For many of these men, this week is their first exposure to this thing we call Biblical Theology. 

Twenty pastors—our “students”—walked passage by passage with us from Genesis through Israel’s wilderness wanderings. We traced over and over again how the Scriptures develop God’s plan for glorifying himself in the world. He repeatedly reveals himself to his people, who repeatedly fail to listen, love and obey him. Simultaneously, God incrementally extends and expands his promises, and by the end of the day, the men were anticipating the hope of a coming redeemer. Adam failed. Noah and his offspring failed. Moses failed. Israel failed! Oh, for one who shall not fail!

Tomorrow we’ll see how the OT themes converge and unite in the death and resurrection of the man, Christ Jesus. What a joy! What worship! This kind of teaching is nothing short of worship to the Living Lord. Pray for these pastors, that they would see the flow of Scripture with their own eyes. Pray that they would grasp how the covenants and prophets inexorably lead us to a crucified and risen King. Pray that we can explain well the framework for these things and experience the joy of Christ. 

As the sun sank into the horizon, we were invited to play a little cricket (although I think the central motive was more likely entertaining the locals by our inability to hit a decent sixer). We walked back through a Dalit village on the edge of the town and were greeted with the beautiful smiles of twenty children. We sang a song and laughed a bit, and I was reminded of my own daughters singing similarly silly songs back home. The villagers asked for prayer as we passed through—a lingering infection, a man recovering from an accident—and we prayed to the God who raises the dead. You may have heard how Dalits some of the world’s most impoverished and marginalized people. There is no exaggeration.

At it’s core, theological education enables pastors to proclaim the entire sweep of Scripture to those in every Indian village.



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Nov  6th,  2017Feet on the Ground

Our team met in the Amsterdam airport on Friday and we flew together to Andhra Pradesh, India.  On Sunday we attended a village church together, where I had the honor to preach.  I spoke from John 14 where Jesus proclaimed “I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.”  The TLI team members also helped administer the Lord’s Supper.  Later on Sunday, the pastor asked us to participate in ministering to a couple that requested intercessory prayer.  Dan read from Ephesians 6 and encouraged her to be strong in the Lord and his mighty power, and to put on the full armor of God.  We prayed she would receive healing, serenity and peace from the Lord.  We prayed for her non-believing husband, asking the Lord to open his heart.  We prayed for him to believe in Jesus as his sole source of forgiveness, life and peace.

Our classes began today.  We are teaching a course in Biblical Theology to a group of sixteen pastors, tracing the grand story of redemption from Genesis through Revelation.  We are focusing on repeated patterns within the over-arching story of the Bible and consistent themes that occur throughout the Bible.  We are studying how the hope promised to the God’s people in the Old Testament is fulfilled in the New Testament though the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

India is a county of vast contrasts.  We drove through beautiful lush green countryside and heartbreaking poverty; the traffic is chaos while the food is wonderful. India is also a country in deep need theologically. There is great opportunity here for the gospel to advance and overcome this present darkness.

Please pray we effectively communicate the story-line of the Bible in a manner that the pastors return to their villages and train others in their churches.



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