By David Crabb
We finished our time of teaching tonight and the goodbyes were bittersweet. We focused our time tonight on expository preaching, showing from the Bible that it was not an American or denominational phenomenon, but the Scriptural expectation of preaching. We had a wonderful time of worship and testimony as well. The testimonies were immensely encouraging. The students each shared what they had learned from the class. Here were a few highlights:
-A Ghanian student said that he never knew you could learn so much from one passage. He testified to the fact that he had spent most of his life reading and teaching the Bible at a very surface level. He joyfully acknowledged that his eyes were opened this week.
-A Nigerian student was particularly helped by our lengthy discussion of tithing/giving in the Scripture.
-A Philippino student was encouraged to dig deeper into God's Word as an act of worship to God.
-Another Nigerian pastor was encouraged by the need for prayer and dependence on the Spirit as we study the Scripture.
-A brother from Eritrea said he found the concept of the hermeneutical spiral particularly helpful.
-A few said they had already begun to teach the material to others.
-All testified to their gratitude for this course and for the education they are receiving through TLI's modular classes. Most of them have almost no theological education whatsoever and it is almost impossible to come by here.
It was particularly encouraging to begin to see the cumulative effect of the teaching on the lives of these brothers and sisters. This is third class (they've taken Attributes of God and Biblical Theology) and the instruction is bearing fruit. For instance, when I asked them to briefly share what they thought the basic storyline of the Bible was, one brother gave about a minute long answer that was about as good as any I've ever heard! Their questions were thoughtful and reflected an increasingly mature understanding of God and the Scriptures. What an immense privilege to be a part of the ongoing growth of these dear people!
It's been a joy to teach these brothers! They're eager to receive and humbly receptive to the Word. There is still so much need however. So many dots to connect, so much false teaching seeking to influence these churches. Pray for these brothers and their churches that they might aim to exalt Christ and faithfully preach the Word.