"Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." John 21:25
Our class this summer has been focused on the Gospel of John and moving from the text of Scripture to expository preaching. It is a tremendous blessing to spend such dedicated time pouring over the text of God's Word together with believers from many different backgrounds. We are growing in our ability to understand the Word and to communicate it effectively. We have been emphasizing in our curriculum to read Scripture with God at the center and to follow the flow of thought within the passage before us. We then try to build our sermon around the structure of the Scripture itself.
We have four separate groups meeting around the city each afternoon and evening. A significant part of our mission has been encouragement to local Christian leaders and workers. Our Romanian teachers have been used by the Lord to strengthen the faith of the Romanian pastor and key church leaders. We have been impressed with their commitment to Scripture and heart for evangelism.
Our Pakistani group is eager to learn more of God's Word. Some members of this group are new arrivals to the city. Their stories are filled with tremendous suffering and the high cost of following the Lord Jesus.
Our Iranian group has a sweet spirit and determination. They too face many obstacles in building a new life in Greece. Most hope to move from here into more stable parts of Europe. We must minister to them as long as the opportunity exists.
Our African group has representatives from several nations. They too are attentive and insightful as we pursue the text in class. Last night, we ended with a period of open questions that helped us see many of the pastoral issues that they face.
Please continue to pray for God's blessing and protection of our team. Pray that the Lord will use us to help present the churches as the pure and spotless bride of Christ. Pray for the gospel workers here serving long term. Pray for the Greek churches and an outpouring of God's Spirit in this beautiful, ancient, complex, and strategic country.