|It has been a nice break to only have one class! Curriculum development has continued along with some of the longest books in the Bible. The students have completed 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, Mark, and are working through Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther this week. The students are working more independently and in groups as they build on the foundations established earlier in class.
The chance to study Mark in-depth was especially fun. The class went from books that covered 30-50 chapters, to focusing in on Jesus and the gospel message. Rather than testing out, the students had to prepare a 5-10 minute gospel presentation and share with the teachers. One of our teachers attests that clear gospel presentation in class is so important because many mixed messages are presented when the word ‘gospel’ comes up. Many of our students have been taught the gospel of ‘and’, ie Jesus AND good works, Jesus AND prosperity, Jesus AND the right church etc.It is such a delight to focus in on Jesus and Jesus alone for His atoning work.
This week has been a wonderful week of study so far with discussions ranging from God’s sovereignty/man’s free will to Biblical numerology, and alleged inconsistencies in Scripture. These conversations have not only been enlightening, but encouraging because many of the questions are coming from the student’s congregations as they teach. The second year of the school has proven to be both difficult and rewarding for the students. When polled on how many students have read the entire Bible, only a handful could raise their hands. The historical and prophetic books are ones that are new to many students. It’s been wonderful to see them piece together this history of the Old Testament and the promises of God being fulfilled even in judgement.
Many of our students and teachers have recently had the privilege of participating in the first pastor’s conference for the Gulu Calvary Association. Over 19 churches were represented for the conference focusing on Calvary Distinctives, servant leadership, and unity among the brethren.
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