We have just completed the first of three sessions of block classes during our inter-term break. I taught a class called Character of a Christian Leader. We spent a great deal of time looking at passages such as 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, but we also discussed the process of sanctification as a whole, beginning to plan together as a class how we can help others grow in Christlikeness. The students are continuing to work on projects in the arena of character development through the end of July.
This week we have been reading, grading, planning, resting and catching up on the rest of life. On Monday we begin classes again. Please pray as I teach again on Colossians and Philemon. The book has become something of a theme for me for this first half of the year, and this class will cap that off well. Pray that the word of Christ dwells in us richly as we study it together (Col 3:16).
After the class on Colossians, Dr. Jeff Straub, from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, will be teaching a block course on Baptist History, the area of his expertise. I am looking forward to the refresher course on this important topic. There is always so much to learn when we compare the ideas and actions of our forebears with the unchanging Word of God.
Emmanuel Baptist Church is also preparing to begin a new series of classes on Sunday mornings before the main worship service. I will be co-teaching a class on suffering. Pray that we are able to equip the saints for endurance and encourage them that "our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory" (2 Cor 4:17).
We treasure the privilege of partnering with you in furthering Christ's mission in East Africa. Thank you for praying!
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