Perspectives Highlights – Pt 1

It’s Wednesday night. Than is at class.  I am sitting at home, delaying a trip to the grocery store and contemplating whether or not I should do the “homework” for our Perspectives class.  We’re 6 weeks in to the 18 week course and love the opportunity we have to learn each week from some excellent speakers.  Before you think I’m a slacker student, let me just clarify that we signed up as “key reading” students.  That means we do as much as we can. The website told me no assignments were required so motivation of turning something in is definitely lacking.  But then again, there’s this responsible side of me that won’t be able to sleep at night with this hanging over my head…

Regardless of what I decide to do about the assignment, my notebook is bursting with all sorts of insights and wisdom from the lecturers that need to be passed on!  If you ever have the opportunity to take Perspectives I highly recommend it. I wish that I had been posting a little bit each week, but instead you’re going to get a LOT all at once. Brace yourself!  

The course is divided into 4 sections: Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic.  We just finished up the Biblical section and are moving into Historical.

Here are just a few highlights of things I haven’t been able to get off my mind…in a good way!  Some new content and many good reminders and new ways of considering truths I’ve been taught.

  • Every language and culture is like a unique window into reality and who God is. No single culture has the ability to fully glorify Him.
  • Each one of us is a unique expression/representation of God’s life and rule.
  • Mission is primarily not a duty or commandment – it’s a promise.  If it was a duty it would depend on me, but a promise depends on God.
  • The fact that we are deficient draws people to Jesus.
  • How is the gospel better news than how they are currently living?
  • Salvation is not the goal of the Bible. If personal redemption were the goal it would make the Bible about me, not God.
  • God is making us the kind of people fit to inhabit restored heaven and earth.
  • Only a community is sufficient to show who God is. Men and women together can give people a fuller picture of what God is like.
  • God used every aspect of Paul’s life to help him achieve his God given purpose.
  • There tends to be Gospel openness when people are displaced from their security.
  • Whatever God says, we’re going to do it. Quickly, cheerfully and obediently. If we move too quickly God can slow us down or stop us.
  • Ensure that you’re teaching Biblical principles, not western church principles.
  • When people are willing to die, there is multiplication.

Stay tuned for more when we complete the Historical portion of the class.  And now for that assignment… Actually I think I’ll go to the grocery store first…

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