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Reading Your Bible,Constructively

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Reading your Bible as a Christian gives you more insight into the mystery of the universe than Moses or King David or Solomon ever had. Reading gives you unimaginable understanding.

We don’t understand “the mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:3) through mystic incantations, or mental meditations, or even through bare prayer. Rather, Paul says that it is by reading what he wrote that we can understand what was not made known in its full significance “to the sons of men in other generations” (Ephesians 3:5).

From this, we ought to infer that God wants us to pay attention to the words of Scripture and know how they are being used. So when we come to our Bibles, let’s put off the twin errors of laziness and hopelessness. We cannot afford to lazily drift in the words of God — we must put forth effort to understand what God intended for us to understand through the biblical authors. But even when it’s hard to understand, read with hope, knowing that God through reading his word, God desires us to understand the greatest truths of the universe — and he will help us do it.

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Preparing a sermon

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How to prepare a seminar and a lesson

Preparation of a seminar:

A seminar is a gathering of people for learning or reflecting on a specific item to meet or address the specific need of the community or of a church.

Objectives of the lesson:

The objective of this lesson is to help the participants in how to prepare a seminar or conference that will bring and maintain a change and transformation in the life and ministry of the participants so that they may reach the expected results in their homes, churches and community.

Introduction:

–         People do organize seminar for the sake of report or routine

–         One of problems in our life and in our ministry is how to maintain the results of any successful training or teaching we offer. One of the reasons is the fact that people do not take time to prepare the seminar or the lesson.

–         There is need for spiritual transformation and change and help the church and especially believers and church leaders how to prepare a seminar and  a lesson for effective and permanent change.

–         One of the weaknesses we find in the ministry today is the fact that churches do not take time to learn how to do things the way they should be done in their Christian life.

Preparation of a seminar

  1. The objective of a seminar. 1Corinthians 9:4-27

 

A seminar should have a clear, specific and measurable and concise objective. That is to say that at the end of the seminar the participants should have reached somewhere.

  1. What is the need/problem that is there?
  2. What are the consequences?
  3. What is the greatest consequence that directly affects the lives of people, of the church, of the community or of the nation?

 

  1. Teaching a lesson is communicating knowledge on how to do things.
  2. Causing to accept, to persuade
  3. Handing down or pass on a body of knowledge or a set of traditions or doctrines,

not head knowledge but a new reality that interprets the way things are, affecting our cultures, our values, our motives, our attitudes and our actions.

  1. It implies discipline, practice, and memorization of scripture (Ephesians 4:11-13).

 

A lesson of a training conference or seminar should meet the objectives of the seminar and addressing the real need in order to bring a solution to the problem that has been found. Therefore they should be well fixed in prayer and wisdom, order to meet the need that is there. They should be clearly formulated, understandable, without confusing wording or phrases or terms. Make sure the lessons will address the problem that has been detected and that needs to be solved.

These lessons should be taught by people who will be able to address properly the issue and who are convinced that the problem needs to be addressed and solved. Do not give it to anybody. The subject of the lessons should be given to the facilitator earlier enough to enable the facilitator to have time to be prepared in prayer and interacting with the books about the topic.

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Tsoar kenya

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Kindly Read and feel free to share your views….

Discipline is an intentional relationship in which we walk alongside another disciple in order to encourage, equip and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. (Creg Ogden, 17)

What was Jesus model; select a few and pour out your life in
them. Jesus never concentrated on building an entourage, with his power and
position that would be easy for many would come to him for food, healing,
comfort, and all the things that would alleviate the suffering of man for
nearly all of us are running away from such.

When people were impressed with his great signs and believed
in him, he could not entrust himself to men that John would say, “He did not
need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.” With the ever
changing hearts of men, nothing remains the same. Disciples can never be
produced enmass on sifting superficial impressions and emotional capital that
is only for a short season. He concentrated on those who would apply his
authority like he would and not abuse it for selfish gain.

Paul draws us to the main point of his reaching out to
others, “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so
that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling
with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me (Col 1:28-29)”. His desire
was that Christ be formed in those who believe (Galatians 4:19), with eyes set
on the multitudes he wanted to do it a soul at a time. We have to be able to
attribute the change in the people we disciple from their growth in the image
of Christ in them. But even though each is called to the work in their own
unique way and no two disciples are ever the same yet they all have a part in
the wider body of Christ.

Every human seems to have their own tailored conception of
who God is, often, this is a projection of the God we wish existed; as someone
has put it “creating a God in our own image.” For some He is white, for some He
is colored, for some He is black, for some He is vengeful, for some he can
hardly harm a fly, for some He is mean, for some very generous etc. what if we
just took God just as He is as he reveals himself to us through creation,
history, scripture, circumstances and most fully in Christ Jesus.

This is where humanity has the biggest problem in trying to
suppress this knowledge so that we remain with the true image of God. Scripture
has lots of attributes of God but in Christ dwells his fullness experientially.

I think one of the scariest things is to have an encounter
with God, not really because of his truth, love, power, and many other
attributes but because of his Holiness. Isaiah gives us a clue of what it is
about in Isaiah chapter 6. It is this attribute that though we want to be near
him, creates an infinite gap in us that repels us from him and when our hearts
grow enough courage to want to get close to him, like Moses, he has to hide us
in the Cleft of the rock lest we are consumed by his purity. Why so? Because
holiness of God consists of two main ideas;