Back from the meeting. These guys (Joseph and Noah) are SO excited about this MINTS program! They were spontaneously telling us about some of the results that have come.
One of the new guys is a Methodist minister (Joseph taught him the two courses that Don and I taught in February to catch him up – that in itself is exciting!) who, after taking these courses said “I have learned so much! I’m going to make sure that this material makes it into the training of the ministers and lay leaders in my area. There were areas of the Bible that I thought I knew, but I see now that there is so much more!” Impact!
And Joseph went on to say, “Everyone who has taken these courses is now preaching expository sermons!”
And Noah chimed in: “Not just a verse, but the whole passage.” Joseph’s church is going through Ephesians in Sunday School verse by verse in an expository fashion. He meets with his teachers on Saturday to train them for the next day. “It has changed us!” he said, “and we are growing in our understanding of the Bible.”
[I’m relating this from memory, so the words may not be exact, but the sentiment is. And it was seconded by the excitement in their voices and on their faces. Something is happening here.]
PRAISE GOD!!! They are getting it and putting it into practice! This is such an encouragement to my heart. I dearly love these guys and they are leading the next generation of the church here. I’m looking forward to teaching them Church History and seeing what affect that has on their actions and thinking.