“Dad we need you to teach the book of Romans in two weeks’ time.” That was what David and Chris Brown’s son Stephen said upon their arrival in Colombia three years ago. The following term it was Eschatology (Daniel, 1 & 2 Thessalonians and Revelation). David loves teaching these subjects and thanks the Lord for the opportunity to do so. However, he began to think: “I’m not going to be here forever, I need to prepare others to teach these subjects.” So a year ago he asked for someone to team teach with him. This past term David taught with another person.
The class was quite small with only seven students, but they were attentive and felt free to ask questions about things they did not understand or about other explanations of the prophetic Biblical text they had heard. This was a good opportunities to show them in a practical way that the Bible is its best interpreter, and that all the symbols used can be explained by the context or by supporting texts and examples in other parts of the Bible. Too often prophecy is treated as an interpreter’s free for all. It is essential for all of us to learn that we are not free to invent interpretations.
Now David is team teaching Romans, which is his favourite book in the New Testament. It lays out so clearly salvation through the Lord Jesus, and the walk in victory with the indwelling Holy Spirit. David feels very strongly his responsibility before God to teach His Word and communicate its truths in a way that will change lives for His glory. Please pray that as a team they may do so in a practical and clear manner. Pray too for the students “that the eyes of their heart may be enlightened in order that they may know the hope to which He has called them, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:18-19a).
The new term started on Monday the 30th of July. The Romans class is going very well. The sixteen students are responding to questions as well as asking questions themselves about things they do not understand.
There are thirty more students in other parts of the four-year course of studies from Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and the USA. Please pray for the students as well as the teachers.