This week is bringing to a close my first year of graduate school and also the 15 week course of Perspectives that I took at my church. I have learned so much from all of these classes and hope that I can apply what I’ve learned as I continue to grow.
By the end of the semester, I wasn’t as faithful in reading for Perspectives (or my classes) as I should have been. I was ready to be done. But I am so thankful I got the chance to take the class and learn from the different authors we read and speakers each week. Here are some key things I will take away from Perspectives:
1. God has a plan from beginning to end. The Bible isn’t just a collection of a bunch of different stories but one big, amazing story of God’s heart for the peoples of the world.
2. We can learn from the missionaries that have gone before us. Their stories can inspire us, show us what not to do and encourage us to keep going during times of trial.
3. We should focus on building bridges with those from other cultures rather than putting up walls. Instead of going in with an agenda we need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and raise up leaders from among the people group.
I’m sure there are more things that stood out to me during the 15 weeks, and I hope to sit down and process more of what I learned this summer.
I also had my last night of Missiology class and the semester is coming to a close. I’m ready for summer but it’s been a great semester.