Consider the Lilies..: Back to school.   

Feb 14, 2015

Back to school.

I started school again. Since we left our church and I'm not working there 4 days a week, I can study full time..  So I have started working on my master's degree :)  
I enrolled in a different school this time where I can 'sit in' on lectures and things through satellite and go through an actual class schedule..  It's supposed to take 4 years, but the counselor said since I'm learning from home I could do all of the book work at my own pace, and finish faster if I chose..  
Well duh!  Of course I do!  I love it so much that I have to force myself to take a break on the weekends :)
The first subject is totally blowing my mind..  So much I didn't know!  The subject is discernment which covers a multitude of subjects within it; heresy, Christology, orthodoxy, methodology, etc..  Truthfully, all I really knew about discernment was what I learned at church..  Come to find out it's NOTHING like what I was taught..  And there are 64 different lessons on just that subject!  
Ok, I might work on the weekends too..  
You know?  I thought that I had learned a good bit of knowledge when I earned my bachelors, but after looking at the syllabus and seeing how much I will be learning?  Wow!  

My syllabus:

  1. Discernment
  2. Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics
  3. Old Testament History I
  4. Old Testament History II and Poetry
  5. Old Testament Prophets
  6. The Gospels
  7. Acts and Pauline Epistles
  8. Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation
  9. New Testament Introduction
  10. The Church to the Modern Era
  11. The Church in the Modern Era: Europe and America
  12. Trinitarianism
  13. Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology
  14. Soteriology
  15. Sanctification and Ecclesiology
  16. Eschatology
  17. Elements of Greek
  18. Elements of Greek 2
  19. Intermediate Greek
  20. Introduction to New Testament Exegesis
  21. Exegesis of Romans
  22. Elements of Hebrew I
  23. Elements of Hebrew I
  24. Hebrew Exegesis I
  25. Hebrew Exegesis II and Old Testament Introduction
  26. Pastoral Counseling
  27. Educational Process of the Church
  28. Spiritual Life
  29. Evangelism
  30. Expository Preaching I
  31. Expository Preaching II
  32. Orientation and Research Methods
  33. Introduction to World Missions
  34. Spiritual Formation
I think I may drop the advanced Greek and Hebrew classes; keep the introductions and replace the advanced with a couple of electives like communications and teaching techniques..  I need to learn Portuguese fluently and learning Greek and Hebrew on top of that is going to be too much for me.. The pastoral counseling also..  I have no desire whatsoever to be a pastor or a counselor..

But check this out!  I've been researching Christianity in Angola, especially Luanda where we will be living:



Angola Population: 12.8 million 
People-groups: 39 
Main Religion: Roman Catholic 
Languages: Portuguese  
Non-Christians: 62% 
Christians: 38% 

Continual war since 1962 has been devastating. Anti-personnel landmines outnumber the population, and by 1999 there were 100,000 amputees. A large proportion of the rural population has fled to urban areas due to widespread famine. The psychological, social and spiritual wounds are even more harmful and long-lasting. Luanda and other major cities have become the home of refugee populations living in squalid despair. Many orphaned or abandoned children struggle to survive; many victims of the war aggressively beg on the streets. Pray for churches and agencies seeking to alleviate their suffering. Christians have suffered ostracism, abuse, discrimination and outright persecution for many decades. The harsh realities of war and the ideological collapse of Communism in the 1990s resulted in an easing of nearly all discrimination against Christians. Services are packed, and despite their desperation and destitution hundreds of thousands have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ. The dearth of trained, godly leadership is the most critical problem limiting church growth and maturity. 

I'm getting excited!!

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