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Archive for February 25, 2016

Feb 25

Achi Pastors Training 2016 Summary

2016 | by Clint | Category: Global,Rabinal Achi,Training

65 Pastors and leaders gathered for two days of Expositional Preaching training.


“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2)

Paul’s command to Timothy to entrust the gospel to faithful men was meant both to guard the truth and to create a movement of solid Bible teachers in his region. Similarly, DSC has been working with a group of leaders in Guatemala for the past 9 years to help train pastors who will preach the gospel and build up the church.

By the grace of God, we have just completed another pastors training conference with our partners in Guatemala. Our topic this week was expositional preaching. We began the conference by emphasizing the importance of teaching based solely on the Bible. This is very important because many of the pastors here are confused about the source of preaching: is it the preacher’s own thoughts or the Bible?

In our attempt to train faithful men to pass on the gospel we also taught them a method for expositional preaching. This method is the same one used by the Charles Simeon Preaching Trust hosted by DSC each fall. Throughout the week we showed the pastors how to use this method by working through three passages from the book of 2 Timothy. Our hope is that by encouraging the pastors to use this method for expositing the Bible we will help set all the churches in this area on the path to faithfully passing on the gospel. Please pray with us that God will accomplish this for his glory.

We are especially thankful to Steven Morales and Oscar Morales, two pastors from Iglesia Reforma in Guatemala City who joined us for this training. They acted as both translators and teachers during this conference. Their church is associated with Coalición por el Evangelio, the Spanish arm of The Gospel Coalition. This is the second time that we have partnered with Iglesia Reforma and it’s difficult to overstate how beneficial they are to this work. These guys are actively practicing expositional preaching, which is rare in a country that has been overrun by the prosperity gospel. Please pray for them as they work to spread sound doctrine all over Guatemala through theological training and church planting.

Thank you, Desert Springs Church, for helping to spread God’s glory broader and deeper in Guatemala!