Missions Blog

Feb 4

February 2015 Achi Pastors Conference Day – 2

2015 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Global,Prayer,Rabinal Achi

On Day 2  of the Achi Pastors Conference, Youth Minister Nathan updated us with the following:

Today was another great day in thinking about the sufficiency of God’s Word in preaching. Before we jump straight to application from our text, hard work is first required. I taught on the importance of exegesis (drawing out the meaning and structure of a given text). Clint then taught on moving from exegesis to theological reflection and why the Cross of Christ is necessary for our sermons; i.e., what makes our sermons different than a Jewish or Muslim sermon of the same text?

After two lively small group times and gathered Q&A sessions, Clint modeled how he would exegete and theologically reflect through Mark 8. After emphasizing that the emphasis of the text should be the emphasis of our sermon, one pastor approached us before dinner very humbled and thankful for the teaching. He said, “I have been pastoring for 8 years, but based on these principles of expositional preaching you are sharing with us, I don’t think I have ever truly preached God’s Word.” We encouraged him not to repent of past sermons, and that he was trying to be faithful to God and his people in the way that he was trained.

But at the same time, praise God for convincing you that His Word is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. We can see light bulbs going off all day among these 50 pastors, and praise God for His work. And thank you for your diligent prayer. The eager reception from these men is undoubtedly in response to the prayers of his people.

Please continue to pray as I will teach tomorrow morning on Application. And please continue to pray for these pastors and the many churches they represent.