Monday, April 04, 2011

2011's First Semester Classes

Classes have been going well this semester. We are actually half-way through the semester!

Julian teaches Apologetics on Thursday nights and has 20 faithful students in his class. He is challenging them to really think about how to respond to people who attack the veracity of the Christian faith. They find it hard, but rewarding.

On Saturday mornings I co-teach a class for women. Our focus has been our ministry as women in the church, especially directed to wives of elders and leaders. The two women on the far right are Consuelo and Amanda, also co-teachers. The other two teachers are not pictured. We split the semester into 5 modules, each one of us teaching 3 or 4 classes in a row. My  module is over, so now I get to sit and learn along with the 16 students enrolled in the class.

Bill teaches New Testament Survey on Thursday nights to a class of 28 students. They have just finished the book of Romans... hard to teach that in one 2-hour class! As an overview class Bill has to keep things moving and focus on the bigger overall themes of each book. The Institute offers in-depth book studies as well that many of these students will eventually take after they finish their survey courses.

Gilberto teaches Hermeneutics on Saturday mornings with about 20 students in that class. This is notoriously the hardest class we offer and the teacher often has to "un-teach" many of the bad habits students have picked up about how to read and interpret the Bible. For many this class is life-changing!

 On Tuesday nights Bill teaches an Introduction to Biblical Languages class for leaders and Bible teachers. There are 9 students in the class, here they are below taking a quiz. The purpose of the class is to understand better how we got the Bible and an overview of the Greek and Hebrew languages. Eventually, if there is enough need and interest, courses in Greek and Hebrew will be offered.

The other two Institute classes are held at a different location, way in the south of the city... so no pictures of them! There Sergio is teaching Old Testament Survey and Jose Luis is teaching the book of Galatians.

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