REDEEMER MINISTRY SCHOOL FALL CLASSES 2014

 REDEEMER MINISTRY SCHOOL FALL CLASSES 2014

Classes begin September 14, 2014 (date TBA)

PRAYER

Instructor: John Piippo

Meets: Sunday nights, 6-8 PM.
First Class – September 14
Last Class – November 30

This course will teach students a biblical theology of prayer. John’s book Praying: An Experiment In the Continuous tense will be used in class (first draft manuscript). Students will purchase a Xeroxed copy for themselves – $10.

Practical application will include committing to praying for 30-60 minutes a day, five days a week.

Note: This class mostly includes new, developed material not taught in John’s Spiritual Formation class.

DISCOVERING THE REAL JESUS

Instructor: Jim Collins

Meets: Thursdays, 7-9 PM
First Class – September 16
Last Class – December 2

We live in a culture that often misrepresents the real, historical Jesus. The purpose of this course is to raise the level of the students’ Jesus-literacy and experience of Christ.

In this course students will:

Study about Jesus from the biblical texts, as understood within the historical context in which they were written.

Study some of the current Real Jesus literature as an aid to understanding the biblical accounts of Jesus.

Learn how to distinguish, when it comes to Jesus, the real from the fictional.

Encounter and experience Christ as an ongoing, living reality.

This will be accomplished through classroom teachings, class discussion, and homework assignments.

 

INTIMACY & IDENTITY in WORSHIP

Instructor: Holly Benner

Meets: Tuesdays, 9:30 AM – 1 PM
First Class – September 16
Last Class – December 2

 

True worship and adoration comes from intimacy with God.  It is founded on the understanding of God’s great love for you, which in turn leads you to greatly love Him (1 John 3:18). Worship isn’t birthed through religious activity. It’s birthed out of a vulnerable, intimate relationship with God. Intimacy & Identity in Worship will focus on building a greater understanding of who you are in Christ and building your personal relationship with Him.

 

For more information email John Piippo – johnpiippo@msn.com

Or: call our office – 734-242-5277

 

734-242-5277

 

Redeemer Ministry School

5305 Evergreen

Monroe, MI

 

48161

PRAYER IS THE GLUE THAT ENABLES OUR FREEDOM

JAMES FOLEY

I hear of so much violence through the media that my heart easily becomes desensitized to it. But not this week. I can barely hear of what happened to James Foley. My heart aches and longs as I see his parents and brother, especially how they are expressing their grief and the ways they are talking about their loss.

Their love and grace and lack of vindictiveness makes the whole thing harder for me. Had they responded with the common world-default “eye for an eye” philosophy I would be hating instead of grieving. Pure, unpolluted grief does not hate, but loves.

The Foleys talked with Pope Francis. “”Pope Francis, like Jesus, loves, like Jim. He understood Jim’s heart,” Diane Foley said of her son, who “was able to draw strength from prayer” during his capture. She said love and compassion had drawn her son to cover the plight of the people in Syria, which has been embroiled in a violent conflict for the past several years… “We must stand together,” Diane Foley said. “Good and love and all that is free in the world must be together to fight the evil and the hatred.””

We are going to fight evil with “good” and “love.” That is correct. There is no other way. “Love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you.” (Jesus.)
Jim Foley was a Jesus-follower who prayed. “Foley was a devout Christian who, unlike most journalists I’ve known during my almost four decades in the field, was unapologetic about his heart for social justice and the inspiration he found for his beliefs in the New Testament.” (“James Foley: Beheading victim had deep faith“)
When he was held captive in Libya in 2011 Jim later said that “prayer was the glue that enabled my freedom, an inner freedom first and later the miracle of being released during a war in which the regime had no real incentive to free us.” (“Journalist James Foley Turned to Prayer for Strength“)
Jim and fellow prisoner Claire “prayed together out loud. It felt energizing to speak our weaknesses and hopes together, as if in a conversation with God, rather than silently and alone.” (From here.)
Jim said “I’d pray to stay strong. I’d pray to soften the hearts of our captors. I’d pray to God to lift the burdens we couldn’t handle. And I’d pray that our Moms would know we were OK.”
At his life’s end on earth James Foley was dressed in orange and a hooded killer beheaded him. One writer concludes: “This time, God did not answer James Foley’s prayers. This time, James Foley was not delivered from evil.” (Here.)
But God did, and Jim was. The root of evil lies in the human heart. Jim was delivered from what Thomas Merton referred to as inner “seeds of destruction” and Paul Tournier called “the violence within.” As Jesus was free even as he was brutalized, Jim did not succumb and drink from the badspring of evil. Jesus “loved them to the end.” This is the message that comes through Jim’s life and family and simultaneously crushes me and gives me hope.
Elisabeth Scalia writes: “Prayer is a subversive means of freedom, at once consoling, engaging and efficacious throughout time and space. It has power, and that power holds, when everything else falls apart.”
Prayer is the glue that enables my freedom and holds me together when everything else falls apart.