A Sweet Savor

Course Offerings

Fall 2022

Registration for Fall 2022 classes is now open! Classes will run from September 19 – November 19, 2022. Please register by September 18, 2022 using this Google Form or by using the “Enroll Now” button in the site menu.

Almost all Christians have read at least part of the book of Genesis. It is a book of beginnings, showing us how everything started. But very few have seen Genesis as presented by Titus Chu in this book. God's desire for man has never changed, so every person and event in this wonderful beginning story, from creation to Joseph, has something for us to learn. In our study we will see Genesis as a book of experience, matching what God is doing with us today.

Class Size
Limit of 30
Syllabus
Instructor
Dave Shields

This class will present a concise profile of nine Old Testament characters. We will explore each figure’s name, personality, background, living & work, relationship with God & Israel, relationship with Christ & church, position & influence in OT & NT

Before Class: Read assigned portions related to the figure in the Bible.

In Class: First 30 minutes: Instruction on the profile of the Bible figure. Second 30 minutes: Discussion based on the instruction.

After Class: Study selected readings and write a short essay (within 1000 words) based on class instruction & discussion & selected reading and submit the essay to the google classroom before next class. The essay will be graded and commented on.

Syllabus
Instructor
Steven Chu

Follow me. This command of Jesus resonates throughout the gospels and into the lives of Christians today. However, when asked about Jesus’s life and work on Earth, many are not able to talk about more than the endpoints: His virgin birth and His momentous death and resurrection. The rest that lies in-between—His gospel, teachings, disciple-making, and miracles—are left as a jumble of stories in even an experienced Christian's mind.

This class will present what Jesus did, what He taught, and who He was on the earth. We will cover step by step the path of Jesus and highlight both the arc of His ministry and the significant milestones within. Every deed and word in His life is filled with profound lessons, for both new seekers or experienced believers. By the end of this class, we hope every student will be able to answer that crucial question, “How can I follow Jesus?”

This class will include 30 minutes of homework weekly.

Class Size
Limit of 30
Syllabus
Instructors
Samuel Kuo
Philip Tsao

This class will be a different format from many other classes. Class content will be the ministry portion of the Ten-Month Labor on lessons from the Life of Peter. Students will “sit in” by Zoom during a live message on Peter. Peter’s life, especially in the way it is portrayed in the gospels, shows a profound picture of what it is to be a servant of God. He is an example of a person who is called by God, who learns to walk with Jesus as Jesus heals, delivers, and teaches, and who ministers to others what Jesus gives. His realizations show how to lay hold of further revelation of Christ and how to be a living stone. His mistakes show how to fail as a servant. His commission shows how important it is for all of us to feed God's lambs. There will be no written homework for this class. Instead, each week, we will post discussion questions that can be used in weekly small group fellowship gatherings where the material can be reviewed in a group for further understanding.

Syllabus
Instructors
Rex Beck
Benjamin Sheu

The book of Second Corinthians can be considered to be the apostle Paul's autobiography. In this letter he reveals both his attitude and the secrets he learned in serving the Lord. The key to his serving life is that he became a "savor" (or aroma) that attracted and affected others. He said, "For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing." ((2 Corinthians 2:15).

In this class we will use the book of Second Corinthians and other related verses to enlighten and expand our view of serving in our church. The course will be composed of the teachers sharing as well as discussion groups to consider both Paul's teaching and experience.

Class Size
No limit
Syllabus
Instructors
Jeff Brown
Kurt Sheu

This 2022 fall semester class will cover a brief survey of the life and work of Count Nicolas Ludwig Zinzendorf. Count Zinzendorf is credited among many to have had a tremendous influence on modern Christianity; having written over 200 Christian Hymns (e.g. Jesus Thy Blood and Righteousness) and being one of the main founders of the renewed Moravian Brethren Christian Church whose hallmark characteristics and achievements include placing an emphasis on the believers’ subjective experience of the Spirit and the Lord’s direct leading in matters of religious work and living. Together Zinzendorf and the Moravian Brethren furthered unity among believers (aka, brethren), held a “prayer meeting” that continued for over 100 years, and supported a practical outreach in the gospel that was blessed by the Lord resulting in hundreds of missionaries being sent out to bring the good news of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ to previously untouched corners of the world. During this class, we will walk through the personal faith journey of the Count as well as consider the spiritual fruit and influences of Zinzendorf and the Moravian Church. They are often regarded as having a great and positive influence during the 18th century. These effects can surely be seen today, especially in regard to the modern missionary approach utilized among many Christian groups.

Class Size
No limit
Syllabus
Instructor
Mike Samulak

The book of Philippians, written by the apostle Paul to the church in Philippi, is one of the most unique epistles in the New Testament. Written not in response to questions or problems, Philippians stands on the ground of fellowship and opens up pictures of a humble and submissive Christ, of a sweet relationship between the apostle and the church, and of a joyful serving life. Each week, this class will focus on one passage or one particular topic in Philippians. Though directed and led by the pair of teachers, the format of the class will be much like a “round table Bible study.” Students can expect to read Philippians once a week for homework. Students can also expect to be asked during the class to paraphrase verses, to put thoughts together, and to consider applications to our Christian and church lives today. By the end of these nine weeks, we hope we all will be lifted up and inspired by the overall picture in Philippians, and we would all declare, “I want that life to be mine!”

Class Size
Limit of 20
Syllabus
Instructors
Mark Miller
James Reinarz

It takes practice and diligence to cultivate and establish our relationship with Christ. It is important for a new believer in Christ to start off right—to establish habits that nurture the seed that was sown into our heart when we were born again. It is equally important for veteran believers to consistently replace stale practices with habits that freshen their relationship with Christ. This class will lead us through 9 of the essential Christian practices that connect us to a fresh and living experience of Christ.

Class Size
Limit of 30
Syllabus
Instructors
Vern Yoder
Samuel Huoh

The epistles of Paul to Timothy and Titus, commonly referred to as pastoral epistles, were written by an older apostle to two younger and relatively newer believers who were his spiritual children and whom he had raised up in the Christian faith. His epistle to Philemon, who was probably also Paul's spiritual son, but an older brother and elder of a church, is sometimes referred to as a “prison letter” (written in a Roman prison). These epistles reveal heartfelt outpourings, revelation of the truth, how to discern healthy teaching, how to have a proper and godly living before the Lord, proper companionship, growth in ministry and love and care for fellow believers without discrimination, instructions and admonitions for any believer, young or old, who desires to love, follow, grow and serve the Lord Jesus Christ and become pillars in the church life. This course is geared for newer believers, though all are undoubtedly welcome. It is a one year (three semester) pastoral journey, covering 1 Timothy (Fall Semester 2022), 2 Timothy (Winter Semester 2023) and Titus and Philemon (Spring Semester 2023). By the end of the Fall Semester 2022, our expectation is that every student would desire to be a Timothy, seeking to live a pure and prayerful life before the Lord, not afraid to exercise the gift the Lord has given to each one, hungry to know and enjoy the word of God, and eager to share the word with others for their salvation. More than that, the example of Paul and Timothy can inspire us not merely to focus on our own spiritual growth, but to help and raise up others in the Christian faith to become pillars who in turn can raise up or lead a church.

Class Size
No limit
Syllabus
Instructor
Antipas Desai

Les épîtres de Paul à Timothée et à Tite, communément appelées «épîtres pastorales,» ont été écrites par un apôtre plus âgé à deux croyants plus jeunes et relativement nouveaux qui étaient ses enfants spirituels et qu’il avait élevés dans la foi chrétienne. Son épître à Philémon, qui était probablement aussi le fils spirituel de Paul et un frère plus âgé et un ancien d'une église, est parfois appelée une «lettre de prison» (écrite dans une prison romaine). Ces épîtres révèlent des effusions sincères, la révélation de la vérité, comment discerner un enseignement sain, comment avoir une vie correcte et pieuse devant le Seigneur, une bonne compagnie, une croissance dans le ministère et l'amour et le soin des autres croyants sans discrimination, des instructions et des avertissements pour tout croyant, jeune ou vieux, qui désire aimer, suivre, grandir et servir le Seigneur Jésus-Christ, et devenir des colonnes dans la vie de l'église. Ce cours est destiné aux nouveaux croyants, bien que tous soient sans aucun doute les bienvenus. Il s'agit d'un voyage pastoral d'un an (trois semestres), couvrant 1 Timothée (semestre d'automne 2022), 2 Timothée (semestre d'hiver 2023) et Tite et Philémon (semestre de printemps 2023). À la fin du semestre d'automne 2022, nous nous attendons à ce que chaque étudiant désire être un Timothée, cherchant à vivre une vie pure et priante devant le Seigneur, n'ayant pas peur d'exercer le don que le Seigneur a donné à chacun, affamé de connaître et d’apprécier la parole de Dieu, et de partager la parole avec les autres pour leur salut. Plus que cela, l’exemple de Paul et de Timothée peut nous inspirer non seulement à nous concentrer sur notre propre croissance spirituelle, mais à aider et à élever les autres dans la foi chrétienne pour qu'ils deviennent des colonnes qui, à leur tour, peuvent élever ou diriger une église.

Class Size
pas de limite de classe
Syllabus
Professeur
Antipas Desai