A Sweet Savor

Course Offerings

Winter 2023

Registration for Winter 2023 classes is now open! Classes will run from January 9 – March 4, 2023. Please register by January 8, 2023 using this Google Form or by using the “Enroll Now” button in the site menu.

Prayer is both the simplest and the most difficult of Christian exercises. It is so simple that we teach our children to do it from an early age, and it is so difficult that most of us put it aside and rarely take time to pray ourselves. Even more, the prayer meeting is the most poorly attended of all the weekly church meetings even though it is almost universally recognized as the most essential. In his book Let Us Pray, Watchman Nee gives us seven lessons on prayer that will lift our view to give our own time of prayer value and purpose. We will be encouraged to pray in a way that moves God’s hand and enables His will to be done before our eyes. Nothing in the Christian life is more exciting than to pray and see God act.

Class Size
Limit of 30
Syllabus
Instructor
Dave Shields

God in His wisdom ordained the Greek language to be the original language of the New Testament. The value of learning Greek is that the student is able to know the original meaning of God’s Words regarding Jesus Christ, His messages and His work for both mankind and the church. All believers, no matter their background, are encouraged to dive into this language. Today there are so many Greek tools available to help every believer study and understand the original meaning of God’s words in the New Testament. Students will learn to read and write Greek and will be given the proper tools to understand and interpret the Greek New Testament. After taking this class students will never be able to shy away from the Bible with the excuse, “It’s all Greek to me.”

Goal: Cultivate a habit of reading & studying the Greek-English interlinear New Testament and the Greek-English interlinear Old Testament, known as the Septuagint (LXX)

Group home project: Students will learn to present group projects on different topics (such as God, Christ, Spirit, Salvation, Redemption, Kingdom) based on their study of the Greek language. We will divide all the students into a few groups and the experienced assistants will help the groups to do the projects. We will assign 1-2 groups to present their projects at the next class.

Syllabus
Instructor
Steven Chu

High school isn't meant to last forever, and neither are Christian youth groups. God’s word, however, is eternal, profound, and worth our attention and study. In this class, we will aim to help you touch some of the riches of the Bible. Using the book of Ruth, we will learn how to study the Bible in eight different ways. You will also have a chance to meet other high schoolers who are going the extra mile to seek God and to learn together how to share Christ with your generation. When you have tools to handle the Word confidently, practice sharing what’s inside you with others, and have companions to pursue the Lord together with, you can build your life after high school upon solid ground.

Note: This class is designed for high school grades 10-12.

Class Size
Limit of 30
Syllabus
Instructors
Samuel Kuo
Philip Tsao

This class will be a different format from many of the other classes. Class content will be the ministry portion of the Ten-Month Labor on lessons from the Life of Paul. Students will “sit in” by Zoom during a live message on Paul and will have discussions on Zoom before and after the messages.

Paul’s life is a pattern for us all to imitate. The first three classes will show how Paul focused on Christ, lived Christ, and became a fragrance of Christ. We need this kind of pure focus in our Christian lives. The next class will explore how Paul lived according to God’s eternal purpose, which is what directs the whole world and should therefore direct our Christian life. The second group of three classes will show Paul’s ministry, how he was set apart for the gospel, cared for the saints in the churches, and endeavored to present every man full grown in Christ. The last class will show how Paul served and lived in Spirit, who is the key to all New Testament experience. We hope that by the end of this class we will be more like Paul. 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 read as 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).

Desiring to serve is a normal response to loving the Lord with our whole heart. We will continue our study of our brother and Apostle Paul’s testimony of how he learned to serve. The text will be the second letter that Paul wrote to the Corinthians. In the winter term, we will read chapters four and five. We will also include excerpts from messages that brother Titus gave to a group of brothers and sisters who were learning to serve. The course structure will be 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

Ever since the apostle Paul wrote his epistle to the believers in Rome, it has served as a sounding board unto millions of Christians who desired to understand God’s full plan of salvation, a plan expressed in the phrase “the gospel of God.” For this reason, it has been said that if the New Testament is like a ring, then Romans is like the diamond atop the ring. It is a precious, grand, and immensely practical book. Join us in this class as we study a variety of passages in Romans that cover themes from condemnation all the way to the glorification of the sons of God, as well as the transformation work God is doing in us today for our living with one another in the church life.

Goal: We hope all students would (1) understand a basic framework of Romans, (2) appreciate Romans as a precious book of the Bible, and (3) feel the profit of further time spent in Romans once the class is over.

Class Size
Limit of 20
Syllabus
Instructor
Mark Miller

Late in the Old Testament period, God did an extraordinary work purifying the children of Israel from idolatry and restoring them to serve His purpose. This class will trace God’s work through the individuals God raised up over these 100 years. We will explore how Hilkiah recovered the Bible and how he and the young king Josiah rid the country of idolatrous worship; how Jeremiah preserved God's people by pushing them into Babylon; how Daniel prayed 3 times daily in response to Jeremiah’s prophecy that people of Israel would return to Judah in 70 years; how by God's hand, the government changed from Babylon to Medo-Persia and Cyrus made a decree for the return of the captives to rebuild the temple; how Zerubbabel bravely led a motley crew of Israelites back to rebuild the temple; how Haggai and Zechariah entered in to strengthen the work; how Esther stepped in to preserve the progress; how Ezra, 50 years later, continued the reformation of the nation, just as his great grandfather, Hilkiah did years prior, that is through the Word of God; how Nehemiah came along Ezra to rebuild the city. Join us as we journey through this rich history of God’s work and learn how we can follow Him today in the same ways.

Class Size
No limit
Instructors
Vern Yoder
James Reinarz

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