A Sweet Savor

Course Offerings

SPRING 2022

Registration for Spring 2022 classes is now open! Classes will run from March 26 – May 26, 2022. Please register by March 27, 2022 using this Google Form or by using the “Enroll Now” button in the site menu.

As you browse this semester’s catalog you will notice a icon next to some of the courses. These indicate the class is a part of the “Core Pathway”. The core pathway is a series of three classes that we feel will edify a Christian with many needed riches. This pathway is valuable for a brand-new believer who has never read the Bible as well as an experienced Christian. If you are unsure of which class to take, we recommend taking one belonging to this pathway.

Do you find classic spiritual books too hard to read because of their older style, long sentences, and odd wording? Don’t give up! There are treasures here too rich to pass by! Join us as we explore this fresh rewrite of T. Austin-Sparks’ book, The Stewardship of the Mystery. Rex Beck’s book, More of Christ, puts Sparks’ work into modern language, highlighting his emphases on the vision of God’s persistent purpose, the greatness of Christ, the power of eternal life, the vitality of God’s Word, the application of the Holy Spirit, the purpose of redemption, the inclusiveness of the church, and the experience of the cross.

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Limit of 30
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Instructor
Dave Shields

There are a few topics of Bible study that allow you to stand as if upon a mountain top, gazing upon the breadth of Scripture from beginning to end, seeing the purposes of God as a continuous flow from eternity to eternity. “God’s Building” is one of these topics.

Used as a verb, “building” indicates God’s incessant action and purposeful drive. Used as a noun, it indicates the objects God is producing through His actions, building projects that work together to produce what God’s finally desires. By interacting with these building projects, God’s people could personally interact with God’s purpose in their day, and they could know God and touch His heart as few others could.

In this class, we will look at God’s major building projects through the Bible, considering both their purpose and the process of construction. Our hope is that through this topic, students would not only develop the “comprehensive view of Scripture” mentioned above but would also be full of insight and feeling concerning our interaction with God’s building in our present day.

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Limit of 30
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Instructor
Mark Miller

What are the most important foundational truths that will help you grow healthily with the Lord? It is amazing that people can be in church for years and not have these foundations. They like “church” but are missing some very important pillars of truth. You may ask, “Should I find them in Job or Revelation or Ephesians?” If you are not sure, this class is definitely for you. Just like all books are not the same, all truths are not the same. Some are main and plane. Others are less important, but still true. This class will cover nine main and plain truths that are crucial for every believer to know. This class is not a “new believer’s series.” If it were, the topics would be different. It is not a class for raising up “spiritual marines.” If it were, the topics would be very different again. Instead, this class is intended to give the normal believer a foundation in crucial truths that can help them grow in a healthy way with Christ and in the church life.

The class will be lecture format with “pre-work” for each class. Pre-work will include simple questions that help you (or your group doing the pre-work together) understand the topic more deeply and on an experiential level. There will be time each class for testimonies from the students.

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Instructor
Rex Beck

An awareness of Christian history is one of the most neglected but necessary ingredients in the spiritual diet of Christians today. … We are too easily captive to the contemporary and become unthinking assenters to our culture’s seduction by the now, the latest, the present moment.

Understanding of Christian history will help us in many ways. We will uncover precedents in the past of how God has worked. We will gain perspective that will help us see our current situation in a new light. We will develop a sense of continuity and see how the unfolding of God’s purposes transcends any single generation, century, denomination, geography, or ideology.”

-Kenneth Curtis, Christian History & Biography, issue #1; 1982)

In the spring term we will look at God’s work in the 20th century. During the first part of the term we will see how the Spirit spoke through A. B. Simpson, Andrew Murray, and T. Austin-Sparks to reveal how to have deeper experiences of Christ as life (Colossians 3:1; Galatians 2:20). We also will also see how the Spirit moved to reveal truths in the Bible through Robert Govett, G. H. Pember, and others. From these two streams (life and truth) came the Keswick movement, Welsh revival, and Azusa Street Revival.

Then we will move on to see the life and work of Watchman Nee and those who influenced him (Jessie Penn-Lewis, Mary E. McDouough, Dora Yu, & M. E. Barber). At the end of the term, we will close with the continuation of the gospel in China, the U.S. and in the entire world. During the 20th century, many more were able to hear the Word of God.

All references for the class are available online. We look forward to taking this journey with you through the 20th century.

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Instructors
Jeff Brown
Kurt Sheu

There is no substitute in your Christian life for knowing the life and work of Jesus. The Bible calls us to believe in Jesus, to know Jesus, to follow Jesus, and to love Jesus. But what do these mean? That depends on your answer to the question: who is Jesus to you? From His virgin birth to His momentous resurrection, every deed and word in His life is filled with profound lessons. And ultimately, they bring us to face the question that He once asked His disciples: “But who do you say that I am?” 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 significant milestones. We’ll cover his birth, gospel, teachings, miracles, death and resurrection. By the end of this class, we hope every student will be able to answer that crucial question for themselves. We expect every student to invest 30 minutes every week on homework.

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Limit of 30
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Instructors
Samuel Kuo
Philip Tsao

Murderer, liar, adulterer. The source of great suffering for a nation, and despised by family. These are probably not the descriptions you would think of when talking about a man after God’s heart, or someone who served the purpose of God in their generation. Yet that was David. This same David was a man who honored God’s anointed even when it hurt, sought God’s leading when it wasn’t convenient, and fought for God’s kingdom even while he was being persecuted.

David’s life surely is confusing, yet amazing, and reading through his stories brings out anger, joy, conviction, worship, or humility depending on where you are. His life shows us that being a man of God is not cookie-cutter. It’s not about being perfect; David was far from that. But through his great heights and depressing lows, David is the only person in the Bible described as being a man after God’s heart who served the purpose of God in his own generation. During our nine weeks together we will look at snapshots of David’s life and some of the psalms he wrote to see how utterly human yet truly unique he was. I hope in learning lessons from David’s life we will realize how to be people after God’s heart while we face our own challenging lows and wonderful heights of fellowship with God.

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Instructors
Benjamin Sheu

Ephesians is a letter written from a prison cell. In this setting, Paul was removed from the rush of society, and could think about God with a quieter focus. His letter considers what was in God’s heart back in eternity before He set time in motion. That heart desire which initiated creation defines the purpose and value of creation. What’s amazing is that when Paul considers God’s purpose in creation, he discovers something more than the cosmos and nature. Central to God’s initiative is a purpose involving human beings and the only begotten Son of God. That eternal purpose is the church, which is a building, a body, a bride and a meticulously crafted work of art. In the church is where we find our mission to affect the fulfillment of God’s plan. Join us, in a topical study of Ephesians which will challenge your Bible study skills, allow Paul’s burden in writing the letter to rise to the surface and give direction to our lives.

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Instructor
James Reinarz
Vern Yoder

The book of Acts is a gripping narrative of journeys fraught with peril and uncertainty, an inspiring record of men defying all odds to bring the good news of Jesus Christ beyond the delineated limits of endurance and imagination. Yet there are underlying principles that characterize the lives and undertakings of these men and women who responded to God’s call to be His witnesses to the end of the earth.God’s work on earth, though miraculous, is subject to fundamental principles.

In this course, as we examine the last eleven chapters of Acts, considered to be a biography of the apostle Paul’s life, we will not merely look at the visible results of Paul’s labor, but how he labored, not alone, but with companions and teams of brothers and sisters. The burden of preaching the gospel and raising up churches did not rest wholly on Paul, but many brothers and sisters were raised up, with ministries, to spread the gospel and minister to the needs of the churches. We will examine how the apostles fellowshipped together and supported each other, and how they fellowshipped with the elders of different churches. We will see how Paul used every opportunity, whether the exercise of his legal right as a Roman citizen to appeal to Caesar, or imprisonment or shipwreck, to testify and announce the gospel. We will see how people not only believed in Jesus Christ, but broke their idols in pieces to consecrate themselves to the Lord. What can we learn from these characteristics? Even though many of us may not travel the world like the apostles, many of these principles can guide our daily living to be a testimony of Christ to those around us, and to continue the legacy of the book of Acts.

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Instructor
Antipas Desai

Le livre des Actes est un récit captivant de voyages remplis de périls et d'incertitudes, un récit inspirant d'hommes défiant toute attente pour apporter la bonne nouvelle de Jésus-Christ au-delà des limites délimitées de l'endurance et de l'imagination. et les entreprises de ces hommes et femmes qui ont répondu à l'appel de Dieu à être Ses témoins jusqu'aux extrémités de la terre. L'œuvre de Dieu sur la terre, bien que miraculeuse, est soumise à des principes fondamentaux. Dans ce cours, alors que nous examinons les onze derniers chapitres des Actes, considérés comme une biographie de l’apôtre Paul, nous ne regarderons pas simplement les résultats visibles de l'œuvre de Paul, mais la manière dont il a œuvré, non pas seul, mais avec des compagnons et des équipes de frères et sœurs. Le fardeau de prêcher l'évangile et de susciter des églises ne reposait pas entièrement sur Paul, mais de nombreux frères et sœurs ont été suscités, avec des ministères, pour répandre l'évangile et pourvoir aux besoins des églises. Nous examinerons la manière dont les apôtres ont communié ensemble et se sont soutenus les uns les autres. Nous verrons la façon dont Paul a profité de chaque occasion, que ce soit l’exercice de son droit légal en tant que citoyen romain d'en appeler à César, ou l'emprisonnement, ou le naufrage, pour annoncer l'évangile. Nous regarderons la manière dont les gens non seulement ont cru en Jésus-Christ, mais ont brûlé leurs idoles pour se consacrer au Seigneur. Que pouvons-nous apprendre de ces caractéristiques ? Même si beaucoup d'entre nous ne parcourent pas le monde comme les apôtres, beaucoup de ces principes peuvent guider notre vie quotidienne pour que nous soyons un témoignage de Christ pour ceux qui nous entourent, et pour ainsi continuer l'héritage du livre des Actes.

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Professeur
Antipas Desai