WHEN: Participant driven
COST? $197.00 CDN ($25.61 HST = $222.61)
WHERE: This is an online course using Google classroom as a platform
HOW: This platform will allow us to communicate - person to person
Group discussions via Zoom at a mutually agreed-upon time
The course is broken into several sections
Sections will be released at the appropriate time
Naturally you will be given assignments to complete at home
WHO: Susan Hopkins is the instructor
but HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR TEACHER
WHY: John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Source: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/The-Holy-Spirit-As-Teacher
1 John 2:27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. Source: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/The-Holy-Spirit-As-Teacher
PRAYER: We will open each group meeting with prayer, which must include the following scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:5, KJV: "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" which will be addressed in detail later.
I will also provide a copy of the "Prayer for Protection" for use at home with reasons as to why this prayer is needful.
WHAT: During the next four weeks you will be encouraged to write:
1) a few meaningful words that would be carved into your tombstone, written in your will or your obituary that might lift Jesus higher and lead people to salvation;
2) a concise testimony in a written format that would take about three to five minutes to share if given the opportunity to share with someone or as a speech;
3) an outline of a testimonial that would be suitable for reaching out to people outside of the church walls similar to Jesus when he preached on the hillside;
4) and/or an outline of a testimonial that would be suitable for reaching people within the church who are more familiar with religious laws than the message of grace.
If we find that there is a need for one-on-one assistance to complete what you have started, we will discuss options at the end of four weeks.
The scripture says in John 3: 14 "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life." We will examine the similarities between Moses lifting up the snake and the Son of Man being lifted up. Nicodemus, went to Jesus asking what he must do to be saved. Jesus knew Nicodemus needed to understand a spiritual principal through a practical example and since our human minds learn best through imagery we too will come away from this exercise with a picture of GRACE that will transform your life as it has mine.
I will provide you with a copy, and we will examine in detail, excerpts of Charles Spurgeon's testimony which is another word image to illustrate the message of GRACE. This example will help you to follow a similar pattern to help you to write your own testimony. You will be inspired through his writing to realize that God often uses those who are "simple" to confound the "wise" and so all you have to do is be yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to work through you to others. Personally, I am thankful that I am counted among the "simple".
We will look closely at testimonials spoken by Peter and Paul which are recorded in the Bible, along with other related scriptures. We will be able to better understand the finished works of Christ thereby lifting Jesus higher so He will continue to draw all men unto himself. The real power of writing a testimony is not in the details of our story but rather in providing a word image so other people with see Jesus, look to Him, believe and be saved. I hope this will remove any stress or insecurities you have about sharing your story with others.
I will provide you with a copy of a testimonial written by myself in partnership with Holy Spirit entitled, "TO LOVE AND BE LOVED". The focus of this PDF document is suited to people who are either unbelievers, or unchurched, who would feel uncomfortable with quotes from Bible verses. In my experience, people outside of the wall of the church want to know -- Is God real? And if so, does He love them?
In comparison, we will examine excerpts of a book-length testimonial of mine which is now live on Amazon entitled, "MY JOURNEY TO FREEDOM [BOOK ONE] FROM ABUSE, CODEPENDENCY, FAULTY BELIEFS ABOUT CHRISTIANITY, TO A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF GOD" This is based on Acts 19:1-7 which is best read in the Message Bible to get the full impact of this scripture in context with my story.
ACTS 19: 1-7 Now, it happened that while Apollos was away in Corinth, Paul made his way down through the mountains, came to Ephesus, and happened on some disciples there. The first thing he said was, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? Did you take God into your mind only, or did you also embrace him with your heart? Did he get inside you?” “We’ve never even heard of that—a Holy Spirit? God within us?” “How were you baptized, then?” asked Paul. “In John’s baptism.” “That explains it,” said Paul. “John preached a baptism of radical life-change so that people would be ready to receive the One coming after him, who turned out to be Jesus. If you’ve been baptized in John’s baptism, you’re ready now for the real thing, for Jesus.” And they were. As soon as they heard of it, they were baptized in the name of the Master Jesus. Paul put his hands on their heads and the Holy Spirit entered them. From that moment on, they were praising God in tongues and talking about God’s actions. Altogether there were about twelve people there that day.
I will show you what I have learned about partnering with Holy Spirit to write a complete book - over 400 pages. I'm sure you will be as surprised as I was by some of what I was taught, and these lessons will prove valuable as you begin to write your story, regardless of the length of testimonial.
Well, that is the basics of what we will do and learn in this four-week course. When we invite Holy Spirit to be our teacher, there could be some unexpected twists and turns to a well laid out, well-planned curriculum so we will just get started and follow His lead.
Romans 8:14 New Living Translation (NLT)
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
The cost of $197.00 CDN ($25.61 HST = $222.61) will cover the cost of a portion of my time, course materials, and a finished professional-looking PDF and FLIPBOOK version of your testimonial which you will be able to attach to an email, embed on your website or Facebook page. This will be the first step on your journey to lifting Jesus higher and thereby making a difference in this world!