Our FIRSTFRUITS Bible Study Intensive is in the books and there was a LOT of fruit of many different flavors.
We announced it just once, months ago, and it filled up with about 300% overflow almost immediately. It was challenging for me to sort through the applicants, known and unknown, and select just a handful to join us for the first experiment.
I divided them into three groups and assigned topics for them to preview and asked them to get intercessors to cover their prep and their time here.
It was a far more spiritually, emotionally and physically expensive time for me than I expected. The challenges of interpersonal relationships among strangers were higher than I expected. And the difficulty some people had in getting anything worthwhile from the process was also a surprise and one that required a fair amount of restructuring of projects and personalized coaching. Eventually we were able to meet people in a way that there was a connection with the process.
There was also some expected and unexpected demonic interference. We muddled through all of it.
Looking back, it is a mixed report.
-Most people left with a much clearer view of their design. For some, it had been a brutal issue for years and suddenly was clear and glorious. But that was not the objective of the class.
-Most people left with a clearer view of their calling and some deep excitement about it. But that was not the objective of the class.
-Everyone left with some new insights into various Biblical characters. But that was not the objective of the class.
-There were hundreds of stray standalone nuggets that popped out of different people’s spirit at different times and enriched the group. That was wonderful, but was certainly not the objective of the class.
-The group was planning a reunion before the event was really over. But doing community richly was not really the objective of the class.
-Since leaving, one participant reported that their perspective on life has changed and it colors their leadership style immensely. Good stuff, but that is not the objective of the class.
-Another reported a hugely unexpected and dramatic breakthrough in one of the most challenging areas of their life – which we did not directly or indirectly address during the Intensive. That is really awesome, but that was not really the objective of the class.
-The land at the office was sanctified significantly by all the wrestling with issues that was done with passion and vision. That was a huge gift, but was not really the objective of the class.
-Those who finished the week learned a new and different way to study Scripture. I am delighted that they got it, and can do it again on their own, but that was not the objective of the class.
-Those who finished absolutely own a new truth that has life in it that will potentially impact their lives massively. That is a wonderful part of the process, but certainly was not the objective of the class.
-Learning how to transform their soul through the integration of the living Word into the fabric of their souls was reasonably well comprehended by those present, and can be done over time, if they wish to invest the effort. Also good. Also not the objective of the class.
In short, I don’t think we achieved the objective for the class. I am circling around that, pondering whether I need to change my objective or change my strategy so we can achieve the original objective.
It is maddening to have such a high level of good things happening on so many levels with so many people, and to see the Kingdom advanced during the week, while still failing to achieve the objective.
In my next blog, I will circle around why I think we failed, and what I think might work better next time.
Because there WILL be a next time.
Copyright October 2018 by Arthur Burk
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It might also be worth considering that maybe you had the wrong objective! Might you have been successful in achieving God's objective? Reframe or refine the objective?
Would you be willing to language for us the original objective? That's a very poetic review, kind of like some of the Psalms, a litany. Would love to track with what your heart was for the real objective.
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I echo with Gordon Haggerty. It's wonderful to see lives being refreshed, restored & renewed. It's about God's Word coming alive in people's lives. A needed beginning?
I was greatly encouraged reading your report on the Bible Study Intensive. It seems to me that God has a lot more in mind for the process you’ve engaged, and at this point the journey may be more important than the goal. But it’s my sense that the treasure will be much greater than anticipated once the goal is reached. I applaude you and the participants fo taking this on and not letting the enemy deter you. Rooting for you from my corner here in Seattle....