Sterling, VA S20    Spring 2020
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                 Welcome to Perspectives!

You are invited to explore, discover and embrace how God has made you for more! Perspectives is a 15-week course about God's plan of redemption from beginning to end and how you fit into it. We will explore this plan in 4 ways:

Biblical (Lessons 1-5): The Word of God is revealed with striking clarity as Perspectives illuminates God's unchanging promises as they unfold from Genesis to Revelation.

Historical (Lessons 6-9): Discover your spiritual lineage as you learn Christian history is wrought with the immeasurable power of God as He makes His name known among the nations.

Cultural (Lessons 10-11)The peoples of the world come alive as we eventually see, through Christ Jesus, the expressions of the New Testament church thriving among every nation, tribe, people and language.

Strategic (Lessons 12-15): Find your place in God's story as there are endless opportunities to help complete the Great Commission.


Click on the register button to the right and prepare to be "ruined for the ordinary"! 


Dates:    January 6 - May 4, 2020
When:    Mondays 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Where:   Reston Bible Church

First Two Nights Free: Register at no cost to give the class a try. Everyone is welcome to hear the first 2 lessons before deciding to commit to the course.

Two Discounts Per Student Maximum


Perspectives offers 3 levels for completing the course:


Key Reading Level ($285):  Prepare for great speakers and great material with light reading. Be challenged to consider your own role in world missions. This level requires about 1-2 hours of reading each week with little written homework. Five "Personal Reflections" assigned during the term will require about an hour each to complete. 

Certificate Level ($285):  This is the recommended level which provides a rich learning experience. It involves weekly homework assignments, five "Personal Reflections" and one research project due by the end of the course. This level requires about 4 hours of work per week. 

Credit Level (See Class Pricing on Right):  An in-depth study with 3 semester credit hours given through Trinity International University, Excelsior College, or Lancaster Bible College.  It involves additional reading and two research projects. It is offered at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Please Note: If you would like to take the class for credit through Lancaster Bible College, but are not currently enrolled at LBC, you may do so as follows. First register for the class by clicking on the "Register for this class" link to the right. Once you have completed that process, go to the link below (you may copy/paste it into your browser) to submit a form for Lancaster Bible College. If you have trouble accessing the link email Carole Reid at.


Class Info

Date: Monday, January 6, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

Location: Reston Bible Church 45650 Oakbrook Court Sterling VA 20166

Contact: Carole Reid

301-980-2777

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Monday, January 6, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 1

      The Living God is a Missionary God

      God's purpose is three-fold: against evil—kingdom victory; for the nations—redemption and blessing; and for God—global glory in worship. God's purpose revealed in promise to Abraham. Exploring God's purpose for the nations: Blessing to the nations described.

    • Instructor

      David Bempong

      Annapolis MD

      David Bempong is the Executive Pastor at Downtown Hope Church in Annapolis, Maryland. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, David grew up in the church. However, his life changed drastically when he was exposed to the reality of Gospel and what God was accomplishing through Christ. This occurred while he was a student at the University of Maryland. After that, he actively began to serve the Lord and share the Gospel. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a Master of Divinity degree from Regent University. David is passionate about missions and discipleship. David and his wife, Sandra, live in Annapolis, Maryland with their two daughters, Moriah and Aliyah.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 13, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 2

      The Story of His Glory

      Exploring God's purpose for Himself: How God has been steadily unfolding a plan throughout all nations and generations to bring about His greater glory, ultimately drawing to Himself the worship of all the peoples. Passion and prayer for God's glory.

    • Instructor

      Ed Grudier

      Cherrydale Baptist Church, Arlington VA

      Served for 14 years with WEC International. 12 years were in a country in the ME that was 99.9% Muslim. Involved in Church Planting and Field Leadership. Has served as Missions Pastor at Cherrydale Baptist Church since 2007. Serves as a lecturer at Sydney Missionary Bible College in the subjects of Church Planting and Contextualization. Married to Kathy since 1983. Two children: Philip and Amy

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 20, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 3

      Your Kingdom Come

      Exploring God's purpose regarding evil: How God has accomplished a defeat of evil powers in order to open a season of history in which the nations can freely follow Christ. The kingdom of God as the destiny of all history. Christ's mission seeks a hindering of evil to bring about a sign of the coming peace of the kingdom of God. Our prayers contend with evil in order to bring about the transformation of society with Christ's kingdom in view.

    • Instructor

      Christina S.

      Africa Inland Mission, Philadelphia PA

      Christina first went to Africa in 2010 with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Delaware. Africa’s imprint was laid on her heart, and in 2013 she partnered with Africa Inland Mission when she served as a teacher among a formerly unreached people group. Feeling a call to long-term missions, she pursued further training upon arriving back in the States, and in May of 2019, completed her Masters in Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary. She now serves in mobilization with AIM, helping others get to the field as she also hopes to one day return. When she’s not mobilizing others to Africa, she enjoys navigating Philadelphia on her bicycle, attempting to be artsy, and living in vibrant community within her local church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 27, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 4

      Mandate for the Nations

      Jesus shows great strategic interest in Gentiles; wise strategic focus by initiating a global mission on a few disciples among the Hebrew people. The Great Commission and the ways of God's sending in relational power. Dealing with the ideas of pluralism (all religions the same) and universalism (all persons saved).

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      Michael Minter

      Sterling VA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 3, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 5

      Unleashing the Gospel

      The first followers of Jesus: obedient in costly, foundational ways. The climactic act of the book of Acts is the freeing of the gospel to be followed by Gentiles without Jewish traditions as a requirement. A foundational act of God which speaks to the situations where the gospel is hindered today. Strategic suffering and apostolic passion.

    • Instructor

      Mark Seager

      South Riding VA

      Mark is the Lead Pastor at Arcola Bible Church in Stone Ridge, VA. Prior to pastoring Arcola Bible, Mark enjoyed a career in Civil/Environmental Engineering, served as an Associate Pastor in Northern Virginia and pastored a church in England. He is happily married to Karen and they have 4 children. His heart for missions has been fueled by participating on or leading over a dozen short-term missions teams on 4 continents. Mark also serves as an advisor to Men of Valor (movinternational.org).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 10, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 6

      The Expansion of the Christian Movement

      The story of God's purpose continues relentlessly from Abraham's day until the present moment. An overview of the largest and the longest-running movement ever in history—the world Christian movement. How the gospel surged through the peoples and places of the world. Important insights for our own day.

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      Robert Duhart

      Perspectives , Fort Washington MD



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 17, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 7

      Eras of Mission History

      The greatest explosion of growth ever has taken place in last 200 years in three "bursts" of activity. Why we could be in the final era of missions. The global harvest force comprised increasingly of non-Western missionaries.

    • Instructor

      Douglas Batson

      Global Frontier Missions, Cross Junction VA

      Douglas Batson is a retired Defense Department geographer. With award-winning research and publications, he was an expert on land tenure and international migration. Also a National Certified Career Counselor, Doug is on the Board of Directors of Global Frontier Missions, which operates missionary training schools in Richmond, VA, and Atlanta, GA. He has been a Perspectives coordinator, instructor, and Professor of Record in the DC area for 25 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 24, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 8

      Pioneers of the World Christian Movement

      Today we anchor the race by continuing what others have begun. It's a day of finishing. All the more reason to learn the wisdom and the heart of ordinary people who did extraordinary things in earlier generations. Reading the writings of William Carey and other leaders to discern what these people have left to us. Exploring the contribution of women in missions throughout the centuries.

    • Instructor

      Debra S.

      Northern VA

      Debra grew up hooked on the "Greats," reading about and deeply inspired by the heroes highlighted in this lesson. In 2005 she ecstatically moved to Afghanistan to teach ESL, before in 2008 finding herself feeling plopped into small-town Virginia against her will. Yet she soon discovered that her rural new hometown bordered on “Northern Virginia” – the States’ most popular metro-region for Afghans immigrating to the US! Today she relishes friendships with Afghans in a totally bi-cultural world. Helping with ESL and paperwork, giving rides, eating heaps of Afghan food, dancing crazily at women's-only parties, and doing simple Bible studies that point to Jesus Messiah are her exciting daily routine. She finds dedicated Muslims some of the world’s most enjoyable people to be around, as they take eternity and spirituality seriously.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 2, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 9

      The Task Remaining

      God's pressed His purpose forward until the present hour of amazing opportunity. Understanding the concept of "unreached peoples" to assess the remaining task. Recognizing the imbalance of mission resources shapes strategic priorities. The basic minimal missiological achievement in every people group opens the way for working with God against every kind of evil so that the gospel of the kingdom is declared and displayed with clarity and power. The need and opportunity of urban mission.

    • Instructor

      Lane

      English Language Institute, Alexandria VA

      This speaker is the Director of an English language program which offers English instruction in Washington, DC, as well as the pastor of an international church. He has worked extensively within the Muslim community for over 20 years. His wife is also an English language instructor, has taught English in the US and overseas, and has worked broadly among Muslim women.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 9, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 10

      How Shall They Hear?

      Culture and intercultural communication of the gospel. Communicating the gospel with relevance at the worldview level helps avoid syncretism (blending of cultural error with God?s truth) and also enables powerful movements of the gospel. Sensitive missionaries will look for ways that God has preserved or prepared people to hear the gospel, often finding redemptive analogies for God's truth.

    • Instructor

      Yvette Moy

      Springfield VA

      Yvette Moy is Crescent Project's Metro D.C. area coordinator. She has been involved with outreach to Muslims since 2009. Yvette has a love for Muslim people and a passion to share with them the love of Christ. Her greatest joy is to equip congregations and individuals to share the Gospel with their Muslim friends and neighbors and to fulfill Christ's command to make disciples of all nations. Currently she is seeking an MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary with a concentration in Islamic Studies. Two years ago, Yvette began Hindu outreach. She launched an English Language Learners program and will be teaching a parenting class. She plans to attend the International Orality Network in Orlando as Hindus prefer to communicate with poetry, chanting and storytelling. Yvette also will lead one of five tracks at Crescent Project's 2018 National Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Nik Ripken will be the featured speaker for the event. In 2019, she is expected to teach middle school students how to share the Gospel at a gathering in Baltimore. She also is hosting an MBB discipleship seminar.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 16, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 11

      Building Bridges of Love

      The incarnation as a model of missionary humility. How missionaries can enter appropriate roles in order to form relationships of trust and respect to develop a sense of belonging, and thus to communicate with credibility for understanding. Explore the intricacy of identification in another culture. Explore the even greater complexity of presenting identity with integrity in a globalized, terrorized, pluralized world. Recognizing the dynamics of social structure in order to initiate growing movements of ongoing communication throughout the society.

    • Instructor

      Keith Patman

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Naples FL

      Keith has been serving with Wycliffe since 1982 and spent 8 yrs working in Cameroon. He currently lives in the U.S. and provides tools (translation guides) and training in French for Africans who are translating the Bible from French to their own languages. He makes periodic trips to central African countries to offer workshops and consulting to African Bible translators.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 23, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:40 PM

    • Lesson 12

      Christian Community Development

      A survey of world need. Dynamic balance of evangelism and social action. Hope for significant transformation as a sign of Christ's Lordship by Christian community development. Exploring the charge that missionaries destroy instead of serve cultures. Healing the wounds of the world between the peoples.

    • Instructor

      James Kim

      PIONEERS, Frederick MD

      James' call to missions came before his conversion. The Lord called him to a short term missions trip to Haiti in 1991, where he finally surrendered his life to Jesus. He joined Pioneers in 1996 to serve among the Unreached, but the Lord directed him to mobilize instead. Since then James has mobilized thousands of people, both in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in some of the 50 plus countries that he has visited for missions purposes. James has taught every lesson of the Perspectives Course in the U.S., and just about all classes in Canada. James has served as the VP of Mobilization for Pioneers USA (2003-2011), and as the Executive Director of Pioneers Canada (2012-2018). Currently, James serves as a Regional Mobilizer for Pioneers USA. James is married to Lauren, and is the proud father of three beautiful daughters - Chloe, Zoe, and Phoebe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 30, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 13

      The Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches

      Look beyond institutional features of churches to understand churches as dynamic movements of Christ Himself being followed. Such a view of churches as organic, living things opens up the practicality of seeing them multiply rapidly as movements and also flourish in society bearing the fruit of social transformation. Churches as counter-communities, acting as salt and light, bringing change to their cultures. How movements multiply by connecting with entire families and larger social structures.

    • Instructor

      Joe Towfighi

      Glenn Dale MD



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 13, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 14

      Pioneer Church Planting

      The hope of planting churches among unreached peoples. How the breakthrough of the gospel in an unreached people requires that the gospel be "de-Westernized". The difference of contextualizing the message, the messenger and the movement. Distinguish and appreciate people movements, church planting movements and insider movements.

    • Instructor

      K.

      Frontier Ventures, Columbia MD

      Karen has been involved in coordinating and instructing in Perspectives for 31 years. She currently serves with Frontier Ventures in Baltimore, and as an associate with Common Ground Consultants. Her focus is on mobilizing and training followers of Jesus to share Him with their Muslim friends. Her love for and appreciation of Muslims has taken her to Turkey 19 times. As a result, she has many Turkish friends both in Turkey and in the U.S. She is also known as the "fun captain" by her grandchildren and she loves spending time with them.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 20, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • Lesson 15

      World Christian Discipleship

      What it means to integrate life for Christ's global purpose as a "'World Christian". Into the great story for His glory: a Person-driven life as a way of. pursuing a purpose-driven life. The basic practices of world Christians: going, sending, welcoming and mobilizing. The essential disciplines of World Christian discipleship: community, giving, praying and learning. Simplifying your lifestyle as if in "war-time". Exploring the practical ways of pursuing God's purpose. Business and mission. Short-term mission. Welcoming international visitors. Wisdom in working with local churches and in partnership with Christians in different parts of the world.

    • Instructor

      James Cha

      Crescent Project, Leesburg VA

      Rev. James Cha was born in Korea, but grew up here in the US. He studied electrical engineering at Cornell University, and worked ten years as an engineer. In 2000 he and his family went to Central Asia, where they served ten years as church planting missionaries with Pioneers. They are now back in the US reaching out to the Muslims in the Washington, DC area. He is the Washington DC Area Coordinator for Crescent Project. His wife, Faith, is the ESOL Director in Leesburg. They have three children: Joniel, Josiah and Karis.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 27, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 4, 2020

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

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