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Pathway to Conversion

Hello Lions of the Tribe of Judah!

Are you aware that the average total student body ministry service time for the Rock Bible College’s two year Biblical Studies Program is 23, 040 hours; and of this number each Rock Bible College student contributes 64 ministry hours?

Ministry service is an integral part of each students experience at TRBC. The commitment students put forth in service activities represents a very particular application and is part of the College mission; to equip and edify believers for a lifestyle of effective Christian ministry in their sphere of influence and to train five-fold ministers for significant leadership in the body of Christ.

The Applied Learning Experience class is the flagship of the college’s Biblical Studies Program. Students volunteer ministry service hours at the church of their attendance all over the Inland Empire and various states where our E-Learning students live.

The Applied Learning Experience course provides students the opportunity to apply classroom teachings to the practical experience of working with ministry leaders in various areas of ministry and church life. 1 Peter 4:10 tells us that every believer has been given a gift; and we are commanded to employ it for the benefit of others.

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. (NLT)

Often, academic are challenged by the requirement of serving eight hours each semester quarter. But, after they find a ministry and begin serving it’s not long before they see the direct connection and association between classroom teachings and practical service. This is that “special feature” that sets the TRBC Applied Learning Experience apart from all other volunteer programs. Matching ministry and opportunities with gifts and passion, students are encouraged to use their skills and gifts to engage in the lives of people around them.

It’s really neat to see when students figure out, “These are my gifts and passion that the Lord has given me. Now how can I use them?”

What area of ministry has God called you to? What are your gifts and passion?

The key to discovering your gifts and passion is to learn who you are in Christ Jesus and how He has specifically designed you. Each of us must discover our design. It’s in our design that God has placed our unique gifts and calling. With this thought in mind let’s go back to 1 Peter 4:10.

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. (NLT)

The Applied Learning Experience class provides you a platform that allows your gifts to express themselves. The kingdom values and teachings that you learn as you venture from class to class during your Biblical Studies experience will train you how to serve and help people. These learned biblical or kingdom values when brought together with the practical application of ministry become the filter by which your gift(s) flow through and become the sanctification process for your soul. This is seen very clearly in Paul’s comparison of the husband’s treatment of the wife and Christ’s treatment of the church.

Ephesians 5:25-27
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. (NKJV)

It is the application of the Word that actually brings about the cleansing, purification, sanctification, or the making holy of your soul. In the washing of the water by the word you receive revelation of the Word of God that teaches you how to think and feel. Now, your gifts and passion are filtered through kingdom values and good thoughts! Thus, you think on those good things --8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

Of course, the effects of good thoughts impact how we behave; this is because our design and values are manifested in our behavior. So, when your thoughts and behavior are such that your gift and passion can affect a positive change in the lives of the people you meet, then, you are truly ready to do the “good works” that Paul speaks of in Ephesians 2:10.

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (NKJV)

To illustrate the direct connection and association between classroom teachings and practical service, students are asked to provide a report at the completion of each academic quarter. In this report students answer four questions that enable them to track and measure their growth as they experience the “good works” in Ephesians 2:10.

Here is an excellent example of one student’s conversion, look for the admission of change as you read this report:

2rd Quarter Student Report for Applied Learning Experience
The Greeters Ministry

1. What specific TRBC class (es) and classroom content, biblical application, or personal revelation from the classroom teaching (s) related directly to your time of ministry service?

In the class "The king and His Kingdom" I feel like a whole new window of information has opened up for me. Being able to actually see how God is truly reconciling this universe back through the visible and the invisible and it is all being done through the Church. (Luke 17: 20-21)

2. What specific spiritual insight or revelation did you experience during your time of ministry service?

The spiritual insight that I have begun to put my every effort in is Love, the Agape Love; that love that demands change and will change us from the inside out. Love; that reveals Jesus to the Lost, the unwanted, the unloved and unsaved; it is the quality of love which originates in, flows from and characterizes God Himself. (W.E. Vine), also (1Cor. 8:1). This Love that is pure God is what I choose!!

3. What challenges did you encounter during your time of ministry service and how did you overcome them?

During this Quarter Reverend Fred, I can truly say that I haven't run into any difficult challenges thus far but, who know what lies ahead. I think the real challenge is in me!! And for all these things, I am reading and preparing myself for things to come. For the things that have yet to come, helping me to lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares (us) the words says. (Heb. 12:1) No matter visible or invisible, we know the origin.

4. What areas of personal growth did you experience while serving in this Ministry?

My own personal growth I feel is more of the opening of my eyes and the hearing of the ears. I feel that I am seeing and hearing quite differently. The Book, "Love Covers" by Paul E. Billheimer said a lot to me. In God’s eyes we are all the same. He said, "No difference in opinion on nonessentials to the new birth justifies alienation in the family. If assumed error does not produce broken fellowship between the heavenly Father and one of His Born-again children; is there any reason it should do so between brothers and sisters?" God's heart longs for the unity of His Church and that Bridge is Love. The thing is that nothing is complete when pieces are missing and God is trying to bring all the pieces back together--one Spirit in one Body. Unity in the Body of Christ is desperately needed. In Every Ministry that I am given the opportunity to serve in I can Love someone with His Heart.

This report clearly shows a transformed heart, a heart conditioned over time to serve God and God’s people. This student is walking in the “joy of service” which results from “good works”! It’s through preparation, (class room teachings) and the application of things learned in class (ministry service) that you are prepared for the anointing on the gifts which you have been freely given by God. The glory of God is revealed in earth when you operate in the giftings and calling that God has placed within you!

I hope this teaching has inspired you to more earnestly apply the teaching and classroom instruction to your ministry service time! In part two of this teaching I will share more victorious reports of change and transformation from other TRBC students.

Letters From The Director’s Chair

Commit, Learn, Grow,
Dr. Adams