Welcome to the new look Alumni, called EduConnect.
We have decided to introduce this new concept in order to stay a breast of modern day social media, being more interactive and moving with our own values of quality, healthy and stretch.
So many of our HFBI students, past and present, continue to testify of the life changing transformation they experience during the years of their studies, be it the basic training two year period, or moving on to higher heights in Christ, as Paul exhorted Timothy to study, and continue to study, in this unending journey of faith in the Greatest Man who ever lived on earth, albeit a little over thirty years, to establish the believer in a life worth living; on purpose and with passion, unselfishly serving our generation against the corruptive power and distorted attitudes of darkness.
As previous stated, we are sons of the living God empowered to make a difference within the work place, the home, the family and the community.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” and this undoubtedly transcends every other level of mans idea of truth. The world advocates its own ideas of truth, yet continues to live outside of it by their behaviour tempered with humanistic and self-centred values. Let us be the salt and the light they so desperately need, living in the life giving power of His Word.
Join us in EduConnect by forming your own favourite group, blogging your findings in this adventurous life and telling other students what HFBI has done to change your life and how much the Word of God has empowered you to become more like Him.
“For whom he did foreknow, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” Finally, you are a work in progress and He has promised to continue the good work He started and will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ even as it is prudent for me to think of you in this manner [Philippians 1:6-7]
Welcome to all Heritage students, past and present.
We have our EduConnect up and running, now we need your support to test if it is user friendly to all our valued students of the word.
You have all studied the word of God through our Institute and we receive so many awesome and encouraging testimonies of the life changing experiences.
It is our desire to become more and more interactive as students as well as by campus. Sharing the life of God is such precious and enriching fellowship, and this joint participation [koinonia] is a power-house for our future.
We at Heritage of Faith Bible Institute [HFBI] are thrilled at the number of students traveling this exciting and academic journey with the Lord. We say academic because as many are aware our profile has extended beyond the two or three year programs that in themselves, have been life changing. We are also offering four, five and six years of study and we hope to publish a new prospectus later this year.
Following Jesus is, to quote Dr. Jerry Savelle, an Adventure in Faith.
So how does this affect our daily lives?
Recently, during the early hours of the morning, I was awakened, as often happens to me, to a churning in my spirit that I can only identify as a challenge to my sonship.
As I meditated on this I felt led to go to John 8:30-36 which reads as follows;
As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." They answered Him, "We are Abrahams descendants and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say,’ You will be made free’?"
Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave to sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."
This concept of sonship reveals how the religious order of the day was so bound up in slavery that they lied to having been taken captive on more than one occasion.
Secondly, as we mature in Christ we grow in authority through His word, to the point where He took a leaf out of the culture of the day, with the realization that it takes “a son in the house” to release a slave. Therefore as a son of God [Romans 8:14] I have the authority and privilege to forgive and release sin as delegated by the Lord Jesus.
Reading John 20:23 we see this powerful principle;
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
A son of God I am empowered to stand my ground, in Christ, against all trials, tests, temptation or adversity, all the wiles of the enemy, to release and forgive anyone enslaved by sin or bound by sickness.
Our sonship is dictated by our ability to be discipled and this is where submission to fathers in the house is so important.
More about the Fathers house in the next edition.
Introductory article by Pastor Lynn Fulford