“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, NASB95)
Encouraging pastors to accurately handle the Word of God and to seek to live lives in submission to the Word of God is so crucial to the health of the church. This last month, I had the privilege to be a part of Crossing Cultures International’s Expositional Preaching Seminar with Dr. Kit Putrakul, Dr. Damian Efta and Jojo Zipagan. Pastors Chanthea and Sopheak from Shalom were also able to attend as well as Bora and Bunhak who work with me at the ACTION Cambodia office. Dr. Damian taught the bulk of the sessions, while I helped with some of the breakout sessions as well as preached a few example sermons which we then picked apart as a group as living examples of what it means to draw meaning from the text rather than imposing our own ideas on the text. It was a great time of mutual encouragement and even growth for my own preaching as the men gave some constructive criticism (which also was part of the teaching in that many of the pastors do not open themselves up to receive criticism – so by personally opening up our goal was to show the great value in openness).
In addition to the teaching and preaching times, due to the generosity of Dr. Kit and Dr. Damian, we were able to supply each pastor with twenty-three books for their personal library. About half of these were books our team has produced – praise God! I was also able, with Bora, to equip the men with digital resources to aid them in their study of God’s Word. We are thankful to all of you who prayed for the conference, as well as lifted up Christiana and the kids before the throne of Grace for the five days I was gone. Praise God for His faithfulness and answered prayers!