Part 2: Semiannual Training Day 5 – studying and testing

As we were in a training, we were required to prepare for testings. For a number of us this was our first ever training so the thought of being tested was quite daunting. 

To help the students, there was a three-hour group study session each morning. Each group would go through the study questions whilst praying, singing and pray-reading, so that the messages wouldn’t be merely doctrine and so that we were able to contact the Lord through our studying. These sessions ended with practice tests to help prepare us for being tested in the afternoon and evening meetings. 

One of the many study groups during the Semiannual Training

Initially, some of us struggled with the testing in comparison to what we were used to in our schools. We were helped when we realised that the aim of the testings was to have a corporate coordination among the saints by following the outline to really get across the burden and key points of each message. The testing really made us more diligent to study the messages and to allow the Lord to remind us of what we had heard the evening before, and to keep speaking to us!

On Friday lunchtime, local saints from Anaheim kindly invited us for a love feast in their home, with saints from Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama. They had prepared so much lovely Chinese food! We also enjoyed singing some songs and sharing our testimonies, it was such a sweet time. It was hard to leave but we knew we had to have our rest time before the afternoon meetings!

Message Nine
Moses Desiring That All Jehovah’s People
Would Be Prophets

Our Enjoyment: This message was on Moses’ desire for all of God’s people to be prophets. Praise the Lord, our God is a speaking God! When the Lord speaks, a light shines and brings us understanding and wisdom. The Lord continues to do all things through His speaking. When we prophecy, we dispense God and speak forth Christ to others. If we all prophesied in the meetings and spoke of our enjoyment on the Lord, we would grow in life and build up the Body of Christ.

 

Message Ten
Christ as the Star out of Jacob

Our Enjoyment: The Lord Jesus Christ is a star that shines light to us and we need the Lords shining in order to know Him and His heavenly, up-to-date vision. To find the Lord when reading the bible, as revealed in Matthew 2:1-12, is a living matter and not a dead doctrinal knowledge of the Scriptures. May the Lord be merciful to us that we may be kept on the right way to meet Him and follow Him as the living star.

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