EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

The Crossing Boundaries Clinic on-going schedule:

BY PERSONAL INVITATION ONLY

Saturday – 02 January 2016 at Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya.

Thursday 28 January 2016 at Jelutong, Penang.

Thoughts from the Author for the participants of a Crossing Boundaries Clinic:


“When we started 15 years ago, I did a ‘market survey’ of about 100 Christian leaders and realised we were facing an impossible situation where there was no sustained gospel engagement with our neighbours for 500 years since Christianity started in Malaysia.  There were just some ideas, techniques and methods, especially those taken from other countries and these were not good enough.  So we decided to go wholesale and take a systemic approach that would solve the problem for all Malaysians and lay foundations for the next few 100 years.  Our assumption was that the inspired word of God would have the solutions to any (missiological) questions we asked.  We took ten years to find the answers.  The topics in the course form the core of those answers.


“But the answers come in the form of questions because we feel people’s thinking and paradigms need to be changed.  But if we are going against the whole thinking of Malaysian Christianity, what is our basis?  Good ideas are not good enough.  We must know what God has to say because what ‘Christianity’ has to say has proven insufficient.  Also we discovered that because the truths are spiritual and not just intellectual, people need to discover for themselves rather than just being told.  People cannot just quote me, they need to quote God.  Everyone in our teaching team needs to be able to defend and explain their biblical convictions to church leaders, seminary professors, Malay friends and government officials.  The convictions have to go deep down and hence the necessity for original biblical research.


“The Clinic is not arduous.  In our launch, we give about 30-45 minutes for people to do a firsthand investigation about what God has to say about the given topic.  This is a foretaste of the kind of homework we expect.  So they cannot just come to a session empty-handed, since they have to engage with the scriptures and with the spirit of the living God.  Otherwise they just regurgitate their Christian traditions and prejudices.  Each of those on our teaching team has gone through this process, so we feel that the best long term help we can give people is not the product, but the process.  The product will come from the process if it is a good one.  The process will also help them in relating to all religions and to their own family and relational network.


“We have used these studies developed among over 150 people in the last 15 years.  None of them were illiterate so they could cope with the reading and writing expected which is far less than courses conducted by seminaries and bible schools, but (we think) more productive.


“Our sessions have multiple activities to cater for different learning preferences (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, tactile etc) like: original biblical research, visual presentations, interactive lectures, small group discussions, testimonies, guided experiences and written reflection (journal).  So it will not be someone talking for 2 hours.  Hopefully it will cater to different preferences.  But we won’t know until we get feedback from the participants at each Clinic.


“Our sessions have multiple activities to cater for different learning preferences (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, tactile etc) like: original biblical research, visual presentations, interactive lectures, small group discussions, testimonies, guided experiences and written reflection (journal).  So it will not be someone talking for 2 hours.  Hopefully it will cater to different preferences.  But we won’t know until we get feedback from the participants at each Clinic.