- Biography of B. H. Clendennen (1922-2009), founder of the School of Christ International
- The Birth of the School, by B. H. Clendennen
- The School is Born
- Russia Opens to the Gospel
- School of Christ Curriculum
Biography of Bertram Hamilton Clendennen (1922–2009), Founder of the School of Christ International
B. H. Clendennen was an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God for fifty-five years. In November 1956, he came to Beaumont, Texas, and started the Victory Temple Church. By December 1991, he felt the call to be a full-time missionary in Russia. Then, in 1992 the first School of Christ was born. Since that time the translating of the School of Christ material has been an ongoing project.
He was an internationally known speaker, author, radio, and television minister. Over the last decades of his ministry, he had brought hope and deliverance to those in bondage all over the world with his anointed message of truth from God’s Word.
Rev. B. H. Clendennen was the Pastor Emeritus of the Victory Temple Church of Beaumont, Texas. A distinctive Pentecostal Church with missionaries in many countries of the world.
Through Radio and Television, Brother Clendennen had reached into nearly every major city in America. The Victory Temple telecast a line production from the church that has brought the power of Pentecost into millions of homes.
In 1967, Brother Clendennen ministered five weeks in the bush country of Tanzania, East Africa. Many souls found Christ during that time. The need for church buildings was so great that when Brother Clendennen returned to the U.S. he raised the money to build fifteen block and steel churches. In one year, missionary Morris Plotts had the churches erected. In April 1968, Brother and Sister Clendennen returned to East Africa to minister and to dedicate the new churches.
From East Africa, the Clendennens went to Iran to minister and participate in the groundbreaking for the first Bible School in thirteen hundred years to be built in that land.
In the month of December 1968, Brother and Sister Clendennen journeyed around the world preaching in Spain, France, Rome, India, Thailand, and Vietnam. Above ten thousand people gathered to hear the Gospel in Southeastern India, hundreds were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. In Vietnam God opened the country to the Clendennens. From 1968 to 1975 when American forces pulled out, they were there most of the time. The work became such as to demand full-time workers with the American serviceman alone. It was most successful. Under the ministry of the Clendennens Pentecost came to Vietnam for the first time.
In 1971 the Clendennens were invited to Zaire (Congo) for a crusade. For twenty-one days, God’s power fell upon the crowds estimated by the police to be sixty-five thousand people. Every year after that Pastor had held at least one crusade in Zaire.
In February 1980 Brother Clendennen was invited to minister in Yugoslavia, Hungry, and Romania. Every church Brother Clendennen ministered in was filled with overflowing and people were standing out in the freezing cold looking in the windows. In 1981, Brother Clendennen returned to Bulgaria and Romania to find the Spirit of the Lord still moving and the churches growing.
Also in 1981, Brother Clendennen returned to hold a Crusade in Zaire, South Africa. There were thousands out every night to hear the Word of God. In December 1981, he returned to Zaire to hold a Preachers Conference for the native pastors. There was a real moving of the Holy Spirit and the pastors returned to their churches renewed in the Lord. Every year since then Brother Clendennen had returned to hold the minister’s seminar. This seminar includes the ministers and their wives, plus all of their food and lodging for the week. This is totally funded by Brother Clendennen himself. This has become a time of real spiritual growth and development for these ministers.
Brother Clendennen felt through the leadership of the Holy Spirit, several years ago to have a pastors seminar here in the States. This has become an annual event at Victory Temple. The pastors and their families were fed two meals a day plus lodging at the Hilton Hotel. Every year ministers come from all over the United States to be uplifted and renewed by the Holy Spirit.
In December 1991, Brother Clendennen felt that it was time for him to leave Victory Temple as Pastor and go into full-time mission work. The door to minister in Russia had been opened to Brother Clendennen since September 1991. On his first Sunday in Moscow He preached in an underground church, there were over one thousand people present. Among that congregation were the bishops of the Pentecostal Church of all USSR. They ask Brother Clendennen to come and minister in their churches and train their Pentecostal preachers. In December 1991, Brother Clendennen purchased and distributed thirty thousand New Testaments and thirty thousand “Books of Life”. The Mayor of Kiev asked that he give a Bible to every student in school. For one hour, he was interviewed on one of the most powerful radio stations in Russia that reached approximately nine million people, and articles written in the local newspapers about the crusades. On December 1, 1992, Brother Clendennen resigned as senior Pastor of Victory Temple to become a full-time Missionary and Evangelist.
In February 1992, Brother Clendennen was once again in Russia preaching crusades and making arrangements for the property, so that he could start a school for Russian ministers. On September 21, Brother and Sister Clendennen moved to Moscow to get everything prepared for the opening of the Bible School. Brother Clendennen taught Bible four hours every day to the Russian students. Classes began at the International Pentecostal Bible College of Moscow on October 1, 1992, with one hundred and two students from all over Russia and Ukraine. From that one school in Moscow, the School of Christ had expanded all over the former Soviet Union and we now have schools in Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzia, Ukrain, Vilnus, Perm, and Rostov. We have now graduated over twenty-five hundred students and started over two thousand churches. We have also sent out and equipped fifty full-time evangelists with their own van and sound system. In the work there we found that not only was there a great need for spiritual food but for physical food and medical supplies. Through our contacts here in the States, we have been able to send eleven forty-foot containers filled with rice, pasta, baby food, and medical supplies so desperately needed for the families and children of Russia.
The Lord opened the door for us to translate the School of Christ material into the Spanish language in March 1994. The first school was started in Huanuco, Peru. We now have schools in Lima, Pasco, San Martin, Iquitos, Pucallpa, and Huanuco, Peru. There have been two hundred and ninety-three students who graduated from these schools and ninety-two new churches started. In Peru, there were two hundred and one who did not start new churches but are currently pastoring existing churches.
The School of Christ has expanded into Ecuador, where our first school was started in January 1996. We have graduated fifty-one students and started twenty-eight new churches. The first School of Christ was started in Chile in January 1997 and on April 15, 1997, we graduated twenty-one students and sixteen students plan to start new churches. We have opened new schools in Venezuela, Cuba, and Brazil. The School is in or is in the process of moving into every country in Central America. At the end of 2000 the School of Christ was in every Spanish-speaking country on earth. In every country where the School is functioning the results are the same.
The first week of October 2004 we open the first School of Christ in Albania. Albania is the modern name of Illyricum mentioned in Romans 15:19. From Albania, in the next eighteen months, we will disciple Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece. We will rekindle the fire started by the Apostle Paul two thousand years ago.
August of 2004, the School of Christ was named the official voice for sixty-nine prisons in twenty-seven states. The prison officials have given us two hours a day, five days a week.
The School of Christ has literally covered the globe making it perhaps the most effective missions tool ever. We are now in well over 160 countries and the demand for the school continues to grow. The pace at which the school is now moving defies imagination, this can only be by the workings of the Holy Spirit.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;…” Mark 16:15-16
The Birth of the School, by B. H. Clendennen
“The School of Christ International, now functioning in many countries of the world, has proven to be one of the most effective tools for world evangelism in the history of missions. The entire focus of the School of Christ is to train and send the native to his or her own people.
In 1971, Mrs. Clendennen, and I went to Kinshasa, Zaire, for what turned out to be a very successful Gospel Crusade. Thousands of people attended the meetings. Night after night the power of God was present to save and to heal. During the course of the meeting literally, thousands came forward in answer to the call for salvation. God had surely visited that city.
One year later, we returned to Kinshasa for ministry, and while visiting with the pastors and leaders of the church, we were shocked to discover how few real lasting results came out of the crusade. At this point, I made the decision that would ultimately set the course of my own life and ministry, and change the way millions would view the work of world missions. This was truly the “burning bush” of my life.
Sitting in meetings with the pastors and leaders of the Zaire church, the decision was made that all of the overseas travel and ministry would be directed to pastors and leaders of the church. There would be no more expensive crusades in countries where the church was already established. In that moment, I resolved to spend my life challenging and stirring the heart of God’s servants. In a study of Nehemiah, I saw this is the plan of God.
Nehemiah was sent back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city. After looking the city over and seeing the walls were torn down and the gates were burned out, Nehemiah challenged the people with him to rise up and build. As I studied this great book I learned that the walls are the Kingdom, and the gates are ministry. There were ten gates in the walls, and the whole of the third chapter is given to putting the gates in place. Once the gates of ministry, were in place the walls came up around them. Through this God showed me that life does not come out of the church, the church comes out of life. I saw that if God could use me to bring life to His preachers, and they in turn would birth His life, then things would happen. A church would be born and God would live through His people.
The School is Born
For the next twenty years, my quest for truth was with a preacher in mind. All of my thoughts were directed toward the man of God. In my search for this Rhema, I had a long look at the men of the Bible who were used of God. As I looked into the lives of these men, I made this great discovery that governed my thinking throughout the entire search. God’s dealing with these men was not just to teach them the truth, but to make them the “truth” they preached. They must ultimately become the message.
Over the next two decades as I traveled and preached to preachers all over the world, little did I know that the truth I was gathering was to become what is now known as The School of Christ. In God’s light, there is life. As we move in what we perceive to be the will of God for the time, though we may not be aware of it, we may be moving into a much larger spiritual arena. Out of two decades of travel and ministry to preachers around the world came one of the most powerful missionary tools in the history of Missions: The School of Christ International.
In the gathering of the material, God spoke to me in many ways. As I read and prayed, God used many different means to bring the revelation to my spirit. I read God’s Word and begged Him to speak to me. I listened to men of God preach, I read books of men whom God had revealed Himself. Slowly, the truth was etched in my spirit. The truth I sought and found become mine.
In the mid-seventies, two books were given to me that set the course of my thinking. Those books were, “Union With Christ” and “The School of Christ” by T. Austin Sparks. For the first time in my preaching, I truly saw what the church is according to God’s mind. I knew at once, that this was the message that God-called men must hear.
Russia Opens to the Gospel
In October 1991, my wife, my granddaughter, and I went to Russia on what I called a fact-finding trip. I went to see what we could do to help the church fill the awful spiritual vacuum created by seventy-five years of atheism. What we experienced changed our lives forever. I had been to many countries of the world but never had I witnessed the hunger I found in Russia. As I ministered to people, God put such a love in my heart for them, that I knew I had not merely come to Russia, I had been sent. I did not know at that point, what my entire ministry would be, but I knew I would move to Russia.
The last day of our visit, God confirmed the call. I was ministering to a small congregation on the outskirts of Moscow. As I spoke on the subject of prayer the Spirit of God broke us. The entire group fell on their face and began to pray. As I was praying I felt a hand upon my arm, and when I looked up there was an elderly woman prophesying to me. I later learned that her husband had been a Pentecostal preacher, and had been murdered by the KGB. She now spent much of her time in the church praying. My interpreter, Igor, told me they had not known her to prophesy before. God’s message to me through this saintly woman was: “All that you have ever suffered, all that you have learned, all that you ever did was to prepare you for what I will do with you in this country.”
At the end of October, I returned to America, and in November 1991 I resigned the church I founded and pastored for 35 years. In December I returned to Russia for three weeks. During this stay, I preached in cities of hundreds of thousands that had no church. In the Caucus I preached to over seventeen hundred people, sixteen hundred of them came forward to be saved. When I left them there was no shepherd to look after the newborn. I knew then what God would have me to do. The vision of a three-month Bible school was born. I came home to gather the materials for the school and move to Russia.
As I was preparing the lessons, working out the schedule of the school, and thinking on how the discipline of the school should be, the scripture in Luke 16:8 came to me, “…for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” With that scripture, my mind was carried back to the outbreak of World War II. I had just graduated from high school when the news broke. In a short time, I joined the U. S. Marines, and in one week I was in what they called boot camp. For twelve weeks, I went through the most intense discipline, and training I ever dreamed of possible. What were they doing? Transforming young men fresh out of school, fresh from the farm and the city, into men of war. And they meant to do it in twelve weeks. This became the pattern for the School of Christ.
The students are brought to the school, and for three months they do not leave unless there is an emergency. For three months they are totally immersed in prayer and the Word of God. The prayer meeting begins before daylight every morning and is the last act in the evening. The prayer meetings are not optional, they are regular classes. You only learn prayer by praying. Without prayer, Bible schools are merely doctrine. The discipline and the curriculum of the school weeds out those who are not called.
School of Christ Curriculum
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” Romans 11:33
The School of Christ is comprised of 156 lessons divided up into 19 series. These series cover many aspects that are not covered in a seminary. The School of Christ is not meant to replace long-term Bible schools or seminaries. The School of Christ is God’s answer to those men and women who are called of God, but who do not have the time or means to attend the seminary. It is designed to equip men and women to plant new churches, and to carry the Gospel intelligently to those regions beyond.
We believe that the church comes out of life, not doctrine or orthodoxy or by human effort and resource. If the student can become full of the life of God, then wherever he or she goes in the will of God, a church will be born.
The curriculum covers the following topics:
- The Conflict
- The School of Christ
- The Person of Jesus
- The Almighty Blood
- The Cross
- The Church
- Rebuilding the Gate
- Unity of the Church
- The Holy Spirit
- Paths to Power
Syllabus: The Conflict
In the second and third chapters of the Revelation, we have the Lord’s survey of the seven churches. Those whose eyes that are as a flame of fire peer into the inner spiritual state and lay bare the condition.
When all has been surveyed and gathered together, it is to establish one fact, the presence or absence of that which from the Lord’s standpoint constitutes justification in the continuance of anything which claims to represent Him. It is a very thorough sifting of things. Take the candlestick all of gold, with its seven bowls and seven pipes, and the oil being emptied out of the living olive trees through the pipes into the bowls to provide fuel for the light. It is very complete, and a very comprehensive illustration of something that is living.
Jesus was identified with these lamps. They are called into being in order that they might be an abiding expression of the Lord as the faithful witness, the living one, the power of the Spirit. This applies to us all. We have been apprehended of Jesus, and there is one purpose behind that apprehension, to form us into a corporate vessel of divine purpose, and that we should remain the testimony of a life which has conquered death, and will conquer death to the end. The issue of our day is the issue of life and death, in a spiritual way.
The greatest crime a person can commit is to have the Life of Christ and not let it be revealed. In this series we will see how that all of God’s working with us is to reveal this life, and all of the devil’s working is to frustrate it.
1. The Testimony of Life
2. The Controversy of Zion
3. The Cross and Life
4. The Continuation of the Conflict
5. The Nature of the Conflict
6. The Purpose of the Conflict
Syllabus: The School of Christ
Conformity to Christ is progressive, which is God’s way of bringing us to glory. The law of the harvest is,”…everything after its kind…” We are “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God.” That seed is Christ. When Christ is planted within us, the conflict begins; flesh against Spirit. Conformity to Christ is accomplished by the displacement of the old life for the new. The Christian life must pass from the infant stage, if it is to be attractive and have power. The fruit of the new life is love.
Fruit is a natural process of life. The struggle is not for love or faith. The struggle is to get out of the flesh. The life of Christ must be seen. Sanctification and spiritual education are one. The advance of spiritual education is marked by spiritual growth, not rules. There are no shortcuts to Christ. Deliverance from the body of death is union with Christ in His death. The old man must die. New birth means a “spirit being” one who cannot sin. The new man must replace the old man who can only sin.
1. The Foundation of Spiritual Education
2. The Spirit of Truth
3. Learning by Revelation
4. The House of God
5. The Light of Life
6. The Open Heaven
7. Learning Under the Anointing
8. The Principle of the Seed
Syllabus: The Person of Jesus
Most of us are so superficial that we accept sin as inevitable and excusable. There is only one man who could claim to be sinless, the person of Jesus. He did not simply put on flesh, He became flesh. He became a real and proper man. Jesus never used difficult words, yet said more than any other could say. He spoke with an authority that no one before or since has possessed, yet without official status. Jesus never had to tell Himself it was important to believe. He had a relationship with the Father. He never began a work that then had to say He made a mistake. Yet, Jesus was fully and completely a human just as we are. He developed as an ordinary human being. We are to be conformed to His image.
1. The Person of Jesus
2. God’s Eternal Purpose in Jesus
3. Heavenly Man and Eternal Life
4. The Heavenly Man and the Word of God
5. The Greatness of Christ
6. Jesus and the Universe of Man
7. The Vessel of the Lord
8. The Name of Jesus
9. God’s Covenant is Christ
Syllabus: The Almighty Blood
The discovery of a blemish in a sacrifice meant its immediate rejection. We are not perfect, but the life of Jesus that is in us is perfect. The Holy Spirit only comes where the blood has been sprinkled. To be crucified with Christ is to have put away the flesh. The Holy Spirit will not come on the flesh. Blood, as the life is incorruptible and indestructible. What cannot be corrupted cannot be destroyed.
Jesus has bound us to Himself by His endless life. We share His life by the new birth, and we shall never die. If a man’s work falls apart when he leaves, it simply means the work was of man and not of God. “Contend for the faith once delivered to the saints” is to recognize and earnestly seek that upon which God’s heart is set; namely, a people of the altar, the cross and the blood. Satan victimizes us when we fail to recognize the virtue of the precious blood, and the worth of Him who shed it.
1. Believers Position and Promises
2. The Almighty Blood
3. The Precious Blood
4. The Accomplishments of the Blood
5. Protected by the Blood
6. The Answer to Everything
7. What the Blood Means to God
In this series, we discover what true repentance is. We are talking about two different types of sorrow. One is working repentance unto salvation, the other working death. Why are many people are deceived? Impenitent sinners think themselves to have repented. Why? Because of wrong instructions regarding true and false repentance. True repentance will bring a change of opinion, followed by a change of feelings toward sin. A true repented person is shocked that he could ever desire such a thing. He sees sin as God sees sin. But if something is still desired, and could end in happiness, many people wouldn’t think of not doing it. They have not repented.
A change in opinion toward sin as a condition of repentance must be preached. When repentance is true the desire to repeat sin is gone. That doesn’t mean you are perfect in your actions, but perfect in your desires. You don’t abstain from sinning because of fear, but because you hate it. If you still have the desire to sin, then you’re only convicted. Conception is not birth. Your opinion has changed but your love for sin continues. You are still a sinner. True thief who continues to keep the money he stole has not repented. We must be more than just sorry about sin.
1. True Repentance
2. The Naked Cross
3. I Am That I Am
4. Surrender to God’s Plan
Syllabus: The Cross
The Cross is the pathway of every true Christian’s life. We see that in the book of Romans, where two aspects of salvation are given: Justification by the blood, and deliverance through the Cross. God deals with the human race through two representative men, Adam and Christ. God sees two family trees: Adam’s family and Christ’s family. If our source of life is to change, we must change families.
As Christ, “the last Adam” died, He carried the whole family into the grave, and God provided the end. Through death, burial and resurrection, we pass from the old family into a new family. We can be liberated from death, sin, the law, and flesh by the Cross. God intends this new life to be more than an experience; it is to be a new way of living, a new purpose for existence.
The Cross is not to be a doorway to selfish attainment, but an end to selfishness. May God destroy every attempt of using the Cross, instead of dying on the Cross. When we become dead to self and alive to God, the door is open for God to give victory and deliverance. In God’s planning, the Cross and the crucified one become the gateway to life.
1. What the Cross Means to God
2. Living the Life of Another
3. The Way of the Cross
4. Living the Impossible
5. The Real Meaning of the Cross
Unlike most of what is being taught today, this series sets forth a Bible based definition and teaching on the subject. We will learn faith’s function. We learn that without faith it is impossible to please God. On no ground, other than faith, is it possible to please God.
On no ground, other than faith, will God work for you. Faith is not a mystical feeling. It is not something that you see. We have been led to believe that the men of God in the Bible were a different type of people than we are. Real faith demands that the believer “pray through” regularly.
Faith is in every heart of every believer, but many times we become so dominated by the old, faithless, dead nature that our faith becomes dormant. When that happens, fear overrides faith, and the only way to break out is to “pray through” to the knowledge that “God is, and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” His presence conquers fear. Once God has spoken, it is time to leave the prayer meeting and begin to do. To pray again is unbelief.
The difference between faith and unbelief is not a matter of coming to a place where you are not apprehensive. You will never get there. Faith goes on in spite of fear, doubts, etc. “God has not given us the spirit of fear…” but the devil’s fear will still come against your faith. The victory depends on which you follow. It takes not faith to baptize or give communion. It takes faith to change a man’s life. The most important action of a Christian is obedience.
1. Faith, the Gift of God
2. Function of Faith
3. The Obedience of Faith
4. What is Faith?
5. Mind of Christ and the Works of Faith
6. Adventure of Faith
7. Aggressive Faith
Prayer is something that we not only teach but practice. When learning a foreign language it is always helpful to put into practice what you have learned or you will get nowhere. We talk about the lifting up of the hands, which means our attitude toward God is that of dependency. Jesus defeated Satan at Calvary and took the keys of death, hell, and the grave. God’s plan is to put Christ on display to an unbelieving world by the resurrection of Jesus and our crucifixion of the flesh. We can’t pray unless we know His will. If we pray according to His will, we know He hears us.
How do I know His will? I learn it in His word. God says, “I will,” and He says, “If I have spoken it, I will do it.” God’s will cannot be done without God, but His will, will not be done without me. My faith is never tested like it is when I kneel at the altar and every devil in hell invades that room to see what I am going to do. Prayerlessness shows a heart of unbelief toward God, and what He says He will do. God’s order is purity, prayer, power, and praise. No prayer, no power. Purity is not enough to have power; we cannot jump over prayer. The disciples did not ask the Lord to teach them to have power, or to heal the sick, but to pray. The flesh doesn’t want to pray. The Spirit in me must command the flesh to get down and pray.
1. Prayer and Our Attitude Toward God
2. Power of a New Consecration
3. Seeing God
4. Nothing Shall Be Impossible
5. Unwavering Spirit
6. The Intercessor
7. Attracting God’s Attention
This series covers many aspects of a steward. In these last days of the church on earth, it is estimated that only 25% of people who attend Pentecostal churches tithes. We will show that in the fall, man broke relationship with God and became a victim of his environment and circumstances. After Eden, God restructured His dealings with man and set down rules and laws. God gave us rules to help us, not deny us. God sends His rain on the just and the unjust. He uses the pressures and discipline of money, and of making a living to shape and mold our spirit. Violation of God’s word in financial matters brings chaos and heartache.
Money itself is not the root of evil… it is the lusting for money that is evil. You will be tested continually on bringing in the tithe, which God blesses. Money effects everyone. That is why God has recorded so much about money in the New Testament. If we are about to face Christ, then our lifestyle, schedules, plans, programs, and spending will prove it. Why are so many “Christians” getting more things? Are we storing up for the anti-christ? If we believe the Bible, we should be liquidating our assets. This would release enough finances to finish the work of taking the Gospel to every creature. Then shall the end come.
1. The Way of Peace and Prosperity
The mystery of iniquity is Satan’s counterfeit of the true Church. The mystery of Godliness is the true Body of Christ. These are called the Bride and the harlot. The harlot, made up of tares, is Satan’s imitation of the real, which will flourish in the end time. The phrase “falling away” comes from the Greek word apostasia, meaning apostasy. This implies a turn from truth to error. Any teaching that does not make me a holier person is a doctrine of the devil. Satan’s ambition is to sit on the throne of the Church. His strategy is to infiltrate and corrupt from within.
Lessons 1 & 2:
2. Satan’s Attack on the Church
To be born again, is to be delivered from the powers of darkness. The Holy Spirit put us into Christ. We had nothing to do with that except to repent and believe. Yet, we have everything to do with staying in Christ. Every promise that follows depends totally upon your abiding in Christ. John 15:7 tells the wonderful reward of our abiding. All of our problems begin when we allow the carnal nature to be resurrected. We revert back to type.
If we teach the new creation to abide in Christ, and how to abide, we will not turn back to the world, the flesh, and the devil. Just as all is light in Christ, all is dark outside of Christ. Satan can only steal, kill and destroy that part of you that is outside of Christ. Satan cannot touch that which is Christ. So our worst enemy is not the devil, but the carnal nature which is an enemy of God. Satan must also have a body to express himself. Just as the true Church is the body of Christ, the carnal nature is the body of Satan.
Sin is not a problem with sinners. They could stop sinning and still go to hell. Sin is a problem with the saints. To call the flesh the devil, is to give man an excuse to sin. To walk in the Spirit is to walk in obedience. Rebellion is the issue. If we do not obey, He is not our Lord. The power is in the choice. Christians alone have a free will. The cross deals with the flesh. God commands us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus.
1. Born Delivered
2. A Courageous Disciple, Part 1
3. A Courageous Disciple, Part 2
4. A Disciple, Part 1
5. A Disciple, Part 2
Syllabus: The Church
You, the Church, must be the all-important representative of Christ, everywhere. Two fatal hindrances to God’s purpose are individualism and the present Church system. Every local body of believers is representative of the whole body. The temple, Jesus and us, are the meeting place between God and man. “Who do men say the Son of man is? Thou art the Christ.” God and man in one temple. God’s Church is Christ in us, and when you find the Church (us) you find the Lord.
When we build the Church, we are planting the vehicle of expression, Christ. This temple (our body with Christ in us) is the seat of authority and judgment. The Bible says that judgment must begin with the House of God. It must begin in us before it can flow through us.
In perhaps the most profound lesson in the School of Christ, we see that the Church is a prophet and all that entails. This series concludes with a lesson on the “Church-Home Relationship” which is a challenge to the student to be at home what he is behind the pulpit or in the altar. I may claim to be a Christian, but what does my family think about me?
1. God’s Plan for the Church
2. A Vessel for God
3. By My Spirit
4. A New Cruse
5. Instrument of the Eternal Purpose
6. Assurance to God’s Rest and Satisfaction
7. Ministering Life and Deliverance to the Elect
8. Tragedy of Departing from the Heavenly
9. The Church is a Prophet
10. Enforcing the Rule of God
11. World Domination or Dominion
12. The Light in the Church
13. Church Home Relationship
Syllabus: Rebuilding the Gate
When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem, he found that the walls were torn down and that the gates were burned out. The walls represent the Kingdom and the gates represent ministry. Here the student will learn what is required to build a new church or to strengthen an existing one.
Oil (God’s life) comes down the head (Moses) onto the beard (mouthpiece, Aaron) and then onto the skirts (the body of believers). No oil got on the flesh. God never anoints the flesh. When we talk about the gate, we are talking about rebuilding the gate of ministry, and the walls refer to the Kingdom. We must first recognize the problem, and we repent over its cause, then we care resurrected to its cure. If we put the ministry in place, put the gates in place, then the wall will come up by itself by the power of God. Ministries cannot be torn down; they have to be burned out.
There are three essentials for rebuilding the gate and reclaiming the city; preparation, cooperation, and determination. God sees this world under the control of Satan and He is taking it back using a man of God. He, God, calls a man and plants him where He wants him. God does not want just another church; He wants us to become a gate to the presence of God.
1. The Gate of Heaven
4. Rebuilding the Gates of Ministry
5. Renewing the Vessel
7. What the Church Must Know
Syllabus: Unity of the Church
When Jesus was going to give a Kingdom principle, He said, “Behold, how good it is for brethren to dwell together in unity…” When brethren dwell together in unity, it is good for the brethren, the Kingdom, and the world. Division, or lack of unity, breaks down the immune system of the Church. The Unity of the Church is psychologically healthy, and this unity makes the family legal in the Kingdom of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. This unity means affinity; unity of the Church is to believe that all Christians are equal. Unity is everyone finding his own place in the body.
1. Cure for Spiritual Aids
2. Tarry Until
3. Christian Unity
4. Unity is Identification
As sanctification is but the continuation of regeneration, it is to be seen in the same sphere as the new birth is not the soul, but the spirit that is born from above. The soul remains evil to the end. We, therefore, submit that the key to this dilemma is the difference between soul and spirit. The soul, which is the fountain of the natural life, is poisoned and impure, but the renewed spirit is prone to do good. So we see that sanctification and spiritual education are one. The advance of sanctification is marked by the growth of the spirit.
1. The Nature of Sanctification
2. Where Christendom is Deceived
3. Putting on the New Manliness
4. Taking the Ground of the New Man
Syllabus: The Holy Spirit
The Spirit takes up “Holy” as His proper name. it is to teach us that the holiness of God has come near to you. It is the Spirit’s work in us to make us holy with God’s holiness. You can only have as much of the Spirit as you are willing to have of holiness. We can only have as much holiness as we have the Holy Spirit. We cannot have holiness by our own strength. The Spirit makes us holy by revealing and imparting Christ. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Life. He is God’s Life in the believer and as such is the answer to everything. When we have His Life we have all we need to do and be in God’s will.
1. The Holy Spirit, Part 1
2. The Holy Spirit, Part 2
3. The First Church and the Holy Spirit
4. The Function and Desire of the Holy Spirit
5. Fellowship of the Holy Spirit
6. The Mind of God
7. The Gospel, a Ministration of the Spirit
8. The Laws of Power
9. Spirit of Promise
10. Spirit of Power
11. Inheritance of the Spirit Filled
12. Pentecostal Life
13. When the Wind Blows, Part 1
14. When the Wind Blows, Part 2
15. Rivers of Living Water
16. River and the Throne
17. River and the Altar
18. The Spirit is Mandatory
19. Led by the Spirit
20. Other Half of Pentecost
The Word of God reveals that the last days will witness both revival and apostasy. It is imperative that the true believer knows the difference. For this cause in these lessons, we examine the phenomenon of Revival. What is it? Who is it for? When can we expect it? Are there conditions that indicate that it is time for God to work? What is man’s role in bringing about revival? When revival comes what will be the signs that tell us it is a true revival?
1. What is Revival?
2. Laws of Revival
3. Sound of Marching
4. Lifting Up Holy Hands, Part 1
5. Lifting Up Holy Hands, Part 2
6. Lifting Up Holy Hands, Part 3
7. Dynamics of Prayer
8. Cost of Revival
9. Tragic Mixture
10. Few Chosen
11. Power of the Cross — Appeal of God
12. Show Us the Way to Zion
13. Trojan Horse
14. Temptation Analyzed
15. Right Priority
16. Touchstone of Reality
17. Mark of the Beast
18. Holiness and Faith and Meditation
Syllabus: Paths to Power
There must be, in you, a growing concern about the growing apathy and indifference among those who profess the same of Jesus. If there is no fire in your church, in your life, then you are worshipping the wrong God. The Baptism of the Spirit is a baptism of fire. There must be men ablaze with the power of the Holy Ghost. Such men are invincible. Always in times of spiritual decline, God has raised up men, filled them with His Spirit, and sent them out to challenge the darkness. The actions of such men were the result of a Heaven-sent revelation of a doomed world lying in the clutches of Satan. These lessons demonstrate how such men are produced. The path to such power is clearly revealed.
1. Invincible Men
2. Believers are for Signs and Wonders
3. Disciple Not Above His Master
4. Everyone That is Perfect Shall be as His Master
5. Be Ye Perfect
6. Christ is Our Example
7. Self Denial
8. Idle Words and Foolish Talking
9. Is Not This the Fast?
11. What Manner of Persons?
13. Samson, a Type of the Church
14. Our Greatest Need
15. Present Your Body
16. Holding the Truth in Unrighteousness
17. Heat of the Desert, or Safety of the Slave Camp
This series is a more in-depth study of the Holy Spirit. The idea of filling implies completeness. We are not filled unless we are filled in every part. That is what Christ proposes to do in our full salvation. The Holy Spirit has been given to make good in us all that Christ has purchased for us. We must realize that this work is complete. As we learn to walk in the Spirit it is no longer we, but Christ who lives. Would you desire to have continual purity of thought and feeling? Would you be entirely conformed to the will of God? Then be filled with the Spirit.
1. Historic Movement Towards the Spirit
2. Filled With the Spirit
3. Practical Manifestation of the Power of the Holy Ghost
4. Baptism of Fire
5. Filled With the Holy Ghost
6. He Shall Baptize You With the Holy Ghost
7. Baptism of the Holy Ghost
8. The Convictive Work of the Holy Ghost