Our lecture topic for the week was Jesus, Sin & the Cross, and the speaker was Ben Foster from YWAM Coventry. It was such an intense week, that I don't even know if I can put it into words!
One of the topics that we touched on during the week were the 9 exchanges that occurred at the cross:
1) Jesus was punished so that we might be forgiven
2) On the cross, Jesus was wounded so that we might be healed
3) Jesus became sin with my sinfulness so that I might become right with His righteousness
4) Jesus died my death so that I might share His life
5) Jesus became a curse so that I might receive His blessing
6) Jesus died on a cross in poverty so that I might receive His abundance
7) Jesus endured shame on the cross so that I might share in His glory
8) Jesus was rejected so that I might be accepted
9) We become a new man in place of the old
If anyone has questions about this, feel free to ask me - I have very extensive notes, and I'm just trying to simplify what we learned!
On Monday, for our outreach prep time, we had a session on public speaking from Jessica (a woman on the base), we have to prepare a short testimony (3 min) for this coming week to share with the class to practice our public speaking skills!
On Thursday, in lectures, we had a time of public confession and repentance to Jesus - that was super intense, and I won't say too much about it, since it was a very personal time for all of us.
On Friday afternoon, we headed into a nearby city - Luton - to do our weekly outreach. The trainees have been split into 2 groups of 5, and each week, one group will be helping out with an afterschool program with local underprivileged kids, playing sports with them. The other group will be prayerwalking around certain areas of Luton. We will be rotating the groups each week, and it may be a bit different in the future, but for now, this is what's happening. Due to complications with our police checks, we weren't able to start with the afterschool program this week, so all of us went to the mall and shopping district to pray over the area, and pray for people if we felt led to do so.
I apologize for the shortness of this post, a lot has really happened this week, but it's just been so intense, that it's hard to put into words!
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28