Great Move of God in Angola, Africa SOC

  

School of Christ class in Angola, Africa.

We praise and give glory to God for all the many doors and opportunities He has given us to carry the School of Christ throughout the world. In September God allowed us to once again teach a SOC in the country of Angola, Africa. The School was held in the church of our dear brother in Christ, Pastor Gil Capuepue. Because of the difficult circumstances there, we are only able to teach the SOC once a year, in one-week sessions.

From the very moment we landed in Africa, we felt that we were at home with the family of God; enjoying wonderful times of fellowship with the church, Pastor Gil, and his wife, Sister Marineth.

We witnessed God, through the Holy Spirit, begin to deal with the hearts and lives of all the brothers and sisters that were in attendance from day one of the School. We were encouraged, refreshed, renewed spiritually, to see such a hunger and thirst for the simplicity of the Gospel of Christ. God is working within the lives of His Church in Angola.

Even in the midst of great difficulties, we witnessed a group of brothers and sisters who have a sincere love and desire to reach their country for Christ. We continue to ask for your prayers for the church in Angola and its workers. Like so many other places throughout the world, the devil is fighting; but we know that the gates of hell will not prevail against the true Church of God.

Glory to God for the great things He has done! Pray for the workers as they follow the call of God for their lives. Thank you for your support.

 

Brian Larsen – SOC Vice President/Director

 

Brian Larsen demonstrating the use of the School of Christ solar MegaVoice unites to pastors in Angola. 

 

 

 

Mongolian Church Preparing for Revival and Missions Outreach

God continues to impact the country of Mongolia through the School of Christ. In July we held a School to train young adults who are called into the ministry. They ranged in age from 16 to 28, and half of them were committed already to full-time ministry in the churches as pastors, missionaries, small group leaders, or worship leaders. God touched every lesson with His presence and power. We had great times of prayer and worship before the throne of God. There is no doubt that the church in Mongolia is being prepared for a great revival and a powerful missionary outreach.

So often we fall into the trap of limiting what God is able to do. Our faith is so weak that we begin to believe that God’s work depends only on what we can do in our own strength.

During my ministry in Mongolia, I spoke with numerous pastors and missionaries who are impacting closed-door countries right now. One missionary was ministering in China and fits in with the culture, and has learned some of the language, and is able to assist the local church in planting new churches and training disciples.

Another minister was called to Kyrgyzstan, a predominately Muslim country, but welcomes workers from Mongolia. He is a school teacher and he is able to connect with the church in Kyrgyzstan.

One of the young men has made a commitment to North Korea. He has already spent a semester in the university there and is planning on going back. He is able to witness and share Christ. He has access because the door to North Korea is open for Mongolians!

The church which sponsored the SOC training for young adults in Mongolia, reported that two of their church families are living in Northern Afghanistan and ministering in an underground church. Nothing is too hard for God!

Too many times we have questioned how God is going to reach this generation. He showed me on this trip the means: The Holy Spirit calls! The Holy Spirit teaches! The Holy Spirit equips! The Holy Spirit sends! We must do our part. We cannot go into North Korea or Afghanistan to minister for Christ, but this does not mean that God is not calling men and women from different parts of the world to go who can get into these closed countries.

We have a unique opportunity to help these missionaries to be effective. The School of Christ is the most effective missionary training tool ever developed. We must be faithful to give so that this School can be taught to those who are called.

    Joel Pledge – SOC Director

 

 SOC Leadership Training Team.

 

  Group of Mongolian young adults that are called into the ministry.

November Mission Message

  Robert Turnage – SOC President

We live in a world of mostly lost souls. Jesus said in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” It is not the Will of God for men to perish, and because of the Work of the Son of God they should not have to perish. This is where the ministry and the call of God upon His people and the fruit of the Life and Work of Jesus Christ are joined.

There was a time in the church when people spoke of and ministers preached about “having a burden.” That is no longer preached or experienced. (God forgive us and please restore this holy experience.) The burden for souls is a spiritual matter. The Bible dictionary defines a burden as “…a burden which must be carried by the individual, i.e. as something personal and hence is not transferable, i.e. it cannot be shifted to someone else.”

I speak to you who are a spiritual people because you understand the meaning of these words. Can I implore you to regain that sanctified place with God where you are totally consumed in prayer, travailing for people who are separated from God.

Solomon said in Proverbs 11:30, “…he that winneth souls is wise.” And the Psalmist David said in Psalm 126:6, “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

Many people do not realize what true joy and glory will be when we see Jesus. Paul tells us exactly what it will be in 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20. There he says, “For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? For you are our glory and joy.”

Everyone who works for, supports, or contributes to the ministry of the School of Christ International has one purpose for our work and giving and that is to preach the Gospel in every nation and to every individual.

Thank you for sharing and supporting in this last day ministry to the entire world.

 

Defence of the Gospel

“Set For the Defence of the Gospel”

by Robert Turnage

“WHO CHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD INTO A LIE…”
Romans 1:25

“…I AM SET FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE GOSPEL.”
Philippians 1:17

The call and ministry of the School of Christ International is the same as it has always been with every other God-ordained ministry. It is humbling, joyful, fulfilling, and the great delight of life for all who have been chosen of God to carry His purpose of ministry to all the inhabitants of the world. God must not only call, but also equip His laborers to withstand every trial, trouble, and assault of the devil to discourage. The devil will use any means to prevent and destroy the work of God from being done for the Glory of God.

The Apostle Paul wrote the Philippians, “…I am set for the defence of the Gospel” (1:17). Many warnings are given by God to His workers about conditions under which the work of the Almighty will be carried out. In the first chapter of the Book of Romans we are told that men will change the truth of God into a lie. The Prophet Daniel said laws, times and seasons would be changed (Daniel 7:25). In Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (1:1-3), he questioned them by asking who had bewitched them, and reminded them of how in the beginning they started out right by being in the Spirit but were now falling prey to the flesh.

We are admonished to “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12). We are in the greatest fight we will ever be a part of. We cannot afford to be lazy, slow, apathetic, unconcerned or discouraged. Our losses will not be measured by material things but by souls for whom Jesus died. He gave everything so that all could have Everlasting Life.

Since we do not fight against flesh and blood, what and who do we fight? It’s spiritual: “…against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

The founding minister of the School of Christ International, B. H. Clendennen, was a man of great prayer and uncompromising steadfastness to the unchangeable, unadulterated Word of God. He endeavored to instill those same infallible values into everyone to whom he ministered. From the beginning of this mission’s ministry until today, that continues to be the driving and guiding force behind all of its works and endeavors.

In this time of changing from those things we most assuredly believed, to conditions now where there are no absolutes, and every man doing that which is right in his own eyes. Men, for the most part, are stumbling around uncertain about what is True and even the Works of God. He knew his life was lived in such a way that he desired that others know the reasons behind his sufferings and imprisonments. He wanted others to know it was for his being chosen, that theses experiences had befallen him. The adversary of the Gospel was seeking to silence and even kill him. From his mother’s womb, he was chosen of God. He was called of God to use all means possible to further the Word of God. That included preaching, writing, disputing, suffering, and defending. The Apostle not only wanted them to know this, but in the love of God, to also defend the Gospel.

Because of Paul’s sufferings, he was able to lead lost men and women to Christ. Others had preached out of envy and contention, having sought to add to his bonds, but he was at ease where he was (Philippians 1:16). He was in the Will of God, and in his defending the Truth, others were being delivered and set free. Paul would later write in 2 Corinthians 4:12, “So then death worketh in us, but life in you.”

For some reason—possibly known only to God—our sufferings are instrumental in leading others to God. The ways of God are beyond our finding out. It may be another way of taking up our cross and following Him, but we must leave everything to Christ. There are multitudes of enemies of the cross. If a minister is effectually revealing Christ, the enemy of God will come out against him. The devil has eternally tried to defeat the plans of God. The adversary was defeated in, by, and through Christ. God raised His Son and now Jesus sets at “the right hand of God” (1 Peter 3:22). The devil has no direct access to Christ. He can only attack the lovers, workers, and followers of the Lord.

Paul’s enemies hated him, his message, and his Godly success. Every successful ministry fights the same foe. There is no truth, holiness, or purity outside of Christ. They took the position that by Paul’s absence, with his accompanying bonds and tribulations, they could gain attention by their errant preaching. This man of God said, “So then death worketh in us, but life (worketh) in you” (2 Corinthians 4:12).

In speaking of his state, he wrote to the church at Thessalonica “that no man should be moved by these (his) afflictions” (1 Thessalonians 3:3). The Apostle reminded them of his words in verse four when he said, “For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know” (1 Thessalonians 3:4).

Paul was a warrior and defender of the Gospel. He did not want the devil to trouble their minds or shake their faith in the Gospel they had heard. Therefore, they would also be persecuted.

In military training, it is said “to know your enemy is to have one-half of the battle won.” Scripture tells the Christian the same thing, don’t be ignorant of the devices of Satan for he goes about to steal and kill (2 Corinthians 2:11; John 10:10). The believer knows the serpent uses deception, error, and all forms of spiritual imitations to destroy the Christian. Paul defended the Gospel against every attack by the evil one toward God’s chosen people.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

We must be as Nehemiah when he was rebuilding walls that had been destroyed; by using trowel and sword to defeat and utterly destroy the wicked works of God’s enemies and to successfully complete the wall. Jesus said days would come on the earth that would be unparalleled in previous generations.

According to the King James Version dictionary of the Bible, the word blaspheme means, “…an injury offered to God, by denying that which is due and belonging to Him, or attributing to Him that which is not agreeable to His nature.” Today’s definition of blasphemy has diminished this frightening reality that, daily the Lord Jesus is continuously being blasphemed. God asked in Isaiah 52:5, “Now therefore, what have I here, saith the Lord, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the Lord; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.” This is partially fulfilled by the writing of the Apastle Paul in Romans, chapter one, that the Truth of God is being changed into a lie. This is potentially more relevant today than at any other time in man’s history. If Paul lived in this present generation, he would use preaching, writing, and warning, against the new Christianity, new spirituality, feel-good, smooth sermons, with no Bible being practiced.

God’s Church must re-learn some lessons from the old paths wherein the way of the Lord is (Jeremiah 6:16). The eyes of the Lord are going to and fro looking for those who will defend His Word and deliver His people that are being taken away by generations that have, and continue, to reject the ways and message of God. If we remain indifferent, accept the status-quo, follow this generation who wants ease, entertainment, concerts, plays, and platform shows, we will answer to God with the blood of multitudes on our hand. Paul delivered himself from these failures and possibilities by going through the sufferings of life and taking a stand for God and His people at all costs.

We must stand against the fleshly and carnal, and even devilish things that have been placed and substituted for the realities of God. Instead of preaching that brings Holy Ghost conviction that leads to repentance, we have mastered techniques that pleases the senses, and makes lost men feel that these hellish methods are really of God. Through the Prophet Jeremiah, even as the Apostle Paul, suffered many things because of his faithfulness to the Call of God.

For a man to hear God say to him that he has been a good and faithful servant, it is going to require complete obedience and surrender to Him. My prayer for myself and those God is
depending upon, is that we will step into the gap and make up the hedge, lest the serpent inject his deadly venom (Ecclesiastes 10:8; Ezekiel 22:30) and continue to take people away from the Father, and give to us a renewed Godly life to be a “…defence of the gospel” (Philippians 1:17).

Our prayer is that God would give all of us in this mission’s ministry, Divine strength to faithfully withstand every attack of the devil. By the grace and help of God, it is our desire to be unmovable and unshakable in these changing times. We all are kept, not by might or power, but by the Spirit of God.

To all who see and understand the intensity and urgency of the battle, please join with me and the School of Christ in urgent prayer with a renewed determination to stand in the defence of the Gospel.

 

 Robert Turnage – President

SOC Moving Forward in Germany

 Keith Malcomson – SOC Director

SOC Moving Forward in Germany

Our annual one-week School of Christ in Marienberg, Germany, was held the first week of June. The attending students were made up of local church leadership, street evangelists, new church planters, and ministers that are preparing for the ministry.

We preached several times a day for five days with the help of two translators. This year we covered the series, “Revival” and “Paths to Power.” The opening day was a powerful time of being soaked in undiluted Truth with powerful lessons like the “Tragic Mixture” and the “Trojan Horse.”

One missionary brother, was delayed in arriving at the School due to sickness. On Monday, while at home, as he read the Word of God, he came to Exodus 28:38, “…that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things…” He was puzzled by this scripture and asked the Lord to show him the meaning. He was also praying that the Lord would speak to him during the School. When he and his wife reached the School, the scripture reference for the first lesson that was being taught was Exodus 28:38. God answered all his questions.

The series “Revival” ended with two vital messages on Sanctified by Faith. This Truth opened the eyes of several ministers attending the School to holiness in a way they had never seen before. Truth sets free and stirs the heart.

On day three, a powerful, Holy Ghost conviction fell upon everyone, calling us back into a deeper life of consecration, determination, and prevailing prayer in our personal lives and churches. Hearts were deeply convicted, challenged, and stirred over the issue of prayer. These five days were very important for all of us who attended, and extremely refreshing for Candace and myself.

My wife Candace, before the School started, for a long time was waking up daily with pain in her arm. On top of this, she injured her back just before the starting of School. By the end of the first day, she was in great pain and was hardly able to walk up the stairs or even lift her feet to get in bed. She was unsure how she could continue doing the catering for the students. On the Tuesday night after preaching Invincible Men, an altar call for those needing healing in their bodies, or needing to be filled or refilled with the Holy Ghost. Several responded for healing. As we gathered around them, praying in the Holy Ghost, Candace was instantly healed. It was so complete and instantaneous that she could hardly believe it. Christ is still the Healer. It is now several weeks later and there is still no pain.

One meeting with the Lord can change everything. One brother who graduated the full-time School in Germany, said that the three things that most impacted him was the Holiness of God, the Holiness of prayer, and the Holiness of God’s Word.

There is an increasing desire to see the School of Christ run a full-time School annually in Germany, and we are praying and seeking the Lord for direction as we move forward. We need God’s wisdom, guidance, and your prayers. During this School, other doors are opening for us to go into other areas to carry this message to those who need it and have never heard.

We are now in Ireland preparing for our next three-week English School with students from several countries.

Thank you for your continued prayers and encouragement.

Keith Malcomson – SOC Director

Student attending the Germany SOC.