Course Name:  God’s Generals/Pentecostal History  “Knowing Your Godly Heritage”

 Course Description:  This course will chronicle the lives and work of some of the great leaders in the faith in Pentecostal History.  The student will receive an overview of their lives, their teachings, and their spiritual discoveries, as well as insight into why some succeeded and some failed in their ministries.  You will learn how the Pentecostal movement of the past century changed the church forever, and how it is currently influencing our lives today.

Course Texts:   God’s Generals by Roberts Liardon

Costs:  Degree/Certificate – $55.00 

Location for On Campus Study World Harvest Church (770–643–9223)

Instructor: Pastor Mirek Hufton

                     Pastor Linda Hufton

Credits: 3 credit hours (1 credit hour for 3 hours of classroom instruction)

Course Requirements (see catalog for specific explanation of each requirement):

  1. Mandatory class attendance: 9 hours of instruction time
  2. Read required text(s), complete and turn in attached study guide   (20% of grade)
  3. Written assignment: 1 ½ – 2 typed pages/single spaced  (30% of grade)
  4. Overall summary of reading material (3 or more main ideas)
  5. Scripturally documented/supported
  6. Reflection: How will you apply what you have learned?
  7. Critique: What do you think about it (reading material)?
  8. 1 ½ – 2 typed pages, single spaced
  9. Written exam – final day    (50 % of grade)
    1. variety of questions: true/false, multiple choice, matching, short answer, etc.
    2. working knowledge of 8–10 important scripture verses (on back of syllabus)
    3. ratio of questions: 75 % from reading materials and 25 % from lectures

Scripture Verses for God’s Generals/Pentecostal History

Writing Assignment and Scripture for God’s Generals:

 Within each biographical sketch, Roberts Liardon, the author, has interwoven several ‘spiritual truths’ with each evangelist, either in a sentence or a paragraph.  (Example:  “Keep God as your number one passion, and the desire of your heart will surely follow.” – p. 376)  Your written assignment for this class is to select 2 spiritual truths, either from the same evangelist or from two separate evangelists, and explain their relationship to scripture and to the evangelist.  Keep each ‘spiritual truth’ explanation to one typed page – you will have approximately 2 typed pages for your assignment. 

Format for each truth:  1st – Top of page – name of evangelist

                                         2nd – Type out the ‘spiritual truth’ (sentence or paragraph)

                                         3rd – Relate the ‘truth’ to scripture verses

                                         4th – How does the ‘spiritual truth’ relate to the evangelist

 

      (Attached is a sample of a written assignment for the ‘spiritual truth’ that was given above.)             

 Scripture Verses for God’s Generals/Pentecostal History:  “Knowing Your Godly Heritage”   (New King James Version Bible)

 

Matthew 22:14 – “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 

Acts 2:4 – “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

 

Romans 8:14 – “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

 

I Cor. 4:2 – “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”

 

I Cor. 14:4 – “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.”

 

Ephesians 4:12 – “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”

 

Hebrews 1:9 – “You have loved righteousness – – – therefore God, your God, hath anointed you – – “

 

Hebrews 11:6 – “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him – -”

 

Hebrews 12:2 – “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith – -”

Written Sample:

                                                Evan Roberts:  “Welsh Revivalist”

                                                                (Spiritual Truth)

 

  “Parents, allow your children to be involved with the move of God.  I can’t stress how vitally important it is to teach and train your children in the things

  of God.  They need to know how to pray, how to study the Word of God, and how to sit under the anointing.  Teach them to worship God with you, and show

  them how to do it. – – – The fire of God must be passed on with each new generation.  Children are pliable and sensitive, wanting to learn.  They are like little

 sponges eager to draw in everything you share with them.  So be their teachers. If you have children, that godly responsibility of passing the fire of God onto

them rests in your hands.” (pp. 79 – 80: paragraphs 3 & 4)  

 

     In Proverbs 22:6, God gives clear directions to parents on how they should raise their children:  “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it”.  Parents have been given the responsibility to give the proper instructions and guidance to their child.  Deuteronomy 6:7 states that “you shall teach (these words:  love the Lord your God with all your heart – – v. 5) to your sons and talk of them when you sit in your house – – .”   As Christians, we are in this world, but not of it.  God’s Word teaches us how to be world overcomers (John 16:33) and to be able to resist, to stand against the temptations and pressures of this world (James 4:7).  If parents teach and train their child in the ways of God, if they give them a solid Biblical foundation, then they will hold fast to the Word when they become adults.  By starting early, parents can ‘create a hunger’ inside their child – a spiritual hunger that can only be satisfied by the Word of God, by which the child depends on God as his provider and is sensitive to the voice of God.  Proverbs 23:24 sums it up for parents by stating that “The father of a righteous man will greatly rejoice, and he who births a wise son will delight (be glad) in him”. 

 

     Evan Roberts, the ‘Welsh Revivalist’ and one of the 12 evangelists discussed in Liardon’s God’s Generals, was born into a family in which the parents, strong Calvinist-Methodists, took their responsibility very seriously when training up their children in the Word of God.  His parents had a strong influence on him in “cultivating the spirit and nature within him” (p. 79) – they were known for their love of God, for hard work, and for making sure that each family member had his own Bible.  His strong character, his ‘revivalist spirit’ (p. 79), was instilled in him at a very early age as the result of his family training – he developed the family’s habit of memorizing scripture, passing the scripture on to others, and then asking them later,  “What truth did you find in the text?”(p. 80).  Roberts had a very unique desire for the Lord – he gave himself to “fervent prayer and intercession”, a spiritual practice that few people of his time understood.  When asked about his unusual behavior, he simply said, “But the Spirit moved me” (p. 81).  In a prayer of total submission (“Bend me! Bend me!” – p. 84), he received a revelation of the love of God.  Even though he completely surrendered to the will of God (“His statement, ‘We can do nothing without the Holy Spirit’, set the precedence for his ministry.” – p. 84), Evan was susceptible to deep states of depression because of his fear of not being able to receive the “fullness of the Spirit of God” (p. 83).  Regardless of these demonic oppressions, Evan Roberts was a “great revivalist who held the keys to spiritual awakening.” (p. 104)  Several ministers stated that “everything they knew about prayer” came from Evan Roberts’ teachings and his School of Prayer, a school that taught the importance of intercession.  A pioneer in the move of the Spirit in Wales, Roberts’ ministry was ‘birthed’ from parents who passed on the ‘fire of God’ to their son.