For the next several issues of Teach the Word, Pastor Daniel Habben will guide us as we consider the question, How can we best reach adults with God’s Word in a Bible class setting? With a clear reminder of the blessings God’s people receive as they study his Word, this series of articles will challenge all of us to take a serious look at the way we teach Bible class. Pastor Habben will offer specific and practical suggestions for us to consider as we strive to become better communicators of God’s truth.
In his first article, he reminds us of the purpose of Bible study.
Pastor Daniel Habben has served St. Peter Lutheran Church in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada for 18 years. He recently accepted the call to serve St. John’s Lutheran Church on the island of Antigua. (Pastor Habben thankfully reports that though the eye of Hurricane Maria missed them by only 60 miles, and the eye of Irma by 30, they escaped with cosmetic damage and power outages. They are, however, ministering to families from the island of Barbuda, since that entire island has been evacuated and is living on Antiqua. “We’re thankful for the help from Christian Aid and Relief and from other congregations and individuals. Perhaps this will give us a foothold on Barbuda.”)
Pastor Habben came to love teaching when he tutored at Luther Prep School and is thankful for the feedback he received from his fellow tutors—especially from the Martin Luther College teacher grads! He was a presenter at the 2015 symposium on education at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Most of the materials in the following articles are from that presentation.
Pastor Habben will lead an Interactive Faith online Bible study on Isaiah 1
12 during January and February of 2018.