Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” – 1 Corinthians 3:18-20

OT Survey Camp 2015 – Feedback

– Mrs Uma Johnson

We were privileged to attend the Old Testament survey with the church on 9th and 10th May 2015. Nearly 35 people attended and it was held in Claret Ni-vas. Dr J Godwin Nickelson was the resource person.

It was a good experience in learning the Old Testament in context and with the content. We all were given one learning text book called the ‘Old Testa-ment made easy’ authored by Dr Godwin himself. The summary of the Old Testa-ment books especially was easy and helpful in understanding the context and con-tent. The demonstrations were very useful in remembering the events. The memory aids were useful to write on our heart disk. It made us ponder on God’s love and rest in the knowledge that God has control over all his creation. He is Sovereign and He is God of all nations. In this survey, we learned through the prophets that God made his plans known to his people.

We learnt about the Lord, His personality and what to do when we are in difficult situations. It helped us link prophets and Kings under various time frames. The God of the OT is also the God of love. Obedience is much more important and going back to God is much more important than attempting to change the circumstances.

We got a deeper understanding of the Bible. It was a unique way of learn-ing the Old Testament. If we understand God’s love, we can be more passionate. Four specific elements can be seen in each of the six cycles in the book of Judges; sin, punishment, crying (prayer) and deliverance. This helped us memorize 8 stag-es of Israel’s history which sum up the entire OT: Creation stage, Patriarchal stage, Exodus stage, Conquest stage, Judges stage, Kingdom stage, Captivity/Exile stage and Return stage.

Overall it was good. It really helped us. The clarity and timing were good. We also learnt that wilderness is wandering but restitution is possible.

Though this was brief there were lots of insights. NT also will be good if it is done in this way. It was meaningful and the arrangements were good. It helped us be passionate about reading the Old Testament and understanding the bigger plan of God. We would like to thank the organizers for taking care of all the arrangements to make it happen. We especially would like to thank Ms. Gracy for taking care of the children. 

(Mrs Uma Johnson worships in BMC and is part of KR puram Area Fel-lowship)