Our Training Objectives
In the fulfillment of its stated mission, CLU seeks to achieve the following specific objectives:
Training You to Sense God
The focus of our university program is to train you to sense the Spirit of God within your heart. Moses learned this in his burning bush experience in the wilderness. Paul learned it on the road to Damascus and in the subsequent three years in the Arabian desert. Jesus, Himself, after going to the desert, returned in the power of the Spirit and began a miracle-filled ministry. We will focus our training on releasing the revelation of God within the heart. We will use our minds and books to help us clarify, understand, and validate the revelation that is flowing within us.
Out of the heart come the issues of life. The mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart, and life and death are in the power of the tongue. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you fully understand your heart, and know how to sense the movement of God within your heart.
Training You to Live in the Spirit
The Bible commands us to walk in the Spirit, to pray in the Spirit, and to live in the Spirit. To do this effectively, we must learn, as Jesus did, how to see vision and how to hear God’s voice. Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice.” Therefore, the continuous training emphasis of CLU will be to bring you daily into interaction with the voice and vision of God. The course “REN103 Communion With God” will guide you in detail how to do this. You will want this to be your very first course.
Providing You with a Biblical Foundation
A thorough acquaintance with the Bible is foundational, so that God can speak to you through the Logos and so that you can test all revelation you receive against the Scriptures. At all times we will go back to Scripture in prayer, saying, “Show me, Lord, if what I have experienced is compatible or comparable to Your Holy Word.” Therefore, we provide you with an extensive “Through the Bible Series” that will give you an outstanding experience with and knowledge of the Scriptures.
We have a choice when we come to learning: We can eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, or we can eat from the tree of life. Both trees were present in the Garden of Eden. One was forbidden and one was allowed. We were forbidden to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and encouraged to eat from the tree of life.
What is the tree of knowledge? What is the tree of life? May I suggest that the tree of knowledge is the independent use of our minds, where we try to figure out for ourselves what is good and what is evil. Even if we use the Holy Scriptures in our pursuit of this knowledge, we can still run amuck. The Pharisees did. Paul did. But then he learned that he needed the revelation of the Holy Spirit to help him interpret Scriptures, and he prayed in Ephesians 1:17,18:
The tree of life is in our hearts. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches (Jn. 15). There is a life flow (revelation) through the Vine to our hearts which nourishes us and sustains us and allows us to bear fruit. And that fruit remains. Our program focuses on training you to eat from the Tree of Life. Because of this, our curriculum package is very unique. We believe it is important to obey the biblical injunction that forbids us to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Training You for All of Life
“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Ps. 24:1). Therefore, we train people for all areas of life. We do not recognize a sacred/secular split. Whether your vocation/ministry is within or outside structured church positions, our training is for you. And you may find that you work both inside and outside structured church positions at the same time. Paul was a tentmaker. Jesus was a carpenter. Abraham was a wealthy businessman as well as a great spiritual and political leader. Multiplying talents under the leading of the Spirit of God is surely biblical, even commanded (Matt. 25:14-30). We need fully trained spiritual men and women serving and leading in each and every job and vocation. This is God’s plan for you: to be seated with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus and rule with Him through the gifts and graces He has given to you.
Helping You Discern Your Basic Heart Motivation
We believe God has placed within each person at least one basic heart motivation which helps guide his ministry and vocational development and placement. In the course “Gifted to Succeed,” you will study about these basic heart motivations and take profiles to help you discern the motivation(s) and giftedness God has placed within you. You will interact with the Dean of Students and your faculty advisor to explore and to clarify what these gifts and callings are.