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Lafatra

LAFATRA is an acronym derived from the Malagasy for “Man after God’s own heart” from 1 Samuel 13:14. It is the name chosen for the 3-year church-based training for men that will be launched at Ankadivato Baptist Church on January 13th, 2018. It is also a suitable play on words as LAFATRA itself also can mean “mature” or “whole”.

Around 90 men signed up when we made the announcement and explicated the training objectives. It was a joy to see many of them eager to grow in their knowledge of God’s Word and their faithfulness in applying it to their daily lives.

The purpose of LAFATRA is to help men to know and love God’s Word as well as to equip them to faithfully carry out the duties the Lord has assigned to them in their different spheres of responsibility, within the home, at school, at work, and at church. Through the teaching and memorizing of God’s Word, the men will be challenged to evaluate their own lives against the divine standard, and, through mutual edification, to put off the remains of the old nature and increasingly put on Christ-like thoughts, desires and behaviors.

Just like a medical doctor must know the science of medicine in order to be able to be considered a professional doctor, all men within the local church, whether in the leadership or not, must know the Scripture in order to do the work that God calls them to do.

It is the goal of this course to challenge every man in the local church to greater service to our Lord Jesus Christ through a comprehensive study (2 Tim 2:15) and memorization {Psalms 119:11} of the Scripture.

3-Year program :

The overall syllabus is to be completed in 3 years of study. Below is what makes up the entire course and should be studied in order. The:

  • Year 1 : The Bible, Relationships among believers, Prayer, Practical Theology
  • Year 2 : Systematic Theology, Hermeneutics, Biblical Theology
  • Year 3 : Exegesis, Preaching, Teaching and shepherding, Apologetics, Practical Theology

The goal of focusing only in the Bible during the 1st year is to help students understand, know, love and obey our Lord in order to shepherd His flock