Twenty-five years ago this past week, Oral Roberts stepped inside the classroom to teach “Bible Principles for Abundant Life through Faith.”
Does this class sound familiar? Probably not. It is currently known as “Spirit Empowered Living.” Alumni of ORU may also recognize the name “Charismatic Life and the Healing Ministry.”
However, the name changes don’t affect Roberts’ original vision for the course.
After being out of the classroom for years, Roberts explained his reason for returning to teaching.
“I know it is my time to share the infallible, inspired word of God and the principles of abundant life,” Roberts said in an Oracle article from 1988.
The first lectures took place on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, whereas this semester it is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:50 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. A discussion group outside of the lecture is an added component of the course.
Though the university founder died Dec. 15, 2009, his vision for the course lives on.
The tradition of the president teaching this class continued on through his son, Richard Roberts, followed by Dr. Mark Rutland and his wife, Alison.
This semester President William “Billy” Wilson is teaching the required theology course.