GBC Fall Semester Is Off To A Great Start!
September 5th, 2013
This morning I challenged the students of Grace Baptist College in my second chapel sermon of the 2013 fall semester to be both Spirit Filled and Spirit Led Christian workers. Understanding the Holy Spirits duel job of making us Comfortable and Uncomfortable was the theme of the hour. Jesus said in, (John 16:7–8) “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” To be effective in our Christian service we must embrace both the Comforting and the Convicting work of the Holy Spirit.
We have another great school year up and running. We are excited to have a full campus but it is not how many enroll each year that is my greatest concern. Our energy is being invested in producing well trained and thoroughly prepared graduates. We are committed to producing graduates that, put their hand to the plow and practice what they have learned. Our students spend four years learning, both in the classrooms and through hands-on experience, how to serve as diligent and faithful laborers in the work of the ministry. They labor alongside our wonderful and diligent church family, and they are leaving this miracle church with a vision to do something great for God across the county and around the world. Yet the ministry requires more than a vision. It requires work. Jesus said that one who would follow Him as a disciple must “put his hand to the plough” (Luke 9:62). Truly, the ministry is labor. Yes, it is rewarding labor; yes, it is joyous labor; yes, it is fulfilling labor. But the benefits don’t come through shortcuts. Every man or woman who would engage in ministry must do it with a commitment to labor and to roll up their sleeves and personally involve themselves in gathering the harvest. Please pray for this 2013 student body of Grace Baptist College.
In the next few weeks we will be ordaining 6 of our recent graduates who are all now serving in full time ministry. We are enjoying a thrilling time at one of America’s most exciting Christian colleges as we are preparing laborers for the harvest.