The Great Consequence

After I had been married for about five years, my husband made the surprising suggestion that I go to theological seminary. He knew I loved to study the Word, and, of course, Bethel Theological Seminary was right next to our church in San Diego, California, and he thought it would be a good idea if I got my Master’s Degree in Theological Studies.

After I attended my first class, I knew I had found something I loved. I enjoyed all my classes and I loved the studies. I was radical in how I approached my time in seminary. I figured that how I studied would determine the quality of my future ministry. So I poured myself into my studies. I read extra books, spent hours in the journal racks on the third floor reading extra articles, and learned as much as I could on every subject in every class. I studied hard, got good grades, and even ended up Summa Cum Laude and Faculty Award Graduate.

The coup de grace — the greatest thing — was graduation night. I’ll never forget standing up there in my black graduation gown. And two of my professors stood by me and one put the Master’s collar on me – wow, that was amazing! And then I got to stand at the podium and I gave the Faculty Award graduation address. The title of my message was “All Things For The Sake Of The Gospel.” That night I realized how taking the stewardship of seminary had paid off. And that it was not the end, but only the beginning. What I learned that night, and what I know now in a much deeper way, is that there is a much more important graduation called stepping into eternity and a much more important set of studies called life. And a much greater reward.

We have been talking about what it means to have a heart for ministry. We looked at how having a heart for ministry begins with The Great Commandment of Ministry — our love for God and developing that love by spending time with Him. Then we looked at the Great Commission of Ministry — how we are pilgrims, and our authority for ministry is the Lord and His Word, our plan is discipleship, the scope of our ministry is the world, our purpose is that others will experience Christ. Everything we do should be transferable and the promise is that the Lord is always with us. That is the philosophy of ministry for those who have hearts for ministry. Then, we saw that those with a heart for ministry are called by God. And we saw that The Great Calling of Ministry is personal, it’s powerful, and it’s purposeful. And now as we bring this series to a close, I want to look at what I consider to be one of the most important passages related to ministry. In it we are going to see The Great Consequence of Ministry.

Ultimately, what will happen as a result of having a heart for ministry? You’ll have to watch Message Four of this A Heart For Ministry Special Event Video Series — The Great Consequence of Ministry — to find out. Download the companion Messages Notes and Quiet Times for a rich experience with the Lord!

God bless you as you continue on in the great adventure of knowing Him.

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In His Love,

Catherine

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