I have been asked to contribute to the GTS blog. I am in my second year of the seminary, coming from being in ministry for around 8 years.
One of the things that drew me to Grace was the commitment the faculty has to biblical truth. It is important to be able to reach our culture for the Lord but it cannot be done by pushing God’s Word to the side. The faculty is also committed to the development of each individual student’s ability to effectively communicate God’s Word and, more importantly, the development of each students’ personal relationship with the Lord.
The commitment to coming to Seminary involved my whole family. My wife and kids have been a great encouragement to help me through some of the tougher times of the semesters. Currently we are expecting our fourth child and through this semester God has been teaching me what it means to be truly rely on Him for everything. God has done this through family life situations, discussions in class, and time in mentoring groups. He has continually shown Himself faithful. I have been able to trust the Lord with more and am constantly learning to let Him into the “problems” of life/school, etc., and get myself out of the way.
One final thought: My relationship with Christ is to be lived out in a community and not done on my own. Through mentoring and class times God is carving away at the old nature to be replaced by the new nature. One example is the desire and longing I have to spend time with God through prayer and mediation more now than when I started even at the beginning of this year.