Indianapolis Theological Seminary at Together for the Gospel

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FREE BREAKFAST FOR INDIANA PASTORS Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00am in the Aloft Hotel – downtown Louisville

This week thousands gospel-minded ministry leaders will gather in Louisville, Kentucky at an event called Together for the Gospel. Accomplishing many things, the conference reminds us of the importance of the gospel, its place in ministry, and its power to bring hope to a lost and dying world. At the same time, this gathering of gospel-minded brothers and sisters provides countless opportunities to fellowship together. In truth, after the worship in song and Scripture, my favorite part of T4G is reuniting with seminary friends who minister all over the globe and to scheme with many of them for upcoming gospel projects.

It’s this latter goal—what I like to call gospel scheming—that prompts this post.

Indianapolis Theological Seminary at Together for the Gospel

The one gospel venture I’m most excited about this week is gathering with pastors from Indiana to meet for breakfast on Wednesday morning to talk about Indianapolis Theological Seminary.

For more than 7 years (as a youth pastor and senior pastor) I ministered in the Hoosier State. And though rejoicing in the place God has moved us to serve (Occoquan Bible Church in Woodbridge, Virginia), I still love the state of Indiana and pray for the people and the pastors there.

More specifically, over the last year I’ve joined a group of pastors to pray and plan, to dream and develop a local seminary in Indianapolis. The name of the school is Indianapolis Theological Seminary, a school that “exists to collaborate with local churches for biblical and theological training unto the glory of God.”

While at first, this “school” was little more than a dream and a desire for a local seminary to equip pastors and teachers, it has in the last eighteen months become a growing reality. ITS had its first class last fall. It has begun to make partnerships with other seminaries to offer classes for credit. And it is looking to begin a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Ministry this fall .

If this sounds at all interesting, please get in touch with me or the leaders at ITS—Nicholas Piotrowski and Eric Bancroft in particular. You can also . . .

  • Check out the website to learn more.
  • Join us for breakfast on Wednesday at 7:00am in the Aloft Hotel. (Please RSVP) if you are an Indiana pastor and at Together for the Gospel.
  • Consider taking a class, if you are within driving distance of Indianapolis. This fall, a Greek class will be offered. And Steven Wellum and myself will co-teach Systematic Theology I.
  • And most importantly, PRAY—pray that the founding directors would have wisdom in laying the foundation of this school and that God would grant growth as he desires.

May God be pleased to raise up leaders and laborers to advance the gospel in Indiana and around the world.

Soli Deo Gloria, ds

 

Feeding on the Word

But [Jesus] answered, “It is written,‘Man shall not live on bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew, quoting Jesus, quoting Moses, quoting YHWH
Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:4

Words, words, words. The world is filled with words. Words inform. Express. Empower. Kill. Make peace. And give life.  Proverbs 18:21 says that ‘death and life are in the power of the tongue’ and Proverbs 15:23 tells us, “To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!”  In a word, words matter! Words are immeasurably powerful!  And they matter and hold power, because of their origin and purpose. God is a Speaking God (Jn 1:1-3), and in his image, we were given words to rule the world (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:19).

In fact, God himself rules and redeems through words. God spoke the world into existence (Gen 1:3; Ps 33:6).  Jesus upholds the world by the power of his word (Heb 1:3).  God’s word never fails (Isa 55:10-11); it speaks to the ends of the universe (Ps 19:1-7; Rom 10:18) with absolute perfection (Ps 19:7-11).  And for those made in His image, salvation and sanctification depend on His word (Heb 6:13ff; Jn 17:17) So central are words to God, that it is impossible to know Him without them, and thus he has commanded his church to ‘preach the word’ in season and out, unto the ends of the earth.

The word of God is pleasant and life-giving. But our world, and indeed our own hearts, resist God’s word. As Christians should be able to recall the joy of God’s word in our lives, but we surely we can bear testimony to the parched results of its absence.   

Matthew 12:36 tells us that at the end of our lives, we will give an account for every single word we speak, and what God is listening for in our words is an echo of His word.  So, how do your words measure up?  Do they reflect the grace and truth of the God who gave you the gift of speech?  Or do they reflect the worldliness and futility of the world?  God wants to fill your heart with his Word, and indeed our souls long for this more than we know.  This month, may we be those who feed on God’s word, so that our words are life-giving, because we are filled with the Word of God (Col 3:16-17).

Soli Deo Gloria, dss