From the CGCS blog, Greg Mathias encourages us all to pray for Nepal and he offers some thoughts on how to pray. Below are his four key things/people to pray for:

Life. As the death toll rises, please pray for the survival of those still trapped and unaccounted for.

Relief. The needs are incredible. Pray that relief will go to the right areas and reach people in time. People need food, water, shelter, medical care.

Christ. Pray that this disaster will lead to many openings for Christ as Nepalese see the love of Christ in real and meaningful ways.

SEBTS. Energy, compassion, and protection. Please pray these things for our SEBTS students and others working in Nepal.

Read the full post here.

In Case You Missed It

1) A new year brings new hopes and dreams but also new opportunities to sin. Chuck Lawless warns us to take caution in 2015.

2) Ed Stetzer reminds us that Jesus spent a lot of time with “the lost,” and we might do well to love them as he did.

3) Across the pond, Andrew Wilson shares a talk he gave on a “theology of maleness.” This is an important topic for men and women in our increasingly gender neutral culture.

4) SEBTS VP of Institutional Advancement, Art Rainer writes about the five reasons young leaders should cherish parenthood.

5) Trillia Newbell argues that love ought to inform all our actions that spring from faith. Works without faith is dead.

One Effort To Prevent Failure In Ministry

Every fall and spring I have the joy and responsibility of addressing new students as they enter the College of Southeastern and Southeastern Seminary. I am always excited to do this, but I also have a real sense of burden. Why? Because I know some will never see graduation and some will not last in ministry. Almost all begin with great hopes, dreams and aspirations. “I am going to change the world for Christ.” “My life in vocational ministry is going to make an impact for eternity.” Tragically along the way they get sidelined, fall by the wayside, drop out of the race. The older I get the more acutely aware I am of the fact: it is one thing to start well, but it is another thing to finish well. So, each fall and spring I share the following with our new students. I hope you will be encouraged. I hope together, we finish our race well for the glory of God and the good of His Church.

Being Faithful To The High Calling Of Christ

(“How to Survive Seminary and Make it in the Ministry”)

 Philippians 1:21; 1 Corinthians 10:31

1. Maintain your quiet time, and be active in a local church. Southeastern is not a substitute for community life in the Body of Christ.

Psalm 46:10; Mark 1:35

2. Guard your marriage/family. This is one of Satan’s favorite areas to launch an attack.

Psalm 127; 128; Song of Solomon 2:15; Ephesians 5:21-6:4

3. Pursue holiness by a) protecting your thought life, b) maintaining your integrity, and c) avoiding the places of temptation and evil.

Proverbs 23:7; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Philippians 2:5; Ephesians 4:27; 1 Thessalonians 5:22

4. Remember we are a covenant community that takes seriously our covenant commitments.   Honor your word and keep your promises.

Matthew 5:33-37; 1 John 2:5

5. Watch your finances and always act responsibly and with integrity. This is the number one killer of most students who have to drop out of school.

Romans 13:8

6. Remember you are here primarily to learn, not to teach. However, at SEBTS, we all believe we can learn from one another.

II Timothy 2:1-2

  • Few things are more valuable than a teachable spirit.
  • Study now what you will find difficult to study later.
  • Commit now to continue to study what you are studying now. (Greek, Hebrew, Theology, Philosophy, History, Apologetics)

7. Learn to work with, and get along with, people (develop your “people skills”). In other words, seek to balance both what you believe and how you live.

Ephesians 4:1-6

8. Be responsible and wise in your ministry service for the Lord, following the biblical model of a “shepherd” or “servant” leader.

Mark 8:31-38; 10:32-45; 1 Peter 5:1-4

9. Put no limitations on how and where our King might use you. Ask the Lord to give you the ability to truly pray, “Lord, why should I stay?”

Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 2:20

10. Find a passion for the Great Commission. This is, after all, the final marching orders of King Jesus.

Matthew 28:16-20

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