Albert Mohler Points Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Grads to Sources of Strength

Graduates of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary can draw strength for ministry from the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and their obedience to His call, President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said in his commencement address to the seminary’s 2018 graduates.

During the 220th commencement exercises on the seminary lawn May 18, 284 master’s and doctoral students were present to receive degrees as part of a graduating class of 320. The 320-person class is the largest during Mohler’s 25-year tenure as Southern’s president.

“As much as we glorify God in this [commencement], we glorify God for redeeming a church by the blood of His Son and gifting that church with ministers who have served since the time of the apostles until now,” Mohler said in his address.

Preaching from Romans 16:25-27, Mohler noted that the apostle Paul concluded his watershed epistle with a fanfare to God’s glory in Christ. The book of Romans is the titanic center of the New Testament, he said, describing in comprehensive terms the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The conclusion to the letter praises the God “who is able to strengthen,” assuming that all Christians — including ministers of the Gospel — need strengthening, Mohler said. Seminary graduation, though a significant accomplishment, should be a testament to every student’s absolute dependence on God in both life and ministry, he said.

“I want to tell you graduates, as I look at you, you look very strong. You look good. You look healthy. You look ready. But you are not strong and you are not ready,” Mohler said. “You are not up to the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ — not one of the ministers of the Gospel of Christ is sufficient. Every single one of us at every single moment is dependent on another’s strength. We are never weaker than when we think we are stronger, and we are perhaps never stronger than when we sense that we are weaker.”

As they enter their various ministries, the graduates need to remember Christ’s individual, solitary ability to rule over the universe and control all things, Mohler said. That power is utilized on behalf of believers, and that power is the only thing that can strengthen Christian ministry.

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Source: Baptist Press