Jeffrey Bingham Challenges Southwestern Seminary Graduates to be ‘Coast-Busters’ in Doing the Great Commission

Southwestern graduates join their voices along with friends and family in worship before they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. SWBTS Photo

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) — Alluding to the 1984 film “Ghostbusters” during fall commencement, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s interim president, D. Jeffrey Bingham, challenged the new graduates to be “coast-busters.”

Preaching on the Great Commission from Matthew 28:18-20, Bingham exhorted the graduates to “break the coast of North America.”

“And from North America, from this place on Seminary Hill in Fort Worth, Texas, go into all the nations … and fulfill the Great Commission,” he said.

Representing 31 states, 15 nations and eight languages, this fall’s graduating class encompassed nearly 300 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students, including 199 who walked the stage in MacGorman Chapel to receive their diplomas Dec. 14 as well as those who graduated in absentia from their places of ministry.

Bingham highlighted not only Jesus’ call to make disciples, but especially the foundations He laid for that call.

“There are two things I never want you to forget about the Lord Jesus Christ,” Bingham said, “and that is what the Lord tells us about Himself: first of all, all authority has been given to Him, and [second,] surely He will be with you always. These magnificent statements from the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ are the foundation to the commission that all of us have received and to which all of us are responsible.

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Source: Baptist Press