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BUILDING ON AN OLD FOUNDATION
A LETTER FROM ALUMNI PRESIDENT PASTOR JIM STEVENSON
Dear Alumni of GPTS,
All of us are familiar with Paul’s words to Timothy concerning the usefulness of Scripture — words that many of us have memorized in 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Sadly, too many folks stop there. Paul continues his flow of thought to Timothy in Chapter 4: “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.”
The stress Paul lays upon those of us who serve as Christ’s under-shepherds is to preach! To preach the word, men must be trained in the word. There is much a pastor must do to serve Christ’s Church, but central to his work is the faithful preaching the word.
Our God has blessed us with the training that Greenville Seminary has provided for us. The Alumni Association recognizes this truth, and as such we ought to strive to provide whatever support we can wherever God has placed us. This support certainly should include monetary support, but it should also include promotion of Greenville Seminary both to potential students as well as any individuals or Churches that are committed to Reformed and Confessional standards. When people ask us “Why Greenville?” one simple response can be this: Greenville is committed to training men to serve as under-shepherds of Christ’s Church through the faithful handling of God’s word for the sake of His sheep. So I ask all of you to consider how you might promote and support Greenville Seminary.
If you are in a similar situation as I am, then you are not likely the pastor of a mega-church with a mega-budget. A small, theologically conservative seminary such as GPTS that emphasizes the ordinary means of grace for Christ’s sheep and kingdom growth will train men as workers who will likely be called to shepherd smaller flocks. I realize that many of our church budgets are tight; some are very tight. This inevitably leads to our own personal budgets being tight. Nevertheless, if you share the same commitment as GPTS to train men to be biblically grounded preachers of the word, then please consider how you might help support the seminary accomplish this worthy goal.
I am encouraging you to join with me and prayerfully commit to help increase alumni financial support for GPTS. Whether it is an annual gift or even quarterly or monthly, GPTS will benefit greatly and more importantly, the future undershepherds of Christ’s Church will benefit as well. It is for the sake of Christ’s sheep that we do what we do; it is for the sake of Christ’s sheep that GPTS does what it does. Let us endeavor to help GPTS raise up men to be preachers of His word.
Of course, all of this requires faithful prayer for the seminary. I encourage you all to commit yourself to pray regularly for GPTS. Pray for continued financial stability in order to keep tuition low. Pray for the faculty that the Lord would guide them as they teach. Pray for the current students as they both study and ascertain God’s calling for their lives. Pray also for each other as we serve Christ’s Church.
May the name of Christ be glorified through the work of GPTS!
In His service,
Jim G. Stevenson
Jim Stevenson is the organizing pastor of Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Okla. He graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from GPTS in 2012 and from Geneva College in Pennsylvania in 1991 with a degree in mathematics education. He was a mathematics teacher at Lakeside School near Philadelphia for 11 years, and served in a variety of capacities, including director, at Camp Susque, a Christian camp near Williamsport, Penn. Contact him at: POPCoffice@gmail.com
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