|Source: Baptist Press|
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College set a new recording for the number of graduates during their 71st commencement exercises held on May 6.
In his opening remarks, Midwestern Seminary President Jason Allen said, “We believe this ceremony is more than an academic event; it is a spiritual event. As such, it is a delight to honor each of our graduates this morning with tremendous hopefulness in what God will do through them in the many years and decades to come.
“Today, we recognize that we are a Southern Baptist institution that exists to serve churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. As a confessional institution, we believe the Bible is our foundation, the Great Commission is our call, and that Lord Jesus Christ is building His Church. We rejoice today that these graduates have not come here despite our doctrinal commitments, but because of them.”
Allen continued his remarks referencing Proverbs 3:5-6, saying, “In the midst of economic fear, cultural change, religious liberty concerns and global tumult, the world these graduates are going into may indeed look daunting. But that’s a world in which it’s exhilarating to represent the Lord Jesus Christ.
“These verses in Proverbs remind us that God is not distracted, too busy or disinterested in you. He has a perfect plan for you that will take you to a place you could never imagine, to sacrifice for Him in ways you did not expect, to honor Him in ways you never thought possible and to find joy amid circumstances you could never have deemed possible. God is not merely directing your way; He has designed your path.”
This year’s graduating class consisted of more than 300 students from 40 states and 11 countries who received 29 different types of degrees awarded at the ceremony, a new school record.
Grace, one of the Spurgeon College graduates said, “I was honored to walk alongside the life-long friends I have made at Midwestern Seminary and Spurgeon College.”
In concluding remarks Allen said, “To each one of these men and women before me, you’ve accomplished a great task that has been recognized today. But that’s not the end, it’s just the beginning. The Great Commission is now before you. Remember, though, you are not alone. Not only do you have family, friends, and churches behind you every step of the way, but the Lord is with you to the very end.”
Source: Baptist Press