Wednesday, May 9, 2012

One Reason I love Redeemer Seminary

I go to Redeemer, but I also work there. It's not a glamorous job, but I look forward to work every day; in part because I get to hang out with so many of the students and hear their stories. I've shared at least one of them before, about a former Muslim who came to faith in Jesus through a dream (Here). He and twenty other students are graduating this May and I get to write their bios! Just this morning I read a friend's testimony about his experience at Redeemer and I couldn't help but cry when I read it, because I feel exactly the same way.

"As my student days are coming to an end, I’m reflecting on what I have learned— from experience— in this gospel community known as Redeemer Seminary. When I first came to Redeemer it seemed like everyone was talking about “Union with Christ” and I am ashamed to admit that I did not understand what they were so excited about. Now, after nearly three years of sitting at the feet of our professors, exploring the scriptures, and walking with other students, I understand. The Redeemer community has shown me that Christ is the source, the means, and the goal of the Big Gospel Story, and also of our smaller stories in the gospel. So now, for the first time in my Christian life, I am walking in the rhythm of dying and rising in union with Christ and in communion with his people, and enjoying life in the gospel story.

My professors have shown me better ways to listen to God’s word, to see Christ in God’s word, to make connections in God’s word, and to tremble at God’s word. As a result, I am learning to handle it more reverently, faithfully, obediently—and, dare I say— more creatively. Because of my experience at Redeemer Seminary, I believe more deeply than ever before that the Holy Spirit is a literary artist, That His Word is alive and active today, and that it is the very Word by which we live, in the power of the Spirit of Christ.

Finally, here are some lessons that I have learned at Redeemer: Weakness is better than strength. Love is better than knowledge. Grace is greater than all my sin. Hope is deeper than my despair. Prayer is stronger than my cynicism. Truth is stranger than fiction. Story is bigger than systems. Christ is brighter than everything."

Christ is brighter than everything. I love Redeemer Seminary because here, I am daily reminded of that. As I step into a new season of ministry- one that is full of unknowns and full of risks- I'm reminded that it's not what I know, how eloquent I am, or how smart I seem that will make any difference in anyone's life. It's Christ and Christ alone who gives life- to the fullest!- and He is where my gaze ought to be. 

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