Well it has been close to about a month since I have been in seminary graduate school, and there are many things I am excited to tell you about on this post. After graduating from the University of North Texas with my bachelor’s degree, I was confident that I was going to spend my life working up the corporate ladder in the communications industry. I have always been a passionate individual: I loved to write, meet new people and work on new projects. For a split second, I did have intentions of attending law school because of my confidence in my own abilities. Well, after graduating, things were not necessarily working out the way I intended career wise. It is as if God was telling me “No, I have something different planned for you.” But while I worked in the corporate environment, I learned many things that God was going to use for his purposes. I learned how to deal with people, public speaking, professional writing, selling and many other skills. In the Bible, I think of Peter who spent most of his life as a fisherman. Little did he know that the coming messiah predicted in the Jewish scriptures had something different planned out for his life. He took Peter’s same passion and abilities he learned from his current trade in fishing and used it for the ministry (Matthew 4:18-19). If you would have told me that I would be going to be seminary, I would have thought you were crazy. It is amazing how things change.
What Have I Learned So Far…
I am hardly a month into seminary, so it would be very difficult for me to write a full post about what I have learned at Dallas Theological Seminary so far. But there are some things that I believe the Lord is teaching me and wants me to be aware of as I begin my studies in seminary.
I truly believe there is no greater calling than to be a teacher of the word of God. It is a wonderful calling, but it is also a serious calling and not to be taken lightly. I mean think about it, Bible teachers are speaking on behalf of the Most High God. In 2 Timothy 2:15, it says Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. The key words in this text are “to present yourself approved by God.” My goal in going to seminary is not to show myself approved by man, but to be approved by God. So yes, I am hoping and praying that doors are open while being in seminary school, but I must show myself approve by God. God will open that door when he decides the time is right.
The second thing I have learned so far is to not let sophisticated theology get in the way of my love for God. The word theology basically means the study of God, for those who did not know. While being in seminary, you are learning so many theological terms while writing so many papers. So it is easy to forget that you came to seminary for your first love. It’s like working so hard for the woman you love but forgetting to express how much you love her. The study of theology is important and has its place for teachers of the word of God and leaders of the church. But it must not get in the way for our love of God. The Pharisees worshipped their intellect and love for theology more than their love for God. Jesus did say the most important commandment was to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. My hope and prayer is to take the truth I am learning and combine it with love to faithfully teach others the word of God. Truth without love is not truth at all, and love without truth is not love at all.
As I stated earlier in the post, it is just an update on how seminary school is going so far. I’ll try to keep it updated as most I can, they already have me reading and writing enough lol. As always, keep me in prayer constantly, and if you do feel led, I can still use some monthly supporters for future tuition payments. You can donate to me by clicking on this link.(https://www.gofundme.com/Jeremysseminaryschoolfund). I can’t wait to write to you next time to let you know what God is doing through my time in seminary. Trust in God always, and if you are reading this post and have not accepted him, you can have the free gift of salvation right now by accepting his Son, Jesus Christ, into your life.