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This is what it’s all about

By admin | November 11, 2008

Graduation Day is always a special time, when students receive their degrees after three (or more) long years of study. It is a bittersweet day: bitter because it means that the men will be leaving us soon; but it is sweet in that we anticipate the men heading into their ministries. On this past Lord’s Day, I had the inestimable privilege of attending the ordination of Pastor Chuck Rennie at Sycamore Baptist Church, East Moline, Illinois. Chuck graduated from IRBS/WSC in May, and moved to Sycamore to begin his ministry in July. In speaking with the people of the church, they expressed their appreciation for his ministry, and I could see how much our brother has already matured in his role as pastor.

Especially enjoyable was to sit under the ministry of another IRBS/WSC grad, Pastor Stefan Lindblad, who delivered the charge to the candidate (you will find it here). Stefan was one of Chuck’s pastors in the Seattle area, and sent him to us at IRBS. His charge to the candidate was excellent, based on Titus 2:15. Pastor Lindblad identified the essential aspects of pastoral ministry, urging our young brother to ensure that his ministry is characterized by these things. Here were two IRBS graduates, serving the Lord faithfully guided by his Word. What could be better?

Pastor Don Lindblad also spoke wonderfully, charging the church, based on 1 Thess. 5, to fulfill their responsibilities to their new pastor.

This was a Lord’s Day to remember, and it reminded me that this is what all of our work here is about. We seek to multiply ministers–men called and approved by the church–to serve Christ and his people. Pray that the Lord will give us more such men.

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