"We set loose to do what God has called and gifted and empowered them to do -- to teach and preach the Word of God, to shepherd the flock of God, to guard the good deposit and to follow the pattern of sound words, to herald the good tidings of the Gospel, to teach the church, to counsel believers, to reach the unreached and to comfort the afflicted," R. Albert Mohler Jr. told the 209th graduating class May 18 at the Louisville campus.
"They are set forth to defend the truth, to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints, to mourn with those who mourn and to minister in Christ's name and stead," Mohler said.
"Take everything good you received here, and leave anything that does not glorify God and strengthen Christ's church. Remember all who made this possible for you, knowing that all these things were provided so that the church may be faithfully taught and the nations gladly reached," Mohler said.
Also at graduation, Mohler presented the Findley B. and Louvenia Edge Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence to Peter Gentry, who joined the seminary in 1998 and is professor of Old Testament interpretation. He also is the author, along with Southern's Stephen Wellum, of the forthcoming book "Kingdom through Covenant," available this summer.
Reported by the communications staff of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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