When preaching is our passion
    February 9 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    During the January meeting of the Executive Committee David Horton shared about the ministry of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute. I had invited David to share a testimony in order to help members of our Executive Committee learn how North Carolina Baptists make an eternal impact for the Kingdom through their support of the Cooperative Program.

    David began as president of Fruitland in June of last year and has already witnessed God working mightily on the campus. He is having a wonderful influence with the faculty and staff at Fruitland, and I am also excited about the ministry of David’s wife, Lisa, to the wives of our Fruitland students. David shared with the Executive Committee about a student from Nicaragua who, shortly after receiving Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, enrolled in the Hispanic certificate program at Fruitland. He earned his certificate, and two years later he completed the associates’ degree program at Fruitland. This student is soon headed back to Nicaragua where he will apply the truths of the gospel he learned while at Fruitland.

    Fruitland students are making a difference not only in our state, but also around the world. They are faithfully shepherding local churches and training believers in the teachings of scripture.

    The Hispanic program continues to draw students to the campus and in the coming months even more ministry will begin among the international community. Fruitland is working to expand its educational services by offering online classes and developing satellite campuses.

    Thirty-nine students graduated last year and 25 of those graduates now pastor Convention churches. By the time they graduate, Fruitland students have been trained in the areas of missions, pastoral theology, doctrine, historical studies, and Christian ministries.

    The professors, many who are full-time pastors and hold at least a master’s degree, are teaching, and share firsthand ministry experience with students.

    When visitors arrive on the Fruitland campus, they find a sign that reads: “Where preaching is our passion.” During David’s installation service he repeatedly stated the mission of this school is to train pastors in expository preaching. The foundation of this school is the teaching of God’s inspired, inerrant Word.

    I know this to be true, for I know many of the pastors who have come through the program at Fruitland, and I see what God is doing through their ministry. I have heard their sermons and I see the fruit of time they have invested in ministry preparation.

    We do not all preach from a pulpit every week, but all of us who have been rescued from sin and spiritual death by Jesus Christ are commanded to make it our passion to tell the truth of the gospel with those who need to hear. May our lives reflect a passionate love for the One who died to set us free from sin’s condemnation.

    “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5
    2/9/2010 9:27:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments

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