Myth # 1: The madrassa graveyard.
This is a tired cliché which I have heard many times, usually by those who fail to see the virtues of a sound seminary education, but sometimes by those ministers who pursue religious education. Meaning is the death of devotional life: “It is like going to madarsa” Going to a cemetery – you will leave the school spiritually dead. “Sadly, the scenario of religious education has been seen with examples of seminary and divinity schools which teach those things that will shake the faith of an eager young minister in the word of God, however, the presence of lies is true. Prove existence.
But, in fact, how can parse the Greek noun, learn about Nicaea’s council, or get a deeper understanding of the hypostatic union can make me a better Christian? I quickly found out that maybe the better question is how can not it be?
During my first few days of seminary, one of my Greek professors challenged me that I would not spoil my devotional life from my academic studies. We should make them one. At any time, we should never think about God’s things – whether it is to translate Gallatian from Greek to English or to write a paper about the first great awakening – nothing less than the highest affection with nothing. Similarly, a minister should make the sermon an important part of his sanctification, therefore, seminary studies should be contacted with a warm heart for the Lord of the Galias or the first great awakening. Never, it should never be cold, academic exercise.
Myth # 2: Madarasa will make me a pastor.
Perhaps one of the most important myths should be debunked soon. It is the belief that theological knowledge is synonymous with maturity, patience and godliness, which God uses to build a clergy. Theological learning is definitely a fundamental part of making a pastor, but in the same way basic training does not make the soldiers, the madarsa do not make the clergy. The soldiers are developed in the battlefield, in the courageous, strong, capable warriors, and the clergy are made in the trenches of local church ministry.
But going to war without training will be unacceptable for a soldier. In the same way, Christianity is immersed in the fundamental principles – including the Bible, theology, and related disciplines – is the founder of a faithful and mature man in the field of Spirit and shepherd a herd of sheep. Both conservative and conservative are two parts of a whole that make God’s man.
Apart from this, without the experience of the practical ministry, the madarsa can give birth to a minister who creates a fictional church in his mind – one that is not more than a religious and ministerial revenndel. And when he enters the position of his first church, then equipped with unrealistic expectations, bullets can be provoked to retreat when the wounds are gone, the wounds are exhausted and the fight becomes longer and intense. is. He will soon realize that the pastoral ministry is not for the heart to be unconscious.
Myth # 3: Seminary does not focus on real-life, practical issues.
Puritan theologian William Ames (1576-1633) famously wrote that theology is the art of living well. There is nothing more practically than studying about the doctrines of God, the doctrine of man, the atonement, the departure of the scripture, and how the church has operated its entire era. We practice according to our knowledge. In other words, we do what we know. If we believe that man is flawed, but basically good, then we will align our daily life accordingly. But if humans need unilateral grace for change, then our lives will have to live in dependence on God of all grace. We will teach others to live continuously with confidence.
Myth # 4: The madarsa will teach me everything I need to know about the ministry.
The man who would eventually become my doctoral supervisor, Tom Nettles, taught me three valuable valuable words for the ministry during my first week as a seminary student: “I do not know.”
Those words came in response to the questions of Baptist, one of my fellow MDV student, on which Dr. Netls has written thousands of pages and about which they have been dedicated to more than four decades, careful study and teaching.
In that moment, I realized two things: (1) I have received a rare privilege to learn about things of God from humble men, and (2) when I leave madarsa, and I have written the theology of the Bible Studied, the history of the church, and for the rest of the decades, I would not even know a small percentage of a percentage. In other words, I’ll always be a student. Seminary is preparing me to take advantage of the skills of learning all the lifespan.
This is probably the role above all roles, which is designed to play madrasas: It is a pastor, a professor, a missionary, a evangelist, or a counselor who teaches how to teach themselves. Madarsa can not teach everything to a minister whom she should know, but it keeps a strong tool to establish it for the life of the Lord in the school. The best professors will teach you and motivate you to dig out the treasure, which you will use to make others rich till eternity.
Myth # 5: Madarasa is a luxury, but it is not necessary.
I am often reminded that c. H. Sprague did not go to the seminary, and we know how powerful God is for more than a century after his death. But many of us are not those who have been given special gifts as the great prince of Prechers. Many of us were not doing Puritan work at the age of twelve at the study of my grandfather. Many of us are not spruce up. Someone once told me that Jesus did not go to seminary. None of us is absolute God-man. For the rest of us, it is a requirement to find a solid, fraternal faithful seminary – if possible.
Of course, the Bible’s advice is that those who are invited to study the ministry to show themselves approved, those who do not need to be ashamed, are able to correctly divide God’s Word (2 Timu 2:15). But the best place to do this is a place where many godly, loyal, capable Christian brains gather and give gifts to men to teach how to lead a local church honestly.
Occasionally (though not often), it is a local church populated with religious ministers who are able to teach different types of needs within the establishment of a professional ministry. Often, that place is a seminary that is committed to teaching God’s inspired, inexhaustible, official word. I had the privilege of studying at such a place, and I was hesitant to think that under the capable, divine men, how would my life and ministry look without any close, careful study?