President's Fall Convocation


WITNESS OF THE GOSPEL

“After three years with Jesus, the disciples were still confused and asked Jesus about the nature of the kingdom,” said Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, speaking at President’s Convocation on August 26, 2010. “His answer clarified some details are His responsibility and His concern, not ours.”

Iorg identified ways today’s believers are also confused. “Some believers want kingdom culmination privileges now - including perfect health, wealth, a Christian nation, and kingdom dominion.” Rather than focus on these issues, he challenged the seminary community to understand Jesus’ reply to his followers’ question and focus on current kingdom responsibilities.
The president explained, “A believer’s responsibility is to be a witness, not a ruler.” He reminded students, staff, faculty and new trustees at the first chapel of the fall semester that witnesses report experiences, and “a Gospel witness is one who shares the story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

“I challenge you to be a witness for God, and to reject the tendency to substitute images for words, serving for speaking and ministry for message,” the president said. “Yes, it’s important to love, to serve and to represent Christ in our behavior. But a witness tells a story – the story! The Gospel demands it be spoken, communicated so others can understand and make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.”

Iorg also noted how Jesus clarified the scope of his kingdom, “….to the ends of the earth.” He added, “Jesus promised the Gospel is going global.” He emphasized every Golden Gate-affiliated person is responsible to facilitate a global kingdom expansion. “Golden Gate Seminary sends people to the ends of the earth. That’s what we’re about – even though it’s an overwhelming responsibility.”

Despite the difficulty of the assignment, Iorg reminded everyone Jesus also provides the power to get the job done. “Power for the kingdom was promised to every one of us. This means we have the power to live effectively in the kingdom and to share the gospel around the world.”

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