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One of the wisest and most pastoral professors I have studied under is Douglas A. Sweeney of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, chair of the church history and history of Christian thought department, professor of church history and the history of Christian thought, and director of the Jonathan Edwards Center.

He recently delivered the commencement address at Trinity (which you can watch below). His three main points are worth taking to heart by all who are called to the study of God’s Word:

(1) Not even those in the M.Div., the so-called “masters of divinity,” are meant to master divinity. You’re to be mastered by divinity, conformed to the mind of Christ. You’re to take His yoke upon you, to live your lives and do your work beneath the cross of Christ–under the Word of God.

(2) The Lord is not finished with your education yet. Don’t let feelings of inadequacy inhibit you from living a long life of Christian discipleship. We’re meant to be life-long learners, life-long disciples, life-long students of the Lord, His Word and His world.

(3) The Lord has given you all you need to minister words of life to those he places in your care. It’s true: you don’t know it all. You have a lot yet to learn. The things of God are very deep. But you can be confident in the Lord, for He has condescended to give us what we need for our salvation and for godly Christian living.

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