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Tim Tomlinson serves as President of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He has been a professor and administrator in Christian higher education for the past 28 years, and an active member at Bethlehem Baptist Church since 1985.
Sam Crabtree serves as the Pastor for Small Groups at the north campus of Bethlehem Baptist Church and is Board Chair at Bethlehem College & Seminary.
Resources prepared by Tyler Stitt from Bethlehem College & Seminary.
Perseverance is a Trinitarian project, grounded in the Father’s election, the Son’s intercession, and the Spirit’s possession. The connection between the Father’s election and our perseverance is a person—Jesus Christ. He has offered the ultimate sacrifice, sat down in the ultimate holy place, and now offers ultimate help to those in need. Now, as the Spirit sanctifies us through his indwelling possession, we are able to put to death sin and cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Rick Shenk is the Senior Pastor at Village Church in Maple Plain, MN. Rick received his PhD from University of Wales in 2008 and is an adjunct professor at Bethlehem College & Seminary in the theology department.
Brian Tabb is Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Bethlehem College & Seminary. Brian is a graduate of Wheaton College (BA, MA), Bethlehem College & Seminary (MA), and Luther Seminary (MTh), and earned a PhD in New Testament from London School of Theology.
Zach Howard finished his M.Div. at Bethlehem College & Seminary in 2016, and now serves Bethlehem College & Seminary as an instructor in the college.
Persevering in the faith is, by nature, difficult. Our faith is being contended with by external forces and internal desires—the world, the flesh, and the devil. We must be diligent, therefore, to put to death the things we crave wrongly (Dr. Tamfu calls them “shallow joys”) and defend against the enemy. We can trust as we pursue this task, our heavenly Father, who loves us immensely, will cause us to abide with him forever.
Dieudonné Tamfu is an Assistant Pastor at Jubilee Community Church and an Adjunct Professor at Bethlehem College & Seminary. He holds a B.Th. from the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary, Graduate Certificate in Biblical and Pastoral Studies from the Bethlehem College & Seminary, M.A.T.S in Biblical Studies from Bethel Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Andy Naselli serves as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary. He also serves as an Elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church. He earned a PhD in theology from Bob Jones University and a PhD in New Testament Exegesis and Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School under D. A. Carson.
Tom Steller is the Pastor for Leadership Development at Bethlehem Baptist Church; and Dean of Global & Alumni Outreach at Bethlehem College & Seminary.
John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books, including Reading the Bible Supernaturally.
Joe Rigney serves as Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Worldview at Bethlehem College & Seminary, where he teaches Bible, theology, history, philosophy, history, and Jonathan Edwards.
Recognizing that mortification is not something that happens to you, but something that you do, what steps do you need to willfully, actively take in your fight against sin?
David Mathis is executive editor for desiringGod.org and pastor at Cities Church in Minneapolis. He is a husband, father of four, and author of Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines.
Matthew Westerholm serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Worship at Bethlehem College & Seminary and as the Pastor for Music and Worship at Bethlehem Baptist Church, downtown campus. Matthew has PhD in Christian Worship from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.