We had a joy-filled Graduation Celebration last weekend at Heritage. It was a wonderful culmination to an incredible year.
On Friday evening, at our Grad Banquet, we commissioned Heritage grads to be “living letters”. The theme was taken from Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 3:2-3.
You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
I told the graduates that Paul saw the Christians in Corinth as living letters (“written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God”). Following Paul’s lead, I addressed our graduates and highlighted three applicational lessons for them:
- You are living letters addressed to the world (“to be known and read by all”).
- You are living letters written by Christ (“a letter from Christ”).
- You are living letters delivered by Heritage (“delivered by us”).
We gave each graduate some customized stationary and a Heritage pen as a reminder of the “letter” theme. Each grad was asked to take a sheet of stationary and write down the place where they were going to serve Christ after graduation. Those who were not sure where they will end up wrote “wherever Christ sends me.” We concluded the evening by praying God would make these graduates faithful and fruitful “living letters” for the rest of their lives.
On Saturday, at our Graduation Ceremony, we had the joy of awarding certificates and degrees to these graduating students. This year, between the college and seminary, we conferred almost 70 diplomas and degrees.
Now that the 2018 graduates have been “postmarked” and mailed out, we catch our breath and get ready for spring courses–both Linda and I are involved in teaching a spring class.
Please join us in thanking God for what He has done in the lives of these students and what He will do in the coming days.
(By the way, Dr. Fowler–who had emergency gall bladder surgery less than a week before graduation–was able to give the commencement address as planned. Praise the Lord!)