Friday, May 2, 2014

Preaching with Biblical Motivation: The 2014 Summer Institute

Theme: How to incorporate the motivation of the inspired preaching of the apostles found in the Book of Acts into your sermons


As Reformed believers, we know the Holy Spirit alone makes the preaching of God’s word effectual to save and sanctify sinners. Nevertheless, the preacher is still responsible to preach exhortative messages, in which he diligently and wisely aims at the conversion, edification, and salvation of sinners (see Westminster Larger Catechism 159). We should want to see people moved by our preaching!

Yet, how can we do so in a way that does not descend into some form of manipulation but is pleasing to God? Some of the worst preaching throughout history — from Tetzel to Finney to today’s health and wealth gospel and now hyper-grace antinomianism — has this in common: it all features unbiblical ways to motivate people.

This course will briefly examine various academic and religious theories of motivation and consider the motivating practices of church leaders and preachers from an assortment of theological persuasions, ending with a concentration on Reformed theology. From the knowledge gained in this examination, we will study five sermons in the Book of Acts, identifying the elements and method of motivation found therein, in order to show how preachers can incorporate them into their sermons today.

The Institute will be held August 4-8 at the seminary. Class schedule:
  • Monday: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This year's speaker is Dr. Ray E. Heiple, Jr., senior pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church in Robinson Township, Penn. He received his M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. His doctorate was based on a project in motivation in preaching.

Online registration now available here.

Special lodging arrangements for out-of-town guests have been made with the following hotels just minutes from the Seminary. To receive the special price, mention group code ‘GPTS Summer Institute’ when making your reservation.

Holiday Inn Express
1315 Wade Hampton Blvd (US 29), Greer, SC 29650
(864) 877 0076
Rate is $89 per night
2.9 miles from the Seminary

Wingate Hotel
33 Beacon Drive, Greenville, SC 29615
(864) 281 1281
Rate is $69 per night
5.8 miles from the Seminary

Contact the Seminary before June 25th to request to stay with a host family.

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The Summer Theology Course


Also on the summer program schedule is the annual summer theology course elective for GPTS students and members of the public.

For the past 50 years no one has taught more students about the theology of Southern Presbyterians than Dr. Morton H. Smith. This summer the legacy continues in South Carolina under the tutelage of Dr. C. N. Willborn, a student and colleague of Dr. Smith for the past several years. Recognized for his own contributions to American and Southern Presbyterianism, Dr. Willborn will survey the great doctrines of the Christian faith as set forth by the Southern luminaries. The contributions of R.L. Dabney, J.H. Thornwell, J.L. Girardeau, B.M. Palmer and Stuart Robinson will be highlighted along with those of their many students. These men were international Calvinists and continue to offer the church marvelous insight into the truths of God’s Holy Scriptures. Many of these studies will be offered on location in some of American Presbyterianism’s most historic sites, including two days in Columbia and Charleston. Consider this a vacation for those in love with truth.

The dates and times for the course are as follows:
·         Monday, July 28: 1-5 p.m.
·         Tuesday, July 29: 8:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Columbia and ending at John Island Presbyterian on Johns Island.
·         Tuesday evening in Charleston (information available on housing)
·         Wednesday, July 30: all day in some of Charleston’s most historic Presbyterian sites.
·         Thursday, July 31: 9 a.m.-12 noon; 1-4 p.m.
·         Friday, August 1: 9 a.m.-12 noon.

Tuition for the summer theology class is $408.00 (tuition and fees), or $60 to audit. Please register by June 27 for both the Summer Institute and the Summer Theology Course. To register for the theology course, call the Registrar at 864-322-2717 ext. 302 or contact her by e-mail at registrar@gpts.edu. Enrolled GPTS students taking the summer elective theology course must register by May 16. More details will follow.