Monday, June 9, 2014

Register Now for the GPTS Summer Institute

The 2014 Greenville Seminary Summer Institute is less than two months away, so it's time to register now! Although open to all, the institute is of particular usefulness to ministers of the Word, who will be awarded three continuing education credits upon completion of the course.

The theme for this year's program is: 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(A printable registration form is here.) Tuition for the summer institute is $225. Please register by June 27. After June 27, a $25 late registration fee will be applied. Take $25 off of additional registrations, should others in your church register to attend with you.

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.