Monday, December 8, 2014

Year-end Message from President Pipa

Dr. Pipa
These are difficult times for the church, as the culture plunges into God-hating perversions. I do not need to highlight for you the declensions that have taken place in this past year. 

Hazael of Aram
However, in light of this fact, I am greatly encouraged by the comment of the inspired historian in 2 Kings 13:22, 25, "Now Hazael king of Aram had oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz. But the Lord was gracious to them and had compassion on them because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them or cast them from His presence until now." For the sake of His covenant, God was willing to spare the apostate Northern Kingdom for a period of time. How much more willing might He be to revive and reform His church in the United States, Canada, and Britain in these days? Although there are apostate churches in our lands, there are many Bible-believing denominations.

Join with me in praying for God's covenant mercy to His church. Pray as well that we at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary might have some role in the reformation of the church. Although we are small, we believe we continue to play a role in the reformation of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are greatly encouraged by the caliber of men applying to study here over the last few years.

We rely on the benevolent giving of our supporters to fulfill our mission. Your support for our ministry enables us to continue to serve the church and labor for reformation. Our dependence on the partnership of individuals like you is intentional: with your gifts to Greenville Seminary you help to underwrite about 70% of our annual costs. In a day of rising educational costs, the Seminary remains committed to affordable, accessible theological education. Our students are burdened to preach the Gospel; we do not want them to graduate with a burden of financial debt.

As you may have heard already we are very encouraged to be adding two new faculty members (Dr. Michael Morales, January, 2015 in Biblical Studies; and Dr. Ryan McGraw, July 2015 in Systematic Theology). Both these men have excellent reputations as scholars and will complement the expertise of our current faculty. We are seeking to raise $170,000 by the end of the year to continue meeting our budget, covering our expenses, and preparing for the needs of the coming year. Your gift at this time also will help us replenish our contingency fund to ease cash flow fluctuations. Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us and become a regular supporter? The investment you make now can be used of God to reach future generations with men trained in the richness of the historic Christian faith.

Whether or not you are able to send a gift before the end of the year, please pray that God will bless our ministry and that He will continue to provide funds for the work. We are keenly aware of our dependence on God’s blessing, not only for financial provision but for wisdom, strength and integrity in every aspect of this ministry. As a token of my appreciation for a year-end gift of $200 or more, I will send you a copy of Dr. Ryan McGraw’s new book described in our monthly financial report. Thank you and God bless.

For the glory of God, I am

Joseph A. Pipa Jr.

Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. 


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