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Thankful to God for my GCTS class this semester

Posted by Stephen Witmer on April 30th, 2016

I’m grateful to God for the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary class I taught on 1-2 Thessalonians this past semester. It ended last week with a final exam, and I’m reflecting on God’s goodness to me in many, many ways.

- I’m thankful to God for a church and Elders who see the importance of theological education and free me up to teach a course at Gordon-Conwell every year.

- I’m thankful for the many new things I saw in 1-2 Thessalonians this time through. I had taught these books before, but there were lots of new things to see and savor and share.

- I’m thankful for the truly excellent commentary on 1-2 Thessalonians by Jeffrey Weima, an outstanding New Testament scholar, and for what I learned from Weima’s commentary

- I’m thankful for interested students who were willing to work hard, translate lots of Greek, dig into the text, seek to apply it to their lives, and grow in Jesus

- I’m thankful for the exegetical tool known as discourse analysis, or bracketing, which allows you to trace the logical flow of the argument of biblical passages. The students and I went right through 1 Thessalonians, tracing the flow of the entire letter

- I’m thankful for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which holds fast to the authority and inerrancy of the Bible, and requires its graduates to study the Bible carefully and closely

- I’m thankful for the Apostle Paul’s laser-sharp mind and warm pastoral heart, and for how both come through in these letters

- I’m thankful to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who inspired these books of the New Testament and allowed me the great privilege of teaching them this past semester. Thank you, God!