This morning marked the opening convocation of the Southern Seminary semester. As I sat with the faculty at this opening chapel service, I couldn’t help but wonder if students in the congregation fully realize what a gift chapel is to them. Why should seminary students love chapel?
- Chapel grows our love for Christ – When the word is proclaimed by top-notch preachers, it helps students to understand and love Jesus more. During this season of life, students can enjoy being poured into by these expositors in a way that grows their love for Christ.
- Chapel enhances our fellowship with believers – A great benefit of the residential education students receive at Southern Seminary is the chance to fellowship with like-minded believers. When the community gathers for chapel, the relational connections that happen before, during, and after the service can significantly shape students.
- Chapel models authentic, Christ-centered corporate worship – For the rest of their lives, seminary students will be the pastors and ministers planning and executing worship services. Chapel creates an opportunity for them to witness an effective, gospel-centered service that will shape their future corporate worship gatherings.
This semester’s chapel line up is packed with quality preachers. Here are some I am looking forward to:
- John Piper | February 14th – Speaking during Global Evangelism week
- Mark Dever | February 28th – Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church
- Chris Osborne | March 12th – My home church pastor
- Fred Luter | April 11th – President of the Southern Baptist Convention