How has it been for you working at IBF and also being a student here at the same time?
What kind of challenges have there been, and what specific ways have you been blessed
because of it?
I think the areas that I have been blessed are just capitalize on the preaching itself. The good
thing is that before CAPA, some of the people we have here are CAPA were already there at
IBF, and they know how I was preaching. They have heard me preach before my studies. […]
They are the very same people that have seen me preach after going through school.
So even though I am not done yet, but they are the ones who have been there and encouraging
me, having seen the growth that’s taken place. It’s been a very huge, huge, huge blessing. And
above all else, not everyone who is in my class has gotten an opportunity that I have to preach—
not just to any other church, but a church where you have expats, people who are good with
Hebrew more than you do, people who are good with Greek more than you do, teachers.
So to preach in a church like that—it’s always been very challenging, at the same time a huge
blessing because I don’t just prepare for the sake of preaching and be done, but I preach so that I
will bring clarity to the people that I am preaching to, and not to preach that my professors would
say I’m preaching really good but to preach with a faithful heart—because this has been the area
that has been really hard to say, “Okay, I want to preach so that I impress my teachers.”
At the same time, I want to preach so that people would be here. And what should be the priority
here? I think it’s good to preach that people would be able to understand God’s Word and not
please man. And so I preach in a way God would be pleased and be glorified. By the end of the
day, everyone will be blessed. So that has been a huge blessing.
[…] Yeah, that’s one of the things that makes it hard to keep balance. And if not careful, that
would really lead me into unfaithfulness in terms of the way I prepare—because you’ve got a lot
of sermons online, and I can just Google, maybe, the passage I preach from and just copy and
paste. But that’s not the way I’ve been taught. Even I’m preparing in my own room, my own
office, without my professors being there, but I’m just being honest to God and do as much as I
can. I benefit a lot from the sources that are available online and from really men of God that I
have respect for. But I search their material and look at what they have preached from, but that
doesn’t mean I have to take everything that they have preached from and preach it, too. So just
quoting them and using what they have used to bring even more clarity to what I want to do.