President R. Albert Mohler Jr. charged new graduates of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to “open your mouth” so that others can hear God’s “voice, believe and be saved.”
Mohler’s comments came during May 16 spring commencement exercises on the seminary lawn in Louisville, Ky., where 255 students received master’s and doctoral degrees. A week earlier, 107 students received certificates and bachelor’s degrees from Boyce College, the seminary’s undergraduate school.
In an address from the Acts 10 titled, “‘So Peter Opened His Mouth’ — The Preacher’s Calling Reduced to Five Powerful Words,” Mohler explained that the “Bible presents an astonishingly simple method of preaching.”
Mohler drew from verse 34, where “the essential act of preaching [is] reduced to five earth-shaking words: so Peter opened his mouth.” The “most clarifying way to understand the preacher’s task is to consider its most quintessential act — the opening of the mouth,” Mohler said.
With the phrase “opening of the mouth,” Scripture indicates that Peter “fulfilled his calling. He did not remain silent or hide. He opened his mouth and declared all that God had commanded him to say,” Mohler said.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Aaron Cline Hanbury