Paige Patterson Charges SWBTS Graduates to Be Messengers of Peace & Hope in Spring Commencement Service

During Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s spring commencement service, May 4, President Paige Patterson charged the 244 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral graduates to find the lost among the world’s 7.5 billion people and assist them in any way they can.

“Where there are people who are lost, you are going to find them and bring them to faith in Jesus Christ,” he said. “You’re going to go out into a world of war and trouble and difficulty, and you’re going to be the messengers of peace and harmony and hope for the future.”

Patterson preached on Jesus’ interaction with Nicodemus in John 3, noting that, in spite of Nicodemus’ religiosity, there was evidently a “gnawing sense in his heart that told him he was not right with God.”

Patterson told the graduates that they must now look for Nicodemus themselves.

“You will find him on every side street,” Patterson said. “You will find him in his home at night. You’ll find him in the theater. You’ll find him in a coffee shop. Nicodemus is everywhere — religious, but troubled, given to religious concerns, but deeply disturbed in his heart that he is not quite right.”

Beyond finding such people, Patterson said, the graduates must also share with them an important message: that they must be born of both water — physically — and the Spirit — through the Gospel.

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Source: Baptist Press