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Gospel ministry in the 21st century

March 2007 | by Philip Eveson

These are exciting days for the London Theological Seminary (LTS). A new principal has already been announced to take over in September 2008 and the trustees of the premises have plans for building a new library to house the fine collection of books that the seminary possesses.

LTS was established 30 years ago by ministers representing churches that subscribed to the former British Evangelical Council (BEC). The first chairman of the LTS board was Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. The present chairman is Irving Steggles and the seminary is a member of Affinity (the re-constituted BEC).

There are LTS men serving the Lord in all continents of the world, some in very strategic places. Students from a variety of cultures and church background come here for training and this is of great value in widening horizons, dispelling a parochial attitude and encouraging true Christian unity.

Because the aim of LTS is the preparation of preachers and pastors for established and pioneering situations rather than the obtaining of degrees acceptable to secular authorities, the LTS course is focused on that goal. Precious time is not wasted filling the mind with the passing fads of scholars who undermine the faith.

The course seeks to lay good foundations on which a student can continue to build. Instead of choosing modules with an eye on passing examinations, students give themselves to the various theological disciplines essential for maintaining effective expository and pastoral ministry. These include the biblical languages, exegesis and interpretation of key scripture passages, theology, church history, Christian doctrine, sermon preparation, pastoral theology and contemporary issues.

LTS teachers are men with preaching and pastoral experience who can apply what they teach to the everyday concerns of Christian ministry. It is essential that gospel preachers be well equipped and prepared for ministering to God’s people and evangelising the lost, as they must do these in the context of increasing hostility to the Bible and Christian message.

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