By: Jeremy Bell
I am Jeremy Bell, and I am the lead pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Mauldin, South Carolina. As the lead pastor, I am responsible for the teaching and vision of New Hope Baptist Church. My wife and I are from Texas, but God has called us to serve the community and reach the nations from Mauldin. My wife and I have four children: Avery, Landon, Addilyn and Lincoln.
We are very new to the New Hope family, and this church is in need of God’s hand for revitalization. I agree with Mark Dever that God is the revitalizer, and God uses his servants to bring about revitalization. I ask that you would pray for New Hope Baptist Church to be a light house in a community that needs the gospel of Jesus Christ. I ask that you would pray for God to remove the blinders of the people in this community so they will see Jesus Christ exalted. I ask that you would pray that I would navigate and lead with wisdom and guidance from God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. I ask that you would pray for the local churches in this area to also embrace a lifestyle of reaching the lost with the good news of Jesus Christ.
I would like to provide three encouragements to the future students of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. First, do not neglect your prayer life while in college or seminary. Your time spent with the Lord in prayer will be more beneficial to you in God’s future than an “A” in any of the classes you take. Don’t misunderstand me. You should still work hard to make good grades, but don’t set your prayer life completely aside.
Second, you will spend many days reading books about the Bible, but spend time immersing yourself in personal Bible reading. Spend time soaking in God’s Word in order for God to use his Word to penetrate your heart.
Third, Southeastern has some of the greatest professors in the world—in my opinion. Spend as much time with them as you can. Ask as many questions as you can. Allow them the opportunity to poor into you as much wisdom as they have. Take advantage of this world-class faculty because it will benefit you when you begin the tasks that God has called you to do after your education.
In Christ Alone,
Jeremy Kyle Bell