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What It Takes to Fill the “Gap”

Hello TRBC Loins of the Tribe of Judah!

It is the beginning of a new semester and enrollment year and the college is experiencing exceptional growth. Both, new and returning students are excited. God has truly extended His favor to The Rock Bible College and I am privileged and blessed to be part of what God is doing here at the College. Students come to TRBC for many different reasons:

  • To get closer to God
  • To increase their knowledge of the Bible
  • To learn how to improve their ministry service
  • To discover where they should serve in ministry
  • To learn how to become a better pastor of their church
  • Or because they have a desire to pastor a church someday
Or you may have come for reasons that I have not mentioned…

The one thing that each of these reasons has in common is the “gap”. The “gap” is what we referred to in the world of education as the place where there is a lack of knowledge or understanding; it is the difference between knowing and not knowing.

With that thought in mind allow me to re-state each of the reasons why people come to TRBC:

  • To know and understand how closer to God
  • To know and understand how to increase their knowledge of Bible
  • To know and understand how to improve their ministry service
  • To know and understand where they should serve in ministry
  • To know and understand how to become a better pastor of their church
  • Or to know and understand if their desire to pastor a church is what God desires.

The fact that you made a decision to go to college says a lot about you: Is says you are willing to do what it takes to fill the “gap”, to put in the time and money to study and learn how to fill the “gap”.

Now that you are here I would like to share a few principles from the book of Proverbs that tell us how to successfully fill the “gap” in your reason for coming to college.

Proverbs 4:5-13 -
5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. 6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you. 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she will promote you; she will bring you honor, when you embrace her. 9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory she will deliver to you.” 10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings and the years of your life will be many 11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble. 13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; keep her, for she is your life.

Proverbs 4:5 says we are to:
5 Get wisdom! Get understanding!

The Hebrew provides us with excellent definitions of the words in this verse

  • 1. Get- to procure, especially by purchase
  • 2. Wisdom- skill, wit • Wisdom can be practical ability as a carpenter’s ability to build a cabinet. • It can be fundamental principles of virtuous living. • Or is can be divine as in creation or God’s guidance of a nation or an individual.
  • 3. Understanding-knowledge, meaning

We are to procure skill, wit, knowledge, and understanding.

Proverbs 3:13-18 tells us the benefits of getting wisdom and understanding:
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; 14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.

Here we see six blessings from attaining “wisdom and understanding”:

  • 1. (v 16) Length of days
  • 2. (v 16) Riches and honor
  • 3. (v 17) Pleasantness
  • 4. (v 17) Peace
  • 5. (v 18) Tree of life
  • 6. (v 18) Happiness

The Old Testament meaning of the “wisdom” infers --It is the substance or essential nature of an individual (Hypostasis).

Proverbs 4:8 gives us particular insight on the practicalities or mechanics of how to fill the “gap” of our desire.

8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.

  • • We are to exalt wisdom -- extol, make plain, raise up to mound up (as by a dam)
  • • We are to embrace clasp or hands around it and embrace it.
As you move through the journey of filling the “gap” of your desire, you must apply yourself to the Spiritual Discipline of Study.

The Discipline of study is not the accumulation of information for knowledge.

1 Corinthians 8:1 tells us that Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.

But, James 4:6 says, But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

And James 4:10 reads humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Study is directly dependent upon humility. Arrogance and a teachable spirit are mutually exclusive. Study as it relates to humility is the moment when suddenly--the teacher appears!

Study cannot happen until you are willing to be subject to the subject matter. You must submit to the system. You must come as student, not teacher.

As a TRBC student you will gain knowledge and understanding about:

  • Our covenant making, covenant keeping God and His desires to enter into covenant with us.
  • That the Old Testament is filled with types and shadows of the New Covenant we have in Jesus Christ.
  • Biblical authority and how we must seek God’s approval, not man’s approval.
  • How to pray effectively; and push back the forces of evil.
  • How to pull down mental strongholds.
  • How to be good stewards of what God gives us -- managing our money and passions properly.
  • You will learn about the Holy Spirit and ministry gifts and callings.
  • How to excellently serve and support our pastors by maintaining a positive attitude.
  • How to be led by the Holy Spirit and not our flesh.
  • How scripture supports outreach ministry.
  • You will learn about Children’s ministry, Youth ministry, and the role of women in ministry.
  • How to defend your faith and strengthened your Christian Worldview as you examined various ethical dilemmas in our world today.
  • You will learn the most effective evangelistic strategy under heaven is to plant new churches.
  • The characteristics of a strong Christian leader and how to avoid the pitfalls associated with leadership.
  • How to construct and deliver a good anointed sermon message.
  • You will learn the Spiritual Classical Disciplines and the benefits of making them a part of your everyday lives.
  • You will learn when counseling others all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
  • You will learn about angels and demons
  • And you will be led through an in-depth study of the personhood of Jesus Christ.
  • You will learn that the book of Revelation is really a book of worship and study end-time prophecies so that you can recognize the signs of the times and not be deceived by false teachers.

As you exalt wisdom (mound it up as a dam) and embrace clasp your hands around it you will gain understanding in the following areas:

1. Self-Awareness
You will become aware of how God has skillfully and wonderfully made you.

Psalm 139:14 -
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

Self-Awareness will cause you to learn your personal style.

  • 1. How you relate to others and the world around you.
  • 2. Personal style indicates “HOW” you will serve in ministry.
  • 3. There is no right or wrong personal style.

[This gives you the freedom to be “you” in Christ]

Self-Awareness will cause you to develop and appreciate your natural abilities.

  • 1. Abilities tell you what talents and skills you can offer? They are what you naturally do well.
  • 2. There are no right or wrong abilities.

Wisdom and understanding will cause you to discovering your Spiritual Gifts

Romans 12:6-8 explains what these "Gifts" are:
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

  • 1. God gives spiritual gifts to every believer, these gifts are called “Motivational” because they motivate or give the personality by which we serve God.
  • 2. There is no right or wrong spiritual gift.
  • 3. Spiritual gifts answer the “WHAT” question. What will I do? “They are what we do when we serve." No gift is greater than another.

As you exalt wisdom (mound it up as a dam) and embrace clasp your hands around it you will gain understanding in the areas of:

2. Personal Responsibility
As you move through the journey of filling the “gap” of your desire you will learn to be responsible for yourself, your behavior, your attitude, your success and your failures. The Discipline of study will teach you not to surrender to circumstance.

Philippians 4:13 -
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

3. Sustained Motivation
Wisdom and understanding will teach you how to manage yourself and stay after the goal and not quit.

Ps. 138:3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.

4. Your Ministry Is Determined By Your Makeup
To feel the “gap” of your desire will cause you to understand how God made you; which will assist you in determining what He intends for you to do.

You will understand the purpose for which you were created when you understand the kind of person you are. This is the secret of knowing God's will for your life. God is consistent in His plan for each of our lives. He would not give us inborn talents and temperaments, spiritual gifts and all sorts of life experiences and then not use them.

By exalting wisdom (mound it up as a dam) and embracing clasping your hands around it you will gain understanding and fill the “gap” of your desire. And you will be fruitful and successful in what God has for you in:

  • Ministry
  • Service
  • Fellowship.

Proverbs 8:32-35 32 “Now therefore, listen to me (wisdom and understanding), my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD;

I pray this message will be a continual source of encouragement to you because the audio file will be posted on the home page of MyTRBC under News and Announcements until winter semester registration. When you need a little encouragement you can listen to over and over again.

Remember, you can go back and review this and all past messages from the by clicking on “LETTERS ARCHIVED” from the College home page.

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Commit, Learn, Grow,
Dr. Adams