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The Missionary Mindset: Sharing Our Own Lives

Theological education can never be constrained to the classroom. The kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power (1 Cor 4:20), power that confirms the truth that is proclaimed. The professors at our TMAI training centers live amongst the students, cultivating relationships and allowing the power of God to be put on display not only in their lectures, but also in their lives. Few things testify more clearly to the truth of God than God’s power at work in the lives of His people.

we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives

This is precisely what we’ve seen in the testimonials of our graduates. They frequently attest that they were blessed by seeing the truths they were taught being played out in the lives and ministries of their professors. Below are just a few examples from last year:

“For much of my Christian life, I’ve admired and sought to imitate those men who truly strive to be like Christ, though tragically there are so few in our day. At this seminary, however, I got to know many such men, one of whom in particular has greatly inspired me to live like Christ. I refer to pastor Carlos Montoya, who has embodied the biblical picture of what it means to be a good father, a good son, a good teacher, a good preacher, a good pastor, a good counselor, and, perhaps what I admire most, a good husband. . . . God has put these men here so that we can follow in their footsteps, not because they are perfect, but because they are following Christ; and if they can do it, so can we.”

Jaime Matute, graduate of SEPE, Honduras

“I’ve never been so much under the influence of God’s word than during my time at Berea Seminary. . . . My professors are men who apply these truths in their own lives and churches.”

— Domingo Cano, graduate of Berea Seminary, Spain

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It was certainly the Apostle Paul’s great desire to share his life with those whom he sought to teach. To the Thessalonians he writes, “So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us” (1 Thess 2:8). At TMAI, we are committed to bringing theological education to church leaders around the world. In order to do this right, there must be much more than mere classroom instruction; lives must truly be shared. This is the missionary mindset, motivated by humble love, witnessing to the power and grace and truth of God at work within us.