Striving for the Best in Christ

Jan 06, 2003 07:17 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO Ca. - In keeping faith with the scriptures, the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary President William O. Crews reminded the graduates at the school's December commencement to be the best they can be.

"Let him make you the best you can possibly be," he said, challenging the graduation audience to focus upon Christ's call for excellence.

"Being good enough will only deprive you of the best God has for you and the fellowship of the Lord who saved you."

Crews noted a passage in the bible, expressing Christ's dissatisfaction with the church's mediocre state.

"Being satisfied with good enough will leave you short of what God intended for you," he said.

The winter ceremony, held at the historic First Baptist Church in San Francisco, also included speakers from the graduating class who shared how God refined their understanding of him and his call on their lives during their time at Golden Gate.

Among them, Steve Howell of Missouri, a graduate in the worship leadership program said his time at Golden Gate had been "a very personal, musical, theological and spiritual journey." He added, "My story is not over, and God will continue to mold me."

Alyssa Eguchi of Oregon who first learned of Golden Gate when she attended the seminary's annual missions conference explained of the desire to reach out to people of other countries have been fostered within her throughout her time at the University.

"I've seen teenagers give their lives to Christ and hear about Jesus for the very first time," she said. "I've learned that my faith should be like a little child -- full of trust and believing that God can do anything. I've learned that God can really transform our lives and the lives of those we come in contact with."

Graduates included a student completing diploma studies at a Contextualized Leadership Development (CLD) center in Alaska and another completing the same in a center in New Mexico. The group consisted of students from the Rocky Mountain Campus, Southern California Campus, Arizona Regional Campus and the Northern California Campus. The 44 graduates were presented a diploma in Christian ministries, a diploma in theology-CLD, master of arts in worship leadership, master of arts in intercultural ministry, master of arts in Christian education, master of arts in theological studies, master of divinity, master of theology and doctor of ministry.

By Pauline C.