“When preparing and preaching, my greatest fear is that I might mishandle God’s Word,” says Freddy. “I fear that I might misrepresent Him or misinterpret His Word; fear that I would be giving the people a wrong view of God, a wrong view of His work, and a wrong view of His character—and maybe even a false hope of salvation.”
Freddy serves as pastor of a church plant in the Philippines. His passion for communicating the truth about God accurately to his congregation is clear. So why did he decide to pursue training at The Expositor’s Academy (TEA), a TMAI training center?
Faculty members are not only devoted to providing excellent instruction in the classroom. They engage with the students in the local church as well. “Two reasons. First, I wanted to become a faithful expositor of God’s Word, serving God’s people faithfully in the area of pastoral ministry and discipleship. Secondly, TEA didn’t just offer me training in a classroom setting, but extended its offer by their willingness to disciple and mentor me as well.”
That’s one of the commitments that makes TMAI’s ministry model distinct. Faculty members are not only devoted to providing excellent instruction in the classroom. They engage with the students in the local church as well. They’re intent on making mature disciples who know, love, and obey Christ in every area of their lives—and who, in turn, will be able to faithfully disciple others (2 Tim. 2:2).
“The Expository Preaching Program has taught me not only to prepare a sermon—from exegesis to homiletics—” Freddy says, “but to love God’s Word even more, and really become a student of the Word. It really makes me want to know our God and Savior more for who He is. And whenever I preach, the people that I’m serving are also discovering the timeless truths that our God wants His people to respond to. In our church, people are praising and thanking God because they were able to understand what the passage from Scripture really meant. And as a result of it, they want to worship Him more, hear God’s Word preached more, read the Bible more, and know the God who called them to repentance.”
Praise God for the work He is doing through his Word! Please pray for Freddy and his congregation in the Philippines, and pray that many more men with this kind of passion for the work and the Word of God would be raised up—both in the Philippines and around the world.
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When you give to TMAI, you’re ministering in a tangible way to pastors like Freddy—and to their entire congregations. Your gift helps train godly men to be faithful expositors of God’s Word in their own country, culture, and language. And by God’s grace, that work is bearing fruit of eternal importance. Thanks for partnering with us.