Page: ‘Hear the call, heed the command’
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – SBC Executive Committee president-elect Frank Page urged current students and faculty of Southwestern Seminary, his alma mater, to be sure of the calling of God during his address in chapel, Sept. 8.
Page believes that “every day, we need to hear the call and heed the command.” He reminded his fellow Southwesterners to be faithful to hear God’s still, small voice and to use that conviction as an anchor to their current ministry calling.
“Every day we need to wake up and say, ‘Oh Lord, speak, Lord, for your servant heareth,’” Page said. “Have you humbled your heart before God? The call will best be heard by the prepared heart, a heart that is yearning for the call of God.”
Preaching from the call of Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:1-10, Page also used anecdotes from his time as a master’s student and then as a doctoral candidate at Southwestern to remind his fellow seminarians that enrollment in an academic institution does not equate to a living relationship with Jesus Christ. He took the opportunity to remind students to be sure they have a relationship like that.
Even though they are designed by their calling to be ministers of the Gospel to others, Page also exhorted them to remember that Jesus’ calling for the weary and heavy-laden to rest (Matt. 11:28) is for them as well.
Page thanked Southwestern’s new professor of evangelism, Matt Queen, for being such a minister of rest to his mother until she passed away last July. Prior to joining Southwestern, Queen pastored the church Page’s mother attended. Page said the same God who empowered Queen to be a comfort to her also comforts Page as he continues to grieve the death of his daughter, Melissa, who passed away last November.
“We understand loss. We understand tragedy,” Page said. “But listen carefully to me—our God is able to comfort. Our God’s grace is sufficient every day. Some asked me a few weeks ago, ‘How have you handled the death of your daughter?’ And I said I haven’t handled it, I handle it every day. God’s grace is sufficient.”