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Truett-McConnell president Dr. Emir Caner introduced the speaker, Dr. James G. Merritt, pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA. Dr. Merritt’s wife, Teresa, is a graduate of Truett-McConnell College, and he was instrumental in having one of the first crosses placed on top of the hill on the Truett-McConnell campus. (For story concerning the tradition of TMC’s cross on the hill, see Once Upon a Hill.)

Dr. Merritt took his text from Ecclesiastes 1. He introduced his topic by describing the author of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon, as the wealthiest, most popular, most powerful man of his time. The conclusion that Solomon drew is that all that had and had experienced is worthless: Everything is nothing when everything is all there is.

The speaker made three major points from the Scripture text:

  • Apart from God, there is no point to life.
  • Apart from God, there is no profit in life.
  • Apart from God, there is no purpose in life.

He concluded his sermon with a quote from Augustine many centuries ago: “He who has God has everything; he who does not have God has nothing; he who has God and everything has no more than he who has God alone.”

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The speaker, Dr. Keith Eitel, Dean of the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, used as his text passages from the Book of Genesis to emphasize the theme of his sermon—making a leap of faith to engage in mission work. He talked about the faith of Abraham when he believed God’s message that a son would be born to him and his faith in preparing to offer Isaac as a sacrifice to God.
Dr. Eitel challenged the congregation to “place their ‘yes’ upon the altar of God.” At the end of the service, a special commissioning service was held for Truett-McConnell students who will be serving as summer missionaries in 2009.
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Reverend Jeff Crook, Senior Pastor of Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Oakwood Georgia, spoke about Standing Tall on Your Knees. He challenged us to work on our prayer life. Our prayer is the lifeline to God. If we do not attend to God's will in our life, our confidence to come before God in prayer will be hindered.

Reverend Crook shared from 1 John 5:14-15

"Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." (NKJV)

Let us take up this challenge to spend time with God, to build our prayer life so we will have acceptance and access to our Heavenly Father.

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Dr. Caner introduced the speaker, Dr. Stephen Rummage, pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC. Dr. Rummage holds a master’s degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
The music portion of the chapel program was led by TMC music major Heather Palmer, accompanied by two guitarists. Truett-McConnell president Dr. Emir Caner told the assembly first about the significance of January 21 in the Christian church: on January 21, 1525, the Free Church Movement was born in Zurich, Switzerland, calling for religious liberty and democracy. It was a momentous day in the history of the Christian church, especially the Protestant Reformation.

Dr. Rummage used as his text a passage from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. The topic of his address was “Our Reason for Running the Race: God’s Purpose for Our Lives.”

He established first that, from this passage of Scripture, it is clear that the purpose of the Christian’s life is to glorify God. What does that mean? It means that every day must be lived to please God, that every aspect of life will be changed, that everything a Christian does is for the purpose of glorifying God.

Dr. Rummage spoke of three motivations mentioned in this passage of Scripture that Christians have for glorifying God in their lives:
  1. The Holy Spirit lives in each Christian, and the body of each Christian is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Each Christian belongs to—is possessed by—the Father in Heaven. “You are not your own” means that each day a Christian gets up with the question, “God, what do you want of me today?”
  3. Every person who belongs to God was bought with a price. That implies that a change of ownership took place, that the person no longer belongs to himself or herself but entirely to God. The price that bought each believer was the blood and life of Jesus Christ. God did not buy his people at bargain basement prices or the lowest price he could attain but paid the highest price he could pay—the very life of his only son.
The challenge to all of us, according to Dr. Rummage, is to remember that we dare not come to Christ and offer him any less than our lives and everything we have because he gave everything he had for us.

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The first chapel service of 2009 at Truett-McConnell College featured the college’s president, Dr. Emir Caner. Dr. Caner used as his text Hebrews 1:1-8, one of the Christological passages that demonstrate Jesus’ divinity and humanity. Dr. Caner preached about Jesus Christ being superior to the angels and that we should not give up on our faith in Jesus Christ.
Dr. Caner noted three things about our Lord:

1. Jesus is the final and Supreme Word.
2. Jesus is the final and Supreme Sacrifice.
3. Jesus is the final and Supreme Exaltation.

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