A Dwelling Place for God by the Spirit

Beeson Divinity School Chapel Series
Fall 2024

Beeson Divinity School exists to prepare God-called persons to serve as ministers in the church of Jesus Christ. This is a high and holy mission, one that requires profound reflection on the nature and purpose of the church we seek to serve.

So, what is the church? How has God brought it to be? And what does He want its faithful members and their ministers to do?

In chapel this year, we will work through the canon of the Old and New Testaments, tracing the development of God’s grand design for the church and its people. We will start in the book of Genesis, where God calls and forms a people set apart from the world to be a light to the Gentiles, a community of priests, a holy nation marked by its commitment to the word, will and worship of God. We will move through the Bible, examining the ways in which the Lord has shaped and led His chosen people through history, gathering a bride for His Son. We will end in Revelation, where the Lord’s love for the bride of Christ is consummated forever in the New Jerusalem.

Throughout the year, we will focus on the manifold ways in which God has always dwelled with the people He has called, enabling them to manifest His presence and provision for a sin-sick world. Our prayer is that this focus will encourage our community to trust in the Lord, believing He is for us and operating through us to redeem the world He loves. We are part of the story we will preach about this year. We ourselves and those we serve “are no longer strangers and aliens,” but “fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Eph. 2:19-22).

- Dr. Douglas A. Sweeney, dean, Beeson Divinity School

The schedule is as follows:

August 27 - Opening Convocation

Doug Sweeney, Beeson Divinity School
Eph. 2:11-22
“A Dwelling Place for God by the Spirit”

September 3

Stefana Laing, Beeson Divinity School
Genesis 12:1-8
Title TBA

September 10

Ed Stetzer, Dean, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
John 20:19-21
“The Moment and the Mission”

September 17

Hannah King, Priest, ACNA
Exodus 24-31
“The Priestly Ministry of Presence”

September 24

Gordon Bals, Beeson Divinity School
Exodus 33
“Praying Beyond Ourselves”

October 1 - Go Global Missions Emphasis Week

Alex Kirk, Beeson Divinity School
1 Kings 6
“How to Build a House for God”

October 8

Jolene Erlacher, Founder, Leading Tomorrow
Text and Title TBA

October 15

Frank Thielman, Beeson Divinity School
Psalm 84
“Longing for the Presence of God”

October 22
Mike Pasquarello, Beeson Divinity School (Retired)
Jeremiah 31ff.
“God Our Teacher”

October 29-31: Reformation Heritage Lectures

Mickey Mattox, Research Professor, Institute for Ecumenical Research
Galatians 2:11-21
“Apostolic Discord? Paul vs. Peter”

November 5

Doug Webster, Beeson Divinity School
Ezra 3-6 and Nehemiah 8
“All the People Came Together as One”

November 12

Student Preacher
Text and Title TBA

November 19 - ETS Nov. 20-22

Osvaldo Padilla, Beeson Divinity School
John 1:1-14, 2:13-22
“In the Beginning”

November 26 - Thanksgiving Break

No chapel service

December 6 - Commencement and Service of Consecration

Chris Morgan, California Baptist University
1 Cor. 13:1-7
“The Pinnacle of Spirituality”

Spring 2025

January 28 - Opening Convocation

Sydney Park, Beeson Divinity School
Acts 2
Title TBA

February 4

Robert Smith, Jr., Beeson Divinity School
II Corinthians 5:11-21
Title TBA

February 11

Cameron Thomas, AVP & Dean of Chapel, Talladega College
II Corinthians 6:14-7:1
Title TBA

February 18

Vince Bacote, Dir. Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College
Galatians 5, with help from Romans 8:9-11, I Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19-20
Title TBA

February 25

Ronald Sterling, Beeson Divinity School
Ephesians 4:1-6
Title TBA

March 4

Mary Splawn, Minister of Connections, Mountain Brook Baptist Church
Ephesians 5:22-33
Title TBA

March 10-14 - Spring Break

No classes or chapel

March 18

Mark DeVine, Beeson Divinity School
I Peter 2:1-12
Title TBA

March 25-27 - Conger Lectures in Preaching

Vaughan Roberts, Clergyman, Church of England
Title and text TBA

April 1 - World Christian Emphasis Week

Mohammad Sanavi
Title and text TBA

April 8-10 - Biblical Studies Lectures

Sandra Richter, Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies, Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA)
Title and text TBA

April 15

David Parks, Beeson Divinity School
Revelation 7:9-12 and/or 21:23-27
Title TBA

April 22

Student Preacher
Title and text TBA

May 2 - Commencement and Service of Consecration

Dr. Phil Ryken, President of Wheaton College
Title and text TBA

All services take place at 11 a.m. in Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel

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