“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings." Philippians 3:10 If we follow Jesus, we will experience pain. It comes with the territory. We might face hardship because of our Christian commitment, or we may have challenges just from living in a fallen world. Either way, Christians follow in the footsteps of our suffering Savior and participate in his suffering. But that's not the whole story. Today, our guests will show us how transformation through our personal pain enables us to minister faithfully to a hurting world.
Dave Ripper received his Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Thought and Communication from Grove City College in 2006, and his Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary in 2010. has been serving as the Lexington Campus Pastor since January 2015 and as the Pastor of Young Adult Ministries at Grace Chapel since September 2011. His primary role as the Young Adults Pastor is to provide pastoral and programmatic leadership to the Fire ministry for college students, graduate students, and young adults in their 20’s and 30’s.
Paul Borthwick serves on the staff of Development Associates International, a training group dedicated to the character and ministry development of leaders in the under-resourced world. In 2015, Paul concluded over 30 years of teaching at Gordon College in the area of Global Christianity. He also served as an Urbana/Missions Associate with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship from 1999-2015. Rick Warren (in Purpose-Driven Life) cites Paul’s books A Mind For Missions and How To Be a World-Class Christian as resources that “should be read by every Christian.” His 2012 book, Western Christians in Global Mission: What’s the Role of the North American Church, was book of the day at Urbana 2012 and received the 2014 Christianity Today Award of Merit in the Missions/Global Affairs category.