John McCain's Pastor to Seminary Students: Your Success Will Only Come From the Lord

www.christianpost.com | 10/23/2018 | Staff
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(Screenshot: Facebook/The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)Noe Garcia, senior pastor of North Phoenix Baptist Church of Phoenix, Arizona, speaking at the Oct. 18, 2018 chapel service at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The former pastor for the recently deceased Senator John McCain told students at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky that their success will only come from God.

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Noe Garcia, senior pastor of North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, which was Sen. McCain's home church, preached at an Oct. 18 chapel service.

During his remarks, Garcia argued that when the seminarians graduate and go into ministry, they should not look for success in worldly matters.

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"Your success will not come from the degrees hanging on your wall," said Garcia. "Your success will not come from who you know. Your success will not come from your bank account."

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"Your success will not come from your mentors. Your success will not come from your charisma. Your success will not come from anything but the Lord."

Himself an alumnus of SBTS, Garcia also explained to the students gathered for the service that full dependence on God was an important first step for anyone involved in ministry.

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"The most dangerous thing for us as Christians in a seminary [environment] is for you to get drunk off your own skills and giftings — never relying on the Spirit of God," continued Garcia.

"Some of us are more burdened for success in our ministry than we are for the glory of God's name ... We are living on this mission for his name alone, and no one gets the glory for that but God."

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