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Now more than ever, the Church desperately needs pastors who fulfill their highest calling: expounding the Word of God so the voice of God may be heard, the glory of God seen, and the will of God obeyed. The RTS Master of Divinity degree program is both academically rigorous and practically sound in order to equip pastors for global ministry in the 21st century. The Master of Divinity degree is the best degree for pastoral ministry preparation, especially the ministry of preaching God’s Word.
At the core of any healthy congregation is a vibrant teaching and preaching of the Bible, explaining the true meaning of the Scripture. “At its best, expository preaching is the presentation of biblical truth, derived from and transmitted through a historical-grammatical, Spirit-guided study of a passage in its context, which the Holy Spirit applies first to the life of the preacher and then through him to his congregation” (Haddon Robinson). Preaching is heralding the truth; therefore, preaching is a means of glorifying the absolute and life-transforming truth about God and His gospel.
For those whom God has called, we provide theologically-grounded, Gospel-centered training. The Master of Divinity is the primary degree for pastoral ministry. Paul’s second letter to Timothy highlights the gravity of such a call: gospel ministers must be prepared to guard the good deposit of truth, to rightly handle the Scriptures, and to stand prepared to proclaim the very word of God in season and out. By God’s grace, RTS-Orlando seeks to prepare faithful ministers who, like Timothy, are “acquainted with the Scriptures” which are able to make men “wise unto salvation,” and are therefore “equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
Acquainted with the Scriptures
The God-breathed Scriptures serve as the foundation for all the work of gospel ministry. Because of this, more than a third of the classes that you will take in the Master of Divinity degree program are Biblical Studies courses. Through classes in the original languages, hermeneutics (biblical interpretation), and courses surveying all sixty-six books in depth, you will be equipped with the tools to search the depths of God’s life-giving revelation for a lifetime of ministry of strengthening and expanding Christ’s Kingdom through the expository preaching and teaching of God’s Word.
Wise unto Salvation
The teachings of Scripture alone reveal the Christ, the way of salvation. You will also be trained to thoroughly know and understand the whole system of doctrine that the Bible teaches, and as seen in historically-orthodox Christianity and confessionally-Reformed theology summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and its Catechisms. By searching what Scripture teaches about topics ranging from the Trinity, God’s Eternal Decrees, Providence, Jesus Christ, Justification, Sanctification, the Church, Sacraments, and to the Second Coming, you will grow in your love for God and more deeply appreciate the work He has done for His people in Christ.
Equipped for Every Good Work
A pastor does not undertake an intense study of God’s word simply for his own benefit, but also for the building up of the church through the faithful proclamation of the gospel. In every class at RTS-Orlando, you will be taught by faculty members who are not only experts in their field of study, but who also offer years of experience in serving the Church on local and denominational levels. Further, you will integrate your biblical and theological studies in practical theology courses that will equip you to proclaim the gospel effectively in all aspects of ministry—whether in your preaching, teaching, evangelizing, administrating, counseling, mentoring, etc.
At RTS-Orlando, you will be thoroughly equipped with the skills to properly interpret the Scriptures so that you can be used by God to proclaim the God-centered and Christ-exalting Gospel-Truth in order for you to faithfully “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).