During the January meeting
of the Executive Committee David Horton shared about the ministry of Fruitland
Baptist Bible Institute. I had invited David to share a testimony in order to
help members of our Executive Committee learn how North Carolina Baptists make
an eternal impact for the Kingdom through their support of the Cooperative
David began as president of
Fruitland in June of last year and has already witnessed God working mightily
on the campus. He is having a wonderful influence with the faculty and staff at
Fruitland, and I am also excited about the ministry of David’s wife, Lisa, to
the wives of our Fruitland students.
David shared with the Executive
Committee about a student from Nicaragua who, shortly after receiving Jesus
Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, enrolled in the Hispanic certificate
program at Fruitland.
He earned his certificate,
and two years later he completed the associates’ degree program at Fruitland.
This student is soon headed back to Nicaragua where he will apply the truths of
the gospel he learned while at Fruitland.
Fruitland students are
making a difference not only in our state, but also around the world. They are
faithfully shepherding local churches and training believers in the teachings
The Hispanic program
continues to draw students to the campus and in the coming months even more
ministry will begin among the international community. Fruitland is working to
expand its educational services by offering online classes and developing
graduated last year and 25 of those graduates now pastor Convention churches.
By the time they graduate, Fruitland students have been trained in the areas of
missions, pastoral theology, doctrine, historical studies, and Christian
The professors, many who are
full-time pastors and hold at least a master’s degree, are teaching, and share
firsthand ministry experience with students.
When visitors arrive on the
Fruitland campus, they find a sign that reads: “Where preaching is our
During David’s installation
service he repeatedly stated the mission of this school is to train pastors in
expository preaching. The foundation of this school is the teaching of God’s
inspired, inerrant Word.
I know this to be true, for
I know many of the pastors who have come through the program at Fruitland, and
I see what God is doing through their ministry. I have heard their sermons and
I see the fruit of time they have invested in ministry preparation.
We do not all preach from a
pulpit every week, but all of us who have been rescued from sin and spiritual
death by Jesus Christ are commanded to make it our passion to tell the truth of
the gospel with those who need to hear. May our lives reflect a passionate love
for the One who died to set us free from sin’s condemnation.
“For we preach not
ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’
sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5