The intent of this blog series is to introduce our church to people serving in various ways throughout our church body, people you may know well or not so well, so as to give us all an opportunity to learn more about each other, learn from each other, and be mutually encouraged in God's gracious work through us, as instruments in His hands.
This month's volunteer being interviewed is Jake Walker, who is currently doing a ministry internship with our church:
I have been attending 3RG since fall of 2011.
What are some of your favorite hobbies/things to do with your free time?
Spending time with my wife, running, playing Frisbee golf, watching sports, watching a good movie/TV series, and hanging out with friends.
I also enjoy reading. Most of what I read is to better understand the Bible. A few books that had a big influence on my life and theology are: Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem, Knowing God by J.I. Packer, Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and The Reason for God by Tim Keller.
What classes are your currently taking at Knox Theological Seminary and what is something you are learning?
I am currently taking Greek I and Systematic Theology II Christ and the Church. I have gained a great appreciation for the Greek language for a couple reasons. One reason is because when God inspired the writing of the New Testament the writers used Greek. Additionally, Greek is a tough language to learn with all of its grammatical rules and variations. By God’s grace I will know the Bible better after my Greek class. I hear Hebrew is harder to learn, so I may need to make a prayer request when I start that class.
What is one of the top lessons you have learned in teaching children's Sunday School?
I have learned that the children are teaching me, while I am teaching them. Jesus says it best in Matthew 18:1-4, “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” Children are living examples of how child like faith is lived out. For example, a child trusts their parents and teachers in a way we should trust God. As Christians, we should model this child like faith in Christ. We may not have all of our questions answered, but God is our Father and deserves our trust. Seeing how a child trusts their Daddy or Mommy gives us a picture of how we should trust our heavenly Father.
What excites you most about local church ministry?
There are many things that excite me about local church ministry, but one in particular is experiencing the gospel going forth in many different ways. The gospel is preached on Sunday from the pulpit, talked about in our small/prayer groups, shared with the lost around us, and lived out in our families, neighborhoods, and workplaces. All people need Jesus, whether you are a believer of 60 years or a hardened atheist. God has given the local church the responsibility of being about Christ and his gospel. Seeing this take shape in local church ministry brings me great joy.
What is one interesting fact about yourself?
I ran cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track at Notre Dame from 2006 to 2010. My best race ever was a 5k (3.1 miles) in 13:55. I might dust off my running shoes and try to run the Pittsburgh Marathon next May.