The term Paul uses for ministers was originally used for those who wait upon tables, providing those whom they serve with food that they neither produced nor prepared. By using this term, Paul underscores the lowly position of those who minister the gospel in relation to the one on whose behalf they serve. The field in which they labor is “God’s field.”
Unlike the Old Testament temple where there was a wall of separation between Jews and Gentiles, the New Testament temple is a community of those who have been reconciled to God, and to each other, by the blood of Jesus.
Anniversaries are important occasions within God's providence to remember the past and to look forward to the future. In the life of an institution like Mid-America Reformed Seminary, our fortieth anniversary invites us to consider God's faithfulness to us in times past and to look to Him for His provision in the future.