Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Gateway Seminary San Francisco Campus

Eric Thomas Garland of Lufkin, Texas accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of four, Eric Thomas Garland devoted his life to his Savior. He settled in Lufkin, Texas, after earning his master's in theology from Golden Gate Theological Seminary in 2014.

Golden Gate Theological Seminary, now known as Gateway Seminary, operates five traditional campuses in four states, including Colorado, Arizona, Washington, and California. California’s San Francisco Campus (SFC) is located in Fremont, in San Francisco’s South Bay area. While the original Northern California seminary was founded in 1944, the SFC was established in 2016 on land donated by a local church called Discovery Church. One of the key goals of the seminary is to enable students to receive theological training while concurrently serving in the ministry.

Five degrees are offered at the San Francisco Campus: master of divinity, master of arts in educational leadership, master of theological studies, diploma in theology, and diploma in educational leadership.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Why Christians Need Salvation

A devoted Christian, Eric Thomas Garland has served as a family pastor at Denman Avenue Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas. A church passionate about leading people to God, Eric Garland’s former ministry in Lufkin teaches the need for repentance and salvation. 

Christians, too, need salvation. Salvation means deliverance from sin. The Bible says that the wages of sin are death, so those who are delivered from sin receive the gift of everlasting life.

In addition, salvation is the path to truly finding satisfaction in the world. In Ecclesiastes 1:8, it is written that the eye is not content with seeing nor the ear content with hearing. Therefore, all under the sun is vanity. Yet God has put in the hearts of human beings a longing for eternity. It is a longing for something pure and everlasting. This longing cannot be filled with earthly possessions or success, but only by seeking out God, the creator. Romans 6:20 states that God wants to give eternal life and He is reaching out to His people. Find Him through salvation. Acknowledge God as savior, repent, and live according to His Word.