As of this past Saturday I am now an officially licensed preacher of the gospel in the PCA! All glory and praise goes to our triune God!
It was indeed a long and grueling day, with morning examinations from the Candidates and Credentials Committee followed after lunch by me preaching a sermon and then being examined by the entire floor of the presbytery (my written exam having been approved as well). I had completely sweated down the back of my shirt by the time the exam was over. Praise God that the work of his church went forward this weekend at the Presbytery. I was charged to now be of good courage and boldness, being found approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15).
Indeed, it is a very humbling thing to realize that the Lord uses sinful men to carry forth his word and to do his will. My theme verse for ministry is this: "Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." (2 Cor 3:4-6).
Praise be to God!