When the Lord calls us to serve Him, it is just like the start of a foot race. We are excited, full of strength and ready to run. However, a short while down the track, we discover that it takes more than our initial excitement if we want to last for the next 20, 30 or 50 years. And it takes even more to finally cross the finish line and win the prize. The purpose of this course and all our courses is to equip those whom God has called with solid biblical knowledge and doctrine. All must first consider and understand their calling and then find the courage and strength, through God’s grace, to endure until He has finished His purpose through us. Surely there will be no greater joy for us than one day to exclaim, like Paul: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).