Ministering the Word of Life

j0436455On Sunday night the Emissaries of UBCS ministered together at Lighthouse Baptist Church, pastored by Dan Steward.  The sacred concert was followed by a message preached by Todd Deose.  Just one week ago many of  these students had participated in KCEA’s fine arts and preaching festival, and were evaluated on their performances.  There is nothing more special, though, than when all the preparation culminates in ministering to believers in a local church.

What is exciting about what our students did on Sunday evening?

  1. It is exciting when the truth of God is proclaimed through singing and preaching. Is there anything else that can change us spiritually, but the Word of God?  Christ taught us that man does “not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Deut. 8:3, Mt. 4:4). Ministering to the souls of people cannot be done without the life-giving Word of God, our soul’s source of food. God’s words are “spirit and they are life” (John 6:63), and He has promised to accomplish His purpose through His Word (Is. 55:11). As we sing and preach the truth drawn from the inspired Word of God, we rest in the great assurance that this truth has the power of God to change lives. 
  2. It is exciting to see young people involved in ministry. When we minister God’s Word, we are able to labor “together with God” (1 Cor. 3:9).  Only a gracious God like ours would allow people like us to enter into labor with Him.  What a wonderful privilege to be used by God, and for our students to taste this aspect of ministry.
  3. It is exciting that while ministering to others, our young people can have life-changing truth pressed into their minds through the songs that they sing.  Just reflect on this one stanza sung by the Emissaries: “Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing; Were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing;  Dost ask who this may be? Christ Jesus, it alone is He; and He must win the battle.”  These words penned by Martin Luther are the kinds of words that have the potential to deeply impress our character and strengthen our inner man.  They were written by a man who found comfort and refuge in the Bible.  These are the kinds of truths that need to shape our thinking and living.  May God sink them deep into our minds and hearts.

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