Students celebrate the power of Jesus to break down walls
When the music is loud enough to make my head ring and I feel the bass pounding in my chest, my middle-aged mom ears are usually ready for the music to stop. But not in today’s Chapel service led by campus ministries.
Why? Because over the praise band, I heard the voices of a thousand-plus Charleston Southern University students belting out Hillsong’s “with everything … we will shout forth your praise.”
Campus Minister Jon Davis introduced students and staff members he called God’s trophies of victory and briefly shared their stories: stories of sexual abuse, a father trying to kill his son, a student from Sudan who hasn’t seen his mom in 16 years, death of parents, an out-of-state student walking across the highway to his chemo treatments and a student ministering to AIDs patients in Swaziland despite dealing with a terminal condition herself – and of Jesus who has set them free.
Stephen Dixon reminded his fellow students, “You are more than nothing, you are His,” and Marcus Bryant said his call to minister to broken people came out of his own time spent in juvenile detention – where he preached his first sermon.
“King Jesus has destroyed the dividing wall of our sin,” said Davis.
He urged students not to listen to Satan’s lies telling them to wait until they are older or until they are good to come to Christ. “Jesus calls dead people to life, not bad people to good,” he said. Christ’s death tears down our walls and breaks the chains holding us in sin.
Ephesians 2:13-14 says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.”
The campus ministries team ushered the campus into Passion Week with the reminder that victory in Jesus is available to all.