Good News in a Covid World – Millersville

I wanted to give you all just a hint of excitement in a challenging world. One of the avenues of ministry that we started this week is encouraging a singular devotion that all of RUFville would do together, not required just recommended. We have started encouraging students to study the New City Catechism. Last week we looked at question and answer #2:

Q. “What is God?”
A. “God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through him and by his will.”

A couple of our students had the BEST responses. One of our students who struggles with anxiety and depression said, “Just because we’re anxious/afraid for the future doesn’t mean He is. None of this is surprising or perturbing to Him. He weeps with us while He uses this pandemic to fulfill His plan.”

Another student who came to faith at MU through the ministry of NAVs commented this to the same question, “What stood out to me the most this day alone is that God is the creator of all things. Colossians 1:16, “For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rules or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

A few days later we were discussing question #6:

Q: “How can we glorify God?”

A: The answer in the NCC is “We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law.”

A student commented, “I like the way Deuteronomy 11:1 is worded: “You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.” Notice it says “and” and not “by,” which emphasizes our salvation is by faith, not works. Also, I really enjoyed Chapell’s commentary on this question. His term “sanctified selfishness” deftly describes what many of us struggle with in attempting to follow God’s laws.”

I know that there are a lot of question marks in our world. There is a lot to worry about. But God the Father is taking time to work in the hearts of a bunch of college students in Lancaster, PA. He is also at work in us and in the world. Take heart my friends. He wastes nothing.

Trip Beans, Campus Minister, Millersville University

Last Large Group at Millersville 2019-2020

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