We dedicated and celebrated the grand opening of the Warren and Betty Wiersbe Library and Reading Room during Homecoming and Parents Weekend. Located on the first floor of the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies, this space houses the personal collection of Warren Wiersbe, one of the foremost Bible teachers and authors of the 20th century.
On March 21, Cedarville will host hundreds of middle school and high school youth and their leaders for CedarMania and the Youth Leaders Summit. There will be lots of high-energy activities, inspiring messages to encourage faithful discipleship and growth in Christ, powerful worship, and lots of fun. We hope that young people attending this event, as well as their youth leaders and pastors, will be encouraged and challenged to pursue the Lord with greater passion and commitment.
During chapel on September 19, we announced a new initiative, the Beyond Startup Accelerator, which will provide expertise, capital, and investment opportunities for student and alumni businesses. The accelerator’s Executive Director is Dick Blanc, a 1982 graduate of Cedarville, former managing partner with Accenture, LLP, and adviser to multiple Fortune Global 500 and startup companies. Our goal is for Cedarville to become a hub for faith-based entrepreneurship in the Midwest.
Our annual Community Christmas Celebration will be held this Sunday, December 8, at 6 p.m. The University’s choral and instrumental ensembles will celebrate the Christmas season with uplifting renditions of classic carols and a powerful performance of the Hallelujah Chorus by our mass choir and symphonic band. It’s our gift to you this holiday season. The concert is free and open to the public. If you can’t be here in person, please join us via livestream online.
Cedarville will host the Worship 4:24 Conference on January 24-25. Co-sponsored by the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio and Cedarville’s Department of Music and Worship, Worship 4:24 will equip worship leaders, musicians, bands, praise teams, choirs, tech crews, and students to be effective leaders. This year’s conference will include a worship concert Friday night with featured artist Travis Cottrell. High school students are invited to attend the Weekend of Worship event happening in conjunction with Worship 4:24.
Tomorrow (December 3), please join us as we give thanks, give back, and give joyfully on #GivingTuesday. This is an opportunity for us to remember all that the Lord has done and continues to do at Cedarville. Generous supporters have offered to match our giving that day up to $50,000. Thank you in advance for your support and encouragement through your gifts.
On January 18, Cedarville will host its annual CU LEADership Conference. This conference is for high school students and current and aspiring student-leaders at Cedarville. This year, we will consider what it means to “Lead Like Jesus” through stewardship, influence, and service. Prospective students may also join us on Friday, January 17, for a visit day prior to the start of the conference. They can experience chapel, tour campus, visit our residential halls, and enjoy an all-campus community event called “Alt Night.”
The exterior of the civil engineering building is fully framed, the brick facade and roof are going on the new residence hall, and two floors of the Chick-fil-A restaurant are visible. Progress on our 10-year campus master plan continues to move along. We hope you enjoy this construction update and please join us in thanking the Lord for all that He is doing at Cedarville.
What do you fear? Spiders? The dark? Thunderstorms? How about not being accepted? Not fitting in? Or maybe, not being loved?
Those fears don’t go away; they follow us through our entire lives. But as believers, those who have been accepted by God because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we can have confidence in our sovereign and holy God. We fear God, not man.
As we continued in our Faithful series, on Monday we came to Nehemiah chapter 6, where we find Nehemiah faced with situations that could have made him afraid. In fact, we discover that he is told to be afraid five times. But Nehemiah’s decisions are driven by his love and fear of the Lord, not by fear of man. Like Nehemiah, when the lies of the enemy cause us to fear, we need to replace them with the truth of God’s Word.
We find application for our lives through four key points in Nehemiah 6:1-19.
- Peace Summit (1-4) – There are times we have to have the resolve to say no to something we shouldn’t do. Can we say no to temptation? To something not wise?
- Rumors of Rebellion (5-9) – If we take care of our character, living the way we should, God will take care of our reputation.
- Treachery in the Temple (10-14) – God’s will never contradicts God’s Word.
- Spies in Your Midst (1-19) – Who are our friends? We should not be close friends with anyone who would try to lead us away from walking with the Lord.
God is faithful; you can trust Him. Fear God, not man. Join us as we walk through Nehemiah 6 together.
What do you think of when you hear the term “leader”? What does our society think? From a secular perspective, a leader typically is focused on popularity and possessions, seeking to be served rather than serving others. They might be prideful, arrogant. We will encounter people like that. We may even be tempted to be people like that; after all, because of our sin nature, it comes naturally. But as followers of Jesus Christ, we must fight against that kind of self-centered leadership. The fear of the Lord motivates us to serve God and others.
As we come to Nehemiah 5 in our Faithful series, we find Nehemiah modeling what a servant leader looks like. He points us to Jesus, the greatest servant leader there ever was.
We find three characteristics in Nehemiah that we should mimic:
- He listened compassionately (1-6) – Do we listen or do we prejudge? Do we give grace to others?
- He led courageously (7-13) – Are we willing to do the hard things and have the hard conversations?
- He lived charitably (14-19) – Are we generous to others, as God is generous to us?
You may not feel like a leader, but we all have influence. We must be good stewards of the gifts God has given us by using them to serve others. We live for the approval of the master, not the applause of man.
Watch as we learn from Nehemiah what it means to be a servant leader.