Campbellsville–With many area churches canceling services during the recent snowstorm on Jan. 24, Campbellsville University students had nowhere to go to worship, so they took matters into their own hands.
At 10 o’clock that day, the campus community assembled for worship in Ransdell Chapel. The service had a variety of parts, all student led, including: music, testimony and preaching. The students were part of the university’s Church Outreach team, which help lead services each Sunday at many churches.
Among the students participating were Daniel Bannister, freshman, member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Glasgow; Kathryn Weeks, freshman, member of Hurstbourne Baptist Church in Louisville; Cassie Emery, freshman, member of Cloverport Baptist Church; and Ross Allen, sophomore, member of Hillvue Heights Church in Bowling Green.
Jamie Lawrence, Church Outreach pastor and head coach for the CU Tigers men’s bowling team, of Danville, led the congregation in song.
Hope Weird, a freshman from Shepherdsville, gave a testimony about her life experience and keeping eyes on Jesus even when things get tough. “He filled me up when I was empty, and I know he can do the same for everyone here,” she said.
And Cody Jones, a freshman from Glasgow, delivered the message based on Matthew 14:22, which describes Jesus walking towards His disciples on the water in the midst of a storm. He used the passage to speak about God using the storms and hindrances in our lives to His glory.
“Jesus will do that. He sent His disciples to go out and preach the gospel. He will often separate Himself from His disciples, not to create a spirit of fear, but a spirit of faith,” Jones said.
Jones used the passage also to illustrate looking towards Christ for faith and to abolish fear.
“Until fear has died in us, Jesus won’t live,” he said. “Revival starts with God in us. Until we want it and desire it with our hearts, it won’t happen,” he said.
An alter call, where students could come and pray, concluded the service. (CU)
Josh Christian is a student writer at Campbellsville University. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Portland, Tenn, where. Tim Colovis, who formerly served at Oakland Baptist Church in Bowling Green, is now pastor.