One. It isn’t a number we put a lot of value in. It seems like it just isn’t enough. Yet, with one, so many things are now different. There is now a moment that alters history. With one decision a life can be changed for eternity. A movement can be started with just one person. One has more significance than we ever realized. The power of one reverberates throughout the Bible, showing us that though one may be a small number, its substance is far more than we have given it credit for.
This past weekend Central Students hosted their annual DNOW weekend. With over 100 students in attendance, this event proved to be one moment that changed lives and has started our students on one mission, advancing the Gospel.
Each session was filled with high energy, laughter, and just flat out fun as students watched their peers duke it out in lip synch battles, egg roulette, and trying to finish lunch without the use of their lips. Yes, the last one was an utter mess, but if you don’t get a little messy, was it DNOW weekend? Probably not.
It wasn’t all fun and games though. Multitude, our DNow band, helped usher us into worship through song in each session as we declared God’s power, might, love and mercy. It was a joy to listen to students declare with their voices the character and nature of God as the holy Spirit opened their eyes to His glory.
Over the weekend our students dove into scripture as they were led by speaker Chris Sheffield. The theme of “One” is based off of the passage of Ephesians 4:4-6 ““There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Chris, walked the students through scripture showing the worth and value of one. Here's a breakdown of the content we covered. Session 1: There is one God. Session 2: There is only one way to God. Session 3: When we have accepted Christ as our personal Savior, we are united under His banner into one family. In Session 4, Chris challenged the students with the one mission we have been entrusted with, advancing the good news of the redemption available only through Christ.
The power of one family on mission together was played out through our Saturday activity of “The Amazing Race.” Each small group raced around Warner Robins, dissecting clues and conquering challenges, all with one focus... complete the mission. As competitive as the students were, I think the adults proved they still had some competitive spirit up their sleeves.
On Sunday morning, though sleep deprived and running off of sugar and caffeine, students had encountered the Truth: There is one God, the Creator of the universe and of you and me, and there is no other. And the Bible is 100% clear on the subject: Jesus Himself says no one can come to the one, true God except through Him. And if we come to God through faith in Christ? We’re welcomed into one giant, awesome family of Believers. But most of all, they have a mission as a family: go and make disciples of all nations. Central Students know that one has a lot significance!
I wanted to give a special thank you to all those that prayed, provided a hand or two, helped financially, cooked meals, transported students, or housed students for the weekend. Your love and service to the student ministry is vital to the success of a weekend like DNOW. Thank you for loving and serving the student ministry at Central Baptist Church. DNOW 20’ maybe over, but the impact will reverberate into eternity.