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“It’s all about the MUSIC

Most students listen to, like and even have a type of music they prefer.  The expression “Music Wars” has been used for the past two decades to describe the disagreements within churches and Christian fellowships related to styles and types of music. 
Many older adults have grown up singing hymns and choruses which are dear to their hearts while younger adults often prefer more contemporary music which is sometimes characterized by older adults as “7-Eleven” music—seven words repeated eleven times.

The MUSIC which God most likely prefers is that which is expressed in


So let’s reflect on how students involved in BSM can become “MUSIC makers,” students on Mission, contributing to Unity in their fellowship, being led by the Spirit, making sacrificial Investments, and framing their Communication with love and truth.

We start by reviewing our objective. One way of stating the Mission of BSM is:Engaging Texas College Students to Follow Christ and Transform the World.” Inherent in this vision is focus on Jesus’ “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18-20)Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

While many of you can quote these verses, it helps to remember that there is only one imperative in the commission, namely, “Make Disciples!”  Three participles amplify the imperative.  Although the first is often translated “Go,” the participle implies “going.”  As we are going, we are to make disciples.  The second participle, translated “baptizing,” gives emphasis on the way disciples are marked or identified.  In the Old Testament, men of the covenant were marked with circumcision.  Now, both men and women are identified as believers through baptism. And the third participle, translated “teaching,” suggests the way disciples are to be matured, namely, by observing and obeying all that Jesus taught in word and deed.

Remember that a disciple is a learner, follower or an apprentice.  Therefore, our Mission includes helping students to become followers and apprentices of Jesus.  Most people begin discipleship before they become believers; and at some point acknowledge their faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, a decision accompanied by repentance.  At that time, they are to be identified as believers by baptism which portrays their association with and belief in His death and resurrection (Rom. 6:4).  And the life-long process of apprenticeship continues.  

So what does an apprentice do in learning from the Master?  Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, had a TV show which put individuals through diverse, challenging situations in order to eliminate all but a single “Apprentice.”  An older movie, “The Karate Kid,” depicted a high school student named Daniel LaRusso as an apprentice of a teacher of martial arts named Mr. Miyagi.  Daniel had to do menial tasks to train muscle memory, although he initially resented the repetitious tasks he was assigned. 

How can the following responsibilities of an apprentice be experienced in the lives of students and BSM staff as well?
  • Spending time in the presence of the Master
  • Learning from His example and teaching
  • Practicing unfamiliar skills in order to gain proficiency, even “muscle memory”

How are you doing as an apprentice?  How can you help students in this area?

The examination of how students become MUSIC makers will be featured in subsequent issues of the KeySources Newsletters.


Remember to pray of Go Now Discovery Weekend on Feb. 5-7 as students from various campuses meet at FBC Midlothian to explore opportunities to serve this summer and beyond.


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