What do Lecrae, Kirk Franklin, and Israel Houghton all have in common? Yes, they’ve all won multiple awards, sold millions of albums, and have garnered a large fan base, but none of these are the answer. Okay, okay, the answer is that each of those three men are deeply passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ! If you said they were our special panel guests for our “God In…Music” outreach, technically you are also right.

 

Last month our college ministry hosted the second installment of our “God In…” series. The focal point for the night was our faith and music. The night started with great anticipation as to what would be shared during the interviews. Once the conversation started we got right to it. Questions such as: What keeps you seeking Jesus and not money or fame? How do you stay rooted in God’s word? What do you say to college students who don’t believe in Jesus? All of these questions led the way for gospel- centered dialogue. Each of the panelists willingly shared transparent stories of personal triumph and failure. It was a deeply impactful conversation about how God uses music to communicate His love for us through broken vessels.

 

At a recent follow-up dialogue with campus ministry leaders at CSULB, a ministry leader gave feedback on the event, “I’m thankful to have partnered with Cornerstone Church for the God in Music event. Our ministry was able to use it as a conversation starter for evangelism on campus. My ministry team leaders, ministry members, and those who showed up from our invites were blessed to have heard the amazing testimonies and heartfelt responses given by those on the panel.”

 

Throughout the night Pastor James Black focused on empowering students (and anyone else in attendance) who were pursuing careers in music performance and artistry. He probed the panelists with questions regarding their career path and the often criticized business of music. Each gave some strong words of advice and wisdom regarding those who are of the faith and are called to impact the world through music. They challenged those who were within ear shot to really learn the business and aesthetics of seeking to work full time in music.

 

Toward the end of the night a representative from Mayor Robert Garcia’s office gave recognition to the panelists. Also recognized were Pastor Jerry Rueb, Pastor James, and Cornerstone Church for the work of spreading the gospel in the City of Long Beach.

 

The week after God in Music, during our college bible study night, a student gave some insight as to how the event impacted his life. “Before that night I felt like I wanted to pursue music just because I love it. After the event I walked away seeking God for clarity and purpose regarding my desire to pursue music. I now feel led to pursue writing worship music that pleases God and not just because I love music.”

 

Gaging the real impact of events such as our “God In…Music” could potentially be difficult and strenuous. For our college ministry, the impact is already felt. Students are still buzzing from that night. One of them commented, “I’m still amazed at how we had Lecrae come to Cornerstone!” All in all the night turned out to have great impact for our college ministry with the students over at CSULB – This was the primary goal. When asked what how he felt that night, Pastor James commented, “Each of the students I spoke with shared how they enjoyed the night. It left them seeking God about their career desires and positions in school. Most importantly I was proud to have set the stage for students to hear, from people that they look up to, how important it is to have a personal relationship with God that is real and not just about the cultural hype!”

“The focal point for the night was our faith and music. The night started with great anticipation as to what would be shared during the interviews.”

“Questions such as: What keeps you seeking Jesus and not money or fame? How do you stay rooted in God’s word? What do you say to college students who don’t believe in Jesus? All of these questions led the way for gospel centered dialogue.”

“Each of the panelists willingly shared transparent stories of personal triumph and failure. It was a deeply impactful conversation about how God uses music to communicate His love for us through broken vessels.”

"Throughout the night Pastor James Black focused on empowering students (and anyone else in attendance) who were pursuing careers in music performance and artistry. He probed the panelists with questions regarding their career path and the often criticized business of music.”

"Toward the end of the night a representative from Mayor Robert Garcia’s office gave recognition to the panelists. Also recognized were Pastor Jerry Rueb, Pastor James, and Cornerstone Church for the work of spreading the gospel in the City of Long Beach.”

"I was proud to have set the stage for students to hear, from people that they look up to, how important it is to have a personal relationship with God that is real and not just about the cultural hype!”

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