School is starting back up, which always gets me thinking about the classes I had in college and how many of my professors kicked school off with an unofficial holiday called Syllabus Day.
Syllabus Day was all about convincing students their class was going to be the hardest, most important class ever and that students needed to buy $700 worth of books to even come close to a passing grade.
What I quickly realized was most of my professors never referenced the required textbooks, let alone tested from them, and the class was rarely as difficult as the syllabus made it seem.
The syllabus did one thing that I appreciated, though: it told me what was required of me. I always knew where I stood in class because I knew I was meeting those requirements, or I wasn't.
We need to know the requirements for so many different things in our lives, but most importantly, we need to know what is required for us to live as humans. Thankfully, God didn't give us a syllabus, but instead a story that points to Jesus. The Bible talks a lot about what is required of us, but the simplest answer is the one Jesus gave: love God, love people.
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:34-40 NIV
At University Heights Baptist Church, we use these requirements to guide everything we do. To help us focus on them better, we say
We love people, learn from Jesus, and serve Springfield and the world.
This Sunday, the Missouri State Pride Band will be performing several selections for the service; after the service, we will feed them and all of the other students the greatest meal a college student could eat: a free one (this free one is from Ott's Pasta, which makes it doubly good).
We love college students, and we want them to connect with a place where they can learn, serve, and love; we just so happen to think UHBC is a good place to do that.