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Jonathan Falwell speaks at end-of-semester convocation

December 9, 2009 : Sarah Blanzy

Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor at Thomas Road Baptist Church, delivered Liberty’s convocation message Wednesday in the Vines Center.

Falwell served at TRBC under the leadership of his father, LU founder Dr. Jerry Falwell, from 1995 until his father’s death in May 2007, when he took over the primary leadership role in the church.

In Liberty's last formal convocation of the fall semester, Falwell spoke to the student body about the importance of being available to be used by God.

“All of us have been called to be used … by God,” he said. He read Matthew 28:16-20, which includes the Great Commission, focusing on verse 17: “When they saw him [Jesus], they worshipped him, but some doubted.”

The disciples had seen everything Jesus had done but some still doubted, Falwell pointed out. He said some students might be in this place themselves. He said many people have seen the hand of God at work and even given their hearts and lives to Christ, but still doubt His power to take them — in spite of anything they have done — and use them.

He encouraged the students to be active in making themselves available for God’s work.

“Jesus always uses people who are already doing the right things,” he said.

He urged students to put Jesus first in their lives, center their relationships around Him and spend time seeking Him.

“My prayer is that each and every one of you will seek God out in your lives … to find out what it is that God wants you to do.”

The Lord will lead you where He wants you to go to make the difference that He wants you to make, he added.

“God uses people that seek Him with their whole heart. … If you are that kind of person … you are the kind of person that God will use to make a difference.”