November 9, 2015 : By Drew Menard - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
Renowned Bible teacher and co-founder of Precept Ministries International Kay Arthur used her time at Liberty University Convocation on Monday to challenge students to apply Scripture as they seek to impact the world around them.
Precept Ministries works in 185 countries and 70 languages, discipling Christians through Bible study, radio programs, and student ministries. Arthur has reached more than 75 million people worldwide through the daily television, radio, and online programs she hosts. She is the author of more than 100 books and spoke at Convocation in 2013, where she received a rousing ovation in response to her message.
Before Arthur spoke, worship artist Bethany Barr Phillips led students in singing popular Christian songs, including “You Make Me Brave,” and “No Longer Slaves.” Phillips also briefly shared her testimony of battling cancer and finding strength in her faith in God through that struggle.
Arthur then encouraged students to live outside the mold of societal expectations. She talked about her own life, which could easily have been defined by a failed marriage, moral compromise, or tragedy, but instead was given purpose through Christ’s forgiveness.
She said that knowing God’s Word and applying it is the key to a truly successful life.
“This book is more important than any education at any time in any place,” Arthur said, referring to the Bible. “These are the words of life.”
Arthur pointed out that society is becoming more secularized and rejecting God. According to Arthur, the problem stems from Christians who are not prioritizing their spiritual lives. The answer to this, she said, is Scripture, which all believers should be studying regularly.
“If you’re going to be used in this nation and for this time in this world, then the Word of God has to be priority in your life,” she said. “I believe that this is your hour. … I believe the way that you respond to (the) message that God has for you will determine the future of America.”
Precept Ministries’ Director of Training Jeremy Lucarelli, who is a Liberty alumnus, will give an inductive Bible study presentation tonight at 7:30 p.m. in DeMoss Hall, Room 4066.