Episode 060

Student Evangelism, College Basketball, & Pursuing a Prize

Mar 25, 2022

More than 400 students attended the kickoff of REV7:9, a a student evangelism conference in Louisiana. Oscar Tshiebwe shares his faith with the same passion he plays basketball. And pastor David Jeremiah encourages Christians to keep in mind that they are pursuing a prize.


More than 400 students attended the kickoff of REV7:9, a partnership between the New Orleans Seminary and the Louisiana Baptist Convention. The aim of the event is to create a community of people who are committed to seeing the vision that God laid out in Revelation 7:9 realized.

“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hand, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” Revelation 7:9-10

The IMB celebrates the work that God is doing around the world. In the past year, 679,494 people heard the Gospel, and IMB missionaries report more than 144,000 new believers. Still, there are 115,473 people dying daily without Christ. That’s two people every second.

Oscar Tshiebwe shares his faith with the same passion he plays basketball.

Being an incredible basketball player is what he does. But being a devoted Christian is far more important to Kentucky Wildcat’s beloved big man who is the frontrunner for national player of the year.

About a month ago Tshiebwe spoke at a special African service on a Sunday night at Lexington’s Broadway Baptist Church. To no one’s surprise, he was a big hit.

In a humble and heartfelt fashion, he shared his story of faith with the congregation. Tshiebew’s father was a pastor in the Congo, but was poisoned in 2012. His mother still lives in Congo.

Basketball may be how everyone knows him, but it wasn’t part of what he talked about in only the second sermon he’s ever delivered, said Mark Maynard of Kentucky Today.

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In a First Person piece on Baptist Press, California based pastor David Jeremiah encourages Christians to keep in mind that they are pursuing a prize. Jeremiah points to the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:25 who calls Christians to pursue a lasting crown the Bible says they’ll receive when they arrive in the presence of God.

Jeremiah draws from observations across Scripture to point believers to the Crown of Righteousness, the Crown of Life, the Crown of Glory, the Crown of Rejoicing and the Incorruptible Crown.

The piece offers great perspective and encouragement as God’s people are called to be intentional in living their lives to honor Him.

Find more stories at BaptistPress.com.

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