These are the two ministries within CBS that help us accomplish our mission and purpose. There are teams for each ministry that gather to pray, plan, and serve the fellowship in these capacities. If you would like to get involved with any of them, please contact the respective leaders of that ministry.
The Reach ministry serves to support the fellowship in imitating God’s example to love communities inside and outside of CBS. We desire to prepare our members to grow closer to God and demonstrate the encouragement, teaching, and care received from Him to others. In doing so, we hope that the spiritual growth of those who are Christian will spur them to share the Gospel to those who are not yet Christian. We look to create bonds in the fellowship and cultivate a heart for evangelism, as a college student and beyond, through: prayer partnerships, discipleships (with older Christian adults in the local Ithaca community), fellowship dinners, ACEs (After CBS Events), and other outreach events to our campus community.
Why does music exist? According to a paper published by Blood and Zatorre (2001), hearing music activates regions in the brain connected to reward responses. But why does this response exist? There is no obvious evolutionary benefit for the appreciation of music. This is why philosophers see a transcendental role in music, that its beauty points us to God. According to the Bible, there is something intrinsic about music that makes it the natural response to a heart filled with gratitude (Zep 3.14). But this response is not merely human, as even God responds the same way when rejoicing (Zep 3.17), and we find that music pleases God just as it pleases us (Ps 45:8). That is why Paul writes, “be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” (Eph 5:18-19).
If you feel called to help lead the fellowship in thanksgiving and praise through music on Friday nights, contact Stephanie Deng (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jasper Liang (email@example.com) for more information!