Writing Professor Aaron Brown gives sermon on “Created to Be God’s Poem”

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

During chapel Wednesday morning, Writing and Editing Professor Aaron Brown, used quotations from well-known theologians and literary authors to relate the College’s verse of the year, Ephesians 2:10, with students’ commission in life.

Before Brown spoke, the choir sang three songs: “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “When the Little Baby Boy Was Born.” The songs helped everyone get into the Christmas spirit, and audience members were seen swaying and clapping to the last song with the choir members.

Brown opened his sermon with a prayer from St. Augustine, about how humans are the evidence of God’s ability to create meaningful things and restore glory. He then connected it with Ephesians 2:10, and replaced the English word “workmanship,” with the Greek word, “poiema.”

For we are His poiema, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them,” Ephesians 2:10.

Brown explained that we are God’s “poem.” We were created to create. But our desire to create should come from our adoration of God’s creation first.

“By looking around us, we are reading God’s beauty—there is no shortage of it around us,” Brown said.

Brown encouraged the students that they have a unique role in God’s divine plan, and that God expects them to use the gifts He has given them to glorify Him. But sometimes students may struggle to define what their gifts are.

“We are created, then we are invited to create. Ask yourself: When I do _X , I feel God’s pleasure,” Brown said.

His main ideas were: 1) We are called to create, not consume. 2) We are called to create, not just the physical but also the spiritual. 3) We create as a witness of what God has done and will do.

Brown ended his sermon with the verse 2 Corinthians 5:20, about how we are the vessels through which God makes His appeal to others. To not fulfill our commission to create, is a waste of our unique gifts.

“I really agree with what Aaron said about us being created to create. I feel that drive myself as an actor, and it was cool to hear that message in Chapel today,” senior Bobby Foster said.

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