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What is 159?

  • 1/59, or January 1959, was when man first reached the heavens as the former Soviet Union successfully launched the Luna 1 satellite into orbit.
  • 159 is a number sequence found in the eternal number π (PI), often represented as 3.14159265359.
  • 1 5 9 is an ordered sequence whose next number is 4 greater than the last.
But most of all…
  • 159 Represents 2 Peter 1:5-9 which is the theme passage for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Western Illinois University, hosted by University Baptist Church.

Why 159?

As I prayed over the ministry and sought council from many sources, I came across an article that one of the biggest needs of any college ministry is to help students become great at simply following Jesus! You see, in four years, we may have some additional time for chasing divine rabbit trails, but not much time. So the question for me was, “What is it that is most important in the four years we have an influence in the students’ lives?” And the reality came to me through the reading of an article on exploringcollegeministry.com, we need to be sure that they are experts in the basics. Hence the Reason 159 is born, in the spirit of 2 Peter 1:5-9 that says:

“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, [the idea is excellence, or even in today’s parlance, awesomeness] and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, [the word means piety, whether we like it or not] and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.”

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