The BSU symbol is a very important reminder of all that the group strives for in its ministry to students on college campuses across the world.
In its most basic form, the symbol represents the two-dimensional thrust of the program as well as that of an individual Christian's life. The inward dimension (or inward journey) is symbolized by five arrows pointing inward to Christ at the center. The outward dimension (outward journey) is symbolized by five arrows pointing outward "to the ends of the earth." It is extremely important that the program and organization or UMR Student Ministries-BSU reflect this balanced concept of growth.
Jesus said, "Come to me ... learn from me" (Matthew 11:28-29 NIV). The inward journey involves five aspects of growth:
- Worship -- Praise, adoration, and thanksgiving to God (Colossians 3:16).
- Bible Study -- Learning and living his Word (Acts 17:11).
- Discipleship -- Applying the lordship of Christ to all of life (Colossians 3:17,23-24).
- Fellowship -- Sharing life and love with brothers and sisters in Christ (Acts 4:32).
- Churchmanship -- Being involved in the life and ministry of the total body of Christ through the local church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13,27)
Jesus also said, "Go and make disciples of all nations ..." (Matthew 28:19 NIV) Therefore, the outward journey involves five aspects of outreach:
- Evangelism -- Sharing the good news of Christ with others (Acts 1:8).
- Missions -- Reaching beyond the campus (Acts 13:1-3).
- Ministry/Social Action -- Meeting human needs everywhere (Luke 4:16-19).
- International Student Missions -- Touching lives of those who come to us from all over the world (Deuteronomy 10:19).
- Enlistment -- Reaching out to involve more students (Isaiah 54:2).
Just as a proper diet of all the food groups makes a person healthy, so too is it important that the BSU have a good balance in its ministries. For example, a glass of ice-cold milk is delicious and nutritionally complete, but if that was all a person ever ate, he/she would be very sick in just a short time. The same principle can be applied to the BSU; a particular ministry may be beneficial, but if it's the only thing focused on, the entire group suffers over time.
Well... there you have the entire explanation behind the Baptist Student Union symbol. If someone asks you what that "cute little arrow-like thing" is, you can tell them more than they ever imagined!
Quoted from Missouri-Rola BSU.