Brooks Buser Chapel

Brooks Buser Chapel – February 8th, 2023

By Madelynn Bryan
Madelynn Bryan is a sophomore at Christian Unified High school and is an editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper. She enjoys writing and takes an interest in political science. She is very excited to be writing for the school’s newspaper and uses it as an opportunity to spread the Word of God.

Missionary and Bible translator, Brooks Buser delivered a phenomenal message using his experience as a missionary as well as his extensive knowledge of the Bible to the students of Christian Unified High school. He reflected upon the experience of dedicating himself and his life fully to God.

Brooks is the president of Radius National, a supporter of the evangelical church and missions community that “[provides] pre-field missions training that equips cross-cultural workers to establish healthy, indigenous, reproducing churches among unreached language groups.” He is also a graduate from San Diego Christian college, where he met his wife Nina. Both Brooks and his wife participate in teaching at Radius National. They had a son together, who they brought with them on their missionary trip. Prior to his missionary work, Brooks worked as the CFO for a large company with generous benefits. Him and his wife were both very successful, however, they decided to leave their comfortable lives behind to submit to God’s calling for them.

Brooks’ message began with a description of what it meant to leave his life behind in order to serve God. He described his journey to the Yembiyembi people, an isolated people group located in Papua New Guinea, in 2013. These people had hardly been in touch with the outside world for a while, and up until 7 years prior to Brooks’ arrival, had practiced cannibalism. Despite their far from civilized civilization, the Yembiyembi people still felt that they needed something. They reached out for the gospel, so God brought them Brooks.

After an initial visit and much discussion amongst his peers, Brooks decided to take the Yembiyembi people on.

“We told them that we were going to come, and that we were going to be your missionaries. We’re going to do four things. We’re going to learn your language, we’re going to learn to speak how you speak. Number two, we’re going to teach you how to read and write in your own language; they didn’t have a written alphabet, so we had to develop an alphabet for them. Number three, we’re going to take this really important book and we’re going to translate this book into your language. And then number four, we’re going to teach you the meaning of this book.”

So Brooks did exactly that. He started from Genesis 1:1 all the way to the end of the Bible, and taught it to the Yembiyembi people. His hard work paid off. On April 21, 2008, the Yembiyembi people finally heard the message of the gospel in their own language. It’s very important to bring God’s word to unreached people groups, Brooks explains. He debunks the belief that “good hearted” people will go to heaven, despite never knowing Christ,as a theological fallacy.

“People don’t understand that the marching orders of the church are to get to the ends of the Earth. That’s why we exist as a church… [Some people] don’t understand that lost people like the Yembiyembi people and similar, go to hell if no one ever reaches out to these people. They will go to a Christless eternity. Some people don’t understand that. They believe, “Well there’s the third option that God will do for people who will never hear the gospel.” But that’s not true. We don’t find anything in the Bible, that’s a theological fallacy.”

He continues to say that the issue is that people don’t understand that it is our responsibility as Christians to reach out to people who have never heard of God. However, if we get too wrapped up in worldly things, we get lost, instead of following the plan that God has made for us. God plans on using his followers to bring others closer to him, but if his followers lose sight of what He wants them to do, other people pay the price. Brooks continues on to explain why he thinks Christians can be led astray and how to fix it.

“You know what I think is why people walk away from Christian Ministry? Why they walk away from living like Christains? I think it’s because we buy into the things that we want more than the things that our father wants.”

He ties this into the chapter of Luke 18.

“We find this in the story of a rich young ruler and how this was reconciled. Luke 18:18 it says this, “And a ruler asked him, good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” and Jesus said to him “Why do you call me good, no one is good except for God alone. You know the commandments.” And the young man said, “All of these I have kept from my youth.” So the young man didn’t understand the way that Jesus was phrasing the question, he didn’t understand that when you look at something and you look at something and you lust, or you look at something and you covet, or you look at someone and you’re angry, you’ve committed murder, theft, and adultery already. He said, I’ve lived a good life. And Jesus is going to peel back one more layer of the onion. Jesus said to him, you still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, distribute to the poor, and you’ll have treasure in heaven.” But the young man, not wanting to give up his life, walked away.”

When Brooks finished his message, Grant Todd, a youth pastor at Shadow Mountain closed the chapel with his takeaway.

Family Statement of Faith

  • The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs.  The Bible itself, as the inspired, inerrant, plenary, and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  For purposes of CUSSD’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, Shadow Mountain Community Church is CUSSD’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
  • We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, and His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through the shedding of His blood, in His bodily resurrection on the third day, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and In His personal pre-millennial return to rapture His Church before the Tribulation and His glorious appearing to set up His Millennial Kingdom.   
  • We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith, apart from works by the merit of the shed blood of Christ, and that the born-again believer is eternally secure in Christ.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in the individual priesthood of the believer.
  • We believe life begins at conception.
  • We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning; the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen. 2:18-25.)  We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a biological man and a biological woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4.)  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
  • We believe that the Scripture dictates standards of sexual behavior. The unique roles of the male and female are clearly defined in Scripture. Any promiscuity, homosexuality, gender identity issues or other deviations from Biblical principles is a sin that is offensive to God (Matt. 5:18-19; I Cor. 6: 9-10, 19-20; Eph. 5:3-5; 1 Thess. 4:3-8).


We expect our students to be:

Influential Christians who:

  • Accept the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
  • Apply Biblical principles as the foundation for moral and spiritual living.
  • Develop and maintain an informed Biblical worldview that shapes their lifestyle choices.
  • Demonstrate God’s love through acts of service and sharing the gospel.

Investigative Learners who:

  • Master a body of knowledge, vocabulary, and skills.
  • Understand, analyze, and order relationships among facts.
  • Assess their needs and apply appropriate strategies to learn concepts and skills.
  • Actively use the tools of learning throughout their lifetime.

Perceptive Thinkers who:

  • Identify, analyze, discriminate, prioritize, and apply information.
  • Have the ability to solve problems by thinking independently and logically.
  • Make responsible and well-reasoned decisions.
  • Actively seek and apply absolute truths.

Effective Communicators who:

  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately understand, interpret, and exchange information.
  • Communicate with eloquence, creativity, and persuasion in writing and in speech.
  • Develop and utilize artistic expression.
  • Proclaim and defend the gospel with wisdom, wit and respect.

Quality Producers who:

  • Demonstrate a growing knowledge of curriculum.
  • Develop their God-given talents and abilities.
  • Display standards of excellence in all pursuits.
  • Work well with others toward a common goal.

Responsible Citizens who:

  • Respect and submit to authority.
  • Actively protect and promote freedom and democracy.
  • Enjoy God’s creation and live as good stewards within it.
  • Recognize and contribute to meeting the needs of others.    



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