Over the summer I attended a conference called Greek Summit. This is a conference geared towards Christians in Greek affiliated chapters. I spent two weeks constantly learning how to bring Jesus into a dark place. I spent time learning how to lead a bible study, how to share my testimony, how to study the bible and how to evangelize. Each lesson I learned is applicable to each of my situations, leaving my heart overwhelmed by the power of the gospel and the faithfulness of our gracious Father. Today I want to share with you a few of the lessons I took away from this trip and brought back to the University of Florida.
- We are called to be active and not passive, for only what we do for Christ will last. As college students, and especially as Greeks, we have countless opportunities to share the gospel. We must be faithful and obedient in using each of these opportunities.
- Jesus wants us to come as we are. We are unclean, unworthy, sinful people- just like the craziest person in our chapter. We are no better than anyone in our chapter, but we have hope in something so much greater; a God who loves us through thick and thin.
- We must have an:
- Action of Obedience: the Lord opened His table to us and He invites us to come. We get to participate in His plan and in that we must examine our own sins, judge our own sins and confess our own sins.
- Action of Remembrance: remember who gave it all, and in return, give it YOUR all.
- Action of Faithfulness: have fellowship with Him and have faith in Him.
- The way we live spiritually in college is typically how we will live the rest of our life.
- Pray for REVIVAL on our campuses. Sometimes all we can do is pray for those who don’t desire change.
- But, in order to pray we must have an intolerable burden, or an intense agony of the status quo where you just can’t take it anymore.
- To see conversions we must have power, to have power we must have the holy spirit, to have the holy spirit we must pray, to pray we must have an intolerable burden.
- The Christian community is very isolated from the rest of the campus, but you have the ability to change that. Plant your flag for the gospel in your wild house. Be amongst unbelievers, showing them fellowship and a relationship with Jesus.
- We want to be a ministry, fishing in streams where others are not fishing (aka Greek houses).
- God placed you where you are for a time such as this. (Esther 4:14)
- Don’t live a life of success with no significance. Are you more concerned about what your fraternity brothers/sorority sisters think of you, or where they will be spending eternity?
These lessons left me convicted, but encouraged. Jesus is on our team. He is constantly cheering us on in the deepest and darkest pits of our chapters. He is calling us to have an eternal perspective and to be bold in sharing the gospel. He wants us to be aware of the platform we have been given. We are amongst unbelievers everyday; we eat lunch with them, we live amongst them, we identify with the same letters, but more than that, we have the significant opportunity to show these people Jesus. During the two weeks at Greek Summit I heard stories of God transforming the lives of those attending the project. He transformed each and every one of us, and is so capable of doing the same to those in our chapters.
I want to leave you with the following question, where will you be working in the vineyard back on your campus or in your mission field at home?
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