Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sermon points and story time

The Lord keeps giving me sermon points

The summer is a fun time to be in campus ministry. Right now, I'm building relationships with students, fundraising, and prepping for the school year to start with all of its hustle. The more time I spend in ministry, the more I realize that God doesn't just show me things for my own sake. Everything He reveals to me is also for those I get to minister to. Lately, I've been hearing a bunch of random sermon points from Him. I'd like to share two with you! 

  • doing + being = becoming
    • James 1:22 "be doers of the word, not hearers only." 
    • John 15:5 "I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing." 
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3NelRb1LY4
    • It's no good for me to have the truth but do nothing with it. It's like if I had a toothbrush, but never used it. The truth of God should transform my life; it calls me into action. As I go and "do" ministry - meet up with students and invest in their lives - it's important for me to stay connected to Jesus. I can't become what He created me to be without Him. 
  • Intimacy comes through imitation 
    • Philippians 2:1-18
    • 1 John 2:3-6 "We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did." 
    • I want to be like Jesus. It's my deepest desire. The more that I choose to act and think like He does, the more I understand Him. The more I understand Him, the more connected I feel to him. 

I'm not sure if these points will ever make it into a sermon, but I hope you find them helpful. It's funny how I have to keep learning the same lessons over and over again. 

Tate, one of our student leaders this past year and a dear friend, got married! 

Opal will be leading a small group this next year. She's a talented artist, a caring friend, and a might force for the kingdom. I can't wait to see what the Lord will do through her obedience.

It's so neat to be a part of a staff team that enjoys being around each other! Most of the people pictured are on staff with FOCUS, apart from two who are spouses. We recently got to spend time together in Colorado. Shayla (green t-shirt) and Ryan (far left) will be joining our Denton team this year. I'm excited to have them around.


My plans for the next few weeks 

Fundraising: 
I have a little over $8,000 dollars left to raise. Be praying that God provides that funding so that I can stay on campus full time with students. 

Building our new leader team: 
I'm in the process of getting time with all of our upcoming female student leaders, as well as some students who will be leading in other areas. 

Story time: 
My latest outreach project is designed around stories, since humans are hard-wired to hear and retain tales. We'll be on campus most weeks telling short stories to help spark spiritual conversations and friendships. Stay tuned for how that goes. 


Here's the lawn sign I made for Story Time! Pray that God sends students who are hungry for spiritual connection!


Student Testimony 

Harrison Wijaya, Collin College - Spring Creek, Finance Major, Freshman
"When I came to the United States from Indonesia, I was pretty concerned about what life would be like. I immediately assumed I’d have a pretty lonely time at Collin. I heard about FOCUS but wasn’t really interested since I didn’t have a connection point. Interacting with strangers had never been my strong suit. Little did I know that God was listening and was ready to meet my needs. My first day on campus I met Graham, who told me about his involvement with FOCUS and introduced me to his friends. He followed up with me, and that was a huge way God started giving me a vision for what my life could look like.

"Through one-on-ones and pastoral messages, this community has taught me the impact of
reflecting Christ in every word I speak and action I take. Through my friendships, I’ve been shown how we can best love one another by putting all our efforts into blessing strangers like me. I've also had the opportunity to honor God at home by getting to live with five other guys from our community. Being in FOCUS, I’ve learned that God wants to open my eyes and heart to truly be shaped into someone who loves Him and those around me in all areas of my life."


Thank you all for your generosity and prayers! Please reach out and share what God's teaching you in this time of your life! 


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