The following is a “baby sermon” or more appropriately called vision cast for my campus fellowship’s prayer walk. Since this blog is essentially focused on personal but also my fellowship’s spiritual growth for those who have supported me and will hopefully continue to support me in my campus ministry, I thought it would be a cool “milestone” of growth and hopefully encouragement for later down the line, where ever the Lord may lead me.
YOU are at this campus because for a reason. And that reason is because you are SENT. There’s an area or group of people on this campus that you are being sent and called to by God. Maybe it’s your house, maybe it’s someone in one of your classes, or another RSO you’re involved in. Maybe you don’t feel equipped or prepared. Maybe you don’t know where you’re being sent to…yet. No matter your story, background, failures, and/or success, you were sent to this campus to see it renewed.
In Acts 1:7-8, before ascending to Heaven, Jesus says to his disciples: “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
From these verses, we are shown several things:
- we have been given power through the Holy Spirit
- we will be witnesses for Christ and His Kingdom
- being Christ’s witnesses will take us to many different places, some of them familiar a lot of them unexpected
- and we shouldn’t be stressing about when something will or will not be happening because it’s all a part of God’s perfect timing. Never too soon and never too late.
If we go a little further in Acts to a passage we heard at Fall Conference, Acts 4:29-31, we see Peter and John with the other believers praying together as a community. Now this was after Jesus’s death and resurrection. Peter and John had just gotten back from having to stand before a council who wanted to stop them from spreading the Gospel. At that time, teaching and proclaiming about Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was unlawful and many believers at that time faced persecution. However, despite all that, they still came together and prayed as a community. They prayed, “And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.’ And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”
Isn’t that cool? “And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with BOLDNESS.” They prayed, not by themselves but together, as a community and the place where they were was shaken and then the Holy Spirit gave them the strength to speak the Gospel to friends or complete strangers with boldness.
Guys, have our prayers been so powerful that where we prayed has been shaken? Do we even fully believe in the power and authority that has been given to us through the Holy Spirit to even expect that something like that can happen? Are we being bold? Are we praying for boldness? Because God wants us to. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” God wants to pour out His Spirit and His power onto our campus and into our InterVarsity community. But we have to be bold… We have to be bold and ask Him for it.
At Fall Conference, many of us heard a call for our community to prayer, prayer, and more prayer. We also heard a call to being missional, being bold, and taking risks for the Kingdom. We are called to be missional intercessors for our campus as a community being bold and not being ashamed or afraid of sharing our testimonies and the Gospel because we know our God is faithful, we know He is working on our campus, we even know that He doesn’t even need us…but He wants us, broken messed up, hot mess and all. He loves us anyway. And the same love and grace that God gives us we should share with our campus as well and tonight, we’ll be able to do that intentionally by doing a campus prayer walk.
For many of you, this will be something new, for some this is an area that you feel really weak in. However, like the believers in Acts, let’s come together with the expectation, not that our campus might be transformed but that it will be and is being transformed through Christ. Let us be bold in our faith and not doubt the power of the Holy Spirit within us. Let our voices speak life into our campus tonight.
That night, we had about 22 students go across our campus and pray that God’s truth and power will be known on our campus as well as healing of brokeness that can also be found amongst the students, faculty, and staff. It’s my hope that we can continue to actively respond to our campus first by prayer and then with the same love and grace that God has shown for us to those who may not know Him. I pray that we can be bold in our conversations.