Tuesday, March 5

Surprise Love

Would you like to peek in on our Bible study today on campus?

They started arriving just before 3:30.  

Rose brought a popsicle to eat (college students are always hungry). 


Raul read and studied more of his lesson as he waited for others to arrive.


Soon we were ready to watch a short clip of a video exploring 'God's Reckless Love'.


This subject is stretching the minds of these students as we discuss God's Truth.


Most of them equated the word 'reckless' with 'foolish' but never thought about the rest of the definition:
"... without caring about the consequences of your actions." (Webster)
 

We are seeking to encourage them to have a faith so devoted to God, that any negative consequences they may face are not roadblocks for following hard after God.


Daniel, Esther, Abraham, to name a few, all took reckless steps to pursue the One True God.  In a university culture that presses on these students to never offend a peer, say whatever it takes to make your professor happy, and to be liked by all, this is deep water for them.


Our focus this afternoon was recklessly loving God, His church, and the people's of the world.


Rhonda and her sister shared about the sacrificial love their mother recklessly gave to their family.  Their mother went to heaven about a year ago and obviously left a huge impression on all of them with her deep love.



Shanae expressed her deep passion to love others recklessly by sharing the Gospel with her neighborhood no matter the cost.  
She was delighted to get this T-shirt with Scripture on it (part of our surprise love for the students today).



Caleb led us in a few songs


and we spent some time in prayer- particularly for Shanae as she seeks to tell others of Jesus.


 Before the students came we had placed a wrapped gift in front of each chair, and after the Bible study they opened them one by one.  All of the gifts, except one, were some type of food (college students are always hungry).
Rhonda was the last one to open her gift and was shocked to see money inside.


It wasn't much, but she was thrilled.


Can you find a way to recklessly love someone today with God's kind of love... and not worry about the consequences?




Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, 
let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 
 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: 
and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 
Matthew 16:24–25

Sharon

2 comments:

  1. Love this, Sharon. Living out God's Word will go against the grain of what popular culture values. This topic reminds me of what my husband taught from 2 Thess. 1:1-12 at our Bible Study last night. Paul gives thanks to God because their faith is growing as well as their love for one another. He says in verse four "Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring." Sometimes even minor persecution or even just the potential fear of it can be hard to endure. Such as rejection, not being liked or accepted, and being ridiculed. May God give us the courage and strength to stand firm in the truth and to point others to Christ no matter what the consequences. Thanks for sharing this! :)

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  2. I love these students pressing hard after the Lord. I am praying right now for these young people and that the Living God would grow them in boldness and energy for His name sake!! Love what you are doing!!

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