Cru Weekly Ministry Tip #5, Fall 2012
Consider what the writer of Hebrews says in 2:9-15, in his continuing focus upon the supremacy of Christ;
9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers… 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
Here are some things to think about:
1. He tasted death for everyone, 2:9
2. Everything exists by Him and for Him, 2:10
3. As the founder of everyone’s salvation, He was made perfect through suffering, 2:10
4. He sanctifies us and calls us brothers, 2:11
5. He took on flesh and blood that through His death he would destroy the power of death, the devil, 2:14
6. He delivers those who through fear of death and were subject to lifelong slavery, 2:15
Which one of these six things above resonate with you the most right now? How does that encourage you to continue living life with purpose and conviction? Be encouraged, we serve a wonderful Messiah who gave it all up for you and me.
I will never forget my freshman year at college. A staff member with Cru said to me, “Hey, how about coming to the fall retreat with us in a couple of weeks?” I came up with the excuse that I had a big mid-term exam the week after the retreat and that I couldn’t go. He said to me, “Can you start studying now for the test and trust God?” Well, he had me cornered. I ended up going, had my life changed that weekend and never missed a conference or retreat for all four years of my college experience.
God clearly spoke to me that weekend and said, “You can trust me with your life and your time. Do the best you can and put Me first.”
Here are some ideas to help you begin recruiting for your fall retreat. In fact, for some of you, the fall retreat is right around the corner. Call your nearest Cru campus or Cru staff coach and ask them if you can join them for their fall retreat.
The fall retreats generally work to do several great things for your students:
1. The retreat can help to build close relationships with those from your campus.
2. Spiritually, retreats work to draw us closer to God without distraction from all the activities back at school and home.
3. Retreats also helps to sharpen our ministry skills through the speakers, training, break-out sessions, and just asking other students what they’re doing to help their ministry be more effective.
4. What can occur spiritually in one’s life in 6-7 weeks during a fall term can happen in one weekend because of the concentrated input that is received.
Here are some more ideas for going to the fall retreat. Check it out for some good reasons to encourage your students to go. Be sure to go yourself and bring others with you. You can trust God with your time and your life.
Talk to you next week,
Cru Ministry, Orlando