Cru Weekly Ministry Tip #11, Fall 2012
32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
In the context of this passage the writer of Hebrews is encouraging the readers to hold on to our confidence in Christ and to not give up.
The readers had endured much opposition and trials for their faith (32-34) and now they are encouraged to remember how they stood strong in the past. In verse 35 we see the word “confidence” which means boldness, to talk freely without reservation, to be fearless, courageous. Notice also in verse 35 that your confidence will be richly rewarded. We need to keep our eyes not only focused on the path ahead of us but on eternity where we will receive those rewards.
Now look at verse 36, we all have need of endurance. Endurance is also translated as “patience”, being steadfast, not being swayed from one’s purpose and loyalty to their faith, sustaining. The encouragement for us is to once again be patient and hold our ground. If you are most of the way through your fall term and you’re feeling a little weary and not feeling like you’re seeing as much happen as you had hoped for, hold on, stay confident and keep your endurance. Keep your eye on the prize, which is to stay faithful and endure to the end. Be encouraged.
Keep Your Eye On The Winter/Christmas Conference
Check them all out here: http://cruoncampus.org/go/winter-conferences/
One of the Winter/Christmas conferences (Northeast) has this to say on their web site that is a good representative of all the U.S. conferences:
What happens here?
The four days include talks by awesome speakers, great times of worship, and small workshops addressing more specific topics. There will be numerous opportunities for you to meet and engage with students from other schools. The conference experience is a wonderful and encouraging time of fellowship with other students who are passionate about showing God’s love to the students on their campuses.
Another enriching and challenging (in a good way!) part of the event is the Day of Faith. You will get the opportunity to share your faith.
Why should I go?
The conference is a time of growth and witnessing God’s work. It’s a great opportunity to equip yourself with tools you’ll need to share your faith, as well as just a great boost to re-kindle your passion for the next semester.
Thanksgiving Assignment for the Winter/Christmas Conference
Be sure to challenge your students when they go home for Thanksgiving break to confirm their plans to go to your Winter/Christmas conference. This is a great time to check with parents, employers and anyone else, to clear your schedule to go. Don’t miss out.
Kick off your spring semester with the Winter/Christmas conference in your region.
Talk to you next week,
Cru Ministry, Orlando