(In The Life Of The Church)
What does the Gospel mean to you?
Last week I attended the final meeting of a ministry leadership cohort that I have been participating in for the past year. This was our third time meeting in person – we met at Duke in March and at Truett in May – and we met in Charlottesville, VA this time. The cohort is made up of a group of women (young women some might say – although I am feeling the ways in which “youth” is quickly becoming a word that people do not use to describe me) who are in ministry and non-profit jobs across the USA and Canada. It has been a truly special experience getting to know these women and hear about the important work that they are doing across the continent – and getting to see their passion for sharing the love of God and the message of the Gospel in ways that are unique to their own gifts and passions.
When we met together for the first time on Monday of last week we spent some time catching up with each other – listening to the stories of what we each had experienced since we’d been together last. Talking about the things we had been reflecting on since the last time we were together. Sharing with each other the things we were excited about in our own lives. And during that time my friend Alicia shared with all of us a question that she had been reflecting on lately. She said that she had been thinking a lot about the difference that the Gospel had made in her own life – and how she had been observing that some of the most meaningful moments relationally were moments when she had been able to share the difference that the Gospel had made in her own life.
I was taken by this idea and this question – as was the rest of the group and our leaders – and we spent much of the rest of the week thinking about it and talking about it. It was wonderful to see the way that this question and our reflections on it wove it’s way throughout the rest of the week. And it was beautiful to hear the different ways that people have been personally affected by the Gospel – the ways in which their lives have been changed and the ways in which their understanding of themselves and other people has been changed by understanding the work God has already done and is still doing on their behalf.
As for me, I knew pretty quickly what my answer was. And the more I think about it the more I know it to be true – the power of the Gospel in my life is that it is the only thing that convinces me that I am truly loved. And the power of that understanding and belief is so foundational that I cannot begin to imagine how I would live without it. There is not much in this world that convinces me that I am loved but the work of Christ on my behalf convinces me of that and empowers me to try to share that love with others. Because I believe that I am loved it is incredibly important to me to help other people understand that they are also fully known and fully loved. My whole life is oriented in this direction – because of the power of the Gospel.
And so I am thankful for my friend Alicia, for bringing this question before us. Because I think reflecting on it has been good work for me and will continue to be good work for me in the future. And I’d love to know from you – what has the Gospel meant to your life? How have you been formed by the good work of Jesus Christ?
Please let me know by emailing me email@example.com, or by thinking and reflecting with your friends and family members and other UBCers. I’d love for all of us to engage in this conversation together.
Grace and Peace -
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Our annual Fall Retreat for upperclassmen is just around the corner, and you don’t want to miss out. We are headed to a beach house to relax, learn from another, and get to know other college students at UBC. The cost is $40, and this includes everything, a $20 deposit secures your slot. Sign-up this week before or after church in the foyer, or email email@example.com If you have already signed-up, bring your $20 this week.
Advanced Enneagram Workshop
October 13th from 6-9pm and October 14th from 5:30-9pm
Bobo Spiritual Life Center
The Baylor Department of Pastoral Care is excited to announce the visit of renowned Enneagram Teacher and Author Chris Heuertz to the Baylor Campus. On Sunday, October 13 from 6:00-9:00 pm and Monday, October 14 from 5:30-9:00 pm, Chris will be presenting an advanced Enneagram workshop for those who hope to dive deeper into self-awareness regarding their numbers. Snacks will be provided on Sunday, and dinner will be provided on Monday. Please register to attend by clicking here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
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