Undergraduate Retreat Prayer Gatherings

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

 
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This coming weekend we will be having our annual Undergraduate Retreat. For some reason there is this freshness in the air and people are getting excited for this retreat. There is anticipation that God will do great things.

Starting tonight we will be having nightly prayer gatherings to pray for the retreat. Without prayer we know that we cannot do anything, but there is always this tension when it comes to events and prayer.

By praying, do we cause God to respond and do something on our behalf (human responsibility)? Or, is God going to do what He desires to do anyway, therefore we don’t need to pray (God’s Sovereignty)? I have always believed when this tension comes up, we need to look at the situation with a whole new lens.

We cannot row a boat effectively with just one oar. We need both oars in order to move the boat forward. In the same way, if we don’t pray and just expect God to work then we will be missing something. In the same light, if we pray relentlessly because we are afraid that God will not bless us until we pray a certain amount then it can get legalistic and burdensome.

Then how should we view this?

The phrase that I have been using over the years is: “When God wants to do something great, He will cause His people to pray.”

Of course this statement assumes that we are willing to obey His promptings. There have been many times over the years where I felt a burden in my heart to pray for something (God’s Sovereignty) and then when I obeyed and prayed (human responsibility), God did some great things (God receives all the glory).

I am confident that as we walk in the leading of the Holy Spirit, we will feel the burden that God has for this retreat. Then, in obedience to the Father, we will do our part in praying.

I’m hoping to see all of the undergrads at the prayer gatherings this week.

Men Discipling Men

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint, Vision

This past Sunday I had some of the men that I am spending time with come over to my place for a bbq. After eating our “manly” hamburgers, I had them go around and share how their ministry to other men in the church was coming along.

Too often we are focused on programs and events that we forget that Jesus’ command was to go and make “disciples.” It is always easier said than done. When we disciple people it is all about the life-on-life principle. When the people we are discipling do not see our lives, then it is hard to impart anything to them.

There is something about bringing our lives up close and personal that allows people to see what following Christ is all about. People in our generation have heard too much about discipleship and now they just need to see it.

In the past some years we have seen an increase in concern (grumblings from some of the women in the church) about Christian men. They have noticed traits like: immaturity, irresponsibility, laziness, unfocused, purposelessness, passionless and the list goes on.

Now, in defense of the male gender, I would say that we are still growing in Christ and doing our best to be more Christ-like since “manhood and Christlikeness are synonymous.” But when I honestly assess some of the brothers, I realized that we are in somewhat of a crisis. It is getting harder to find men who are passionate about Christ and the things of the Kingdom and who are willing to take responsibility.

I would love to see our church become like an epicenter for producing godly men. When men are discipled to be sold out Christ-followers then you will have a strong church. We have to start with one man at a time.