As we continued our “Faithful” chapel series, we looked together at Nehemiah 2:1-8, where we observed Nehemiah as the king’s cupbearer nervously approaching the king. We’ve probably all felt that kind of fear when delivering big news or making a large request to someone. But from Nehemiah we learn that when God calls us to something, He also provides the way.
In the text, Nehemiah provides us with three positive examples to follow when faced with a difficult circumstance:
- Dependent Prayer: Nehemiah practiced habitual prayer. He walked with God because he talked with God.
- Deliberate Plan: Before approaching the king, Nehemiah put in the work of developing a well-thought out plan.
- Directed Praise: In humility, Nehemiah gave the credit for his success to God.
When we serve an audience of One — the one true King — we don’t have to be afraid. In faith, we can take our concerns to God, trust Him to help us accomplish His plan with excellence, and then give Him the glory.
Join us as we walk through Nehemiah 2:1-8.
Dan DeWitt, Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Apologetics and Director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity, has published a new apologetics book aimed at children. Why God?: Big Answers About God and Why We Believe in Him is a helpful resource for parents as they engage in important conversations about God with their children. Dan’s conversations with his own children about faith inspired him to write this book.
The Kokosing group of companies, one of the largest family-owned construction conglomerates in the country, has committed $100,000 to the construction of Cedarville’s new civil engineering building. Founder Bill Burgett was a man of tremendous faith who ran his company on faith-based principles, and there is a great alignment between Kokosing’s and Cedarville’s core values. This is just the beginning of this partnership; Kokosing hopes to offer internship and co-op positions to our civil engineering students, leading to the possibility of employment opportunities.
It’s been a busy summer at Cedarville. Construction vehicles have been a common sight as work has continued on the new 282-bed residence hall on the north end of campus, and site development began for the new Chick-fil-A Dining Commons, which will be located next to Centennial Library. God continues to humble us with His blessings, and I hope that you find encouragement and inspiration from what’s happening on campus. Watch the video below to see the progress that has been made this summer on our newest residence hall.
Last spring, we were presented with a Torah Scroll by God’s Ancient Library. This nearly 300-year-old copy of the first five books of the Old Testament — Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy — will be used as part of classes in the School of Biblical and Theological Studies, but will also be available to professors teaching in other disciplines.
Dean Inserra, Lead Pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Florida, was the featured speaker for this year’s Fall Bible Conference. Dean themed this year’s conference “The Process,” focusing on 1 Corinthians 2:9-3:3. He challenged all of us to continue in Christian growth and maturity, highlighting clear markers that indicate if we are advancing through the process. There was an amazing moving of the Spirit in our midst as hundreds of students made decisions to grow in their walk with Christ, including many who accepted His free gift of salvation for the first time. You can listen to Dean’s powerful conference messages in our chapel archive.
Yesterday we began our 2019-20 chapel series in Nehemiah — “Faithful: A Journey Through the Book of Nehemiah.” Looking at Nehemiah 1:1-11, we discovered how Nehemiah is seeking to serve God and others. Specifically, we learn how Nehemiah:
- Realizes the situation (1:1-3) – Nehemiah shows genuine, ministerial concern for the people and the circumstances they are in.
- Repents of sin (1:4-7) – Nehemiah wept, mourned, and fasted for days in anguish over the sins of the people.
- Remembers God’s Word (1:8-10) – Nehemiah leaned into God’s promises, recognizing His faithfulness.
- Requests mercy (1:11) – In a position of power as a cupbearer to the king, Nehemiah humbly asked for God’s favor.
So, how can we apply this passage to our lives? I encourage you to consider the following questions, as I consider them for myself:
- Are we seeking to serve God and others?
- What is our reaction to trials? Do we go to God first?
- How do we pray?
- Do our prayers line up with God’s Word?
- Do we put more faith in “this man” of the world than in the great and awesome God?
Join us as we begin our journey through Nehemiah and discover what God wants us to “Remember.”
Last weekend, we welcomed approximately 1,000 freshmen to begin their 1,000 days at Cedarville University. This record-breaking class, our 13th in a row, is a reminder of God’s generous grace poured out on Cedarville. He has tasked us with the humbling responsibility of being part of His transforming work in the lives of these students — through the excellent education that He allows us to offer, intentional discipleship that He empowers, and through submission to His authoritative Word. Such a responsibility motivates us to double down on our dependence on Him. We are thankful and prayerful as we begin this new year, mindful that He is the reason for Cedarville’s continued growth. Watch the video below to hear what new students and their parents have to say as they begin their 1,000 days at Cedarville.
It was a joy to welcome our students back for our first chapel of the academic year, especially the more than 1,000 new students who have joined us this year. I am excited for what God is going to do in their 1,000 days on our campus. God has indeed been gracious to Cedarville University.
As we kicked off the new year, I took some time to catch the students up on what has been happening with construction on campus this summer and previewed the next phases of our campus master plan. Along with many new outstanding facilities on campus, we are at the beginning stages of launching a comprehensive fundraising campaign that includes student scholarships and a Global Outreach endowment that will make it possible for students to serve on short-term missions trips overseas. It is my heart’s desire that every student be able to take at least one Global Outreach trip during their 1,000 days at Cedarville, and this endowment will be a big step in making it possible.
I also introduced our goal this year to become a more prayerful campus. I want Cedarville to be known as a campus where prayer is a priority. Every Friday morning from 7-7:50 a.m., we are inviting the campus community to come together in prayer. We are enjoying a season of God’s blessing and success. Now is the time to double down in dependence on Him.
Finally, we looked ahead on our upcoming chapel series on the book of Nehemiah, “Faithful.” We will see how even when we are faithless, our God is faithful. We have a promise-keeping God who is ready to forgive and restore. I challenged the students – as I do myself and each of you – to seek Him as we start out this new academic year. I am praying for a revival on our campus like we have never seen before. Won’t you join me?
Watch yesterday’s chapel for more updates from campus, along with a preview of this year’s sermon series. Then, I hope you join us each week as we walk through Nehemiah to discover more about our faithful God.
2014 Cedarville alumna Audrey Beck recently began a new position in the nation’s capital, serving as a law clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. As a law clerk, she will research legal issues related to cases currently being considered by the court.