It was great to return to Monday chapel after a bit of a break, continuing our ID: in Christ series in Ephesians. We discovered in Ephesians 4:17–24 that to realize our true identity in Christ, we first must change our thinking. Renewed thinking leads to renewed living.
What we genuinely believe about something affects our actions and how we live. If I believe a stove is hot, I will not touch it. If I believe I am a new creation because of Jesus Christ, I will strive to live a life that honors Him.
We must reject our old self, renew our minds daily, and then embrace our new self. Join us for “We Are New Creations in Christ” as we discover how to change our thinking to embrace fully our new identity in Christ.
Dear friends and partners in ministry,
We have compiled the 2018 Cedarville University Highlights of the Year into an online resource that I think you’ll find interesting and encouraging.
Along with a record enrollment and strong financial footing, the Highlights of the Year celebrates three significant academic advancements, the impact of chapel and global outreach, vibrant student community, and a new master facility plan. In each of these, I see God’s hand of faithfulness on us as we continue preparing students for vocational distinction and lifelong impact for Him.
I pray these highlights are a blessing and encouragement to you as you pause to reflect on the tremendous ways God has blessed Cedarville. And I ask you to stand with us in 2019 as we prepare the next generation to stand boldly for the Word of the God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ — in their careers, in their families, in their communities, and in their ministries.
View the 2018 Cedarville University Highlights of the Year now!
In a few short days, 101 missionaries and 54 mission agencies will gather on campus for the largest Missions Conference ever hosted by Cedarville University. Dr. Kevin Ezell, President of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), will be our keynote speaker and Dr. Matt Bennett, Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology, will give the closing message. My hope and prayer is that God will work in our midst in a powerful way, calling Cedarville students to a lifetime of Gospel purpose at their jobs, in their neighborhoods, and in places where the name of Jesus has not yet been proclaimed.
Chapel sessions will be livestreamed at 10 AM and 7 PM each day.
Julia Gardner, a third-year professional pharmacy student, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in August 2015, just six weeks after her wedding. With two and one-half years of treatment behind her, I am glad to report that Julia is now in remission, and she’s looking forward to receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2020. Her story of recovery is inspiring, but even more inspiring is how she determined to use her own suffering to serve others who are fighting this terrible disease through her organization, Julia’s Jammies.
The Cedarville School of Nursing is volunteering with Shoes 4 the Shoeless, a faith-based nonprofit ministry that distributes new socks and shoes to children in need. Starting this fall, they began visiting Springfield elementary schools to give kids new shoes and to share the hope and love of Jesus. They’ll continue this important Gospel activity through February.
The Worship 4:24 Conference returns to campus on January 25-26 at Cedarville University in the Dixon Ministry Center. This year’s conference will have a night of worship, more than 100 breakout sessions, and for the first time, the Weekend of Worship for high schools students who have a heart for worship and have enjoyed Cedarville’s summer worship academic camp. Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter Meredith Andrews will be the special musical guest. We look forward to hosting this event, which encourages and develops our music and worship students and lifts up the name of King Jesus.
I’m excited to share with you that Cedarville Magazine is now available online. The fall issue is full of information about Cedarville’s heartbeat for missions and how our Global Outreach department is coming alongside students to help them fulfill the Great Commission locally, nationally, and around the world. You’ll also find stories of faithful alumni who have committed their lives to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to be part of an institution where the Gospel reigns supreme in the lives of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
One of our goals at Cedarville is to develop lifelong learners and leaders. Every student at Cedarville will hear, many times during their “1,000 days” on our campus, that they can lead through stewardship, influence, and service. This leadership instruction is formalized in the plenary sessions and practical workshops that make up the annual CU LEADership Conference, which now serves well over 1,000 current Cedarville students and their high school counterparts. This year’s keynote speaker, U.S. Air Force Col. Todd Fogle ’92, commander of the 492nd Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field near Mary Esther, Florida, will challenge the students to lead with courage in their homes, their schools, their workplaces, and their communities. Encourage high school students to join us for CU LEAD on Saturday, January 19! Registration is now open.
As we continued in our ID: in Christ chapel series yesterday, we came to Ephesians 4. At this point in the book, the Apostle Paul transitions from the first part of the book, where he affirmed our identity in Christ, to practical application of how our identity should influence the way we live our lives.
For those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, it is not an effort to check off boxes of do’s and don’ts; that is legalism. Rather, for those who are in Christ, it is a process of allowing the Holy Spirit to mature us into Christlikeness.
Join us as we walk through Ephesians 4:1-16 and discover what a spiritually mature life should look like for a follower of Jesus Christ.