Our 2015 Fall Bible Conference at Cedarville University has concluded with approximately 116 professions of faith (photo right), 93 responding to a call to ministry, and many other decisions for re-dedication or repentance.
Clayton King spoke on the subject of “Stronger” primarily with messages from 2 Corinthians. If he had one driving point through the week it would be that “God makes a promise. We want to skip the process for the payoff, but the process is the point.” He demonstrated through many different messages that when we recognize and even embrace our weakness, biblically we become stronger. The world tells us that hurt people will hurt people which is sometimes true. However, a biblical response shows us that hurt people can actually help others. If you do not have a copy of his new book Stronger, I encourage you to by a copy for yourself and for someone else who may be struggling through a difficult season of life.
Our Student Life and Christian Ministries division and School of Biblical and Theological Studies will follow up individually on each decision. We realize that the decisions may vary and that it takes messy, time consuming, and dedicated work to follow up on each one. We thank God for this opportunity and want to be a good steward of walking with our students through every decision, and I am blessed to serve alongside those who can and will follow up thoroughly. While we don’t want to elevate numbers, at the same time, we want you to rejoice with us because heaven rejoices anytime one lost soul comes to faith in Jesus Christ. We must not grow cynical, so I rejoice anytime our students, faculty, or staff take a step toward complete surrender to God’s will for their lives. What makes this even more remarkable is that Cedarville requires a profession of faith to attend school. Words cannot express our gratitude to God for what He has done in the first week of this semester.
Another detail that clearly demonstrates the amazing love for God our students possess is that after a two-hour worship service, the guys in Lawlor Hall (a dorm on campus) held an event. Because of the amazing way God moved, they decided to pray over those who made decisions and then formed a circle around the emptied parking lot prepared for games to sing praises to God. Cedarville University is an amazing place to serve King Jesus.
I have the privilege of serving at a place where it feels like genuine revival could break out at any moment. I feel that strongly enough that I have laid in bed at night thinking through what I would say or do that day when no one wanted to leave chapel because God had revealed Himself to us in a such a way that we all cry out to Him broken over our sinfulness, concern over lost friends and relatives, heartbroken at the sinfulness of our society, and in awe of His majesty. I pray that day comes soon.
Would you join me in praying that God would start, continue, or fan the flames of what I am calling “The Cornfield Revival?” We have not because we ask not. I am asking. Join me, please. Lord, would You make Yourself known to us in such a way that everyone of us would be changed forever? Would You convict of us sin, reveal to us Your will, make our hearts more tender, give us a passion for the Gospel, let us catch a glimpse of Your glory, send revival, and give us faith to follow you alone with reckless abandon? Lord, would You start this in my heart first as I know my own sinful nature and my failing?
I join with David in Psalm 19:12-14 in praying:
Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.