In chapel Monday, we came to the final verses in the book of Ephesians, wrapping up our ID:in Christ series as Paul concludes his letter to the church in Ephesus. Often, we skip through these kinds of passages, but there is rich truth here if we stop to examine it.
First, we learn about a genuine friend, Tychicus (Eph. 6:21-22), whom Paul calls a faithful servant. Are we intentionally looking for and becoming a selfless, faithful friend like this? Are we faithful in completing the small tasks so God will entrust us with larger ones?
Finally, Paul concludes the letter the way he began it, by sending grace and peace to the brothers and sisters whom he loved so much (Eph. 6:23-24). No two words sum up the book of Ephesians better than “grace” and “peace,” for it is only through the grace of Jesus Christ that we will ever experience true peace with God. Our response should be to love God with a love that is incorruptible.
As we concluded the ID: in Christ series, I challenged our students — and each of you as well — to remember that what describes us does not define us. Our identity lies only in the work of Jesus Christ. We are chosen, adopted, and redeemed. Never forget that you are loved by God for all eternity and that your identity is found in Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Last Friday in chapel we welcomed hundreds of guests for our final CU Friday of the academic year. As we near the conclusion of our ID: in Christ series, we came to Ephesians 6:10-20. While volumes have been written on this powerful passage, we only had time to skim the surface.
The Apostle Paul begins with the presupposition that there are evil, supernatural forces at work in the world. It was true in his day and is still true today, even though our society may not want to believe it. The devil — the prince of darkness, the father of lies — is actively roaming, seeking to destroy us. The Christian life is a battleground, not a playground. We battle against the evil around us and the sin nature within us.
But the good news is this: The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is alive in those who follow Him. In Christ, we are equipped to stand against evil. Part of being in genuine Christian community — whether at Cedarville University or your local church — means we lock arms together and do battle.
So, how do we live a victorious Christian life amid the evil around us? We:
- Stand against evil in Christ (10-14a)
- Put on the armor of God (14-17)
- Pray always in the Spirit (18-20)
Watch as we discover that, in Christ, we can live in victory.
Phil and Mandy Shaffer are fifth-generation farmers and parents of two Cedarville graduates and one soon-to-be graduate. They live out their vocation to the glory of God and have chosen to generously contribute the proceeds from their corn harvest to Cedarville every year. We shared the Shaffers’ story at a recent Farmers Night event here on campus. Get to know the Shaffers in a video, and you, too, will be blessed by this couple’s humble commitment to Cedarville and their passion to honor Christ with all that He has entrusted to them.
Professionals interested in earning a certificate in cybersecurity management, healthcare administration, or operations management now have a convenient and affordable option at Cedarville University. These new four-course, fully online certificates will start spring 2020. Read a recent PR release to learn more about how these new certificates will provide a fast path to professional growth.
Cedarville University’s Multicultural International Student Organization (MISO) is holding its second annual World Fair today. With our international student population growing, the World Fair is a time to enjoy international dishes, learn about other cultures, and celebrate the 74 students and 30 countries (and that doesn’t even include our many MKs!) that are represented in the Cedarville family.
Do you have a college-bound son or daughter? Plan a visit to campus for our next CU Friday visit event on April 5. You will experience chapel, sit in on classes, learn about student life, visit residence halls, and hear about scholarship options. It’s a fun, full day that will help you see what God is doing on campus. Register today, and we look forward to seeing you on campus April 5.
More than 150 students, faculty, and staff recently returned from four domestic and 11 international spring break missions trips. Reports are coming in of opportunities to share the Gospel, serve the less fortunate, and pray with people to receive Christ as Savior. I am so encouraged by the sacrificial choices our students make to serve the Lord through Global Outreach during their breaks from campus.
Yesterday we returned to our ID: in Christ series in chapel, arriving at the last chapter in the book of Ephesians. Ephesians 6:1-9 continues the focus we started last week around relationships within households. Last week we explored the responsibilities for husbands and wives in a Christ-honoring relationship. Yesterday, we studied Paul’s instructions to parents and children and masters and slaves. In all of these relationships, God calls us to faithfully obey and exercise human authority in ways that glorify God.
- Children obey and honor your parents.
- Parents do not provoke but train your children.
- Slaves obey and respect their masters.
- Masters do not threaten and treat their slaves well.
Join the Cedarville University family for this week’s sermon, “ID: We are Submissive in Christ.”
On March 27, Dr. R. Albert Mohler will be the featured speaker for our “God Revealed” apologetics conference. Not a stranger to the Cedarville family, Dr. Mohler serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His presentations will focus on how God revealed Himself in Creation and in the Scriptures. If you are unable to make it to campus, please join us via livestream video for his 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. keynote addresses and the 6 p.m. “Ask Anything” session.
Cedarville is partnering with Under Armour this spring so our alumni and friends can purchase Cedarville University-branded apparel in time for March Madness and the spring sports season. Official Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s short-sleeved, sleeveless, and long-sleeved shirts; men’s and women’s shorts; shoes; and other select gear are available in the online store through March 31.