Chi Alpha Campus Ministries believe we can impact a campus by establishing a “community” of students on campus who love God, one another, and are committed to the task of sharing Christ with other students and faculty. Following the pattern in the Book of Acts, we strive to build communities of worship, fellowship, discipleship, witness and prayer. By “community” we mean that a “gathered people on campus” is more visible and effective than a few isolated individuals.
By “community of worship” we mean that we must establish ministry to God as the highest call of Christians. We seek to embody the following principles:
First, we recognize we were created by and are now reconciled to God to bring glory to Him (Isaiah 43:7; Ephesians 1:11-12); Second, as Christ’s family gathered, we become the dwelling place of God for the very purposes of ministry to Him as His priests, and for proclamation of His greatness to the world (Ephesians 1:10-22; 1 Peter 2:4-10); Third, we believe the presence of God is made more real among people when believers worship (Psalm 22:3).
Staff and students in Chi Alpha express ministry to God first by directing adoration to His person by giving thanks for His acts of loving kindness toward us (Psalm 100; 150); second, learning to sit at His feet like Mary and respond to Him (Luke 10:39; John 10:4-5); third, allowing the spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12-14 to flow through us to the Lord; and fourth, learning to worship Him with our actions (1 Corinthians 10:31; Hebrews 13:15-16).
As a “community of worship,” we expect other ministries to grow best when nurtured in an atmosphere of ministry to the Lord. It is our desire and vision to see teams of students raised up, trained, and equipped that can lead others into God’s presence through praise and worship. We are excited about coming together to worship our Lord Jesus Christ and we are excited about you being a part of the Chi Alpha ministry on campus.
Whether you serve on a worship team, or want to deepen your worship experience, all of us can grow and learn how to be a worshiper and lead others into God’s glorious presence! Here are six requirements for a person to become more intimate with King Jesus.
First, learn to bless God. It is our first responsibility to minister to God (1 Peter 2:4, 5, 9, 10). Second, prepare for worship in your heart. Get your mind and heart SET to minister to the Lord. Third, concentrate. We need to learn to discipline our minds in order to minister to God. Work at it. Personalize your worship. Ask God to help you. Fourth, participate. See 1 Corinthians 14:26 and note the principle – all should participate! But problems arise because some people come to the Chi Alpha meeting energized; some come neutralized – they need to get their attention back on the Lord; and some come vandalized – we may need to give them time to repent and confess or get healed and built up before God. We may need to encourage those who are downtrodden or discouraged. Fifth and last, continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit! Read, study, memorize, and believe God for the truth of Ephesians 5:18-20.
Walk wisely. When we meet with God personally, in small groups, or even in a larger context, He is with us. Our objective is to move to the point at which every believer will have seen the Lord, ministered to Him, and have been transformed upon seeing God. Let us be the kind of worshipers Jesus described in John 4:23 – those who worship Him in spirit and truth.
Love is a verb,
©2017 by Mike Olejarz