Fall is finally here and the newness of school has long been gone. Going to FCA on Thursday nights might feel like an old routine by now, but each week continues to get better and better! I This week we were joined by Chris Armfield from CIty Lights Church out of Greenville. I just want to take a minute to thank Chris for his shoutout about the spiritual temperature here at Clemson University. We have some awesome campus ministries here, and can very easily forget that this is not typical and we should thank the Lord regularly for the environment we are able to enjoy at Clemson. Whether you just want a refresher, or were not able to join us, here is a recap of what Chris shared with us.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9-16
The main point: There is more than meets the eye and knowing is half the battle and because God loves you, he gave you His Holy Spirit so you can intimately know both Him and all His immeasurable, unsearchable, indescribable things.
“ What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”
Chris opened by asking us “What if God is more than meets the eye and knowing is half the battle with the things of God?” The simple answer is yes. God is more than we can ever imagine, but at the same time He asked us to go further. He asks us to trust Him and believe that there is far more in this life, and more to His plans than we could ever possible begin to understand. Because we are only human, our nature is to doubt, to be insecure, to be untrusting. Yet, God cannot be contained or explained. He has proven Himself to us time and time again. When we want to hear, see, and know, God asks us for trust, belonging and intimacy.
“I am going to spend a lifetime with you, slowly unveiling Who I Am” Let’s just pause here for a moment. How incredibly beautiful is this statement? Even in our brokenness and our sin God says, I want to spend time with you, I want to be with you, and I love you. I want to grow with you everyday and reveal more of myself to you. God made every single one of us and knows us better than we know ourselves. Because of this he knows we cannot fully understand His power. Instead of overwhelming us, He as committed to slowly unveiling Himself to us in an individual and perfect way.
Chris closed by looking at two Greek words.
Apocalypto: to completely uncover
Sunkalypto: to completely cover
God completely covered (Sunkalypto) our sin so He could completely uncover (Apocalypto) His glory! God loves us so much that He died to cover and forgive our sin, so we could be close to Him and begin to understand and uncover His glory.
God wants to be close to each and everyone of us. He loves each of us unconditionally. He came to save us and reveals His plan for us. Sin, pain, and fear cannot separate us from God because He created the solution. He just asks us to trust Him and spend time allowing Him to show us His glory!!