…hence the blog post. If there is one thing I have learned about myself in college, it’s that I may be the world’s greatest procrastinator. But, I prefer to say that I simply understand that I work better under pressure… it makes me sound like a much better student.
In other news, I have to talk about how wonderful Church at the Ballpark was this past Sunday! The church that I attend in Chapel Hill, The Summit Church, has five campuses in the Triangle area, and this event was created in an effort to bring all five campuses together for a church service. I knew that it would be exciting to see so many people come together to celebrate the love of Christ, but I never could have expected the impact that such an event could have. First off, over 7000 people attended, and 300 were baptized! What a blessing in and of itself. I even had several close friends get baptized on Sunday, which was so amazing to witness- I love seeing the people that I love grow in Christ.
Here are some pictures from Sunday: (I stole them from summitrdu.com)
J.D.’s sermon was built upon one very direct, very honest verse: John 8:24- “For unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.” It is a concept that can be hard to swallow at times- especially when it presents itself so directly. But it’s exactly what I needed to hear. Jesus is everything- He took our place, He tore the veil, and He is the reason that we can live a life apart from our sin- but that is only when we believe that He is everything. And when I think about how much of a blessing it is that Jesus died in my place, how can anything else be nearly as important? How can we sit back and let people believe anything different when it comes to being saved? Even if we don’t like the debates that people have about religion (or even Christianity itself), the words that Jesus said himself cannot be changed- “unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.”
As I sat in the ballpark on Sunday morning and tried to take in all that J.D.’s message had to offer, I also began to think about how fortunate I am to have been raised in a family that put Jesus at the center of everything. The more I learn about the importance of faith and living for Christ in my everyday life, I find myself constantly pointing back to the greatest example of this that I have ever witnessed- my granddad. Even though he suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and can’t talk about his faith like he used to, I know it still lives in him. And at a time like this when I am growing so much in my faith, I wish that I could talk to him about it and ask him questions– I would love to take in all of the knowledge that he has about the bible. But for some reason that we don’t know, he just doesn’t have the ability to do that right now. However, I know that if he understood where I was at with my faith right now, he would be so proud of me- especially with such a difficult thing happening in my family. In the midst of everything else I was taking in on Sunday, thinking of him during that time brought tears to my eyes. It made me so grateful that I was taught from the very beginning how important it is to live for Christ. What a blessing.
Some people have said that our generation will see a turning point in the church- it’s importance will either fall by the wayside, or there will be a spiritual awakening in this group. God has an amazing plan for us, but we have to be willing to follow him, no matter where that takes us. Without knowledge of a love as gripping and compelling as Christ’s, where are people supposed to go? What are they living for if they’re walking blindly? It’s something that as Christians, we have to think about- we have to be willing to tell people about Jesus. It’s the most important thing we will ever do in our lives.
“We fix our eyes upon the cross, and run to him who showed great love… Christ is risen from the dead, we are one with Him again.”
Have a wonderful week!