1 Corinthians 4

The Nature of True Apostleship

This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed.

Paul wants the church leaders in Corinth to regard him as a servant of Christ. Before his he talks about being a Co-Worker with God and was urging the church leaders to acknowledge that God is the one who gives growth – not us. 

What does Paul mean when he said to regard him as, “Those entrusted with the mysteries of God has revealed.” Interesting that Paul using the word mystery – 

How do you become one that is entrusted with the mystery of God? 

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 

Interesting – those who are entrusted with the mysteries of God are required to prove faithful. 

Interesting how it says, “Been given a trust.” What does it mean to be given a trust? 

What does it mean to prove faithful? 

The phrase that continues to come to my mind is that we are to diminish ourselves to be nothing to allow God to become more. Paul warns the church in Corinth against following people or accrediting people – rather Paul urges them to remember what their identity is with God: Co-workers, a servant of Christ, ones that are entrusted with the mysteries of God. 

It seems that to be faithful is to root out the humanness in us. 

I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.

How? How does Paul do this? Paul has so much freedom from humans and from judgements against him. He doesn’t care what other people think, he doesn’t even care what he thinks himself, he only cares about the Lord’s judgement. How does one experience this kind of freedom? How does one attain such profound humility and rooted-ness in the Lord? 

 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

Lord, I have such judgement in my heart about so many things – other people, myself… I do not feel the way that Paul does. I don’t feel like my conscience is clear and I care very deeply about what others think, even complete strangers. I have an inner narrative of shame and condemnation towards myself and what I do and how I do it. God, I want what Paul has. I want to seek you so deeply that I lose a sense of self. I want to be so connected to you that I’m abiding in what your Spirit is doing – that I would be able to say, as Jesus does in John 5, I do only what I see the Father doing. God- forgive me for the ways I look to others for their opinions and their judgements. Forgive me for the way I idolize people, for Paul warns not to follow people but to remember that we have all in Christ Jesus. 

Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.

Lord – I hate this feeling. I hate this deeply imbedded sin in my heart that quietly and pridefully looks this way and that way to look as though I am a certain type of follower or competent enough to be followed. Again, all rooted so much in working to please man and appease people.

For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you! For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.

To the world, we strive for wisdom that gives us stature, promotion, reputation, but the the Kingdom of God, we aim to look like fools – but fools for Jesus. 

Jesus invites us to be fools. He doesn’t invite us to pursue the riches and desires of materials/possessions but to be people who are absolute fools for God – people that are so free from the yoke of the flesh, they are free to follow God with a raw, authentic desire to please the Father. 

God – HELP ME BE A FOOL FOR YOU! WHERE THE WORLD THINKS I LOOK FOOLISH FOR THE WAYS I FOLLOW YOU… LET ME BE FREED FROM THEIR JUDGEMENT FOR IT IS YOUR JUDGEMENT THAT I CARE ABOUT, LORD!

Faith = Freedom from the desire to follow or be followed by people but a steadfast rootedness in a desire to please God.

Paul comes against the social norm of what wisdom looks like and gloats in being a fool for God. 

For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.

 

Jesus Fully Accepts You & Fully Rejects Sin

About a week ago, I was given the opportunity to preach my first message at InterVarsity @ USC, Trojan Christian Fellowship.

I taught on John 8, The Adulterous Woman, and the topic I was given was, “Scandalous Love – Does Jesus Care About Our Dark Side?”

Was so thankful for the opportunity and praying for more opportunities to speak!
Check it out here or click on the image below.

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Scandalous Love – Talk

(The introduction got cut off a little bit but here is the link to the first 2 minutes of the talk)

 

 

Taking Greek Students to Skid Row

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This past weekend, one of my staff partners, Jon Wong, and I led a 24-hour experience to help Greek students understand God’s heart for the poor through an inner-city project. This was called the Los Angeles Urban Project Dip (LAUP Dip). This may sound familiar from my summer in the inner-city interning for Homeboy Industries. While that summer project was 6 weeks, this LAUP Dip was one day. Even with one day, God was so faithful to reveal himself and His love for the poor to our students.

Here is one of the Facebook Updates one of our students posted:

I’ve never been so blown away as I was at Skid Row. So many feelings: sadness, hope, frustration, confusion, a longing to serve. I can’t say my life will be the same after this weekend.

The purpose of the LAUP Dip is to help students refine their understanding of the Gospel in how Jesus was good news to the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized. The Dip is also meant to allow students to mourn the pain of poverty and injustice, and to celebrate our role in the Kingdom of God to be a blessing to the poor in ways that maintain their dignity.

We had a total of 6 Greek students participate in the first LAUP Dip we have ever done. This is extremely significant!

As many know, the stereotypical Greek culture comes from a more privileged background: People must have the financial means to be Greek; many Greek cultures revolve around a party theme based on who’s hot, who’s not and an internal desire for chapters to become the ‘top house’ on campus.

Don’t get me wrong – There are tons of wonderful things about the Greek Community, otherwise I would not have spent a year of my life working to develop healthy Greek Culture after college. At the same time, what I know from experience is that healthy Greek Culture does not always translate well.

Greeks are leaders, Greeks are influential and every Greek that I know at UCLA is involved in at least 2 other organizations, working a part time job, focusing on how to beef up their resumes and trying to maintain a social life with their free time.

It’s hard enough for Greeks to be ministered to in the context of Greek Culture, let alone, in the context of an impoverished inner-city neighborhood.

This weekend we had 6 Greek students learn about God’s heart for the poor, mourn the systemic injustices that affect the homeless in skid row, understand the privilege and power they have in being Greek and how they can use that privilege and power for God’s Kingdom.

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Teaching Greeks about the cycles of poverty and injustices

After teaching on how Jesus was good news to the poor, we spent time learning about all of the injustices that affect the inner-city. We took time to mourn and pray as a community. It’s important for us to take the time to observe and mourn before moving into action because if we do not, we cannot approach those around us with understanding and compassion. The next morning we had a teaching on The Kingdom of God and what our role is as Kingdom agents.

We took a walk around the financial district of downtown Los Angeles and taught about the power of money and wealth in Los Angeles. We then walked from the financial district one mile into Skid Row to see the stark contrast between wealth and poverty. What students begin to see is the strange power dynamic between one of the wealthiest areas in the United States, just one mile away from Skid Row, which holds the highest, most stable homeless population in the country.

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We had students walk through skid row to be observers and to mourn from the teachings we had the day before. After taking one pass through Skid Row and debriefing the experience, we sent students back into Skid Row in twos and threes to hand out hygiene kits that we put together to the homeless and to get to know the stories of the people there. Students began to see how the homeless in Skid Row are just like us: they have stories, they have families, they have wonderful and beautiful personalities. Many students came back with powerful conversations and stories of how they saw God working in their own hearts after these conversations.

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Debriefing our walk from the financial district and through skid row.

Afterwards, we came back to debrief the entire experience and we talked about how we can bring this teaching back to the Greek Culture at our campuses.

This was the first LAUP Dip of, what we hope would be, many. We want to see God work prophetically in Greek students in Los Angeles to care for the poor and to care about justice issues. Jesus cares for the poor and strongly cares for those who are oppressed. Jesus was and is good news to the poor and has called our lives to be good news to the poor as well.

How ought this change our lives?

Wondering why we used the Hygiene Kits? Deon Joseph is a police officer assigned to Skid Row. We asked him for advice on what would be most helpful to hand out to the homeless in Skid Row. Deon has a huge heart for Skid Row and believe God has called him there. Check it out!

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Delt Recommits His Life to Jesus!

photo-2Alex Contreras is a brother in Delta Tau Delta who came to Greek Conference. Similar to Angie and Kelly, Alex attended Greek Conference and went through the connect track. Through the connect track, he realized that he had been trying to fill his life with things that weren’t Jesus. He said that he felt like there was something missing and whenever he realized this, it made him feel lonely. He felt that God was calling him to come back and experience the joy and love of God! Alex wrote out his own testimony. Check it out below:

Growing up in a catholic background, I didn’t know much. I just knew that I had to go to church according to my parents. I was fine with it, but I didn’t really get the idea of what is to truly follow Jesus and I lost connection throughout my third year in high school.

The loss of connectivity made me feel like something was missing. I felt good at school, had my friends, grades, but when I would sit alone thinking about what to do, I couldn’t help but notice that I still needed something. I felt like like was missing.

I found that missing feeling at Greek con. I needed to follow Jesus again.

At first I didn’t really know what Greek conference was until my big bro Brandon introduced me to Greek IV and I had the opportunity to actually get a spot to go. I was given the opportunity for a reason and I felt inside that I should go and experience what Jesus has in store for me. As I was thinking about going, I felt I had to because something told me that I SHOULD go. And I’m glad that I did.

When I got to Greek Con I didn’t know what to expect other than being enrolled in the connect session. To my surprise when we all shared our stories, I was not the only one with the question, why does God do the things He that he does? We have faith, but what do we need to know to know that he’s really there for us? And many questions that pertain to what I was experiencing. I have faith but I felt like I lost that connection with him.

In the process of my session, we had some actvities that ranged from what I mentioned before. We spent time talking within each other and how we felt where we stand so far with Jesus. But what hit me the most was the stations they had for confessions, identity, fear and forgiveness. Especially forgiveness. As I talked about my feelings towards my past, how it has affected me for better and worse I felt I found a better foundation in myself and what Jesus had in store for me.  I felt connected, happy, relieved and did not have that empty feeling inside that I did before. It impacted me to the fullest and I know now that I need to follow Jesus, because its what’s in store for me and I have so much fun in the process. Now I’m happier than ever!

This was a huge step in my life to follow Jesus. So my next steps are now to take everything step by step, follow the signs Jesus has in store for me, if it means stepping out of my comfort zone, so be it.

Greek conference changed my life for the better and I’m very happy in the decisions I have made so far. I couldn’t ask nothing more exciting than to follow our creator. Jesus you’re the best!

I met with Alex last week to talk about the decision that he made. How awesome is it that we’ve seen 3 students recommit their lives to Jesus and have indicated their desire to learn how to become disciples of Jesus. Please be praying for Alex, Kelly and Angie as they have made huge commitments for Jesus this year! 

Two ADPi’s Recommit Their Lives to Jesus!

 

photoLast week I had the chance to meet with two ADPis. Angie (left) and Kelly (right) are both freshmen in Alpha Delta Pi and were both able to fly out to Indianapolis for our annual Greek Conference.

Every year at Greek Conference the main speaker will ask students make different types of commitments: to accept Jesus for the first time, recommit their lives to Jesus and/or commit to becoming a world changer in the name of Jesus.

I received all of the commitment cards from UCLA and saw that Angie and Kelly marked, “I want to recommit my life to Jesus.”

Angie grew up in Texas where she grew up with a catholic background. She considers her family catholic more by culture and went through all of the motions of being a catholic. She went through confirmation before entering high school but she never fully understood what the confirmation meant and still had a ton of questions. She told me that she had spent her high school with skepticism about who God is, didn’t fully believe in Him and never wanted to tell other people that she may have believed in Jesus.

Angie went through the ‘Connect’ Concentration at Greek Conference which was designed to help students reconnect with God on a deeper level. During the main talk, Angie made the decision to recommit her life to Jesus!

She came back saying,

“I’ve had questions and doubts about Jesus my whole life but now I know that He is real and I’m not afraid to tell anyone anymore.”

She said that she has no more questions and wants Jesus to be her #1 from now and is super excited about calling herself a follower!

Kelly grew up with a Christian background and used to have a very strong relationship with him when she was in middle school. When she came to high school, she felt that she had turned away from God and didn’t have a very strong relationship with him. She is naturally a very busy person and felt that she was not able to make time for God. When she first started at UCLA, this business increased and God became less of a priority.

Kelly came to check out Greek IV earlier in the Fall Quarter and started to re-engage with God again. She has a lot of head knowledge about who God is and knew the right words to say but felt that she had not been experiencing Him. After going through the Connect Track, things started to click and she said,

“All of the knowledge that I had in my head about God went down straight into my heart!”
“For the first time in long, long time, I’m experience a relationship with God again!”

She told me that she experienced God’s love at Greek Conference and after, wants to come back into a relationship with Him and keep it that way.

One more funny story about Kelly is that she came late to our first meeting because she was getting her iPhone 5s fixed by someone on campus. This was the second time she was going to get her phone fixed. The second repairman notified her that the first person who ‘fixed’ her phone stole a ton of important parts from the inside and she not has to buy all the parts again (almost the same price as the phone).

When she met me on campus she mentioned that normally these things frustrated her and would completely hijack her day. Since Greek Conference, she said that the Holy Spirit had been filling her up with so much joy that it doesn’t even bother her and feels that Jesus is with her.

She’s fired up and wants to do whatever she can to stay in relationship with Jesus.

Both Angie and Kelly are now meeting with me weekly together to go through a workbook called Discipleship Essentials to start this remarkable journey with Jesus.

Praise the Lord for Greek students to have an opportunity to make decisions like these in college that will change the trajectory of their lives forever! Pray for Angie and Kelly for their spiritual growth and protection.

 

Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice… It Works!

2012-07-12 14.31.06Before the new quarter started, I went on a prayer walk with my supervisor, Beau. After being gone during winter break, we wanted to engage with the campus and ask the Lord for breakthroughs in the Fraternities. Almost 3 weeks later, we got to see the fruit of this prayer walk as we listened to God’s voice.

Here’s what happened during the prayer walk:

The week before the winter quarter starts, the campus is dead. Most people are still relaxing at home over the winter holiday, while a small amount of students stay around for work or school. Beau and I began to make our rounds to each Fraternity. We would go to a Fraternity, pray and listen for if God had a specific word for the house.

After praying for about 6 houses, we arrived at Theta Xi, the house you see in the image you see above. The second we squared our shoulders to the house, I felt this huge impression from the Lord that the soil in Theta Xi is very soft. While we were praying for them, I felt my heart leaping with excitement; I couldn’t really explain it. The Lord spoke to me several things and one of them was this:

Something is going to happen in Theta Xi this quarter.”

As we were about done praying, I heard the Lord speak to me, “Knock on the door,” One of my least favorite things to do…

I had made a commitment to God that if he gave me a command, I would take the risk and do it, even if I was not absolutely sure it was him. I looked at Beau, told him what I heard and the next thing I know we’re going up the steps and knocking on the door.

After one round of knocking, there was no response. I felt my nervousness build up. I was tempted to walk away and say, “Guess no ones home… Oh well!” but I wouldn’t have felt like I was giving it an honest shot. I gave a second round of knocking and made sure it was loud enough to get someone’s attention from the upstairs. After 10 seconds, there was no response. We turned our backs, started walking away and I began to say, “Well, Lord, we gave it a…” and before I could finish the sentence, a Brother in the house popped his head out and asked us what was up.

I was so excited! Beau and I went back and we had a conversation with this guy. We got to know him and him all about Greek InterVarsity. I asked him if he would be interested or if he knew of anyone that would be interested. He told me that there was a guy that is leading a study in the house. I asked him if he could connect me with him and he said he would pass along my information.

Unfortunately, I had a feeling that, that wouldn’t happen (which it didn’t) but I left that conversation with two things:

1) The knowledge that there is someone in that house who is passionate about reaching his Brothers

2) That the Lord gave me a solid word that something was going to happen in that house.

That same week, I shared this story with my core team as we continued to talk about how important it is to hear God’s voice and respond faithfully. When I shared this story, one of my core students told me that she knew the guy that leads the bible study in their house!

I was astonished and my faith increased. I asked her to connect me with him.

She sent a Facebook message to this member in Theta Xi and he sent me a text message that communicated his eagerness to get together.

After a week of trying to coordinate our schedules, I was finally able to have a meeting with this Theta Xi Brother. This happened today!

I found out that he does not have a lot of support with his bible study but wants to create a space just for Theta Xi’s to get into the Word.

I shared the vision of Greek IV and our desire to start up witnessing communities in every Fraternity and Sorority. He was excited about this since he was already executing our strategy on his own. He also told me that he doesn’t have a lot of support with his ministry and was looking for someone to help him process how to lead a study for his Brothers and for someone to pray with.

After the conversation, this Brother in Theta Xi decided to join our house ministry team! Not only that, he is bringing along a Freshman who wants to continue the bible study in Theta Xi for the long haul since he is a graduating senior.

What a huge blessing! It’s so amazing to hear a Word from the Lord come to life! Praise the Lord for orchestrating such a great interaction with such a mission-minded Greek student!

Please be praying for us as we will be taking on another house ministry at UCLA! This brings us to a total of 6 house bible studies!

Greek Getaway 2013

1420367_10100942247934627_1496701113_nLast weekend we had our first Los Angeles Greek IV Leadership retreat ever! This is a huge moment for Greek IV LA. Can you believe that one year ago there was literally no Greek IV Leadership on campus?

We took 12 UCLA Greek Leaders to retreat from campus for a weekend as a generous donor opened up his home in orange county for us to have our retreat. The purpose of the retreat was to help students learn how to hear God’s voice and dive deeper into what it means to be a Greek Christian Leader on Campus.

Competitions, Training, Fun – check out this animoto for some quick highlights!

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Greek Getaway 2013!

Nico’s Growth in Greek IV

Nico is a leader in Delt and the first student I met on campus when doing my own outreach. He has been so faithful and integral in starting Greek IV. This is Nico’s reflection on how Greek IV has influenced him over the past year.

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Sharing my faith among my fraternity brothers isn’t something I do by bringing up faith and Jesus in every conversation. I know people like that, but for me, that’s not my style. I was never really exposed to evangelism and proclaiming my faith to people while growing up. I come from a Catholic family and most people I knew were Catholic like me.

But coming to college and getting involved with Greek InterVarsity has helped me see how to be a light for Jesus in a respectable way inside the fraternity. I have grown a lot in being a witness this last year.

I am known in the house as a Christian; people know that I read the Bible, that I pray every night, that I go to church. I even have a rosary that was a gift from a friend hanging in clear sight above my desk. Being president of my chapter, it’s easier for me to make my faith known because I have a spotlight on me. That is a double-edged sword, because it’s also easier to see when I mess up and act human, which, last time I checked, I was.

Even though I am not the most verbal guy in my witness, I do make space for people to explore Jesus inside the fraternity. As the President I have started a Bible Study for my brothers that I lead. I am just learning how to do this, but it is important that I make space for people whom are intimidated by church to talk about faith right in the house. I still get really nervous when it is time for me to be vocal about my faith, and some times I shy away, but God is growing me as his witness.

I share my faith with my fraternity brothers because being a Catholic- Christian is a major part of my life – it has defined me. I’m known in the house as such, and I take pride in my Catholic upbringing, so why not tell people about it? Why not show them the best parts of me and proclaim something – Jesus- that has saved my life and made me successful to where I am now?

ADPi Recommits Her Life to Jesus!

UntitledCassi is an ADPi and is also one of our house ministry leaders. Last Wednesday, Cassi led a bible with another one of our student leaders, Ben, on The Bleeding Woman in Mark 5:21-43.  Cassi was born and raised going to church and she classified herself as a Christian upon coming to college. What’s beautiful about Cassi’s story is seeing how even someone raised with a Christian background can have moments where they realize they have deep struggles and/or they listen/believe lies about themselves that prevent them from fully living into the freedom God gives us.

We had a chance to debrief how the leading went for the Greek IV bible study and the Holy Spirit was totally moving in her heart. As we were talking about ways we can improve our leading, God began to reveal insecurities and burdens that were bothering Cassi. She began to cry as she was sharing how she’s felt the need to be perfect, to meet everyone’s expectation and how she feels like a failure if she couldn’t appease either of those. This is also the same she viewed Jesus. She confessed that she had not been surrendering her life completely because she didn’t want to fail Him. She felt like she had a reputation/identity that she didn’t like with her friends from home and even from some of her sorority sisters. She’s been following Jesus from afar but always felt like she didn’t deserve his love. She said,

“I am the bleeding woman in this story, only I don’t know if I have enough faith to touch his cloak.”

After an hour long conversation, we realized that there were barriers that prevented her from wanting to pray and make that adult decision/commitment to follow Jesus.

I invited her to have a deeper, healing experience with the Lord. We did listening prayer and I asked her to share all of the places where she feels shame, guilt and pain. I asked her to share the barriers that prevented her from wanting to touch Jesus’ cloak. Cassi confessed to the Lord what had been burdening her – scars from her upbringing, academic struggles, problems with friends, not feeling worthy enough – she laid it all out to the Lord and told God how it made her feel about herself.

I asked her to listen for Jesus to tell her how he feels about those things and how he feels about her.

In the silence she heard Lord say to her, “Cassi, I love you. I accept you!”

After this moment, Cassi cried harder after experiencing God’s love! She had lots of emotions going on at that point, but she was definitely excited and the Lord gave her a new understanding of her identity in Christ. At that moment she wanted to pray to solidify an adult decision to follow Jesus with this newfound understanding of grace!

Praise the Lord! It’s so wonderful to see the way our leaders are growing in their own faith as they are teaching and no matter where we are in our spiritual journeys, the Lord continues to bring deeper healing! You can read her testimony in the Student Highlights section of my blog.

House Ministries Beginning to Pop Up!

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Vision of Greek InterVarsity: Reach the Joe and Jane Greeks

The Strategy: Establish Witnessing Communities in every Fraternity and Sorority. 

There are many people who would never step foot in a church or in a Christian organization on campus, especially Greeks. How do we reach those that fall into this category? How do we reach the Greeks who walk by the Christian groups on campus and roll their eyes and instantly think back to ‘that one bad experience’ they had while turning their ears off?

Yes, our weekly Greek InterVarsity gathering is a powerful place for students to explore and encounter God, but there are plenty of Greeks that won’t even come to a place to explore God, even if it is designed specifically for Greeks. How do we reach those Greeks in particular?

One of the ways we believe and have seen Joe and Jane Greeks come to know the Lord is through the faithfulness, boldness and leadership of Brothers and Sisters who want to lead a faith discussion or bible study in the comfort of their own Fraternity/Sorority house. We call these witnessing communities.

Witness communities are so powerful because they rely on the life, trust and bond developed between Brothers and Sisters. As I said before, there are many Greeks that will not listen to that random Christian on campus or even that other Christian group out of the other one hundred groups. But what happens when a Fraternity/Sorority member who lives in the proximity of another, who goes to the same parties and went through the same initiation process chooses to live a totally different way? What if a Brother pledges to uphold the same values, goes through the same ritual, wears the same letters and has a same network of friends but instead of being an on the surface partier, they are a Brother that intentionally invests in meaningful relationships which care and serve their Brothers. What if this Sister also chose to be a leader in the house to become a spiritual influence?

There is a specific bond that develops and doesn’t compare to friendships shared with people outside their Greek letters.

The reason witnessing communities are so important is because they are led by student leaders who have these types of bonds with people in their houses. These leaders may be the only people that have enough trust, understanding and credibility to talk about Jesus and actually be listened to.

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They aren’t the random Christian on campus, they are the Sister that lives right next to them. These leaders are connected to the Joe and Jane Greeks and if they have a bible study in the comfort of their own house, around people that represent the same letters, then MAYBE the Joe and Jane Greeks in the house will actually be willing to get up from their room, walk down the hallway and engage in a spiritual conversation with someone they know and trust.

This is what gets me excited when I think about Greek InterVarsity. This vision is what makes me wake up in the morning and charge onto the UCLA campus praying that the lives of the Joe and Jane Greeks will be transformed.

Witnessing Communities that have started at UCLA

After one year of planting, we have prayed fervently that the Lord would bring begin these witnessing communities. This year, 4 students have committed leading a house ministry leader in their Fraternity/Sorority.

Jackie is a sorority girl in Tri Delta who is now leading a bible study every week. Eight of her sisters are coming and participating in conversations of faith at her sorority house.

Cassi is a sorority girl in ADPi. She also has eight of her sisters coming out every week to study scripture and talk about faith.

Ben is a fraternity guy in Beta Theta Pi who is leading a bible study once a week at his house. He has yet to have someone come to his bible studies and he spends the hour every week praying for his house and for the Holy Spirit to begin stirring the hearts of his Brothers. How powerful to have an intercessor in the heart of a spiritually dry place!

Evan, Nico and Brandon are all Brothers in Delta Tau Delta (Delt). When they passed out a sign up sheet to see who would be interested in participating in the bible study, 15 of their Brothers signed up. Eight of their Brothers have shown up to both of their bible studies and they are looking forward to having even more Brothers jump in these conversations.

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20/31 Greeks that participate in these bible studies come to our large Greek IV every week. This means that through the witnessing communities, we’re reaching another 11 Greeks that may never have been willing to participate in a Christian gathering.

Praise the Lord! I get so excited to see the way that God is increasing the faith of these house ministry leaders while also sparking the spiritual curiosity of their Brothers.

We are starting to see the vision of Greek IV come to fruition at UCLA. Pray as we continue to press deeper into each of the houses and create the spaces in their homes to become witnessing communities.

Please pray for all of our house leaders that they would continue to see their Brothers and Sisters reached and see conversions happen in their houses!