1st Greek InterVarsity Student at UCLA to Accept Christ!

Praise the Lord! Yesterday I was able witness, firsthand, God’s glory. He allowed me to be a part of the first Greek InterVarsity student coming to faith at UCLA. After recapping my first day on campus, I couldn’t help but come home to my apartment and Praise God!

Ryan, from Theta Chi, is the same guy that I met on my first prayer walk. He mentioned to me that he grew up with a Protestant background, knew that God was good and wanted to know how to have spiritual conversations. As we started diving deeper into studying more scripture, it was clear to me that no one had every shared what the Gospel was with Ryan or what Christianity was all about.

We got together last night to talk through Mark 1 and to study the types of disciples Jesus called along with the awe, authority and the indescribable draw He had on people. In Mark 1, we see Simon, Andrew, John and James leave behind their boats, their families, their way of living, their comfortability to follow a man who was walking by the Sea of Galilee who said, “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.”

We both came into agreement that it would be absolutely absurd to leave all of the things behind to follow Jesus but we saw that Jesus is the Son of God who came to heal, cast out demons and restore life. As the conversation continued, Ryan pointed out that there was something so distinctly different about Jesus in the way he taught with authority and performed miracles.

Ryan had no denial that Jesus was real and that He is the Son of God. He then mentioned to me that there were a couple of things he did not want to give up in following Jesus. He knows that they hinder his relationship with God but doesn’t really know why. We talked for the next hour and a half about Jesus and I had asked him if anyone had ever shared the Gospel with him or what this ‘Christian’ thing was all about. He said no and that his extent of reading the bible was one of the old testament books when he was younger.

It was clear to me that God was giving Ryan an interpretation through Mark 1–that he was one of the fisherman and he was asking him to leave certain things behind and follow this supernatural Jesus.
I drew the 4 circles diagram for him and he pointed out to me that he felt like he was in the 2nd circle. We talked about how the mark of a Christian was the way that they love one another as themselves, how they make disciples, share about this amazing Jesus and do mission to serve and heal the world. Ryan said that he wanted this and I asked him if he wanted to start a relationship with Jesus right then and there.
He said yes! I asked him if he would be willing to open up space in his house to hold a bible study in the next week and to come out and Proxe with us and he said yes to that as well.

Praise the Lord! Will you pray for Ryan as he starts his spiritual journey and understanding who Jesus is and how he desires to bless Ryan with fullness.

Student Activities Fair @ UCLA

Zero week is the half week before classes officially start at UCLA where anticipation, curiosity and excitement is buzzing through all of the new freshman who just moved to campus. During zero week, UCLA has their Student Activities Fair where students get their first taste of the 900+ student organizations on campus. By 10:00 AM, every organization has their table setup ready to meet and greet students with flyer and contact card in hand.

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This was a perfect opportunity for me to get exposure to all different Greek Organizations on campus. I spent a majority of my time going to all of the different Fraternities and Sororities.

Seeing all of the Fraternity guys waving their flags and wearing their matching recruitment tank tops made me miss the days where I was able to do this for my chapter. Oddly, I felt right at home.
Wearing my Greek InterVarsity shirt, I would walk up to every table and tell them about Greek InterVarsity. Some received it well and some had no interest but I was very excited to see how many students God was highlighting. The very first table I went to was to a Fraternity that was rechartering called Delta Tau Delta.

I walked up to the two guys that were manning the table and I said:

“Hey, could I ask you guys a quick question? I’m starting up a new organization on campus called Greek InterVarsity where I’m opening up space in the Fraternities and Sororities to talk to Greeks about how do you be fully Greek and fully Christian and to provide them with a safe and comfortable space to dive into faith and ask spiritual questions. Do you know anyone in your house that would be interested in being involved?”

Being that they were the first people I asked, I was anxious about their response. The man on the left quickly darted his eyes to the man on the right and immediately the man on the right said, “Yes! I am!”

I was shocked and kept rolling with it. He said he lives in the house and has been curious as to how he can start a bible study in his house and wants me to contact him this week. Praise God!

I went from that Fraternity to other Fraternities and Sororities and continued to find positive responses. As I continued to go through the activities fair, I gathered a contact list of about 18 students in at least 6 different houses and through the InterVarsity table, they had another 14 student express interest in being involved with Greek Ministry!
Praise God! Please be praying as I follow up with these 32 students about Greek Ministry!

Breaking Bold

At the Ignite Conference I got to teach on Acts 8 Philip and the Eunuch. The purpose of this teaching is to help students learn how to have deeper and more impactful spiritual conversations. Now a days, it’s very easy for people to have the desire to start spiritual conversations but get batted down by the perceived tension or awkwardness that is soon to follow. How often do we have conversations that go:

“What’s your spiritual background?”
“None, I think the church is hypocritical and I could never see myself becoming Christian.”
*Silence*

How do you respond to that? What am I supposed to say? Better yet, what is appropriate with that kind of response? Do I ask questions? Am I being a wuss?

Some of us can torment ourselves with these thoughts and then after the moment passes we say, “Shoot! Did I disobey God? Should I have said something?” And we can even be prone to feel guilty in those times.

It’s very important that we can distinguish the difference between what it means to be ‘bold’ and what it means to be ‘pushy’. These two things will help us recognize when we can have peace and letting a conversation go or when we might need to obey and press through an awkward moment. Take Philip and the Eunuch for example.

Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-40)

26 Now an angel(A) of the Lord said to Philip,(B) “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a](C) eunuch,(D) an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,(E) 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told(F) Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”[b](G)

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began(H) with that very passage of Scripture(I) and told him the good news(J) about Jesus.

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”(K) [37] [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away,(L) and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns(M) until he reached Caesarea.(N)

There are a couple of important observations to make in this text:

1) The Spirit gave Philip 2 specific commands
2) Philip was obedient in those two commands
3) Philip asked the Eunuch a question and he responded positively
4) Philip contextualized the way he talked to the Eunuch and did not have a hidden agenda to have a spiritual conversation.

The funny thing about this text is that Philip is told to go ‘South’, so he heads South. Where? He has no idea. The spirit then tells him to go stand by a moving chariot. Think about how awkward that would be! imagine the Spirit told you to go to a parking lot and as you’re there, he tells you to go stand or follow a car that is backing out and trying to leave. WEIRD! But Philip is completely obedient. Where many people would say, “Uhh… No. I don’t think that’s from God. I’m okay. Next time.” Philip is able to say yes and seize the opportunity in speaking to the Ethiopian.

He asks the Ethiopian a question on the scripture he is reading and the other important part of the text is that the Eunuch invited him into the chariot. Here he was able to use the Prophet is Isaiah as a segway to share the Gospel, in which the Ethiopian immediately says yes to!

This is an important distinction to make between being bold and being pushy. If the Ethiopian said, “Get away from my Chariot–What are you doing! NO I don’t want you to ask me a question!” And Philip persisted… then yes. Pushy. Not bold. Annoying. But the fact that Philip dared to go to an uncomfortable place and throw out a question to a man on a moving chariot that he was following is not ignorance, annoying or pushy. It’s bold and obedient. Big difference.

So that begs the question: What if Philip said no to following the chariot? What if he said no to even heading South?

There is so much glory that would have been missed! It makes me think about church multiplication as well. With how radically the Ethiopian said yes to accepting Jesus and yes to being baptized with his governing power as a Eunuch–can you imagine how many people he would potentially lead to Christ?

If we say No to the little inclinations the Lord gives us, we could be missing out on HUGE Kingdom opportunities!

Have you ever had an itch that said, “Hey, talk to that person,” and we’ve said no thinking about all of the awkward, tense barriers or situations that could arise? Who knows, there’s a good chance this could be the Lord inviting you to witness His glory in some very unfamiliar ways.

Next time you feel God asking you to do something, say yes immediately and don’t even give yourself a chance to think about what the repercussions could be. (Assuming that you are filtering and hearing from God that he is asking you to do something Godly.)

Ignite Conference Sparks Greek IV Momentum

On September 8th, InterVarsity held their annual Ignite Conference in Los Angeles. There were over 700 student leaders, alumni, volunteers and staff. The purpose of Ignite is to equip student leaders to embrace their ‘sent’ identities through relevant workshops, a powerful worship experience and learning new spiritual disciplines. We had an opportunity as a community to pray for our college campuses and asked God for words for each campus.


For lunch, we held a Greek Ministry Interest table. Here we were able to see what God has been preparing for us in LA without us even knowing! Beau and I have been focused on planting at UCLA, USC and Long Beach State, but we also had students from Occidental College, UC Riverside and 2 new Greek at USC! Praise the Lord! Now that we have contact with them, we are equipping, praying and releasing them to their own campuses to start Greek Ministry.

One powerful moment of this conference was when we had every student leader write down what held them back from being bold on their campuses on one large piece of paper. At the end of the conference, we had a response time as we prayerfully tore the lies of enemy into shreds. One IV Staff got a word from the Spirit that many people were struggling with suicide and we had at least 10 students stand up in response wanting to confess and receive prayer and healing! Praise God! The church erupted into prayer as students came up to staff wanting to remove the barriers of being bold on their campuses and students began to receive healing, spiritually and physically!