Our servant leadership team for ACF this year has 3 seniors. These ladies have poured their heart and souls into this ministry. They have been there from the beginning (of our time here at AU at least). They have seen the Lord move in awesome ways and grow our little group of 8 to a record setting 47 last week at large group!
All year in leadership meetings we have refused to talk about what was coming...the LAST ACF large group of the year. Historically, we have dedicated this last meeting to the seniors. It is intended to be a time for the seniors to talk about their college experience and how the Lord has worked in their lives over the past 4 years.
Honestly, I was expecting a cry-fest. In the best possible sense of the (non) word. (All ladies know what I mean by that!)I thought it was going to be a time when they all talked about how much this group has meant to them.
I just knew as about a dozen seniors lined up on couches in front of the group, that it was going to be an impactful time of sharing.
AND it was...But not in the way I was expecting.
IT WAS SO MUCH MORE.
One by one the seniors encouraged the underclassmen to seek the Lord, stay in the Word, and be accountable to their peers. It reminded me of Hebrews 12. The Seniors were basically saying:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I would quote the whole chapter, but I think you get the picture. ;)
It did not end there...
Greg had been planning on giving a clear presentation of the gospel to end our time together. Sensing the presence of the Spirit in that room, he took it a step further and invited anyone who did not have a personal relationship with the Lord to pray with him, repent of their sins and ask Jesus to come into their lives.
Friends, we have 2 new sisters in Christ as a result!
PRAISE AND GLORY TO THE LORD!
Talk about more than we could ask or imagine... My "great expectations" were blown out of the water!
Greg and I were talking later that night how unfair it is that all of you (friends, family, and supporters) weren't able to be in the room that night. Nothing is more humbling and exciting than seeing the Spirit of the Lord change people's lives in front of your very eyes.
I will end this post with a pic from the AfterParty that night. Our two new sisters are in this pic!
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.