Google Simply Katherine, a Christian on campus: February 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

Five Tips for Christian Students in College

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a ministry series meeting for Christian students in college. The topic was about Christ's second coming and what our response and attitude should be.

Human Government in Daniel 2
The great human image in Daniel 2
refers to human government
(past, present, and future).
According to Daniel chapter 2, the destiny of the great human image (which symbolizes the totality of human government) is to be crushed by a stone cut without hands, which signifies Christ who was crucified and resurrected.

Throughout the ages, human government has been part of the world system, which lies in the evil one (1 John 5:19). This does not mean we are now rebels against our own government but in essence, we must see that in His second coming, Christ will establish His kingdom on this earth by crushing and replacing human government with all its unrighteousness and corruption.

There is so much to be said about human government and its destiny but more importantly, how does this vision relate to us?

We do not want to be rooted in the world and occupied by the anxieties of this life with its earthly pleasures. Last night I was helped with five practical tips for college students to respond to this vision of the end time:
  1. Read your Bible daily
  2. Pray with your spiritual companions regularly 
  3. Find a home to enjoy fellowship weekly
  4. Speak to your friends boldly
  5. Come to the meetings habitually
By the Lord's mercy and grace, may we practice these healthy habits so that we will be found ready when our Lord Jesus returns.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Practice of the Church Life

"Where the church is, there is Christ, and where Christ is, there is the church. You can never separate Christ from the church. Whenever we speak about the church, we must know what Christ is and how He is related to the church." (The Life and Way for the Practice of the Church Life, p. 33)

The Church Life

The church life needs practice, not just theory. Thus my attempt to expound on this matter will never be adequate. Nevertheless, I have been recently touched, convicted, and adjusted in my view concerning Christ and the church.

Usually when I see the church, I simply regard it as a body of believers, who are related by and in the divine life. In other words, I see the church as a living entity, the enlargement of Christ Himself because Christ is our life (Colossians 3:4) and our being together to express His Person is literally the extension of His days on this earth. The Lord Jesus is living again on the earth through us. Yet there is a practical side of the church that is called the church life.

The practice of the church life is the realm in which Christians live together as members of one another in the Body of Christ. 

It is more than a mere community, it is the church being practiced in the members' daily living. Our personal life, our relationships with one another, our meeting life, everything is part of this church life.

Furthermore, it is not just a society where people are placed together. Actually when we speak about the church, we must know what Christ is and how He is related to the church. This is what's so striking to me.