Christians on Campus Fall 2011 College Conference (Part 2)
I'm back from Christians on Campus College Conference (Fall 2011), which took place just this past weekend. I've attended this conference many times since I first joined Christians on Campus as a freshman at UT, but this last one had adopted a different overall structure so it was very refreshing indeed!
The structure now encouraged the attendees' active participation in smaller groups. It'll take a while for me to explain all the details but just to give you a picture, by the end of the day on Saturday, almost everyone who attended the conference had spoken at least once. Of course, I don't mean speaking with each other about random things. Almost everyone had spoken concerning Christ to one another, at least once. There were apportioned times for personal morning revival/devotion, group Bible study, presentations on the Bible study material, and campus clubs' reports. Seemingly all these were just outward adjustments to the old format, which was mainly listening to messages all weekend long, but I felt like behind the scene the Lord had abundantly blessed us with a season of refreshing, of enjoying Christ in His Word, both in a personal way and together with many others.
Friday evening we started the conference with a message entitled, "God's Move through Christ." The brother, who was sharing, opened with the first point being the Triune God likened to a river (Genesis 2:10; Revelation 22:1). Indeed there's only one river but the source of the river is the Father (1 Corinthians 8:6), the course of the river is the Son as the Father's manifestation (John 1:14, 18), and the flow of the river is the Spirit (John 7:37-39). Finally, the destination of the river is the Body of Christ.
This beginning message was very appropriately positioned. Many times when I think about God's move, my first thought would be "how can I participate in His move?" Yet it was clearly revealed in this conference - first, we need to realize that God's move is through Christ. God's move began with Himself, not us. God was the first one who took the step to enter into the course of time, stepping into the path of man. God became a man, named Jesus, the Christ. He took the initiative to reach man so that man can be saved, not only from eternal perdition but even saved from all the negative elements of himself and of this world. Actually saved from veering off from His purpose in creating man.
God flowed from eternity past, into time, into man. He, in Christ, went through the process of incarnation, human living, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and descending into man's spirit as the life-giving Spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45b) to be one with man (1 Corinthians 6:17). This message uplifted my view from the view of man into the perspective of God. How touching, God became a man to be one with us.