CIU's very own, Laura Story.
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
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What do you love most about CIU?
I love the type of people CIU attracts. The community makes CIU special, but the relationships I have made here are seriously unlike any other relationships I have ever had and I know they won't end at graduation.
Why did you choose CIU?
My journey to CIU was pretty simple; I wanted to know the Bible better and I wanted to be prepared for cross-cultural ministry. After visiting CIU and attending the McQuilkin Scholarship Weekend, I discovered that this place was different--the students actually desired to know Christ and to make Him known and were taking advantage of so many different avenues here to live that out.
What is your major, class, and future plans?
Bible/Intercultural Studies, 2014 (!!!), I'm not really sure what the future holds for me, but I do know that I want to go where God points out a great need for the gospel, whether that is downtown Columbia or on the other side of the world.
How do you plan to use your degree after graduation?
I love learning how different cultures view the world and the timeless truths of Scripture that know no boundaries. If I end up living stateside, I hope to help establish better cross-cultural communication between the church here in the West and the rest of the world. If I have the opportunity to live overseas, I would love to use those same skills I've learned from my ICS degree to help introduce the gospel in another culture.
How has CIU shaped who you are as a person and/or spiritually in the time you’ve been here?
CIU has been a safe place for me to grow, to ask hard questions, to doubt, to believe more firmly, to make mistakes, and to learn more about who I am. It's impossible to sum up how God has transformed me during my time at CIU in just a few sentences...but I do know that at CIU I have been encouraged to know God, not just know about God. To know God is to love Him, and to love Him inevitably makes Him known. CIU has impressed upon me a desire to know my God and to make Him known among the nations. That's something that will, God-willing, carry through the rest of my life.
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Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).
This is one of those verses I go back to over and over again – especially when I feel overwhelmed.
It’s incredibly encouraging to be reminded that my work is not in vain. Sometimes just being told that what I’m doing isn’t pointless is all the motivation I really need to keep going. Although I read 1 Corinthians 15:58 often, I realized something I’d never thought about when I read it on Sunday.
1 Corinthians 15 is all about resurrection – the resurrection of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, and the resurrection body. Paul’s argument is basically that if Christ rose from the dead, we too will rise from the dead (15:21-22). The other side of the argument is that if Christ didn’t rise from the dead, we won’t be raised from the dead – we have no eternal hope, our faith is futile, and we are still in our sins (15:17).
His point is the centrality of the resurrection to the life and message of the Christian – Christ’s resurrection means that our faith not useless (15:14). It also creates in the believer a longing for eternity – it is not only for this life we have hope in Christ (15:19).
Reading 15:58 in the context of all that sheds light on the reason why our labor in the Lord is not in vain. 15:58 is the practical, daily application of the Easter message in the Christian’s life – it’s usually called having an eternal perspective. Walking in the confidence that Christ has been raised from the dead speaks to both my present and future – the confidence I have for the future gives purpose to my present work.
Christ has indeed been raised from the dead (15:20), therefore our labor in Him is not in vain (15:58).
Written by Abbey Le Roy, MA in Theological Studies from CIU's Seminary and School of Ministry
"Give us this day our daily bread." Matthew 6:11
In you I rest, in You I found my hope
In you I trust, You never let me go
I place my life within your hands alone
Be still, my soul
He chose CIU because of the heartbeat for ministry and missions.
He is majoring in Intercultural Studies at CIU with plans to study counseling and pursue his dream of using counseling as a platform for church-planting overseas.
CIU provides multiple avenues of ministry preparation with experienced professors who will equip you to make an impact no matter where God leads you.
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Our topic for this series has been “The God of Missions.” The overarching question is “What does a study of God teach us about missions?” In each post, we are looking at one aspect of God to see how that aspect relates to missions. Each has posed a narrower question to help focus our study. First, we asked what a study of God’s character teaches us about missions, and we discovered that God’s character makes missions inevitable. Then, we asked what a study of God’s commission teaches about missions, and we discovered that God’s commission makes missions central.
This time, we will look at our third and final question: What does a study of God’s covenant teach us about missions? There are actually two ways to look at the idea of covenant, especially in the Old Testament. One way emphasizes discontinuity; the other emphasizes continuity. In this brief study, we’re going to approach the idea from the perspective of continuity. The idea of God’s unfolding covenant of grace, though, isn’t really very different from the idea of God’s unfolding plan of redemption. It simply uses a different overarching concept. We’re going to begin with the first covenant God made with humankind after the fall, and trace the way the seed of that covenant grows and blossoms using five the Old Testament passages.
We could spend multiple studies on this passage, but I’m sure you recognize that verse 15 is the key. In verse 15, God promises that a human seed (descendant) of Adam and Eve will counteract the effects of the fall. Interestingly, Paul uses the same language in Romans 16:20 when he writes, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” So, Genesis 3 is the starting point of God’s covenant: a human redeemer will overcome the work that Satan began at the fall.
After preserving Noah and his family from the destruction of the flood, God re-establishes his covenant with humankind. He promises never again to destroy the earth by water. In so doing, God makes it clear that he will continue the line of the redeemer he promised in Genesis 3:15. Interestingly, as we saw in the first study, Peter picks up this same idea in 2 Peter 3:9 when he highlights God’s patience in waiting for all who are his to come to repentance. So, Genesis 9 is the next step in God’s covenant: the preservation of the line of the promised redeemer.
You probably know this passage pretty well. When God calls Abram to leave Haran, he promises to give him a three-part inheritance: a land, a seed, and a blessing. The blessing will be both personal (v.2b) and universal (v.2c-3). It is so important that God repeats it four more times: twice to Abraham (Gen 18:18; 22:18), once to Isaac (Gen 26:24), and once to Jacob (Gen 28:14). Both Peter (Acts 3:25) and Paul (Gal 3:8) quote this specific promise in the NT. So, Genesis 12 makes explicit the scope of God’s covenant: it extends to “all the families of the earth.”
Before giving Moses and the Israelites the Ten Commandments, God makes it clear that what he is about to say is part of his covenant. Previously, that covenant had been with individuals; now, it is with the people of Israel. At the end of verse 6 God sets things in context by stating that “all the earth is mine.” Then, he promises to make his people “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (v.7). We see that promise fulfilled in Revelation 5:10. In 1 Peter 2:9-10.Peter applies it to the Church and reminds us that our job as kings and priests is to proclaim God’s excellencies to those around us. So, Exodus 19 tells us what our role in the covenant will be: to represent him to “all the earth.”
Remember the promise of a human redeemer back in Genesis 3? The line of that promise passed through Noah to Abraham and on to David (2 Sam 7:8-17). Whenever you meet the king in the Psalms, it points both to David’s son and to God’s son, the Messiah. Here, we see God’s covenant with his Son. What does God promise his Son? He promises to give him the nations as his inheritance and the ends of the earth as his possession. Again, if you were to jump ahead to Revelation 7:9, you would see that promise fulfilled as men and women from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation stand before God’s throne to worship him. So, Psalm 2 tells us that Messiah is the one who will bring God’s covenant to its conclusion.
What do we learn about God’s covenant from these verses? We learn . . .
That God initiated it.
That God preserved it.
That God intends it to bless all the families of the earth.
That God expects his people to tell others about it.
That God fulfilled it in his Son, the Messiah.
So, what does a study of God’s covenant teach us about missions? It teaches us that God’s covenant makes missions successful. Missions will ultimately be successful because God initiated it, preserved it, fulfilled it in his Son, and has set apart a people to tell others about it. There has never been any doubt that God will accomplish what he set out to do. We might fail in our role, but God has never failed in his.
When Jonah ran away from Nineveh, God sent a great fish to point him in the right direction. When his OT people failed as his witnesses (Isa 43:10, 12; 44:8), God commissioned his NT people to do that task (Acts 1:8). When the Early Church refused to leave Jerusalem, God sent persecution to get them moving (Acts 8:1).
God will succeed in his plan to bless all the families of the earth. The question is whether we will be part of what he is doing. Everyone wants to be part of a successful enterprise. Will you join God in this successful enterprise called “missions”?
Written by Dr. John Harvey, Dean of CIU's Seminary and School of Ministry
I probably don’t need to comment on the power of music. It’s used therapeutically and motivationally in countless ways on a daily basis. Is there a certain song you listen to or station you flip to on a bad day? What playlist is your favorite when you want to exercise? Those are just a couple examples, not including music that gets played in stores, music for relaxation, and music to create a comfortable atmosphere.
Most recently, I find myself gravitating to music to remind myself of truth. Particularly, the song “One Thing Remains” has been a continual reminder of God’s constant, unfailing love – a relevant source of encouragement in a world full of change and disappointment. As I listen to it, I am both proclaiming and reminding myself of the reality of God’s love – it’s an “I believe; help my unbelief” sort of experience (Mark 9:24).
I don’t know the role music plays in your life, but I encourage you to let hymns and doctrinally-sound contemporary worship songs remind you of truth and encourage your heart today.
Written by Abbey Le Roy, MA in Theological Studies from CIU's Seminary and School of Ministry