By Meagan Ford, Contributing Writer
Message to the Public:
Each Tuesday, the leaders of FCA help in bringing together old and new members through the teaching of the Bible. Each week there are new faces that continue to show up after getting that first taste of what FCA is all about. It’s okay to have doubts about FCA, about your religion, or maybe your identity, but come to FCA and you will meet a number of great people going through the same struggles as you and who have committed to handing their problems over to God.
FCA combines the same enthusiasm for Christ as a traditional church service, with the dynamics of a student run congregation. Each lesson is shaped to relate the experiences of a typical college student to the messages of the Bible.
Welcome to FCA:
What did you see when walking into FCA this week? The Boyle Room was filled with singing, laughter, prayer, and delicious treats! It’s a great spiritual environment when everyone around you is standing to praise God. Standing, clapping, and singing along to the words of inspirational songs encouraged many to open up to God’s word.
This Tuesday’s Bible chapters of focus were Judges 6-8. It spoke of Gideon and his doubts that God would be able to deliver him and his people from the hands of the oppressive Midianites. Despite Gideon’s doubt, God promised that even without a large, well-equipped army, Gideon and his people would still be free from the hands of the Midians; and that’s what happened. What does this show us?
Well for one, fear and doubt are a natural response when faced with the challenges placed on us by God. There is doubt before a big exam, during a break-up, or following the death of a loved one. There are many obstacles that humans face in their walk of life. Only by focusing on the will of God, or the plan that He has set for us, are we able to look past the fear and doubt that accompanies the negative and, instead, look towards the positive.
Secondly, God uses people that may seem to be inadequate when it comes to dealing with important tasks. This is seen through the use of Gideon to lead the Israelites to freedom; through the death of Jesus Christ, who was once a mere carpenter, to save the souls of His people; and it is seen in the FCA leaders who five years ago may not have even imagined that they would be standing up and preaching God’s word to their fellow students. The most unlikely individuals will continue to be utilized to spread His word and promote good deeds because it is in God’s will that it will be done.
Finally, always remember to have faith when faced with a seemingly impossible situation. When you are taking that big exam, have faith. When you are going through a bad break-up, have faith. When you are facing the death of a loved one, have faith. Understand that when something doesn’t go your way, God has bigger plans for your future. Hold onto that faith and nothing will seem too hard to handle.
1. Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough to do something God has asked you to do? When?
2. Do you ever fear or doubt God? If so, when and how?
3. Can you think of a time when you doubted God, but He came through for you in the end?
4. What is your mountain (or obstacle) God is calling you to move? How can you build your faith to move it?
The Truth is a weekly posting about FCA’s weekly meetings. It’s purpose is to bring FCA to a larger audience and inspire everyone to grow closer to God. It includes a bit about each week’s lesson, a description on the meeting’s atmosphere and excitements, and a motivational message that speaks to each individual differently.