Theme Devotions 2014-15

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The Campus Ministries theme this year is ¡Encuentro! Encounter. The Apostle Paul is a New Testament figure who encountered many people, cities/towns and cultures. For the sake of the Gospel, he actively connected women and men, Gentiles and Jews, rural and urban, and slaves and free throughout his Mediterranean travels.

In one encounter in Philippi, Paul met Lydia (Acts 16:11-15). She and her household were baptized and became followers of Jesus. A church was formed in this city. Later Paul wrote a letter to this church in which he poured out his love to these people. They in turn, supported him, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. And, later this church financially benefited the church in Jerusalem, comprised of people who were oppressed and poor.

The Holy Spirit worked through this encounter between Paul and Lydia, perhaps in ways beyond those two could have initially imagined. What ways do you encounter people and cultures different than you? Are you intentional and eager to learn? Do you remain open to such “Spirit-driven Encounters”? May the following student-written devotionals encourage you to encounter the world we live in, sharing the Gospel in its many expressions as you go.

Download the GC Prayer Booklet 2014-15 here.

Related Scripture Passages:           

  • Leviticus 19: 33-34……………………..Opportunities
  • Matthew 25………………………………Giving All You Have
  • Jeremiah 6:14……………………………Everything is Not Okay
  • Mark 5:24-43…………………………….Two Important Encounters
  • Deuteronomy 8:6-10……………………Encountering God through Land
  • Psalm 98:1-6…………………………….The Most Joyful Noise
  • Jeremiah 42:6……………………………Yes, Count on Us!
  • Luke 5:4-11………………………………A Miraculous Encounter
  • Mark 12:28-31……………………………Encountering the Other
  • Hebrew 13: 1-3…………………………..Encountering God in Others
  • Luke 7:11-17………………………….….Encountering Jesus
  • 1 Corinthians 4:7…………………….…..Foster Understanding

(Printed passages are in New Revised Standard Version unless otherwise noted.)

Ways to Engage the Theme and Related Passages

Personal Devotions: read over the same passage each day per week

Group Bible Study: (select one passage per meeting time, read over it together, and ask the following questions)

  • what jumped out to me?
  • what questions arose?
  • how does this apply to my life as a college student or employee?

Clubs, Floors, Small Group Housing Units, and Department meetings: open with devotions by reading over one of the passages, along with a simple prayer

Spiritual Friendship: as you meet with a spiritual friend, read one of the passages together each time you meet

General Reflections: (ask yourself or with a group of people)

  • when have I or have I not experienced moments of stillness?
  • moments with/with out God?
  • what might I do to help create such times?

Goshen College Prayer Booklet: engage this prayer resource containing over a dozen different ways to connect with God individually, with a friend, or with a group (pick up a print copy by AD 12)

Lectio Divina (“Sacred Reading”): individually or with a group, utilize this prayer practice (see Goshen College Prayer Booklet) for each of the scripture passages