Clearnote Campus Fellowship is an evangelical campus ministry rooted in the local church. We strive to see IU students come to know, love, and obey Jesus Christ.
What does it mean that we're "evangelical"? Does it mean we seek to represent a particular conservative political subgroup? Not at all. "Evangelical" means…
The past two weeks, we've been spending time after our summer Bible study praying for the upcoming semester. Two Tuesdays ago, we read 2 Corinthians 5:17–20:
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
We prayed that God would give us hearts to be His ambassadors, and that He would prepare specific new people who are "weary and heavy-laden" and seeking rest for their souls (Matthew 11:28).
Last night we read 1 Peter 2:9–10:
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
We thanked God for His excellent mercy in calling us out of darkness into His marvelous light. We then asked for God to stir our hearts to serve in particular ways in ministry with CNCF. Students signed up to pray, to plan Welcome Week activities, to plans fellowship events during the year, to plan our Fall Retreat, to greet students at Tuesday-night gatherings on campus, and much more!
All of these ways of participating in ministry are practical ways that we live out our calling as "priests" to IU and Bloomington, because we do these things so that people might be reconciled to God.
We're excited to welcome new students!
A week and a half ago, 49 people were shot and killed at a gay night club in Orlando. Multitudes have taken to the web (myself now included) to comment on how we should respond to this tragedy. Each person who says anything is standing on some moral high ground from which they’re condemning or approving of other people’s responses. Let’s be honest: we’re all making judgments. Even if your message is “Stop judging, just love people!” guess what, you’re making moral judgments. I’m going to make some judgments too, because my hope is to help us all “judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24).
The lion’s share of Christian responses I’ve seen to what happened in Orlando have been some version of “let’s not make judgments right now—our job as Christians is just to love, weep, mourn, comfort,” etc.
First, a confession of my own sin…
CNCF's Summer Bible Study starts on Tuesday, May 24! We'll be meeting at the IMU (more details on room to come) on Tuesdays at 7 PM throughout the summer to study The life of Elijah.
In the New Testament, the prophet Elijah is kind of a big deal. He's mentioned in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Romans, and James. John the Baptist is said to be the Elijah prophesied about way back in the book of Malachi, and Elijah himself shows up (along with Moses) on the Mount of Transfiguration to speak with Jesus before His death and resurrection.
So why's Elijah so important? What's so special about him? Well, for starters, he called down fire from heaven, raised a boy from the dead, and ascended into heaven on chariots of fire. And most of all, he trusted God and was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Join us Tuesdays this summer for a study on The Life of Elijah. Starting May 24, we'll be meeting every Tuesday at 7 PM throughout the summer at IU's Indiana Memorial Union (IMU). Stay tuned for more specific details.
See you there!
This Thursday at 7 PM in Read, Landes Lounge, we'll be wrapping up our semester study on prayer with an open Q&A session. What questions do you still have? Is there something theological you'd like to understand better? Something practical you don't know how to manage? Anything is fair game! Use the form below to let us know what questions you'd like answered this Thursday.
Last night at our weekly CNCF Bible Study, we took a break from focusing as much on the content of our prayers, and we looked at some practical resources we can use as tools to discipline ourselves in the spiritual discipline of prayer.
I've found that few things stir in me a desire to pray than reading good books by faithful men of the past and present. Aside from Scripture, here are some good ones:
A few of the CNCF guys are reading Amusing Ourselves to Death, by Neil Postman, together. It was written in 1985, but its analysis of technology and media rings eerily true today. The book most directly deals with the paradigm shift which happened with the advent of television, and how it turned all public discourse into entertainment. Here's a good quote from chapter 6, "The Age of Show Business":
This semester we'll be dwelling on the theology of prayer, as well as giving ourselves to its practice. But here's the thing. Prayer isn't easy. Rarely is it a glorious and effortless spiritual experience. Here's what E. M. Bounds has to say:
Prayer is spiritual work; and human nature does not like taxing, spiritual work. Human nature wants to sail to heaven under a favoring breeze, a full, smooth sea. Prayer is humbling work. It abases intellect and pride, crucifies vainglory, and signs our spiritual bankruptcy, and all these are hard for flesh and blood to bear. It is easier…
Join CNCF on campus this semester as we study God's Word, pray, grow in fellowship, and serve! Full semester schedule below…
Prayer to the One True God is one of the clearest things that sets apart the people of God from the rest of the world. And yet if you ask any self-professing Christian, most will indicate that prayer is one of the greatest areas of weakness in their exercise of faith. We all have many rebellious excuses for not getting around to this duty: busy schedules, cold hearts, other responsibilities.…But without prayer we suffer. And we must ask ourselves, If we lack a desire to seek blessings from our Father in heaven through prayer, are we really His sons?