Saturday, February 27, 2010

February in Fredericton

February Break at University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick

It is the weekend. February Break is now over. We had a week off, and now we're all playing catch-up on the work that we were supposed to be diligently doing during the break.

But thanks to a girl in the Campus for Christ ministry at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, not everyone's Break was spent sleeping in and vegging (which is a good thing).

This girl (not myself for those who were wondering) decided to see about finding a way to better-use the time she'd been given, and so she worked with Campus for Christ staff to start a missions trip to the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Thanks to her, five students and four staff members decided to spend three days ministering to and evangelizing students at the University of New Brunswick (and St. Thomas, which is so close, they share the same Student Union Building) and connecting people to the Campus for Christ ministry that is just getting started there.

I was part of this team.

It was a great experience, and I am glad that I went. God used this time to explain to me a number of different things that I didn't understand half as well beforehand, including grace to allow that "whoever is not against us is for us" as Jesus said in Mark 9:40 (NIV).

I get caught up in methodology at times, without realizing that at the heart of it, if people's real desire is to make Jesus Christ known, then methodology is secondary; and I shouldn't wish to inhibit people from sharing about Christ, even if I disagree with the methods they use.

I do believe, however, that some times we can get the method wrong, even if our heart is in the right place. Remember that the disciples were unable to cast out a demon because the particular type could only be cast out with prayer and fasting and they had neglected these two very important things (see Mark 9:29). If we neglect Christ's teachings and our 'duties' as His followers, then this will result in spiritual impotence (as He said to remain in Him and only then would we produce fruit in our lives; see John 15:4).

These are some of the things I have been considering since the missions trip.

It is good to wrestle with these things, as each answer hopefully spurs me on to growth in Christ.

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