Thursday, January 20, 2005

SEM2- ISSUE 2 (20th January 2005)

Crossroads 2

God's Heart For The Lost

"People don't care how much you know, but how much you care," said Kris, NTU Campus Crusade Staff. It is indeed a challenging task to share Christ with pre-believers as some have misgivings because of previous bad experiences with Christians and have hence closed their hearts to receiving the gospel. As the term progresses, even we ourselves become too wrapped up doing projects, FYPs and CCAs to show care and concern for the 'lost' in NTU.

But God calls us to reach out to the lost and not to become too distracted by personal agenda until we forget how important and urgent it is to do God's will. Jesus Himself left the comfort and glory of Heaven to do God's will on earth. The nature of God is unconditional love (1 John 4: 9-10). John 4:1-26 relates Jesus’ personal encounter with a Samaritan Woman and exemplifies this attribute of God.

God’s love is

1) Not limited by logical thinking
2) Natural yet intentional
3) Not distracted by personal agenda.

Jesus purposely chose to go through Samaria. As a result, many Samaritans believed in Jesus. Nothing is impossible for God, the Lord of the harvest. Life transformation can take place at unlikely places and situations, breaking all human barriers due to logical thinking e.g. 'They'll NEVER want to hear me preach because they have heard this so many times over!’ He also identified with the needs of the Samaritan woman by striking up a conversation with her about water and likening Himself to living water that "whosoever drink from Him will never thirst."

Likewise, fellow Crusader, Champ also saw how Tony, a Staff member identified with the needs of pre-believers when he was doing weekly campus witnessing with him. "The pre-believer became less 'hostile' when Tony took over to share the 4SL with them because he understood their needs. Witnessing is an experience and you cannot just do it once and expect success," said Champ.

Lastly, Jesus was also hungry to do the will of God while His disciples were concerned about satisfying their own needs and pleasures. Are we too busy with our own agenda that we have neglected the Word that God has entrusted to us? What are we hungry for today?


Announcements:
1. Gen 12ii-"Are you in or out?" Hurry up and register!!! The closing date is on 7th Feb.


2. "After the sea calms."- This is a book that has been specially printed to answer difficult questions people ask in the face of tragedy. It will be used to reach out to NTU students. Visit the http://www.ntuenews.000k3.com/ website for more details on evangelism events in NTU!

3. Connexions- Evangelism and discipleship training on 28-29th Jan.

Venue: Aloha Loyang Resort Garden Terrace.
Meet at 2030, Pasir Ris MRT station.
Registration fees: $15.
For further details, ask yourrespective SMs.

4. No X-roads next week. X-roads will resume on 3rd Feb, 6:30pm, NIE LT6


Sound bites:

"I feel energized & I finally grasped the full meaning of being fixed & to preach the gospel regardless of whatever cost like Jesus did," Shengzhi, CEE, Yr 2

"The weekly evangelism was quite challenging for us but we always need to take the first step so that barriers can be broken," Christabel, Biz, Yr 1

"How Jesus was able to be connection starter….pointers like how to start evangelizing. I was inspired by Champ when he shared his testimony on street witnessing." Charis, CS, Yr 1





Friday, January 14, 2005

SEM2- Issue 1 (13th January 2005)

CrossRoads I

A new beginning for a new semester

The second semester of 04/05 started with us Crusaders gathering for a time of worship and praise in NIE LT6. Everyone was uplifted by the repertoire of songs by the Worship Team as they sang and gave praise to God for His goodness.

After that, Ivan shared his testimony of how God helped him to be able to attend the Meta camp and how the camp transformed his life by inspiring him to set up an 'accountability' group with his church friends to help them remain pure in God's eyes despite worldly pressures.

"Many times, I'ld rather face a computer than a person," says Crusade Staff, Ray. Indeed, it is so much easier dealing with objects rather than people because objects do not respond or say hurting things. Human relationships are very complex and many Chinese drama serials have illustrated that point well. Yet, the most REAL thing in life is relationships and who better exemplifies this other than God Himself! God is 1) Personal 2) Trinitarian 3) Covenantal. He distinguishes Himself from other idols by asserting that He is the ONE & ONLY true God. Unless we understand God in Trinitarian form, He is but an empty name!

There are 3 implications for us: Knowing that God is relational, we can put confidence in God's love and faithfulness. The essence of life is relationships and we have to be more other-centered instead of being self-centered. Jesus does the will of His Father to bring glory to Him and the Holy Sprit works in us to bring others to Christ. Admittedly, this isn't easy as being other-centered goes against typical self-centered human nature but with God's help, He will gradually mould us and make us more Christ-centered.

Announcements:
1. Coming up: Prayer week ENGAGE will be from 17th Jan- 29th Jan. Venue & Time: 5pm Canteen A, Crusade Corner for a time of prayer and sharing every Mon-Thurs for this period of time.

2. ConnecXions- Evangelism and discipleship training on 28-29th Jan.
Venue: Aloha Loyang Resort Garden Terrace.
Meet at 2015, Pasir Ris MRT station.
Registration fees: $15
For further details, ask your respective SMs.

3. Gen 12ii registration is now OPEN!


Newsbites

" I come to Crossroads to help me focus on God despite my hectic schedule. Though I only went a few times for last year's Engage, it was good to see so many brothers and sisters in Christ gather together to pray." Zhixin, Acc, Yr 2

"You always talk about losing yourself for Christ but you never think of it as going on a 'downward race'". Ivan, Bus, Yr 2

X-road statistics:
Total number of attendees: 30
Number of newcomers: 3








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