Fellowship for Young People
Campus Meeting - A Meeting of Our Own (Part 2 of 4)
While it can be said that how to have the campus meeting is up to you, we hope that you will not go about it in a light way. Pray to the Lord and receive the burden from Him. Properly assess your situation to know the most suitable way to carry out your burden. Sharing your aspiration to have meaningful, enjoyable, and successful campus meetings, we will present three matters we hope you will consider: (1) aim to bring new ones there, (2) be filled with the Holy Spirit, and (3) love one another. Beginning this second installment, we will look into one matter per article.
The aim to bring new ones to the campus meeting concerns increase. This will make things interesting, if not exciting. A window into the vibrant condition of the believers at the start of the church life can be seen in Acts 2:46-47: "And day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, they partook of their food with exultation and simplicity of heart, Praising God and having grace with all the people. And the Lord added together day by day those who were being saved."
It may seem incredible but at that time new ones were added on a daily basis. Actually, this is normal and we should aspire for this to be our condition. Those believers led simple lives. They were just living and meeting, meeting and living. The Bible does not give too many details and perhaps this is the Holy Spirit's way of teaching us to be uncomplicated. The result was their friends and neighbors, basically many of the people around them, followed them into the church life.
Even after they met persecution, they continued to meet this way- "And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and announcing the gospel of Jesus as the Christ" (5:42). And they continued to increase- "And in these days, as the disciples were multiplying in number... And the word of God grew, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem multiplied greatly; and a large number of the priests obeyed the faith" (6:1, 7).
Ezekiel 36:37 says, "Thus says the Lord Jehovah, Moreover for this I will be inquired of by the house of Israel to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock." It is the Lord who desires the increase. Since we love Him, let us allow His desire to seep into our heart and become our desire as well. For this we need to pray. Pray by yourself. Pray with a companion. Pray until He gets through us, until He gains us.
In Acts, it was in the temple and homes; today, may it also be in the campuses. May we see your friends and classmates follow you into the church life. From your campus, may there be an increase of men like a flock!