Following student-led worship, GCA’s Athletic Director, Coach Moore, had the opportunity to deliver a timely message to the Collegiate students during their chapel service. Coach Moore laid out a vivid metaphor of what it really looks like to “walk in Him.” He gave the illustration of a military “point man”, which goes before the troops in the minefields in order to pave the safe path for those who would follow after. The followers are then given the distinct order to step directly on the footprints of the point man in order to keep them from death. Coach Moore paralleled this with Jesus Christ, teaching the students that He is their “point man.” Christ has paved the way for them through His life, death, and resurrection; the Christian’s ultimate model of how to walk on this earth is seen in the person of Jesus Christ. Coach Moore challenged the student-body with a brief video of a famous tight-rope walker. It was said that the audiences who watched him believed that he could complete the task of walking across Niagara Falls pushing a person in a wheel-barrow but when he asked for a volunteer to sit in the wheel-barrow, there was silence. Coach Moore challenged the students to put to practice what he calls the “Twelve Inch Rule”, in which someone’s head knowledge of the truth travels the twelve inch distance to their heart. In closing, he left the students with a question, “Is your faith in Christ just head knowledge or is it heart knowledge?” In other words, are they so convinced of Christ that they would be willing to get in the wheel-barrow if He were to ask them, or would they stand silent in the crowd?
Key Passage: Colossians 2:6-7
The students had the privilege to hear from Pastor Dustin Daniels from the Outer Banks Dare Challenge this morning. Pastor Daniels was introduced by one of GCA’s students that has been impacted by his ministry. Pastor Daniels gave some background on his life, from being a well-known commercial fisherman to his struggles with addiction to drugs, alcohol, and opiates. His addictions resulted in significant medical issues; one day, he overdosed and was officially declared dead because his heart stopped. Emergency workers had to resuscitate him three times. After sharing some of his story, Pastor Daniels centered his message on the idea that a person’s choices impact their life and the lives of those around them. Speaking from Daniel 3, he taught on the necessity of submitting and surrendering to the authority of the one, true God over all other authorities that go against His will, for the purpose of glorifying God. Christians are called to make the choice to submit and surrender even if God does not save them from what is ahead. Submission and surrender to God should not be for one’s own benefit but rather it should be founded on the reality that God loves them more than they could ever love themselves. Ultimately, God’s plan is the best plan for them, regardless of the outcome. Pastor Daniels closed his message by reminding the students that they will never regret making godly choices in their lives. Reading from Deuteronomy, he encouraged students to always choose life in Christ over death, every time.
Daniel 3, Deuteronomy 30:11-20
This week in GCA’s collegiate chapel service, Pastor Dalton Stoltz spoke to the students concerning their use of social media as Christians. He offered a series of fifteen questions, explaining each in detail, in order to kick off a meaningful message which considered how social media could potentially affect their lives. A few of these questions include:
After asking and explaining these questions, along with others, Pastor Stoltz encouraged everyone present to become more aware of how and why they are involved with social media. He concluded that Christians must “properly prioritize” the things in their lives, being sure to orient everything back to Christ in order to establish their identity in Christ for the purpose of glorifying His name above all else!
In the chapel before Spring Break, GCA held a powerful Easter service which led the students, faculty, and staff through the events leading up to and following Christ’s brutal death, solemn burial, and glorious resurrection. Through student-led worship and Scripture readings, the GCA community joined together in a time of reflection and celebration of their one and only risen Savior, Jesus Christ!
Key Passages: Matthew 21:1-11; 26:17-36, Luke 22:47-54, Mark 15:1-20; 21-33; 34-47, Matthew 28:1-10, Acts 1:3-11, Luke 24:52-53
Capping off GCA’s Missions Emphasis Week, the student-body heard from Mr. Darryl Palmer of New Tribes Mission. After showing a short video on the work of NTM, Mr. Palmer brought everyone to the very beginning where God spoke into existence all things and gave them the profound command to “multiply and fill the earth.” As the people became more numerous they desired to build a tower toward the heavens for themselves. Seeing what was happening, God gave them many languages and scattered them to fill the earth. Moving forward to the New Testament, Mr. Palmer taught that the mission of Jesus Christ’s life was to draw people to Himself in order that they might go out and be His witnesses to all the nations. Finally, he moved to the book of Revelation, proving that even at the end of the age, God’s people will be from every tribe, language, and nation. Mr. Palmer ended his time by pointing out that God is a missionary God and that He has always had one mission and has always used one method to fulfill that mission, His people. Therefore, Mr. Palmer encouraged GCA to be a people on mission for God in order to fulfill God’s greatest desire, to see the whole earth filled with His glory!
Key Passages: Genesis 1:28, Genesis 11:1-9, Matthew 24:14, Revelation 5:9; 7:9
During the second day of GCA’s “Missions Emphasis Week” the student body was able to hear a message from Mr. P, who works as a missionary with Wycliffe Associates in the “10/40+ Window” of the world. Framing his message with the question, “Why would we?” Mr. P took the students and faculty to the book of Acts. From there, he taught that Christians should be concerned with global missions because it is God’s plan for His people. Next, Mr. P taught about the story of Saul, who later became Paul, illustrating the mass amount of persecution through the early Church, but assuring them that it was all part of God’s plan to scatter and plant churches throughout the “ends of the earth.” Mr. P encouraged students to consider that when Christians are willing to pay the price, lost people come to know Christ. Furthermore, he made the valuable point to all that God always uses the everyday and ordinary people to do His extraordinary work! Mr. P invoked a challenging question concerning missions to the students, faculty, and staff saying, “Why wouldn’t you?” He encouraged them to throw away all of the excuses that anyone would use and submit to God’s plan for their life in order to be used in mighty ways for God’s purposes!
Key Passages: Acts 1:8; 8:1