Many followers of Jesus are familiar with the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. But how does one live out the gospel in life? How does one adopt a lifestyle built around death and resurrection? And why would someone pattern their life after death and resurrection in the first place? Why is it so essential that Jesus' followers are a people of hope and eternal perspective?
This fall, for the Spiritual Life Conference, we’re going to spend three days looking at the significance of following Jesus and entering into his life, death, and resurrection. We’ll hear from three regional pastors who will help us explore what a gospel life looks like. Come ready to surrender the parts of our lives that we tend to clutch onto. Come ready to take a fresh look at the promise of life-changing power in the resurrection. Prepare to set your sights on our eternal hope as motivation for our endurance.
We can develop so many attitudes towards the Bible that choke out its goodness in our lives. Whether we see it as boring, old-fashioned, merely an object of academic study, or restrictive, we can quickly shut ourselves off from the living and active Word of God. We might find ourselves asking, why should we love the Word of God?
On the other hand, we can recognize that the words of Scripture are the words of God Himself. Because God is who He is, we find His words to reflect His nature. They are everlasting words full of life and truth and goodness. They are sovereign, demanding words that ask everything of us. But they are at the same time nourishing words that replenish and motivate us. We can choose to be faithful to the message that has transformed lives for centuries, and in doing so, we can open our own lives to the vibrant freedom it brings.
In this series we explore why we should love the Word of God and see it as a source of God’s wisdom, truth, and life in a way that transforms us.
The letter of 1 John pulls no punches. With high standards for a life of integrity, apathy and inconsistency are no longer options. 1 John calls followers of Jesus to have the utmost honesty about themselves. Healthy relationships with God and with other believers are paramount for anyone who claims the name of Christ. In this study we will hear expositional teaching from local and regional pastors who will help us understand and apply God’s penetrating Word.
Come ready to open God’s Word and pursue a life of following Jesus with deeper integrity.
What role should Christians play in public education? How does the Church interact with an arena that surfaces such great needs? Why should Christians care about what is happening in school systems whether or not their children attend those schools?
While our culture may not be rampant with hand-carved figurines that we consider to be representations of deities, idolatry is still alive and well. Even as believers in Jesus Christ who claim Him as our Lord, we are still susceptible to developing a devotion to objects, goals, and relationships that overshadow our love for our Savior. In an interview with Guy Chmieleski, University Minister at Belmont University and author of CAMPUS gODS, we will explore the parts of our lives that can interfere with our allegiance to the one true God.
The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom. It teaches one to live life with skill in the midst of life’s choices and challenges. Proverbs makes it clear that a life of wisdom is anchored in a deep reverence for God. Our lives are filled with constant decisions and opportunities, and our natural tendencies tend to do us more harm than good. In this series we will hear expositional teaching on the book of Proverbs that will lead us toward a deeper respect for God and a greater grasp on the art of living wisely.
Come ready to open God’s Word and walk in wisdom.
How do we take God’s wisdom and apply it in our sex-saturated, money-driven world? Alongside our study in Proverbs we will explore some of the potential pitfalls that can arise in life. Sexual temptation and mismanaged money are among the dangers Proverbs warns us against. We are subtly bombarded with the notion that following our heart and indulging in what feels right in the moment will lead to the best things in life for us. But Proverbs warns that this is not the case.
So how do we respond to the instant gratification available to us online? How do we navigate our financial commitments?
God is the source of all that is good and true and beautiful. We are created to appreciate beautiful things and most of all the beauty that God alone possesses. Yet in our sin-infected world, we frequently take a twisted approach to pursuing beauty and reduce a person’s value to how attractive he or she is. For both men and women, our lives can become obsessed with being desirable and attractive to others as a means of feeling significant. How do we as Christians pursue the goodness and beauty of God without falling into an obsession with beauty that destroys us?
Through her personal story of struggling with body image and identity, Tiffany Dawn brings a message of freedom from an insatiable quest for beauty. Using a musical seminar, a book broken into "coffee dates" instead of "chapters," and a CD of songs written along her own journey, Tiffany takes a multimedia approach to effectively engaging this generation. She both motivates and provides practical tools to help others overcome our culture's obsession with perfection.
Every day billions of people live their lives. Some live in relative peace, do their jobs, raise their families, and try to live in ways that satisfies their human longings. Others face poverty, war, and corrupt governments on a daily basis. But no matter what society a person lives in, deep needs exist because of the brokenness in our world stemming from sin.
We live in a time when the world is just a click away. As we step back to observe all the cultures around the globe, we may begin to wonder: if God is good, powerful, and active, why does darkness persist in so many places? How does the good news of Jesus offer just what is needed for each person and each society across planet earth? How are lives and cultures transformed by Jesus, both now and for eternity?
And the questions don’t stop there. We must give consideration to our personal role in God’s unfolding plan: How am I to be a part of what God is doing in this world? What impact does God’s mission in the world have on my vocation and where I live and how I spend my energies? Why would I want to be involved in God’s mission in the first place?
In our biennial missions conference, we will hear from Dr. Mike Barnett, Dean of the College of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University, to begin grappling with these questions. We will explore the mission of God in this world and give careful thought to how we are to be a part of it. We will see how the gospel has historically spread not simply through those with a “religious” vocation, but so often through the faithful followers of Jesus who maximized the place God gave them in society.
Come ready to be challenged. Come ready to engage in God’s mission in the world.
Why are difficult times in life to be embraced with joy? How can that be possible? Is my faith actually changing my life? What does the way I treat people of different social statuses say about me? What do my words and my life choices say about my heart condition? If I’m saved by faith alone, what role do good works play in the Christian life?
This New Testament letter, written by Jesus’ half-brother James, covers everything from handling trials to temptation to favoritism to faith and works and much more. James’ writing is direct and poignant. James speaks to our motives and calls attention to the potential disconnect between the beliefs we claim and the lives we live. In this series we will hear expositional teaching on the book of James that will lead us toward a stronger connection between the claims of our faith and the way we live them out.
Come ready to open God’s Word and be one who puts God’s Word into practice.
Peter Greer will be speaking at Bryan as a part of an event in partnership with the Student Executive Council and the American Enterprise Institute.
Coffee and Conversation events are an opportunity for students to engage directly with chapel guests about their ideas and work. Students who have questions or comments about a given chapel speaker are encouraged to attend if there is a Coffee and Conversation sessions offered. These events will be held in Mac's Cafe or in the Library (check the series schedule for location information) at 4:00pm on the days they are scheduled. Schedule information can be found in individual speaker schedules.
God calls us to be worshipers. While there are many forms of worship, God specifically calls us to worship Him with our voices. Before the throne of God, the four living creatures are continually singing praises to God (Revelation 7:11-12). Throughout the history of the church, singing has been an important and necessary part of worship. It lifts our hearts, helps us express our love and devotion, and encourages us in our walk. Please join us for our worship chapels this year as we seek to praise God with our lips.
God calls us to love Him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. What does it mean to love God with our minds? And what does it mean to practice this outside of the classroom? In this chapel series we will be tackling the importance of life-long learning and our role as learners in the Kingdom of God.
The Departments of Faith and Mission and Worldview Formation have teamed up this year to bring joint guests to campus who will speak in chapel, visit with the student body, and participate as panelists for this year's couch events. The guests coming to Bryan through this partnership include the following.
Community is a defining characteristic of the Christian faith that sets us apart from the rest of the world. Through the unifying work of the Holy Spirit, we have the privilege to participate in unique fellowship with believers that edify, encourage, challenge, and bless all in the family of faith. Community Chapels are a way that we can come together as a Bryan community and do just this!
Authors is a partnership between the chapel and the library at Bryan College. Throughout the year, a variety of authors will be speaking in chapel and visiting classes.
The library has purchased a representative selection of the books written by these authors to add to our collection for the benefit of anyone who would like to "read along" with the series.