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.
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?
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.
Homecoming is a time when Bryan College alumni return "home" to Bryan. BC alumni get to catch up with college friends and classmates, see professors and get to re-experience life on the Hill. Homecoming is an opportunity "to renew old friendships and forge new ones" as Paulakay Hall, our Alumni Director, describes homecoming. Sometimes, BC alumni have not returned to campus in years so returning is like going back to college times at Bryan. Aside from the sentiment that is homecoming, the events surrounding homecoming is a lot of fun and activity packed into one weekend! Even for current students, homecoming is a time of catching up with recent graduates or learning from older alumni about the impact Bryan had on them and how their experiences at BC prepared them for "the real world." We're thankful for our alumni and the legacy they have left.
Dr. Herb Titus will be speaking in our Bryan College chapel on "The Biblical Foundations of the Constitution and Change" on Wednesday, October 1, as part of our President's Chapels series for the fall 2014 semester.
Dr. Titus will also be sharing on campus in the following venues:
Wednesday, October 1 at 11 am: Dr. Hannah Schultz's Jurisprudence class in Mercer 137. Space is limited, but guests are welcome.
Wednesday, Oct 1 at 3 pm: Dr. Hannah Schultz's Constitutional Law class in Mercer 242. More space is available than the 11am opportunity. Guests are welcome.
Thursday, October 2 at 2 pm: Special Forum in the Library Second Floor. All guests are welcome.
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.
Jeremy Courtney will speaking in our Bryan College chapel on the challenges found in the Middle East and the advancement of God's work in the midst of that.
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.
In this conference our student-led SSTOP organization (Students Stopping the Trafficking Of Persons) will shed light on the broader scope of human trafficking, which goes far beyond sex trafficking and includes several other forms of slavery and trafficking. The conference will help us gain a better understanding of the problem of human trafficking and will provide opportunities for our campus to become more involved in the fight against it. Human trafficking occurs in a variety of forms, and all of these forms need to be addressed with a Christian response.
In this conference we will take time to examine the biblical foundation for justice. We will see that working for justice in the world is a natural outflow of our commitment to the gospel. We will explore the breadth of the human trafficking issue and learn of ways we can take practical steps to resist and transform the systems of injustice.
Genesis 1 tells us that mankind was made in God’s image (Imago Dei is Latin for “the image of God”). Reflecting on Genesis 1, David in Psalm 8 penned his amazement that God would grant such a special dignity to humankind when he said, “Of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them? Of what importance is mankind, that you should pay attention to them, and make them a little less than the heavenly beings? You grant mankind honor and majesty” (Psalm 8:4-5, NET).
Christians have been contemplating the significance of this truth for centuries. Yet we often fail to recognize how extensive this principle is. We frequently treat one another with less dignity than we ought. While our thoughts might first jump to issues like abortion or trafficking, the truth of Imago Dei extends to our speech, our motives, and the way we treat one another in relationships.
In this series we will spend a chapel with a panel that helps us explore widespread application of the Imago Dei, spanning the whole gamut of a person’s life. We’ll also look at the intersection of the Imago Dei and the workplace. How does an understanding of the Imago Dei help me find a great work environment? How does it teach me to interact within my workplace?
Ask a person on this campus or elsewhere, “How was your week?”, and you might expect to receive this response: “Busy.” In our fast-paced society we struggle to balance our commitments, and we frequently feel like we have too little time to fit in everything that we say is important to us. In this series we explore how our use of time is a telling indicator about what is really important to us and how it is a reflection of our character. In one chapel we’ll look at the issues of busyness and balance. In another chapel we’ll look at the predicament of procrastination.
Be sure to make time for these extremely helpful chapels.
The Psalms contain a rich treasure of songs from the people of Israel who lived prior to Jesus. These songs are full of celebration, gut-wrenching emotion, personal and national experiences, wisdom, royal ceremonies and more. They model an approach to worship that takes into account the intersection of the human struggle and the powerful, majestic, and gracious nature of God. The Psalms model for us an appropriate response to God in the midst of the full range of life experiences.
In our study of Psalms we will encounter the richness of a wisdom psalm, a royal psalm, a psalm of lament, and psalms of praise. Through expositional teaching and responsive worship we will aim to understand and live out the penetrating truth of these Psalms.
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.
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!