It’s easy for us to like the idea of grace—often on our own terms. We like it when grace means we get a pass on impending consequences. We like showing social grace by being polite but keeping our distance from the demands of a deeper friendship. But rarely in our culture is grace a tool that moves people to greater wholeness and a more fulfilling life. It simply gives people space to let them be who they want to be.
The biblical portrait of grace, best seen in Jesus Christ—full of grace and truth—is a much different picture. Grace is God extending His goodness and benevolence to those who don’t deserve it and could never earn it. It certainly includes an enormous forgiveness that restores our broken relationship with Him. It certainly includes loving us and welcoming us into the family in spite of our faults.
But it also includes the ferocious undertaking of leading us out of our poisonous tendency toward sin and providing us with every resource needed to see our full humanity restored—to move us closer and closer to the perfect character of Jesus. Not only are we brought out of death, we are energized for life at its best.
This reality leaves no room for wallowing in spiritual apathy. No more manufacturing our relationship with God out of prideful rule-following. No more sinking into the belief that we could never be different than we are. We need to leave space for God’s grace that has invaded this world, and can change our lives forever.
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!
A thirty-something man steps away from a group of friends and begins to pray. The enormous weight and stress of knowing what comes next slams into him with a heavy grief. He wrestles in conversation with God the Father, asking that he can avoid the imminent agony. But he continues to realize that there is no other way. He must go through with it. He asks that God the Father’s will in the matter be done rather than his own. Within twenty four hours, the man will boldly face his destiny. He will die, and his mission will be accomplished. But death will not be his end.
We’ve all heard and been shaped by many stories. But of all the stories in the world, none is more game-changing than the story of Jesus. As some of Jesus’ earliest followers wrote down their firsthand moments with Him, they left us with stories that unveil His full humanity and His divine nature. These stories show Jesus to be a revolutionary teacher, a stunning miracle worker, a compassionate servant, and the one-and-only risen Savior.
As the significance of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection has spread worldwide it has brought radical transformation for individuals and societies. No other person has made the difference that Jesus has made.
Christians often say things like “I am a follower of Jesus” or “Jesus lives in me and through me.” But without a meaningful understanding of who He is, we will be ill-equipped to follow Him and take up His way of living.
Come immerse yourself in the stories of Jesus. See with fresh eyes who He is. Grasp the reality of who you are and how the greatest meaning and hope for your life can be found in Him.
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.
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.
If God calls us to be productive servants in His kingdom, where does art come into the picture? What does God think about art? How should art feature in the lives of Christians? In this chapel series we will be addressing how art is an important part of the life of every Christian, and we will interact with different mediums of art within this context.
There’s a clear economic gap between the family who lives in a majestic, sprawling house filled with the latest comforts and the family whose home is run down, dirty and caving in on itself. We can be quick to think that everyone essentially gets what they deserve based on their work ethic and level of education. But the situation is much more complex. There are people who inherit large fortunes, homeless, workaholics, unemployed, day laborers, lazy employees, and everything in between. We have to look at a biblical perspective of wealth, poverty, the role of wisdom, and the dignity of work if we are going to come at these issues with much usefulness.
With all the Bible says about work and rest, about the rich and poor, about wealth and poverty, followers of Jesus cannot overlook these situations as if they are of no concern to us. But knowing how to live out the gospel when we make eye contact with those who have a whole lot more or a whole lot less than us can be a touchy subject. Simply throwing money at a problem has little chance of working, so how do we promote God’s vision for the wholeness of others? How do we meet the needs of the poor? How do we relate to our own poverty or wealth? How do we practically embody the dignity God has bestowed in work?
Come hear from two individuals who are pursuing God’s design and desire for society come to life. Hear their stories and their passion for capturing a biblical view of wealth and poverty so that hurting people can be restored to the fullness of life that God intends.
Behind every champagne-soaked locker room of celebration lies an enormous commitment to training and preparation for a championship. Thousands and thousands of reps, crawls, laps, shots, throws, blocks, passes, tackles, swings, and catches are the stuff of champion professional athletes. Without this training their extraordinary potential would never be fully realized.
So many of us dream of living extraordinary lives, but we can all too easily neglect the development of the core of who we are. One of the first men to go around the ancient world telling people about Jesus the Messiah was Paul. And one of his favorite metaphors for developing our inner lives was to train like a champion athlete. In recent days many celebrated authors in the Church have spoken of the critical role that spiritual disciplines play in developing a vibrant and extraordinary life. By training our hearts to love God and resist the allure of sin, these disciplines help strengthen us to live life to its fullest—as a true champion would—and avoid destructive pathways.
Come be challenged to dig in deeper in your pursuit of God. Come be motivated to train the core of who you are for the greatest possible outcomes.
Be sure to make time for these extremely helpful chapels.
Conspiracy. Intrigue. Royal feasts. Parades. Legalized genocide. A dangerously powerful, but impressionable king. The lives of an exiled nation hang on the edge of a queen’s risky request. The book of Esther contains all of this drama and raises significant questions that ring true in our situation as well:
How do we maintain a confidence in God’s overarching care for us when so much seems turned against us? How do we seize our opportunities to speak up for the welfare of the vulnerable? How do we navigate the pride and power hunger of those who aspire to the top at the expense of others?
Come hear the story of an improbable turn of events hinging on a bad night’s sleep. Explore this book of the Bible where God’s name is never mentioned, yet His providence is never absent.