CCF: Newness of Life

On Tuesday, August 23 the Elim Arrival had the honor of once again visiting CCF in Ames, Iowa.  This was a time for the students to come together and kickoff the beginning of the semester.

We are grateful to have built some really strong relationships with some of the leadership and students that attend CCF.

There is something that we as a team want to inspire within the hearts of these young men and women of God. Often we see Christians of this demographic walking by fear and filled with so much shame. We see them enslaved by sin and living lives that are in no way victorious. As Sunny often says, “God does not take bad people and turn them good. Rather He takes dead people and brings them to life.”

That is what being a Christian is all about, it is not simply behavior modification but walking in a newness of life. Read this verse very closely; it is Romans 6:5-6. “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.”

So often we are consumed by willful sin, and the enemies that beat on our heart. Often we are living in such a way that only brings light to the reason Christ had to die. We are continually putting Christ back up on the cross and living in the likeness of His death, meaning that we are exalting our sin and living in a state in which wrath and affliction must be generated in order for justification. 

Let us plea for the Lord to have mercy and to hide our sin from His face. Brothers and sisters, let us not only be united in the likeness of His death but also His resurrection.

Christ was crucified with our sin stripes clearly seen on Him, yes, but then He was buried and rose up three days later, leaving sin dead in the ground and walking in the newness of life. Rise brothers and sisters, knowing that the old man was crucified, and you no longer have to be slaves to sin. 

Have a great semester, and I encourage anyone in the Ames area to seek more information about CCF and how to get involved.

-On behalf of the Well of Iowa and The Elim Arrival