- Jeremy T, Alex G, Jon P
#CoCinNorCal, Day 1
Today was a blur—we woke up at 6:30, departed for San Jose at 7:30, enjoyed the Lord with the students and staff there and attended their bootcamp on “The Will of God”, went flyering on the San Jose State campus, played “Jericho 2” at Villa Montalvo, ate dinner with the church in Cupertino, and closed the night singing with them to praise and worship the Lord Jesus.
Throughout all of the activities, I was most impressed with how at-home I felt wherever we went. Even though I met many believers for the first time today, and even though we did things with them that I hadn’t done before or wasn’t familiar with, I realized that the Christ in them wasn’t a “different Christ”. As I’m writing this, I thought of Ephesians 4:3-6, where Paul says, “Being diligent to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace: One Body and one Spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism; One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
We have one God, we worship one Lord, and we have one Spirit; also, as emphasized in the Bible studies this semester, we’re members of one Body! Wherever we go, we are “members one of another” with the genuine believers in that location. Hallelujah!
As we traveled to the San Jose meeting hall, I had a great time enjoying the Lord with those in my car and getting into the daily morning revival passage. In San Jose, we received a warm welcome from the saints and were able to join a SJSU ‘bootcamp session.’ During this time, it was really enjoyable hearing about the will of God and fellowshipping with my group about our understanding of the will of God. His will and vision of the church are so rich and deep! Afterwards, some SJSU students led us on a campus tour before we had lunch and spent more time blending with one another.
Later that afternoon, we arrived at the Montalvo Arts Center and spent an hour playing a game called Jericho. I welcomed this opportunity for physical activity and it was a lot of fun working together with my team and exploring the park areas as we ran around. We went to the church in Cupertino once we were done playing, and the rest of the night was so enjoyable because I continued to meet new saints, blend with the church, and receive others’ supply. Lord keep us growing and gaining in Your life!
One thing that touched me today was the short presentation on the topic of the will of God with respect to the church during our time with our sister club at SJSU. It is often very easy to think individualistically when talking about the will of God. I often find myself asking God whether I should do this or make this choice. But rather than simply asking things about myself, I need to make sure to incorporate the church in my prayers. How does God want to use me for the church? Romans 12:4 says "For just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function". God has assigned each and everyone of us a role in the Body of Christ and it is important for us all to realize this.
Overall, I had a great time blending with the saints from SJSU and Cupertino. It was enjoyable to experience everyone's enthusiasm and love for Christ.