I was asked to write a blog post for Impact and I believe this was partly because everyone knows I am not good at saying no to things, but this was something that I felt like God was calling me to do. I have an extreme hatred towards any writing of any kind and I knew my time was coming to be asked to write a post, but I am happy that I was given the nudge I needed to put my faith down on paper. I was unsure what to write about, going back and forth between the topics of what life groups are all about and how intramurals are a great way to have fun and get connected with fellow Christians, but I finally felt like God was calling me to just write my testimony and my story over my time in college. While it has only been three semesters, I have gained a new appreciation for the people God has surrounded me with and how they have helped me with my faith.Read More
I’ve spent my whole life in the church. My Dad was a youth volunteer at our church, so I spent every Saturday and Sunday there. Serving was something that I felt was just expected of me. I volunteered with the preschool ministry and various church events during the week. However, I never really knew why Jesus calls us, as His followers, to serve others. It wasn’t until I became involved with some youth ministries again in college that I began to see the importance of service.Read More
College is here! We’re supposed to have fun, find ourselves, and “broaden our horizons.”
However, being a Christian freshmen can be difficult. Spiritually and physically with the load of work and responsibility. Personally, I am majoring in Business and playing on the IUPUI golf team. I am doing fifteen credit hours and practicing six out of seven days of the week.Read More
Life at times can make you feel as if you’re drowning. As if you’re all by yourself, alone. Especially at the beginning of a new school semester. You walk into your new classes with the potential of not knowing another human being there. You’ve got the chance to get some whack professor that drives you nuts. Both human nature and society tell us that we have to fight the loneliness on our own. It’s a dog eat dog world out there and from birth we are trained to fight to get to the top, no matter what it costs our relationships.Read More
Our mission, as stated on our website, is as follows: We exist to pursue, model and teach intimacy with God at IUPUI, in Christian community. Let’s break this down.
Pursue. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Model. 1 Corinthians 11:1 says, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”Read More
It’s summer. For me, that means no more classes. And no more group projects, no more last minute papers! I was so busy this past school year that it was hard for me to spend time reading the Bible, praying, worshiping, and listening to God. It had to be a priority; I had to make it a priority this past year to focus on God. And it was hard. So ideally, with summer, I should have way more time to focus on God, right? It should be easier now that I am not so busy. However, I’ve found that summer makes me really lazy.Read More
Growing up playing sports, I got used to hearing the word “focus.” I think for many people it’s very easy to focus on the physical things in life that are in the “here and now.” How do we focus on the spiritual things though? How do we stay focused on the eternal things in life? I know in this summer season it can be very difficult to stay focused on Jesus. Between summer jobs, internships, summer classes, (even family!) it can feel like we don’t have any time to do anything else. We have to focus on making Jesus a priority in our lives this summer.Read More
How easy is it for us to want to plan our lives? Whether you are a person who neatly organizes every part of their life (like me), or someone who wakes up every morning with no clue what they are doing that day, there is some part of all of us that has an idea of how things should be. Even though we are college students and you could say that you have no idea what you’re doing with your life, I would argue that you probably have a lot more planned than you realize. There is no shame in it. It’s part of being human to want life to go a certain way.Read More
How many times have you been told to do the right thing? I think I can safely say that, for most of us, this was something that was engrained into our heads at an early age. Consciously and unconsciously, it has been one of the driving factors behind most of the decisions we’ve made in our lives.Read More
Freshman year in college is incredibly challenging. New faces. New buildings. New routine. The transition can be difficult for some to overcome because the new obstacles push people out of their comfort zones. It can be a scary time. I can attest to that as can many others. College is the time where you really learn about yourself and how you interpret certain situations when they are thrown at you. A lack of confidence and belief in oneself can begin to shake when failure occurs. No one likes to fail. The most important thing to have though is everlasting and constant faith.Read More
“What is your biggest fear?” I’ve been asked that question countless times, and I never know how to answer it. “Do they want the honest answer or the lighthearted one? I don’t want to give them a cheap answer, if they’re asking seriously. But I also don’t want to kill the mood with something way deeper than they were intending.”
(For the record, here’s my shallow answer: spiders. They’re gross… Especially hairy ones. To all those who pretend to like them, stop lying to yourself.)Read More
Check out this video testimony from the newly married Joe and Baylee Rodriguez. They share their story of how they ended up together and why they ended up deciding not to wait to get married. Their faith in Jesus is inspiring.Read More
Many times, we long for God to smack us in the face with opportunity. Many times, we fall short of doing what he asks when opportunity does smack us in the face. And many times still, when opportunity arises and God speaks in a way that doesn’t necessarily smack us in the face, we are quick to brush it away and take it for granted – even ignore it altogether. The truth is, God doesn’t always come to us in the form of a fantastical production. God seeks us out in the gentlest of ways in times when we need it most. And the best part about this? He never gives up on us.Read More
Throughout our study of the book of Acts we saw countless examples of God using some very unique individuals to further His Kingdom. Through these stories it is easy to see God carries out his plan in such a different way. Unlike other areas in our life God does not wait for us to decide we are ready or that we have enough time to take on something else. See God has His own perfect plan, and I am reminded daily that his plan is far better than anything I could assemble on my own.Read More
'Twas the week before finals, and all throughout campus,
Not a student was sleeping, not even a nap.
The coffee was brewed before studying with care,
In hopes that hard efforts would cause grades to repair.
All throughout the semester, we’ve been learning that big things happen in the midst of turmoil. An egotistic King was struck down; the church grew. A man named Barnabas went against the norm and traveled to a foreign land to spread the grace of God; the church grew. A man named Saul, who was comfortably celebrated by Jews, went outside of his comfort zone, even in the midst of death threats, to share what he believed; still, the church grew.Read More
What if I told you that you don’t have to have all the answers to tell someone about Jesus, or that you don’t have to have the Bible memorized to share His light?
Our second worship night of the semester consisted of heartwarming worship tunes performed by the newly formed worship team, the wonderful presence of each and every one of our attendees, a message so powerful and eye-opening that two people delivered it, and of course, free pizza.Read More
Slow music... Dimmed lights... Just the right amount of fog…
If we’re honest, these are a few things that come to mind when we think of worship today.
But what if I told you worship was created to be SO much more? Not just a place to be, but a state of being?
“All places are a place of worship to a Christian. Wherever he is, he ought to be in a worshipping frame of mind.” [Charles Spurgeon]
Music or no music, worship is a way of life. It’s an act and an attitude.
So why is worship important for a college student? Well, the importance is found in the very essence of its meaning.Read More
team - a group of players forming one side in a competitive game or sport; two or more people working together.
At our first night of worship this semester, we heard teaching on the importance of teams in our lives, a lesson I have struggled to learn these past three years at IUPUI. No Christian is meant to serve God in isolation. As I reflected on my own journey, I considered why it was so hard for me to identify my team. I realized that, until recently, I didn’t know what a team was meant to look like. Fortunately, the founding Christians had to learn this valuable lesson, too.Read More
Things we all have in common:
Impact is for:
And finally, those in need of love - the wonderful, life-giving, unconditional kind that we can only get from one source. College is hard, and goodness knows we can’t make it through the year running on only our own strength and motivation.Read More
Why are you here? What brought you to IUPUI? The chance to get an education? To take a leap in your career? To make friends and memories? You’ve come here for a reason, but it may not be what you expected.
See, I came to this school because I had a scholarship. It was close to home. It had all the majors I liked. But as I’ve sought God in this city and on this campus, I’ve realized that he has brought me here for his purposes, too. The same is true for you. God has brought you into this city to tell of his salvation to unbelievers and to spread his glory through the city of Indianapolis.
Sounds pretty intimidating, huh?Read More