Large Group is a weekly invitation to an authentic, transformative experience with God that challenges us to take steps of faith. We gather as a chapter on Friday evenings from 7 pm – 9 pm at Palmer Commons to receive teaching, worship God through prayer and music, and experience biblical fellowship and community. Join us as we explore tough questions and have fun while doing so!
Jan. 13, 20: [Jesus Wept]: John 11:35 – We see throughout the Bible that God displays emotions in response to various situations. He feels anger towards wickedness and sin. Yet he feels compassion towards his creation. He is overcome with sorrow due to our shortcomings and the injustice in the world. But above all, his love towards his children is endless and unshakable.
God’s emotions are incorruptible and righteous and the fact that we have emotions is proof that God also has emotions because he created us in his image. We shouldn’t attempt to repress our own emotions out of shame or pressure because they are a reflection of God’s perfect and holy nature.
Feb. 3, 10: [Holy Moly! Spirit]: 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 – For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
What does it mean for Christianity to be a supernatural faith? In today’s intellectually driven world, we often find ourselves discounting the supernatural power that God possesses and Christianity is rooted in. We are obsessed with collecting information and knowledge on God’s mysterious ways because it’s easy for us as humans to find validity in the things that we can explain. But what about the things that we can’t? The power of prayer, miracles, and the Holy Spirit make us uncomfortable because it’s illogical and against the order of natural processes. Intelligence can certainly help us grow our relationship with God, but no amount of intelligence can awaken a dead soul.
Feb. 17: New Student Night: A large group planned entirely by freshmen and AIV’s newest members.
Mar. 10, 17, 24: [No Fake IDs Allowed]: Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Our identities shape how we think, how we behave, how we view the world, and ultimately determine our purpose. God has created each of us uniquely and perfectly in his image. This is why we should embrace our different identities and seek joy and redemption through it.