Use these XA Essentials to be equipped in eleven important aspects of following Jesus. We passionately believe in building student leaders who are balanced and growing in their faith. Chi Alpha at Rutgers University is guided by we call The Scarlet Thread, that runs thru the fabric of everything we do; like an anchor that holds a ship secure; or a foundation used to build a great structure; these are some of the essentials to our becoming fully devoted disciples of Christ; JESUS (Real Devotional Life), FRIENDS (Real Community), and MISSION (Real Responsibility).
THE ESSENTIALS of Jesus, Friends, Mission
Community: Explore what it means to live as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Expulsive Power of a New Affection: The best way to defeat our sin is not strength of will, but greater desire for Jesus.
Friendship Evangelism: What does it look like to participate in and evaluate evangelistic potency with friends?
Generosity: Increasing the value of our standard of giving grows and stewards a generous heart.
Global Missions (Part 1): Looking at God's call for His people to join His global redemptive work.
Humility: What is humility and how can we build it in our daily lives?
Jesus Plus Nothing: It is only by grace we are saved. Where are you trying to earn your standing before God?
Salvation - Children of God: Salvation involves not only justification, but adoption into the family of God.
Salvation - The Cross: Why did Jesus come to die on a cross? Understanding our sin and God's holiness.
Taking Thoughts Captive: Find freedom for your mind by uprooting lies and replacing them with truth.
Why We Read Scripture: Learn about the benefits to reading Scripture and get practical tips for your devotional life.
FASTING RESOURCES for Feb-March Fasting and Prayer
FASTING by Dr. Bill Bright
“Hunger for God” by John Piper Desiring God thru Fasting and Prayer (book)
Daniel Fast: What it is, how to do it.
7 Benefits of Prayer and Fasting
1. Our attitudes, feelings, and thoughts get sifted, pruned and purified so that God might entrust us with a greater ministry. By fasting and praying, we become more disciplined toward the things of the Father. We give Him opportunity to cut away from us those things that will slow us down, do us in, or keep us from His plans and purposes.
2. We are able to discern more clearly the will of God for our lives. Fasting clears our spiritual eyes and ears so we can accurately discern what God desires to reveal to us.
3. We are confronted with our sins and shortcomings so we might confess them to God, receive forgiveness for them, and walk in greater righteousness. Many times we break stubborn, sinful habits when we fast and pray. Fasting and prayer cleanse us and purify us from the errors that have kept us entangled in sin and folly.
4. We experience a release of supernatural power. Genuine fasting and prayer result in spiritual growth, including a renewed outpouring of supernatural power. Certain problems and situations cannot be resolved apart from fasting and prayer.
5. We can influence national issues and concerns through our prayers. As we fast and pray for our nation, God will move. He will pour out His Spirit, in His ways and in His timing. We can count on it.
6. We can help build up God's people. Prayer is the generator of the church. It gives power to its ministers. It propels outreach to the lost. It creates a climate in which evangelistic efforts succeed.
7. Our minds are sharpened. When we fast and pray, we begin to understand the Scriptures as never before. We become sensitive to God's timing and direction, with an increased awareness and ability to discern. We become keenly aware of what God desires to do and accomplish not only in our lives, but also in the lives of those around us.
Additional RESOURCES for XA Leaders.