We love because God loved us first. (1 John 4:19)
Where is the the love? We used this question during the semester to challenge students and their thoughts about God. Everybody longs for love. Everybody arrives at the same conclusion when considering the the problems in the world: “the answer is love.” So...where is this love that we long for but cannot begin to actually put into practice?
After numerous discussion groups we presented an idea; how could discuss love and not hear Jesus’ opinion on the matter? After all, is there another historical character that addressed love in such a brazen manner other than Jesus? And surely, if asked to answer our question, he would certainly say, “love is in God.” He is the source. He loves first. No one can love without first being loved by Him.
Prosa na Praia - Summer Project:
Jesus’ viewpoint concerning love was the focus of our discussion time during our annual summer project, called Prosa na Praia (Discussion at the Beach). We had the amazing opportunity to spend a week with 40 students we have been investing in by living in the same house and sharing quality experiences. The beach, sports, games, food, talent show, sunrises and sunsets among many others! All together our week was full, fun and helped us create a sense of real community.
Beyond the fun and games, we had a daily time to go deeper into our discussion about “love is in God” thru Bible studies, talks and facilitated discussion groups and lots of informal ones! By the grace of God, we could truly see the Spirit moving in that place! Many students asking honest questions, new people interested in studying the Bible and investigating more about Jesus, young Christians growing in maturity and, overall, the gospel making sense like never before for so many. We are extremely humbled by what God is doing among us!
I got to help with the graphics for both the 2015 Coffee-shop discussion group image and project images. Go to the Media page to some of them.