Christians on Campus took this two-night trip to explore beautiful southern Utah! We explored the town of Moab, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands national park! The natural creation of God allows us to perceive His invisible characteristics– His power, His beauty! God becomes so real to us when we are out exploring nature!
At the Peterson Heritage Center
We joined forces with the Full Time Training in Anaheim, CA to go out and spread the good news of Jesus Christ on the University of Utah Campus!
In this Bible Study we found that there is a law within us that frees us! To see just how this works, we thought it best to present an excerpt from a very helpful book: The Jubilee, by Witness Lee.
You can read the whole book for free here:
The Jubilee, by Living Stream Ministry
Also, read the PDF of all the verses for this Bible study: The Jubilee 05
Excerpt from The Jubilee, chapter 3:
Our possession is God. We cannot renounce God, saying that we want freedom instead of God, because without God there is no freedom. Our possession is God, and our freedom comes from our enjoyment of God. When we have our possession and enjoy our possession, the result is that we have freedom.
Announcing the gospel to the poor [in Luke 4] does not refer to preaching the gospel to those who are poor in material things. Otherwise, millionaires, bankers, and presidents would not need the gospel, since they are not poor in material things. The accurate meaning here is that all men, whether rich or poor, honored or despised, need the gospel, and they need to gain God.
Moreover, Luke 4:18 says, “To proclaim release to the captives.” America today is the freest country; no one can wrongly capture anyone here. In reality, however, nearly everyone is a captive. The leaders have been captured, and the people have also been captured. Who captured them? According to Acts 26:18, the Lord told Saul of Tarsus that He would send him to the Gentiles “to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God.” Strictly speaking, we have all been captured by Satan.
Now we must go further to see what sin is. The common definition is that rape, robbery, sorcery, and fornication are sin. Likewise, extravagant eating, drunkenness, sexual indulgence, and gambling are also sin. Similarly, murder and arson are sin; not honoring one’s father and mother is sin; stealing and looting are sin; lying and cheating are sin; and cursing and hating are sin. However, in the intrinsic sense, these are not the real sin. Sin is something intrinsic in man’s being; murder and arson are merely the outward, sinful acts that are carried out and manifested. They may be regarded as the results of sin, but they are not sin itself. What, then, is sin?
In actuality, sin is just Satan. Romans 7 says that sin can dwell in us (v. 20). Normally we say that a table is placed in a house; no one would say that a table dwells in a house. Only living persons can dwell in a house. The fact that sin dwells in us proves that sin is in us as a living person. Romans 7 also says that the sin that dwells in us has killed us (v. 11). A table cannot kill, but sin kills. Before sin kills a person, it oppresses him, forcing him to do what he does not want to do. Sin is a “gangster” who coerces people to do what they do not desire to do. Paul said that he did not want to covet, but the sin that dwelt in him made him unable to control himself. He said that to will to do good was present with him, but to work out the good was not, because someone who was stronger than he was dwelt in him. This one not only overcame him but also killed him. In this way the Bible reveals that sin is Satan.
If we want to be free, if we do not want to commit sin, then we must obtain the Son of God and enjoy Him. The Son of God today is the life-giving Spirit. This life-giving Spirit is the Spirit of life, who is in us as the law of the Spirit of life.
The law of the Spirit of life releases us from the law of sin. We enjoy the freedom of the jubilee not only at the moment we believe in the Lord, but beginning from that day we should enjoy this freedom all our life and for eternity. This freedom comes from our enjoyment of God. He has become our possession for our enjoyment, and when we enjoy Him, we obtain freedom. This is how we have the real freedom and are no longer in bondage. However, if we do not enjoy God sufficiently, we will still be in bondage in many things.
Thank you to Kevin for providing us this wonderful note concerning the jubilee. It is so appropriate for this Bible Study!..
The parable of the prodigal son in the gospel of Luke is an excellent illustration of the jubilee. Man is the vessel of God, and God is the possession and enjoyment of man. The prodigal son selling all his possessions and even himself is like man losing God as his possession and man selling himself to slavery. However, one day the prodigal son returned to his possessions and to his father’s house; that was a jubilee! Today, WE have Christ as OUR real jubilee! He is the one who set us free from our poverty, captivity, blindness and oppression.
“If therefore the son sets you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
When we repent and return to God like the prodigal son, God in Christ becomes the fattened calf for our enjoyment. We can enjoy God as our possession from now unto eternity. When we gain and experience Christ, we are living in the jubilee. Hallelujah! We are living a life full of enjoying the Lord, a life full of joy and praise!
Read all the verses for this Bible Study! Download the PDF here: The Jubilee 04
Rejoicing is a central theme of the jubilee. There is always much rejoicing in our Bible Studies. Rather than boring, academic exercises, our Bible Studies are filled with singing, and our singing is filled with rejoicing!
Isaiah 12:3-6 says:
Therefore you will draw water with rejoicing / From the springs of salvation, And you will say in that day, / Give thanks to Jehovah; call upon His name! / Make His deeds known among the peoples; / Remind them that His name is exalted. Sing psalms to Jehovah, for He has done something majestic! / Let it be made known in all the earth! Cry out and give a ringing shout, O inhabitant of Zion, / For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
Read all the verses from this Bible Study here: The Jubilee 03
Not only do we know that Christ is the reality of the Jubilee; we are also learning to apply this wonderful one in every situation!
As the Jubilee, Christ truly satisfies us when we…
- Contact Him in prayer
- Call upon His name
- Sing to Him
Philippians 4:6-7 also stood out to us during the Bible study:
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; And the peace of God, which surpasses every man’s understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus
Read all the verses we prepared for this Bible Study: The Jubilee 02
It was another wonderful Bible Study. We spent half the time singing with grace to the Lord! You know, by singing, we can enjoy God and also get filled up with truth! The other half of the time we got into the Jubilee mentioned in Leviticus. We saw that the year of Jubilee is actually Christ Himself! Furthermore, the word Jubilee means… Happy – Year !!!
Read all the verses we read in the Bible Study here: The Jubilee 01
Join us for more Jubilee, Wednesdays at 6pm – Union 311.
A story from the Fall 2018 College conference held in Wanship, Utah
The last message of the conference was about the Jubilee. God had delivered the Israelites, His people, from Egypt and from oppression.. At the end of Leviticus God gave them the instruction to observe the year of Jubilee – that was supposed to be every 50th year. The children of Israel each had received a portion of the good land from God. Over time, if some mismanaged their possessions, they might have sold everything they had, even their portion of the land, and possibly even themselves (into slavery). However, on the year of Jubilee, they got to go back to their possessions!
Today Jesus is the real Jubilee–and we are those who have been set free from all slavery that is in the world! When we got saved, Jesus restored us to Himself as our allotted portion and to our family–all the brothers and sisters in the church! We used to live oppressed but now have Jesus and our new family! – Debbie
A story from the Fall 2018 College Conference held in Wanship, Utah
The Bible verses in the College Conference emphasized the importance of eating Christ. For example, John 6:57 says, “As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.” For us to actually experience this, we were sent off to spend personal time with the Lord. During that time, I practiced singing to the Lord, reading His word, praying, and simply learning to spend time with Him, even learning to just communicate with Him.
Another aspect of eating Christ that stood out to me in the conference was that whatever we are surrounded by, that is what we take in to us and that is what we end up expressing. On the one hand, this is quite serious, as we could end up with “Garbage in, garbage out.” On the other hand, if we’re taking Christ in, then we’re expressing Him. – Eli