As I look back to our first semester, I'm led to read 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 once more:
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.We were able to start CCM only by God's mercy. He brought it to life and sustained it. So, if He blesses the fellowship and it grows, we have nothing to boast except in Jesus Christ. Or if God decides to close the fellowship, we should not be discouraged because we know that He is up to something greater for His Name.
After all, even in the absence of formal gatherings, a fellowship lives on so long as the people who compose it nurture their relationship with one another. I do not look at numbers as a basis of CCM's success or failure. Instead, I look at the people God brought together and I am concerned more with their spiritual standing before God.
I know that our ministry in the Centennial Dormitory is successful if every person God brings to the fellowship is walking the path towards Christlikeness. I'd rather see a fellowship with only a few, faithful believers walking together in the highway of holiness towards God, than have a large group where not a single one is truly regenerated.
We are starting out small in CCM as I pray that the few people we have will truly dedicate their lives to Christ, fearing no persecution as they share Him, having no reservations as they serve Him, and offering everything as they worship Him.
This is my prayer for CCM and for all other dorm fellowships in DCF: that we invest on our relationship with God as we slowly expand our circles and build genuine relationships with people, especially those who have not known Christ yet.
This can be a very slow process, but I believe it will result to more genuine relationships with Christ compared to the many "fast-food" and "pyramiding" techniques modern day churches have invented. And because the process is slow, we learn all the more to depend on other Christian groups to reach as many as possible.
Another semester is about to begin. I enjoin you all to continue lifting our ministry in prayer as we share Christ in the dorms and build up one another towards Christlikeness.