Did you know that the word for righteousness in the Hebrew language is better translated; to live a life of right relationships? This is why we have this as a main focus of our group. We believe that the Holy Spirit inside us empowers us to pour out our lives for others as was modeled by Christ.
As we focus on healthy leaders, disciple-making communities, and cross-cultural missions, we presume a spirit-empowered dynamic is integral to the success of these priorities. Campus missionaries are only healthy when empowered by the Spirit, and when reliance upon the gifts of God serves to define a balanced life and ministry.
Spiritual empowerment is at the very core of who we are as Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. Without the constant flow of the Spirit’s guidance in our day-to-day ministry and year-to-year planning, we cannot fulfill the mission to which God has called us. If we genuinely believe our mission statement, to transform the university, the marketplace, and the world, we acknowledge it is impossible without an ongoing radical and authentic experience of the power of God flowing through our lives.
Specifically, when we speak of being spirit empowered, we are committing ourselves to the operation of the gifts of the Spirit as outlined in 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, and Romans 12. We are also committing ourselves to a consistent demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit, as outlined in Galatians 5. Flowing in the gifts and exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit are the overt and covert praxis of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries.
As the prevailing culture progressively shifts away from a reliance upon God, we lean inward to a deeper dependence upon the spiritual power that only comes from God, and we lean outward to see each student baptized in the Holy Spirit, trained in the proper use of the gifts, and commissioned for the ministry of reconciliation to God on the campus and beyond.