This past weekend I was extremely humbled and blessed to be invited to preach at the Winter Retreat for the Nipissing University / Canadore College Christian Fellowship. We gathered on Friday evening at Camp Kahquah in Magnetawan, ON.
As a group, they’re studying The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges this year, so they asked me to come and preach on the topic of holiness. I was asked to preach on Friday night, twice on Saturday, and again on Sunday morning.
To be honest, I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this group. Some campus ministry groups I’ve known have been pretty flaky, so I was suspicious. But when I got there, I was pleasantly surprised.
As a group, they were attentive to the word being preached (which is saying a lot, given the preacher!), they were eager to think through the hard issues brought up, challenge each other through discussions in small groups, and were full of questions for me on practical issues of holy living that each of them were facing in their own lives.
I was truly blessed to have spent this time with these dear brothers and sisters, and have been truly humbled by the invitation to come and teach the word of God to them.
I would like to give special thanks to Nathan for putting my name forward as a possibility to come and preach. If it weren’t for his recommendation I wouldn’t have had the chance to be encouraged by these believers in North Bay. This was a weekend for which I am truly thankful to God.