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A Welcoming Introduction

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Welcome to the very first 24:7 college ministry blog post! If you’ve heard of us, we’re very glad you're joining us in this new platform. If you don’t know who we are, we’re so glad you're here! 24:7 is a ministry devoted to glorifying God together by helping each student take the next step to learn Jesus by prayerfully speaking the good news of Jesus in relationship over time. That might be a little bit confusing to you, so let’s break down what that means.

Being devoted to something means that this thing takes up all of or a large part of your life. 24:7’s whole life is to give glory to God because he is the only one that truly deserves it. But what exactly does it mean to “glorify God”? Think about all of the things/people/places that you love. You probably talk highly about those things/people/places to other people, right? In a sense, you’re glorifying those things. Colossians 1:16 says “For by [God] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things were created through him and for him.” All of these things that we love were created because of God himself. It only makes sense that we ultimately give him the praise, worship, and GLORY for everything. But, we weren’t built to do this on our own.

“Together” is such a small, but crucial word in 24:7’s mission statement. Everyone wants to be known by others and the best way to do that is by being part of a community. Trust is built “in relationship over time” and, as trust is built, it gets easier and easier to share yourself with others. In return your community is able to speak about Jesus to you and encourage you and lift you up. Together is how we’re able to better understand the Bible. Our community groups allow for people to sit together, read through a passage, and just talk about what’s interesting or confusing. Reading the Bible may seem kind of scary, especially if you’ve never done it before, but that’s exactly what 24:7 community is for! Taking a kind of scary thing and helping you see the beauty of Jesus in that.

So, we’re devoted to glorifying God together. We’re also devoted to “helping each student take the next step to learn Jesus.” We recognize that everyone isn’t in the same place when it comes to knowing Jesus. Maybe, you grew up in the church and already have a loving relationship with him. Maybe, you also grew up in the church, but you stopped going when you came to college and still sort of identify as a Christian. Maybe, you’ve had some bad experiences with people who love Jesus and that’s really made you dislike the church and God. No matter where you’re at, you are welcome here. 24:7 students and staff love having conversations with people about what it looks like for them to better see Jesus for who the Bible shows us he is. This is where community groups come in again! You don’t need to love or even like God to be in a community group. These are safe places for questions and thoughts. Maybe you’d feel more comfortable meeting with someone 1-on-1 for a deeper conversation. That’s also totally welcome! Jesus meets us where we are and welcomes us with open arms. 24:7 does our best to do the same with you.

Okay, last section we need to talk about: “prayerfully speaking the good news of Jesus.” The good news of Jesus is summed up pretty well in John 3:16, “for God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” We are people who are always longing for something more, but struggling to find what that something is. We try filling it with good grades, a great relationship, being kind to others, and so much more. These are all great things and we might think we’re okayish people for all of this, but it’s never enough to make us truly satisfied. We can’t be satisfied because we still mess up at all of these things! We don’t ace every test, treat our partners as well as we can, or get along perfectly with everyone we know. The only one who has done this is Jesus and he chose to transfer his perfectness to us by dying a painful death on the cross! Believing that good news is the only way we can ever be truly satisfied. This is the good news that we’re devoted to sharing.

Hopefully you have a better understanding of 24:7 and what our goals are in this blog and our existence in general. We’re going to also explore how God has made us to be creative by posting poetry, videos, and other forms of art. We’re always eager to meet with people and if you’d like to talk more about what you’ve read here or anything else you may be wondering please email us at 247uiowa@gmail.com.

By Gabi Houk

Jesus Learning Blog