Sterling College is deeply concerned about the spiritual growth of each individual student and employee. Sterling‘s chapel program is focused on the process of spiritual formation, initiating, nurturing, and sustaining our students in a life of discipleship to Jesus Christ. Chapel provides students opportunities to reflect on foundational issues of life, as well as an opportunity to be exposed to a Christian perspective on these issues. Chapel plays a vital role in the life of our institution, as well as a strategic role in the lives of our students. All full-time students are required to earn 14 chapel credits each semester.
CHAPEL PROGRAM FOR 2014
THEME OF YEAR: ENTER
Verse of the Year: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7.7 (ESV)
The Good News is that God loves us. That message has been communicated since the beginning of time through both the work and character of God. It’s a message that humans have sometimes understood and embraced, and at other times have misunderstood or rejected.
God’s communication of this Good News reached an apex in the Gospels. Jesus entered the world as a baby. Emmanuel. God with us.
Through the life of Jesus, we were once again invited to enter into the love of God. A love that is faithful and unfailing. A love that sometimes calls us to do difficult things. A love that, when we encounter it, should transform us. A love that is modeled in Jesus doing the most difficult thing of all: giving up of himself, but in doing so conquering death and sin.