On this Insider's View we are going to hear from our Director of Ritual, Brooke Taylor. She leads our chapter by encouraging us in our faith in Christ, and by strengthening our rituals as Alpha Gams. She is leading a bible study this summer in Auburn with all of our gals that are there this summer, and we wanted to know what they had been talking about together. Here is what she said:
We meet weekly over the summer with the girls who are staying in Auburn. Our goal for this study is to talk weekly about different topics that we struggle with or want to work on and what the Bible says about them!
Our goals for this Bible Study & this community are:
1. That we learn how to love each other better because we have learned more about how Jesus loves us. “Love is patient, love is kind, love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
2. That this community will cultivate new Christ-centered relationships and grow existing ones. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and will all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40
3. That we will encourage one another in our walks with Christ, and with the daily struggles that we face as we live out the calling God has placed on each of our lives. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
This past week we talked about what the Bible says about loneliness and the importance of friendship!
College can be very lonely if we are not rooted in Christ daily and seeking Godly friendships that encourage us and help us back up when we stumble. We know that the most important part of friendship is realizing that other people are sinners like ourselves and will never meet every expectation we set for them, and we will never be able to do that for our friends either. That is why it is so important to seek the one who can meet all of our needs and fill our expectations first.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Then embrace friendships with those around us, among who we are fully known and fully loved, as we are called to do.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Because we know the importance of praying, asking for community, and being a good friend to others!
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
I am so thankful for each and every woman that I get to do this Bible study with. I am so excited to see what the rest of this summer will hold and hope this has encouraged you to do the same with the women in your life!
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
Thank you, Brooke, for sharing these words with us. We can't wait to be back all together in the fall!