Paige Ferrari is a senior at GCU studying Communications and serves in the Spiritual Life department as part of the Global Outreach Team. Although she’s from Southern California, Paige finds herself falling in love with the people, culture and lifestyle of Phoenix, and hopes to permanently move here after graduation. She is a passionate writer, reader and coffee connoisseur; she is always looking for some creative words over a cup of coffee.
Grand Canyon University Pastor and Dean of Students Tim Griffin was ready for the vibrant crowd at this Monday’s morning chapel service in GCU Arena.
Pastor Tim shared with the crowd a nostalgic story of him at Disneyland as a rambunctious kid. Getting in trouble at Disneyland caused him to be dragged to the back lot, shattering his previous expectation of what Disney magic looked like.
He brought it back to what our expectations of this year are to look like and what should we really be expecting from God this year. Pastor Tim shared that he hoped students get two things from the Chapel services, The Gathering, Life Groups and outreach opportunities.
First, that we should be prompted to fulfilling the Great Commandment:
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with 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’” (Matthew 22:37-39).
Second, Pastor Tim hoped that through the Great Commandment that we, as students, fulfill the Great Commission:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Through the Great Commandment and the Great Commission mixed with our expectations for this year, we should be prepared for God to do some amazing work on GCU’s campus!
Don’t forget that there is no Chapel next week because of Labor Day!
Did you miss last week’s Chapel with GCU President Brian Mueller? Get caught up!