Each year at CBS, a new vision is set by the coordinators as a focus and direction for the fellowship. This is determined over time with much prayer, seeking the Lord’s will, and discerning the needs within the fellowship.
Our vision for this academic year is Joy and Peace. This is highlighted from a passage in Romans.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. 3 And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces 4 perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” – [Romans 5:1 – 5]
Why We Chose It
We chose these two themes after much prayer and brainstorming about what the fellowship’s needs were this past year. There were a lot of great moments and blessing that God bestowed on us. We had many good conversations with each other, built stronger relationships, conversed on big topics, and reached out to many brothers and sisters around us.
Even still, there were many moments of sadness, loneliness, frustration, stress, and pain. It was very easy for us to lament and share our burdens with each other, but despite vulnerability, we had a difficult time with what to do with each other’s pain. It was very hard for us to lift these burdens to the Lord and to be renewed by Him. As we looked outward toward the Cornell campus we saw so much hurt and people striving toward vapors in the wind without ever thinking about the everlasting grace of God.
That is why Tim and I decided to focus on godly joy and peace. We believe that by focusing the fellowship on genuine joy in the Lord, we can achieve peace knowing that God is in control and the wholeness that we need, and give us something to truly be joyful about. As we focus on the peace of God, we see His Almighty strength and are able to joyfully celebrate his character. We can find these two traits through gospel-centered preaching, teaching, worship, and Bible study. When we learn and understand God’s glory, this will encourage our fellowship to go out praising God and spreading the good news to those hurting on Cornell campus.
Lastly, the vision encourages us to go beyond lamenting. Our hope does not devalue suffering, but it gives a way out. We hope that the members of the fellowship will learn how to genuinely support each other in suffering and guide each other to hope in the Lord.
-Zoe Chan and Timothy Tsang