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Week of Spiritual Renewal Comes to Campus

By Amanda Morad | January 21, 2014

Pastor Steve Kelly speaks at Renovate Wednesday, Jan. 15.

In a three day series of chapel services collectively titled "Renovate," Regent University experienced a week of spiritual renewal January 14-16. Area church leaders Bishop Kim Brown, Pastor Steve Kelly and Pastor Anne Gimenez spoke at the events aimed toward encouraging students to answer God's call on their lives.

"To renovate something doesn't mean to demolish it; to renovate something is to increase its value, increase what's already there," said director of Campus Ministries, Jason Peaks. "My heart for this week was that each one of us would be able to assess our own spiritual life and then ask the questions, can I improve? Can I increase this area of my life? We really wanted to create an opportunity for people to recommit themselves to not just the Lord but also to the things of the Lord."

On Tuesday, Bishop Kim Brown, senior pastor of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Va., used Jesus' first miracle described in John 2 as a metaphor for ministry.

"Everyone in the room is called," he said. "Whatever your marketplace, you are a minister."

Focusing on the six water pots that Jesus used to turn water into wine at the wedding at Cana, he encouraged the audience to exhibit attributes of vessels ready for God's use: faithful to serve where placed, fashioned by God for specific use, able to be filled by the Holy Spirit, and flexible regarding the details of God's call to ministry. "The attitude must be 'I'll do whatever You want,'" Bishop Brown explained.

On Wednesday, Steve Kelly, senior pastor of Wave Church in Virginia Beach, Va., spoke about navigating the call of God. The first step, he said, is maximizing today. "So many people get caught up in the call of the future they forget that God wants to use them today," Kelly said.

The rest of the service he spoke from Acts 27 in which the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked on his way to Rome as a prisoner, but was spared to complete his calling to spread the gospel, even in prison.

"You wouldn't be here if you didn't have some sense of calling, and it all looks fantastic at the start," Kelly explained. "But there are shipwrecks in following the call of God ... But what makes the wise man who built his house on rock wise? He knew storms would come, and he built his life prepared for them."

On Thursday, Pastor Anne Gimenez of Rock Church in Virginia Beach, Va., spoke on being filled with the Holy Spirit. "I believe that God is raising up people in this generation," she said, citing fulfilled prophecies that point toward end-time resolution.

"[Christ is] not coming back for a weak Church; He's coming back for a strong, empowered, Holy Spirit-driven Church.... We've got to press into God, and hunger and thirst for the Spirit of God," she said.

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