Dear APU Community,
Each year, as we unite our hearts, minds, and prayers to select a University Passage, I am reminded anew of God’s plan and purpose for community. We asked God to reveal His Word for our university this year, and it was encouraging to witness that the very process pulled us deeper into relationship with Him and one another—community.
That collaboration and passionate engagement led us to the selection of two powerful passages to guide us this year as we focus on the Cornerstone of Community: Micah 6:8 and Acts 2:42-47. Micah, master of classical Hebrew poetry and champion of the oppressed, eloquently reminds us of God’s expectations—we are to be just, merciful, and humble. In Acts 2, we see a beautiful example of how that played out in the early Christian community.
It is my prayer that as we follow Christ’s call to do life together, we will reach out to our neighbors in the next office, the next house, and the next city. We not only obey God’s call for justice, mercy, and humility, but we also hold each other accountable and live out the Gospel in a real and relevant way—in community.
I look forward, too, to the natural transition into the heart of that service among believers. Acts 2:42-27 reveals to us what is possible when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. He softens hearts to the teachings of Christ, He inspires hospitality and generosity, and He leads believers in God-honoring fellowship.
Pondering this promise and anticipating the miraculous ways God will stir our hearts and move our hands, I thank all those across campus who prayed for and participated in this important process. The selection of a University Passage affirms the centrality of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture in the unfolding life of this community and encourages us to listen for God’s still, small voice drawing us toward the passage He intends for us in the year ahead. In doing so, we experience the transformation of life possible through God’s grace.
I look forward to how He shapes our community in His likeness.
Micah 6:8 (NRSV)
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Acts 2:42-47 (NRSV)
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
Recent University Passages
2016-17: Romans 12
2015-16: Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and Mark 12:28-34
2014-15: I AM Statements from the Gospel of John
2013-14: Ephesians 4
2012-13: James 2