Chapels @ OKWU
Chapel at OKWU exists to help students grow in both their understanding and application of biblical truth during their four years the university. Each chapel seeks to uphold the mission of OKWU by worshipping the person of Christ, hearing from the truth of Scripture, and helping students to engage culture with a biblical worldview.
This Year’s Chapel Theme
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you…”
In a world seemingly obsessed with progress, we too often forget where some of that “progress” has led us: to a place where there are now more slaves (27 million) worldwide than at any other point in history, where discrimination is commonplace on several fronts, and where, despite being more “connected” than ever via social media, depression and loneliness are at an all-time high. With this knowledge as a backdrop, C.S. Lewis’s words are more timely than ever: “If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”
Perhaps it’s time we take Lewis’s words seriously and admit—culturally speaking—that we’re on the wrong road. Perhaps it’s time for us to return to our roots in order to change the trajectory of our future.
Our theme this year in chapel is [re]calling. Our intent is to help our students return to the basics of what it means to be called by God in order to find our purpose in His design. As Matt Leroy stated, “The ancient past (the roots of the Church) can reveal God’s vision for the future.” The New Testament word we most often translate as “church” is ecclesia. Embedded in this simple Greek word is the potential to help our students recover their calling and purpose. Ecclesia literally means “called out ones.”
Before any other identity shapes us, we are first and foremost called as disciples of Jesus.
God’s design and desire is for us to live holy lives; lives that stand out against a culture ravaged by sin, lives driven by the mission of God.
We are responsible for ourselves as individuals but we’re also responsible to the communities of which we are a part. As we walk through some of Paul’s letters, it’s our hope that our students will catch a fresh glimpse of God’s design for redemption and reconciliation.
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Four Year Chapel Curriculum
The Four Year Chapel Curriculum exist to show students where we are as a community and where we are headed. During the 2015-16 school year we will focus on community and the central idea surrounding the year will be how our worldview shapes the way we view our relationships. Some keywords to focus on will be salvation, forgiveness, reconciliation, unity, diversity, and love. We will work through scripture to help students reclaim what community was always intended to be.