Acknowledging that we have been brought together by God’s sovereignty, Dr. Williams exhorted the Cairn community to consider our life together in light of 1 John 3: “For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: That you should love one another. By this we know love: that He laid down His life for us, and we ought also to lay down our lives for the brothers.”
“What John is doing here in 1 John 3 is recalling for us the washing of the disciples’ feet in the Upper Room, where Jesus says, ‘A new commandment I give you: That you love one another.” He tells the disciples, ‘You’re going to need one another in the days to come.’ It’s absolutely critical that we not lose sight of that when the world presses in upon us: We don’t tend to ourselves, we tend to each other.”
Dr. Williams charged students to examine themselves: “This is the test of true faith: If Jesus is real to you, we should see that played out in your love for your brothers and sisters. John goes on to say, ‘If you don’t have that, then you might not be one of us.’ If we recognize that we were dead and have been made alive, then it should come pouring off of us — our love for one another.”
This theme, “Our Life Together,” will be examined throughout the president’s chapel series this semester, exploring issues from theological to practical.
“Our time in proximity is a gift from the Lord, and we should not take it for granted,” said Dr. Williams. “In the body of Christ, we are bound to one another as brothers and sisters, whether you feel like it or not… and I want to take on this chapel series with a view to strengthening our understanding of our life together and our skills at doing life together.”