Tom Lin welcomes everyone to Urbana. He reflects on his own experience at Urbana many years ago and how it changed the trajectory of his life. He then asks students to consider their own lives, and to be open to what God might be calling each of them to.
Calisto walks us through Luke 14:15-24, the parable of the Great Inviation. In the parable the host must find new people to his party because the peope he invited made excuses for not coming. Jesus was pointing a finger at people who were filling there lives with so much and not making room for God. In order to receive the feast, we must say yes to the invitation. Calisto asks us - "when was the last time you wasted time with God?"
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David Platt gives a powerful gospel message. He paints a picture of Jesus as someone who is not asking for part of our lives, but our whole lives. We don't respond to his radical call because it's easy, but because he is worthy of our trust, our plans and dreams, and our affections. Platt uses Luke chapter 9 in order to flesh out these reasons for making God's Kingdom known around the whole world.
Ram Sridharan gives a rousing call to faith. Using the parable of the Prodigal Son told in Luke chapter 14, Ram outlines the sinfulness of the younger and older son, and the forgiveness of the father. It’s a story many of us are familiar with, but Ram infuses it with freshness and conviction – in this story that Jesus tells we see our own sinfulness and the overwhelming Grace of God.
Tom Lin, Director of Urbana, asks students to sacrificially give to the offering. He goes on to say that being good stewards of our money means giving generously and with the right spirit. If all of the participants at Urbana gave $61, they would raise $1 million.