Breakthroughs and Transformation — A Convocation Message: Photogallery

Convocation 2012 PhotogalleryEach semester begins with Convocation, a time for all on campus to stay their hearts and minds on Christ, to worship, and to pray.

President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D., delivered the Convocation message on Friday, January 20, sharing family stories of breakthrough moments leading to physical transformation to illustrate the words of 2 Corinthians 3: 16-18 and the transformative work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who turn to the Lord.

While breakthroughs are necessary for transformation, Timmermans said that transformation can be a long process.

“Mount Sinai was a breakthrough experience for the Israelites soon after they escaped from Egypt: God’s expectation made clear and immediate. But they needed 40 years in the wilderness to travel in the direction of God’s promises. … Look at verse 16: ‘But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.’ That’s a breakthrough experience: turning to the Lord, making a decision to respond to Christ’s call, and follow him…the veil is taken away. But keep reading to verse 18, and there we learn that this transformation is a process of ever increasing glory, changing from one degree of glory into the next.”

Timmermans concluded with this: “My hope is that in this new semester and new year, we as individuals and we as a community, living in God’s beautiful and broken world, more and more reflect God’s image, as we are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.”