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The Chapel Service That Launched Asbury University Revival

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Shelby Bowen

On Feb. 8th students at Asbury University gathered together in Hughes Auditorium for a chapel service. One week later, that service hasn’t stopped. So what happened that led up to the revival?

Asbury University Reverend Zach Meerkreebs was preaching to the students about love. Now thousands from around the country have flocked to the sleepy town of Wilmore, Kentucky to partake in the miraculous move of God.

In this Charisma magazine video, we play clips and talk about the sermon he shared that has put a spotlight around the university for the world to see.

“I know the heart of God is not one to keep guilt and shame on us,” Meerkreebs says in the sermon.


Teaching about the sacrificial love of Jesus, he inquired of the students to determine how they love one another and what is the true source of that love.

Meerkreebs spoke from Philippians 2:3-4 which says, “Let nothing be done out of strife or conceit, but in humility let each esteem the other better than himself. Let each of you look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.”

He told the students, “Pressures off. You can’t love the way this verse speaks. Do you know that? You are loved by Jesus. Stop striving. Stop wearing this heavy burden of ‘I’ve gotta love because I’m a Christian.’ No, you’ve got to love because you’ve tasted and seen the goodness of God.” 

At the end of the sermon, he prayed that the students would be overwhelmed by the love of God. That they would experience the kind of love that God has for them because that’s the love the world needs.


Anyone who has been to the revival shares there is a “sweetness” in the air. A tangible love of God is being felt by many around the country. God is clearly showing this generation His relentless love and pursuit of them to change and transform their hearts for one another.

Tune in to the video to hear clips from the sermon.

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Shelby Bowen is an assistant editor for Charisma Media.


 

 

 

 

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