Campion Academy has brought Loveland’s community a third night of worship underneath the white tent. Campion student speakers have blessed listeners with well-prepared messages, and God has brought His presence into each meeting. Last night, May 8, the Wildfire meeting was so full that the tent walls were shed and more chairs assembled for our crowd.
With uncontainable enthusiasm, senior Xander Assa shared with us that we cannot be a living soul without the “Breath of Life.” We are nothing without God. His sermon reflected on “What happens when we die?” Xander’s illustration revealed that dust + God’s breath = a living soul.
Xander brought us back to the inauguration prayer of Obama’s first election. In the prayer, Rick Warren said that Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others are celebrating in heaven over Obama’s election. Xander showed us through multiple Biblical references that Martin Luther King, Jr. is in fact not in heaven, and we will not live in heaven until Jesus comes back to save us. The Bible says that the dead in Christ shall rise first, and then all of the followers of Christ will fly to Jesus. Xander shared how his childhood dream of flying will be fulfilled, and he’ll get to see his friends that have passed away including Moses Arevalo, Pat Loing, and Adolf Simangungsong.
Xander told us that death was never God’s intention. That is why God sent His only Son, so that we may be with God forever if we choose Him. God sent His only Son to die the death that was ours, so we could have eternal life that was His.
Xander closed his sermon by offering his listeners a moment to choose baptism or re-baptism. Nothing but silence. After a few long seconds, Xander reiterated his appeal by passionately sharing that this was the time to dedicate yourself to your Creator if you felt the need to reconnect with Him. One member stood and made her way to the stage, a second walked down the aisle, a third made his way through the chairs. Xander's smile was so great that tears began to fall down his face. “Praise God! Praise Jesus,” Xander shouted with nothing but pure love and excitement for God’s kingdom. Another, wait, another? And another? A total of seven people made their way to the stage.
Senior Madeline Uhrik shares, “Xander’s reaction to those who chose to be baptized was the reaction of Jesus. Xander’s rejoicing was not that of himself, but one of Jesus.” The meeting closed as seven students, pastors, and Xander formed a circle and praised God as heaven rejoiced and threw a party for each of these souls of “Living breath.”
Madison Kamarad is a senior at Campion Academy photos: Bryant Oei and Jennifer Sigler