Abide is an unscheduled prayer experience for college students, high school seniors and adults who work with college students. Abide is designed to be a time of retreat. There is a opening session on Friday night and a closing session Saturday afternoon. Everything in between is up to you. There will be various "Abide Encounters" to help you pray and connect with God. Sit by the water. Spend some time next to the bonfire. Sleep. Listen to the quiet. Pray for your campus and the world. Enjoy the cool weather. Take a walk by yourself. Have coffee with a friend.
Abide is planned and implemented by college students on the Texas Baptist State Student Lead Team. We will publish the 2018 stations in January 2018 after the Lead Team retreat.
2017's theme was “And When You Pray”, and the Scripture was Matthew 6:9-13, “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”
2017 Abide Stations:
- Worship Times. Group worship times Friday evening opening session, Saturday morning fireside, and Saturday afternoon closing session to worship through song and Scripture.
- Who’s Your Father? Discover the attributes of the Father and explore how He relates to you personally.
- Experience Forgiveness. Explore God’s forgiveness through prayer, demonstration, and expression.
- Your Family Legacy. This station is designed for you to take a look into your past, present, and future in order to see where God has led you in your legacy. Christ has placed you into a family, whether broken or in one piece, for a reason, and this area hopes to help you reflect on what God has given you and where He wants you to go.
- The Kingdom of God on College Campuses. College is a place where people attempt to discover who they truly are. Because of God’s commission as stated in Matthew 28:19-20 and our relationship with Christ described in Ephesians 1:11-14 we are called to spread His Kingdom. Come reflect upon college campuses across the state and leave prayer requests for your campus.
- Praying for the Nations. Come focus and pray for the nations around the world. Take some time to understand current events, unreached people groups, and mission work across the globe. Pray that God’s will be done in every nation.
- Church: The Kingdom’s Embassy. We believe that the church is the representation of the Kingdom of God to a broken world. In this station, you will navigate through a series of six probing questions about the church’s role in the Kingdom of God.
- The Bread of Life. In the Lord’s prayer it says, “give us this day our daily bread”. As Christians we are called to lift up our problems to God and to abide in His provision for us. This spans all aspects of our lives. As you walk through this area you will be able to experience praying for the physical, spiritual, and emotional parts of your life.
- Burnt Offerings. At night, darkness is associated with sin. Come join us as we confess, forgive, and repent of our sins. In the morning, 7:30, join us for a sunrise service including Praise & Action.
- Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs. This is a time to address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Make Your Mark for the Kingdom. Come together to reflect and express the Lord’s Prayer through creative outlets.
- Abiding through Fellowship. Coffee, hot chocolate, snacks, and conversation.
*We're adding some breakouts this year. You can pick 2 of 3 on Friday night and 2 of 3 on Saturday..
- Teach Us to Pray
- Creating a Culture of Prayer
- Praying with Insight – The Lost
- Thy Will Be Done – Understanding God’s Answer to Our Prayers
- Confession – Father Forgive Us as We Forgive
- Praying with Insight – The Nations