Southwestern Christian Fellowship is a Christ-centered student organization that has existed on the UTSW campus for over 20 years.
We are a partnership between Baptist Student Ministries (BSM) and the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA). Although affiliated with Baptist Student Ministries, you do not have to be Baptist to participate in our activities. All are welcome regardless of denomination or religious beliefs. We as an organization believe that partnership is more effective than having two groups with the same mission and vision. Together the BSM and CMDA sponsor weekly lunches, provide a local campus director, and organize community outreach including mission trips for all participating members.
Our campus ministry serves MEDICAL students, GRADUATE RESEARCH students, ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL students, RESIDENTS, FELLOWS, FACULTY, and STAFF.
(713) 264 2614
3503 University Park Ln.
Irving TX 75062
Director: Stan Kwan
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, as stated in Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
We believe in one God who created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). He designed men and women to be in perfect relationship with Him. However, this relationship was fractured when sin entered the world through humankind's rebellion against God (Genesis 3). Now, all of us experience the world's brokenness in our relationships with God and with one another (Romans 3:23). But God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
Jesus, the Son of God, lived the perfect life and took the punishment for humanity's sins when He died on the cross. He was resurrected and sits at the right hand of God, and by believing He is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead we can have eternal life (Romans 10:9).
We are Christians not because of what we have done, but because of our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. We have hope in knowing He will return to reconcile all things to Himself (Colossians 1:20) and creation will finally be made right as God will dwell with His people (Revelation 21).
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN
Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular religion/denomination or affirming a certain value system.
Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation.
God Is Sovereign Creator
Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means God has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.
God Is Holy
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."
Mankind Is Sinful
According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: "There is no man who does not sin" (1 Kings 8:46). That doesn't mean we're incapable of performing acts of human kindness. But we're utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own (Romans 3:10-12).
Sin Demands a Penalty
God's holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death (Ezekiel 18:4). That's why simply changing our patterns of behavior can't solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences.
Jesus Is Lord and Savior
The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (Colossians 1:16). Therefore He owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship. Romans 10:9 says, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved." Even though God's justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). Christ's death satisfied the demands of God's holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26).
The Character of Saving Faith
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3, 5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9) and pursue Christ (Matthew 11:28-30; John 17:3) and obedience to Him (1 John 2:3). It isn't enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don't love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).
LUNCH BREAK FELLOWSHIP - FREE LUNCH
Come start your week with SCF! In God’s Word! Lunch Break Fellowships are informal gatherings where people are able to come and go as needed to fit it in their class/work schedule. The goal is to provide an opportunity for people who go to school and work at UT Southwestern to come for a time of encouragement and fellowship and to bring their friends and co-workers along to connect with The Body of Christ.
MONDAYS at Noon in Gooch C2.108
WEEKLY BIBLE STUDIES - Studying God's Word together and growing in your faith.
We have a number of small groups that meet for Bible studies on a weekly and bi-monthly basis. These include a men’s study, women’s studies, and we are planning to begin a bi-monthly study for residents & interns. Our small groups are a place to cultivate a relationship with God and friendships with others. It is within these groups that men and women can build personal relationships and practice applying the gospel to their lives. Each group expects to experience Jesus Christ in its midst, enabling participants to be transformed through mutual ministry and to experience life in the family of God. Small Groups may work through a book of the Bible, study topical doctrines, or use a Christian book to foster discussion. We invite you to join us as we study God’s word.
LADIES BIBLE STUDY - Monday evenings at 8pm at Med Park Apartments #7205 [Contact: Christine.Cavender@UTSouthwestern.edu]
MENS DISCIPLESHIP - Tuesday mornings at 8am in the Student Center [Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org]
RESIDENTS/INTERNS BIBLE STUDY - Thursday evenings at 7:30pm [Contact: email@example.com or Loredoval@hotmail.com for venue]
PRAYER - central and crucial in the life of the Christian
Prayer is to the Christian what breath is to life. As believers in Christ, we are invited, even commanded, to pray. We gather weekly to worship God through prayer, thanking Him for what we don't deserve, and bring our requests and placing them at His feet.
Every Wednesday morning outside Gooch Auditorium at 8am [Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com]
MEDICAL MISSIONS - to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.
Every year we send medical teams to help the underserved and needy, both local and international. We currently serve in EL PASO, TX every March. For more information, please contact Stan Kwan [firstname.lastname@example.org]
WEEKLY + MONTHLY FELLOWSHIP EVENTS
Fellowship is more than just socializing. We offer several opportunities for our believers to gather together, pray together, eat together, serve together & play together. To find out more about our ongoing events, please sign up to receive weekly SCF updates.
"When you are walking with God, you will want to be with God's people. And if you are not walking with God, you probably won't want to be around God's people." - Greg Laurie
HOW IS SCF FUNDED?
Our ministry is funded in two ways, first through the giving of the local churches. These churches fund us as mission work on the campus of the UT Southwestern Medical Center. The second way is through the partnering with individuals. These are people who see the work we are doing as vital in today's climate and vital to this campus. Just over half of our annual gifts are from ministry partners
The Use of Funds
The giving of both churches and individuals is how all of our ministry operates. This funding covers our ministry to students through discipleship and training, mobilizing students to missions both on campus, our city, across the nation & world, and part of our staff income.
How to Give
You can give two ways. First, any gift can be mailed in directly to our office.
SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP - PO BOX 835932. RICHARDSON, TX 75083
Secondly, you can give ONLINE. All online gifts are registered through Giving Fuel and can be set up as one-time gifts or recurring gifts set up to be given as often as you like. To give via Giving Fuel just click the “Donate” button below and you will be able to designate the amount you desire to give and any other information from there.
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