What does it take to begin a relationship with God? Do you need to devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Must you become a better person so that God will accept you? Learn how you can know God personally.
Learn the basics of what Christians believe.
Get the answers to frequently asked questions on Christian beliefs and practices.
Explore answers to life's biggest questions.
We all have a story. Read about individuals who have been transformed by faith.
Take the next step in your faith journey with resources on prayer, devotionals and other tools for personal and spiritual growth.
Explore resources to help you live out your life and relationships in a way that honors God.
Find resources for personal or group Bible study.
Learn to develop your skills, desire and ability to join others on their spiritual journeys and take them closer to Jesus.
Help others in their faith journey through discipleship and mentoring.
Develop your leadership skills and learn how to launch a ministry wherever you are.
View our top Cru resources in more than 20 languages.
Have some fun taking various quizzes and assessments to learn about yourself and others.
Volunteer abroad this year on a short term global missions trip offered by one of the best, most-reliable Christian missions organizations in the world.
Internship opportunities with Cru's ministries.
If you're looking for the best Christian jobs and careers, check out Cru's ministry job openings for full- and part-time missionaries and professionals.
Live in another country building relationships and ministries with eternal impact.
Would you like to give your time to work with Cru? We need you.
Find a Cru event near you.
Use your hobbies and interests to find the best place for you to serve.
Helping students know Jesus, grow in their faith and go to the world to tell others.
Reflecting Jesus together for the good of the city.
Partnering with urban churches to meet physical and spiritual needs.
Striving to see Christ-followers on every team, in every sport and in every nation.
Equipping families with practical approaches to parenting and marriage.
Reaching students and faculty in middle and high school.
Bringing hope and resources to military families worldwide.
How we seek to journey together with everyone towards a relationship with Jesus.
Answers to questions on donations, financial policies, Cru’s annual report and more.
What we believe about the gospel and our call to serve every nation.
Learn about Cru's global leadership team.
When the global church comes together then powerful things can happen.
Leading from values so others will walk passionately with God to grow and bear fruit.
Because ethnicity is part of the good of creation, we seek to honor and celebrate the ethnic identity of those with whom we serve as well as those we seek to reach.
Showing God in action in and through His people.
Hear what others are saying about Cru.
Your gift today will ensure no teen will be denied an opportunity to attend a Christ-centered camp.
In our first look at Advent, we learned why it's important to prepare our hearts for Christmas. Every year, this season reminds us of the blessings we can find in the act of waiting.
In the book of Luke, we learn about a man named Simeon, who waited much longer than four Sundays to celebrate Jesus’ arrival!
We don't know much about him, but Simeon was in the temple when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to Jerusalem to “present Him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22, New American Standard Bible).
Simeon was “ … righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Luke 2:25-26, NASB).
“The consolation of Israel” — that’s how Simeon described Jesus. “Consolation” means “comfort received after a loss or disappointment.” In the 400 years between the end of the Old Testament period and the beginning of the New Testament, Israel experienced a loss. Because of their disobedience, God stopped sending prophets to speak to them. There was silence. But this silence was part of His eternal plan.
God had not forgotten about His people. He was still at work during all of those years, preparing to speak in a new way. The old was about to give way to something far greater — the voice of God’s Son.
At the perfect moment, the promised Messiah appeared. The Consolation. The Rescuer.
Even though Simeon lived during this time, he was one of the people who still heard from the Lord because of his individual choice to stay faithful to Him. Simeon longed for the promised Messiah to rescue his fellow Israelites and break the silence.
When Mary and Joseph entered the temple with baby Jesus, Simeon was there:
“Simeon took the baby Jesus in his arms and praised God, ‘Lord, I am Your servant, and now I can die in peace, because You have kept Your promise to me. With my own eyes I have seen what You have done to save Your people, and foreign nations will also see this. Your mighty power is a light for all nations … ’” (Luke 2:27-32, Contemporary English Version).
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Advent gives us the opportunity to turn to God as Simeon did. We, too, wait to celebrate His wonderful promises.
Advent is the four-week season of anticipation that precedes Christmas Day. It celebrates the coming of God in the flesh — in the person of Jesus Christ.
It’s fun counting down to Christmas Day! We eagerly anticipate the big celebration. But as we rush to keep up with jam-packed schedules and shopping lists, do we risk missing the opportunity to prepare for Christ’s arrival?
©1994-2023 Cru. All Rights Reserved.