Large Group Talk: Jazzy Johnson, "Making Community"

Black Campus Ministries Resource Specialist Jazzy Johnson preaches a powerful message out of Genesis 1-2 calling us deeper into “imaginative co-creating of community with God.” A few highlights:

  • Jazzy begins her message with a powerful time of reflection, breathing, and acknowledging God’s presence with us.
  • With grace and power, Jazzy paints a beautiful picture from the Scripture of how human beings were created for community, kinship, while also naming the painful reality of how that picture has been broken.
  • She invites us to expand our imaginations for how we might live in the love of God -- by engaging our passions and interests, intentionally serving others, grieving and lamenting with others, and crying out for justice with others.
  • She offers a poignant reminder, in the words of Mother Teresa, “if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”.

This is a wonderfully holistic message that has depth for Christians while also remaining very accessible for seekers. Jazzy paints a glorious and attractive picture of the Gospel that will naturally lead to deep spiritual conversations for your entire community. This message was originally recorded for InterVarsity Live! on March 29, 2020, but still has resonance for today.

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Bible Study Guide Companion Resource

If you’d like to continue to explore the theme of “Making Community,” consider using this Bible Study Guide written by Dave Paladino as a companion piece to Jazzy’s talk on Luke 10:1-24.

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Jazzy Johnson, a proud Native Texan and adopted Chicagoan, is an experienced Educator who specializes in curating and facilitating transformative spaces for learning and listening in the area of social justice. A graduate of Northwestern University, Jazzy directed InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Chicago Urban Program for six years, where she led immersive learning experiences for college students and equipped them with holistic practices for living sustained, prophetic lifestyles on their campuses and in their communities. She currently serves as a Resource Specialist for InterVarsity’s Black Campus Ministries Department (BCM).