CSM Year of the KOALA

This year, Crossway Student Ministries will focus on developing Spiritual Maturity as we endeavor to become true disciples of Jesus. In order to achieve this goal we have selected a new animal that exhibits the qualities we want to mimic. This year will be Year of the KOALA! Why KOALAS you might ask; consider the following:


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KOALAS remind me a lot of teenagers; KOALAS are most often called KOALA Bears but they aren’t “Bears” at all; they are marsupials meaning they are born immature; sound familiar. If you consider the eucalyptus trees they live in their “rooms” like a teenagers, they rarely leave them. During the day they sleep sometimes upward of 18 hours, they stay up at night and eat…a lot…and they are even known to store snacks for later consumption. To me, that sounds exactly like most teenagers.


Aside from the eerily similar qualities shared with teens KOALAS have some interesting characteristics.


KOALAS subsist almost entirely on eucalyptus leaves. They receive their nourishment and usually all the moisture/water they need from the leaves. As Spiritually Mature Christians, we should subsist on the Word of God. As we ingest the bible we receive nourishment from the words contained inside.


KOALAS are picky and since they receive almost all their sustenance from eucalyptus leaves they only eat the most nutritious leaves. During their nightly meal, KOALAS often eat close to 2 ½ pounds of leaves. As Spiritually Mature Christians, we must study God’s Word continually and make it a part of our character, also we must study to be vigilant so that we are not mislead by false teaching.


KOALAS utilize a special digestive track that is long for its size and contains enzymes to help breakdown eucalyptus leaves, which are both tough and poisonous. Spiritually Mature Christians utilize the Holy Spirit to help them breakdown the Word of God to help nourish their spiritual lives.


I Believe...

if we focus on the basic fundamentals of the Christian faith and take seriously the tools God has given us to grow, we can make a huge difference in the world around us. In order to make this happen though, prayer has to become more important, bible study has to be more regular, service has to the mindset, and God alone should be nourishment. 

Year of the KOALA

Colossians 1:9-10, “9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;