Thursday, 19 June 2008

Some Thoughts on University #1 - Get stuck in to a Christian Union!

I finished university a couple of weeks back so I thought I would share some thoughts on university and how it has affected me. If you're at uni or starting uni in the Autumn, please listen to my advice!

When I started university I wasn't particularly serious as a Christian. I had been a Christian for my whole life, but it wasn't particularly important to me. Now that I have finished university, I can look back and safely say I have grown beyond my wildest dreams (or fears!) as a Christian over the past three years. My faith has deepened, my awe of God increased, my wonder at the Gospel greater.

I have no doubt that this is 100% down to the grace of God. But he has been working through the Christian Union at my university in doing this.

If I hadn't gone there, I would be much worse off:
  • I wouldn't have seen great Christian students living their lives for Jesus and been inspired to do the same.
  • I wouldn't have had the opportunities to grow as a leader and take the responsibility that comes with it. I wouldn't have made so many great Christian friends and had the joy of seeing them grow as leaders and evangelists and their love of God increase.
  • I wouldn't have had the amazing teaching from the Bible that I'm so fortunate to have had by some of the best speakers in the country.
  • I wouldn't have had the opportunity to try out evangelism with some really passionate student evangelists and learn from them and be inspired by them.
  • I wouldn't have had the joy of being part of a small non-believer's Bible study group and see one of the people come along place their hope for salvation in Christ.

In a nutshell, I would have missed out! Christian Unions are fantastic. If you are at university or starting university please join one and if you are part of one, but don't attend it regularly, please start attending!

As with most Christian things, you won't get much out of your CU if you don't serve it. My advice is to throw yourself in and help out! Here are some of the many things you could do:
  • Help lead an evangelistic Bible study!
  • Do some first contact evangelism!
  • Befriend and welcome international students!
  • Start a prayer group with some other Christians and pray for your non Christian mates!
  • Put on an evangelistic dinner!
  • Help the CU when it puts on evangelistic events!
  • Start a Christian book reading group with CU friends!
  • Help run your hall group!
  • Welcome freshers in September!
I hope and pray that you will do something and that through your involvement in a CU, you too will grow throughout your time at uni!

1 comment:

Dave Mackie said...

Amen.