“You should not stay away from the church meetings, as some are doing, but you should meet together and encourage each other.” – Hebrews 10:25
One of my favourite days of the week at the moment is Thursday.
Well, I’ll work backwards. The late evening is usually filled with great discussion and quite a lot of fun! It’s after CU, so people are a little tired. Not so tired that they’re ready to go to bed, mind. But tired enough that they start to do hilarious things. Like trying to force-feed people ham. That was an interesting night (and a story for another time).
CU is great. When I started university, I told myself that I’d just go to the smaller college groups – I wasn’t convinced about the main CU where all the colleges came together. But now, I love it. It’s a great way of socialising, learning, and worshipping God. And yes, one of my worries was the music, that I knew would be mostly modern worship songs I wouldn’t know. And yes, that is quite often true. But that’s only a small part of CU – and I do know some of the ones we do.
I’m far more comfortable when I know the songs – I feel that I am better able to focus on worshipping God through music when I know roughly what I’m doing, rather than worrying about the tune, or the structure.
Before CU I go to Christian Persuaders. This is a group that meets up to essentially learn good techniques for evangelism. This includes evangelistic talks, discussions, answering common but difficult questions, whilst trying to make the Gospel accessible – we have recently been trying to explain ‘Christianese’ words in simpler, clearer language. It’s really useful practice for things like Text-a-Toastie, with a little preparation for answering the kinds of big questions we might get.
Christian Persuaders is also great because there’s food.
But of course, that’s not the focus 😉
Before Christian Persuaders, there is an hour set aside. This time is used for individual Bible study, quiet prayer. And it’s time that I really value.
It means that I have a specific time where nothing else is going on. I can focus. I’m in a room with others who are doing the same thing. I say the same thing, but they might be focussing on a different part of the Bible, or going through a different study. It means I can just sit and read, without distraction, but with the encouragement of having other people also reading the Bible.
I’m reading a book on quiet times at the moment, which is useful in terms of encouraging me to find time to spend with God. It talks about how important it is to find a time and a space to worship, pray, and read the Bible in solitude. It talks about being alone. Whilst that’s useful, I find it incredibly helpful just being with others. I may not be alone, but I can still find a quiet place to study the Word of God.
I look forward immensely to Thursday evenings. Particularly the 5pm Bible time. It means I have a time set aside for God. Yes, I should be doing this more often. But it is a start. It means I can enjoy time with God without worrying about what I should be doing instead. And ultimately the more time I can spend with God, the better.