Well Freshers week is over and this week I had a chance to do the first CU talk of the year with all the new freshers and I got to speak on “What is CU?” Many freshers will come to the first CU meeting and have ideas about what CU is or in fact a lot of second and third years may have their own ideas too. This was a real opportunity for me to try to set the tone straight away and here is a glimpse of what I said about CU -
What is the CU?
The Christian Union is a fellowship of Christians from all different churches coming together in order to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ on campus all year round. As the CU we are committed to inviting non Christians to hear about Jesus and make a response.
What does that look like?
Firstly we go out from our churches on to campus. CU isn’t a church, CU is an arm of the church – a mission team on campus. If we want to reach people on campus then we need to be a part of the local church and then come onto campus ready for mission.
As we go onto campus we go out into our courses, halls and societies and we join those communities and we share our lives with the people there, we have friends that are from different faiths, cultures and backgrounds. We become a part of campus life.
Don’t just be a part of the CU, for the CU to work you need to be out in the world. Salt and Light. So that we can love them, not as projects but as people made in Gods image and we enjoy eating with them and sharing our lives with them, just as Jesus ate and drank with people.
As we build relationships we can then give opportunities to present the Gospel so that everyone has a chance to hear about Jesus. And that’s through having conversations over meals through small group, Globe dinners, lunchbars and reading Luke’s gospel with our non Christian friends. We don’t want to shove the Gospel down their throat; but we want them to have a chance to hear about Jesus and his amazing love for them. We will do that through our relationships and by inviting them along to events that share the Gospel. So we can see lives changed through what Jesus has done on the cross.
And when people hear the Gospel and respond and become Christians we don’t just leave them in CU. But we invite them into the local church, so that they can come and eat with Jesus and have fellowship with other Christians and the church family.
1. Go out and share our lives with people, be a part of societies, pray, be salt and light, hang out with non Christians. Love them well.
2. Give opportunities for our friends to hear the Gospel. Invite friends to various events and meals that CU put on. Keep loving them even if they don’t respond.
3. Invite our friends into the Local church