What’s the best thing you can do while you are at University? Possible contenders: make new friends; wear tracky-dacks every day; party; learn new skills; party; join an obscure club or society; acquire fresh taste in music; maybe even embrace your education!
The best thing you can do while at University is to… THINK. Think about life, the universe and everything. The best thing to think about while at Uni is… Jesus.
You may not be overly religious or churchy. But that’s okay. Uni is a good place to consider as, an adult, what you think about the big questions of life.
Over the last few years I’ve been able to speak at the AFES groups at UTS, USYD, UWS and Macquarie. I started the AFES group on the Central Coast Campus of Newcastle 15 years ago. My sister and her husband are currently involved in the excellent AFES group on the main Campus of Newcastle Uni. AFES groups are fantastic!
What’s an AFES group? It stands for the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. Which basically means it’s a group of students who take time each week on Campus to seriously consider what the Bible has to say about Jesus.
Just starting Uni? If you’re a Christian, it’s a no-brainer… sign yourself up! But even if you’re not into him, take some time while at uni to consider Jesus.
Likewise, if you’re coming back for another year of uni – take time to consider Jesus.
Find an AFES group on your campus. Check out the video below:
Gentlemen… Do you struggle with porn? Then you should join in Tim Challies’ 31 Days of Purity. I know many young Christian guys who know that this behaviour is destructive and yet feel like they are losing the battle to fight against it.
Have you overcome a prior addiction to porn? You should still consider joining Tim Challies’ 31 Days of Purity. I have some software on my computer called Covenant Eyes. When I was studying at Moore College, the lovingly College paid for all students to have this accountability software. When I finished college I decided that, even though porn wasn’t a present struggle, it was worth keeping the software to help remain pure.
Just this last week I thought it might be time to get rid of Covenant Eyes as it sometimes takes a little bit to log on. But I’m convicted of the wisdom in leaving it on my computer. Tim Challies recent article When you’re at your best plan for your worst was a great word to not let my guard down:
There is a kind of weakness, a kind of vulnerability, that may come when we are convinced of our strength. It is when we are not being tempted, it is when we are standing strong in the Lord’s grace, that we ought to consider the times we will be weak and tempted and eager to sin. We need to assume such times will come and we need to use the moments of strength to put measures in place that will protect us when we are weak.
Sounds wise, right?
Here’s the invite from Challies:
Men, I want to offer you a challenge. You too, women, but allow me speak to the men first. Beginning on March 1, I am going to begin a program I’m calling 31 Days of Purity. This is for all of us—for those who are young and those who are old, for those who are married and those who are single, for those who struggle mightily in the area of sexual sin and for those who may barely struggle at all. I would love it if you would commit with me to 31 Days of Purity—thirty-one days of considering what God’s Word says about sexual purity and thirty-one days of praying that God would help us fight sin and pursue holiness in this area.
The phrase “AS IF!” is used when there’s seemingly no chance of something happening. Can the NSW Blues win the Rugby League State of Origin in 2014? AS IF! Will the popular girl say yes to the school formal with the nerdy guy? AS IF! Is Jesus relevant to teenagers in the 21st Century? AS IF!
But maybe we sometimes use “AS IF!” too quickly.
Although something might seem to have zero chance of happening… WHAT IF?
What if QLD lost some key players and NSW finally got it together to break the Maroons winning streak? It might seem unlikely but it will happen one day!
What if the popular girl can actually see past the nerdiness and has shared interests with the boy? Maybe it’s because nerdy guys will make lots of money, but it seems to be that popular girls do often go for the nerd.
But what about Jesus? Is he actually relevant to our world today?
Maybe you’ve heard about Jesus. You might know some specific bible concepts and parts of Jesus’ story. Maybe you’re from a religious family that went to church at Christmas and Easter.
But does Jesus really matter to your everyday life? AS IF! He is from ancient history and has nothing to offer me in this modern, digital world, where I can find solutions to all my problems on Google!
But WHAT IF? What if Jesus is real? What if this stuff is true? What if Jesus can change my life for eternity?
Welcome to a bumper issue of #SNIPPETY! A variety of links to check out including: a prayer for our growing children; a Free Book from Matt Chandler; how to plan for a productive day tomorrow; and if you don’t speak Italia, a soccer goal scored from 70 metres!
The article on Wheaton students protesting Rossaria Butterfield is interesting. Basically students at Wheaton – an evangelical college in Illinois – protested a guest speaker who had turned from a lesbian lifestyle when she started following Jesus. Denny Burk points out the generational shift taking place with young people connected to evangelical churches being influenced by culture in their understanding of homosexuality being a valid story for Christians. I think Christians need to be equipped to lovingly hold firm to what the Bible teaches on sex and relationships.
See below for the snippets:
Zac Young was tragically killed by a shark in November 2013. The following is an inspiring testimony of Jesus’ work in his life recorded 3 months before the attack. Of course he had no idea this was going to happen, but in it you will hear of a young man able to confidently face death because of his hope in Jesus.
Have you ever been in a social setting where you have stuck out like a sore thumb? Perhaps you have felt like every eye in the room is on you for turning up under-dressed for the occasion. Some people enjoy the spotlight and crave attention. But for most of us most of the time, we’d rather not stand out but simply be normal like everyone else.
The call of Christianity is to standout. To be different. Not by wearing the wrong clothes to a function, but by displaying godly character traits. The sermon below considered what should motivate a Christian to pursue holy living.
DAVE MIERS SERMON ON 1 PETER 1:13-2:3 (right click to download etc)
Here is the outline:
Sharing your testimony is a powerful way of communicating the good news of Jesus. The following are 4 ‘MY JESUS’ STORY’ videos we shot for our recent SOULIES SUMMERCAMP. You can read about why we call them MY JESUS’ STORY here. It’s always encouraging hearing different people share their story and then see lots of others connect with what they’ve shared.