AUT Christian Fellowship began last February. There have been student groups at AUT in the past, but not the recent past. I have the happy task of working alongside them, supporting them and encouraging them - truth is though, I feel more supported and encouraged in working with them: I LOVE AUT CF
1. We study God's Word and learn from it together.
Semester 1 we studied John's Gospel, and this semsester we've just started reading Colossians. This week's study looked at Colossians 1.1-14 - the hope of heaven being a sign of genuine faith and the basis of real transformation in the lives of believers. I REJOICED sat reading God's Word with this group of believers - the joy of knowing God in Christ Jesus, is ampliphied as it is shared and rooted in His Word.
2. We talk about the trials and triumphs of study together.
In the group there are regularly two Fashion Design students, two Graphic Design students, three communications students, an engineer, a Art/Architecture student, a Fine Artist, a Hospitality management and two business students. In the last couple of weeks we've discussed how to sow knitwear knickers and the ethics of life drawing, engaged with principles of communication and aesthetics, laughed together at the absurdity of some topics, prayed about disappointments in work and thought about the value of study in preparing these guys for life in the longterm and how study in itself is an act of worship.
3. We drink coffee together.
After the Tuesday meeting there is an exodus down to 'Beanz', the hospitality school coffee shop. It is great - the staff are friendly and we get to sit in the sun, drink good coffee, chat easily about faith and study, relax as friends and meet coursemates and friends of CF members as they wander past. This is as much a part of group life and growth as the time in Bible study. This time has yet to pay big 'dividends' in evangelistic conversations but we are laying the groundwork - and coffee is always a good thing!
4. We are all at different stages of faith and growth.
Some of the group are from Christian families, some are not - some have been Christians for AGES and some are new to faith. We share this in common: a passion for Jesus and a passion for AUT. Even I, not an AUT student, LOVE AUT - it is a great campus and I see great potential for impacting it with the truth about Jesus. Everyone is growing and that, in itself, is like food and drink to me - really satisfying (even better than the best coffee!).
That's just four reasons - there are loads more, but I wanted to share some of the joy, working in THIS work, at THIS time is a GREAT JOY...
Living it out at AUT!