Jennie and Lydie will ask around this week at their college at Southampton Row for a room we could use on a weekday evening. We are hoping to get one soon to start Thursday, fingers crossed, because it would be our last chance to start before Christmas.
Luci who oversees the University of the Arts London Christian Unions is really excited about us starting the CU and also suggested that we start the first meeting about new life in Christ, which fits in with this new CU. So I have been browsing through the Bible as you do and also looked at my concordance (I have a topical concordance at the back of my youth Bible! I have just discovered - that's quite bad..) for verses on new life. 1 Peter 1:3-9 really inspired me and it has lots of visual descriptions in it too, which is always good for creative students. My youth Bible version goes like this:
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In God's great mercy he has caused us to be born again into a living hope, because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. 4Now we hope for the blessings God has for his children. These blessings, which cannot be destroyed or be spoiled or lose their beauty, are kept in heaven for you. 5God's power protects you through your faith until salvation is shown to you at the end of time. 6This makes you very happy, even though now for a short time different kinds of troubles make you sad. 7These troubles come to prove your faith is pure. This purity of faith is worth more than gold, which can be proved to be pure by fire but will ruin. But the purity of your faith will bring you praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is shown to you. 8You have not seen Christ, but still you love him. You cannot see him now, but you believe in him. So you are filled with a joy that cannot be explained, a joy full of glory. 9And you are receiving the goal of your faith - the salvation of your souls.
What Luci did for the CU leaders meeting was print a chapter or a bit less from the Bible on paper and gave it to us for us to highlight visual things, ideas, repetitions, to encourage us to draw and really get into the verse and try to discover the meanings, which led to discussion. I'd really like to do that for my CU this week and I think the verses are uplifting to start the meetings with. What do you think? Is is a right passage to represent new life? What would you encourage to discuss in a group about this passage? Would like to hear your feedback, thanks x