CU Impact Groups are all about being impacted by God’s Word, then seeking to impact the university for good in Jesus’ name. Whether or not you’re a Christian, you’ll find your local Impact Group a wonderful place to make friends, get more deeply connected into CU life and understand more of what it means to live and speak for Jesus at university.
There are seven types of story that come up again and again across every time and culture. This term we’ll explore those stories, consider what they tell us about our humanity, and how they help us understand the true story of Jesus.
This series is based on the book Reality and Other Stories by Matt Lillicrap and Peter Dray
These resources will help you make the most of our Impact Group sessions.
Jesus loved to tell stories. Much of his teaching comes to us in this form. This week’s session explores why – and what we might find happening in us as we dwell in these stories.
Where might you look if you wanted to see a genuine move of God? Be careful – the answer might be much closer than you think!
How far would you go to find something (or someone) that was lost? Would it make a difference if you were being accused of recklessness? Would you keep looking?
Your spade hitting oil. Your video going viral. Discovering a priceless treasure in a charity shop. Just what would you give for these dreams to become reality?
Our culture preaches that there’s no difference between what we do and who we are. But if what we do is a disappointment to ourselves and others… where are we left?
Save half your money. Invest in stocks. Start a business. Hustle on the side. Retire by 30. And find out why you might still be a fool.
What type of builder are you? Take Jesus’ short quiz to find out!
Two people – one religious, one scandalous. One is head over heels in love; the other is head over heels in debt. What about you?
Introverts. Severus Snape. Geordie accents. Geography students. Explore how Jesus’ most famous parable is more misunderstood even than these.
It’s 3am. You’ve locked yourself out, or missed the last train, or a pipe has burst. Find out what the inevitable awkward phone call to a sleeping friend or parent can teach you.
The teacher’s back is turned. Your girlfriend’s out of town. The webcam’s off. Examine how what you do when you think you’re not watched reveals how committed you are.
What led the earliest Christians to be so welcoming? In part, it was the discovery that the one true God welcomes us.
A welcoming God is looking for a people who welcome one another. But what can help us draw each other in, given we’re so different?
We’ve been welcomed by God as his own. What does it look like to extending that same welcome to those who don’t yet know him?
In almost every cultures, sharing a meal indicates an invitation to friendship. So what kind of person might Jesus feel happy to eat with?
Just who decides that it’s a good idea to lay on a feast for thousands in the middle of the wilderness?
Jesus is coming for dinner – but it turns out he’s got surprising dietary requirements. Discover the kind of meal he’s keen to eat.
We all know that person with bad kitchen hygiene! Jesus too shocked people by refusing to wash his hands. Come and find out why.
Meals with Jesus were extraordinary affairs. What might it mean to host meals like he did? Be careful: it might change your life.
Jesus demands to share a meal with one of the vilest people alive. Why? Because he knows some things can only happen over dinner.
Jesus could have chosen any means by which to be remembered. He chose a meal. Explore the significance of taking bread and wine.
You’ve defeated death. You burst through to new life. You’re the hope of the world. So… how do you show yourself to your despairing friends?
Why genuine progress is hard to come by.
Why uni life must be more than learning and pleasure.
How appreciating our place in life’s seasons helps us live in the moment.
Why even the best initiatives for justice fail.
Why speaking too much can make us fools.
How to engage in politics without it ruining you.
Why embracing your mortality enhances your life.
Why playing safe is the riskiest thing of all.
How to live in a body that will give up on you.
Why not knowing everything is ultimately reassuring/
Would you rather live in the same place forever, or move somewhere new each year?
Imagine you go away for a dream weekend with friends. Describe where you stay.
Share a story of a time when you ended up somewhere you didn’t expect.
Where’s the furthest you’ve travelled from home? What was difficult about being in a different place or culture?
Where’s your happy place? (a place, real or imagined, you find comfort when life is hard)
If you knew you were seeing a close friend for the last time, what would you say to them?
We’re all hungry for all sorts of things. Explore Jesus’ claim to be the bread of life
Sometimes things happen – and it changes how we see ourselves. Explore Jesus’ claim to be the light of the world
We’re all used to in crowds and out crowds. Explore Jesus’ claim to be the gate
Leaders promise and leaders fail, outside and inside God’s people. Explore Jesus’ claim to be the good shepherd
We’re only too familiar with endings, some of them permanent. Explore Jesus’ claim to be the resurrection and the life
There are a million opinions about. How can we discern reality? Explore Jesus’ claim to be the way, the truth and the life
None of us wants to conclude we’ve wasted our lives. Explore Jesus’ claim to be the true vine
How can limited people meet the infinite God? Explore Jesus’ claim: before Abraham was born, I am!
Quick bursts of pleasure aren't enough. Nor is a mind-over-matter outlook. What if our efforts to find joy point to something bigger?
Deep down, we worry that life without our bad habits will be worse than life with them! So what can give us power to break these habits?
If we are to be resilient, we need a meaning big enough not just to bring us out of pressurised situations intact – but more deeply formed too.
We all live within the obvious but painful truth that we can’t change the past. We long for the future to be better. We long for a fresh start.
Fear is the strongest of human emotions. So what can inspire us to bravery and courage, even when we naturally feel afraid?
We need hope that sees the scale of our problems, that has a broad enough vision for change, and which helps us to wait patiently.
Freedom comes when we do what we fear: allow our fears, insecurities, and most tender feelings of inadequacy to be seen by another.
We sense that we were created to know lasting love. But where’s the evidence? How do we know this isn’t just wishful thinking?
There’s an ancient songbook at the heart of the Bible. The collection’s opening song invites us to know true life as we sing along today.
When it feels like God is far away, how can we know he hasn’t forgotten us? This song draws us to where we can be reassured of God’s love.
As we reflect on the even the past year, we find ourselves feeling thankful. This song calls us to acknowledge the biggest reason we have to be thankful.
When we face life’s trials, we need an unfailing source of strength. This song invites us to the lean upon the most reliable source.
When we’re away from where we want to be, the hope of returning there can bring us joy. This song stirs this very hope in us.
When we look to the future, there’s much we cannot know. This song declares confidence to us, despite the uncertainty.
There are seven types of story that come up again and again across every time and culture.
‘Overcoming the Monster’ stories show us that we all fear certain things – and that we long for these threats to be overcome.
The fact that we keep telling Rags to Riches stories indicates that we all long to be seen and loved for who we are, whatever circumstances we were born into.
Our love for Quest stories suggests that we see the goodness of living for something instead of ourselves.
Voyage and Return stories show how we can take life at home for granted. It's only when we’re away that we understand ourselves and home for what it really is.
Tragedy stories aren’t just sad stories. Tragedies are stories where people are destroyed by attitudes or behaviours that they don’t realise are dangerous, until it’s too late.
Comedy stories follow a classic shape: confusion and difficulty, a moment of clarity, and a happy-ever-after.
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