Catch up on how things have been over the past week. Then ask group members: who were your heroes growing up?
Ask for a volunteer to read Philippians 2:19-30 to the group, praying that you’d be deeply impacted by God’s word and then impact others in Jesus’ name.
If you’re not gathered in person, the leader should project the video for the group through sharing their screen
Here are some suggested questions to help your discussion:
Discuss which of the three hallmarks Paul commends in Timothy and Epaphroditus – genuine interest in others, commitment to serving alongside others, and a willingness to take risks for others – is the most counter-cultural today. Pray that you’d display these qualities in your CU Impact Group.
Pray too for the local churches in your city. You might use this as a prompt to ask new students how they’ve got on so far finding a new local church community to settle into.
In Philippians 2, we meet two men sold out on the hope of the gospel of Christ.
In Chapter 5 of Stay Salt, Becky Pippert starts exploring the idea that the gospel is not only ‘true truth’ but a ‘better story’ – the key that truly fits the lock of reality. In Chapter 6 she then applies this to the beginning of the biblical story – God’s creation of the universe from nothing.
Share any recent encouragements you’ve had recently as you’ve sought to love your mates, living and speaking for Jesus amongst them. Pray by name for those who seem spiritually open, or who for any reason are having a tough time.
Ask group members to read Chapters 7 and 8 of Stay Salt before next week.
Confirm the time you’ll meet together next week, and pray to close.
Your CU Impact Group discussions may have caused students in a range of disciplines – including law, science, music and art – to think about how to approach their studies in a distinctly Christian way. Point them to UCCF’s Leadership Network, which offers training and mentoring to students in these key disciplines and others.
For those who’d like to think more about Christianity’s relationship with science, and whether evolution disproves the biblical account of creation, check out these resources for students at Bethinking.
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