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Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:19-25 

This week alone we’ve heard about over seventy students putting their faith in Jesus in Nottingham as part of the CU’s ‘Real’ week. Across the country, students who had given up on God found the opportunity to explore again who He is and make the decision to trust in Him. Durham CU welcomed 600+ students to a packed-out marquee and cosy café, and students across Manchester joined forces to tell the stories of lives changed by Jesus.

So what brings hundreds of students to events about what it means to be human? What transforms lives, and is worth real sacrifice?

And what motivates us when conversations are hard to start, when our friends don’t seem interested, or when keeping going in the Christian life can feel like a struggle?

  1. We’re welcomed

God doesn’t accept or judge us on our own merit – He gave Himself as a great high priest, to prepare the way for us and to be judged in our place. The Creator of the universe welcomes us as he would His own Son! With full assurance, we can draw near to Him in the most intimate and special of relationships, with no fear of rejection or disapproval. That’s the wonderful ‘hope we profess’ and it’s the hope that we share.

Spend some time enjoying that relationship with God – talking to Him, reading His Word, singing His praises.

  1. We’re not kidding ourselves

‘He who promised is faithful’ – this hope is true, grounded in the real-life event of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

If in doubt, look to the cross – it’s our anchor, spelling out that God cares, and that He can overcome the world.

  1. We’re in this together

The writer to the Hebrews encourages us to ‘consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’

How could you encourage one another? Be honest as you gather together, at church and as a mission team. Share your excitements as well as your struggles. What could you do to ‘spur one another on’?

Spur eachother on: connect with UCCF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram  and Snapchat , and use #CUNews to share and see the latest news from students reaching students with the good news of Jesus.  Or sign up to get our termly magazine and prayer points. 

Joanna Robertson is an English and History grad who now works as UCCF's Digital Communications Officer, where she loves helping students to think about and share their faith. 

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