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We Are Not Our Own

Ben McMechan

Our society tells us we must look happy and act busy. It tells us that only the weak struggle with doubt, insecurity and lack of confidence. We are drilled to be very aware of how we present ourselves and what others will think of us. Everything comes down to what we decide to do and what we can do to fix it.

Honestly, I find this all a very real struggle. But praise God for Jesus and the cross. Praise God that what WE do does not decide WHO we are. Jesus died for all of us. He didn’t die for the part of me that goes to church, CU or when I am praying. He died for all of me and it came at an unmeasurable price tag. We are not our own and thank God for that.

For me, I need to be reminded daily, maybe hourly, what it means that Jesus has saved me. This is the same Jesus that walked on water, calmed the raging seas, and healed the sick. The same Jesus that comforts us in the whispers but also who speaks to us through the loudness of our lives. This is the same Jesus that was rejected, beaten, and killed. This is the same Jesus that rose again and beat death forever. I am thankful that what Jesus has done is greater than what I have and will do. We are not our own and I thank God for that.

Worship 101 is a place where I am able to find rest from the busyness of life and come before God. Yes, it is a great time to catch up with friends I haven’t seen since last week. But really it is a place where it is all about Jesus. It allows me to try and forget the person beside me and just worship God. I find it a place where I get filled up after a week that has so often drained me. It is a place where I get reminded who the One that saves me is. It reminds me that my life entirely belongs to Jesus and that he lives in me!

We are not our own! Let’s live to please God!

Romans 12v1 – Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God for this is your true and proper worship.

 

Ben

Breakthrough at Worship 101

Megan McBride

Worship 101 has been a crucial part of my walk with Jesus.

I became a Christian at Uni where I studied music, and so having a place where I could go and sing to the one I now know and love more than anything was really quite special. It has been a place where I can come just as I am and be with my Father.

Something very significant about Worship 101 is the prayer ministry, available for anyone who needs it. I availed of this last year.

In February 2016 I was struggling a lot. I felt like I was being pushed down and oppressed by my surroundings. I was coming to the end of my degree, and I suppose that stress sparked a lot of negativity in my life and some underlying issues rose up within me. Things like my relationships, my value, my purpose. I became insecure about all of these things.

Then one night I came to Worship 101 and, for the first time, I went and received prayer ministry. A guy and a girl came, and prayed once they had chatted to me and gathered how I was feeling. That prayer turned my walk around at that point.

I woke up the next day with fresh eyes, which is something they prayed for. I went out on street reach with my church that night and had the most amazing and beneficial time talking to some of the homeless people of Belfast. I believe that prayer at Worship 101 equipped me to do God’s will the next day. I believe that prayer broke chains that were weighing me down. I believe that prayer was answered my my Father in Heaven.

Because of that encounter with the prayer ministry team at Worship 101, I am excited about prayer and the power that it has. It has also resulted in a wonderful prayer friendship with one of the people who prayed for me. I never got to tell him how that prayer time changed me that night until I met him at Summer Madness and I asked to pray for him. This has continued with each of us taking time to pray for each other in our weeks. This is Christian community. And this was birthed at Worship 101.

I see countless numbers of people who cross the threshold of The Hub each Thursday night, and I am excited about the possibility that any of those people could encounter the Living God as I did that night in February of 2016.

 

Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

Unleashing the Power of Prayer

Richard Lyttle

When we pray, we must remember who we are and whom we are addressing. Prayer is a humble mans request that without God, we are utterly helpless. It’s the cry of a fallen man to a righteous God seeking his face. Prayer is the beginning of an intimate relationship with a spiritual being. So when we pray, things happen; should we be surprised? No, for the ultimate supreme being of this universe is working his divine power.

Prayer for me, and many others is the greatest gift in life. Have you ever reflected on the fact that God granted us communication with him? He listens to our prayers. He even goes as far to answer them.

I lead up the prayer team on a Thursday at Worship 101. Here we are constantly interceding over the whole night, praying for Gods protection over the night, praying that a sinner’s mind would be reconciled with a heavenly God. We are praying that you would experience breakthrough, we are praying that God would bring healing, we are praying that you would experience the presence of God throughout your life and ultimately that you would submit to the fathers will.

So prayer for us is not just about healing, although at another time I will share stories of that. Prayer, at its core, is asking God to protect us, protect our souls from being mislead, asking God to seal our hearts from the devil’s scheme and to allow our hearts to be Christ-centered in our worship.

1 Chronicles 16:11 “Look to the lord and his strength; seek his face always”.

Being a Christian without prayer is like being a human without water. The two just don’t go without the other. To be a Christian you need prayer, you need a spiritual connection with your heavenly father. You need God to transform your heart and you need to seek his face.

In my deepest darkest moments what helped me survive was prayer. It was looking at God and seeing his strength that got me through. Prayer is for God. A God who can heal the broken heart and heal the broken soul. Never underestimate the power of prayer and never undervalue praying over your events. Cover everything in prayer, that way your hearts will be aligned and know who is in control of the night. Prayer is not always asking, it’s a longing of the soul. So what is unleashing the power for the human soul? Prayer! And as 1 Thessalonians 5:17 teaches, never cease praying.

Richard

Seeing God Through Worship

Caitlin Cousins

I found my Father through worship. He had been behind me for my entire life but once I let Him lead, everything started to make sense and from that point I’ve tried to celebrate every opportunity to worship Him and praise His Holy name. 101 is an amazing opportunity to do this!

There’s something so liberating about standing in a room with 350 other people proclaming the glory of God. To celebrate His goodness and soveringty. To give Him all of our hopes and fears knowing that he has already planned how everyhing is going to turn out even if we can’t see it.

Life can be difficult, especially as a student. We’re constantly bombarded with questions of what the future holds, what our plans are, and how we’re going make something of ourselves, but coming to Worship 101 we can communally set those aside as we rejoice in the gifts and talents that God has gifted to everyone and be expenactant as we learn to see how He uses those to further His kingdom. Earth isn’t our home and as we gather in community together we get to see a glimpse of Heaven, that one day we will all rejoice constantly, celebrating our Saviour as He reigns forever.

Being part of both the worship team and prayer team over the last two years has allowed me to see different aspects of how God is working in peoples’ lives. To be constantly encouraged that He moves and that He saves! To see his goodness, in people becoming filled with His spirit and an overflowing joy. To see poeple walk in feeling low and burdened, and through giving it all to Him, leaving refreshed and renewed. To see people return to faith and come to it for the first time. To pray with and over people as they call to God for help or for thanksgiving.

God moves in this place.

Be encouraged even if you can’t see it. We’re all part of His plan. His kingdom is being furthered through you.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 – “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ for you.”

 

Caitlin

Seeing God Move

Zoe Cummings

Worship 101 is simply a place where 300 students worship God and have banter! For some people this might be all they see 101 as, but for me it is so much more! Worship 101 has been a community for me in the last 3 years. It is a place I go to knowing that the presence of God will be flowing out of! It’s a place of freedom, joy, refreshment and much much more!

I have had the privilege of being a part of the prayer team at different stages in the past 3 years at worship 101. This was a place I got to serve, listen to God and worship him all at the same time. God has been changing 101 slowly but in life changing ways. How you may ask? Well, the first time I noticed this was through the introduction of prayer ministry. 3 years ago the team decided to introduce the 101 community to prayer ministry and it took weeks for anyone to be brave and come forward to prayer. I still remember the praise we gave to God after having the privilege to pray for that one person. Since then the prayer team are used nearly every week, they are normal people allowing God to use them in mighty ways.

The second way I have seen God move is through the music.  The overall experience of 300+ people worshiping God in their way can seriously impact you if you let it.  God continues to transfer change and blow my mind when I worship at 101.  Sometimes I like to stand at the back and watch people engage with God in their own personal way – it overwhelms me with joy.

The third and final way I have seen God move is through the constant change of people who attend 101.  God is building is kingdom on our campus and He will use us if we let him.  God has encouraged people to bring their friends to 101. And over the years many have given their life to God so Go Jesus!!

Finally, I would just like to finish by saying if you just attend 101 and don’t see what else is going on, remember God is and has been at work. So next time you are at 101 ask Him what He is doing and can you be a part of His work.

 

 

Zoe

How Did We Get Here?

This Chaplaincy has been on campus here at QUB for over 50 years. It was set up primarily as a place of outreach and worship, and it has not stopped since.

Over the years there have been different names, different expressions and even a different look to the place as it has grown and evolved but the reason behind all of it has remained the same: Jesus! It is because of the work of God through His Son Jesus, that we do what we do. He is the one who gives life and we want to give our lives to worshipping Him and glorifying His name in all that we do.

Paul challenges us in Romans 12:1-2 that we are to give of our lives to worship God.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

It is not an instruction for us to give up one day a week, or even one hour a day, but to give up our lives as an offering to God.

This means that no matter what it is we are facing, be it exams, be it hardships in our family life, we honour and glorify God through it all.

We’ve all heard stories of people who have been martyred for proclaiming their faith in Jesus and it makes us wonder: what we would do if we were faced with the same situation? Would we proclaim Christ and die, or would we deny Him and live? The reality is we are faced with this question on a daily basis, whether we actually realise it or not.

In every decision we make, we have the choice to proclaim Jesus Christ with our lives and die to ourselves or to deny Him and live for ourselves. To offer our bodies as a living sacrifice means to lay down our hopes, dreams and desires and to follow after Christ.

This is the heart of the Hub; to follow after Christ and glorify Him.

Every Thursday night, for over 15 years, students have gathered in The Hub to pray and worship God together. Worship 101: that’s what the evening is called, and it is very simple. It is prayer and praise. It’s going back to the basics of what worship is: devotion to God, our Heavenly Father; no fuss, no hype. We pray that the time spent together in praise inspires us to then be a witness to the Gospel amongst our friends and family.

In the last three years at Worship 101, we are beginning to hear lots of stories of what God has been doing amongst students from all over Belfast. Stories of people finding hope, stories of people being healed in the name of Jesus, stories of people coming to know Christ as their Saviour for the first time and we pray that this continues. This semester we’re going to be using this blog space to share these stories of what God is doing.

Not to draw attention to this place, but to draw attention to Jesus.

 

Psalm 107:1-2

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.”

 

From next Monday we are going to be sharing stories of hope and good news that point to Jesus!! For His name and his glory.

“If”, before Rudyard Kipling

Leviticus 19

What does it mean to share what you have with others…?

9 When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God.

What does it mean to respect the possessions of others…?

11 You shall not steal…

What does it mean to play things straight, be honest and not cheat…?

you shall not deal falsely; and you shall not lie to one another….

What does it mean to not walk the talk of faith…?

12And you shall not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God: I am the Lord…

What does it mean to pay what you owe, when you owe it…?

13 You shall not defraud your neighbour; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a labourer until morning…

What does it mean to care for those who are not as able as yourself, physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually…?

14You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling-block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the Lord…

What does it mean to do the right thing, to treat everyone equally and not according to what’s in it for you?

15 You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great…

What does it mean when you open your mouth and hurt the reputation of another…?

16You shall not go around as a slanderer* among your people…

What does it mean to not manipulate a situation to your advantage to the detriment of someone else…?

you shall not profit by the bloodof your neighbour: I am the Lord…

What does it mean to honour your family, even those you really struggle with..?

17 You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin…

What does it mean to be accountable to another and have the courage to speak up…?

you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt yourself…

What does it mean to let go of whatever it is that hurt you…?

18You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.

If you can do all this, then yours is the earth and everything in it,

And what’s more – you’ll be the image of God, my daughter, my son.

 

QUB Exam Prayer Support – Summer 2014

Folks, we all know that it’s that time of year again… the exams are upon us. This is a great way to offer and receive prayer support during this season.

Simply add a comment to this post and give your name (first name will do) and dates/subjects. You can leave as much or as little detail as you want. Check back regularly to see the details others have posted… pray for others as they are praying for you.

The Hub Cafe will be open up until the end of May, it’s a great spot for informal revision with free wifi. We also have a prayer space in the Hub Cafe… a quiet spot to come and reflect and pray. You can leave prayer requests there too, and if you want to, speak with any of the chaplaincy staff who are about.

Watch out too for special exam offers on tea, coffee and treats!

The Cafe is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-3pm

Chaplaincy Staff Team!

So what stops a fresh expression going stale?

 Bishop Graham Cray10 years ago the Church of England publication ‘The Mission Shaped Church’ argued that the church of God does not have a mission in the world, rather, the mission of God has a church in the world. If we start with the mission, this then, in turn, should shape the church. In the decade that has passed the Fresh Expressions movement has gathered momentum, stumbled, evolved, grown, and impacted the shape of ministry and indeed the shape of the church, at least in England. The cultural shift away from traditional models of being church has caught others up in the net, with new models of training for ministry emerging, whilst the Fresh Expressions movement has witnessed stronger links growing between the Church of England and the Methodist Church in England…so, 10 years on – what state is the fresh expressions movement in? Is it still growing? How long is it before a new thing becomes an old thing? What might the future old – for both traditional and new forms of ministry and church? 

We are delighted that Bishop Graham Cray will be addressing such issues and more over two evenings on the 24th and 25th February. Bishop Cray is giving the 2014 Theological Lectures at Queen’s University Belfast and is sure to be insightful and thought provoking on the shape of mission, the church and its place in 21st century culture – be sure to get along for what promises to be two very engaging evenings.

Graham Cray has been the Archbishops’ Missioner and Leader of the Fresh Expressions Team since 2009.  He is married to Jackie and they have two daughters, Catherine and Sarah.  He was consecrated in March 2001 when he became the Bishop of Maidstone and the Bishop for Mission in the Diocese of Canterbury. Before this, he was Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, a Church of England theological college, after fourteen years as vicar of St Michael-le-Belfrey, York, where he worked with and then succeeded the late Canon David Watson. His special concerns are the re-evangelization of the UK, the engagement of the Gospel with contemporary culture, youth ministry and the theology of renewal for mission.  He has been chairman of the Greenbelt Festival and is currently chairman of the Soul Survivor Trust.  He chaired the working party which wrote the Mission Shaped Church report on church planting and fresh expressions of church. 

QUB Exam Prayer Support – January 2014

It’s that time of year again… the exams are upon us. This is a great way to offer and receive prayer support during this season.

Simply add a comment to this post and give your name (first name will do) and dates/subjects. You can leave as much or as little detail as you want. Check back regularly to see the details others have posted… pray for others as they are praying for you.

We also have a prayer space in the Hub Cafe… a quiet spot to come and reflect and pray. You can leave prayer requests there too, and if you want to, speak with any of the chaplaincy staff who are about.

The Cafe is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-3pm

All the best from  the Chaplaincy Staff Team!