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.
“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.