Sunday was great. Good to be back in Aberystwyth, which in many ways is really home. We have a place to call our own here and all our stuff and a few friends and some family. It’s not to say I don’t miss being in London, but we enjoyed getting back into the flow of Aberystwyth life.
Things that struck me about Taid’s sermons on Sunday mostly revolved around evangelism. You might have noticed that recently, I’ve been reporting about a few of our efforts to let people know about Christianity, with an overall aim of seeing people saved and understanding why it would be brilliant if they Jesus saved them, like he has so many of us. Although my efforts fall short in many areas, I was encouraged on Sunday as to what attitudes we should have if we are Christians. In the evening we looked at Jacob, when he met Rachel, and how he dealt with a bit of a situation that was going down at the well. I had never really taken in the change that had taken place in Jacob’s life, I think what can be argued as a conversion has taken place by this point in his life. At one point, we also looked at 1 Peter chapter 3 and that famous bit where he says:
15But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
I really pray that God would make me like that!
We weren’t overrun by freshers in Alfred Place, but we saw two or three, it was nice to meet some of them and to hear about their backgrounds and home churches.
At one point I got talking with a few of the other students and then with Sibyl afterwards as to whether as a CU we were really being biblical in our outreach. Part of me just wants to get a load of preachers up here and have them sort it all out for us (maybe it would be good!?) But then I was moved to remember that much prayer and Bible centred thought, as well as the advice of other Christians should be sought before I rashly start recruiting the Archbishop of Canterbury to lead a lunch bar.
We’re looking forward for our neighbours from downstairs to return home, and we have a ‘grub crawl’ tonight, a great CU event where we go to five of the churches in town for a course of a meal, giving the new students a chance to see what all the different churches are like.
Finally, I wanted to share with you the fact that I’ve almost finished a sort of play I’m working on. It’s got rabbits, fights and John Bunyan books in it, so it could be good! T’would be mighty cool if something came of it, but we shall see.