Over the next few weeks at OCC we will be studying Ephesians – the letter of Paul to the church in Ephesus. Of course, it’s always good to work methodically through a book or letter, as it forces us to engage not just with our favourite bits, but with the bits that are more challenging to understand or agree with! But there are six more specific reasons that the OCC elders wanted to look at Ephesians together this term.
One of the things that students most frequently appreciate about OCC is that they feel connected with the wider Church, not just the other students.
As most Oxford Uni students are out of Oxford for about half the year (!) I wanted to flag up a few ways that you can meaningfully stay in touch with your family here.
Over the summer the student team (that is, the oldies and the 'student leadership team' of current OCC students) have been seeking God about what he wants us to be and do together, as OCC Students! You'll find out more as you come along on Thursday evenings to the Student Nights (7.45pm, in the 'Upper Room' at Wig & Pen), but we wanted to whet your appetite. We can sum up what's new in 4 phrases:
Whenever someone asks me why I keep going on about OCC all the time my first response is almost always, “OCC does discipleship really well.” To which the natural response is of course, “What on earth does that mean?” So, having answered this question many times to various people, it seemed a decent topic to write a blog about.
Prayer is a wonderful thing. It is at once the simplest and most profound of all spiritual activities. Simple words like ‘Thank you,’ ‘Sorry’ and ‘Please’ enable even pre-school children to pray from the heart, and yet there are riches and depths of prayers still to discover for those who have walked with God for decades.
Cut to the chase? Practicalities for the week of Sep 24-28
For our 2018 annual report, containing stories, updates and stats from across the church and its various activities, published in September 2018, click here: https://goo.gl/6QNv37. Enjoy!
Sheep can't read. I realise that this will only be a revelation to those who spent more hours watching Babe than revising for GCSE Biology, but while it is far from a deep theological truth, it affects our reading of Scripture greatly. You see, God describes himself as the Good Shepherd, and the Bible is overflowing with teaching and narrative concerning sheep. We are often the sheep, and sometimes the under-shepherds.