Jesus has given us this wonderful mission to go into all the world and make disciples. God has done so much for us, so we want to tell everyone how great he is! Jesus tells us “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” When it comes to mission, we usually remember the second commandment. We believe that God is just, and one day we will all face his judgment.
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:
My name is Andy and I'm a Physicist. Confession over. Well, I was. In what now seems like a former life, I read Physics at Teddy Hall (Oxford) and then did a DPhil thesis in something that I now struggle to even understand the title of!
One of the prophetic images I've been carrying for the student ministry at OCC, is that of a flywheel. I mentioned this recently, and someone (maybe a humanities student?!) said 'What is a flywheel?', so I thought I needed to explain what I saw and what I think God is saying.
This is one of a series of 3 blogs explaining our approach to student ministry. We've talked about being part of a movement, how that connects with Fusion, and in this last blog I want to explain more about our values of 'church-based student mission'.
Our convictions, actually, are not really about just student mission, but mission and ministry in general. We believe that mission and ministry is supposed to be part of the task of the local church, where community, mission, discipleship and worship can be integrated, holistic and sustainable.
We hope you're having a fantastic holiday so far! If you're a fresher who's investigating OCC, if you're away from home for a while, or if we don't have your address, then you won't have had the actual letter that we sent out about a week ago. What follows is the letter we sent out (minus the exciting goodies).