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Kerry Patterson reports on the Queen's University Belfast CMF 'Weekendlet'

In early March 2017, Queen's University Belfast (QUB) CMF organised a 'Weekendlet' - a night away followed by a day conference. This was a great opportunity to come together for fun, fellowship and teaching, and was a way for students in different years to get to know each other better.

Friday night kicked off with vast amounts of Chinese food followed by some very competitive team games, including chubby bunnies and the cereal box challenge.

On Saturday we did the Confident Christianity course - a CMF resource that I would highly recommend. (1) Chris Borges da Silva, a Deep:ER volunteer, and local GP Tim Lewis led the day, which was split into three sessions. We revisited the foundations of our faith, and looked at how best to share the gospel in a way that others understand. A highlight was getting a chance to practise OSCEs (faith related rather than medical!). First, we split into groups to discuss common but difficult questions of faith, from 'Will a good moral life get me into heaven?' to 'Is Christ the only way to God?' We then got to role play these scenarios, and think through answers to these questions.

This was a fantastic course that encouraged us to share the gospel with those around us. From praying before ward rounds to organising dinners with our friends, we were challenged to take the opportunity and start the conversation, then to have faith that God will do the rest.

Confident Christianity is CMF's one-day evangelism training course. Atypical day starts with a look at where our friends are coming from, and at God's sovereignty in what we do. There is a chance to practice sharing the gospel with a friend, and time to look at both the content and style of a gospel presentation. Most interesting is usually the chance to practice answering some of the difficult questions that may be thrown at us - both long-standing issues such as suffering and reliability of scripture, and more contemporary problems around sexuality or the character of God in the Old Testament. If you would like to run a Confident Christianity course in your area, please get in touch with CMF.

References
  1. For more details see: www.cmf.org.uk/resources/publications/confident-christianity
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