12 January 2013 by Adeline Lum-
On 11 January 2013, I attended the first Christian fellowship meeting in UCSI University at 12:30 pm.
Game 1: Icebreaker Scribble My Impression
Their place of meeting was easy to find, as I walked towards the room filled with chattering of students amidst interjections of laughter. Peering through the window panel at the door, everyone was engrossed in the icebreaker game of scribbling impressions on each other’s back.
I walked passed a scribble saying ‘funny, beautiful, cheerful and friendly’ with flowery doodles at the bottom. Slipping to the front, I met the warm-hearted David Soo who extended a firm welcome handshake.
“We never thought that so many would turn up because of the clashing classes. But by the grace of God, because of their bonding at the Christian camp, many of them came!” said David beaming with thanksgiving.
Game 2: Who is the Joker?
After the first icebreaker, they proceeded to the next game called the ‘Picture and Joker (P&J) Game.’
Each student took one French Deck card, to be kept unrevealed to anyone except himself or herself. Then, all the students were divided into teams, in which each team received a faulty picture. The mission of the game was to amend the faulty picture by memory, after looking at the correct picture pasted outside the room.
“Alright, now that you have nearly got your pictures done, I want you to vote your joker out,” said David. “The joker is given (secret) orders to add errors to your picture instead of correcting it.”
The climate of the group changed from teamwork to suspicion. Everyone gathered to their respective teams and deduced on the joker of the group. “Don’t you trust me,” one student quipped, while another said, “I am not a joker and I am telling the truth.” After a seemingly long deliberation, members suspected as jokers were voted out.
“Actually, there’s no joker in this game,” chuckled David. “But through this game, because we will be in a team this year and spending lots of time together, I hope that you would learn to trust each other.
What is CF all about?
Now that the crowd had warmed up with the icebreakers, David presented about the Christian Fellowship (CF) in UCSI.
“CF does not stand for fellowship among Christians only but we welcome everyone here across races, nationality, religion, culture and colors,” said David.
Their theme this year is L.O.C.K.E.D and LOADED that stand for Lordship of Christ, knowledge, engagement, discipleship and being loaded in Christ.
Lordship. Of. Christ
“The world can be a heartbreaking place… like your friend turning you over,” joked David. “But if you accept Jesus Christ, you can submit to the Lordship of Christ triumphantly during the good times, bad times, happy times, sad times, high times and low times.”
Also, submission to the Lord requires first knowing Jesus before fully trusting Him.
“Although we do not know the future but Jesus who goes in front of us knows it,” said David. “Would you fully trust a person without knowing his or her personality and character first? I am sure that most of you would say no.”
Faith is dead without good works.
14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
“Jesus Christ is the best example! He came down to this world to die for us when he doesn’t need to. In college, we must be the light of the world in impacting lives for Christ,” said David.
To be a disciple, one needs to grow into becoming a mature follower. The goal of discipleship is to be more like Christ.
“Lastly, Jesus is the only key to our lock and only through Him, we shall be loaded with joy, peace and life,” said David.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
One of the activities of CF this year was having an alternating care group and prayer every week, headed by Aaron Anand. The CF will also hold a weekly street ministry, a monthly sports day and an annual UCSI Christian Fellowship camp.
A place of Growth and Friendship
To say the least, I am very impressed with how prepared the CF was in welcoming the new and veteran members of CF. Looking at their calendar which was printed on an ingenious bookmark, they have planned and assigned weekly topics for the whole semester of January to April.
All of the members enjoyed themselves very much. I could also see a strong friendship bond between each of the committee members as a body of Christ.
And with that, David ended the first meeting of CF by thanking the committee members of CF who worked hard to make it a success—Ruby Tan, Amanda Chong, Joellene Sim, Aaron Anand, Philip Tang and Esther Chee.
May the CF in UCSI be the salt and light for Christ!
Here is their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/5180723510/?fref=ts