As a third year student loving being part of The Belfrey, it has been great to see the love, community and mission at the heart of the Club mission Belfrey group. In case you are wondering what a belfrey group is, here is a cheeky brief description:
“Belfrey Groups are the heart beat of The Belfrey. We encourage everybody who is part of our church family to be a member of a group. They exist so we can worship God together, grow as disciples together and so we can reach the people around us with the love of Jesus Christ.” http://www.belfreystudents.org/belfrey-groups.html. Clearly all fabulous stuff which we want EVERYONE to know they are welcome to be a part of.
In this blog I want to focus on the Club mission aspect of the Belfrey Group, where for one out of our three week cycle we meet up, sing some worship and pray for each other as we head out to the nightclubs of York. We head out with bottles of water to show people that we love them, and that Jesus loves them!
In John 4 there is a smashing passage where Jesus goes out of his way to ask a total outsider for a drink of water.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)9 The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’11 ‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?’13 Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ John 4 vs 7-9
In this crazy meeting Jesus does amazing things; talking to someone who by societies standards he shouldn't mix with, telling her about her relationship history and claiming to be the Messiah.
The reason that this story excites me so much is because it is exactly what we want to be doing as part of Club Mission Belfrey Group. We can learn so much from how Jesus interacts here, but two main things are;
1) We need to go out of our way to show people love. Invite people to know Jesus the living water that satisfies, who brings life now and into eternity with a God who is love.
2) It’s Simple!
Jesus goes out of his way to just chat and show love to this Samaritan woman who needed to hear about the love, grace and mercy that God brings through his Son. Jesus asks her for a drink but later says that if she knew who he was, she would be asking him for a drink. She would never be thirsty again, she would be satisfied in Jesus! We need to make sure that we are offering the only thing that will truly satisfy people, Jesus. In John 10:10 Jesus says ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” There is an assumption that without Jesus, there isn’t total satisfaction. Jesus gives life in all its fullness. That is what we are offering to people at Club mission, when we chat to anyone about Jesus. We offer LIFE!
Secondly notice how simple the passage starts off. Jesus starts not with a mind blowing profound statement which has the Samaritan woman instantly on her knees, those come later. Jesus starts off with a simple question, “Will you give me a drink?”. It so simple and we can all do the same. Ask a question, and start a conversation. On a night out at club mission we offer some water and a chat about the living water Jesus. There’s nothing weird or magical, it’s a simple chat and it starts with a simple question. “Do you want some free water.”
It’s such a great thing to be a part of a Belfrey group. Working out how to live for Jesus and inviting other to live for him too. Everyone is welcome to join the Club Mission Belfrey group, get involved!
Blog written by Tom Simpson
Tom is a third year student at the University of York. He would love to be a professional socialite. He supports Manchester United and loves fine food. He is from London but has a huge heart for the north.