June / July 2016 - Vol. 86

Koinonia event
    Peace that passes understanding
and even exams! 

by Joseph Thompson
Note: Koinonia is an ecumenical Christian university student group based in central London, UK. Members are from different Christian traditions: Anglicans, Catholics, Evangelicals, Orthodox and Protestants. Koinonia aims at being an intentional community where Christian faith comes alive, whether it be through prayer, conversations, growth in Christian life or time spent together. The following sharing is from the Koinonia Newsletter, May 2016.  
Having been a member for just over a year now, I have come to find Koinonia a community that is encouraging and challenging. The weekly meetings provide a time and a setting really conducive to receiving spiritual food and growth, and to encountering the Lord in many ways.

The example and witness of my fellow Christians has been such an encouragement to me, giving me a greater desire to live out the whole of my life for God. Two particular events brought this home to me. During one of our events in the ‘reload’ series Holly shared with us on the parable of the sower.  It proved to be a really powerful reminder to me of some of the ways that I personally can neglect to follow God’s word; not allowing it space to take root, or letting it wither from lack of attention. More so than that; it brought home the reality that we are to rely totally on God’s grace, and to find peace in that, rather than worrying about salvation through works and personal achievement.

Having members of Koinonia praying for each of us during the exam period was another strong reminder of this truth. It seems to me no coincidence that this has proven to be one of the most relaxed and stress-free exam periods I’ve ever had, and I think the only explanation can be that the grace of God has been with me especially through the intercession of my peers.

I have also been greatly encouraged to hear the work God has done in the lives of my friends, particularly during the ‘kubefire’ event a few weeks back. Julian, Michael and Holly all shared about how Christ has influenced their lives as the Way, the Truth and the Life. It is manifestly clear that God is at work among them, and among all of us, but this is a fact easy to take for granted. Thus to take the time to think over just a few of these actions of the Spirit was a very valuable experience.

This Spirit is not only active in our personal lives, but in our corporate worship and prayer. We have experienced the presence of God very tangibly in our worship, which has in turn strengthened our ecumenism and our drive for evangelism. I feel it is even helping to form our very identity as Christians.

A verse which comes to mind very clearly when I consider this is 2 Corinthians 3:18. ‘And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.’

Joseph Thompson studies music at King's College in London, UK. He has been a member of Koinonia for the past year. Joseph grew up in Antioch Community in London, UK.
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