Congratulations, you’ve arrived in Cardiff and are excited to get stuck in at a church. That’s really good! So that’s it. Easy! Just go along to a church in Cardiff, sit down, stand up, sing, listen to a sermon or a talk, pray, sing again and automatically feel right at home.
Is finding a church easy?
Well, not quite. How do I know this? Well, for starters, you’ve clicked on this article, haven’t you? So, you must realise that it’s not as easy as it first seems. Should you stick to the same style church as you’ve been brought up with? Should you stick to a certain denomination or language? Should you even bother with going to a church? Some of you may never have set foot in a church service! So, what should you do?
The Christian Union is a group of Christians who are united around the core truths of the Christian gospel, that Jesus died for our sins and is RISEN! It unites Christians from different backgrounds who share a common passion sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ here at Cardiff University. I’m not going to tell you which type of church to go to or whether one denomination is better than another. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of other websites which could answer those questions. Having said that, whatever your background, there are a few important things to consider and do:
Do they take the teachings and history of the Bible as the true word of God? Does the church preach from the Bible and seek to live accordingly? Does the Bible have authority within the church or is it just regarded as a piece of literature? Simply put, is the Bible their focal point? The answers to all these should be YES! You want to find a gospel preaching church!
2 Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
When going to a church, you shouldn’t always ask ‘what’s in it for me?’. You should also ask; how can I help and support the members of this church? How could I encourage and spur the people of the church towards love and good deeds? Doing this will benefit you as much as it would benefit the church.
1 Chronicles 16:11: Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
This is the most important part and often the easiest to forget. Ask God to guide you in your decision and continue to pray throughout the year for that church especially, as well as other churches worldwide as they too seek to spread the word of God.
Now, there are many other valid things to consider, but those are the most important ones.
In Cardiff, you will find many churches that tick these boxes, this will only make your decision more difficult! The CU arranges a church walk on the first few Sundays of the year. This is a great chance to get to know different churches, they’ll even personally take you there! It might be a good idea for you to visit a few different churches during the first weeks of your first semester. This will give you plenty of time to decide. Also make sure that you talk to Christians of all ages (not just students) for advice.
Follow these guidelines, and I hope that you’ll be able to find a church to serve within during your time at Cardiff University.