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So you’ve just arrived at Portsmouth University. Welcome to the city. We love students and love the fact you’ve chosen Portsmouth to Study in.

These first few weeks will be a whirlwind of activity, moving into halls, connecting with a church, making new friends, joining societies, nights out and beginning your studies. University is an incredible time of life, it is a time of learning, growing, facing challenges and hopefully learning a little about who you are and what you want to do with the rest of your life. For Christian this time is amazing, it is an opportunity to get involved in a new church, meet christian from lots of different backgrounds, grow in your faith and make a difference in the university.

At City Life Church we love students, why? Because we see something special in them. We see potential in their lives, they have big dreams, bigger hearts and long to impact the world. As I pray for and reflect on students arriving in Portsmouth I am so excited for what God is going to do in your life. As a christian students you’re called to partner with the Holy Spirit and do something great for the kingdom of God.

Nelson Mandela once said ‘Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation’.

I think the writer to the Hebrews sums up this call of greatness  well when he writes Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith…’ (Hebrews 12:1-2a)

With all the athletics on TV recently i’ve been inspired as to the dedication, vision, focus and drive success takes. Running the race of life isn’t easy but none the less we are called to run. Run for a prize that is great than our struggles and bigger than our lives. The prize of the kingdom of God. We are called to run with focus, vision and dedication.

I’m believing that God is calling students that’ll run the race set before them, that’ll stand up for their faith.

Students who are living out their faith in halls, classrooms, societies, pubs and church buildings.

We need students that won’t just drift along with culture but will redefine normal faith.

Students that’ll throw off everything that weighs them down.

Students that through everything will fix their eyes on the champion Jesus and live lives on fire for him.

We’re running with you.