Hey, my name is Matt and I studied history at Warwick, graduating last summer. Those first weeks seem like a long time ago now but I distinctly remember the mounting pressure to find a new Church. Often when we come to Uni, we’ve only been to one Church our whole lives so the prospect of finding a new home can be daunting.
When I came to Jubilee, I felt at home straight away. Going along to the student lunches and meeting people in the Church family made a real impression on me and Jubilee quickly began to feel like the place I wanted to spend my university years.
Over my three years I had the opportunity to spend time with and learn from some amazing Godly people who not only know their God but really do love him! They were instrumental in showing me what it looks like to be a Christian who takes their faith seriously but doesn’t lose sight of what it means to have a relationship with Jesus. The combination of strong Biblical teaching and openness to the Holy Spirit forms a community of believers that are well-grounded and yet wonderfully alive.
Over the three years God began to develop a passion in me for evangelism which was stoked by a number of prophetic words given to me by my Church family.
As I came to my last year I felt strongly that God wanted me to invest in a year of growth and training in evangelism after I’d finished my degree. My family at Jubilee were instrumental in praying for me, offering wisdom and helping me prepare.
I was extremely privileged that God opened up the door for me to spend a year studying theology and apologetics at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in (you guessed it) Oxford! It’s an intense course run by some of the most gifted evangelists/apologists/teachers/communicators of our time, training a group of around 20 who have come from all over the world to be equipped as evangelists. As I sit in Oxford typing out this testimony, I still can’t believe I got to come, and can’t fathom how much God has blessed me by putting me here!