Come, Let’s Commune Together

by Sophie Sim-Lawrence
With Contributions from Abner Yee, Andson Tang, Christopher Lian, Ryoo Jae Kwan and Viloane Ko

IMG_3214 2Students discovering the joy of fellowship as they share their QT thoughts.

Every morning during term time, students across our five campus ministries meet for fellowship. They meet for communal Quiet Time (QT) sharing. This practice first started when Ryoo Jae Kwan, who was then leading the Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) ministry, created a QT reading passage schedule for everyone in the ministry. Soon, all the other campus ministries followed suit. As students from these ministries share how they have benefited from these sharing sessions, we can gain a sense of why God intends fellowship to be a crucial Christian discipline.

Fellowship is Communing with God.
Before we can commune deeply with those around us, we need to first fellowship with our heavenly Father.  This dimension of fellowship can be described as our vertical communion. Making time to read His word daily is an important aspect of our vertical communion with God. Admittedly, doing QT takes discipline. Since QT sharing started, students who are uncertain about doing QT have found it easier as the common QT reading passage keeps them going. Older believers also have the opportunity to teach younger ones how to do QT.  Such is the case for Navigators in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Jewel Yu, a Singapore Polytechnic (SP) third year student who is studying International Business, believes that God wants us to commune together because it allows for spiritual and personal growth. This has certainly been the case, as ministry leaders from our campus ministries affirm. Everyone’s personal devotional life is strengthened as they give their first hour to the Lord.

Encountering God in our vertical communion allows us to have stronger and richer fellowships in our communities—our horizontal communion.

Fellowship is Interdependence.
When asked what they appreciated most about QT sharing, students and leaders alike indicated that they were grateful that it held them accountable for their walk with God.  Tan Jingfei, a third year student who is reading Law in the National University of Singapore (NUS), attests, “Without QT sharing, I would fall back to my old lifestyle and miss spending precious time with God in the morning.” Gladys Ho, a Year 3 Biomedical Science student from NP, found that QT sharing has helped her gain deeper insights to the common Bible passage everyone is reading for the day. The same Scripture often holds different meaning and lessons for different ones. By sharing, everyone learns from each other’s insights from God. 1 Corinthians 12 makes it clear that every single part of the body is necessary for its proper functioning. We were made to rely on one another.  We share an interdependent relationship as God’s people.

Fellowship is Strength.
Jonathan Kwa, a Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) student studying Physiotherapy in his final year shared that he had just gone through three continual weeks of lectures, with three to six hours of lectures daily. What helped strengthen him during this tiring period, was QT sharing. “I felt energised by the fellowship each morning as I heard different encouragements God gave to each individual.” When we share, we multiply our individual blessing.  We also allow God to be our strength—a source that is unlimited.

Fellowship is Brokenness.
For Nicole Yip,  a second year Pharmacy student from NUS, “QT sharing gives me the opportunity to be honest and transparent with myself and others about my relationship with God. It is a safe space to share personal thoughts and struggles.” Our willingness to share our burdens allow others to be vulnerable. As students and leaders open their hearts, learn to listen to one another and cast their anxieties on God, everyone in the ministry draws closer.

Fellowship Demonstrates God’s Glory.
The beauty of fellowshipping with God daily (vertical communion) and fellowshipping with our community (horizontal communion) is that the glory of God is manifest. Do we look at the cross and think of it as two pieces of wood? Two pieces of wood, when bound together, form a powerful symbol of what Christ has done for us and reminds us of our mission as His disciples. Our vertical and horizontal fellowships, like the axes of the cross, enable us to work with God in establishing His Kingdom on earth. In NP ministry, the daily gathering of students for sharing, meals and studies have attracted the attention of those who walk by or sit around them. The ministry’s close fellowship has allowed them to witness to those around.  A lifestyle of communion with God and living in community allows us to know Him and for Him to be known.

IMG_3212Students in our five campus ministries meet every morning during term time to share their QT thoughts.

IMG_3136 2As a result of sharing their QT thoughts, students have grown deeper in their walk with God and with one another.

Quiet Time sharing takes place every weekday morning during school term at our five campus ministries—Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic (RP-NYP), Singapore Polytechnic (SP), and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic and Singapore Institute of Management (NP-TP-SIM). Through this communal activity, students develop the good practice of seeking God daily and grow closer with one another as a community.