Over the next few weeks I'll be putting up some posts to help us get to know the leaders of our SKG groups this year. This time it's Ben and Sarah Slee. Enjoy!
How long have you been in London for? What first brought you here?
BS I've been living in South East London all my life, but I've only become a proper Londoner since moving to CCM to be the Music Director.
SS I've been in London for just a few months since September 2014 after marrying Ben in August and moving to start work at CCM!
What were you doing last year?
BS I was an apprentice based at Christ Church Beckenham whilst finishing the Cornhill training course. And I got married to the lovely Sarah, too!
SS Last year I was an apprentice at a church in South East London where I worked with lots of lovely teenagers, did a Bible training course and all sorts of other bits and bobs - it was brilliant!
What was your degree in, and what was the best thing about it?
BS I studied Music at City University, London. Writing lots of music was great, but the best thing was researching my dissertation on music through the Bible. It was great to grow in service at church, too.
SS I studied Religious Studies at Lancaster University. I'm so thankful to God that I really, really enjoyed my degree so there are many good things...I think the best thing perhaps, as I studied lots of religions, is that I saw in a different light that Jesus and the grace we receive through Him is so wonderful. We do not have to earn our way to heaven, and we have complete assurance of salvation when we trust in Christ! So freeing!
What are you looking forward to about the student work this year?
BS Getting to know brothers and sisters and showing them the joy of knowing Jesus through the gospel.
SS I really enjoy getting to know people well and sharing the Bible with them and being excited by what God shows us in it. So I think this year in our student work both of those great things will happen!
What is one Bible verse that has encouraged/challenged/excited you recently?
BS God's word tells us that the mystery of the gospel is "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 2:27). Isn't that amazing?! Christ dwells in us by faith through the Holy Spirit, which guarantees that we'll spend eternity with Him when this life is through. Knowing that Christ dwells in us surely transforms our understanding of intimacy with God as we delight to hear His voice in His word; our attitude towards sin - giving us a hunger to grow more like Christ, and the joy we take in the certainty of eternal life with Him.
SS Ephesians 1:5 is amazing - we read that in love God the Father chose us in Christ to be adopted into his family as His children and we therefore share in the same standing as Christ as his brothers and sisters! Amazing!