As Christian college students, we can sometimes feel out of place on our campuses. This, of course, should not be a surprise, as we are called to be set apart for His purposes rather than the world’s. Let’s be honest, it is definitely not always easy to stand firm as a Christian when much of the people in our college environments do not follow God, and oftentimes, actively opposes Him. Here are five different ways Christian college students can maintain their faith and represent it well while on campus.
Find a Bible-teaching church
I cannot stress enough the value and need for a Christian to have a church to attend weekly. I emphasize the “Bible-teaching” part, as there are many churches in modern America that do not teach from the Bible, but from what they perceive to be truth. Make sure the church is teaching Biblically-sound doctrine, as a Bible-teaching church helps the believer grow in knowledge and in the truth of God’s word. It equips the Christian to live in a God-pleasing manner in everyday life. Personally, my church has been the single greatest influence in my life. I certainly would not be the woman I am today without my church, as I have a group of individuals to encourage, challenge, and invest in me spiritually. It has made an incredible impact on my relationship with Christ and with others. A church is essential in keeping oneself connected with the body of believers and growing one’s relationship with Christ.
Find like-minded friends
College is overflowing with people who can lead a Christian astray. By aligning ourselves with these people, who more often than not do not share similar values, it skews our priorities and values. If you seek to grow more in Christlikeness, make sure you are surrounding yourself with people who are pursuing the same goal. If our lives are to be reflections of God’s work in us, the people with which we frequently associate should mirror that, as well. I know I have seen far too many people fall away from faith, and one of the first warning signs was these people aligning themselves with those who do not share Christian beliefs and whose lifestyle does not represent Christ. It does not mean that we have to isolate ourselves from every non-Christian, but we must be careful about the people we befriend.
Join a Bible study
Whether it be at church or on campus, finding a Bible study is important. A Bible study provides a more intimate setting for Christians to discuss topics in greater depth. It also offers the opportunity to form friendships with like-minded people, and even mentoring relationships with the Bible study leaders. A Bible study group ensures that you constantly have people to rely on to pray with and for you, and to grow you on a more personal level as a follower of Christ.
Make a scripture-reading plan
With all the busyness in a college student’s schedule, one must form a regimented schedule for spending time in the word. For someone to proclaim to be a Christian but to never spend time in His word does not make sense. Christian students should set aside time daily to read their Bible, as it connects us with God. It also shapes our perspective, and it gives us the proper outlook for the day. Scripture reading should be a practice in our lives, and if you do not have a plan to read daily, start now by making one!