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By Bluefield College | October 6, 2015 | RSS
Throughout your college career you will have many different opportunities to cultivate your faith through various different student organizations, mission trips, devotionals and other small groups. Whether it is through organizations like Young Life, the Baptist Collegiate Ministries, small group Bible studies, or mission trips (both domestic and international), each of these (and many others) will give you the chance to grow in your faith, walk alongside others who are experiencing the same issues you are facing, and to be mentored by older Christians.
The college years are such an integral time when it comes to the development of your faith. You are finally out of your parents’ house and are “on your own." Throughout this time, many Christians stop attending church and cease growing in their faith. However, with the environment that a Christian, Liberal Arts College has to offer, you will be able to cultivate your faith more completely. You will have the opportunity to meet like-minded peers from a variety of denominational backgrounds and Christian homes. The core beliefs that your parents and home church taught you about will be questioned and challenged in an effort to uplift the name of Christ in spiritual truth. As iron sharpens iron, so too will your faith be sharped through these relationships.
The book of James tells us to be not only hearers of the Word, but doers. Matthew also tells us to “Go and make disciples of all nations." By plugging into various organizations, getting connected with like-minded individuals, and walking alongside mentors that can help you grow in your faith, you will be able to cultivate your faith and, as the Bible says, be a “doer of the Word." You will have the chance to reach out to others and to help those in need. All of these things are a part of the Gospel message of Christ. Being plugged in and serving also allows us to fulfill The Great Commission – to make disciples of all nations so that they might know the joy that you have in Christ.
So, as you look toward your next step in life – as you look to see where God would have you spend your college career, pray about where your faith can best be cultivated. As you visit various colleges, look for different ways to get involved, to grow deep in your faith, and to serve others in a Christ-like manner. Sit and talk with the leaders of other Christian organizations on campus and see where you might fit in. Talk to students that are involved in some of the areas that most interest you. By doing this, you will best be able to discern God’s will for you and to see which college campus might be grounds for you to cultivate your faith.
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