The Most Important Question for College Freshmen
College freshmen are 8 weeks into their new adventure. Most are living away from home for the first time. You may be a college student reading this post, or perhaps you are a parent of one of those freshmen. Let me suggest a question that may be the most important question to consider at this moment:
“Have you found and committed yourself to a Bible-teaching, discipleship-centered local church?”
If you are a follower of Christ, your primary mission as a college student is not to get good grades, play sports, and hang out with friends. Your primary mission is to grow as a woman or man of God! That will not happen apart from a local church that boldly proclaims all the truth of the Bible. Perhaps you are at a Christian school with chapels and small groups. These great discipleship environments can’t (and are not designed to) replace the local church.
Make it your top priority to find and connect with a strong Bible teaching church. Then engage in that church as a man or woman, not as a child or a student. You have transitioned from childhood to adulthood. It is time to leave childish ways and patterns behind you. Don’t just go to the college group. Go to the women’s ministry. Go to the men’s ministry. Look to where you can serve the church as a full adult, engaging in fellowship with people of all ages.
Perhaps you have been searching for a church but have not found one yet. Keep searching. Try a new one this Sunday, and another one next Sunday. Go with a group. Go by yourself. God wants you to be a “church man” or a “church woman.” Now is the time to take this critical step into your adult Christian life.