Enduring Faith in College
Who youre with and who youre around is important during your college years. About 70% of youth church goers, after 5 years post-college, no longer have any distinguishable signs of faith.
This is linked to what happens to you during your college years
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
What is going to show when your faith endures is how you make it through trials, temptations, and testing. You will be faced with trials and temptation, you may face simple testings such as having distractions from going to church.
Walkthrough of PCrit's past in college:
Graduated high school, attended Christian camps, had a basic understanding of salvation. Going to college was a drastic change. Living away from parents, didn’t know anyone. What he should have realized is what he needed was not just to remember the gospel and stay away from bad things, but to be around the body of Christ, to bear his burdens, to have his faith strengthened, to be spurred on towards love and good deeds. He had an isolated faith. He felt he knew the basic gospel so he didn't need to be a part of church or a fellowship. All his support systems were gone. Transferred to USC, specifically looked for a AACF. Joined a fraternity and began to have a very worldly faith. Began dating a nonChristian; didn't renounce Christ verbally, but through actions. The trap: You meet someone who meets ALL your criteria, except they don’t have a faith.
Many of us are in the middle: between not wanting to renounce Christ and not wanting to be around Christians.
When you don't choose to be in Gods community in college, you will choose to be in another community, because we all need community as God has designed us.
Turning point: Intervarsity students took him out on his birthday for dinner, was introduced to a group of college students who showed the love of Christ. Joined church college fellowship @ Wintersburg. Students had same struggles as him, “where is God in my life”. He was brought back to the faith, through IV, through AACF, through Wintersburg.
There is no such thing as a "lone-ranger" Christian. If you try to go "lone-ranger", you lose out on your faith, and you lose out on blessing others with the gifts He has given you.
Through AACF, he got involved in serving in youth ministry, Mount Hermon, and he got inspired to go to seminary and help bring others to faith
Wherever you're at in your faith journey, look around at your community. This is who God provided to help you along in your journey in faith. This is the people God has given you to help them in their journey of faith.