Category: Christian Living

College and Christian Fellowship: Now What?

Part 1: Welcome to College! Now Find a Church
Part 2: You Need Christian Fellowship in College
Part 3: Four Marks of a Faithful Campus Ministry
Part 4: Campus Ministries and the Priority of the Local Church
Part 5: College and Christian Fellowship: Now What? 

What are the implications of all we’ve examined in the last four posts? How do you apply these important truths to your life as you enter your first year of higher education? First, the most important thing you can do the moment you step on campus—or, better: before you step on campus—is find Christian fellowship in the place you will spend most of the next four years. Continue reading “College and Christian Fellowship: Now What?”

Campus Ministries and the Priority of the Local Church

Part 1: Welcome to College! Now Find a Church
Part 2: You Need Christian Fellowship in College
Part 3: Four Marks of a Faithful Campus Ministry
Part 4: Campus Ministries and the Priority of the Local Church
Part 5: College and Christian Fellowship: Now What? 

In the last post, I noted that the first mark of a faithful campus ministry is their prioritization of the local church. But not all campus ministries make a serious effort teach or model to their students how to love and prioritize the local church. Yet, as we saw in the last post, this is not a healthy or safe pattern. Christ has designed our salvation in such a way that the local church plays a central role in our spiritual growth and perseverance in the faith. To neglect the local church is to undermine our sanctification and put our final salvation in peril. Continue reading “Campus Ministries and the Priority of the Local Church”

Four Marks of a Faithful Campus Ministry

Part 1: Welcome to College! Now Find a Church
Part 2: You Need Christian Fellowship in College
Part 3: Four Marks of a Faithful Campus Ministry
Part 4: Campus Ministries and the Priority of the Local Church
Part 5: College and Christian Fellowship: Now What? 

I trust that we are in agreement that Christian fellowship during college is vital to your walk with Christ. Without Christian fellowship during college, you will untether yourself from the security and comfort of God’s Word and God’s people, leaving you open to attack from your great adversary. As we saw in the last post, you need fellowship for the sake of your Christian convictions and your spiritual growth. Continue reading “Four Marks of a Faithful Campus Ministry”

You Need Christian Fellowship in College

Part 1: Welcome to College! Now Find a Church
Part 2: You Need Christian Fellowship in College
Part 3: Four Marks of a Faithful Campus Ministry
Part 4: Campus Ministries and the Priority of the Local Church
Part 5: College and Christian Fellowship: Now What? 

You may not realize it right now (although I hope you realize it by the time you finish this series of posts) but the most important facet of your college experience is not the day and time of your classes, what intramural sports you might participate in, who your roommate is, or even your major. Yes, these are important issues to which you must give your attention, but they are subordinate to an even greater concern. What is that concern? Where you will find faithful, live-giving, faith-sustaining, Christ-centered fellowship. This Christian fellowship is vital during your college experience because your enemy, Satan, has a time-tested, two-pronged strategy to spiritually sideline Christian college students. First, he undermines your convictions; meanwhile, he tempts you with sin. Continue reading “You Need Christian Fellowship in College”

Are Christians Hypocrisy Hunters?

There are at least two reasons why the gospel writers give us such extensive material on the Jewish religious leaders of the first century (e.g., scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees). First, Jesus exposes the spiritual character of the Pharisees in order guard his disciples from becoming entangled with and influence by those who are in the grip of religious hypocrisy (see Matt 16:6-12; 23:1-12; cf 2 Tim 3:5). Second, the negative example of the Pharisees help uproot our own residual hypocrisy because Christians are all recovering legalists from one degree to another. Continue reading “Are Christians Hypocrisy Hunters?”

The Stone that the Builders Rejected: A Reminder

When Scripture tells us that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the church (Acts 4:11; Eph 2:20), it means that his person and work (sinless life, atoning death, and resurrection) is the basis of our relationship with God and fellowship with one another. The “building” that God is constructing today is not a inanimate building (like the temple in the OT), but a spiritual building, consisting of individual people who compose the very structure of this building. Christians are little “stones” that rest upon the cornerstone, Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:4-6). Continue reading “The Stone that the Builders Rejected: A Reminder”

The Humility of Reading (or The Pride of Not Reading)

We’ve all been warned about the connection between pride and reading. Charles Spurgeon warned that “little learning and much pride come with hasty reading.” Bertrand Russell once observed, “There are two motives for reading a book. One, that you enjoy it. The other; that you can boast about it.” Alan Jacobs has similarly commented: “I think most people read quickly because they want not to read but to have read.” Continue reading “The Humility of Reading (or The Pride of Not Reading)”