4 Things You Need To Know When Starting University As A Christian
1) Commit to a church quickly.
Christian Unions can be fantastic, but they will never be a substitute for church. Get along to one on your first Sunday. By all means check out a couple of churches, but don’t spend the next three months working out which one suits you best. You are not a consumer; you are there to meet other Christians and to serve the church. However, there are a couple of things that should be considered as priorities:
- Does this church preach the gospel?
- Does this church motivate me for mission?
Find a church that does these things, then commit.
2) Be Open.
It’s always more difficult telling people you are a Christian six months into a friendship. Get it into your conversation early. Ask your mates what they are up to this week and they are likely to return the question. It’s a great opportunity to tell them you are looking for, or going to a church and you can share your story with them.
3) Three Years = Lots of time.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that because you’re only at university for three years, there is no point in committing to a church. Jim Elliott said ‘Wherever you are, be all there!”. Three years is an amazing opportunity for you to serve a church wholeheartedly, and maybe even for you to see God's Kingdom increase through Him using your efforts.
4) It will end.
If you think this is what life is when you leave home for the first time, you are mistaken. Whilst most students are socialising every hour of every day, drinking the bar dry and living with their besties, the rest of the world are working hard, arriving home and proceeding to get far too excited about The Great British Bake Off but then weighing it up because, after all, it is a school night and it finishes at 9pm.
Enjoy your time at uni, but remember it will end.
James Lee is Head of Communications at Something More. He is also a teacher and lives in Bristol with his wife where he has discovered a new found love for power drills.