Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Finding Christian Friends in College

She walked through the doors of her first day as a college freshman. She was excited and nervous all at once. "Jenna B." called out the teacher. Jenna was just eighteen when she began college at a university hundreds of miles away from home.

Back in her hometown, Jenna had a bustling social life. As a Christian, Jenna always made it a point to make sure her closest friends were Christians as well. But something changed when she got to college. She found it difficult to meet other Christians and began hanging out with the "wrong crowd."

Before she knew it, Jenna wasn't the same old Jenna anymore.

2 Corinthians 6:14 says, "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

And 1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us, "Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.""

But like Jenna, many Christian girls find it difficult to meet Christian college friends. And I totally get it, I was once a college freshman too. I remember the worry and stress of possibly never making true Christian friendships. But as time went on, I began forming friendships that would last me a lifetime. I want to share with you a few ways that I found close-knit friendships in college:

1. Join the closest bible believing church and attend regularly.

I remember when I first got to college I had a choice to make. I had always been brought to church with my parents but would I continue to go now that I have the freedom?

The bible places a huge emphasis on "the body of Christ." Christs large church is made up of many small, local churches. If we want to be plugged into the body of Christ, we need to be plugged into a local church.

As I began attending church regularly and getting involved in church activities, friendships began to grow naturally. And because this was one of the closest churches to my college, many of my friends were college students just like me.

2. Join on-campus Christian ministries.

Your school may not be a Christian school but there's most likely some sort of Christian organizations to join. 

Getting involved in Christian organizations is a great way to meet other Christian students. In fact, I met some of my closest friends through Christian clubs right on my campus. 

3. Don't be shy

College can be nerve wrecking. You're in a new surrounding with entirely new people. But don't be afraid to break out of your shell. Talk to people. Get to know them. Chances are, they are looking for friends just like you.

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