College Students


Aug 11, 2017 by Will Maule

4 Ways Christian Students Can Stay Strong In Christ At College

Starting college can be a daunting experience. Along with a sudden sense of independence comes an array of different temptations. Promiscuity is extremely high, alcohol abuse and various other pursuits of the flesh. So, as a Christian student, how do you stay strong in the Lord at this critical time? Well, Jon D. Payne at The Gospel Coalition highlights four key things.

1. Find a solid church home.
"The first thing you need to do when starting your freshman year is find a good church. This is what they call a no-brainer. You need a church. Every Christian needs a church. A churchless Christian is a vulnerable Christian. Why? Because the local church is Christ’s ordained means of protecting, nourishing, equipping, and tending his blood-bought flock."

2. Cultivate healthy friendships
"Maintaining a godly focus in college involves establishing healthy friendships. Friends have a profound influence on the way we think and behave. We must be careful and wise with our choice of companions."

3. Sexual promiscuity is rife on college campuses.
“Hooking up” and engaging in unrestrained sexual behavior is almost expected in today’s student culture. But Christians are called to be courageously countercultural in this regard. Rather than give yourself to many, dear freshman, save yourself for one. Yes, save yourself for your future spouse—the one you will love and cherish as long as you both shall live. You won’t regret it.

4. Be gospel-driven.                
"There is nothing like the gospel to compel you to walk closely with God in college. This is the amazing news that God loved you so much that he sent his Son to fulfill the law’s demands (Heb. 4:15), bear the wretched curse (Gal. 3:13), and rise victoriously from the dead (1 Cor. 15:3–4). King Jesus conquered sin, death, and hell, and he did it all for you—for all who turn from sin and rest in him alone for salvation."

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