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How Not To Lose Your Faith in College – Wise Counsel from a Pastor

Thabiti Anyabwile has a great article on advice he gives to graduate and their parents. HT: Bauer! Below is my summary with a line or two from his article.

1. Find and join a good church.
Why should someone neglect their spiritual lives for four or more years simply because they’re going to college? Many don’t intend to inflict such neglect on themselves, but that’s what happens when they head off to college with no idea where they will receive regular instruction from the Word, spiritual care and fellowship.

2. Choose your friends with biblical criteria in mind.
Sooner or later, most people come to realize that they need to relinquish their passive approach to friendships. It’s better if we realize it sooner rather than later.

3. At all costs remain sexually pure.
The fleeting, momentary “pleasure” of sexual sin will not be worth the potential lifetime of scars and difficulties that follow.

4. Study.
You are in school to receive an education — and that’s a great privilege many people long to have.

5. Call home.
No one will have your best interest in mind quite like your parents and family who are cheering for you..

6. Remember [to seek] the counsel of God.
From Charles Bridges on Prov 3:5-6
Always plan for yourself in simple dependence on God. It is nothing less than self-idolatry to conceive that we can carry on even the ordinary matters of the day without his counsel. He loves to be consulted. Therefore take all they difficulties to be resolved by Him. Be in the habit of going to him in the first place — before self-will, self-pleasing, self-wisdom, human friends, convenience, expediency. Before any of these have been consulted go to God. Consider no circumstances too clear to need his directions. In all thy ways, small as well as great; in all thy concerns, personal or relative, temporal or eternal, let Him be supreme.

Read the whole article.

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