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How can I enjoy going to university but keep walking with Christ?
Thank you for your honest question. It is encouraging to hear you want to stay close to Christ but also join in with the culture of university. I believe these two things are possible. I hope this basic, practical advice will help you.
Firstly I would encourage you to spend the first few weekends, if you are moving away, visiting different local Churches in the new area. Find one that has student work. If there is not one with Student work, or if there is one, find one which teaches the Bible, loves people and builds community. Find one that you can belong and serve in.
Secondly I would encourage you to participate in Christian Unions / events in your university. If there is not a CU then why not consider finding some other believers to start one up?
Thirdly keep in touch with your home church and ask them to pray for your and perhaps take an opportunity on visits home to meet up with the leaders to pray and discuss any problems you are having. Moving away from home and into a student environment can bring many challenges.
It is important for you to keep your walk with Christ close through prayer and bible study with other believers. If these things are neglected you may start to replace them with other things that take you away from Christ.
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few (Matthew 7:13-14)
Finally I want to encourage you to be realistic about the temptations you will probably face. Drink, drugs, sex, experimentation, peer pressure, 'lad' culture, atheism, other religions, politics, ethics, philosophy and worldly aspirations to name a few. These are all prevalent in university life and you will be challenged as a Christian. It is possible to go out and enjoy life as a student without having to compromise on your Christian values. It is okay to have a drink, but not to get drunk. It is okay to have a laugh, but not at the expense of belittlement of others. It is okay to look into other views of life and respect them, but not to abandon Christ your Saviour.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10:23-25)
I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com
In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:
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