Growing Disciples who Love the Church

I love discussing the book of Philippians with college students. This past spring was the second time I've studied this short letter with students. Week by week, passage by passage Philippians spoke powerfully to our students. One theme came up again and again: partnership in the gospel (Phil 1:5). Students kept seeing how the Christian life is meant to be lived on mission in community with other Christians, i.e. the church. One of my sophomores said this at the end of the year, "Throughout this whole semester in Philippians, RUF has helped me to see the centrality of the church in the life of believers. I used to think about church as something I went to for me. Now I’m seeing that I need to belong to the church and be apart of this community that is about ministry and striving for the gospel together." It was like music to my ears to hear this. So much of what we do in RUF is oriented toward pointing our students to the necessity of the church for their ongoing growth in the faith and participation in the mission of God. God is at work on campus and through RUF he is creating more and more disciples who love the church.

Nick Owens, Campus Minister at University of Delaware
June 9, 2016
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