Sep 8, 2009

From the Desk

by Amanda Baker, Editor in Chief

Sometimes, prayer groups are not enough.

Don’t get me wrong, entreating the Lord in school-sanctioned, once-a-week gatherings is beneficial on many levels (if you live on-campus in the dorms, you know what I’m talking about), but sometimes I need to step outside of the Liberty bubble and take my own initiative to connect with a church-based, community-minded small group.

At the beginning of the semester, my quad mates and I were invited to a Life Community Network group by one of our friends, Nathan, who attends Grace Evangelical Free Church. The purpose of these groups is to bring together college/post-college kids to “study a common Christ-centered curriculum, pray together for others, care for one another and share life together,” according to the Life Groups section of Grace’s Web site, graceefc.net.

The point of this small group is not to add another thing to check off my to-do list. It’s not to get Christian brownie points (although real brownies are sometimes served when we get together). The point is to offer and receive support from peers who are dealing with the same stresses and joys of life during and after college.

We also get to serve the community around us. We are going to partner with Rebuild Lynchburg, an organization that fixes and cleans up homes free of charge for folks who cannot afford the repairs themselves. Serving those around us does not only encourage them; it encourages us to extend our witness beyond our personal comfort zone.

Small groups like this don’t exist just at Grace. Other churches in the area, including Thomas Road, offer college small groups that serve a similar purpose as the one I’m involved with. The cool thing about these groups is that they reach out beyond students who live on-campus. Off-campus students, who are not required to attend prayer groups, should still be plugged in to receive spiritual encouragement and serve the community with their peers.

My point with all of this is that you should own your faith. We can go to prayer groups, Campus Church, Convocation, Sunday morning and evening church services, and still be completely passive. We should aggressively take hold of our faith and see what kind of adventures God has for us outside our normal, comfortable routine.

Because sometimes, normal just isn’t enough, and comfortable isn’t what we have been called to be.

Contact Amanda Baker at ambaker2@liberty.edu. 


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