Transform Your College Campus for Christ
- Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Jaeson Ma's new book, The Blueprint: A Revolutionary Plan to Plant Missional Communities on Campus, (Regal Books, 2007).
Research shows that the vast majority of people on college campuses aren’t Christian, and that 18- to 25-year-olds are the least likely of all age groups to go to church. But, as a Christian college student, your light is powerful enough to dispel the darkness around you. If you invite God’s presence into the lives of others on your campus, you’ll become part of a revolution that can completely transform your college and everyone who studies there.
Here’s how you can transform your college campus for Christ:
Focus on the three aspects of transformation. Know that, to help bring true transformation to your campus, you need to aim for three things: revival (large numbers of people being converted to faith in Christ through prayer), reformation (redeeming every sphere of the culture through evangelism), and restoration (connecting students to the universal church through planting churches on campus).
Don’t settle for anything less than the best. Ask God to help you move beyond apathy and complacency into a passionate desire to transform your campus. Realize that many of the people on your campus may have grown up in church but left once they became adults because all they encountered was dead religion. Make it your goal to introduce them to the presence of the living God. Instead of just spending time in fellowship with the other Christians on campus, be bold about getting out there with the lost and pointing them to the hope God wants them to have.
Pray repentance prayers. Make the conscious decision to completely surrender your will to God, turning away from your way of thinking and toward God’s way of thinking. These kinds of prayers establish God’s rule in your life. Since they release heaven on earth by inviting God to take control, they serve as the foundation for your work helping to transform your campus – a work that God will lead, through His Spirit. Turn from your sin and selfish ambitions, ask God what He wants you to do with your life, and be sure to obey when He answers. Daily repent of every sin you’re aware of that may be blocking your intimacy with God, and remember that His mercies are new every morning. Keep in mind the evidence that your repentance prayers are genuine: you’re convicted of your sin; you experience deep sorrow and humility because of your sin; you agree with God that your sin is unacceptable and confess it to Him and others; and you’re committed to forsaking your sin, making restitution wherever possible, reconciling with those you’ve wronged, and wholeheartedly obeying God’s commands in the future.
Invite the Holy Spirit to fill you. Recognize that you’re not meant to try to live the Christian life in your own, limited power. Decide to rely on the unlimited power that God offers you. Every day, ask God to fill and empower you with His Holy Spirit. Expect to see evidence of a transformed life as a result. Engage in a continuous Spirit-led prayer throughout your waking moments, talking and listening with the Spirit like the best friend He is to you. Rest assured that the Spirit’s presence in your life will empower you to be a powerful witness of the Gospel to others on your campus.
Practice waiting prayers. Expect that there will be many times when you’ll need to wait until the right time to hear a message from God as you’re seeking to serve Him on your campus. Spend time in praise, prayer, and Bible reading daily, and afterward, welcome the Holy Spirit’s presence. Don’t approach the Spirit with any agenda of your own; give all your attention to simply listening to Him. Write down whatever you hear in a prayer journal. Then close your time with a prayer of thanksgiving.
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