In my first year of campus life, I experienced what I still consider one of the best experiences of my entire life: the experience of belonging to a campus Christian Fellowship group, and I owe it to my fellowship for the experience. In the beginnings of campus life, I wasn’t really concerned with being a member of a fellowship. I had no idea that my view of campus Christian fellowships was about to change. In the second term of first year, I decided to give it a try with a fellowship some friends had suggested I join. Little did I know I would start calling these people family.
On the days scheduled for meetings, we would meet in the evenings. I can never forget how the people I met held warm smiles and words of compassion and encouragement around me. First-time visitors were always made to feel at home. They always strived to not make a first-times visitor feel like the odd one out. There was something genuine and sincere about their faith in Christ. I met many brothers and sisters who made me feel comfortable and welcome to grow in faith with them. The men affirmed a biblical manhood that transcended societal ways of thinking, and On different days, I would converse with these different widom-filled men and the conversations were nothing short of interesting, thought-provoking and challenging. The women displayed their faith and identity in Christ. They really did know who they were.
I got to see people from different and distant backgrounds care for each other not only on meeting days but also on different days when we didn’t meet. I was observing, I was learning, in a guided and an unguided way. Correction was a feature the different teachings people shared had when we would meet. I’m grateful for the great emphasis on prayer they echoed. I’m grateful for the laughs, jokes and fun we shared. “This is what it must be like to be around of like-minded believers” I thought to myself.
It was such an honour to grow among a group of Christians with a genuine and sincere faith in Jesus Christ. In addition, they offered me many opportunities to exercise and grow my giftings and different skill-sets. I appreciated how they became a family to me and encouraged me to grow. What I saw was a healthy group for a human; a place a broken man or woman can run to when in need of life support which would go beyond mere oxygen or physical aid. It was open to all students: everybody and anybody.
This led me to a state lf pondering. I realised the value of belonging to a Christ-believing campus fellowship. It only became this clear to me after I experienced it first-hand. I was learning to become more sensitive to others’ needs as Paul tells us to be in the 12th chapter of the book of Romans. Fellowship expresses the commandment to love one another (John 13:34).
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
When we fellowship, we put into consideration the needs of others and the Word of God is shared among fellow Christians. Christians’ faith is strengthened and we remind each other of what we believe in. Furthermore, fellowship helps keep us fit spiritually. Campus life is filled with so many happenings such that many often lose their way and lose sight of God in their lives.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).
Grace and peace!