After concluding my college career last December, I can attest to the fact that your faith is always being tested. Whether you are in a class where the professor is teaching something contrary to scripture, at a social event when a specific temptation is introduced, or even sitting at a meal with a colleague who does not believe in God, your faith is constantly being tested. It is my hope that you have the knowledge and strength in God’s Word to stay faithful and obedient through your college career.
You must own your faith in order for you to defend it and to stay faithful.
Whose faith do you currently have? Do you believe what you believe because some man has taught you, or do you search the scriptures to obtain your faith? Do you attend worship services because your parents have told you so or maybe it is the routine? You should understand and do what is necessary to be faithful to God. There is great value in questioning what you believe in order to guarantee your faith. The only way for us to stay faithful and obedient to God, is to search His scriptures.
We must test all things in order to determine the truth. There are many false teachers in the world and even those who prefer the false teachers (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
1 Thessalonians 5:21 says to “Prove all things; hold fast to which is good.”
We see in Acts 17:11, that those in the synagogue were searching the scriptures daily to determine what was true.
Acts 17:11 – “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, where those things were so.”
God has given us all that we need in order to be found faithful (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It is our responsibility to study His word.
2 Timothy 2:15 –“ Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly diving the word of truth.”
If we know that our faith comes from God’s word (Romans 10:17), why would we go through life and rarely read it? I urge you to seek and search the truth. Continue to follow the evidence and let it lead you to the logical truth. Don’t just inherit another person’s faith. Likewise, don’t just take someone’s saying to be true. Test all things and hold on to that which is good.
– Drew Parsons
Drew is not an unfamiliar face at 708 Ministries! He has been a part of the group and is always willing to help the group out in any way that he can! Drew is a member of the Elizabethton church of Christ in Tennessee and works at the Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN. He is Married to Tracy Parsons and has 2 young children.