Having a Successful Semester of Bible College
Bible college will transform your life. It is a place of learning, a place of maturing, and a place of growing. Whether you are a new student or a returning student, here are a few thoughts to help you make the most of this semester:
1. Keep your walk with God your number one priority
Do not allow the busyness of classes, work schedules, relationships, and activities to overtake your personal time with the Lord. Though you are daily around the Word of God in classes and chapel, be sure to make your personal walk with God a priority. Without a relationship with the Lord, Bible college is vain.
2. Choose the right friends.
As you arrive on campus, be kind to everyone; but choose your friends wisely. Look for those who obey the rules and are right with authority. Those whom you choose to associate with will either help you or hurt you. They will build your life or destroy it. Choose carefully!
3. Get involved in a ministry.
One of the most significant decisions I made in Bible college was to throw myself into the ministry. Whether it be a bus route, Sunday school class, nursing home ministry, or other opportunities, give it your all.
4. Attend every class.
Do not submit to the urge to skip class. There will be numerous reasons or excuses that will present themselves, but decide now you are going for perfect attendance. Who knows, God may want to work in your heart during a particular class hour—you would not want to miss out!
5. Get a job and begin saving for the future.
In Bible college, you must become disciplined and serious about your finances. Prepare a resumé and begin applying for jobs as soon as possible. Pastor Trieber often encourages students (especially men) to weekly save $25 as freshmen, $50 as sophomores, $75 as juniors, and $100 as seniors. By following this pattern, you will be able to leave college with your bills paid and a strong financial foundation developed.
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Having grown up in a wonderful Christian home, Brother Reimers was saved at an early age. After high school, he moved from Meriden, Connecticut, to attend Golden State Baptist College in 2009. Following graduation, he married his wife Joy and joined the church staff as Director of North Valley Publications and the Sunday School.