Coming into college, I had a shallow understanding of Christianity from my past experiences with church in high school. For a while, I still had an immense feeling of apathy towards everything in life and felt like my life had no purpose. My sophomore year, I began to genuinely seek God and see how He calls me to live. Before, I never had anyone to work out the nitty-gritty parts of Christianity with me but at A2F, my spiritual leader took the time to meet up with me and address each question and gap in my understanding that I had. They were more than willing to pour out their love and wisdom to me during this tough time in my life and I am so thankful. And through a deeper understanding of the Gospel, I can now confidently say I have a clear purpose in my life and have a renewed love for God!
Before coming to college, I didn’t have any Christian background or knowledge about who Jesus was. I identified myself as an atheist, but I wondered about the existence of a higher being and if there is a God, what kind of implications that would have on my life. Through A2F, I took C101, which was a seven week course that allowed me to read, investigate and ask about the foundations of Christianity. I explored scientific evidence supporting the Bible and even tackled big questions of life like “what’s the meaning of life” and “what’s my purpose”. Not only did I get my questions answered, I also saw A2F as a community of people who lived out their faith not just on Sundays but every day. I noticed that people love and care for others by honestly sharing about their lives and regularly meeting with each other at their homes based on Acts 2 in the Bible. I realized my life could be different with this group of people, and as a new believer, I was assured that my Christian life wasn’t in solitude but in fellowship with this body of Christ.
I grew up going to church but never really understood how Christianity applied to my life. When I came to college I didn’t really see a purpose for my life besides getting a degree, and eventually finding a good job. I had many conflicts with my roommates and my best friend at the time and had a hard time relating and getting close to people. However, when I encountered Acts2Fellowship my sophomore year and saw the way the upperclassmen and staff lived God-centered lives, I knew this church could be something different that I had ever experienced before. My peers and the upperclassmen showed genuine interest in my life and they wanted to get to know me on a personal level. After years of having trouble making and keeping friends, I was suddenly surrounded by people who cared for me and wanted to see me grow in my relationship with God. It is an amazing feeling to be a part of a community where you are loved and accepted for who you are, despite your past. I don’t know where I would be today if I hadn’t found A2F when I did and I will be forever grateful to this community.
I came into college with the preconception that I would find a great church, seek out the love of my life, and discover what seemed most important at the time, my dream job. I was ecstatic to be a freshman and to plug into a church just like mine at home... but 3 fellowships later, I started to lose faith and fell further away from God. In my time away from church I sought out my other goals of acquiring my future husband and a good major, but nothing seemed to satisfy my craving of a Christian fellowship. After a summer at my home church I was determined to try again and by the grace of God, Acts2Fellowship just fell into my lap. As I got more involved, I quickly saw the staff's hearts to serve and how deeply I wished to be the same. I started to see how much I was growing in my faith in just one year than I had in my whole life as a Christian. Now as a senior, I am nowhere near tackling all my freshman preconceptions, but I can safely say that I have accomplished one, what is now the most important one, and I am excited to see what else God has in store for me.
I grew up going to church but didn't think much about it — it was part of my weekly routine, where I sang songs and was lectured about things that are morally good to do. But I didn't really try to connect with anyone there.
Going into college, I was worried that I was going to be lonely and wouldn't be able to find any friends to hangout with, being so far away from home. I came to Acts2Fellowship expecting it to just be another place where I may potentially find friends. However, what I found was a community of people who are wholly dedicated to living out lives as described in the Bible, and they did it with such joy. I never expected that living out all these moral lessons I learned each Sunday would bring such joy. The staff were more than willing to help you live out that kind of life, learning to glorify God with joy. I found it refreshing to find a community where people truly cared about each other and lived a life filled with such joy.
I came to A2F thinking that I would be attending a party. But instead, A2F became that place where I experienced God in a way that I never would have imagined. For the first time, I felt convicted of my sins. This was a scary thought, to know that I am not the "good" person that I always thought I was, and I kept wondering how God would forgive me for all that I've thought and done before. Why would someone so righteous and holy ever do anything for me, much less love me? But God is always good, and through many prayers and quiet times with my spiritual leaders, I learned much about God's agape love. I can now confidently say that I am totally forgiven and I am truly loved, entirely washed of all my sins, only because of Jesus Christ.
I grew up going to church, but there were many intellectual questions which I felt too scared to ask others or lacked the opportunity to voice them. But coming to A2F, I had the time and space to ask questions, as well as a group of people to ask such questions with.
What made me stay at A2F is a genuine group of Christians who seemed very different from the rest of the world I knew. They actually seemed to genuinely care for one another and took the Bible seriously and tried to live it out to the best that they can.
I'm thankful that I got to ask questions about Christianity openly at A2F and received answers to those questions both through studying the Bible and through the lives lived out by the very people I met here.
When I came to college, going to church was the last thing on my mind. I was actually trying to avoid Christians and churches because I had some bad experiences growing up. However, after a friend's persistent and repeated invites, I finally decided to give A2F a try.
And I'm glad that I did. The people were so genuine and inclusive, which was such a foreign experience for me. But that was what drew me in. And then from there, I had a chance to learn about the Bible and what it said about who God is, who I am, what the Gospel entailed and how I should respond to it.