This fall UK RUF will offer a handful of different small group Bible studies that will meet at different times, in different places, and discuss different topics. What I have experienced in my own life and witnessed in the lives of students is that small groups can be one of the most impactful ways of growing in your faith during college.
Here are three reasons you should join one this fall:
1. You want to know more about the Bible
Many people have questions about the Bible, many of us feel like we don't know as much as we should - or as much as our peers do - about the Bible. In RUF, we structure our small groups in such a way that they are safe, welcoming places for you to bring your questions, doubts, and insecurities and freely study and discuss the meaning of the text. Small groups offer a unique way to learn more about the Bible because you can ask questions, discuss, disagree, and work through the application of the text with your peers.
2. You long for meaningful friendships
The first few meetings in a small group can be...awkward. You don't really know these people, they are a little different than your typical friend group, and they don't know you. This is where there is a great opportunity in your small group - to build solid, meaningful friendships around something substantial - the Word of God. Stick with it, because as you meet together week after week, go out to grab dinner afterwards, and see each other around campus, you'll quickly realize these people in your small group are actually becoming some of your best friends. I still keep in touch with friends today that I met in an RUF small group back in 2003.
3. You need a place you can be honest
As you settle into life on campus this fall you'll meet lots of people in lots of different contexts. Each time you introduce yourself or walk into a new social setting, you'll be projecting an image of who you are, or in reality, who you think these people want you to be. A small group is a safe place where, over time, you can begin to be honest about who you are, what you long for, what you're afraid of - and you'll have a group of people around you that are committed to walking through these things with you and praying for you.
So, jump in a small group this fall. Bring your questions, your doubts, and let's walk together into a deeper understanding of who God is and who we are.