The late teen years and early twenties is a difficult period for most young people, and Christians are not necessarily exempt. Important issues must be faced regarding career path, place of residence, handling of money, and dating. Jobs and schooling place new demands on schedules, while at the same time the desires of the flesh are in high gear, drawing young people toward the thrills and glitter of “this present evil world” (Galatians 1:4). It truly is a deadly battle out there, and sometimes there are casualties.
To help counter the spiritual assault, especially prevalent on college campuses, and to instill an evangelistic mindset in the young people, fellowships for the young people give the college age brethren a chance to just be together on a Saturday night and to encourage one another to “put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:12). The leaders remind the young men and women that they are “…more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Romans 8:37). Strategy sessions put them on the offensive as they learn how to be more effective soul-winners. Topics are brought up for discussion dealing with issues previously mentioned and other areas of interest.
Several young adults have taken an interest in starting their own fellowships to work with the college-aged brethren. A time of worship takes place with opportunities to share testimonies or address concerns afterward.
In a world that is filled with such compromise of values, beliefs, and standards, it is important for our younger brethren to take what they have learned all their lives at the Academy and bring it with them to the college campuses. They are encouraged to shine forth as a powerful testimony of the miraculous work that the Lord can do in an adolescent student’s life.