By Boise Bible College Admissions
As a freshman at Boise Bible College, investment in your spiritual life is a natural is part of the student life, education, and on campus community. This is due in part because the Christian experience requires an investment in your spiritual life as you learn to become more like Jesus. But, what is spiritual life?
Simply put, spiritual life is the life and movement of God in you and among you.
Think of it like a garden: in order for a garden to produce flowers, fruits, and vegetables it needs to be cultivated. The weeds need to be pulled, the soil needs to be fertilized, the plants need to be watered, and the sun needs to be shining. However, if you ignore a garden and don’t tend to it, weeds will smother it. In addition, if you don’t water a garden, the sun will scorch it. Lastly, if you don’t feed the garden with fertilizer, the fruit may not grow or may not taste good.
Your soul is a garden, God is the gardener, and you are His helper.
BBC has created its curriculum and campus culture to facilitate the life and movement of God among you in three ways: student life, education, and on-campus community.
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The students at BBC want to grow in Christlikeness – they want their spiritual lives to flourish like a vibrant garden. An excellent way to facilitate this is through sharing life together. So, every student life event – fun or serious – is all purposeful in cultivating spiritual life. The fun allows you to bond with like minded peers, and the serious allows you to be held accountable to grow in your spiritual life.
From Thursday night devotions, to RA meetings, to Extravaganzas, to banquets, to chapels, there is always something happening in student life. If you’re diligent in seeking the Holy Spirit, then every event can lead you closer to Christ. As scripture says, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17 ESV).
The faculty have designed the curriculum at BBC to mature your spiritual life and spiritual knowledge in both academic and non-academic ways. In academia, every class at BBC not only equips you in your chosen field of ministry preparation, but it also challenges your presuppositions about the Bible, the Church, and the world. Nevertheless, it is good to hone your mind as a pathway for spiritual growth because it leads you toward truth.
Biblical education protects you from “hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8 NIV). Alongside academics, BBC’s Waypoints Program teaches you the fundamentals of:
All of which can be used by the Holy Spirit to refine you and grow your spiritual life.
The campus community of BBC is much larger than the students alone – it includes the faculty and staff. The faculty, staff, and students all do life together. Many times, the students request faculty and staff to mentor them in spiritual growth. Even mature juniors and seniors can act as mentors to the underclassmen. Mentorship is a key component of developing a spiritual life on campus. Older and wiser mentors can disciple you, challenge you, rebuke you, and encourage you in your journey through life at Boise Bible College.
As much as the student life, education, and on-campus community at Boise Bible College helps you to grow, you’ll still need to personally invest in your spiritual life. You cannot rely entirely on other people to cultivate the garden of your soul – you must only rely on God. He alone creates growth (1 Corinthians 3:7). Yes, college is busy and stressful but there is always time for alone time with your Heavenly Father. Always. Seek quiet time with God in prayer, in Scripture, in creative expression, in worship, and in nature. The first and greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37-38).
God comes first.
College comes second.