Accelerate

Accelerate, a blog for new Christians on campus, is designed to help you grow your faith beyond what you learn in Launch sessions with your small group.

As a new Christian, you can learn a lot from Christians who’ve been on the journey longer than you. In fact, Hebrews 12:1 says you’re “surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses” who’ve set the example for how you can live out your own faith.

Written by mature Christians, the blog contains a growing number of articles and videos on topics such as baptism, sexuality, social justice, and more. You’ll find the stories and advice from these mentors encouraging and helpful as you launch your relationship with Jesus.

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by Rachel Gregg

"I can’t color on the Bible! How is this supposed to help me understand scripture?"

It was Tuesday evening and the first of many small-group Bible studies I would attend my freshman year. I was waiting for the leaders to start lecturing, but instead they handed out a printout of a Bible passage and a few colored pencils to each of us. As we sat in silence, it sounded like it was up to me to make my own discoveries. Read more »

by R. York Moore

Becoming a Christian is the most important decision you could ever make! This single decision changes you forever…but what about right now?

New Christians often struggle with initial doubts and questions. You, too, may be wondering, “Am I genuinely a Christian?”

It’s important to know that becoming a Christian is not just about one point in time—a particular moment when you gave your life to Christ. Instead, following Jesus is a lifelong journey. It’s a process that will lead to a number of changes in your life, both now and over time. Read more »

by Mindy Meier

When you decide to follow Jesus, you are not following a religion, but beginning a personal relationship with God through Christ. However, your faith isn’t just a personal thing that has no implications for connection with other people.

Scripture gives six reasons why the Church—the worldwide body of Christians—is important in your faith journey. Read more »

by Mindy Meier

Here are 9 things to look for when trying to find a church:

1. Biblical preaching

Do people open their Bibles? Is the biblical text read and unpacked? Is the sermon clearly rooted in Scripture?

2. God-centered worship

Christians need a place to connect with God in worship. Does the worship leader take people into God's presence? Unlike a concert or recital, attention during musical worship should be directed to God, rather than the musicians on stage. Read more »

by Ram Sridharan

If you're interested in fighting temptation - whether it's to do drugs, have sex, or something else you think you shouldn't be doing - then I want to tell you “Congratulations!”

The reason I begin by celebrating with you is that your keen awareness of temptation is a sign that something has changed in you for the better. Having tasted what Jesus has to offer, you're craving deeper and greater things. Read more »