Fellowship Helps Students Thrive Academically, Emotionally and Spiritually
Education in the modern world is becoming increasingly complex for students to live, worship and associate with individuals who share common values. Finding Christian fellowship with so much race and religious diversification can be an impossible task in the public education system.
In this episode, we talk about:
- The importance of having a solid support network that includes friends from different backgrounds.
- How being part of a community of faith can help you succeed at school.
- Why friendship matters more than ever before.
- What makes someone resilient?
- And why it’s essential to find people who are like-minded when studying or working on assignments.
Let’s look at how sharing common values and having love for one another impacts students in their daily lives and their performance academically.
What is Christian fellowship?
Christian fellowship is the bringing together of Christians through association who share common values. Fellowship helps us express love to one another, and it encourages good works.
In the Bible, Jesus Christ tells us how our love for one another can attract others toward the faith. In John 13:35, Jesus says, “By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have a love for one another”.
The Bible also teaches us that God has given each person unique gifts, which he uses to bless his creation. These gifts include wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, righteousness, temperance, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Proverbs 18:24 shows us the value of true friendships “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”.
How does fellowship help students thrive academically?
Fellowship allows students to build relationships based on trust and respect. It gives them opportunities to learn new things and grow as individuals.
It creates a safe environment where students feel comfortable expressing themselves and asking questions without fear of judgement.
When students come together regularly, they develop listening, problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills. They become better able to work collaboratively towards achieving goals.
Students who participate in activities outside of class time often report feeling less stressed during exams because they have built up a social circle of peers who understand what they’re going through.
Studies show that students who attend church services weekly perform significantly higher grades than those who don’t go to church—this may be because church attendance increases feelings of belongingness and decreases loneliness.
Research suggests that students who spend time with other students who share similar interests do better academically.
There are many ways that Christian fellowship can benefit your child’s education. We have summarised these benefits below;
- Friendship is an essential component of academic success.
- Having a supportive group of friends can make a big difference to student achievement.
- Being involved in a religious organisation can provide benefits both inside and out of the classroom.
- The best way to ensure that your child gets along well with classmates is by encouraging them to get involved in extracurricular activities.
Having a sense of belongingness within a community also contributes significantly to overall wellbeing. It gives us something to belong too which allows us to focus less on ourselves and become happier.
Being accepted by our peers is vital because it builds confidence and encourages us to try new things.
Let’s take a closer look into the importance of friendship in our daily lives.
Why Christian friendships help us remain resilient
In these challenging times, friendships are more important than ever before. That’s why it’s crucial to find people who are like-minded when studying or working on assignments.
Building good friendships helps build our resilience and perseverance in difficult situations by knowing we are not alone—a true friend in need is a friend indeed.
The Bible in 1 Corinthians 15:33 Also warns us about unsavoury friendships with the advice; Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Friendships give us someone to turn to for support when life becomes overwhelming. When you know, you will always have someone to talk to, no matter what happens; this makes you feel much safer.
To read an informative article by the Australian Christian College on “developing personal character in students” Click here.
Student learning—Christian ethics and morality
Christian ethics are primarily based on God’s word, the Bible, and the ‘ten commandments. Jesus Christ provided followers greater insights through his words on the ‘sermon on the mount’ about how his disciples should treat one another. Jesus taught his followers to love their neighbours and not judge others.
Jesus provides Christians guidance on how we should behave morally and ethically—he told the disciples to turn the other cheek if attacked and forgive others.
Christians believe that everyone deserves forgiveness for wrongdoings committed against them. However, this doesn’t mean that we condone bad behaviour.
Companionship and emotional intelligence
One of many benefits of companionship is how studies have shown how it impacts emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence helps us grow as individuals, be more self-aware and have empathy towards others.
The research shows a strong correlation between high levels of social skills and low rates of depression among adolescents. Social skills include listening, sharing ideas, showing interest in others, taking turns and making eye contact. These skills allow us to communicate effectively with others and develop relationships.
All Christians appreciate the value fellowship offers and the role friendships play in our daily lives. Good friends help us stay resilient in times of adversity and provide a way to support the ones we love through our selfless acts of love.
By applying the instruction our Lord Jesus Christ gave us and living in accordance with the Ten Commandments, students will better be able to act selflessly.
Our selfless acts as students to our fellow classmates will help build lasting friendships that hopefully will stay with you for many years to come.