The goals for NLW Life College Chapters can be summed up in two simple but powerful words: form and transform. Form means to “shape or mold into a certain state or after a particular model.” Transform, on the other hand, means to “make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character.”
Paul wrote: “My little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!” (Galatians 4:19 ESV). The NLT puts it like this: “Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.” Just as a formless embryo takes the shape of a person by degrees, so the unformed Christian by degrees takes on the likeness of Christ. As he or she grows in grace, that likeness becomes more and more defined, until at last he or she reaches the “full and complete standard of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13b).
Our discipleship materials and teaching resources help students form good habits that are God-honoring, modeled after Jesus himself.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Our emphasis within each chapter on peer-to-peer accountability and the power of the Spirit help students transform by changing bad habits they have formed and replacing them with healthy habits and values. As students meet together regularly for NLW chapter meetings and also have conversations over coffee, they spur each other on to growth as spiritual leaders and servants.
We acknowledge and are thankful that only the Holy Spirit can change people’s hearts and minds to be more like Jesus. As Paul reminds us, “God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13 NLT). It is not our job to change students. Our responsibility and joy at NLW International is to help teach them God’s Word, trusting his truth to set them free.
We are grateful to partner with schools and with the Lord himself to help students form spiritual disciplines that will stay with them well beyond their college days. Our prayer is that the godly habits they form through engaging with a NLW chapter will help them remain faithful to following Jesus and become God-worshipers for life.
We have NLW Life chapters on the campuses of Trevecca Nazarene University in Tennessee and Liberty University in Virginia. Interested in having a chapter on your college campus? Go here for more information.