By Kate Tracy
Buffet meals and free laundry are just two campus life perks that commuters do not experience. They also miss out on convenient
opportunities for spiritual growth through hall Bible studies and being in constant fellowship with friends and believers on campus.
With this concern in mind, senior Maria Robertson decided to start a commuters’ Bible study at her house in Salem.
As an RA last year in Prewitt, Robertson led her hall through the book of 1 John and loved how it benefitted her as well as those who attended. This year she wanted to pursue her passion for this once again. She decided to make one available to commuters, as well as to girls who could not attend their own hall Bible studies on campus.
“I really wanted something where we could fellowship and grow with fellow believers in God’s word,” she said. “There is nothing better than studying the word of God together and letting it teach you.”
Robertson plans to lead this year’s study on the life of David in 1 and 2 Samuel.
“We wanted to do something that was challenging where we had to work together to figure out what the meaning was,” she explained.
The main focus of the study will be on God’s consistency and how His actions in the Old Testament reflect what He does in believers’ lives today.
“I’m excited about studying the Old Testament,” said sophomore Emilee Lloyd, who attends the study. Bible studies don’t focus on it because usually it’s harder to teach and relate to. I’m also excited about learning more about the lineage of Jesus.”
Currently, there are 15-20 girls who attend the study, and they anticipate that it will be both beneficial and challenging.
“I really enjoy being in fellowship with a group,” explained Jenn Amoguis, who was a part of Robertson’s hall last year and attends this new study as well. “Maria’s a great leader, and I’m looking forward to her challenges and what God is going to do through this study.” Besides learning about David’s life and how God worked through it, Robertson plans to create weekly “love challenges” that will encourage the students to apply what they’re learning to their lives throughout the week.
Most of the girls who attend the study are on-campus residents right now, and Robertson hopes more commuters will start coming as well. The study is on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m., but girls are welcome to come at 8 p.m. to fellowship beforehand. For more information, those interested can call Robertson at 360-820-9513.