Good Questions

Every now and again there are things that happen in ministry that encourage you and help you to move on towards the next day. Tonight I passed out cards and asked students to write questions about following God that they have been struggling with. The majority of the questions were either about “how do I tell X person about Jesus” or “How can I help X person who is struggling.” It painted a pretty clear picture of how what I need to spend the summer discussing. It works out well too because evangelism and outreach is something we talk about, but it has been a couple of years since we have had a dedicated study on it. This should work well with our common summer theme of service so I am pretty excited.

I have an idea of maybe “Going Viral” because I want to talk about evangelism that isn’t an event, but rather a lifestyle. I want to talk about how you witness to someone who tells you that they don’t care about God and don’t want to hear about him anymore. I want to talk about how your lifestyle shows as much as your words. I want to talk about how when you are there for someone when they have a need they are more willing to listen to what it is that gives you hope.

Anyway, I was encouraged tonight and thought I would share.  

2 thoughts on “Good Questions

  • May 15, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    I don’t think I was expecting the youth to be asking about how to share Jesus with someone and, even more surprising, how to be Jesus to someone. I don’t know what I was expecting, but then I haven’t really worked with youth before.

    I think I’ve only met one person who asked about Jesus because they wanted what they had, that is, simply because the Christian was holy and good. I have more faith that helping X person who is struggling is more of a light than carrying your Bible to school or talking about AWANA all the time. Or maybe even volunteering at the local Food Bank or something.

    Pretty cool, Shane. What a great place to be right now.

  • May 15, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    I REALLY like the "going viral" idea. With younger kids I have talked about having a "secret mission" that is always in the background but can come to the front whenever the opportunity is there.


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