Nic Miner here, and welcome to the first ever First Students blog! As a team, we are always looking for ways to better communicate with and equip the parents and students involved in our ministry. We feel like our monthly newsletter, LIFE Group announcements, and website do a good job of communicating WHAT we are doing, but not necessarily HOW we are doing. So, if you are interested, we decided to create a weekly blog of mission reports, thoughts (and maybe sometimes rants), and encouragement from your favorite student ministry team.
I listened to a podcast a few weeks ago featuring a group of guys that I don’t typically agree with (I find this good practice for critical thinking). As I listened, these church leaders attempted to make the case that it is irresponsible for student pastors to encourage their students to evangelize and invite their friends to church, citing that students need to focus on their own Christian walk before they start worrying about the unreached. In their view, asking students to evangelize is too much, because we are putting the burden of their friend’s eternity on their shoulders. They even went as far to say that the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 was only given to the disciples, not Christians today.
I’m still appalled.
It is very dangerous to teach that someone needs to be good enough, know enough, or be a certain age before they are qualified to share the gospel. The reality is that evangelism and discipleship can never be separated, they are forever linked. Matthew 28:19-20 reads:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ESV
The command here is to go and make disciples. How? By baptizing and teaching people to do what Jesus said. This includes teaching people Jesus’ command to go and make disciples! Jesus set up a brilliant system of replication: disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples…….
Super Sunday is one of our events that is focused heavily on outreach. Students are able to bring their friends to a fun, relaxed environment where they are able to experience Christian fellowship and hear the gospel. With countless invites, numerous guests, and two salvations the work of our students will echo in eternity. I could not be more proud of our students.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 says:
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” ESV
Let’s continue to teach and encourage our students to be ambassadors for Christ.
Mission Reports, observations, and encouragement from your favorite Student Ministry Team.