Last year we started a Wednesday night “church group” among millennials interested in getting closer to Christ with a vision to reach their campus and communities for Jesus. It started with a couple of young men, eventually grew to include women and has continued to grow to include an amazing group of young people growing with a passion to see Jesus glorified in their schools, workplaces, and communities. As we turned the new year the Lord put it on our hearts to start trying to hand it off and give much more attention to the work of making disciples among others.
Our time together usually consists of a meal, praying together, going through the word and/or worship. We began using some basic disciple making tools as our topic of discussion since those include the word and prayer. They also provide a simple reproducible way for each person to do the same with others. We have started encouraging the group to take the same simple lessons and share them with others they are around every day. Since starting, we have had even more people join the group and take interest in reaching others.
It is amazing how many people we meet who want to reach others for Christ but do not know where to begin. Lifelong Christians who have been faithful don’t understand simple basics like why the gospel is called the good news. The church seems to understand whether we should allow women teachers, instrumental music, or how, when, and who should baptize (although we are sometimes wrong) but we still miss the basic. Having simple and practical discussions with this group and training them on these basic truths has proven very fruitful.
We have been using a tool called Pocket Disciple. It was created by a friend, Erik Fish, who has focused primarily on colleges and universities around the U.S. The material is very easy to understand and replicate and teaches students to be active in sharing their own experiences with others. The material is not just for the millennial generation and I encourage you to check it out. If you would like someone to walk you through using it email us and we can set up a training so you can start doing the same.
Since introducing the material 3 weeks ago we have had multiple students give stories about sharing it with others in their circle of influence. This past weekend we heard from a student who said he has someone who now wants to get baptized and follow Jesus the same way. We are just starting to see a growing momentum and are excited to bring you updates on movements happening at MTSU, Belmont, and other universities as students are obedient to share Jesus using these simple tools.
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