Takeaways from this episode
Common mistakes made while sharing the Gospel:
- Not communicating clearly what the Gospel is ( we talk a lot about what the Gospel isn’t, and we fail to mention Jesus)
- Not having an invitation to make a decision (we are afraid of bad invitations)
- Often, the counseling session after salvation is an afterthought and counselors are not trained well
- There is no plan/ follow-up with students
Preparing and sharing a Gospel message:
- Remember that the Gospel is always the same message
- Make the beginning/ opening statement of your message easy for students to tune in to
- Always be clear and communicate the seriousness of sin
- Define what sin is
- Explain why Jesus is different from students
- Explain why Jesus came and what His purpose was on earth
- The cross is what makes the bad news good
- Talk about what Christ had done for us and what was done to Christ
- Jesus has already accomplished His mission
- It would not be the Gospel if you did not talk about the resurrection
- Don’t confuse salvation with sanctification
- ABC’s of salvation: Agree, Believe, Confess
- The Gospel message is so powerful on its own that we do not need to do anything to make it anything more than it already is.
- Get out and share the Gospel – do not be afraid to give an invitation.
- Trust the Lord to work in student’s lives – you cannot save someone.
Brent is a youth ministry missionary serving with his wife and 4 children in Birmingham, Alabama. They are involved in training ministry leaders by helping them implement strategic discipleship efforts within their local churches. They also have the privilege of leading a team of missionaries serving alongside local churches throughout the southeast region of the United States. Over the past 15 years of serving churches, they have had the opportunity to minister to thousands of students and leaders, both here in the U.S. and abroad. Through their ministry, they endeavor to challenge young people to become wholly devoted followers of Christ. Their family’s aspiration is to see this generation rise up and lead a movement that will strengthen the church and change the world as we know it.