By Jerome Baker
As students prepare to head back to school one thing I believe Christian students should be excited about is more opportunities to win their classmates to Christ. Yes, school is a place where youth and young adults go for education, but we all know that education is not the only thing that takes place in our schools. There will be many doors opened this year to share the good news of Jesus Christ to hurting, lost, and uniformed young people. I believe when given the chance to share our faith, a Christian should engage conversations with peers and not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Romans 1:16; For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Here are some 10 tips to effectively share the good news of Jesus Christ with your classmates if given the opportunity.
1. Be living proof of the power of God.
Often times the best way to demonstrate that Jesus can change a person is for others to see the change in you.
2. Share your personal testimony.
God allowed you to go through certain things this year just so you can show & tell someone else that Jesus can bring them out of their problems as well.
3. Be bold and not bashful.
Some students will hate on you for having Christian standards, but don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. I love what The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:31 ….If God be for you, who can be against you?
4. Explain why you believe what you believe.
Some students will wonder why you do or don’t do certain things. Take advantage of that conversation and tell them about your convictions.
5. Don’t gossip–just give it to God.
Sometimes God will allow your peers to come to you with their problems. Don’t spread their business around. (Unless you need to tell a responsible adult of a life threatening situation). Let your friend know you will pray for them and if necessary reach out to a counselor, parent, minister, or trustworthy adult for assistance.
6. Give someone a recent CD message from your pastor or youth pastor for encouragement.
7. Invite someone to church with you.
8. When you make mistakes, make sure it is obvious you have repented and moved on.
We all fall short of the glory of God. So if and when you drop the ball, don’t let your peers keep you focused on your past. Let them see that you are not perfect, but you are determined to press forward despite your shortcomings.
9. Be selective in your friendships.
Watching the company you keep will garner conversation. When the talking starts, let people know about the new direction in Christ you are taking.
10. Encourage yourself to keep standing for Christ.
Whether you are in junior high, middle, high school, or college, your reputation will follow you. If you are determined to endure the hardship of being an young Christian, someone will remember the example you lived. When you are determined to live for Christ before others, sooner or later that seed you planted in their hearts and minds can lead them to give their life to Jesus Christ as well.
Be strong. Be productive. Be used of God.
© Copyright 2014 Be A Trendsetter! Jerome Baker is the author of “Success Killers” and “Watch Who Hang With”, and the youth pastor at his local church, A Place of Refuge in Carrollton, Georgia. Go like his Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/jabmin
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