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Serving Young Christians

In a way, leading people to Christ is like being married and deciding whether or not to have children. Without children life may be a little more simple, and for sure there are less demands. Having children is definitely more work, but the blessings are nothing short of great!

Having spiritual children (introducing people to Christ) is really the same. It is going to cost you something to be a spiritual reproducer. You must learn to serve, be a friend, and train, but the blessings are rich. There are few things in life more gratifying than helping Christians grow.

In this study we are going to discuss how you can follow-up new Christians.

Being a Servant

The young Christians we follow-up and disciple are God’s workmanship, His building under construction, just as you and I are under construction (Ephesians 2:10, Philippians 1:6). We are just God’s fellow workers. Our only responsibility is to trust Christ and be where God wants us to be serving people.

A servant is a person who is in the service of another, someone who renders assistance and help, one who is of use to another. Young Christians need a servant.

A young believer has some transitions to go through. He has left the kingdom of this world with all its twisted values and has stepped into God’s kingdom. He has become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), with a new lifestyle, one of faith in Christ rather than in himself. He definitely needs a servant, someone who will guide him along the way.

Two Ways to Lead

Jesus taught His disciples that there were two ways to lead others:

"So Jesus called them to get together and said, ‘Your know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all. For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:42-45 (NLT)

Here Jesus describes these two types of leadership. What are they?

What style of leadership were His disciples use to?

Why do you think this style of leadership is so much more effective than the other, especially when leading young Christians?

The measure of your spiritual leadership is not determined by the number you rule over but by the number you serve.

Building Friendships

Servanthood is greatly enhanced by friendship. Young Christians need a close friend who will encourage them, be listeners, and include them.

Paul talks about the close friendships he had with young Christians in Thessalonica:

"Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you very well know. And God is our witness that we were not just pretending to be your friends so you would give us money! As for praise, we have never asked for it from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but we were as gentle among you as a mother feeding and caring for her own children. We loved you so much that we gave you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too." 1 Thessalonians 2:5-8 (NLT)

Ideas for Building Relationships

Here are some ideas for building relationships that have worked well for others. Compare them to your own ideas.

  • Be available.
  • Learn to be a listener. It communicates an attitude of acceptance.
  • Learn to be an encourager. Learn to think the best of others.
  • Show special kindness. Learn to be a giver, of your time and your possessions.
  • Find out what their interests are and do the things they want to do. Put them before yourself.
  • Go places together. If you are planning any kind of activity—shopping, recreation, doing some work for someone—give your new Christian friend a call and ask him to go along.
  • Phone them. Let them know you are thinking about them.
  • Exercise and work out together.
  • Study together — schoolwork and Bible study.
  • Eat together. Go out for meals or a pizza. Eating is a great time to have fellowship, a great time to talk.
  • Invite them over for dinner. Let them get to know your family.
  • Attend Christian activities together. Select events that will be helpful for their growth.
  • Involve them in your church.
  • Write them, especially when you are out of town on a trip. Let them know how you are doing and that you are thinking of them.
  • Share personally what God is teaching you. Don’t be afraid to share some of your own needs.

If someone loves you he will also love your message. Friendship opens the door for teaching and training others. Friendship follow-up will never work without it.

Begin today to build relationships with young Christians. They need you and you will be amazed at how much you will enjoy being their servant.

From "So You Want to Set the Pace" by Chuck Klein Call 800.729.4351


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