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Making the Connection

Nancy picked up the phone. On the other end Jennifer sounded like she might hyperventilate. "Calm down," said Nancy. "Take a deep breath."  "Ok, ok, but you’ll never guess what just happened. Tracey trusted Christ!" "Tracey? THE Tracey, Miss atheist herself?" "Yeah," panted Jennifer, "Gosh, I still can’t believe it!"

Scenes like this are becoming more and more frequent as God moves through our schools. Nancy and Jennifer had prayed for a long time for their friend to trust Christ. Now they discussed what to do next.

"Tracey’s family doesn’t go to church," reminded Nancy.
"That’s right," said Jennifer, "we better decide where she’s going to go."
"My church has a better worship team than yours," she said.
"Well, mine has Rocky, our new youth pastor," retorted Nancy. "He’s a dream."
And so went a friendly argument about where Tracey should attend.

The Bible is clear on the fact that the Christian life is a simple walk of faith. But that walk was never intended to be taken alone. God has established a formal structure where His people can regularly hear His word, get encouragement, build one another up, and be equipped for the task of telling the world about Him. It’s called the church! Nancy and Jennifer were right. Tracey needed to get involved in one.

Why Attend Church?
How about you? Are you actively involved in a church? This is an important question, because as you teach new believers about walking with Christ, your example will speak louder than your words. Think about the benefits that come from being involved in a good fellowship. Take time to share these with them. Or, bring in your youth pastor or campus leader to discuss the importance of attending church. However, don’t just assume that everyone will want to, or be able to come to your church. That’s why it’s important to teach young believers about what a good church looks like, and how to be actively involved in one. The best motivation for attending church will come from you. Stay positive and be patient with a new believer. Sometimes it’s a foreign concept to gather with other Christians, especially of different ages.

Criteria for Selecting a Church
There’s so many different kinds of churches, how do you know which ones to point them towards? Make sure it:

  • Preaches God’s Word faithfully
  • Is committed to reaching the world with God’s love
  • Has a dynamic youth group
  • Recognizes Jesus as fully God in human flesh

Some new believers come from churches that don’t fit these criteria. Their parents may have strong feelings about them staying, or they may even like it! Here’s where you’ll need discernment. Prematurely encouraging a young believer to sever existing ties can be more harmful than helpful in some cases. It needs to be his conviction to switch. He will, as God creates hunger in his heart for the Word of God.

Active Involvement
A great picture of new believers becoming actively involved is found in Acts 2:42-47. Take time to study this section and write out the principles. You can use this to show them God’s heart for their involvement as well. Your observations should include:

  1. Active in ministry
  2. Devoted themselves to teaching
  3. Regularly participated
  4. Fellowship with joy

The body of Christ is diverse. Many different students from a variety of backgrounds will become involved with your campus club. However, the common element is Jesus Christ, and His desire for everyone on your campus to know Him. Stay focused on Him, and enjoy the diversity! Encourage everyone to become actively involved in church. It will provide a spiritual home and family for them for the rest of their lives. A new believer’s first taste of that involvement will set down tracks that he will follow for the rest of his life. Helping them take those first baby steps is an important building block in their walk with God.

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