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 youll never guess what just happened. Tracey trusted Christ!" "Tracey? THE Tracey, Miss atheist herself?" "Yeah," panted Jennifer, "Gosh, I still cant 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.
"Traceys family doesnt go to
church," reminded Nancy.
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. Its called the church! Nancy and Jennifer were right. Tracey needed to get
involved in one.
Why Attend Church?
Some new believers come from churches that dont fit these criteria. Their parents may have strong feelings about them staying, or they may even like it! Heres where youll 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.
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 believers 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.