Can God use High Schoolers to reach out to the world for Jesus Christ? You better believe He can!!! And it’s very exciting!!!
For the fourth year in a row, I had the honor to teach a 7-part Evangelism Class at Jesse Remington High School, a local Christian High School.
Do 14-17-year-olds have the spiritual and emotional maturity to take in the deluge of information I wanted to share with them? Would these kids be able to handle it?
I was astonished EVERY class at how mature the students were. They paid excellent attention. They participated in the discussions so well! They asked great questions. It was sooooo encouraging!
And I think I may have titled this post incorrectly. These Teens really aren’t “Next-Generation” Evangelists. They’re “NOW” Evangelists! They’re ready to be used by the King of kings immediately!!!
Here is the Syllabus I developed for our sessions (each session was an hour and a half):
“Evangelism is Great News”
Evangelism is great news for Christians, yet many Christians see evangelism as a chore they know they must do, rather than a gift we get to do. Sadly, many miss the WONDERFUL BLESSING it is to be God’s ambassador. How amazing that God would include us in His plan to save others! It’s love in action.
“The Theology of Evangelism”
To warn of the danger of presenting a man-centered gospel, and to warn of the danger of making the gospel about “happiness” instead of “righteousness.” (The Bill Gates dilemma – he’s the richest man in the world with whatever he wants, but if he dies without Christ, he’ll go to Hell.) Our job is to plant seeds and we are “successful” if we do that, regardless of how people appear to respond.
Resources: Way of the Master “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” video (30 minutes). Have them memorize 10 Commandments for homework.
“Rubber Meets Road Evangelism”
Practical, practical, practical! How do you share the gospel with anybody. How do you avoid “rabbit trails” and how do you keep the conversation on what is important. Vital class!
“The Heartbreak of False Conversion”
Many people have been hurt by the wrong gospel message. Changing the gospel hurts people. Not only that, but it inoculates the lost. And some of the people who are most against our message are those who think they’re saved.
Resources: Watch Way of the Master “True and False Conversions” video.
How do you answer skeptics, seekers, mockers? Ask good questions. Learn to notice logical fallacies. Learn that it’s okay not to know. Ask for permission to look into their question and to meet up with them later.
“Getting Off the Ground with Evangelism”
After most people are trained in evangelism, their reaction often is, “Now what?” Getting started in an evangelistic conversation can be the most difficult part. How do you engage a stranger and swing the conversation from the natural to the supernatural? How to make evangelism a “lifestyle” and not an “event.”
Resources: Gospel Tracts. “George Street” short video. Q&A.
“Evangelism Road Trip”
To watch evangelism in action and give opportunity for people to participate if they are so lead. Heading down to the Subways in Boston to be part of Open Air Campaigners outreach to people from around the world!
Here are some photos of the students, and how it went when I took them into the Subway in Boston to put their Evangelism skills in action!
After we were done ministering in the subway, I asked what their biggest “Take-away” was, and one of the students said, “It’s really so much easier to talk to people about Jesus than I thought.” And then I thought, “I’ve been telling you this all month!!!! But I guess sometimes people have to experience it for themselves.” I’m glad these young men and women did, and I trust Jesus will use them all their days!
I praise God for this opportunity to partner with the Christian School to spend time teaching these young people how to make Evangelism part of their life. Hallelujah!
If anyone wants me to provide similar training for your group, please contact me so we can chat about it.
That’s it for this update. We love you and thank Jesus for you!
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For Christ and His gospel,
Mark, Shelby, Vivienne, Juliana, Caleb, and Gabriella