Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Leading: Sequel

The memory verse in my Gospels classes last Friday was 1 Peter 3:15 which reads:
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...

After we were done with the recitation on paper, I had the kids get out another sheet to do some writing. We discussed the meaning of the verse and I made some points. They were instructed to answer the following question:
 How do you lead someone to Christ? 
Here is a sampling of the responses. all used by permission. Boys are in blue and girls are in pink. This is the second installment. I would ask you to pay special attention to Jasmine's thoughts. She is from a country where being a believer carries risk.

The disciples brought people to Christ all the time, and as we begin to hear of that---aren’t we reminded that we too are disciples? When I hear of those instances, and bringing someone to Christ, I think of the great commission. Now what’s that all about? I’m glad you asked! Christ says to “Go ye, therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the world.” Here is one of the places I feel I receive my challenge as a Christian. At 15 years old, and being a HS girl its hard teaching people about Christ; let alone leading them. When we bring someone to Christ we want them to meet Him, whether it be at the best time of their life or the absolute worst. Christ is there to pick them up or to even humble them. Bringing someone to Christ can come through teaching, exploring scripture with them, or just simply getting them to confess that they are a sinner and praying with them, that they may receive Jesus. It doesn’t take much, but to Jesus, it means more than we can even fathom. As I stated earlier, bringing someone to Christ is a challenge at this age, but I can try by letting them see Christ through me. In Ephesians 5:1-14, we are taught to walk in Christ’s light as Christians and put all our faith and trust in him. When non-believers see this they are curious on who Christ is and upon evangelizing, we are bringing them to Christ.
                                        -Taylor S.

At its face value, it sounds like a simple question: what does it mean to bring someone to Christ. However, it I think this question should be written slightly different. What does it mean to be a disciple? The reason for this change is because as a Christian, I should try to bring the lost to God at every moment in my life. By doing so, I am a disciple. While I may not be the best disciple, when I am being one, or trying to be one, I show God through my actions. I do this by being a Christian who is constantly in the scripture and enacting the scripture in my daily life.

Leading someone to the Lord means being the person who causes someone to go from not being saved to being saved. Often, someone’s salvation is a result of many people’s efforts, as mine was. People who influenced my decision to follow Christ include my parents, other family members, teachers, and Sunday School teachers. They all led me to the Lord. Even if we play a small role in someone’s salvation, we have led them to the Lord because our input was necessary to their relationship with God. In conclusion, you have lead someone to the Lord if God has used you to bring about her salvation.

I remember there was a sunny day when I stayed at home and heard people knocking at the door. In the beginning, I felt scared. There were two young ladies who looked nice. They brought the Gospel to me and said God would bless me. We prayed together and I felt peaceful and fulfillment in my heart. I am an international student who is touching Christian when I came to the U.S. I feel warm and protected when I read the Bible and have lesson in Bible class. I meet God and have opportunities to pray in the school. I respect and trust God even though I haven’t be baptized. I hope that there will be more people feel the hands of God when Christian bring the Gospel and tell the Bible stories to them. I believe that the news and message from God will bring happiness, love, joy, and peace to people!

Applicable quote of the day:
We are all missionaries...Wherever we go, we either bring people nearer to Christ, or we repel them from Christ." 

Eric Liddell

God bless,
Luke 18:1
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