9. Share

CORe churches are intentional in equipping their young people to share their faith.

So that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:17)


Additional Bible texts:

Matthew 10 (Jesus sends out the apostles)

Matthew 28:16-20 (The Great Commission)

Acts 28:1-10 (Paul ministers on Malta)

Ephesians 6:10-20 (Armour of God)

An integral part of faith is mission, and youth can be very successful in sharing their faith. Unfortunately, young people are not always suitably equipped for mission. In many churches young people are not involved in mission, or are not busy with mission specifically suited for young people.

CORe churches realise the unique potential that young people have to share their faith with peers and elders alike. They equip their youngsters for mission that meets their skills and needs – mission that has the power to reach all people.

CORe churches have tailor-made programmes to assist their young people in mission.

CORe churches are intentional in equipping their young people to share their faith.

Thought

Janos Kovacs-Biro, United Kingdom

When our daughter was born on a Sabbath morning around 4 o’clock, the doctor looked at me and asked ‘What do you do for a living?’. I told her I was a pastor and she said ‘I’ve always had some questions on Revelation 13, would you please explain this and that to me.’ I started explaining Revelation 13 to this medical doctor at 4 o’clock in the morning holding my baby in my arms. I’d just become a father, I was so happy and I was sharing Jesus Christ. Just because there are certain times when you are simply compelled to share Jesus with others.

That same morning I was stopped by the police as I was driving to a church event. The police asked for my documentation, I presented them and said ‘Office, I have just become a father and I am so happy!’. But he was not interested at all. Now, what is the difference between these two people – the doctor and the policeman? The Doctor had certain questions and when we live in such a way and when we speak in such a way that people can ask questions, I think that then we are becoming the sharers of the gospel.

The Apostle Paul writes:

‘All scripture is God-breathed and used for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be truly equipped for every good work.’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17)


Are our young people equipped to share Jesus Christ? Is every prayer that they pray, proof that God is alive? This is the starting point. If we know that we serve a living God; that Jesus Christ our Saviour is alive and we have a proof that we talked to him that morning or that day, then we have the fresh bread of life to share.

Every single local church needs to have a programme in place when we are equipping our young people for service. When Abraham was called by God, God said ‘I’m blessing you and I’m going to make you a blessing.’ The question remains, ‘Are we a blessing to people around us?’ When they see that we are, they are going to ask us what the secret of our life is. I would suggest that we fulfil the CORe initiative when we teach our young people how to serve and how to share Jesus Christ with people they have never seen before.

But how can we share Jesus Christ with people we only know a little bit. How do we share Jesus with our friends and how can we move these relationships to an eternal level?

It is so important, to equip our young people with the necessary tools to share Jesus Christ. They must know that you don’t need to be a pastor in order to share Jesus Christ. You don’t need to actually have a theology degree in order to share Jesus Christ, but you need to be a disciple of Jesus. You need to know that Jesus is alive. You need to know that he has fresh bread for every single day that you can then share. You need to pray in such a way that Jesus would show that He is alive in your life. When we share Jesus, people immediately come into a saving relationship with Him and they have to make an intelligent decision of whether they reject this saving relationship or they keep it.

This is what we do; we are inviting people to come and consider God very seriously in their lives. Can you do this? You surely can.

Discussion

  • Have you even been in a situation where you wanted to share, but you didn't know how?
  • How can we make what we are doing too compelling to ignore?
  • How can make sharing a natural process?
  • What does it mean to be a steward of God's grace?

Implementation questions

  • What do you already do to equip people to share their faith?
  • Are there elements of your church’s culture that need changing to equip young people to share?
  • Can we implement at least 3 of the suggestions below?
  • What is achievable to equip more young people to share within the next 12 months?

Suggestions for implementation

  • Arrange a Relay training with your national youth director for your young people.
  • Challenge each young person to make a list of five people they will pray for.
  • Challenge each small group to find a service project.
  • Let each member write the story of their conversion (What was life before Christ? How did you meet Christ? What changed due to Christ?). Share these stories regularly.
  • Make time during the Sabbath service for people to share experiences.
  • Discuss the Simple System of sharing with your members.