Relational is the second step in our CENTRIC Student Strategy.
The Gospel isn’t just something we believe in student ministry, but it is what drives us to love others because we understand God’s love.
The essence of the Gospel is that even in our sinfulness, Jesus came to earth to save us. He did the most loving act imaginable by leaving the comforts of heaven, becoming a human being like us (while remaining fully God), resisting sin and obeying God every single second, becoming our sin on the cross, and raising from the dead. All of this was so that God could have a relationship with us. God did not create us because He was lonely, but because He wanted to love us and give us as a love gift to His Son, Jesus.
In Luke 24: 13-17 right after His resurrection, we see Jesus joining two of His disciples on a walk. “Their eyes were kept from recognizing Him” because Jesus was in ninja-mode. These disciples were already discussing His death because the miracle to His death and resurrection are so powerful that they naturally dominate our conversations. Jesus played dumb and asked them what they were talking about. They did everything but unknowingly call Jesus stupid and told His stranger-self about all that had just happened.
The point is, without them knowing it, Jesus stepped into their conversation and came in on their level. In verses 25-27, Ninja Jesus strongly taught them what really had happened by reminding them of ALL the Scriptures have spoken. He went on to tell them how all the Bible is about Jesus and the Gospel.
Because of this passage, the 2nd step in our CENTRIC Student Ministry Strategy is RELATIONAL:
- Our RELATIONSHIP with Christ.
- Our RELATIONSHIP with Christians.
- Our RELATIONSHIP with Not-Yet Christians.
We know that the Gospel has entered our LIFE when it has affected our LOVE.
Students Ministries should strategize to train students RELATIONALLY by:
- Encourage their students to enter into daily devotions from the Word.
- Train their students to have powerful times of personal prayer with God.
- Design their Small Group experience as discussion and application.
- Equip their students to have conversations with the lost about Jesus.
Here are my personal sermon on RELATIONAL: