Everyone has those people in their lives to whom it seems impossible to witness. This sermon is designed from God’s Word to teach us how to share the Gospel with those who are skeptics. “When they ask you about His rules, tell them about His rescue.” Continue reading →
5 years ago, God put a passion on my heart to get students involved deeper in discipleship. Today, God has matured that passion to see students become disciple makers.
If our goal for students after graduate is for them to attend the church or be discipled, those goals are too short-sighted. Jesus’ goal for His disciples (who were probably teenagers) were to be disciple makers. Our goal for our students should be the same.
In the past 5 years I’ve read many books, had countless conversations, discipled many students, and have watched students make more disciples. I have a long way to grow in my understanding of disciple making, but I wanted to pass along this resource to Student Pastors, Leaders, Ministries, Parents, and even students for those longing to see Jesus’ Great Commission come about in and through the lives of our students.
Christian Romano is Liberty Students first year-long Minister in Residence. Even though Christian is still in college and working at Chickfila on the weekends, he is making a tremendous impact on our student ministry team and in our middle school ministry. I’m honored to post his article to my blog.
Have you ever asked yourself why you are currently doing all the things in your life right now? Whether it is going to school, working, or hanging out with a certain group of people. Well these were and sometimes are questions that I ask myself. My name is Christian Romano and I am 21 years old living in Hampton Roads VA. I have four brothers and two wonderful parents. Currently I work at my Church as a Minister in Residence which is a pastor in training and I love my job. I am also a full time student and I know that this is the season of life that I am in right now but one question that I am constantly asking myself is why am I doing this right now? Why should I continue doing the same thing every week? The biggest thing that I have learned during this stage of life is what the “Why” is behind what I am doing. What I mean by this is what is the purpose or reason I am working two jobs, living in Hampton Roads and why am I in school. Continue reading →
Leviticus doesn’t have to be the book where devotions go to die. It wasn’t written to bog us down or bore us to death. The purpose of Leviticus to point us to Jesus and grow us in the Gospel. Follow along and listen to Liberty Students’ latest message from Leviticus called “Law And Order: The Priests” from Leviticus 8-10.
Everybody knows Leviticus is where devotions go to die. The book is a devotional killer. Many Christians have committed to read through the whole Bible, but get discouraged, bogged down, and dried up by Leviticus.
At Liberty Students, we want our teens to not only be able to faithfully read through Leviticus, but we want them to LOVE LEVITICUS. If you ever wonder how to read through, teach through, or lead through Leviticus, you will love our series called Law & Order. Continue reading →
I’m not sure how it happened, but I’m certain we all almost died. I remember driving one morning with three of my friends in my Extended Cab Chevy Silverado. One minute, we were all singing to the radio, the next minute one of my friends was screaming my name to wake me up. Somehow I had drifted off to sleep which caused the truck to drift off the road. When my friend’s screams woke me up, I jerked my truck back on the road. In the same way, when we are making disciples, we’ve got to keep our eyes on the road (pathway) or we will drift.
#4 Keep Your Eyes on the Pathway of Disciple Making
The Mistake Disciple Makers Make
The major mistake I see disciple makers make is when they put all their eggs into the basket of the D-Group. While Jesus called us to make disciples, His Word also calls us to worship together, meet together in groups, live our life on mission, etc. Student Ministry is never to be disciple making only, but it should be disciple making always!
The Pathway of Disciple Making
There’s no doubt that D-Groups are left out of Student Ministry today, but I believe that the Scriptures give us a very clear disciple making pathway that both puts the D-Group where it should be and keeps us focused so that we do not drift. The way we describe our Disciple Making Pathway is: Continue reading →
I believe our student ministry has experienced a breakthrough in maximizing our students’ ability to remember what we preach and teach.
Let’s be honest. We can spend hours upon hours on studying for sermons and lessons. Then we all have the same haunting questions, “Was it worth it? Will my students remember this stuff? Am I making a difference? Am I wasting my time?”
On one hand, we have to remember that God’s Word is never returned void (Isaiah 55:11). On the other hand, we have to be honest with ourselves by asking, “What are my students actually retaining?” Continue reading →
This sermon kicks off our brand spanking new serious called ALL OUT which is all about worship through the last half of the book of Exodus. This story is incredible as it tells how the Israelites broke out into an immediate, natural, and spontaneous worship service right after they passed through the Red Sea. They couldn’t help but sing and worship God for what He had just done in their lives! In the same way, believers are natural singers. For those who have experienced the saving grace of God, we naturally sing His praises. We can’t help it! This message helped our student ministry worship Jesus more emotionally, passionately, and loudly in incredible ways!
Our new Middle School Pastor, Mike Kiley, brought the message this past Wednesday night on The Red Sea. His famous line was “Fearing the Lord releases us from fear.” “Fearing the Lord” is the reocurring phrase in The Red Sea passage of Exodus 14. Check out exactly what that means, how we often think of it wrong, and how that fear can release us from worldly fear!