I asked the question: “If you could ditch all your classes tomorrow except one, which class would you choose to actually attend and why?” The students gave answers ranging from lunch and athletics to band, math, and science.
I was trying to lead them to see that throughout life we are always learning and that life is the ultimate school where we learn. In school, the students will learn about subjects they will use during their entire life. Here at church we learn about the love that God has for us and His purpose and plan for our lives. Social media is a place where they are constantly being taught about the different issues and topics that are happening in our world and the opinions of others.
Then I shared with them that there is one subject that is the most important in all of life and that this subject not only affect them in this life but also for eternity. That is the subject that Jesus asked His disciples about in Matthew 16:13-20 when He said, “But who do you say that I am?”
As I read versus 13-15, I stopped and asked, “Who here is a Christian?” For those who said they were, I asked how they became a Christian. I then proceeded to read the rest of the verse and then highlighted for them Peter’s response about who Jesus was: “the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
I then began to share with them that when we were born into this world we were all born as sinners, separated from God (Romans 3:23) and that we are enemies of God. Because of our sin we deserve death (Romans 6:23a) but Jesus died for us in our place on the cross, His blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins, He was buried and on the 3rd day He rose again from the grave. He was seen by over 500 people as evidence that He had risen from the dead, then ascended to heaven until He returns again. I explained that if they would be willing to confess that Jesus is the Son of God, believing that He died on the cross for their sins, rose from the dead and are willing to receive Him into their hearts as their Lord and Savior, that they would be saved, born again as a child of God, that their personal relationship with God would begin at that point and they have become a Christian. I then invited them to make that confession of faith, to receive Jesus into their hearts as Lord, confessing that they were a sinner in need of Jesus to be their Savior. I am happy to report that four students accepted Christ for the first time and one student recommitted her life! Praise God!