Cru Weekly Ministry Tip #7, Fall 2012
Read Hebrews 4:14-16:
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Consider these brief observations:
1. Jesus is our great high priest who has passed through the heavens, 4:14
2. Jesus, the Son of God, 4:14
3. Jesus is our High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses, was tempted yet without sin. 4:15
4. As our high priest, Jesus gives us full access to His throne of grace, to receive mercy and help. 4:16
In these three verses, Jesus does so much for us. He is thinking about us, He sympathizes with us and because of His death on the cross, He gives us full access to God. We do not have to go through the Old Testament rituals to gain God’s favor. Jesus has accomplished that for us. Rejoice in Him today.
A Look At Your Calendar
Many of you are up to five weeks into your fall term. However, some campuses may have just started as recent as two weeks ago. If you are on a campus who has just recently started your fall term, let me encourage you to go back to the beginning of the Fall Weekly tips and begin there for some good pointers on starting your year off right. If you are well into your fall term, now is a good time to do some critical evaluation.
Evaluating Your Fall Term
Even as your schedule and ministry are extremely busy, you need to take time out to connect with your student leaders, and make any necessary mid-course corrections. Gather your student leaders and ask these questions at your next planning meeting,
(spoken in first person):
1. How are we doing with follow-up? Have most people been contacted from our campus surveys, start-up welcome party, or early weekly meetings?
2. Have we done a good job with advertisement? Are people inviting others to get involved using word of mouth and using flyers?
3. Have we been able to keep our weekly meetings at a consistent time and place?
4. Have we had a chance to train everyone in using the “Knowing God Personally” booklet utilizing the principles of the “Big Six”? This forms the foundation of all follow-up.
5. Is true discipleship taking place or are we being distracted by doing “good” things instead of doing the “best” things? Do your weekly meetings serve you well to give more in-depth Bible study so that students are trained in ministry skills while they are growing in their walks with the Lord?
6. Are our student leaders using their strengths in discipling others and having a multiplying ministry, or are they distracted by busy work doing the maintenance of the ministry when someone else can do that?
7. Are the Bible study materials we are using truly helping to cover the foundational material first? Are they transferable so that others can teach it to others – who can teach it to others…?
8. Because of the great benefit to our students, are we taking enough time and emphasis to challenge people to go to our fall retreat? We will be helping you soon with information for the Winter/Christmas conference in your region.
9. Are we taking time to review these weekly tips so that important ideas do not fall through the cracks in our planning?
10. Am I and our student leaders taking enough time to pray and spend time in the Bible?
Talk to you next week,
Cru Ministry, Orlando