Weekly Ministry Tip #10, Fall 2014
Grow Deep, Reach High
What Are People Saying About Jesus?
The context and timing of the events surrounding Matthew 16 was after much ministry activity during the life of Jesus. As Jesus worked with His disciples, performed many miracles, challenged the Pharisees and Sadducees, and did much teaching, He asked an all-important question.
“Who do you say that I am?” Peter spoke up and said that He was the Christ, the Son of the living God. Meaning, he believed that Jesus was the true Messiah, the One sent from God. Jesus affirmed his response and encouraged Peter.
There are actually two questions we need to ask of those around us. Not only do we ask them who they think Jesus is and explain this to them, but we also want to ask them if they want to make a decision to place their trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins. This week, be bold as you ask people all over your area of ministry, “who do you say Jesus is?”
Who’s On Deck?
As we get into November, if you are on a college campus ministry specifically, there are always some transitions that take place. These transitions include students who are graduating or transferring to other schools. This could leave a void on your leadership team and manpower to help you reach the campus.
If you know of anyone who could be graduating or transferring, now is the time to challenge him or her to replace themselves with another disciple. This way they can leave someone behind after they’re gone. This is called multiplying discipleship. Train up the next generation of leaders who can disciple others, continuing to share their faith, play a vital part in the ministry, and leave disciples behind them when they leave.
Here is an article called “A Faith That Multiplies” that will give you a good perspective on reproducing yourselves into the lives of others. Who is on deck to take over for graduating or transferring disciples? Getting ready for your spring term begins now.
Talk to you next week,
Ben with Cru