“You know, no one ever taught me how to share the gospel,” Brandon, a student at A&T, said to me after we finished sharing the gospel in the student center on A&T’s campus. “They always told me to go and do it. So, that’s what I did, but no one ever showed me.” I chuckled a little, mostly because he reminded me of how I felt at one time in my life. Being a part of a church like Mercy Hill, you often hear how the Bible compels us to share our faith. But if you’re new to the whole Christian thing, evangelism can be daunting, especially if you feel like you have to go it alone.
Brandon is a long time Christian who transferred to A&T from a college in Virginia this past August. We met because he heard about Mercy Hill. He called and said, “I want to go; do y’all have a van?” I got his number, brought him to church, and we’ve been friends ever since. When I saw his passion for the Lord and his desire to see the Lord change the lives of people on our campus, I immediately invited him to join our leadership team. Like anyone, he had some rougher edges in need of smoothing, but I saw a lot of myself in him.
A Call to Be Led
You’re probably one of two people reading this blog. The first is the one who probably identifies with Brandon. You’re excited about following Jesus with your everything but not sure what it looks like in every area. If you’re feeling this way but not connected to community, that’s probably a good step to take. If you’re in a group and still desiring additional help, all you have to do is ask. Take a look at the members of your group and see if there’s anyone a bit further along in their walk with Jesus that you could talk to.
I wonder how many other believers feel the same as Brandon? How many have a desire to share the gospel, spiritually lead their families, or exemplify biblical womanhood, but have no idea where to start? What if every believer had to grow in their walk with Jesus by themselves? Isn’t it awesome that that is not the way our loving Father designed the Christian walk?
Thankfully, God doesn’t leave us wondering how to live out the principles he’s left us in his word. When we come to faith, we belong to a church body that God has designed for us to walk alongside of, observing others who put on display the gospel of Jesus Christ in every aspect of their lives. Not only that, but God purposefully shows us what it means to be discipled by Jesus’ example in the gospels.
A Call to Lead
Perhaps you’re actually in a position to lead others. Maybe you’ve been chilling in a Community Group, but it’s time for you to help out and lead. Or you may have noticed a coworker or classmate who doesn’t know Jesus. Whatever the situation, ask yourself, “Who is walking closer to Jesus because of their relationship with me?” If you’re not actively discipling others, why is that? Jesus commands us to make disciples in Matthew 28:18-20. We’re either obeying or disobeying that command.
Whether you need to be led or you’re able to lead, take a step of faith. You won’t regret it.
So, when he said no one ever showed him how to share the gospel, I wasn’t really shocked. Not because I doubted anything about his past but because we tend to assume that other believers know how to live out the Christian life. We have to grow up in maturity in Christ. We all start somewhere, but we’re called to, day by day, be moving forward towards Jesus. What steps do you need to take?
-Neeko Williams (College Team)