This week at FUEL, we’ll continue off of last week’s theme of “Priority” to carry over into this week’s “Preaching/Proclaiming” message. Our main text will be Acts 9:19-22, and we will look at the actions of the Apostle Paul after he gets saved in Damascus. As we look at this moment in Paul’s life, the idea of this week’s message will become clear: Christians preach/share the Gospel as a top priority in their life. If we truly belong to Christ, our priorities will conform to this lifestyle.
Students have given me weird looks in the past when I ask them, “have you preached the Gospel in your school?” I think the word “preach” throws them off unfortunately, as most Christians don’t realize that preaching is a discipline that all Christians are called to do – not just the Senior Pastor at our local churches. To preach simply means to make a proclamation, which is exactly what every Christian does when they share the Gospel; they proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to the world. So yes! Your son/daughter (like yourself) is called to preach the Gospel as a daily discipline in their lives. Obviously, this doesn’t mean that we should all carry portable pulpits with us throughout the day to do some good old fashioned Southern Baptist preaching…but it does mean that sharing Christ is always on the forefront of our minds, and that we should jump at any and every opportunity that we can to share the Gospel.
While that all sounds great, I have to be honest with you and tell you that there is a catch. The catch, like the message itself, is simple: sharing the Gospel is either a priority for you…or it simply isn’t. The Bible (God’s authoritative word) doesn’t give us the option at being lukewarm towards God’s commandments. We either lovingly obey Christ in faith, or we reject God’s truth to live our own way. Sadly, many Christians today believe that it is acceptable and right for them to profess Christ as their Lord and Savior while never having any desire (or following action) to share the Gospel with others.
I encourage you all to read through the book of Acts if you haven’t already. You will find in Acts, as well as in the rest of the New Testament, that people share the Gospel to the world when they get saved, and they do so IMMEDIATELY. The woman at the well in John 4 did this; so did the demoniac of Mark 5. They were saved by Christ, and their response was simple: “I must tell everyone what Jesus has done for me!” Why should our lives and the lives of our students be any different than this? If we are truly in Christ, and He has truly saved us from our sins, then sharing the Gospel with people that we come in contact with must be our top priority.
Pray this week that your student(s) would learn to love sharing the Gospel with the people around them, and remember: you, the parent, ought to be the primary example of Christ in their day to day lives. If sharing the Gospel with friends and family hasn’t become a top priority in your home, then maybe now is the time to start! Lead by example this week, and watch and see if your children don’t desire to follow.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about FUEL Student Ministries, or just let us know if there is any way that myself and the church can serve you better. God Bless!
Youth Pastor – FBC Elberton