An exhaustive list of those tenets won’t be listed now (due to time and space), but 1 Corinthians 15:1-6 does an excellent job of confronting us with the major issues that we as Christians MUST believe. I would strongly encourage you to reread this passage of scripture with your students this week on your own time, and further stress the importance of understanding and believing this passage. Suffice it to say, I believe that the failure of the American church today can be attributed to the sad reality that many who fill the pews of our churches are convinced they are saved…but are not. Following this thought, I don’t find it a coincidence that the vast majority of students who have gotten saved through our FUEL Student Ministry over the last few years have been students who were raised in church and thought they were saved. However, they came to FUEL, heard the Gospel preached and explained with biblical clarity…and realized that they needed to be truly saved.
It is my great fear that many of our students are in this same boat. And coinciding with that, it is my great hope that some of them will surrender their lives to Christ this Wednesday. Please join us in praying for this! Please pray that the Lord would bless our students with salvation, and that the Gospel would be proclaimed with power and clarity on Wednesday night.
Here’s how you can pray for our students this week!
- Continue to pray for salvation among our students. James 4:2 says that “we do not have, because we do not ask”. Likewise, Jesus Himself tells us in John 14:13 – “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” If we want people to get saved, the first step is to pray and ask God to be gracious to reveal the truth of the Gospel to unsaved individuals. Please join us in praying for our students who may not be saved!
- Pray that our unsaved students would not have a peace until they get saved. This statement sounds harsh when you first read it off the page, but I assure you that it comes from a place a true compassion and love. The worst possible place for our students (or anyone for that matter) is to be unsaved and comfortable with that reality. I would much rather God not give them a peace of mind or conscious until they submit their lives to Christ. Please pray that the ministry of the Holy Spirit (to convict men of sin and testify to the Lordship of Christ) would continue through the lives of our students.
- Pray that our students would commit themselves to evangelism. A huge part of continually preaching the Gospel in the church is not just hoping that people get saved, but also that those who are already saved will see the need to take the Gospel outside the walls of the church. We have spent many weeks now praying for our students to commit themselves to the study of scripture. I ask that you join us now in praying that that same commitment would grow into taking the truth of scripture to the lost individuals around them. After all, “How can they (unsaved individuals) believe in what they have not heard?” (Romans 10:14)
Here are some questions that you can ask your students leading up to Wednesday’s lesson, and following Wednesday’s lesson.
- What is the Gospel? If someone asked you that question, would you be able to tell them what it is? (A: 1 Corinthians 15:1-6 is a great reference to explain the gospel.)
- Does you think that the Gospel frees us to live in sin, or frees us to turn away from sin?(A: The gospel is a celebration of Jesus saving us from sin so that we don’t have to live in it any longer. Those who claim Christ but continually live in unrepentant sin show that they do not truly understand this.)
- What are some practical ways that you can begin to share the Gospel with your friends at school? (A: Get creative and intentional with your student!)
- How can you know that someone is telling the true Gospel, or a message that just sounds like the Gospel? (A: Know the word of God!)
- Do you pray for people to be saved around you? If so, how do you do that? If not, why don’t you currently do that? (A: Conversational topic with your student.)