Dave Short

Chicago, Illinois

National director of Campus Alpha, part of the Alpha Course



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A seeker not only needs to experience, 1) God is good and Christians or O.K (covered in my last entry) but they will also need to understand 2) What the 'good news' or gospel really means and 3) What making Jesus, Lord of your life is all about.

2) What the good news really means:

In the parable of the sower (cf. Mark 4), we see that to become true disciples who “bear fruit,” people need to understand some basics. Just because someone expresses an interest in God, Christ or even church doesn’t mean that person is ready to make a decision to be a lifelong follower of Jesus. 

People need to understand the real meaning for Christ’s death on the cross.  I recommend using the Navigators One-Verse-Evangelism tool to explain clearly the meaning of Christ's death and resurrection. 

3) Counting the cost of Jesus as Lord

When someone understands the Gospel, we need to make sure his or her value system is challenged. 

That person will no longer have the final word in his or her life: Jesus will. 

New believers will be transferring ownership of their lives to a loving, caring, yet jealous God—and committing themselves to a group of other people who are followers of Jesus.

Jesus' disciples forsook all. Peter, James and John were in business as fishermen. Matthew was a publican, or a tax collector; probably a very rich man. The rest of the disciples gave up homes, families and jobs to follow Jesus.  God's call on Abraham in the Old Testament, was to leave his family and go to a strange land.  What would be your answer? 

The Lord works in each person's life differently, but the decision to follow Christ must not be a lightly taken one.  "But don't begin until you count the cost.  For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see fi there is enough money to finish it? (Luke 14:28)

Some Big Ideas to think about as it relates to sharing the good news on our campuses:

  • You can impress people from a distance, but you can only impact them up close.
  • Include pre-Christians in any activity you normally do with Christians.
  • Have you ever thought about how many hours we spend in church meetings versus the number of hours we spend in meaningful time with people who don't know Jesus?
  • Every follower of Jesus should be equipped to explain the gospel.

The church is the only society in the world that exists for its non-members.

—William Temple

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