Gospel Centered Student Ministry

A few days ago, a conversation came up with developing Gospel centered people. We had a guest speaker, Doug Hodges speak at our church this past Sunday, and we were discussing this topic with him in the church office. How can we reach the world? Well, you start by being Gospel centered. So, what does this look like? I feel like if we are going to reach our world, we must be Gospel centered. If you are going to reach your community, be Gospel centered, and you must teach your students and leaders to do this as well. How? Doug asked a group of college students these questions, and here are 3 things that they came up with when discussing Gospel centered living:

  1. Our Gospel must be Incarnational– This, “I will take your word for it” mentality is not working. No, the world wants to see it reflected in our lives in everything that we do. The Gospel that you say you have must be lived out in every facet of your life. They must see the Jesus you serve in the way you live.
  2. Our Gospel must be Demonstrational– You must model it for them. If you want your church and students to be Gospel centered, you must demonstrate how to do that. Do not just expect them to live it out without you as the leader first living it out for them to observe.
  3. Our Gospel must be Relational– This is HUGE. If you look at Jesus, and the way that He built disciples, it was with a small group. He was with His small group all of the time building a relationship, and teaching them along the way. If you want your students to be Gospel centered, you must teach them that it comes with building relationships. Build relationships with the waiters at your restaurants that you attend, gas station workers, the cashiers at Wal-Mart, the cashiers at the grocery stores, and the people in your neighborhood. Be intentional everywhere you go that every relationship that you have is an opportunity to share Jesus!

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at joshhevans@gmail.com.

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