The Pray – Pursue – Persuade elements of THE Cause Circle provide teenagers with a simple, concrete outline for how to go about reaching their friends with the gospel.
But THE Cause Circle is about more than “conversion.” As eternally important as the point of trusting Christ is, Jesus calls all of us – including our teenagers – to do more than convert souls. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus tells us to “go and make disciples…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” We’re not just to be about bringing people into a relationship with God. Our job also includes helping them become disciples who make disciples. We want to see new believers growing into fully-devoted followers of Jesus and helping others to do the same.
The ABCs of Making Disciples
The “ABC” notation in the Persuade section of THE Cause Circle is a short-hand way of capturing three key essentials of this disciple-making focus.
These three keys we’re driving toward in our evangelistic efforts are:
This is the point in time when someone believes the gospel message and trusts in Jesus as their only hope of salvation.
Belong to a church.
The Bible says in Hebrews 10:25 that we shouldn’t forsake the assembling of ourselves together. It is vitally important to help newly converted teenagers connect to other Christians so that they can learn how to follow Jesus and grow strong roots in their newfound faith.
Commit to THE Cause.
Teens who come to Christ and connect to a church should also be challenged to commit to THE Cause of making disciples who make disciples. They must be motivated and equipped to live and give the gospel in word and deed and multiply.
These are the ABC’s of making disciples who make disciples.
But how do we help our teenagers do this? Let’s unpack each of these keys a bit further. We’ll look at “A – Accept Christ” now, and address the “B” and “C” in future energize articles.
A – Accept Christ
When your teenagers help a friend, family member, teammate, classmate or stranger put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, it is an absolute miracle. A soul is transferred out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13) and Scripture tells us that several amazing things take place at this point of conversion. Here are a few of them:
- John 10:28: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (We receive eternal life and are secure in God’s hands.)
- 1 Peter 1:3-5: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” (We receive new birth, a living hope and a heavenly inheritance.)
- John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (We receive abundant life, both now and eternally.)
- John 1:12: “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (We become God’s children.)
- Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (We can’t be separated from God’s love.)
- 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (We become a new creation.)
Equipped to Help Others Accept Christ
Helping you help your teenagers share the gospel and play a part in bringing others into this amazing new relationship with Jesus is what Dare 2 Share is all about. You very likely already know that we have loads of free faith sharing resources for teens, as well as evangelism training curriculum and catalytic weekend training conferences. As your students’ coach, it’s your job to design a strategy for getting them the training they need. We’d love to help you, but whatever training approach and resources you decide to use, make a plan. Get the equipment you need. Then motivate, train, equip and unleash your teens!
Consider laying the motivational groundwork by doing a Bible Study with your students (or student leaders) on the verses noted above. Read the verses together and after each is read, ask your students to help identify what it says about the changes that happen when someone believes in Christ. Compile your students’ responses into a group list on a dry erase board or flip chart. Then ask them the following bedrock question: Is this Good News? Should this motivate us to share the good news of the gospel with our friends who need Jesus?
There’s only one right answer to these questions: ABSOLUTELY! If your students aren’t tracking…call us at 1-866-448-0272 and speak to one of our Ministry Advocates today. We want to help you help them get started making disciples who make disciples.