A topic that has been deep on mind for the past year or so, is how can I share the gospel on a secular college campus? Do I start a bible study? A mini chapel? A question and answer type get together? Do I join some other ministry and become a leader through them? Do I put posters up around campus? Do I give out things to random students as they walk by? Do I talk to random students and preach the Gospel to them, or question them on their beliefs? I’ve seriously considered all these options and more. So what’s the best way to share the gospel on a secular college campus?
Well first we must answer this second question, who is your target audience? Am I looking to reach christians and strengthen their relationship with Jesus or am I looking to find the lost sheep. With much prayer and thought, I’ve come to see that I need to reach those that aren’t christian. This rules out joining a campus club, a bible study or a mini chapel. The lost don’t seek out salvation, because they don’t even know they are lost.
So what about handing out free bibles or informational material? Today I watched a group of elderly men from a local church attempt to hand out bibles to students. Most students avoided these men, as if contant with them would contaminate them, of those that did come close with these men, most would reject the free bible. I did however see a few (as in I could count them on my hand) people accept the free bible from them, BUT two of the students threw the bible on the nearest bench, one of them was laughing with a smirk as he received it, and because my view was blocked from the garbage can, I do not know how many bibles were thrown away. During my evaluation of how people received the gospel, I learned that people could care less about Gods Word. His Word maybe the most powerful force, but if no one gives the Word the time of day, the power is useless.
Students, as a whole, believe they are better than christians and don’t need God in their lives. Some believe they have salvation because they know of God, others joke about going to hell. They think of hell as just another place they can screw around like it’s no big deal. I deeply feel students believe that religion is just a joke, and being a christian is not on their list of things to do. After all, christians are “judging, close minded, arrogent, hypocrites.” And it’s true! Students spend a lot of their time on the internet, whether it be facebook, twitter, youtube or whatever. The way christians are perceived from the internet, especially on youtube, or on the comment sections of christian celebrities is completely negative. All we do is argue, argue argue, and condem each other for doing wrong (or rather what we think is wrong). It’s sickening! Who wants to be apart of a group that argue over everything and condem each other for the smallest of things?
So how do we reach the student generation? We have to convence them they want to hear Gods Word. They have to believe that they want to hear the gospel. Through much prayer, I have come up with the best way I believe that can be accomplished.
We have a direct line to God through prayer, use it! Ask God to help you meet new people. Ask Him for the strength to talk to strangers and get to know them. Ask Him for whatever you need to help share His word.
Seek God and His Kingdom first
Read your bible. Nothing can prepare you to spread Gods Word as much as reading the bible can. Search for His wisdom. Seek God in all that you do, make it your number 1 priority. Make your heart filled with Christ that way there is no room for anything else, evil.
Meet new people daily
People won’t be able to hear/see what you have to offer if you don’t have anyone to listen. Meeting strangers is our way of advertising. However at this point we aren’t advertising Christ, but rather ourselves. The more people you meet, the more friends you can make.
This is where we can begin to advertise Christ, but only lightly. Just enough to let them know you are a Christian, nothing more. Wearing a christian t-shirt here and there is all the more we need. We still don’t want to push Christ on our friends because it will scare them away. It takes time and patience. As we make friends, make real friends. Don’t be friends with someone just to share the Gospel, make friends that you can truly call your friends. The deeper the friendship goes the more open you become with one another. As we come open, they will begin to start asking questions about your faith.
Represent God by your actions
The questions they ask, depends on how well your actions have lined up with God. It’s in our representation of God that the seed becomes planted. It’s not our Words that plant the seeds, it’s how we represent Christ that plants the seed. If you claim you are christian, but act not different than them, why would they care to become christian. I believe to plant Christs seeds best, we have to show Christs love by our actions to others, and show that christians can have fun. Don’t preach to your friends with words, but by your actions. Make them want to have what you have. Then, im time, they will ask the questions that will allow you to give them the gospel.
PRAY PRAY PRAY
It’s to important not to pray! Always be praying for yourself, and for your friends. Always be praying for guidance and help.
Remember, to reach this generation we have to make them want to know Christ, before they will give Him the time of day. Be the person they see and think “I want to be more like him/her.” “I see how God has changed them, and I want to be more like that!” You’re only job is to plant the seed. It is the Holy Spirits job to grow it.
Disclaimer: This model is the one I find best that works with me. Every person has their own way of sharing Christs Word, and every person has their own way of receiving Gods Word. What works with one person, doesn’t always work with the next. Seek Christs wisdom to find what is best for you, in your situation, to share Christs Word with others.