Merge is back! I’m happy to say that. I enjoy what I get to do so much and Merge definitely falls into that.
For our first Merge of 2014 I felt I needed to go a different direction that normal. It all started in January last year. I was watching an episode of Grey’s Anatomy where two friend were riding skateboards and one gets hit by a car. The one hit by a car needs a blood transfusion but is a jehovah’s witness and they do not believe in blood transfusions. The friend of the injured boy had no idea his friend was a jehovah’s witness and asks several really good questions or statements:
He never mentioned he was a jehovah’s witness.
He never talked about.
I don’t think he was one based on his life.
If you believe in something so hard you’d die for it, would you keep it a secret? Even from your friends?
I was watching this scene and it instantly reminded of our students and myself also.
Would someone be shocked to find out you are a Christian? Does your life show what we believe about Jesus?
We looked at four specific passages of Scripture that encourage us as Christians to share our faith with others and to live our lives in a way that shows Christ to others.
Matthew 28:19-20 is a very familiar passage about us talking the message of Christ to others.
Colossians 4:2-6 talks about us praying for opportunities to tell others about Christ and pray that we communicate Him clearly. Is our conversation attractive to others? Are they drawn into knowing more about Christ based on us or our lives?
Romans 10:13-15 asks how will people know about Christ unless someone tells them.
Matthew 5:14-16 talks about us as Christians being the light in a dark world. People should be able to see that we are different because of Christ.
What we talked about was very timely because of where we fall in with the calendar. Many students started school last week and for the next few weeks they will be wearing and showing of Christmas presents. With the new school year they have an opportunity to almost reinvent themselves.
My challenge to them was to either accept Christ and become a Christian or being to live their lives like Christ would want them. In a way that others would not be surprised that they love and follow Jesus.
I cannot wait for what God is going to do this semester! I believe He has outlined something special for our students and I look forward to sharing those thing with you each week.