Go around the group and ask: what has been the happiest moment of your life so far?
Have a big sheet of paper ready. Spend five minutes as a group answering the question, ‘Who is Jesus?’ and then another five minutes answering the question, ‘What does Jesus do today?’
Write the answers on the paper and try to include bible verses. Spend the remaining ten minutes praying and worshipping Jesus for the things that you have written down.
Go round and ask each person to give a one-sentence definition of evangelism.
- Who is this command given to? (i.e. Firstly to the disciples, but then also to all of us so that evangelism is not just for an exclusive elite group of people called ‘evangelists’, but is for all of us.)
- What is the link between Jesus’ authority and his command to us? What are the implications for us?
- What are disciples? What does it mean to ‘make disciples’?
- What is the difference between making converts and making disciples and how can we incorporate what we are saying into our group?
(When looking at these questions, try not to let people use jargon or come out with pat answers, go for greater depth)
Look at the picture imagery of ‘salt’ and, separately, of ‘light’.
- What do each of these mean?
- What does it mean for ‘salt to lose its saltiness’ and for a light to be ‘put under a bowl’? What does this mean for us today? How, literally, in our setting do we sometimes ‘lose our saltiness’ and ‘hide our light under a bowl’?
Spend the last fifteen minutes looking practically at how you can put into practice what you have discussed this meeting: Identify the different networks that each person has (e.g.: people they sit next to in lectures, societies, regulars in the pub/cafe, next door neighbour, etc.).
- In what ways can you be ‘salt and light’ in your university, both as a group and individually? Be careful you don’t just discuss this and then do nothing about it - what have you decided to do?!
- What goals do you have as a group? Set yourself specific targets for the next month/term/year as to how you want to see the group grow and your friends become Christians. Before you move onto the witness section, go round the group and ask everyone, what is the key value from this evening that we want to take away with us?
Ask how many in the group became Christians through a friend? Statistics tell us that around 70% of Christians became so through a friend. What is the significance of this?
It is clear therefore that friendships are key in evangelism. Ask each person what different networks of friends are open to them and discuss what we can each be doing to be making non-Christian friends.