Next week we have a Student Ministry event called the ‘Back to School Bash.’ It’s going to be a blast with food, ice cream, and bounce houses! I am excited about the event and the fun that is going to happen, but I am more excited about the discipleship that is going to take place.
Now, wait a minute…Danny, discipleship at a fun event? Yes, the foundation of any discipleship relationship is just that, relationship. That means trust, time, and community all go into the foundation of a good discipleship relationship. Think of Jesus and his twelve disciples. They didn’t meet for coffee once a week and dissect the Torah. That was a part of their discipleship; but mostly they just walked around together and did life together. They laughed, cried, got frustrated, and experienced crazy things; that was the foundation of their relationship. It’s not different with us. In order to be discipled, we have to be in relationship.
How does that translate to students? Well, students still very much experience life through play and fun. Think about it…in junior high and high school your schedule is overfilled with things you find fun…band, sports, theater, community events, work, these are the foundations for how community is built in students. This doesn’t change when you are an adult, but it is in hyperdrive when you are in junior high and high school. So, we capitalize on that. That is why we do events and games. It allows students to be able to build relationship through fun activities that allow competition, working in teams, play and fun, and camaraderie. You might see ping pong, but we see community and trust being built.
We are all called to make disciples and it starts with relationship. So my questions to you are: Where are your discipleship relationships? Who are you discipling? Who’s discipling you? We never truly arrive…we should always be disciples. Who is that person in your life? Maybe you need to ask someone? I know it might be awkward, I get that this may be new for you and you’re not even sure what that looks like. Look for someone you respect; someone that talks and walks a Godly life. Your LifeGroup is a good place to start. If you’re not in a LifeGroup, that a good place to start. The next part is, who are you discipling? Who is younger than you or has been through something you have that you can help build up in faith? You don’t have to have all the answers. Maybe that means serving in children or students ministry. Maybe it’s being intentional with your fishing buddy, or your next door neighbor. But, ask the question: Who is God leading me to give back to?
My hope and prayer for you all is that God will bring you into these relationships. There is so much life in these types of relationships for both parties. This is what it means to invite people into a growing relationship with Jesus. This is why we do what we do. Who are you discipling? Who is discipling you?