Do you know how to share the gospel with frat guys?
When I meet with a guy for the first time there were a few things I ask:
- Where are you from? Tell me a little about your background. If you went to church, what denomination did you grow up in? Were you very active in church? These questions give me an idea of how much they know or don’t know about the gospel.
- Based on everything you just told me, if you were to die tonight, on a scale from 1 to 100 how sure are you that you would go to heaven. Very few guys ever tell me they feel confident.
- Another question I might ask is: If you were to stand before God and He was to ask you why He should let you into His kingdom, what would you say? Their answer gives me a good idea what they trust in for their salvation.
Then I’ll usually read from Knowing God Personally, a tool that I’ve found successful over the years.
If I don’t have it, I’ll use my Bible and go through the four points covered in the book. Then I’ll look up and share the scriptures that go along with each.
You can also download the app called “God Tools” for a digital version of Knowing God Personally.
Some of my friends use the Bridge Diagram. It’s a great way to share the gospel using Romans 6:23.
I like Knowing God Personally because it helps me stay on track and bring them to the point of decision.
After I have asked my questions and shared the gospel, I close with a few questions:
- Based on everything we have talked about, who or what would you say your trust is in to save you? Christ or your good works? Usually, I won’t make them answer the question, but will immediately go to my next question:
- If you want to be 100% sure you are in Christ, when do you think would be a good time to make this decision? If they say they really want to be 100% now, then I give them a few options by saying: “I can lead you in praying to trust in Christ, you can pray silently, or you can think about what we’ve talked about today and maybe we can meet up again next week, but let me be honest in saying that I think this is the most important decision you will ever make and I wouldn’t put it off.”
A small role can have a big impact
Introducing somebody to Christ is one of the most exciting things we do in the Christian life.
The best part is knowing I’m just a small cog in the wheel of helping that person come to Christ.
Knowing Christ affects everything—who they will date, how they will raise their kids, and their career path, to name a few.
A few years ago I received a phone call from a lady who attended Ole Miss as a freshman in 1967 and pledged Chi Omega.
She said that a CRU staff member shared the gospel with her pledge class one afternoon.
Right then, as the CRU member was speaking, she decided to trust Christ and live for Him.
As we continued our conversation, she told me her dad recently passed away and that she wanted to donate some of the money she inherited to CRU at Ole Miss.
God used that ministry to change her life. She ended up giving our campus ministry $10,000!
More than thirty years later our ministry to Greek Life on campus was still bearing fruit.
I recently got a text from a staff member saying a sorority girl at Ole Miss was killed last night by a drunk driver.
It’s a tragedy, but I am comforted by the thought that, since I shared the gospel with her entire pledge class, she may have listened.
I have a charred brick on my bookshelf that I picked up out of a fire ten years ago that killed three ATO’s.
All of this reminds me how short life is and that most of these Greeks would never hear the gospel, if I had not taken the time to share with them.