Why did you pledge Sigma Nu?
Ex: Pledgeship crammed in a closet
4 areas of your life:
1. Social – best part
2. Physical – stay in shape
3. Intellectual – study or you go home
4. *Spiritual- you can go thru 4 years and never think about this
I wanted to give you 3 myths or 3 lies regarding your spiritual life
1. Myth #1- I’ll do that later on when I settle down, when I’m out of school, or when I have more time
Reality is life gets more and more complicated every year
It’s hard to believe this now, but it will never be easier to make your spiritual life a priority than now, never’
Habits: JC Ryle ‘peoples hearts are seldom changed if they are not changed when they’re young.’
Ex: Habits are like trees, sapling & 100 grown men
Ex: Patrick, I’ll get to that later on when I settle down
*star this thought in your mind: “the way we live spiritually in college is most likely the way you will live spiritually the rest of your life.”
Ex: Show picture, their response today is the same as it was 7 or 8 years ago, nothing has changed
Apply: this myth brings to light the question, which of these 4 areas of you life is out of balance: the social, the physical, the intellectual, or the spiritual?
2. Myth #2- The stuff I do in college won’t affect me later in life, I’m just having fun now
Here’s a few other ways to state the myth:
-Live it up now, you’re only in college once
Ex: sitting on back porch of my house in Savannah
-I just need to get this out of me
Ex: concrete by the Ferg, you’re not getting anything out of you but putting things into you
The reality is what we do now will have far reaching consequences, scars that will stay with you for your whole life
JC Ryle says ‘You and your sin will meet again’
Ex: Delayed fuse
What’s true is little things over time, become big things.
Apply: You’re at an incredible University, you’re a pledge at an incredible fraternity. But lay a foundation that you can build on that will stand the test of time.
3. Myth #3- What’s most important is the external not the internal
Your appearance, what your resume says, who your friends are, how hot your girlfriend is, these are all things that tend to take precedence over your relationship with God
The reality is over the course of your life your character will not only be revealed but will cause you to withstand the storms of life. Who you are now, will eventually be known to the outside
Bill Bright says “The fear of men is a powerful force”
Groupthink: The idea that we do what others around us do.
Remember: There are only 2 things that will last in life: God’s Word & men’s souls.
Now is the time to make the habit of orienting your life around Christ
Apply: What does that look like?
1. You’ve got great brothers here like Will that want to help you grow spiritually
2. Come get involved in Cru or another Christian ministry
3. Meet with one of us to talk more about what this looks like
Close with this thought:
Sow a thought
Reap an act
Sow an act
Reap a habit
Sow a habit
Reap a character
Sow a character
Reap a destiny
*In some sense, right now counts for forever.
Apply: I want to challenge you guys to leave a legacy here. Make your life count for something significant.
Ex: Composite pics: dead, rehab, divorced
Right now I know you guys feel indestructible and bullet proof. I know I did as a pledge.
We’re not asking you to become a hipster, get all weird on us, and wear some skinny jeans which is what I thought Christianity was
We’re challenging you tonight to take a hard look at your spiritual life and remember that it’s never too early to begin to walk with God, and we don’t ever want it to be too late.
Josh is going to pass out some index cards…
1. Meet to talk more about this
2. More info on Bama Cru
3. House Bible study
4. Punch me in the face/ play basketball
When I joined staff with Cru in 1990, they placed me at Auburn University. As soon as I arrived on campus I went straight into the Sigma Chi house and started a ministry with that chapter. Being a Sig myself, it was really easy and natural. One of the first things I did was meet with the pledge trainer and schedule a time to speak to the pledge class. When I spoke to the pledges I passed out comment cards and immediately started calling them and setting up appointments.
I like to use the “Knowing God Personally” booklet written by Dr. Bill Bright, who founded Cru, and saw several guys trust Christ within the first week of following up the pledges! I thought I was on the edge of being part of God doing a wonderful revival until I noticed the guys were quick to pray with me but slow to show up for the follow-up appointments. It wasn’t long till I began figuring out that these guys were intimidated by me because I was only a few years older than them. I think I could have gotten them to pray to receive rocks if I had wanted to! Although I would not stop sharing the Gosple with pledges, I began to almost talk them out of trusting in Christ to make sure they were ready. I saw less decisions that way but I believe they were more serious decisions.
So what did I do with a guy once he made a decision to trust Christ? In other words, how did I follow up a new convert?
When ever I had a guy pray with me to trust Christ, I realized that although he “indicated a decision” to follow Christ, that did not mean that he was truly regenerated. I would not know for sure until I had seen him grow and begin make Christ Lord of his life. There are several things I ask him to consider doing.
- Find a church that teaches the Bible and start attending regularly to find fellowship with other Christians. Ill encourage them to go with me and I’ll take them to my church.
- If they are in college, I encourage them to get involved in a local campus ministry and go to the Bible study that hopefully is meeting at their fraternity chapter.
- Consider buying a Bible. I even suggest buying a study Bible. Of course I point out that the writing on the top is God’s inspired Word and the writing at the bottom is the words of men who are very wise and can give clarity to God’s Word. I personally encourage them to buy a NASB or ESV -but that’s just my preference. I let them borrow my Bible till they own one and I encourage them to start reading through the book of John and ask if we could meet on a regular bases to discuss what they are learning.
- I also encourage them to buy a note book and take notes of what they are learning. I tell them that if they read something they will remember some of it but if they write it down then they will remember more. And if they share it will someone else then they will remember a majority of what they read.
- I love the foundation studies that Cru has put together and I have used them for 30+ years. They are a great resource to help them understand the basics like assurance of salvation; the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and how to pray.
You can order sets of the 4 foundation studies at: http://crustore.org/foundations.html