Campus Ambassadors @ UAlbany

LORDSHIP EVANGELISM

LORDSHIP   EVANGELISM

Much confusion takes place when Christians call unbelievers to repentance and at the same time describe salvation as the grace of God, a free gift appropriated by faith. This confusion has created two faulty conclusions, each being the extreme opposite of the other: 1) Salvation is faith and works together; 2) Salvation is bestowed upon anyone who simply believes, even to those who are unwilling to turn their lives over to Jesus Christ.

Our distinction of Lordship Evangelism looks at the whole teaching of Jesus: Salvation is a free, undeserved gift made possible by the death of Christ on our behalf (I John 2:2). Nobody earns merit with God. Instead, eternal life is offered unconditionally to anyone who wants it (Eph. 2:8-9). At the same time, eternal life must be carefully defined as a relationship with God which starts now and continues for all of eternity (John 5:24). The relationship is characterized by obedience (Matt. 7:21-23). Although we are incapable of obeying God on our own, the Holy Spirit comes into the heart of the believer and brings forth both the desire and power to obey (Phil. 2:12-13). We will not obtain sinless perfection in this life (Phil. 3:12-14), but the Holy Spirit definitely brings about change (Rom. 8:9). The willingness to accept this process is repentance. The fruit and sign of this acceptance is a life of obedience. Works, therefore, are a by-product which verifies salvation, not a prerequisite for salvation (James 2:18-19). Belief and faith in biblical times described a willingness to obey, not mere intellectual adherence. The person who would rather live a life of sin does not really want the gift of eternal life, since the end product of this eternal life is submission to Christ.

Campus Ambassadors insists upon a gospel which stresses both the mercy of God and supremacy of God’s Spirit in our lives. To do less makes the gospel sound unfair and leads people into dangerously false belief.

We must resist the temptation to take prospective converts through a quick “prayer of salvation” and instead ask such individuals to count the cost (Luke 14:28). All too often, people respond emotionally to persuasive gospel presentations, without really taking the time to think through all of the implications. One must know that his/her life is going to change radically. If people understand from the onset that Jesus must be Lord they will also become concerned if they do not see the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. This healthy caution is preferable to a false security based upon “easy believism.”

Ministering on the secular campus as Campus Ambassadors, we are committed to this biblical (lordship) evangelism. It concerns PERSONAL DISCIPLESHIP. We seek the goal of “making disciples” according to the Great Commission which requires confession by baptism and Christlikeness by obedience (Matt. 28:19-20). Evangelism is our primary goal.

Biblical Righteousness – Serving the Poor and Oppressed

God’s has great concern for those who are marginalized, pushed aside, forgotten by people and/or suffering in some way.  It is mentioned form the beginning of the Bible to the end!  We so often read the Bible from a selfish perspective that we miss this major theme in the Sciptures.  In fact it is mentioned more than almost any other theme!

If it’s so important why do we overlook it?  Please learn with us why it’s so important to join in with God to love those around us who are in need!  Talk given 10/19/10.

Due to technical difficulties we were unable to record this talk.  Please review the notes and powerpoint below instead.

Biblical Righteousness [Notes]

Biblical Righteousness [Powerpoint]

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Sharing Faith

It is a Biblical command that a follower of Jesus actually shares his/her faith in Him!  1 Peter 3:15 says “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”  We are all supposed to be doing it.  Period.  But, few actually do.  Shouldn’t it be like sharing something that is sweet with someone, Like Ice-cream?

Why?  What’s so hard about it?  Is it because we don’t know what it is we are trying to share, or is it a fear of rejection from people?  Also, let’s face it… There are a lot of people out there sharing their faith in very destructive ways, or at least not doing it with gentleness and respect!  Is our fear because we have seen all the wrong examples of how to share faith in Christ with people?

Listen as we talk about what we are really trying to share with people, and analyze various methods out there and see if we can come up with a good way of going about sharing our faith with people.  There might even be a testimony from one of our new sisters!  Talk given on 9/14/10.

Sharing Our Faith

Sharing our Faith [Notes]

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Jesus is calling you to be a Disciple!

Jesus was and is the creator of everything we know!  He could have snapped His fingers and just demanded that we all follow Him, but He didn’t.  He could have had the greatest “mega-church” the world has ever seen, but He didn’t.  Instead, he chose to build into 12 men and left them with the call to build into more.  Why would he do that?  Was it an accident?  Did He make a mistake?

Kicking off the year, Steve preached on the call to be a disciple.   Please learn with us why the most powerful being ever, would choose to act in such a way!

Due to technical difficulties we were not able to record this talk.  Please read the notes and powerpoint.  Talk given 8/31/10.

Discipleship Notes

Discipleship Powerpoint

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Infusion Weekend

Every year on Memorial Day weekend [from Thursday to Tuesday - 5 days],  Campus Ambassadors Christian Fellowships from all over the northeast, and one group from Colorado, come together for 5 days of growth in our relationship with Christ and our relationships with each other.  We are “Infused” with Jesus’ ways, Spirit, love and truth together during our time together.
This is no typical retreat!
It is 5-days long and intentionally focused on building up leaders in Christ to go back to their campuses and share the Love of Jesus with the campus they come from.  There are workshops on topics such as Leading small groups, Sharing our faith, Discipling others, Leading Worship, Drama as worship and Social Justice issues!  There are also elective’s like Over-coming depression, Spiritual warfare, Sexual immorality, Gifts of the Spirit, organizing for ministry and much much more!
Each day there is worship, prayer, a teaching, small groups and tons of fun activities [hiking/horseback riding/swing dancing/etc.].  Each year there are some who come to know and follow Jesus for the first time and some who choose to become Baptized!
If you are interested in learning more about Infusion, Campus Ambassadors, or knowing Jesus, please visit www.campusambassadors.com for more information!
Infusion Video 1

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Jesus is Practical: Serving Those In Need

Jesus’ words to His disciples and followers were consistent with the major thrust in Scripture towards serving those in need.  There are poor and oppressed people in every culture, environment and economy.  Oppression happens on multiple levels and has many ways of manifesting itself.  This talk focuses on the many ways people are either oppressed or are the oppressors and discovering what we can do about it.

Talk was given 4/6/10.

Jesus is Practical: Serving those in need

Jesus is Practical – Serving [Powerpoint slides]

Jesus is Practical – Serving those in need

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