The house is full of young people from USC. The atmosphere is energetic with laughter, connecting, and spiritual discussions over a meal.
After dinner, my friend Wes announces, “Time for the Jesus story discussion!”
Everyone gathers in the living room. Ben and Justin take turns singing a couple songs.
Ben says, “One of our ways of connecting with Jesus is singing songs that celebrate how good he is. Jesus means a lot to some of us here. You don’t have to sing if you don’t know the song. I encourage you to just chill and think thankful thoughts while you open up your mind to Jesus. Or if you catch on to some of the words, feel free to sing along.”
We sing a couple songs. Then we dive into the story. We read about a woman Jesus encountered who was caught in adultery.
What does this story tell us about people?
What does this story tell us about Jesus?
What do you learn about your life from this story?
The discussion is lively. Afterwards, some people need to leave. Others hang out, play games, and have fun.
This is what most nights look like when I travel to plant simple churches with my team.
One night, a cool girl who, as far as I know, had never been to church in her life opened up to us about nightmares she’d had the last several years.
Nick says, “I used to have nightmares until I spoke with Jesus about them. I discovered he has power to take nightmares away and bring us hope, faith, and love. Can we pray for you to have a similar experience?”
“Sure,” she says. “I’ll try anything.”
An artist and dreamer, I am impressed with her courage and passion for life. We pray for her. Suddenly Nick and I both start to hear things in our minds to encourage her.
We tell her the things we’re thinking about. This goes on for about five minutes as we start to flow together in the Holy Spirit.
She looks up and smiles, a slightly bewildered look on her face.
“What you prayed was SCARY accurate.”
The evening ended with her talking to Jesus herself for the first time in her life.
We pray for some tough stuff going on in her life. We hang out a bunch more during the week and deepen the friendship.
It was beautiful.
I love what I do.
Make friends with people who don’t know Jesus.
Help them discover Jesus for themselves.
Gather together to learn to follow Him with them and their friends.
Nurture a vision to make a difference on campus, in relationships, in the marketplace and the nations.
It’s what movements are made of: multiplication of values, relationships, ideas, and meaningful experiences together.
Here are a few other highlights from this last week:
Rui encountered Jesus last year. He’s now a strong disciple. Here he is with his beautiful wife, Christi. We enjoyed lots of quality time together this week. Rui is already making an impact on several other international students at USC.
Nick (left) discipled Rui by leading him through the Pocket Disciple experiences. Above, Rui and Nick lead a group of internationals through the first experience, “Change.” A Japanese international student walks over and says,
“I am a total atheist. But I am curious about Jesus. Could I please join you in this discussion?”