The distinctives of Campus for Christ flow out of our goal, we are here to change the world by helping students discover Jesus, and answers the question, what are the principles we will employ to shape our strategy?
CENTRALITY OF THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE WORD
C4C recognizes that we cannot obey in the flesh and that anything we do in our own strength is not ultimately glorifying to God. We recognize that spiritual power comes from God alone, who grants it to us through the person of the Holy Spirit. Only through being filled with the Holy Spirit can we grow, obey and do what glorifies God. We experience spiritual power by being constantly filled with the Holy Spirit, moment by moment. This involves confessing any known sin in our lives to God and trusting God’s Word and the gospel.
We emphasize prayer as the foundation for all that we do, from seeking God’s wisdom, to His dreams, to the planning of these ideas, to their execution, the tiniest detail is not too important to pray about. We pray for others and actively seek people to participate with us in prayer.
Success in initiative evangelism is simply taking the initiative to share the good news of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God (Bill Bright). This is done one-to-one and through group evangelism.
Many people conceive of evangelism as effective only when they lead someone to Christ. This is not biblical. We are His witnesses. It is up to God to bring about new life. Also, many Christians conceive of evangelism as living good lives and waiting for people to ask what is different about them and then to share the gospel. This is not biblical. Our conversion as Christians is because someone took the initiative to share the good news about Jesus with us.
Luke 9:6ff; Ezekiel 2:3-7; Jer 1:7-8; Jesus Himself coming; Him going to Samaria (John 4); Acts 1:8; Phillip approaching the Ethiopian Eunuch; ; 1 Corinthians 16; Mark 16:15; Luke 10:2; Acts 5:42, Modelled by the apostles, even after being beaten (v.40); Acts 20:18-21; Matthew 28:18-20, Commanded by Jesus; Romans 10:13-15; 2 Corinthians 5:11, we persuade others; 2 Corinthians 5:20; 1 Corinthians 9:19-27.
ONE ON ONE AND SMALL GROUP DISCIPLESHIP
Following Jesus’ example, we believe that people are best discipled in small groups. This aids in multiplying our time, the encouragement of group members and a process whereby we can find those who want to have a deepening relationship with the Lord. We also disciple people individually. They are discipled to Christ and not to us. Our goal is to help people become independently dependent on the Lord.
In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul encourages Timothy to pass on what he has learned to other reliable people who in turn are to pass this on to others. Although we want to build into our new and young Christians, our goal is that what we give them would not end with them. Until they are giving away what they have been given we are just having a ministry of addition. Our goal in ministry is multiplication.
Colossians 1: 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
TRANSFERABLE METHODS AND MATERIALS
For Spiritual Multiplication to take place, transferability of thoughts, ideas and material need to happen. We believe that it is vital for material to be passed on from one generation to another, one culture to another, discipler to disciple. Thus, any materials need to be easily understood, easily used and easily passed on to others. As Jesus said, “make disciples . . . teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
For example, there are stories of a student on campus trusting in Christ through the “Knowing God Personally Booklet” and then that same day going home and reading the booklet to their family and their whole family trusting in Christ.
SACRIFICIAL SENDING FOR THE FULFILLMENT OF THE GREAT COMMISSION
Jesus’ goal expressed in Matthew 28:18-20 is “make disciples of all nations.” The word “nations,” ethne in the Greek, and has a fuller meaning than just political boundaries. Ethne means people group.
Currently there are 6,872 unreached people groups comprising 2.80 billion people (Joshua Project).
“Thus, while there are still tens of millions who have never heard the name “Jesus” at all, there are hundreds of millions more who may have heard of Jesus and may even have high regard for Him, but who cannot see a way to become His disciples and still remain within their natural com- munity. The church cannot grow within peoples where relevant churches do not exist. Forty percent of the individuals in the world live within peoples with no church. They are no more spiritually “lost” than your cousin who has never gone to church, but unlike your cousin, there is no church made up of people like themselves with whom they can fellowship. Such people live in groups that we refer to as being “unreached.” Their entire people has not yet been effectively reached with the gospel” (Ralph Winter).
We are to make disciples of all peoples. Acts 1:8 says: “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”