ne of the biggest problems you deal with on college campuses
today is what I call "College Christians." College Christians say, "I don't
have to worry about Jesus. I'll get through college and worry about all that
later." I should know. I was one of them when I first came to Auburn.
I was bouncing along as a freshman thinking the same thing when my roommate
was invited to a Campus Crusade meeting by a bunch of girls. He told me I had
to come with him, so we went.
I've always been impressed with the ideals and integrity of Bill Bright,
founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International. He leads an evangelical
Christian organization striving to reach people with the gospel of Jesus
Christ. That Great Commission vision was instilled in Bill Bright's heart more
than 50 years ago.
Anyway, it was an amazing night. It put my focus back where it needed to be.
I met a guy named Scott Moffit that night. He asked if I'd be interested in
meeting with him.
Scott took a real interest in me and discipled me for the next two years.
Discipling is so important because you learn to relate to other Christians and
help each other grow. The fundamentals of discipleship are so important, too.
Bible study, prayer and learning how to lead others to develop those same
disciplines are all part of being a Christian.
Scott's on staff with Crusade in Croatia now. Seeing him live out his faith
made me realize I needed to do the same thing. So I did something funny. I
looked for a fraternity to pledge that had very few Christians. I found one
where I fit in but had no real Christian influence. I started holding a Bible
study. I mean, I was a pledge, and I had brothers coming to a Bible study I was
leading. If God can use somebody in a fraternity, He can use people
That was four years ago, and I'm still leading the Bible study. There are
eight guys who are regularly there and others who sometimes sit in. We've even
had atheists come.
Right now we're going through the book of James. We go through two chapters
a week and look at observations, interpretations and applications. It's an
inductive study. We meet and talk about what we've learned during the week. We
share our struggles and pray for each other. As I learn to relate to other
believers and learn from them, I find it incredible what God does in people's
God built my confidence to be more out front in evangelism efforts on
campus. Last year we brought Todd Thrasher to campus. Todd's on staff with YWAM
(Youth With A Mission) and is from my hometown.
When Todd spoke, it was really powerful. Eight people came forward and
prayed to receive Christ as their Savior. God calls us to be faithful. His
Spirit will take care of the rest.
Some people wondered why I chose to join a fraternity, but Jesus said that
healthy people don't need a doctor, it's the sick ones who do. God gifts people
in different ways, and He's allowed me to be comfortable sharing the gospel
A lot of people I've shared with over the last four years have become
Christians. I guess you'd have to say that God gave me the Auburn campus as a
misson field. I believe He has used this time to prepare me for the next
challenge I'll face as I try to follow His plan for my life. I'm excited about
what the future holds.
I've applied to go to East Asia as a missionary after I graduate. I went on
a summer mission there two years ago and it was awesome. People were so hungry
for the Word of God. At one point 24 atheists became Christians at one meeting.
I went back there last year on an International Mission Board trip.
That trip convinced me that God wants me to serve in East Asia. Wherever God
calls me, I'm ready to go.
God used my experiences to change my focus in life from material
things--even in a good way with what I could do for Him with those material
things--to wanting to be involved in discipleship and helping to fulfill the
Great Commission, no matter the cost.
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