Decisions

DECISION TIME

  Follow These Steps:

1. Make a connection Make sure to get their name and give them yours. Maybe even quickly take a moment to find out something about them like what grade they are in or what school they go to. The more they see you care about them as a person, the more likely they are to share openly.

2. Find out why they came forward Try not to be the one talking for most of the time. Make an effort to listen and understand what exactly is going on in their heart and mind. Just like D-Groups, ask good questions that will encourage them to expound on what they’re dealing with.

Possible Reasons and Responses can be found by scrolling to the next section!

3.    Get their information A movement forward and conversation with a Godly adult is fantastic, but we know that getting students plugged into the local church provides so much more opportunity for growth. Please make it of the highest priority to have your students fill out the information card so that we are able to follow up and pace with the students that come forward.

They can fill out the paper form or the online form that can be found by going to shepherdyouth.com/connect or by clicking here.

Next Step Ideas: Grow in faith by getting plugged into a church, Start a reading plan of the Bible to begin to understand God’s story more, Tell someone about your decision


Step 2 Continued:

Accepting Jesus for the first time Clearly and simply explain the gospel!

When we are with God, we experience love, joy, and peace in our lives. The problem is that our sin separates us from God and blocks us from the life He wants for us. In order to get back to God, our sin needs to be paid for and Jesus paid for it by dying on the cross. Because of this, if we trust in Jesus, we are brought back to God and experience life in God’s kingdom.

God created us to be with Him

Our sins separate us from God

Sins cannot be removed by good deeds

Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again

Everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life

Life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever

Pray something like the prayer below:

“God, I admit that I have sinned. I believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection brings me back to you. Show me how to live for you in my everyday life.”


Recommitting their lives to Jesus Encourage them to take the next good step with Jesus.

  • In recommitting your life, know that you have always been God’s child and he has never stopped loving you. He’s been waiting for you. 

    There’s a story that Jesus told that shows us this in a beautiful way (Dusty will be sharing this during the message as well):

    Luke 15:20-24 “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Then the son confessed to his father: Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son. The father’s relief and joy at seeing his son was so great that he did not even reprove him or rebuke him. Instead, the father instructed his slaves: Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found. And they began to celebrate.”

    You have come home to your father today and he is celebrating. Now I want to tell you if you want to stay close to God is it up to you.
    James 4:8 - “come close to God and God will come close to you.”

    Hebrews 2:1 - “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”

    Pray with the student


Wanting to get Baptized Celebrate and encourage them to discuss that decision with their parents or guardians

The water of baptism doesn’t save us from our sins; only trust in Jesus does! Baptism demonstrates that you trust in Christ. Like a wedding ring, baptism is an outward expression of the commitment you make in your heart.

Celebrate with the student, pray with them, and let them know someone will contact them

If they have questions, see below!

Why should I be Baptized?

  • To Follow Christ’s Example (Matthew 3:13-15 “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.”)

  • Because Jesus Commanded It (Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”)

  • Because it’s part of God applying our salvation to our lives (Acts 2:38 “Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”)

  • To demonstrate that I really do believe (Acts 18:8 “Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.”/ 1 John 2:3 “We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.”)

    What is the meaning of Baptism?

  • It Illustrates Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”/ Colossians 2:12 “having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with himthrough your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.”)

  • It illustrated a new life as a Christian (Romans 6:3-4 “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”/ Galatians 3:27 “for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”)


Getting Prayer or Asking Questions Listen, Advise, Pray

Red Flag Issues (self harm, suicidal thoughts, abuse, etc.)

Listen and get a scope of what is going on (this is very important).

You are courageous in letting someone know. You are loved and God has not forgotten about you.

We are reminded in the Psalms that "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” and that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Advise the student to let a parent or trusted adult that is involved in their everyday life know about the situation.

Pray with the student

Please make sure to inform us of any and all Red Flag issues afterward

Stress, Anxiety or Depression

Listen and get a scope of what is going on (this is very important).

Even Jesus struggled with stress and sadness

Matthew 26:37 says “And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.” 

Throughout this chapter, Jesus does a few things. He choses to be with people, open up about what he’s going through, ask for prayer, be honest with his Father, God, and remind himself of joy and hope.

You’re already doing several of those things by coming forward and opening up! I want to pray over your situation and strongly encourage you to share this with a close friend and more importantly a parent or trusted adult in your life.

Pray with the student

Divorce

Listen and get a scope of what is going on (this is very important).

Divorce is difficult. Something that seems like it should be stable and constant is torn out from under us. While it isn’t your fault, it still causes brokenness in you that you have to deal with. But good news, Jesus specializes in brokenness. In fact, he told the religious leaders of the day that he came specifically for the people who were hurting and broken. He is there with you in the hurt and in the process of healing to give you clarity, peace, and comfort.

2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.”

Pray with the student

Self-Image

Listen and get a scope of what is going on (this is very important).

We all struggle with feeling not “good enough” at times. It’s exhausting trying to keep up with what we ourselves and others think we should be. But the truth is that we were created by God and for God.

You are wholly and dearly loved. And like Romans 12 says, you are invited to be a part of the body of Christ. Without all the members of the body, we don’t function as well as we should! There are good works in God’s Kingdom that you, just as you are, were designed to accomplish! Know you are valuable, you are loved, and you are chosen by God by grace and for good!

Pray with the student