Students urged to embrace life in Christ
The Fall Conference 2014 opened with a prayer for God to raise up a spiritual army and change history because of what happened that weekend.
Nearly 600 people attended The Fall Conference which is the annual KNCSB retreat for college students and other young adults. It was held Sept. 26-28 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.
This year’s retreat theme was “The Walking Dead” based on Colossians 3:3—“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Andy Addis was the featured speaker. He is KNCSB president and pastor of CrossPoint Church, Hutchinson, Kan.
“Don’t be afraid,” Addis told the students during the opening session on Friday night Sept. 26. “Open the door of your heart. [God] has something to say to you.”
As he spoke during the Friday night session, Addis focused on Colossians 3:3, the retreat’s theme verse.
First, he challenged his listeners to examine themselves and see if they have embraced life in Christ.
In the Bible, “every story is about God rescuing us. He needs to raise us up.”
Once you become a follower of Christ, you have to take up your cross daily and follow Him, Addis continued.
He challenged the crowd to redirect their minds and actions.
“Keep your eyes on Him,” Addis said. “It doesn’t matter what your past is. Your future is secure if you bow your knee to Him.”
Breakout sessions during The Fall Conference offered more opportunities for learning.
Addis led a session that helped conference participants learn how to share their faith in a non-confrontational way by using “3 Circles.” The North American Mission Board developed “3 Circles.”
This simple evangelism method can be sketched on a napkin. The first circle focuses on God’s perfect plan. Circle number 2 shows how people broke God’s plan. And the third circle focuses on the gospel and how accepting Christ can move people back to circle number 1—God’s perfect plan.
“3 Circles” is a companion to a new book “Life on Mission: Joining the Everyday Mission of God” that was released Sept. 1.
Sapp is the leader of the KNCSB Sharing Team and oversees campus ministry in Nebraska and Kansas.
In other activity, campus ministers met separately to network and learn how to minister more effectively.
The campus leaders at The Fall Conference ranged from those leading long-term established ministries to a concerned woman who brought two young adults from her church.
It is never too early to encourage high-school students to get involved in a Kansas-Nebraska campus ministry when they go to college, Sapp said.
Collegiate Night takes place every Tuesday night during KNCSB Super Summer youth camp. Representatives of KNCSB campus ministries will be on hand to tell high-school juniors, seniors and recent graduates how they can get involved on campus.
With The Fall Conference 2014 now in the history books, attention is now focusing on Kansas-Nebraska campuses that do not have a Southern Baptist ministry. These campuses include the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Chadron State University, Chadron, Neb., and Colby Community College, Colby, Kan.
Sapp was planning a late October vision tour to the University of Nebraska-Kearney. This group was then planning to travel up Interstate 29 to visit college campuses in South Dakota and North Dakota. This is part of Heartland Interstate Strategy, which is an effort to reach the area along I-29 from Kansas City to Winnipeg, Manitoba.