In April, Pingstkyrkan Eskilstuna hosted our first Mosaik Inspiration Day! This day was birthed out of a desire to bring curious, potential and established Mosaik groups to learn from each other and others around Europe. To learn some “best practices,” we had several missionaries that work with university students; Johnny Danielsson, Mosaik Malmö, Chuck Haavik, Copenhagen, Blair Bonin, Belgium and Steve Cuttino, Czech Republic.
While talking about university ministry and what some of the key characteristics are, Blair reminded us that it is about students coming in contact with a loving God. This is a pivotal time in their lives where they are searching for identity and purpose. We do not know who we will end up influencing for Christ: future CEOs, world leaders, mothers, fathers, politicians, bankers, inventors. They all deserve to know God loves them and that He wants to be known by them.
Chuck brought home the need for us to be involved in the lives of those that do not know Christ. We are the ones that they will see Christ lived out in a daily basis. He showed us that Paul did not fight with the philosophers in the book of Acts, but he identified with them, he found common ground within their culture and tie it to Jesus. When we build relationships, we are establishing common ground, and then we allow Jesus to shine on that ground.
Jesus commanded us to go into all the nations and make disciples. There are various ways to do that, but Steve pointed out that the most effective discipleship process comes through the Faithful Disciple. This is the Christian that reaches out to their friends, colleagues, and family to let them know about Jesus. As those they reach out to come to know Jesus, they are taught and shown what it means to be a follower of Jesus. If after the first year, they grow to 6 Christians, then those 6 will reach out to another 6 each; 36 after 2 years. If the multiplication continues each year, after 10 years there would be 60.5 million Christians, all because 1 person took the time and invested in just a few, discipling them in the ways of Jesus.
Johnny wrapped it up with the simple reminder, it begins with people. We must build relationships. We need to become invested in our communities, reaching out, serving them, giving without expecting anything in return. The world will see the attitude behind our actions before they ever see the reasons. Let them see Jesus in all that you do.
We had a great time and hope that this will become an event that will be hosted all over Sweden in the days to come.