I’ve just had the pleasure of doing 8 “Christians to the Lions” sessions in the local secondary school. For those of you not familiar with the format, it’s the same thing as a “Grill a Christian” session, where a number of Christians are grilled about any and every aspect of their faith.
This is the second year I’ve done this and it’s by far my favourite part of being involved in schools work. You will most likely never get a better opportunity to tell the gospel clearly in school than you do in these sessions. It’s worth doing the sessions for that one question by itself. Who knows what seeds might be sown?
It’s also just great fun. Well, it’s what I call fun. I love the fact that you have no idea what question is going to come next and it’s a great way to keep you on your toes. I had a great time doing some apologetics and it just reminded me how much I enjoy that side of things. It’s also great to see some of the young people clearly thinking deeply and reflecting on what is being said. Obviously there are always going to be those who are out to mock or try and throw you a curveball but that doesn’t bother me. It’s quite amusing when someone asks a question that they think is going to embarrass or throw you and you just reply, completely unfazed by it. They always look so disappointed.
But although that is quite good fun, it’s not really the prime reason to be there. Like I said, the best thing is the seeds that get sown. Sometimes it feels like a waste of time and that nothing is going in, but God’s word is never wasted.