I-GIG Leading Step 1: Why Start?

What is an I-GIG?

An International Group Investigating God is a Bible discussion to discover who God is and how to follow Jesus. This particular GIG guide was developed with international students in mind: as participants, group leaders, or both, though I-GIG Guides have been used by many different groups of people.

Why Start an I-GIG?

God is building a kingdom of believers through his Holy Spirit “from every nation, tribe, people, and language.” See Revelation 7:9. God’s plan is to reach the world through you and other Christians. Before Jesus left the earth, he commanded: “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” John 20:21b (NIV)

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 will be with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19a, 20b (NIV)

If you are a student, you have already been sent by God to a new place. Have you ever thought of it that way? He gave you a place to study and put people in your life. He loves those people more than you will ever know. He wants you to love them and to tell them about Jesus.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Jesus’ words in Luke 19:10 (NIV)

You can trust God with this: when you open the Bible, you open up the power and authority of God’s Word. You will see how relevant it is, even to those who do not believe in him. God will speak into your friends’ lives and change them. He will change you, as well.


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