|David Nasser speaks in the Rubin Arena of the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation at Palm Beach Atlantic University during Christival.|
Speaker and author David Nasser, who fled Iran with his family at age 9 and converted to Christianity at age 18, spoke to Palm Beach Atlantic University students this week about what he sees as the most dangerous thing that is going on with their generation of Christians.
Though they gather together to sing worship songs, read books about missions and share their faith on social media, “most (young) people don’t just get up, get out and go, ‘You know what, today I’m going to go have conversations with people about Jesus,’” said Nasser of Birmingham, Ala.-based D. Nasser Outreach.
“Today I’m 19, I’m 21, I’m going to have the opportunity to run into people that I can just sit down with and literally share the Gospel with.”
Nasser, the speaker for this year’s Christival, centered his Wednesday morning message on the story of Paul’s conversion in the ninth chapter of Acts. Almost at once, Paul begins to preach the gospel to unbelievers, Nasser said.
To the hundreds of students gathered in the Rubin Arena for the chapel hour, Nasser posed this question: “As a believer, do you tell people who are not believers about the One to believe in?”
|Worship leader Matt Papa performs.|
Nasser recalled his conversion from Islam to Christianity at age 18 and the powerful need he felt to talk to others about Jesus. He said the first time he ever preached was at a local Burger King restaurant, where he began approaching strangers and talking to them.
“I felt like God had given me the cure for the eternal cancer,” he said. “And so I felt that this was too good to keep to myself.”
He told students that “right in the middle of this downtown, God has put a Christian school, not just to educate the people who come to it, but through it to be a mission all over this city. God placed you here for that very reason. Are you telling people about Jesus?”
Christival, a long-standing PBA tradition of praise, worship and learning, began on Tuesday evening and continues through Thursday in the Rubin Arena of the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation. This year’s theme is “Glory Revealed,” which is also the title of one of Nasser’s books.
Leading worship this week is the Matt Papa Band. Papa is a minister and recording artist based out of Raleigh, N.C., where he lives with his wife, Lauren, and their three daughters. He serves as an artist-in-residence and worship leader at The Summit Church in Durham.