Momentum – Day 3 – Afshin Ziafat (Evening)

Afshin Ziafat: Afshin was born in Houston, Texas. He moved with his family to their native country of Iran when he was two years old. In the midst of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Afshin’s family moved back to Houston when he was six years old. In the second grade, he was given a Bible by a tutor who was teaching him the English language. He read that Bible 10 years later as a senior in high school and came to faith in Christ. His conversion to Christianity was only the beginning of his journey to understand what it would look like to follow Christ.

Ultimately, his family would disown him because of his faith in Christ. His story illustrates the call of Christ on each of our lives—to follow Him regardless of the cost. In so doing, Afshin found that the reward was greater than the cost. He found the life Christ had for him. Afshin says, “My story is not about a man’s faithfulness to God; it’s about God’s faithfulness to a man.” His story is one of hope and inspiration, which demonstrates the truth of Matthew 16: 25- that whoever loses his life for the sake of Christ will find it.

Afshin received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages degree from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Currently, Afshin resides in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Meredith. He is the founder of Afshin Ziafat Ministries and travels nationally and internationally proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in churches, retreats, camps, conferences, and missions. Afshin speaks weekly at Truth Bible Study at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He also partners with Elam Ministries and travels into the Middle East regularly to train Iranian pastors. Afshin’s passion is to teach the Word of God as the authority and guide for life, to preach Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Redeemer of mankind, and to proclaim the love of Christ as the greatest treasure and hope in life.

SPEAKER NOTE: Afshin gives a great introduction to the text. He gives background and practical application for all teenagers to understand. I’m hooked.

1 Thessalonians 1:4-10 Everything starts with the Gospel intersecting our hearts. The good news of Jesus Christ is that God shows you His love for you. A love that you cannot earn. Before you can understand the good news, you have to understand the bad news.


Ephesians 2:1-3 The Bible teaches that God created man for perfect relationship, the enemy came in and lied that God was holding something from man thus causing him to turn to idolatry. This is the foundation for sin which spread a disease for all mankind causing them to be physically alive yet spiritually dead.

“A dead person cannot bring himself back to life.”

If people understand the Gospel then the people will understand the need to reach lost people. We need to understand that we were all an enemy of God at some moment in our life (if not for all our lives – i.e. the unsaved)

The Gospel of Jesus does not pass down through genetical jeans.

SIDE NOTE: Afshin is PREACHING the BIBLE right now. I’m addicted to this… are the youth? They need to be connected with proper exegetical preaching of the WORD.

When you find the hope of God you will be ready to loss all idols, forget about what you want and do what God wants.

“You want to win people to Christ you have to earn the right to be heard.”

PERSONAL THOUGHT: A lot of this trip has revolved around learning from/about the way other people believe. I started thinking the implications/what would happen if Christians served like Catholics, memorized scripture like Muslims, held fast to traditions like Jews, evangelized like Jehovah Witnesses, meditated like Buddhists, honored God like the Orthodox, etc. etc. etc.

“We change the world by evangelizing the country one by one.”

If you want to save your life then you better expect to loss it. Christianity never stated that it would be easy. To fight the flesh is a worldly struggle. Some of us are going to have to get uncomfortable and go.

Great material. Way to preach boss.



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