Hitting the Wallfor: Students

When I youth pastored in Philadelphia, I rode my bicycle to the church most nice days. You would too if your other transportation was a 1985 Ford LTD Crown Vic with no air conditioning. We lived in the Lower Roxborough section of the city, on the border with Manayunk, and the church was in Upper Roxborough. The “lower” and “upper” descriptions are no joke. It was a 30-minute uphill ride to get to church, and about a 15 minute ride downhill to get home. As I pedaled day-by-day, my body adapted. I lost weight and grew muscle. I loved riding my bike to work!

We lived just a block away from where the famous Philadelphia International Cycling Championship entered and left our neighborhood. One of the centerpieces of the race was called “The Manayunk Wall,” a very steep hill in the middle of the neighborhood that separated the men from the boys. One of my personal goals, as I rode to work each and every day, was to eventually make it up the wall without stopping. The first time I tried, I had to get off my bike and walk up. When I tried it again, a few weeks later, I made it up easily. Training made all the difference.

Almost every Campus Missionary and Bible Club I know hits the wall, at least temporarily, about halfway through the year. The school year starts out strong, and we are loaded with vision and dreams of what God can do in our school. But as the year progresses, we may get tired out, or find that our efforts were not as successful as we hope they were. Sometimes we just get overloaded with the concerns of schoolwork, extracurricular activities, our jobs, and balancing life. The end of the school year is nowhere in sight. Almost everybody hits a wall.

But hitting the wall doesn’t mean your progress has to stop. The key is finding a way over, around, or through that wall. It means moving past the stalling point and progressing further towards the goal of praying, living, telling, serving, and giving on your campus for Jesus Christ. So…how do you get over the wall?

A great way to get over the wall is to do an outreach, serve your school, or hold an event. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. For example, Valentine’s Day is approaching. What if your Bible Club, or just a group of you and your fellow Campus Missionaries, created hearts with scripture on them that tell about God’s love? You could put the hearts on every locker, or just hand them out with some Valentine’s candy around school.

Whatever you do, don’t walk away from the race! Get over that wall!

When I youth pastored in Philadelphia, I rode my bicycle to the church most nice days. You would too if your other transportation was a 1985 Ford LTD Crown Vic with no air conditioning. We lived in the Lower Roxborough section of the city, on the border with Manayunk, and the church was in Upper Roxborough. The...

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The Bridge Cardfor: Students

The BRIDGE Card

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Going through school can be challenging as a teenager, not to mention if you have a faith in Jesus Christ then it has more then it’s share of challenges. Although we know of the great reward in eternity we will receive for living our faith out to the example Christ set upon the Cross for us, life can get discouraging. But although we may walk through the valley of the shadow of death we are called to proclaim the love of our God. Now, telling others about your faith can seem like a daunting task and seems almost impossible without offending someone, here is a way to show God’s Love to others and help you start the conversation of salvation with a friend by using your own story of how god has changed your entire life with his amazing and faithful love he has graced us with regardless of our past. The power of the Bridge Card is YOUR story, it really is your testimony that gives it the power for you to relate to others and help them understand salvation. As you walk through your story, point out each verse with the corresponding block of the card. The goal of the card, is to tell others that Jesus bridged the gap between Him and us, and that they to walk on that bridge and take part in the everlasting life God has presented us with.

 

The DesireThe thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10 NLT)

 

The Problem

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (Romans 3:23 NLT)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NLT)

 

The Answer

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NLT)

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8 NLT)

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Ephesians2:8, 9 NLT)

 

The Response

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1 John 1:9 NLT)

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. (Romans 10:9, 10 NLT)

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 NLT)

The BRIDGE Card Going through school can be challenging as a teenager, not to mention if you have a faith in Jesus Christ then it has more then it’s share of challenges. Although we know of the great reward in eternity we will receive for living our faith out to the example Christ set upon the Cross...

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TELLfor: Students

A normal human being will speak at least 10,000 words a day. Thats a lot of words!  But what do we say with these words? Matthew 12:36 states “I tell you, on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak.” So every word counts! What are you saying to those around you with the thousands of words you speak every day.

We are challenged as Campus Missionaries to TELL our story, the story of how God radically changed our lives. In order for our friends to come to Jesus, we must show Him in every action we perform, every word we say, and every attitude we display in all situations. TELL your story and see what happens…see who is impacted…see what God truly has for you! In Revelation 12:11 it says “They overcame [the enemy] because of the Lamb’s blood, and because of the word of their testimony. They didn’t love their life, even to death.” Our Testimony is the culmination of our experiences, adventures, and situations we faced before and after we met our Lord God, and accepted His Son as our Savior… So by our testimony and the blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we have overcome the advesary. With See You At The Pole taking place yesterday, people may be asking questions. Get ready to TELL them about a God that is so caring and loving that He sent His Son to die upon a cross for us. Share the good news and your testimony!

A normal human being will speak at least 10,000 words a day. Thats a lot of words!  But what do we say with these words? Matthew 12:36 states “I tell you, on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak.” So every word counts! What are you saying to those around...

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LIVEfor: Students

LIVE…what does it mean?  By definition, it means “to remain alive”. As campus missionaries, we are asked to Pray, Live, Tell, Serve, and Give! God has called us to live out our faith, and to live out His word. In order to live out our faith and represent Christ in our schools, we must be in His Word daily and personally worship Him.

 

When walking through our schools, God wants His presence to be evident in everything we do. This includes our speech, our decisions, and our actions. We should totally be engulfed in Gods word! We can’t ever leave the house without our phone our wallet, but what if we did the same with our Bibles and carried them everywhere? We at Youth Alive encourage you to carry your Bible this month!

 

As you live your life for God, it should be evident. Don’t be afraid to show it! Wear clothing letting others know that you love the Lord Most High, carry your Bible, and worship God all day, every day!

 

Matt. 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

LIVE…what does it mean?  By definition, it means “to remain alive”. As campus missionaries, we are asked to Pray, Live, Tell, Serve, and Give! God has called us to live out our faith, and to live out His word. In order to live out our faith and represent Christ in our schools, we must be in His...

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Taking Initiative – Part 3for: Students

The 1-Month Callenge

Editor’s Note: We’ve been doing a series called “Taking Initiative.” The commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the desire to impact a school for Jesus Christ, requires that we think and act creatively to accomplish this goal. Taking initiative means that we actively try to share and demonstrate our faith in school. For the next few weeks we will look at some different initiatives that you can take on in your school as you Pray, Live, Tell, Serve and Give.

When I was in high school and had fully committed my life to Christ, I made a conscious commitment to live my life with the mission of God in mind: to seek and save that which is lost (Luke 19:10). I also took a great interest in my own growth as a Christian. I started doing something that helped me fulfill both of these objectives at the same time; I started carrying my Bible with me at school. Even better, I started reading it at every opportunity that came along – downtimes, study halls, extra time after I had completed a test, etc. What started as an attempt to read my Bible more with the time available to me turned into an opportunity to share my faith.

People started to notice when I was carrying my Bible around. Why? Because nobody does that. I even had a teacher jokingly ridicule me in front of the class because I was reading my Bible when I had completed a test. That may seem like a bit of a challenge, but I was thankful that attention was drawn to the living Word of God, how valuable it was to me, and how it was changing my life. There wasn’t a fancy name or organized initiative for it back then. I was just a guy trying to be devout in my faith. But now we do have a name for it: The 1-Month Challenge.

It’s pretty simple: for one month carry your Bible with you everywhere you go. Don’t tuck it away in your backpack or purse, but carry it in your hand is a visual display your commitment to Christ and your desire to pray, live, tell, serve, and give as a missionary for the Gospel. Make it a physical version of the Bible rather than a digital version on your iPod. Everybody does stuff on their iPod in their spare time, so no one will really think anything of it if you’re reading your Bible on it. But an actual physical edition of God’s Word will make people notice what you’re doing. Then they’ll start to ask questions. Carry it everywhere: school, work, home, church, the mall, the movie theater, football games, hanging out with your friends, everywhere!

Start by committing to do this for one month, just 30 days. See where that takes you and the conversations it opens up. Then consider making it a part of your lifestyle. Here’s some great resources to help you:

National 1-Month Page

1-Month Video[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/28532190[/vimeo]

The 1-Month Callenge Editor’s Note: We’ve been doing a series called “Taking Initiative.” The commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the desire to impact a school for Jesus Christ, requires that we think and act creatively to accomplish this goal. Taking initiative means that we actively try to share and demonstrate our faith in school. For the...

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Serve (Advance Student Workshop)for: Podcast

As as Campus Missionary, or a Christian for that matter, serving should be an integral part of our lifestyle.  In Matthew 20:26-28, we see that Christ himself came not to be served, but to be a servant to all. Serving is the process of moving words to actions, putting faith into motion, and reveals our love for someone in a tangible way.  During this session we explore the necessity of serving the campus and community, practical tips to serving effectively, and some easy ways you can start serving today.

In the session, I use a video I got from BluefishTV, which you can view by clicking here.

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As as Campus Missionary, or a Christian for that matter, serving should be an integral part of our lifestyle.  In Matthew 20:26-28, we see that Christ himself came not to be served, but to be a servant to all. Serving is the process of moving words to actions, putting faith into motion, and reveals our love for...

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Have You Heard of the 1 Month Challenge?for: Students

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Have you heard of the One Month Challenge? This is a challenge to all students and leaders to carry their Bibles with them everywhere they go. I challenge you to do it!
Don’t just carry your Bible at church, or to youth group, but make it a part of everything you are doing. Take it to school, work, the movies, home, to a friends house…you’ll be amazed at the places your Bible goes with you…maybe you should even take a picture of the great places it ends up.

Seriously, are you prepared for the courage and tenacity it will require to carry God’s Word with you everywhere? I don’t mean to carry a Bible app on your iPhone or iPod Touch. I don’t mean carrying a Bible around in your backpack or purse, hidden where it can’t be seen. I challenge you to carry your Bible with you for all to see—not as a sign of personal pride—but as a sign of humble devotion to Jesus Christ.

Here’s three good reasons to carry your Bible everywhere:

  1. Stronger Commitment. Carrying your Bible everywhere will strengthen your commitment to God’s Word and to God himself. You will be opened to questioning, and perhaps ridicule, but your resolve and dedication will exponentially increase. When I began carrying my Bible with me in 11th grade, I was treated differently—but in a that made me a stronger Christian and got me into the Word.
  2. Conversation Opener. Yes, people are going to wonder why you are carrying your Bible everywhere. So why not tell them? Carrying your Bible is a perfect conversation starter that can help you explain your devotion to Christ and share Christ with others.
  3. It’s God’s Word! Listen, do you really need a good reason to carry around your Bible? I say no! It’s God’s Word, and we should want it with us wherever we go. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Take that light with you and read it wherever you go!

So…are you ready to take the challenge?

For more information on the 1 Month Challenge, check the national Youth Alive Website.

http://www.vimeo.com/28532190 Have you heard of the One Month Challenge? This is a challenge to all students and leaders to carry their Bibles with them everywhere they go. I challenge you to do it! Don’t just carry your Bible at church, or to youth group, but make it a part of everything you are doing. Take it to...

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