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You Are a Gift — 12/10/17

The title of Sunday’s message was, “You Are a Gift”.

A gift is a talent or something beneficial given to someone without expecting something in return.

1 Peter 4:10-11NIV and Romans 12:3-8 says,

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.” God has given us each gifts and talents to serve others and make a difference in the world around us. We are all part of one body, but we are different with different gifts, and it’s important that we don’t fall into the trap of comparing your gifts to the gifts that God has given others. Check out some of these gifts: speaking, serving, prophesying, teaching, encourage, giving, leading, mercy.

Each of us has been given gifts and talents, but do you believe that you are a gift? Some my say, I have gifts but I don’t see how that makes me a gift?

A gift doesn’t become a gift until it is given. Check out this verse from Paul in Colossians 1:24-25ESV,
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,

Paul had received the gift of a minister and servant from God for the benefit of others. Paul used and applied his gift. Our gifts and talents that God has given to us aren’t meant to be for our benefit only!

It’s still easy to struggle with the lie that we’re not a gift worth giving to others, but think about it this way— How would someone feel if they gave a gift and someone gave it back to them because they didn’t like it, or didn’t think it was worth anything? When we say that we are not a gift worth giving to others, that is exactly what we are saying to God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20NIV says, You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. Jesus paid the price for us on the Cross, and he believes in each one of us so much that he desires to give us as gifts to those around us using the gifts and talents he has blessed us with.

Colossians 1:26-27,
I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

God’s gift to you was Jesus. Your gift to others, Jesus in you, the hope of glory. Think about this phrase from Colossians for a second— “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Anyone who has a relationship with Jesus has the Spirit of God living on the inside of them— the hope of the world within you. God has blessed us with gifts and talents to make known the hope of the world to those around us!

What gifts and talents has God given you to share him with others? Your smile, sense of humor, music, smile, encouragement,
compassion, drawing, drama, prayer, leading, teaching, athleticism, etc?

You are a gift. How will you give of yourself this Christmas?

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

November 26, 2017

Happy Monday!

We kicked off last night with one of our favorite games— Knee Volleyball (playing the game of volleyball on your knees.)

A highly competitive game of knee volleyball!

Instead of an actual message tonight, we watched a 15-minute clip of Louis Giglio from his “Symphony” DVD. He looks at Psalm 148, and reminds us of how all Creation joins together in a symphony of worship to God. This is hands down one of the most powerful, mind-blowing videos you’ll ever see. Take a few minutes to check the video out below:

Have a GREAT week!

-Pastor Dustin

DON’T STEAL MY PIZZA ROLL!

Happy Thanksgiving #teamawakening family!

We had a blast at our 1st Annual Thanksgiving Fellowship! We started off with a delicious meal prepared by Steve Sloan, and then gave students a chance to say what they were thankful for.

The title of the message was, “DON’T STEAL MY PIZZA ROLL!”

Our main verses were Psalm 23:5 and Psalm 34:8:

Psalm 23:5
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

The word table in this verse is referring to a “high table” or a table of honor. Jesus prepares a table of honor for us in the midst of our enemies. Students were asked about some of the enemies they may have (people, fear, doubt, insecurity, etc.)

Psalm 34:8— Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Once you look up what the words in this verse mean in the original Hebrew language, the verse is encouraging us to try out what Jesus has given us, give him a chance to understand him more, and then choose for ourselves if what he has offered is better than what the world has to offer. The only way we knew how DELICIOUS Steve’s food was was to taste it. The only way to experience the blessings and goodness of God is to spend time getting to know him.

Students were told a story about a kid that went to the high school in the town I grew up. Everybody looked forward to pizza roll day. The pizza rolls were EXTREMELY cheesy, greasy, delicious, and without a doubt everyone’s favorite meal that the school provided. One boy wasn’t satisfied with just having one pizza roll, so he started a food fight. Once everyone got caught up in the food fight, he went around and took pizza rolls off of other student’s trays for himself. This is exactly what Satan tries to do to us. He tries to get us distracted and get our focus off of Jesus as we are seated at the table so he can steal the blessings in life that Jesus has given us (peace, joy, happiness, freedom, etc.)

We looked at the story of Judas to answer the question, “What do I do if I feel like God wouldn’t want me at the table?”

John 13:21-27NIV says,  21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

Judas was sitting beside Jesus at the table. It was a HUGE deal to sit beside the host. Jesus knew what Judas had done and what he was up to, but he still gave him not just a seat, but a seat of honor at the table. Think about what this would have said to Judas and the disciples about how strong and unconditional the love of Jesus truly is! Regardless of what you have done or the mistakes you have made, you have a seat of honor waiting on you at the table of Jesus. He is simply waiting on you to take a seat to place your faith and trust in him!

Judas was distracted by everything going on around him, and lost his pizza roll so to speak. I don’t know some of the things you all face, but one thing I do know, Jesus would be honored to have you at his table. Don’t let Satan steal your pizza roll
and the gift that God has placed before at the table.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Pastor Dustin

Is Jesus Your Everything? — 11/12/17

WOW!

Sunday Night was incredible end to a powerful weekend for AYM! We attended the REACH Ohio Conference in Columbus on Friday and Saturday. Students, adults, and youth pastors were challenged, and encouraged, and sent. You can check out some pictures from the weekend below:

 

Reach Conference 2017

Reach Conference 2017

The theme for Sunday night was “Is Jesus Your Everything?”. The GEN122 Youth Band led us in a powerful time of worship before the message. The message went along with the song, SIT ENTHRONED. You can check out the song below before reading the rest of the post:

Verse 1:
Son of God you are the perfect one You came to give your life away
My sin you have erased with your
Precious blood you showed your, Unfailing love and I will never be the same
Forever I am changed, Jesus

Students were asked the question thought the night, “Has Jesus earned the right to be your everything?” Hebrews 4:15NIV says, For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 

Jesus chose to face and overcome every type of temptation that we face so he would know how we feel when we face things like temptation, fear, doubt, addiction, etc. He also provided victory and freedom over these things that we all face in life. When we pray to Jesus, we are praying to a Savior who knows exactly how we feel and what we are going through!

Romans 3:23 says, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and 6:23 says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 3:23 and the first part of Romans 6:23 paint a pretty hopeless picture for us, but the last part of Romans 6:23 is a game-changer! The gift of God was Jesus, the human form of God, coming to earth, and living a sinless life before he gave his life for us on the Cross. Once we truly realize what Jesus did for us, our desire should become to live for him with everything we have.

Chorus:
Sit enthroned upon my heart, With everything you are
Come live your life in me, reign supremely
I’m not just giving you my sin, But everything within
Come take control and make me holy

Asking Jesus to “sit enthroned upon your heart” means that we are asking Jesus to  take authority and influence our innermost thoughts, feelings, and desires.  “With everything you are” — think about everything that Jesus is: freedom, truth, joy, victory, peace, confidence, etc. When we surrender our lives to Jesus we have access to everything he is! The most powerful part of the song may be the line that says, “I’m not just giving you my sin, but everything within.” Many people ask the question, “How far  can I go before it becomes wrong?” “Or how much can I get by with before it becomes sin?” When we take this approach to our relationship with Jesus, we are keeping Jesus from completely living his life and presence in us. Has Jesus earned the right to be your everything?

Verse 2:
Son of God you are the risen one, You came to overtake the grave
By the power of your name. You have raised me up with your conquering love
And I will never be the same, Forever I am changed, Jesus

Jesus didn’t just give his life for us, he rose from the dead. The incredible thing is is that the same power that Jesus used to conquer the grave is the same power that lives in us when we surrender our lives to Jesus. Jesus didn’t just conquer the grave, he raise us to victory with him!

Bridge:
You are my king, Enthroned to be
My everything, My Everything

Is Jesus your everything? Is he the most important part of your life? The night closed our with a powerful time of prayer at the altar as one of our students played Sit Enthroned. Students were challenged to fight the thoughts that say, I’m not worth loving, I’m not worth believing in, Life isn’t worth living. Sixteen students answered, “YES” to the question, “Has Jesus earned the right to be your everything?”! As the night closed out, students were challenged to use the power available to them in the name of Jesus as they took time just to say “Jesus” over the problems they are facing in life (doubt, fear, addiction, etc.)

This was one of the most powerful nights we have had in the 3-4 years that we have been here an New Life Church. Lives were touched and changed, and we believe that we are just getting started with what God wants to do in the loves of our students and community!

Has Jesus earned the right to be your everything?

-Pastor Dustin

 

 

FRIENDS NIGHT DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT — 11/5/17

Happy Monday!

Yesterday was a jam-packed, crazy blessed day for #teamawakening. The GEN122 Youth Band led worship in our two Sunday morning services. The band did an OUTSTANDING job leading the church into the presence of God and kicking off a powerful service!

We also had a blast last night at our FRIENDS NIGHT DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT! Despite the bad weather, we still had a good group of students come out to enjoy the evening with each other! The group was split into two teams for the double elimination tournament. The teams were: Perkins 1, Perkins 2, Edison/Norwalk, and Sandusky/Huron/Margaretta.

Perkins 2 took the early lead by winning their first two matches in convincing fashion, and looked unbeatable as they faced the one loss Perkins 2 team in the finals. Since Perkins 1 entered the finals undefeated, they only had to defeat Perkins 2 once while Perkins 1 had to defeat them twice. Perkins 1 refused to lose and won the tournament with Perkins 2 taking second, Edison/Norwalk taking 3rd, and Sandusky/Huron/Margaretta taking 4th.

We had several giveaways throughout the night, and two of our students gave their backstories to share what God had done in their lives as well as how the youth group had helped them through tough times in their lives.

A big shout out goes to all of our volunteers that helped with the event, and especially to Chevy Homan and our Community Outreach Elective for organizing the FRIENDS NIGHT DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT.

Make sure to check out the pictures below:

We’ll see you this Sunday for youth for fellowship, worship, and a relevant message and discussion topic titled “Whose at Your Table?”!

-Pastor Dustin

Night of Worship

Hello and Happy Monday!

This past Sunday was the 5th Sunday of the month, and  that meant it was Night of Worship! Our teens had a great time worshipping with the rest of the church, and prayed for those needing healing at the end of the night at Pastor John’s request. We are very thankful to have a Senior Pastor that realizes the importance of sowing into our young people as they discover God’s purpose for their lives.

We have some exciting things coming up in Awakening Youth Ministries. We have our trip to the REACH Conference coming up in two weeks! It will be our first trip to the conference, and we are excited to see what God does in the lives of those attending!

This Sunday, November 5th is our FRIENDS NIGHT Dodgeball Tournament! The night has been planned by our Outreach Elective. The night will kick off with burgers and hot dogs before the competition begins. The teams will be divided up according to schools to encourage students to invite their friends from school to the event. The winning teams will receive prizes, and we will have a few giveaways as well. Don’t miss it!

We will be giving details for a spring conference soon, so make sure to be on the look out for the details! We will also be unveiling some new plans we have for 2018! We are excited for what God has in store for #teamawakening and we hope that you are too!

Have a GREAT week!

-Pastor Dustin

MAKE US ONE — Week 3 — 10/22/17

Happy Monday!

Sunday was the last week of our MAKE US ONE Series. We started off the night with a new group game. Each tribe had to write a short song about their Tribe Leader to the tune of a children’s song like “Twinkle Twinkly Little Star”, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”, etc. The students didn’t fail to provide good entertainment. You can check out the videos below:

The theme for the night was “The Truth Beneath the Surface”.  Cindy O’farrel, one of our middle school leaders, gave the message last night and shared about Saul and Ananias. Acts 9:1-19NIV,

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Ananias initially looked at the surface and saw a man in Saul as a bully and enemy. God wasn’t concerned with the surface as much as what he was concerned with what was beneath the surface: Potential, passion, and someone who he loved he dearly. When we stop at the surface of someones life, we miss out
on being a part of the incredible plan that God has for their life! Saul, who we know better as Paul, went on to write aver half of the New Testament and is considered by many as the greatest apostle that ever lived. Everything that Saul/Paul accomplished in his ministry can be linked to Ananias taking the time to reach out to him.

Cindy taught us that it is important to TRUST God when he calls us to reach out and be united with those around us. We need to trust that God has a plan, will protect us, and guide us as we allow him to use us to “MAKE US ONE” with our fellow believers so that others see the love of Jesus in us so that they have the opportunity to know the love of Christ in their own lives.

Our MAKE US ONE Series taught us that “We become one as we move beyond our differences to get to the truth beneath the surface.” We are surrounded by people with incredible potential, and God may just want to use you and me to help them discover it.

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

 

MAKE US ONE — Week 2 — 10/15/17

This week was Week 2 of our current MAKE US ONE Series, and we looked at “Moving Beyond Our Differences” and the story of Peter and Cornelius. You can check out a brief rundown of what we looked at during the message below:

1. God Speaks to Cornelius; Acts 10:1-8NIV

Cornelius was a follower of Jesus, but he was a Gentile (non-Jew).  Jewish believers viewed the Gentiles as spiritual outcasts, and viewed it as unacceptable to fellowship with them. The label that Cornelius carried didn’t go with the label that Peter carried. Peter was a main leader among the believers and followed the Jewish customs.

Cornelius and his family were devout believers, and took a social risk when going to Peter because of the unknowns involved in the situation— How will Peter respond? How will those around Peter respond? Cornelius’ heart and hunger for God pushed him beyond the normal social routine and etiquette.

We never know who God is speaking to to draw them closer to him.

2.  God Speaks to Peter; Acts 10:9-23

Peter was praying. He was taking time to get alone, without distractions, to be in God’s presence. God turned Peter’s world and thought process upside down.

Peter took a social risk by even inviting the men into his home. God was showing Peter that his love was not just for the Jews and those who “looked the part” of what they thought followers of Jesus should be.

What mindsets about others does God need to correct in your life?

It’s easy to judge those who we have differences with. The truth is that there are people all around us that are searching for more of God in their lives. Maybe you are the person that God wants to use to make it happen!

3.  God Makes Them One; Acts 10:44-50

Peter goes to meet with Cornelius even though it is against the Jewish law for him to associate with a Gentile, but God was showing Peter that he shouldn’t call anyone unclean. We all have one thing in common: We were created by a God who loves us more than we will ever comprehend with an incredible plan and purpose for our lives. Don’t judge those around you just because they worship God a little differently than you. Remember what we learned in John 17 last week: Jesus prayed that we would be one so that the world will know that they are loved by God. The only label that we should pay attention to that others carry is “loved by God”!
God’s love and salvation can unite the most unlikely of people. Let our prayer to God be, “MAKE US ONE!”

God spoke to Cornelius. We never know who God is speaking to and drawing to him! God also spoke to Peter. What is God speaking to you? What part of your way of thinking does God want to change?

People in the early church were unified and brought together because of two men that were willing to move beyond their differences as God made them one.

Will you answer the call today to move beyond your differences with other believers as God makes us one so the world will see and know the love of Jesus?!

Make sure to click on the links below to check out some pictures and videos from Sunday Night!

GEN122 Leading Worship

Have a GREAT week!

-Pastor Dustin

 

 

MAKE US ONE—Week 1— 10/8/17

We kicked off our new series Sunday Night titled, MAKE US ONE. GEN122 led us in worship before we got into the message. Our prayer is that God will use this series to help us move beyond our differences as our heart’s cry becomes, “MAKE US ONE”!

Everywhere we look— the news, social media, etc. we can see division. Some of the areas of division that exist in our culture today are things like racism, the American Flag, the National Anthem, marriage, homosexuality, abortion, etc. People have passionate opinions, which is fine because these are feelings that God created us with the ability to have. The problem is when we put our opinions above others. The truth is that people are important. People are so important that Jesus gave his life on the Cross for people who had other opinions and passions that him. As followers of Jesus, we are called to do the same.

Our Scripture passage from John 17 showed us that Jesus never prayed that we  would agree on everything, but he did pray that we would be ONE.

John 17:21-26NIV says,

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Jesus’ prayer for future believers was that we would be “one”. Jesus desires for the Church and body of Christ to be unified as “ONE” so that the world will know world may believe in Jesus and know that the are loved by him. When the world looks at the church and sees division and arguments just like they see from the rest of the world, it really doesn’t give them a reason to want anything to do with Jesus. John 13:35 says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Matthew 12:25NKJV says, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand… A church that is divided by the different of opinions of its people will be defeated. Jesus us calling for this generation to work through their differences with a heart that cries out to God to “MAKE US ONE”.

Students were challenged to look at both sides of the current hot topic issue with the protests of the American flag and National Anthem. The side that says it is 100% unacceptable to kneel or voice a protest during the National Anthem is coming from a place of passion because of what the American Flag and National Anthem represent— the lives of  the men and women who have risked their lives to protect our country and what the flag stands for. In their eyes, to kneel and protest during the anthem is disrespecting these men and women. Now lets look at the other side of things. Whether we want to admit it or not, racism still exists in our country today. Many of us don’t know what it’s like to hear stories from our grandparents about how they were discriminated against for no other reason than their skin color. Most of us don’t have to worry about how to act if we get pulled over so we’re not racially profiled because of our skin color. Many of us don’t know what it’s like when our parent or spouse walks out of the house in their uniform and badge, and pray that they return home safely. Most of us don’t know what it’s like to have a family member in a foreign country placing their life in danger as they fight for our freedom while wondering if they will ever see them again. The point of these last few statements is to show the different stances and positions that people come from, and why they are all passionate about their stance.

What would happen if this generation of believers would set a different example. Instead of taking part in the arguing and name-calling with their brothers and sister, what would happen if we sat down with each other and had a conversation that went something like this:

“You know I don’t agree with you, and some of your comments and beliefs on these issues can upset me. But I understand that we are brothers and sisters in Christ, and at the end of the day we need each other. The world needs to see us as one. Let’s pray that God helps us look beyond our differences, unifies in his love, and uses us to show the world his love and salvation. MAKE US ONE!” 

The church is a lot like a puzzle. A puzzle is made up of pieces that are different shapes, sizes, colors, and purposes. When the puzzle is completed, you don’t see 1,000 pieces— you see one puzzle. We pray that the cry of our hearts to God is, “MAKE US ONE” so that the world sees one, united Body of Christ!

Make sure you check out some pictures from the night below:

Be Blessed and have a great week!

-Pastor Dustin

 

Campus Missions Night— 10/1/17

Happy 1st Monday of October!

Sunday was Campus Missions Night. We talked about “TALKING TO CONNECT”. Mariah, one of our student leaders started things off by sharing with the group what she believed God wanted to do through us on our school campuses.

Ephesians 6:12ESV says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Whether we realize it or not, there is a war going on for the souls of mankind. People are searching. Our goal is to connect with others to earn the right to steer them down the right path, and we connect through conversations. People talk constantly, but talking to connect means that our conversations have purpose. We use our conversations to build connections with those around us that could ultimately help lead them into a relationship with Jesus.

Studies done by the Institute for American Church Growth show that 75-90% of new Christians make a commitment to Jesus through a friend who explains the Gospel on an individual, conversational basis. In contrast, only 17% make a commitment to Jesus through an event like a church service or evangelistic crusade. Billy Graham, one of the greatest evangelists and preachers the world has ever seen, has even stated that mass evangelism is not as effective as when two people have a conversation and one shares about Jesus.

Revival on our school campuses and within this generation begins with connecting, and connecting begins with talking.

We split back into our Tribes after the message to prepare for National Take Your Bible to School Day this Thursday. Students took time to talk about how to talk with their friends and share why they are participating in Take Your Bible to School Day. Students have a great opportunity to share their faith with the peers this Thursday. Please join us in praying the God will give our students boldness and godly passion as they share their faith this Thursday.