Sunday, September 1st - Get Rooted 9:45-10:45am (Doors open@9am)
Wednesday, September 4th - YUP Mid Week 7-8:30pm
Sunday, September 8th - Get Rooted 9:45-10:45am (Doors open@9am)
Wednesday, September 11th - YUP Mid Week 7-8:30pm
Sunday, September 15th - Get Rooted 9:45-10:45am (Doors open @9am)
Wednesday, September 18th - YUP Mid Week 7-8:30pm
Sunday, September 22nd - Get Rooted 9:45-10:45am (Doors open@9am)
Wednesday, September 25th - YUP Mid Week 7-8:30pm
Sunday, September 29th - Get Rooted 9:45-10:45am (Doors open @9am)
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Wednesday, September 25th - SEE YOU AT THE POLE
HISTORY OF SEE YOU AT POLE
A small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, came together for a DiscipleNow weekend in early 1990. Little did they know that God was about to move in power. On that Saturday night, the students were broken and burdened for their friends. Compelled to pray, yet not knowing exactly what to do, they went to the school flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders. Those students had no idea how God was using them to birth a movement.
Those teenagers, like others who were holding similar prayer meetings at their schools, placed a vision in the hearts of youth leaders across Texas—for students to pray on the same day. The name See You at the PoleTM came from an early brainstorming session and the vision was shared with 20,000 students in June 1990 at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas.
At 7 a.m. on September 12, 1990, more than 45,000 teenagers met at school flagpoles in four different states to pray. A few months later, youth ministers from all over the country met at a national conference in Colorado. Many reported that their students had heard about SYATP and were equally burdened for their schools. It became clear that students across the country would be taking part. There was no stopping them! On September 11, 1991, at 7 a.m., an estimated one million students gathered at school flagpoles from Boston to Los Angeles.
See You at the PoleTM has grown to God-sized proportions, spreading around the world. God used the obedience of a small group of teens to start an international movement of prayer among young people. In Australia, one youth group that went to several different schools met for SYATP in May, the start of their school year. Once again the word spread and now, students gather all over that nation. Today, more than two million students from all 50 states and more than 20 other countries participate in SYATP.
Thousands of inspiring testimonies of how God has used students at See You at the PoleTM to impact lives affirm God’s power to answer those who cry out to Him in humble dependence. Bible clubs, weekly prayer gatherings, and other on-campus ministries have been launched on campuses where students have stepped up and led out to pray.
Join millions around the world in asking God to bring revival. Whether you stand by yourself or among hundreds, know that you are part of a vast, united student-led movement of prayer. Be a part of what God wants to do on your campus, in your city, and our world through your prayers. Be a part of See You at the PoleTM!
See You At The Pole Prayer Challenge
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. - 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
21 day prayer challenge - join us with praying as things lead up to See You At The Pole
Day 17: EVANGELISM (Friday, September 19th)
This one is a bit longer. Im sorry but I have a big heart for this and this is one of the most important things we can do as believers.
When I think of the word “evangelism” I think about the people that are our friends, people at school, people within the community, throughout the whole world, and in even family members in some cases that haven’t had anyone sit down and really talk to them about the “Good News of Jesus Christ.” When we think of evangelizing to them, we automatically get sweaty palms just thinking about it. Why? Let’s just be honest, we feel weird talking to them about our faith. Why? Because talking about our faith is deemed as “weird” to the people who do not know about Christianity. So how do we evangelize to friends without being that “weird” kid? Hopefully we can unpack how to do this and you can share the Gospel with the people you are around on a daily basis.
First off, as followers of Christ, we are expected to share the news about Jesus’ life and resurrection. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Now, this doesn’t mean as soon as you meet someone new you just start blurting out facts about Jesus and ask if they are ready to be a Christian now. As Christians, we are responsible to share with others about Jesus with “gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). There are some great ways in which we can “explain Jesus” to others without just blurting it out like a freshman asking a girl to the dance. But, rather, living in a way that will eventually end up with you explaining who Jesus is and the good news that He brings.
Pray for them - The most important thing we can do is pray for them. Pray that God would change their hearts and open their eyes (2 Corinthians 4:4) to the truth of the Gospel. Pray that God would convince them of His love for them and their need for salvation through Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Pray for wisdom as to how you can minister to them (James 1:5). In addition to praying, we must also live godly Christian lives in front of them, so they can see the change God has made in our own lives (1 Peter 3:1-2). As Saint Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
Live it first - If we are studying the Bible, we know that living a Christ-like life looks different compared to how the rest of the world lives. The next time you study the Bible, try to see how you can apply what you are reading to your life first. Not only will your own life be changed as a result of studying scripture, but when it comes time to share what you have learned to others, it will mean way more to you and how it applies to your life and people will see your passion. When your friends see how the Bible has changed your life they will be more inclined to change their life based upon the lifestyle you live verses someone simply telling them how to live.
You basically share Jesus through your lifestyle. This form of evangelism focuses on building relationships with one person at a time. Through friendship, opportunities arise to share the gospel.
Be real - One of the most effective ways to minister to people around you is just to be real. One of the top reasons why people are so turned off to Christianity is because people are too fake. It is really hard to be fake with people who see your ups and downs, successes and failures, who hear how you talk in your best and worst times, and who you see every single day for eight hours at school. Be authentic in the way you talk and live, not just at church or at school. When you mess up and use bad language, call yourself out on it in front of everyone. That will do more ministering to the people around you because they will wonder why you don’t want to speak like that. Saying, “Just be like Jesus” is not realistic. Jesus was perfect. Us as followers of Jesus are not perfect. When non-believers see that you are just like them and mess up, but see how you handle the mess up physically, verbally, and mentally, they will take note of that far more than anything else you can do.
So long as lifestyle evangelism does not replace the verbal sharing of the Gospel, it is a legitimate ministry tool. Lifestyle evangelism can be a wonderful way to show faith in action in a world that needs to see what true Christianity looks like.
Speak it - Now, like I said in the beginning, the end all in evangelizing to the people around you is speaking to them about the “Good News of Jesus Christ.” You have prayed for them, you live out what you learn from reading the Bible, and are being real. There will be opportunities which come up to speak to them about Jesus; it is up to you to take those opportunities.
You have to pray for opportunities which come up while living your life in a real and authentic way, and that God will bring opportunities for you to speak to those around you and share your faith in a real, authentic, natural way.
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” - 2 Corinthians 4:4
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” - 1 John 1:5-7
We all know people in our lives that are far from Christ. Go ahead and picture them right now in your head.
That you start to have a heart to pray for those who are around you who don’t know Jesus.
That you are able to live out what the Bible says first, as a way to show others that you are a follower of Jesus.
That you can be real. Pray that your walls can be broken down and you can be approachable by non-believers.
For the opportunities to be able to tell them about Jesus, and then actually do it.
Day 18: SURRENDER (Saturday, September 21)
It’s no hidden idea; we live in a very fast paced world do we not? I’m pretty sure that even as a student, you are very busy. You have school, homework, sports, band, family, friends, tutoring, church, etc. and it is really easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose sight of our true purpose in life - worshipping our Creator. For each of us, this looks different on a daily basis. Everybody has their own way each day in which they connect with God in order to keep Him at the front of their mind.
There is something that we all need to do in order to be focused on God in our lives daily: surrender to Jesus Christ, to God. Surrender your life: needs, worries, pains, joys, praises and surrendering the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual battles. When someone surrenders his or her life, it’s all about trust. It is trusting that God has your best interests at heart. Surrender takes all of the focus off of you, and puts it on Christ. Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church writes, “Surrender is not the best way to live; it is the only way to live. Nothing else works. All other approaches lead to frustration, disappointment and self-destruction.” I personally can think of no better way to stay focused as a believer than to completely surrender my life to my Lord and Savior.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship.” - Romans 12:1
“Then He said to them all: “‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.’” - Luke 9:23 & 24
“Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.” - Romans 6:13
That everything else around you ceases in this moment. Pray that God is your only focus point.
That you and God can connect everyday and that He helps you make this a priority in your day.
That you have the ability to surrender it all to Him. Surrender your life: needs, worries, pains, joys, praises.
Surrender the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
That you trust Him with everything. You take all of your worries off of you, and you place it on Him.
Day 19: SERVING (Sunday, September 22nd)
Serving, both God and people, is a huge part of the Christian life. Every year when college students go off to school, some end up working as a server at a local restaurant to make extra money. It can be very profitable. When being a server you can be so nice to the customers and get them whatever they want, the better you are, the more money you can possibly get in tips. But this type of serving is fueled by the wrong purpose. Students usually become servers to simply put money in their pocket. When it comes to serving God and serving people the way He called us to it should be with a genuine heart for God and for people. Jesus Himself served God and He served people on a daily basis while He was here on earth.
Every gift that we have, every talent, passion, and desire, is a gift from God that He gave to us to serve others and to bring praise to God. Serving is not about us receiving attention or glory; it’s for Him to receive glory. In 1 Peter, he tells us that believers should realize that we are speaking and serving directly on God’s behalf to other people, and He gives us the ability and strength to do so. When we take the focus off of ourselves and point it to God, that difference in our lives causes people to examine the life-changing nature of a relationship with Jesus Christ. It validates our faith in front of others. This will also show others in which you serve, what God you serve, and you might be the only visible representation of Jesus they will ever see by how you serve them.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it 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 forever and ever. Amen.” - 1 Peter 4:10-11
“There, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.” - Romans 12:1-2
For God to show you how you can use your gifts to serve Him by serving others.
That your body, talents, your mind, your life, can be used to serve both God and others to show other people Jesus.
GET Rooted - Sunday Mornings
Being a Christian isn't a one time decision, it's a lifelong experience growing with God. Get Rooted has been created for believers across the world to grow stronger in their faith, while allowing the freedom to let the Holy Spirit develop a specific game plan in your life. Get Rooted is not just a resource or a tool; it's a movement of believers growing together and committed to being potent and on fire for Christ. "The ROOTS" aren't intended to be completed then put on the shelf, but rather to be a foundation to grow in over a lifetime helping us grow deeper in Christ. After you learn "The ROOTS" there will be more material so you can keep growing daily in "The ROOTS". Begin the journey today! GET ROOTED!
Get Rooted meets every Sunday for both the Jr.(Grades 6-8) and Sr. High (Grades 9-12) students. We will begin meeting in the Youth Room at 9:45am and break off into smaller groups for discussion.
Mid-Week - YUP [Youth.Rise.Up]
Jr High & Sr. High (Grades 6-12) Our midweek ministry that includes hanging out with friends, food, funny videos, games, skits, talking about every day issues and finding God in it all. We meet on Wednesdays at 7:00pm in the Youth Room (Lower Level) and outside by the fire pit in the spring and summer.
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Danielle Berger Katie Clendenan
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