Stephen Colbert vs Bart Ehrman on whether or not Jesus was the Son of God
I know The Colbert Report is a comedy show but Stephen Colbert took Bart Ehrman to school on the subject of whether or not Jesus was the Son of God. He did it in a very funny and pretty thought provoking way. I think I’m gonna steal some of his arguments (the Son of a duck and elephant in a pit arguments are sweet!)
Check it out…
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I don’t know where Stephen Colbert is spiritually but join me in praying for him to cross the line of faith if he hasn’t. Also, join me in praying for Bart Ehrman to come to a saving knowledge of faith as well. Maybe that interview will get him thinking!
I love this song from Willet
Love the music and the message from Willet. Well done gentlemen!
Do we really need more churches planted in America?
Right now there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America. Just do the division (300,000 divided by 50 states) and that equals 6,000 churches per state. Wow! That’s a lot of churches!
Think about it this way: there are just over 10,000 Starbucks and well over 300,000 churches! So Starbucks can saturate the United States with caffeinated drinks but almost 30x’s more churches can’t saturate the United States with the Living Water. Seriously???
According to church growth and discipleship multiplication expert Bill Hull, “It still takes 100 church attendees, a pastor and 100,000.00 a year to win a convert. Among evangelicals it is a bit better, 1.7, this is an ugly fact that should grieve us all.”
So our solution is planting more and more churches so that we can reach America for Jesus? Is that really the best solution or is a revitalization of the current churches a the best solution?
My answer is a resounding “YES!”
YES we need more churches planted and YES we need to revitalize the current ones.
When I was a twenty three year old part-time youth leader at a church in Arvada, Colorado I wanted to revitalize the congregation when it came to evangelism and outreach. This very traditional church was solid theologically but not growing steadily due to disciples being made and multiplied.
I’ll never forget presenting an 11 page document called “Operation Arvada” to the Sr. Pastor and asking him to consider it. In those pages were ideas for infusing relational evangelism into the lifeblood of the church. He said, “Let me pray about it” (which is a pastor’s way of buying time so that he can think of a nice way to say “no” to your idea.) Days turned to weeks and I finally realized that it wasn’t going to happen.
It was then that I remembered the words of a former pastor who gave up trying to revitalize that same church to plant a new one. He told me, “It’s easier to give birth than to resurrect the dead.”
That’s when my best friend and I decided to start a church ourselves, Grace Church in Arvada, Colorado. Through prayer, tons of mistakes and sheer perseverance we were blessed to plant a church that grew deep and wide in some powerful ways.
Today Grace Church is a thriving congregation with over 60% of the 3,000 or so who go there having come to Jesus as a result of this church’s focused outreach efforts. What about the other church I was involved in? The new pastor and youth pastor are working hard to revitalize it so that it can be more effective in the community where it’s located.
We need already existing churches to drop an evangelistic engine into their church chassis. We need new churches planted that grow primarily through new believers being added (as opposed to transfer growth.)
So the real question is not how many churches do we have in North America, but how many Gospel advancing churches do we have? We need to revitalize current ones and plant new ones until we reach everyone.
If you are in an established church work with all your heart to get the people there making and multiplying disciples. Start with those who are willing and build from there. Pray for your church. Challenge your church. Equip your church. By the way we at Dare 2 Share can help with that. Start by downloading and using our free evangelism training app.
If you feel led to plant a church determine to build one that grows primarily through relational evangelism and discipleship multiplication. Make intercessory prayer that engine and not the caboose of your efforts and, overtime, you will succeed.
It’s time to revitalize current churches and plant new ones that bleed the good news. Let’s give birth and raise the dead!
What makes for good relationships? #SALT
The following video is part of the Dare 2 Share SALT series. These short videos ask a question that are designed to make the viewer think about a bigger picture life question. They are designed, NOT to give the gospel for you, but to create a conversation where you can bring the gospel up naturally.
Thousands of teenagers and youth leaders across the nation are using these five short videos to make a big impact with the good news of Jesus in the lives of their friends (BTW, a lot of adults are using them too!) The youth group focused, video-based curriculum can be purchased from the Dare 2 Share store. This curriculum contains intensive training to help teenagers navigate the gospel conversation starting from the particular question of the video in an effective way.
With that as a backdrop, here’s a link to the relationship video,
Hungry zombies, kneeling figures and Christians that just won’t shut up
From the Reformation to The Great Awakening great movements of God have peppered church history. Many of these revivals have had teenagers on the leading edge and have led to massive surges in evangelization and world missions. It’s been way too long since this nation has witnessed a true and sweeping spiritual awakening.
As a matter of fact I’m sick and tired of just reading about revivals of the past. I want to be a part of one. My heart’s desire is to be a part of a spiritual awakening that spreads the Name and fame of Jesus across the nation and world.
It’s time. It’s time. It’s time.
2 Peter 1:3 reminds us that, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” In other words we have all the tools, resources and power that we need to live a revival-caliber life that advances God’s kingdom for God’s glory.
So, if everything is available for us to experience true spiritual awakening how do we access and unleash it?
1. Pray for revival relentlessly.
D.L. Moody said, “Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.” Revival starts on our knees calling out to God for the advancement of God’s kingdom to every corner of this planet and every crevice of our heart.
The first request we should ask for according to the The Lord’s Prayer is not for daily bread, but for God’s kingdom to come and God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. This, my friend, is a prayer for spiritual awakening. And this singular request should drive our prayer lives.
Even as I type these words thousands of teenagers across the United States are taking The 30 Day Daniel Challenge. They are praying on their knees 3x’s per day, once in the morning, once at night and once at their schools for 30 days. They are begging God for revival in their lives and in their schools. So far God has used this challenge to mobilize 20,000+ teenagers in the last two months to take this challenge starting at our Dare 2 Share training conferences.
See You at the Pole is a global movement of 2,000,000 plus teenagers from 20 different countries who gather around the flagpole in front of their schools the 4th Wednesday of every September at 7am praying for the spiritual transformation of their schools.
It started when three youth groups united for a Disciple Now weekend in 1990 in Burleson, Texas and were broken hearted for the spiritual condition of their schools. They decided to go to three schools that night and pray. Not knowing exactly where to rally they chose the flagpoles of each school as their rally point. Other youth leaders and teenagers heard about it and started following their example. Over the last 24 years It has exploded into an international prayer phenomenon.
We need to pray. We need to ask God for revival to be unleashed, first in us and then through us. Whether or not it’s around a flagpole or on your knees or while you drive we need to pray for revival. Like kids who ask their daddy for candy and don’t give up until he caves in, we need to beg God for the sweet taste of revival and not give up until he says “yes!”
2. Purify our hearts intentionally.
“’Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.’ In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” 2 Timothy 2:19-21.
God will only serve up revival on clean plates. He wants us to scrub out the rotten stuff leftover from our old lives that keeps us from living out who we really are in Christ. Then we will be clean vessels he can use to advance his mission and message.
From lust to pride to slander to bitterness to laziness to ________________ (you fill in the blank) we need to go on the attack. Yes, the war was ultimately won when Jesus died on the cross and our sins were crucified with him. Your old self is dead because of the cross but the new you is alive because of the resurrection.
So, if we are dead to sin and sin is dead to us, why is it such an on-going battle against sin? Because, though dead, sin is still a zombie that we must fight…and we are called to be zombie killers. These stumbling sins, though technically dead, can still bite, scratch and cause all sorts of mayhem in our lives.
Paul described our battle with the walking dead this way in Colossians 3:1-5, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”
When the Ephesian believers killed the zombies of sin hiding in their closets they saw revival. Acts 19:18-20 puts it this way, “Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.”
A traumatic event triggered these believers to deal with the sins (sorcery, witchcraft, etc) that they had been keeping in their closets. They gathered their witchcraft scrolls full of incantations and spells then burned them publicly. Although they were believers before this scroll burning they decided to deal head on with the sins that they had been hiding and harboring.
What was the result? “the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power” (aka “revival!”)
Whatever sins you are secretly struggling with it’s time to clean the closet! If we want to be part of this revival then we must be fighting the good fight against the sin within in the power of the Lord Jesus Christ! As you trust in Jesus to fight the battle through you, you cannot lose. The proof of your victory is a bloody cross and an empty tomb!
3. Proclaim the good news boldly.
If revival is fueled by prayer and sustained through purity then it’s is driven by proclamation. The mighty river of revival always spills it’s banks and unleashes a flood of evangelism.
The Reformation led to the advancement of the gospel across Germany, Switzerland and the rest of Europe in unprecedented ways. It started in Martin Luther’s prayer closet and culminated as the buzz of the good news of “Sola Fide” (we are saved by “faith alone” not by good works) spread through the lives and lips of countless Christians.
John Wesley unleashed his circuit riders in the 1st Great Awakening. D.L. Moody mobilized an army of preachers through Moody Bible Institute in the 2nd Great Awakening. Many of those who led the way in these great moves of God were young people looking for a cause to live for and die for. They found it in Christ and His Cause, THE Cause (formerly known as “The Great Commission.”
It’s time once again for the church to wake up, rise up, speak up. It’s time for youth leaders and teenagers, for pastors and people to pray for revival, to purify their hearts and proclaim the good news.
And don’t you dare try to do this alone. Christianity is a team sport. Get this going at your school with a group of friends, in your Bible study or at your job with some on-fire believers.
It’s time to say some prayers, kill some zombies and save some souls.
Who’s with me?
The “Get ready for summer” Overall Fitness Challenge
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52
As a young man growing up Jesus became intellectually sharper, physically fitter, spiritually deeper and relationally stronger. In other words he was fit in every major category of life.
If Jesus grew stronger in these four areas then we need to as well. We need to get fit intellectually, physically, spiritually and relationally so that we can bring maximum glory to God in everything we do and say. Too many times we think of “fitness” as purely physical but we need get and stay fit in every area. That’s what the “Get ready for summer” Overall Fitness Challenge is all about and that’s why you should pray about taking this challenge with me.
Starting this upcoming Monday (March 31st) there will be exactly 9 weeks until June 1st. So here’s the challenge before the unofficial start to Summer begins: Choose one specific, God-honoring goal in every one of these four areas to accomplish over the next 9 weeks. For instance, your goals could look like this:
Intellectually: Read a non-fiction book on a subject you know nothing about.
Physically: Lose 15 pounds by exercising for 30 minutes 5x’s per week and taking in no more than 1,600 calories/day.
Spiritually: Read five chapters of Scripture per day. If you miss a day, make up for it on the next day.
Relationally: Do family devotions 2x’s per week.
Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, realistic and God-honoring.
If you’re taking the challenge let me know (either leave a comment below or let me know via Facebook or Twitter.) You can declare your goals (if you like) in the comments section.
On June 1st I’ll post a blog called “How did you do on your overall fitness challenge?” You can then answer with a percentage answer. For instance, if you accomplished all four of your goals you can post: 100%. If you accomplished 3 out of 4 you can post 75% and so on. Each goal is a zero sum game so you either accomplished that goal or you did not.
What do you win if you accomplish all 4 goals? Self respect and some Twitter fame (I’ll give a shout out to all the winners.)
By the way here are my goals:
-Intellectually: To stretch myself by writing one chapter & a book proposal for a brand new audience (adults) on a brand new subject (TBA)
-Physically: To get back to my “fighting weight” of 185 pounds.
-Spiritually: To memorize the first chapter of Ephesians
-Relationally: To get to know my new neighbors and share Jesus with them.
Starting Monday the game is on. Who is with me?
You live. You die. Then what?
For the answer to this question go here.
This video is part of our SALT series. Use this clip (and others like it) to “salt” gospel conversations with friends, neighbors, family, teammates and classmates. For more info click here.
A Scarecrow in a Melon Patch
“Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good. No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.” Jeremiah 10:5,6
A false god is like a scarecrow in a melon patch. It can’t see. It can’t talk. It can’t change your situation. All it can do is take up space and scare away birds.
Of course I’m not referring to the types of idols that are set up on a mantle and bowed down on your knees like in ancient days. No, I’m talking about the types of gods that are worshipped on Wall street, main street and back streets everywhere. Whether it be the love of money, an addiction to technology, acts of sexual promiscuity, religious pride or the ultra-deceptive idol of ministry worship, the 21st century can hold its own with any pagan culture of the past when it comes to idolatry.
Walk down the main drag of any city and you’ll see firsthand the idols that abound. They tempt us with instant gratification and deceive us into thinking that they hold the answers to all of our problems. If we buy it, if we try it, then we’ll be happy. There very presence whispers, “Bow down. Pay homage. Satisfy your inner pagan urge.”
But only God is great and mighty in power. Only God can bring lasting joy. Only God is worthy of our worship and affection. Everything else falls grossly short. Everything else is blind, deaf, dumb and impotent in it’s ability to satisfy…including ministry “success.”
This is the scarecrow that battles for my heart. This is the idol that fights for my allegiance. It is the Baal that taps me on the shoulder when things are going well and when things are not.
In the midst of ministry mayhem, meetings and mission its easy to let a passion for ministry success edge God off the throne of my heart. In the name of spiritual impact I can, like any other depraved leader, “exchange the truth of God for a lie.”
Soon the ministry altar that was erected to honor God becomes the idol itself. Soon I’m worshipping created things instead of the Creator.
That’s why verses like Jeremiah 10:5,6 hit me so hard. These power punch passages are necessary for me to read, re-read and meditate on. That’s why I also love and need the communion table. The bread and wine remind me that my idolatrous tendencies were nailed to the cross and that I am risen with Christ with a new identity and a new object of worship, Jesus Christ himself!
Let’s burn the scarecrow. Let’s refuse to bow before anyone or anything else (including ministry) except God alone. For he is the only One worthy of our praise.
On a side note, why am I all of a sudden hungry for watermelon?
American poor, the gospel and theories of social justice
I was raised American poor. I call it American poor because the brand of poverty I lived through pales in comparison to some of the 3rd world poverty I’ve seen firsthand in India, Colombia and El Salvador. But, by United States standards, my family was poor.
Although we qualified for food stamps my mom refused to take advantage of them. She felt in some weird way that this would be admitting defeat and stealing from the government. Although she should have gotten alimony from at least one of the four marriages she had experienced in her relatively young life, she didn’t get any.
Our family experience was filled with deadbeat dads (whom we never saw), hard work and pressing bills. To add insult to a high possibility of injury my mom, brother and I lived in one of the highest crime rate areas of our city.
Mom scraped and scrapped to put food on the table, clothes on our backs and some shred of dignity for our souls. She was determined to raise us as well as she possibly could. But sometimes the pressure was too overwhelming for her.
She would often cry herself to sleep at night. My brother and I could hear her through the paper thin walls of our tiny apartment. Mom told us many times that she was worried that we would turn out to be just like her. To be honest I didn’t know what she meant when she said that. To me, my mom was everything. She was strong, hard-working and surprisingly generous.
But she felt like a loser. She felt like a loser because she couldn’t keep a relationship. She felt like a loser because she couldn’t get ahead of the relentless bills. She felt like a loser because of the sins she had committed. And every month when bills came due those feelings were magnified.
As a kid I was a collector of pennies. In sidewalk cracks and underneath couch cushions I looked for those shiny copper coins everywhere I went. By the time I was eight I had amassed a fortune ($50 worth!) I’ll never forget the look of shame my mom had when she asked to borrow the money from me so that she could buy groceries for us that week. I agreed and she promised to pay me back when she could.
Mom worked long hours at her job and did what it took to make sure her boys had enough to survive. But when she felt the pressure of unpaid bills and an inability to change the situation she would sometimes crack. I remember once she took out her anger on Paul, one of the guys she had married. After all he had left us high and dry with bills to pay. Then one day out of the blue he showed up in a new car in front of our place. I’ll never forget when she took a baseball bat to his car and then turned it on him. By the time he drove off the car was trashed and he was covered in blood. We never saw him again. The only thing he left behind were his unpaid bills.
I know American poverty. I was raised in it and reared by it. To me poverty is not a theoretical subject for the seminary classroom, but the shaper of many of my childhood memories. Yes, we had people that helped us along the way, including my grandparents. But mom paid back every loan she ever got from them and the stress of it all took a huge toll on her. I think that’s why one of the only luxuries she allowed herself was two packs of smokes per day.
But in the midst of all this Jesus came walking in and changed everything. Through a variety of crazy circumstances my entire family ended up coming to Christ over a few short years.
My toughest uncle was reached with the good news first and the rest began to fall like dominos. Uncles, aunts, cousins eventually all put their faith in Jesus. For the first time real and lasting hope entered my family and I was a firsthand witness to it all (that’s a big part of why I’m so passionate about the power of the gospel to change lives!)
When my brother and I trusted in Jesus we began to share this message of hope with my mom. For years she resisted. She thought she was too bad for God to save. She especially felt guilty because she had lived a life of hard partying. I was the result of one of those parties. When she found out that the man she met got her pregnant she drove from Denver to Boston under the pretext of visiting family. Her real intention was to have an illegal abortion (this was before Roe VS Wade.)
But my grandparents found out, got ahold of her talked her into having “that baby” (aka “me!”) That’s probably why she always looked at me with a look of guilt and maybe part of the reason she cried herself to sleep at night. She had almost taken my life in her womb and, as a result, felt unforgivable.
But my brother and I kept sharing with her the message of hope that we now had in our hearts. When I was fifteen years old she finally relented right there at the kitchen table while smoking a pack of Benson and Hedges Gold 100′s cigarettes. I had the privilege of leading my mom to Jesus in that smoke filled kitchen.
Over time my mom’s tears were replaced with a new and profound sense of joy. Jesus gave her (and us) hope both in this life and the next. It was this hope that made us feel rich for the first time. We were still poor financially but we felt like millionaires in the deepest part of our souls.
And now we had Somebody to talk to who would, not only listen, but could do something about our situation. My mom’s sense of hopelessness was replaced by a sense of anticipation and deep joy.
That’s why I don’t pay much attention to Christian theories of social justice that minimize the gospel message in the whole process of ministering to the poor. I would guess that many experts who’ve been perpetuating these theories have never been poor themselves. Some even try to make themselves poor (move to a poor part of the city, live on next to nothing, etc) so they can relate…but it doesn’t work that way.
You see poverty is not the absence of money. It’s the absence of hope. Self-induced poverty always has a way out. It can always reverse the situation when the experiment gets boring. Real poverty can’t.
Jesus brings the audacity of real and lasting hope into a hopeless world. That’s why providing food, clothes, job opportunities and money are not enough when it comes to social justice. These things may be a beginning but they are far from the end.
Don’t get me wrong, growing up I was deeply grateful for every helping hand our family received. I was personally blessed by adults outside our family who helped me make it through my poor upbringing. From taking me out to eat to giving me clothes to helping send me to camp every gift I received from Christians I knew growing up was appreciated. But it was the message of Jesus that truly gave me, my brother and, eventually, my mom a hope that we couldn’t shake.
Feed the hungry, clothe the naked and give jobs to the poor. But please don’t leave Jesus out of the social justice equation. Provide them bread for their bodies and then give them The Bread of Life for their souls. Provide them water to quench their physical thirst and then give them The Living Water for their spiritual thirst. Build them a house here on earth and then build them one in heaven as well.
Anything short of that is a lesser brand of social justice.
7 ways you can crank up the evangelistic temperature in your youth ministry
Mobilizing teenagers to evangelize their peers can be a challenge. To do this then you must figure out how you can help crank up the thermostat when it comes to sharing the gospel. Here are 10 ways you can raise the temperature in your youth ministry:
1. Make praying for unreached teenagers part of your programming.
Whether you’re opening the youth meeting in prayer or leading a small group of teenagers don’t forget to pray for the lost. Bowed knees for the unreached can keep evangelism top of mind for teenagers and adult volunteers alike. This doesn’t have to take a long time but it should be passionate, powerful and persistent. Why? Because when you consistently call out to God on behalf of the lost then, not only is heaven moved to action, but so are your teenagers.
In Romans 10:1 Paul made his evangelistic intentions clear to the mostly Jewish believers living in Rome, “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.” Paul’s passion raised the temperature of the Jewish believers’ evangelistic efforts to their own people. It will do the same for your teenagers.
2. Have your teenagers identify 1-3 of their unreached friends that they will commit to praying for consistently.
At Dare 2 Share we use a simple tool called “THE Cause Circle” to help facilitate this process. It enables teenagers to identify a handful of teenagers that need reached (classmates, teammates, co-workers, etc) and then move them through a prayer-driven process that can turn them into fellow believers and, eventually, disciple-multipliers.
This little video by my buddy Derwin Gray explains the process in a fun way…
3. Give the gospel every week in youth group.
Paul told the Corinthian believers, “And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” 1 Corinthians 2:1-2. If Paul was a youth leader writing to his youth group this passage could read, “When I came to you I didn’t make my biggest priority playing crazy games or building a fancy youth room, my main focus was Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
When you take whatever your youth group subject of the night is and make a “salvation segue” to the cross you prioritize evangelism. Doing this consistently helps teenagers know that anytime they bring someone who doesn’t know Jesus they will hear a clear presentation of the gospel. This gives them confidence to bring their unreached friends to youth group.
But giving the gospel weekly does more than reaching the lost. It also empowers the believers (1 Corinthians 1:18) and supercharges the atmosphere (Acts 4:31-33.)
4. Stories, stories and more stories.
When your main youth group meeting and regular small group gatherings become story-telling havens then you have crossed a powerful threshold when it comes to raising the evangelistic temperature. Stories of teenagers coming in Christ, growing in Christ and making more disciples is the real party ready to happen in your youth group.
One of the reasons that I’m convinced many teenagers drop out of youth group in their later years is that the fun and games get stale and the lessons feel redundant. Many juniors and seniors I’ve talked to feel they’ve outgrown the youth ministry and have better stuff to do as they prepare for life after high school.
What will counteract this attitude is being a part of community where teenagers are consistently coming to Christ and growing in Christ. It’s hard NOT to take a youth ministry seriously that is truly making disciples. I was part of one growing up and we had so many juniors and seniors sticking around that we turned many of them into youth leaders for the younger graders.
Why did they stick around? Because lives were being transformed by the gospel! Yes we had fun and games! Sure we did fun and stupid stuff! But all of it was missionized and gospelized. As a result God was glorified and disciples were multiplied!
5. Inspire and train your teenagers to evangelize.
Teens need to know why they should share their faith. And there are plenty of reasons for teenagers to do just that (the glory of God, rescuing people from the hell they are headed to and the one they are living through, etc.) Get your teenagers motivated to share their faith and then equip them to do it.
How can you inspire and equip teenagers to share the gospel? One way is by getting involved with Dare 2 Share! This is the core of our passion, energizing teenagers to evangelize their world! We have a free training app for teenagers, a free inspirational faith-sharing weekly devotional called “Soul Fuel“, tons of curriculum and books and, of course, the Dare 2 Share student conferences (this year the tour is called “Reverse”)…
We would count it an honor to help you inspire and equip your teenagers in the area of peer-to-peer evangelism.
6. Start with your student leadership team.
The saying is true, “Everything rises or falls on leadership.” So, if you can get your key leaders sharing their faith, then the rest of the youth group will follow. This may be the hardest work of all because in many youth groups the student leaders are the clean and shiny teenagers who know all the right verses but don’t necessarily know any lost teenagers. They float from holy huddle to holy huddle in their Bible bubbles and never take time to get in the grit with the unreached.
These are not the kinds of teenagers that will lead the way and set the pace…unless, you, through the power of the Holy Spirit, find that switch in their souls that will go from off to on when it comes to faith sharing. The good news is that when this brand of teenager is motivated they usually make great evangelists and pace-setters because they already know the verses and theology.
Stay persistent and don’t give up until your student leaders are leading students to Christ…and setting the pace for the rest of your youth group in the process.
7. Live it yourself.
Everything I wrote about student leaders is doubly true of you. If you want your teenagers to be warm to evangelism then you have got to be hot. If you want them to be hot then you have to be blazing. If you want them to be blazing then…(you get the idea.)
I pray these 7 ways help you crank up the evangelistic heat in your youth group.
What idea do you have to turn up the temperature of evangelism in a youth group setting?