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Unashamed at School

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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15)

The average student in America spends around 6.5 hours at school every weekday. While some may feel that this is a complete waste of time, God calls us to use it wisely. Every day at school, there is a great opportunity for us to tell people about Jesus through our actions and our words.

While many students try their best to do the least amount of work in school, this shouldn’t be the attitude of Christians. Solomon writes, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). This means that we should not be the person who never does the homework, never goes to school, or never gives any attempt at success. When we work hard, as unto the Lord, it will be a witness to teachers and fellow students. Growing in knowledge is a good thing; we should work hard to learn all we can because it can be used to help us further the kingdom of God.
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However, Paul warns us about being taken captive by empty philosophy and worldly ideas while we pursue our education (see Colossians 2:8). Most of the world mocks the authority of Scripture, the deity of Christ, and the exclusivity of Christianity. They believe it is all foolish and ridiculous. Instead of being discouraged by this, see it as an opportunity. There are hundreds of books out there that can help us to defend our faith to those who believe otherwise. We know that we have the truth, so we shouldn’t be afraid of talking about it. Engage in conversations with fellow students and teachers who oppose Christianity; show them the love of Christ and share why you believe the message of the gospel. Most people will be blown away by a student who will stand for Christ in a class full of those who reject Him.

There are so many people at school, for such a long amount of time, that we have great gospel opportunities in and outside of the classroom there. If dirty jokes, gossip, and countless other ungodly things are the main topics of discussion at school by the students, how much do those students who don’t participate in these things stand out? If we are always loving to everyone rather than tearing others down, talking about church that weekend instead of some party, helping others as much as possible rather than ignoring them, people will wonder what is different about us. They will see that we don’t need the parties, the sex, or any other thing to be happy. We have something far greater, and that is Jesus Christ.
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We need to take every opportunity to explain the gospel to everyone, but our actions must show it first. People at school will have no problem figuring out if we’re fake or not, so it’s important that we live out and show the gospel with our actions, as well as sharing it with our words. School can be an incredible platform to proclaim the gospel message through a life that is unashamed. Be intentional about sharing the gospel with your classmates and do all you can to demonstrate the love of God for them with your actions.

 

Being unashamed of the gospel at school is only one area of the Christian life. Check out this book and learn how to be unashamed in a lot of other ways!

Unashamed: Sharing and Showing the Gospel

 Questions to Consider:

1. What are some practical ways that we can show the gospel to people at school?

2. How equipped are you to deal with those who oppose Christianity, whether they are teachers or students? How equipped would you like to be?

3. What message does your conduct—what you talk about, how you act, how hard you try—at school send to those around you?

4. In what ways are you connecting with other Christians at your school?

Christian Clubs:

We want to be involved at your school! If you’re school doesn’t have a Christian club, let’s start one! Or if it does have a club but it’s not doing very well, we want to come alongside and help strategize for the year. We want to help mobilize students to reach their campus for Christ. Please contact us so we can be involved with your school Christian club this year!
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From Isolation to Infiltration

Infiltrate Check out the Uprising article on The Christian Post, “From Isolation to Infiltration: 5 Points of Encouragement for Student Evangelism.” In this article, you’ll be encouraged to know that you’re not alone in evangelism because the Lord has you covered in all directions—inside, behind, around, before, and above.inflatable castles

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Reconciled to Reconcile

We are foreigners with a message of utmost importance; a message that can save the very lives of the people to whom we have been sent. We are not a comfortable people with a “personal belief” that can stay locked up in our own minds. Rather, we are a delegation of important ambassadors sent to diplomatically engage with a dying world.

 “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).

We have been reconciled to God in order to bring this message of reconciliation to the world. There are three important aspects to what it means to be an ambassador entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation.inflatables

An Ambassador of Christ is a Foreigner

As a Christian we become entirely new creations. “Old things have passed away all has become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). So, as Christians, our nature is fundamentally transformed. We are foreigners whose citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20).  Unfortunately foreign diplomats aren’t always well received, right? Just think about how Jesus was treated. When speaking to His disciples He said:
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“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15: 18-19).

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Evangelism Isn’t Popular

*In this article, Pastor Greg Laurie talks about how evangelism isn’t popular today.

A popular trend in the Church today is to not share your faith.

USA Today had an article about a man who described himself as a “recovering evangelist.” He said that he used to engage in what he called “bait-and-switch” methods. In other words, he would engage a person with the purpose of bringing the gospel to them, but now he has changed his approach.
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Instead, he advocates “All bait, no switch, and he thinks others should, as well.” He advocates promotion by non-promotion, evangelism by attraction, goodwill mongering, or simply letting one’s life speak for itself.”

He suggests that we just “live the life,” and let the “spiritual chips fall where they will.”

The Cure for Cancer?

OK, let’s use an analogy to play out that scenario.

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What Would Jesus Say?

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Evangelism can be complicated. What do you say? How do you say it? Although answers vary for each situation and conversation, there is a simple principle we can keep in mind when sharing our faith: speak about Jesus, and speak like Jesus.

Jesus should be the subject of our speech and His mission should be our message.

Speak About Jesus

We need to keep the main thing, the main thing. We can engage in small talk, answer objections, build bridges, and even joke around, but if we don’t get around to talking about Jesus, then we aren’t going anywhere in our evangelism. The gospel message is communicated through our words, so we need to speak about Jesus.

“This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:11-12).

In Acts 3-4, Peter and John healed a lame man and it caused problems with the religious leaders, but it also gave Peter an opportunity to speak publicly. The people wondered how the man was healed and Peter got right to the point—he spoke about Jesus. The religious leaders arrested him and had him appear before a council where he did the exact same thing—He shared how Jesus is the only source for salvation.
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Evangelism is about sharing a message, but the message is about a person. The aim of evangelism is to speak about Jesus, which is why repentance is turning from sin and turning to Jesus and trusting in the “gospel of Christ” (2 Cor. 2:12). Don’t get distracted. Keep the main thing the main thing—speak about Jesussumo suits for sale!

When God presents you with an opportunity to speak about God or Christianity, what will you do? Will you avoid it and not speak at all? Will you change the subject? Or, like Peter, will you talk about how Jesus is the Savior?

Speak Like Jesus

Not only do we need to speak about Jesus, we also need to speak like Jesus. Imagine if Jesus was evangelizing. What would He say? Thankfully, we don’t need a WWJS bracelet because the Gospels tell us what He said. So, in regards to evangelism, what would Jesus say?

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Overcomplicating Evangelism

*In this article, Pastor Greg Laurie answers the who, where, why, and when of evangelism.

We overcomplicate this thing called evangelism.

I’ve read that 95% of Christians have never led another person to Christ. Let’s look at the basics: The Who, Where, Why, and When of Evangelism.

Who is called to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel”?

Answer: We are!
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Matthew 28:19–20 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” These words are addressed to everyone (not just pastors, evangelists, and missionaries, but everyone). In the original language, they are a command. You are commanded by the Lord Himself to do this. No exceptions.

Where are we to preach the gospel?

Answer: Everywhere!

Mark’s Gospel has a variation on this Great Commission: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). To personalize it, “Go into all of your world and preach the gospel.” Go into your family, your workplace, your campus, your sphere of influence.

Jesus did not say, “Go and be a good example” but “Go and preach the gospel.” Some say, “I don’t want to push anything on people!” Would it be “pushing” something if you had a cure for cancer?

Why are we to preach the gospel?

Answer: Because God’s primary way of reaching people is through people!

“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21). But there is another reason as well: because we care. We don’t want to see people go to hell!

When are we do to it?

Answer: All the time!
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We must always be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. You never know when the door of opportunity will open. “Preach the word of God. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not” (2 Timothy 4:2). Another translations says, “Be on duty at all times.” And 1 Peter 3:15 tells us, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

What is your biggest hurdle to sharing the gospel?

Missional & Relational

We should be “on mission” to love God and to love others, and we primarily do this through preaching the gospel. But in addition to sharing the gospel with our words, we can show the gospel with our works. Through our day-to-day interaction with people at school, work, or in our neighborhoods, we can be missional by being relational; we can build relationships that give us the credibility and opportunity to share the gospel, invite friends to church, and to engage in conversations about Christianity.
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The Bible tells us how we should act with other believers in the church, but it also instructs us on how we are to interact in society with unbelievers. And we see this in Paul’s letter to Titus. By way of reminder, Paul urges Titus to remind his congregation of their duty to have Christ-like conduct in a Christ-less culture. Check out these reminders for all of your relationships:

“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:1-2).

Submit to Rulers and Authorities

The first duty Paul refers to is your actions and attitude about secular government. This means that you’re to submit to the laws of your land. The early church was instructed to submit to the Roman government, which was pagan, immoral, and unjust. Nevertheless, they were to submit as unto the Lord in every aspect that did not contradict godly living and instruction. When you are “subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution,” you will “put to silence the ignorance of foolish people” and you will glorify God as you are in His will (1 Peter 2:13-15).

Be Obedient

Obedience is submission on display. Out of obedience to God and His commands, you are to obey those who exercise authority of you, whether it’s your parent, teacher, or employer. And when you do this, you are actually being obedient to God. Because many young people are known for their disobedience, and it’s even become “cool” in some ways, others will be able to see that you’re different through your obedience to others—and ultimately, to God.

As you submit to the rulers and authorities in your life and in your land, it shows that you submit to the ultimate ruler and authority—the Lord.

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Four Words

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If we want to see an Uprising, we have to understand our message. Imagine a revolutionary or martyr giving their lives for a message that they were unable to explain to others. People only live out and die for ideas that have taken hold of every part of their being—ideas that they have grasped with their whole mind, heart, soul and strength. If we are going to live lives that change the world, we must let the life-changing message sink deep into us.inflatables

What is the message that we are proclaiming? What is going to cause an Uprising among people today?

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