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Tag! You're It

Tag: You're It!

March 1
Tag! Parents and Teens Together
First Baptist Church
601 Saint Marys Street
Garner, N.C.

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Empowering Students to be "It!"

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9


The Reason:

of Tag: You're It! is to equip Christian students to make their lives count, to be the game-changer and to stand up for what they believe. Discussion will center on praying their friends to Christ, sharing Jesus without fear, apologetics, as well as leadership training for gender-specific groups.

The Bible explains that God desires to draw Christians closer to Himself and for Christians to seek His guidance in the choices they make. Every decision either brings Christians closer to God or further away from God.

However, according to a July 12, 2010, Barna Research article entitled, "How Teenagers' Faith Practices are Changing," just one-fifth of teenagers say they live in a way that makes them completely dependent on God. A similar proportion of Christians claim that the single most important decision they ever made was to ask Jesus Christ to forgive them and become their Savior. The Barna study also indicates that only one-sixth of Christians say they are totally committed to engaging in personal spiritual development.

These numbers seem lower than what we are seeing among North Carolina Baptist teenagers who attend Youth Weeks Camp at the NC Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell. During the summer of 2012, more than 600 students professed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior for the first time, about 600 students said they felt God calling them to full-time ministry and more than 4,000 students expressed a desire to make a commitment to follow Jesus more.

Our response is to continue training students in the tenants of our faith. To help us do this, a new outreach has been created entitled, Tag: You're It!

The Sessions:

How to Pray
Maybe your friends don't know Jesus on a personal level. Maybe you have tried to share what you know but fear stops you. God is at work around you. Learning how to ask Him to begin the work of salvation among your friends is essential.

Students will be taught how to pray evangelistically for their friends who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

How to Share
You're not sure how to even talk to your friends about Jesus. Just trying to figure out how to change a conversation to talk about spiritual things stresses you out. You can't explain what Jesus has done for you unless you know how to share the gospel.

Students and leaders will train in how to share the gospel using the Share Jesus Without Fear curriculum.

How to Defend
Have you ever been asked these questions: How do you know the Bible is true? How do you know Jesus is the only way? Knowing how to answer these questions about what you believe is a challenge.

Students will learn how to defend their faith and why they follow Jesus.

How to Lead
You want to come alongside some of your friends and help each other to not give into temptation. That's what holding each other accountable is all about.

Students will be trained in what goes into leading an accountability group: planning weekly meetings, asking hard questions and supporting each other.

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Merrie Johnson
(919) 459-5566
(800) 395-5102, ext. 5566