S.L.A.M.
Students Living a Message

SLAM NEWSLETTER

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot
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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH YOU

TOPIC: Fear of sharing your faith

MAIN SCRIPTURE: “We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, ‘Be reconciled to God!'” (2 Corinthians 5:20, NLT)

OTHER SCRIPTURES: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 2:16; Ephesians 6:19

WHAT JESUS MIGHT SAY TO YOU:
I know this is important for us to talk about. Sometimes this is difficult for some people who love me. They don’t want to look like they’re pressuring people or selling religion.
Some people want me to light up the sky and do flashy miracles, thinking that will cause everyone to believe in me. I could do it. But most often that’s not God’s plan. His plan is simple. He sent me to you, and I send you to others. Share my story person to person, life to life. You’re a walking, talking example of me living in you.

Remember–it’s not about you. No sales quotas or high pressure. I’m the one who lived the sinless life, died on the cross for the sins of the world, and defeated death. Keep the focus on my life, death, and resurrection. Avoid pointless arguments that go nowhere. Let them know you didn’t deserve or earn grace and forgiveness. They are gifts from a loving God. Invite them to connect their lives with me as you did.
Keep it simple. Keep it real. The world is overloaded with crazy ideas that try to explain the meaning of life. When you tell my story using words others can understand, and they see authentic changes in your life, I will become real to them.

Not everyone will like you or your message. Some people will hate you (and me) when you talk about the good news. It can be discouraging. Keep on loving these people. Pray for them. God loves them as much he loves you!
But to the people who are seeking God, your life and message will be like the aroma of a delicious meal or the most wonderful perfume. Let me work through your life to reach your friends.
Love, Jesus

SUMMARY CHALLENGE: “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.” (Mark 16:15, NLT)

2. SURF REPORT

~ GodTube: It’s like YouTube for Christians. There’s even a contest to send your youth group to Israel. http://www.godtube.com

~ Sand Art: Make your own amazing creation with sand and your mouse
http://kopykat.com/sand.html

3. FORGETTABLE FACT

A car operates at maximum economy, gas-wise, at speeds between 25 and 35 miles per hour.

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“Always seek peace between your heart and God, but in this world, always be careful to remain ever-restless, never satisfied, and always abounding in the work of the Lord.” – Jim Elliot

“Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” – Jim Elliot

5. PARTING SHOT

Computers make very fast, very accurate mistakes.

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