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Back To School

by Edward Sowden

New friends, old friends, nice teachers, scary teachers, a packed lunch, compulsory uniform and a fresh timetable. Going back to school is a day that inevitably comes each year. Some love it, others hate it or perhaps you just go through the motions indifferently. Regardless of how it makes you feel you have to go, so how will you make the most of it? How will you make this year at school worthwhile? It’s time for you to step up!

School is an incredible place where you meet hundreds of young people and spend time with them 5 days a week for approximately 40 weeks a year. That presents an amazing opportunity to witness and share the gospel with so many people. In fact the best people to reach out to these students are students. The way you live and talk to your friends can be very powerful.

As a Christian, school ought to be looked at as one of the ultimate mission fields. Here are a few ways you can stand out and step up when you go back to school this year:

    • MEET (Hebrews 10:25): Find out if there is a Christian lunchtime group at your school, and then join it or start one. Then bring your friends.

    • TALK (1 Peter 3:15): When your friends ask what you did on the weekend, tell them about youth group or church and then invite them along. Tell your friends about your faith.

    • LIVE (Matthew 5:16): Live like Jesus. Don’t get caught up in gossip, materialism, slander or any ways of this world. But be different and people will notice, then you can point them to Jesus.

    • PRAY (Colossians 4:2): pray for your mates, that they might come to know Jesus because prayer is powerful.

So as another year starts and the weekly cycle begins again, make a difference! Be bold and stand out for Jesus. Don’t waste the time you have now and the opportunities that come at school. Whether you are in year 7 or year 12, at a public school, private school, Christian school or secular school, Jesus died for all our sake and he has sent us out to make disciples of all people. So why don’t you start now?!

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