Last week we asked this question:
Among the several responses submitted, Andrew Thompson, from the church at Priceville, might have said it best…
Impact: to influence, to affect. This is exactly what Hashtag is doing in the young people at Priceville. Not only is the series impacting their life, but it is helping them to evangelize more. At Priceville, we are a very small congregation of around 100 people. Our youth (6th-12th grades) is around 15 kids. Each week we have a core group of people showing up, but we also have new visitors coming because their friends want them to come and be a part of this awesome series that has been put together. As one of our students said, “The speakers really put it into terms that teenagers and kids can understand.” Another one said, “The series seems to be speaking directly to my life.” If I were to ask everyone that participates and is involved, then I am sure they would all have the same answer. For the first time since my arrival (December, 2011), they are truly excited to be a part of something and because of the impact it is made on our students, they in turn are impacting our community by making sure others get involved, as well.Hashtag has given the Priceville Youth Group energy, fire, and passion. We are beginning to see positive spiritual growth in our ministry, growth in numbers, and growth as a unified group. To sum up the impact in 300 words is just impossible. God is doing great things through Hashtag, but I can’t wait to see what is to come because God always has greater things in store. Thanks to Hashtag we are experiencing something great, and because of it I know greater things will come.
Our prayer is truly for the Hashtag Youth Series to make an everlasting impact on the hearts and minds of young people. Like, Andrew, we hope you’ll continue to share stories of your group’s experience and growth throughout this project.
Hashtag Youth Series was designed to create conversation around the person and work of Jesus Christ. Enjoy these pieces of that conversation. (Responses from Bo Pugh’s message on #Rescue).
Let me introduce Monica Cope.
Monica is a 10th grade student that began attending midweek services at Spring Meadows about six months ago. After the first three messages in the Hashtag Series, (Blake McCaskill on Creation, Joey Sparks on Relationship, Joseph Horton on Redemption), Monica responded with desire to profess her faith in Jesus Christ through baptism.
As we sat down to talk with her family, she confessed, “I want to be baptized to have a richer, fuller, deeper relationship with God, to have my sins washed away, and to be reborn as a new person.”
So, it’s true. Faith comes by hearing the word of Christ (Romans 10:17). Let’s continue using this series to preach Jesus to young people. As students return each week to hear the life-saving news of the gospel, we pray for more belief, and more baptisms.
Let’s continue to reach young hearts like Monica’s. To draw them into deeper, fuller, more rich and excellent understanding of our salvation. For us all to be captivated as we comprehend the width and depth and height of God’s love. Continue pointing them to turn from sin and to trust in the saving gospel work of Jesus Christ.
For His glory,
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” (Ephesians 1:7-10 ESV)
Hashtag Youth Series was designed to create conversation around the person and work of Jesus Christ. Enjoy these pieces of that conversation. (Responses from Joseph Horton’s message on #Redemption).
Getting baptized tonight
#gospelhashtag today too. So excited to be saved!
Hashtag Youth Series was designed to create conversation around the person and work of Jesus Christ. Enjoy these pieces of that conversation. (Responses from Joey Sparks’ message on #Relationship).
Part of what makes the Hashtag Youth Series so unique is the different experiences we can share together through the marvel of technology. So we thought it would be beneficial to tell stories and share photos along the way about what is actually happening in the hearts of young people across the world.
Wherever you were this week, we hope you got to hear Blake McCaskill’s lesson on creation. It was awesome to hear all the responses to such a passionate, thought-provoking message about Jesus as Creator of all things. Here were some of his impact points we saw retweeted across the web…
Students in Mobile, Alabama helped spread the excitement about the series, contributing to the 267 original tweets that got shared and retweeted multiple times. The beauty of Twitter is seeing young people put their faith into words. Articulating personal faith is a positive sign of spiritual progress and growth.
A group in Topeka, Kansas actually lost electricity but didn’t let that stop the conversation. Their youth leader, Nathan McBroom said this…
The power went out! After two days of setting up our room with cool decorations and getting it arranged to watch the video we were stuck upstairs in a small room because it has windows to let in light! Even so we watched the video on my laptop (thanks for making it a download!) and had a positive discussion between our teenagers. Satan was against us but God was greater!
We even saw our first piece of Hashtag art created by teenager, Morgan Page. From all the feedback and positive response from leaders everywhere, this series is making an impact. Thoughtful discussion, challenging questions, and life-changing transformation is happening through a shared-experience of the gospel. Young people are in fact growing in their knowledge, love, and joy of God’s Word. And we praise God for that.
Hashtag Youth Series was designed to create conversation around the person and work of Jesus Christ. Enjoy these pieces of that conversation.
Learning about Jesus. Score.