Uprising is almost here! At our last Uprising, the Lord exceeded all of our expectations and brought 1000 Jr. High and High School students to hear the gospel. Out of those who came, we saw hundreds commit their lives to Jesus! Excitement and expectations are high, and we know that God is going to do another incredible work at this Uprising! But, we need to do our part. As this outreach opportunity draws closer, our job is to pray for, invite, and bring people.
Pray. God allows us to be a part of His work by praying in faith that He will do great things. Every aspect of the night needs to be saturated in our prayers.
- Pray that many would come to the event.
- Pray for the bands and for our worship to glorify God through their music
- Pray that all technical aspects (e.g. video, sound, lights, etc.) would function well.
- Pray for Pastor Jason Powell as he prepares his message for the night.
- Most importantly, pray that God would move among the hearts of those who come, and that they would come into a saving relationship with Him.
Invite. How will people hear about Uprising if you don’t tell them?
- Text and call your friends.
- Hand out flyers at school or drive to the mall and invite people there.
- Wear the Uprising shirts, post the stickers, and hang the posters.
- Use social media to get the word out through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Invite friends through our Facebook event page, and share our Uprising pictures!
We need to get the word out about this awesome event so that people can hear the life-changing message of the gospel!
Bring. Even better than merely inviting someone is physically bringing them to church for Uprising. Most of those who are saved at Harvest Crusades were brought by a friend, and we have that same opportunity for this event. People are much more likely to come if you provide a way for them to get there, and buying them food helps too. So, get your parents to load up the car and bring all of your friends!
If we do our part, this promises to be an incredible day that we will praise God for in the years to come. We pray that this event will be a major part of an Uprising among the young people in So. Cal. to turn to Jesus Christ and live their lives to reflect His glory in our city.
Young people desire community. They join sports teams, clubs, and social networking and form friendships based on common interests. At Activate: Harvest High School Ministry, we want students to be in community with one another based on the greatest of interests: knowing God and making Him known. Every Wednesday before Bible study, students meet in Community Groups from 6:15P.M. to 6:45 P.M. for the purpose of discipleship, fellowship, and accountability. Each group is gender-specific and is led by a college-aged high school ministry counselor. These groups provide a great environment to develop and deepen godly friendships.
Based on the recent High School Winter Camp, Activate Community Groups will be starting a new small group curriculum called, He is Greater: The Claims of Christ. It’s our desire for the young people of God to treasure and value Jesus above all things and to see Him as greater than anyone or anything else. For this purpose, groups will go through the Gospel of John and study the “I AM” statements of Christ. Through this study, students will see how the “I AM” can change who they are. Additionally, Pastor Jason Powell and the Activate staff will teach a sermon series that corresponds with the Community Group’s topic each week.
To download the digital copy of the curriculum, click the link below!
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Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to grow in your faith, make new friends, and see Jesus do greater things in your life than ever before. Sign-up for a Community Group at Activate on Wednesday nights, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30, NIV).
This past Wednesday, the Activate high school and Crux junior high ministries at Harvest hosted their second Uprising, a youth outreach designed to impact the students of our city with the gospel.
Excitement was high, expectations were great, and the Lord did more than we could ask or think. The Court was packed with 906 young people, many of which were brought by friends. The night included music from Leeland, who shared songs from their new album The Great Awakening, and how they desire to see revival among today’s youth. The high energy and loud music led to the greatest event of the night, the preaching of God’s Word. Pastor Jon Lee shared a message on how the youth can “rise from the dead” and find true life in Jesus—and 109 students responded by making commitments to follow Christ.
The problems and pressures that today’s youth are facing are unprecedented. Things that were virtually unheard of a generation ago—sexting, cyberbullying, guns in school, the open extolment of homosexuality, and a heightened antagonism towards Christianity, for example—have become commonplace among today’s youth culture. To live the life of a genuine Christ follower is almost revolutionary, hence the event’s strong title.
This generation needs to wake up and rise above societal standards and cultural norms. The verse Pastor Jon preached from is fitting, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14, ESV). He said, “The youth of this nation need Jesus. You do not need more motivational speaking or more programs. You don’t need to turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, porn, medication, or beauty to give you purpose. You need Jesus! Wake up and live for Jesus!” And by God’s grace, many students did just that.
Will you pray for an uprising among today’s youth? Pray that they would rise up and reach out with the gospel; that they would impact their friends, families, schools, homes, and communities with the love of Jesus. And specifically pray for those 109 individuals who made decisions for Christ, that they would remain close to Him through His Word, get connected to the youth ministries, and build strong Christian friendships. May the young people of God continue to rise up for the purposes of God!
To see the Uprising pictures, click here!
In order to reach the youth of our city, the Activate High School and Crux Jr. High ministries are hosting their second evangelistic outreach, “The Uprising.” At the last event, we saw nearly 800 young people in attendance with over 200 of them making commitments or recommitments to follow Christ. And we want more young people to rise up and live for a greater purpose: to know God and to make Him known! We want the young people of our city to stop living for the things of this world and start living according to God’s Word. We want students to make a difference in their homes, schools, churches, and communities. We want an uprising. There will be a concert featuring the band Leeland and an evangelistic message from Pastor Jon Lee. This is a great opportunity to invite jr. high and high school students to hear the gospel!
Here is the info:
- When: Wednesday, October 17 at 7pm
- Where: The Court at Harvest
- Cost: Free
- Band: Leeland
- Speaker: Pastor Jon Lee
And make sure you “like” and “share” the Uprising Facebook page!