How to use something as simple as your hand to share the Gospel

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Do you have followers? I don’t mean the ones on lnstagram or Twitter. I’m talking about your “circle of influence”. For example: a younger sibling or cousin, someone that admires you, or someone that chooses your values or ideas whether they believe them or not. That is a follower.
How does it make you feel knowing that you are setting an example, good or bad, to your followers

In First Timothy, chapter 4 verse 12, the apostle Paul instructs Timothy on how to respond to that. “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

So how do you as a believer set an example to your followers when it comes to your faith? First, Paul reminds Timothy about his speech. How you use your words matter, people are listening. Second is your conduct. How do you behave around your “circle of influence”? Someone is watching. The third and fourth go hand in hand; in love and in faith. Do you love those who follow you? Do you love them enough to share your faith?

We can use our hand to share the Gospel with our followers, therefore setting an example by sharing our faith, in love. You can find the whole Hand Gospel explanation here.

Thumb – Good News (John 3:16)
Pointer – One Problem, Sin (Romans 3:23
Middle – Christ died on the Cross (Romans 5:8)
Ring – Believe and Commit (Romans 10:9-10)
Little – A little act of Faith (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Palm – Secure and safe in the hand of God (John 10:27-29)

You are 1 of 25! See How.

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One week from today is #GivingTuesday 11.27.18. We are looking for 25 people who will partner on that day to support students leading Christian clubs in our nation. They are sharing the Hope of Christ in their school. Will you be one of those 25 who help them? On November 27th you will have the opportunity to partner with us on this journey. We thank you for your support.

Scott Emerine is one who has already said, “ YES!”. In this short video, he shares with us about how he supports First Priority as a parent, board member, campus coach and business leader. He also talks about how thankful he is for the support of people like you as he takes on all these roles.

Screen Shot 2018-11-20 at 8.39.39 AMAs we enter into this time of Thanksgiving with family and friends we are thankful for those who have journeyed with us through prayer and financial partnership, whether it be as a volunteer, prayer partner or donor.


Big Things with a Big God

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Have you ever thought about how big God really is? Have you ever stopped long enough to look up into the sky and think how big is the God we serve?


If you are like me, we have a tendency to put God in a three dimensional box that we have created out of our own experiences. In a society where we, for the most part, have our needs and wants taken care of, we pull God out of a box only when we are at church. We might run to Him on certain occasions (when we are in need), but we seldom think of God and his unbelievable creation. The Bible states in Ephesians 3:20 “ that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we even ask or think!”

Now I don’t know about you, but I can think of some pretty unbelievable stuff. Hollywood does a good job of blowing our minds with stuff, but God can do things we could not even dream of. Seriously, things we can’t dream of, wow! (I bet heaven is crazy cool) We use words to describe God, but are there really any that can even come close? If you read John’s account of his revelation in the book of Revelation and his description of things God allowed him to see, I bet it was hard to find the words. All these things are way above our understanding. I heard a guy say one time, “if you or I understood everything about God, He would be no bigger than our understanding.” That’s good!

In this new year let’s keep our minds on doing big things with a big God, like reaching campuses for Christ!

Mark Roberts
Associate Director
FP of America

How 1 Student Changed the Life of Another!

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It’s amazing to hear story after story of students lives being transformed. Here is a powerful one that we wanted to share.


Hannah is an 8th grader. Last year, Hannah learned to share the Romans Road. In August of this year, Susie came up to Hannah in PE class and asked “why are you different, like why are you weird?” Hannah told Susie her story and Susie responded “I want that”. Hannah shared the Romans Road and Susie accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Fast forward to November and it is Engage week. Susie is a leader now and opens up club with prayer, Allyson shares her story and Hannah leads with (you guessed it) The Romans Road. When the invitation is given 41 students respond and are Saved by the Blood of the Lamb. What a picture of what First Priority is about, students on mission everyday, everywhere, even PE class. Praise God for what He is doing and has already done.

Casey Jones
Executive Director
FP North Alabama

What HOPE do Students Have?

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First Priority is in full swing all across America, and here in the ArkLaTex we are gearing up to launch twenty campus clubs this week! Twenty campus clubs means that approximately 200 student leaders will be intentionally engaging their school with the gospel, and we anticipate that the good news of salvation will be shared with nearly 3,000 teenagers this school year! Who knows? Maybe even more than that! Our prayer is that lost students will come to hear and receive the HOPE of Christ, and that they would find a community of believers ready to help them grow in their faith. Last year, we saw 123 students commit their lives to Christ. Would you pray with us this year that we would see the greatest number yet of salvations and testimonies as we live out the Great Commission? Jesus said in Mark 10:27, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” He is able to do far more than all we ask or imagine, but we MUST ask!

Why First Priority?

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Working with students and student pastors for over 30 years, has given me insight on a few things. Of course, the older I get the more I realize I know nothing. But here is something I have learned. There is nothing more powerful in the life of a believer than to be used by God! When I was still a teenager and newly surrendered to the ministry, God taught me something that would steer my thinking for the rest of my life.

I was in Birmingham, Alabama when my twin brother Todd and I took some college students to a place called South Side on a Saturday night. It was an area of town that attracted some interesting folks. It kind of reminded me of the bar scene in the Star Wars movies. We went down to hang out and invite people to church. We had taken a church van, you know the one with the hand waving in the back window that tells everyone to follow them to vacation Bible school. Well needless to say, we parked it around the corner where nobody saw us. To make this very long story short, I will jump to the end of the night. We had been out talking with people all night and having a great time, when my brother told everyone to wrap it up and head back to the van. As soon as I told the last guy good night, I started heading down the street back to the van. My attention soon focused on this big dude leaning against a light pole. I have never heard the audible voice of God(I would die of course if I did), but I did hear a small voice inside of me that said go talk to him. Well as we all probably do, I started looking this guy over and sizing him up. He was huge. He had long hair to the middle of his back with a bandana to keep it out of his face, and big old motorcycle boots on that I’m sure would be used to put up my butt if I said anything to him. This guy was staring up into the sky and he looked mad. He did not look like he wanted to talk to me or anybody else. I started making excuses why I could not stop and chat, so I headed to the van. I jumped into the passenger seat and my brother pulled up to the stop sign where I could see this guy. I told my brother to hold on a minute. I needed to go talk to him. I really felt like the Lord wanted me to. I asked him if he would go with me and he said “God had told him nothing!” Todd and everyone else in the van said, “just go over there and tell him God loves him and if he gets mad just run. We are praying for you, now go”!

I stepped out of the van and was a little afraid, but it was like I made the step and boom, I was standing in front of this guy. You know when you are standing on top of a high cliff above the water and you want to jump but are hesitant? This was the same kind of thing. We all get in those situations where we know God has told us to do something and it seems crazy or intimidating and we start to hesitate. The freedom comes when you jump, when we step out of the boat. The thrill and exhilaration that comes from the encounter is amazing.

I found myself suddenly staring at this mountain of a man and ended up just saying “I think God wanted me to tell you He loves you.” After I said those words, I was ready to run back to the safety of the van, but something miraculous happened. He started to cry, I mean flat out bawl. After a few seconds (felt like minutes) he said something I will never forget. “I came out of that bar five minutes ago, leaned up against this pole, looked up in the sky and said if there is a God in heaven show me.” Five minutes earlier I had walked by him. He told me his grandmother had been praying for him for fourteen years. Like a child he dropped to his knees and prayed a simple prayer for God to forgive him and come into his life. WOW!! Here is the lesson I have learned that has shaped everything I think about ministry. God did not need me that night but He chose to use me. I got the blessing. I have never been so fired up for the Lord in all of my life, because here it is….I got to partner with the creator of the universe to redeem His creation! Once that happens to you or one of your students they will never be the same.

Why First Priority? Because it gives us the opportunity to equip our student leaders to go partner with God in the greatest mission field in our country.

Mark Roberts
Associate Director
First Priority of America

Because of Your Prayers and Support

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From First Priority Tampa Bay:

First Priority was able to provide training to almost 100 students in Hillsborough on August 12th and to 50 in Pinellas on August 19th. Training will continue through local church youth groups throughout the months of August and September.

The purpose of training is to equip and prepare students to lead First Priority Christian groups/clubs on campus, where faith stories and the gospel are shared.

In each weekly meeting, First Priority students have access to our resources and meeting materials, including the H.O.P.E. strategy. The strategy is an acronym for Helping each other seek God, Overcoming their fear of sharing their faith, Preparing their faith stories, and Engaging their friends with the gospel.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Please continue to pray for students as they launch their campus groups, and for new groups to form.

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Romans 10:14 (NIV)

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Amber Johansen, Executive Director & Jennifer Atkinson, Pinellas County Director

SWOT Disunity in your Community with this Idea

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First Priority is a community-wide and community-owned movement. As a First Priority leader, this means you will most likely go from leading followers to leading leaders in your arena. One of the first steps in developing a new First Priority is putting together a team to help get the clubs off the ground. From teachers to parents, from church leaders to business leaders, your team will be filled with people who are overseeing others as well. This is a time for 2 Timothy 2:2 to come into effect in your life if it hasn’t already: and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. If this is a little intimidating, that is a good thing. You are on the edge of a God ordained call for your community. Your role is to help leaders see the crisis (students haven’t heard the gospel of Jesus – and sometimes what they have heard on the news has caused them to distrust Christians), understand the solution (working together as the body of Christ in our community makes us stronger), and how to fulfill the call (networks working together – each playing their role).

As you build those networks, I’d like to give you a tool to help put the right people on your team using the S.W.O.T. analogy. S.W.O.T. helps you and your team to know your individual and corporate Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.

Everyone is different, which is why we have various roles to get a club started. A business leader generally needs a different set of strengths than a mom or a teacher or a youth pastor and vise versa. Different Network leaders have different opportunities as well. Youth Pastors have the opportunity to invest in student leaders’ spiritual development alongside the parents, where the teacher does not. But the teacher is with the students for eight hours a day, which makes their consistency and influence key. EVERYONE plays a role and is important to the launch, health and success of a First Priority Movement.

Have open conversations with your new and growing team about what each person can bring to the table (prayer, accounting, influence, school leadership, community grants, etc). Whatever it is, everyone has strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat.

Notice, I did not speak on the threats. But know that spiritually the threat you face is the battle against darkness not flesh and blood.

Ephesians 6:12  So be sure that a prayer warrior is present and utilizing his or her strengths from the beginning.