When was the last time something amazing happened to you?
causing great surprise or wonder; astonishing¹
Have you had any moments or experiences lately that have caused you “great surprise or wonder”?
Is there any element of your life that is just. flat. ASTONISHING?
Amazing moments happen every day, you know. There are shooting stars and babies born and stunning sunsets and a thousand other breathtaking realities happening on this giant ball that is spinning at a thousand miles per hour around a star burning at 10 million degrees.
Amazing – right?
Then there is you—
Did you know…
A cubic inch of human bone is strong enought to bear a load of 19,000 lbs. – making it roughly four times as strong as concrete.²
The total length of all the capillaries in your body is over 50,000 miles, enough to go around the earth twice?³
In one square inch of skin there are four yards of nerve fibers, 600 pain sensors, 1300 nerve cells, 9000 nerve endings, 36 heat sensors, 75 pressure sensors, 100 sweat glands, 3 million cells, and 3 yards of blood vessels?⁴
Your heart beats about 100,000 times in one day and about 35 million times in a year? During an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times?⁵
But to be honest, all these facts and a million more like them combined simply pale in comparison to the moment when a lost and lonely soul turns to Jesus Christ for salvation, and he or she is born again into a life of forgiveness, acceptance, meaning, value and unconditional love.
What is more amazing than saying “yes” to the Savior who chose to die rather than live without us? And if that isn’t astonishing enough, check this out: “I tell you the truth, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents” (Luke 15:10).
The word Jesus uses for “joy” in this verse literally means “an occasion that calls for celebration.” Can you believe that? Jesus is saying that when someone trusts in Him for salvation, the angels in heaven throw a party!
By the way, wouldn’t it also be something amazing if we were members of the party-planning committee for the angelic hosts? I sure think so, and now I’ll let you in on how we can join in the heavenly festivities.
Dare 2 Share has launched a new, seeker friendly web site: www.somethingamazing.net.
This site is a great tool to help you share Jesus with your friends, because it contains a video that presents the gospel in a visually engaging and concise way. When you check it out, I think you’ll agree that it’s a super easy way for your friends who don’t know Christ to hear the plan of salvation that God has for their lives.
Not only that, but there is a “moving forward” section that takes you to another series of videos designed to help new Christians get established and confident in following Jesus. There are seven installments that all address key issues related to following Christ as a new believer, but after watching them, I think every Christian should check them out – no matter how long you’ve been a believer!
So are you ready to start adding some amazing moments to your life? Then join in THE Cause and get the word out about www.somethingamazing.net. Post it to your timeline, tweet it, text it, e-mail it, or just plain bring it up with your friends the next time you have a face-to-face conversation.
Be sure and follow up, though, because an opportunity like this doesn’t come along every day. Ask your friends what they thought about the video, and if/when they trust in Jesus for salvation, set up some times when you can get together with them and check out the Ignition Seven series that will get them started in following Jesus.
Shhhhh…wait a second…I think I just heard a party getting started in the heavenlies…do you think something amazing just happened?
¹Source: Google Search
² Source: http://www.livescience.com/6040-brute-force-humans-punch.html
Flashpoint: Ignite Into Action
This week, put together a plan of action to get the word out about www.somethingamazing.net. Be sure to think through your follow up questions and consider how you might respond to people who have questions. Talk to a trusted adult or youth leader about your plan, and go crazy for THE Cause!
Accelerant: Fuel for THE Cause
Pray: Father, please come in power and show Your glory through this Kingdom effort with something amazing. I pray that many people will put their trust in Jesus Christ for their Savior through my efforts and the power of the Spirit.
Read: Acts 2:43. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.
Get: Life in 6 Words outreach book. Check out this great little outreach book and then give a copy to your friends who need Jesus.
Discussion Questions for Leaders:
Big Idea: www.somethingamazing.net is a great tool to help you share the gospel and advance THE Cause, and also provides a great way to help new believers grow in their faith.
Key Scripture: Luke 15:10
- How do you think your friends will react to the “Something Amazing” video?
- Are you motivated to share the video with your friends? Why or why not?
- What is your follow up strategy?
- How can you use this Soul Fuel to further THE Cause of Christ and spread His message?