|The Five Steps for Being a Godly Influence On Those Around Your Child
Allow Gateways to partner with you in helping others at your school have the confidence to teach students about Judeo-Christian history and values. For many years, our public schools have been seen as battlefields. However, nothing much grows on a battlefield.
Instead, we can look at our schools as gardens to cultivate. Schools are enriched when Christians appropriately express their faith in word and deed. At Gateways we recommend you use five steps to bring a positive influence to people around your children at school. We call them the five steps of F.A.I.T.H.
F – Focus on those around you.
As the Good Samaritan attended to the man in his path, so you should focus on those God has put in your path at school this year. Begin to see the people in your path as divinely appointed opportunities. Create a list of teachers, parents, administrators, and school staff that you have contact with regularly. Put the list in a place where you will see it often , such as on your refrigerator, in your Bible, or in your daily planner.
A – Ask God to open doors.
In the book of Acts, God used the Apostles to influence 3,000 people in one day! In Acts 1:14 we find that the Apostles were people of prayer. Campus Partners pray regularly for the people God has placed in their paths. Ask the Lord for opportunities to cultivate relationships and plant seeds of love and truth.
Opportunities can be as simple as sending a “get well” card to the principal who is sick, or passing along information on religious liberty at school, or encouraging a teacher to teach about the birth of Jesus.
I – Invest in Preparation.
Peter’s sermon in Acts 2 reveals that he was prepared. He quotes heavily from the Old Testament. He had done his homework! To be an effective Christian influence you must be prepared with answers. The Gateways website is designed to help you. At the end of this article is a link where you can sign up to automatically receive an e-mail newsletter with updates, practical tips, and encouraging stories of what others are doing.
T – Take a step of faith with God.
You’ve been praying for those on your list, you’ve been preparing, as God opens a door, take a step of faith with Him. God is at work in your school. In fact, He placed you right where you are for a reason! Are you watching for opportunities? In all likelihood, there is at least one Christian involved in every classroom in your school (the teacher or a parent). Imagine the positive impact of dozens of Christians on your campus participating in God’s activity!
H – Help someone move from fear to freedom.
The biggest challenge we face is misinformation and fear. You can help others gain the confidence they need to include teaching about the influence of the Bible and Christianity in their classroom. You could be God’s instrument to restore Christmas to the school. You could be the person God is wanting to use to protect and promote religious freedom for all the students at the school.
Don’t miss out on how God wants to use you this year.
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Expressing God's Love at School: 52 Successful Ways to Bring a Godly Influence to Your Child's School and Classroom
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