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    Read21 Days of Hope | Day #20
    New Life Church

    Goal: Hope To You

    Theme: Minister

    Difficulty: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (6/10)


    Congrats! You've made it to day 20. We are so excited to celebrate Easter! 


    You can use today to get caught up on any days you might have missed. Pick one or two action steps that you can do today and ask God to use those small steps in big ways. 


    Today is also a great day to reach out to those you've invited. Check in to answer any questions they might have and build excitement for Easter. 


    God is at work! Can't wait to worship Him with you. 

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      Read21 Days of Hope | Day #19
      New Life Church

      Goal: Hope Through You

      Theme: Social

      Difficulty: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (6/10)


      Imagine this - you win an award, walk up on stage to accept the award, and have the opportunity to give an acceptance speech. In that speech, who do you thank? Who helped you become who you are today?


      That leads me to today’s challenge - giving someone a social shout-out!


      Jump on social media and create a quick post, answering one of these questions:

      • Where would you be without God in your life?
      • Why do we call it Good Friday when it is the day Jesus died on the cross?
      • What has Jesus done in your life?
      • Who is a church leader/volunteer who made an impact in your life?
      • Why do you love your church?
      • Why are you so excited to celebrate Easter this year?

      Your post doesn’t need to be long or fancy, just a quick post saying thank you. Here’s what that might look like:


      Shout-out to my church, Riverside Baptist! They offer awesome kids classes every week so I know my kids are learning great things while I enjoy the worship and sermons. So thankful for all the volunteers who love my kids so much!


      I just want to give a social shout-out to my high school youth pastor, Alex! Because of his influence on my life I have the confidence to follow God’s plan for my life. Alex, I really appreciate you!


      Just want to give a shout-out to Jesus right now, He’s totally changed my life! I used to walk around without purpose and now I know what I’m living for. And I’m thankful Riverside Baptist church helped me find Jesus!


      See? Super simple. Just a few sentences thanking someone for helping you be the person you are today. Ready? Go!

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        Read21 Days of Hope | Day #18
        New Life Church

        Goal: Hope Through You

        Theme: Generosity

        Difficulty: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️ (9/10)


        Today has one of the highest difficulty ratings through the 21 days. Why? Because we’re talking about generosity. But don’t quit...keep reading and see why this day may be the most crucial day of all in the 21 days. 


        First, have you noticed how generosity is right in the middle of the Easter story? Look at the most famous passage in all of the Bible, John 3:16:


        For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


        Notice how generosity is embedded in the character of God and is central to the Easter message. Now, here’s a huge “aha!” moment for you in this adventure. Generosity is central to the Easter story, but is also unlocks how deeply we receive the message. Look at what Jesus says in Luke 6:38:


        Give and it will be given to you…for with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.


        So let me ask you a question…Do you need more hope in your life? 


        If so, the best thing you can do is receive God’s free gift of grace. Then the next step? Start sharing hope generously with others. Sometimes the best way to experience hope is to bring hope to others. If you’ve ever been on a mission trip then you know how much of a blessing being a blessing can be. 


        So here’s your chance to put this into action. How can you bring hope with your generosity this Easter season? Here are four starter ideas:

        1. Make a financial donation to a non-profit making an impact in our community.
        2. Set up a recurring donation to the church to support our outreach and missions.
        3. Bless a family in need - maybe a single mom, widow, or someone who lost their job.
        4. Take those items you were about to sell on Facebook Marketplace and bless another family with them.

        As you give hope, remember God has a way of bringing more hope to your heart. John Bunyan illustrated it best when he said, “There was a man, they called him mad. The more he gave, the more he had.”

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          Read21 Days of Hope | Day #17
          New Life Church

          Goal: Hope Through You

          Theme: Social

          Difficulty: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐️ (7/10)


          Have you taken a moment yet this year to reflect on the importance of Easter and the impact the message of Easter has on your life? It’s too amazing to keep to yourself, right? 


          Today's challenge is all about inviting others to experience the hope of Easter in their life. So let's go ahead and share!


          Step 1 - Post an Easter invite to your friends on social media. When you create your post answer these two questions: Why are you so excited to celebrate Easter? How could someone join you in celebrating with your church? 


          Step 2 - Remember the three people we've been praying for? Shoot them a text invite. Here are some example scripts to get you started. Remember, they might say no, and that’s okay. “No” now doesn’t mean “no” forever. Plus, if we don’t ask at all, it's for sure a “no.” Step out in faith, and trust the Lord will guide your words. 


          “Hey {FIRST_NAME}, how are things going?”

          [RESPONSE]


          “That’s great! Well, I just wanted to reach out and see if you had any plans to attend church on Easter Sunday.”


          [IF RESPONSE IS “NO”]


          “Well, I’d love for you to come with me to my church. It’s called [NAME OF CHURCH]. I think you’ll like it. We have


          [NAME ELEMENT THAT WOULD RELATE TO THEM LIKE GREAT KIDS AREA, GREAT MUSIC, RELATABLE PASTOR, ETC.]


          [IF RESPONSE IS “YES” OR THEY AREN’T INTERESTED]

          “No worries at all. I just wanted to throw out the opportunity. If you ever are looking for a church to visit, you’re always welcome to come with me. We’d love to have you.”


          Keep it upbeat and relational. Don’t be afraid of a “no.” Again, this might plant a seed that will grow later. You got this!

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            Read21 Days of Hope | Day #16
            New Life Church

            Goal: Hope Through You

            Theme: Social

            Difficulty: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (6/10)


            Have you ever watched a movie, then posted about it on Facebook? Or tried a new Amazon product and shared your experience? Have you posted a quick story of something that happened throughout your day?


            Pretty simple, right? There’s a reason we call it social media - we use social media as a tool to connect with others and share our stories.


            Today’s challenge: apply this same concept to sharing your faith story. Make a post about when you decided to follow Jesus and how that decision impacted your life (only 1-2 sentences).


            I know that sharing your faith story on social media can sound intimidating. But here are 3 things to remember:

            • You tell stories every day. Every time you tell a friend “the craziest thing happened the other day” or “let me tell you what happened at the grocery store,” that’s storytelling. You’re already a pro!
            • It doesn’t have to be polished. In fact, it shouldn’t be polished. It should be your words, telling your story.
            • There’s no right or wrong way to do this - because there’s not a cookie-cutter approach to telling your story! Remember, it’s the story of how God started working in your life. You’re the best one to tell this story because you were the one who witnessed it firsthand!

            So jump on social media and make a short post about when you decided to follow Jesus and how it impacted your life. 


            Not on social media? Ask God to give you an opportunity to share your story in conversation today, and when the opportunity comes, take it!


            Bonus Step

            Difficulty: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (8/10)

            Share your faith story over a selfie video. This video should be about 45-90 seconds long. You might think that’s too short, but the goal isn’t to share every detail, but just the most important ones. You want to be sure to include where you were in life when you came to faith in Jesus. Then share what made you want to make that decision. Were you invited to church? Were you in tough life circumstances and then turned to God? Were you a child or teen when you came to Christ? Then share where you are now, and why you love living for God and going to church.

             

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              Read21 Days of Hope | Day #15
              New Life Church

              Goal: Hope Through You

              Theme: Social

              Difficulty: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/10)


              People talk a lot about avoiding “mindless” scrolling. Today’s challenge (should you choose to accept it!) is to scroll “mindfully”. (This action step is perfect for a Monday!) Open your favorite social media app and start scrolling. As you scroll, take time to:

              • Comment encouraging words
              • Compliment people’s vacation photos
              • Let people know “I’ve missed you! How have you been?”
              • Tell people how adorable their pet photos are

              And more! Remember anytime you are on social today your only goal is to encourage others. Scroll mindfully and use your scrolling to engage and bring encouragement! Ready, set… go!



              P. S. Not on social media? Do this in everyday life! When you pass someone in the grocery store, compliment their hair or shoes. Co-worker gives you a call? Let them know why you appreciate them. Friend walks by with a dog? Greet the dog and ask your friend how the week’s been! Remember that someone’s recently returned from a vacation and text them to ask how it went or to let them know that you’ve missed seeing them! The possibilities are endless.

               

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                Read21 Days of Hope | Day #13
                New Life Church

                Goal: Hope To You

                Theme: Devotion

                Difficulty: ⭐️ (1/10)


                Easter is a story of hope - Hope in the promise that we have eternal life through Jesus! 


                If you’ve been in church for any length of time, you’re probably nodding your head. But when’s the last time you stopped to think about the significance of that?


                Today, I’d like to share with you a passage & poem that will stop you in your tracks with the beauty of the gospel. Read John 1:1-18 & then watch this video from Seacoast Church.


                Praying that you rest in the hope of Jesus today. Can't wait to worship together! 


                P. S. If you want to share the hope of Jesus with others today, consider heading outside, and taking a picture of something that’s a “promise”- a bud, thawing snow, or a newly-planted tree. Then, share from your heart about the hope that Jesus has been bringing you in this season.

                 

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                  Read21 Days of Hope | Day #12
                  New Life Church

                  Goal: Hope Through You

                  Theme: Social

                  Difficulty: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/10)


                  Let’s talk about a great way you can bring hope today! How? By sharing your hope story. In this step of the 21 days, we want to hear from you:

                  • Has God been at work in you?
                  • Has God been at work through you?

                  Let us know your story. Here are ways you can share your story today:

                  • Simply reply to this email.
                  • Share with your small group.
                  • Create a post in the church Facebook group.
                  • Let us know before or after a weekend service.

                  The bottom line is when God is at work, we need to share the story.

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                    Read21 Days of Hope | Day #11
                    New Life Church

                    Goal: Hope Through You

                    Theme: Minister

                    Difficulty: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/10)


                    There’s nothing quite like knowing that someone is praying for you. Don’t you agree?

                    This challenge has a few steps -- for the biggest impact, make sure you do them all! 

                    1. Post on social media asking how you can pray for your friends. Make the post fit your personality. (Text, photo, or video all can work.)
                    2. Pray for every request you receive!
                    3. Write out your prayer and share it with them.

                    Be prepared to share a prayer request with them if asked how they can pray for you! One of the most important things we can be doing this Easter season is praying for our friends and family.