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Living your faith out loud

By Tony Posthumus

The Great Commission are the last words Jesus spoke to his disciples before he ascended to heaven after his resurrection. As documented by one of the disciples, Matthew, a former tax collector, these words come with passion, power and comfort. Matt. 28:18-20 NLT - Jesus came

and told his disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Growing up in the church, I felt a certain amount of responsibility to tell all of my friends about Jesus, even as I was still trying to figure out my own relationship with Jesus. I recall how difficult and nerve-wracking it was for me to come up with the right words to speak at the right time.

Often I just gave up and didn't tell anyone about my faith in Jesus.

Being a Christ-follower is awesome! But how can we follow through on the instructions Jesus gave us in the Great Commission? How do we share our faith? How do we live out our faith at school, in our community, at work? For some of us, talking to people is easy. For the rest of us, talking to people about our faith is scary! I have a strong desire for my friends and family to know Jesus the way I do, to have the kind of everlasting and life-changing hope that only comes from Jesus, but engaging in these types of intentional conversations freaks me out sometimes!

But, I've got great news. You can live your faith out loud!

If you are in Grades 6-12 or are a youth pastor/leader/volunteer, Northumberland Youth Unlimited invites you to Faith Out Loud featuring The Color. Faith Out Loud is a mini-conference that will encourage, challenge and equip you! Guest speaker Ann Marie Covert will inspire and motivate you through sharing real-life experiences and holding a Q&A session. Faith Out Loud starts at 5:00pm with pizza and Ann Marie's session, followed by a 7:00pm worship concert with The Color, Aaron Powell (from City Harmonic) and Brooke Nicholls.

Tickets are only $15 for the entire event and can be purchased at nyfc.org/thecolor or $10 for concert only. And remember: as you live your faith out loud, Jesus will be with you always, even to the end of the age!

Tony Posthumus is the executive director of Northumberland Youth Unlimited and team chaplain, Cobourg Cougars.