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In this riveting true story, Brian Barcelona recounts how, just a few months after graduation, he responded to God's directive and returned to his high school campus to preach the Gospel to the students. He had no training, no resources and no experience. Just raw passion and obedience.
Suddenly lives began to change. Teens from every background were healed of suicidal thoughts, the trauma of physical and sexual abuse, drug addiction, identity crises and much more. This is only the beginning of the story! God is moving powerfully in our nation's high schools. And if you are willing, you, too, can be part of the revival that is transforming a generation.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Chosen Books
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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What happens when a teenage convert from atheism hears a challenge from the Lord--and decides to act on it? This true story is the catalyst for a move of God that is taking the high schools of America for Jesus.
Brian Barcelona, a dynamic leader on the forefront of youth evangelism, recounts how he answered God's call on his life with dramatic and miraculous results. Just a few months out of high school, Brian obeyed God's directive to return to his alma mater and preach the gospel to the kids in the Bible club. Suddenly lives began to be changed. Hearts were saved. Numbers grew. Soon other schools joined in, sparking a youth revival in which thousands of teens are letting Jesus heal their lives.
This remarkable story will inspire you to reach out to others, particularly young people, and believe that God will equip you for the call he gives you. Let your heart be energized through simple acts of obedience and watch as God does mighty things!
Reading RoverMidwest4 Stars Out Of 5The Jesus Club by Brian BarcelonaFebruary 28, 2017Reading RoverMidwestQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The Jesus Club by Brian Barcelona
You never know when the Holy Spirit will speak a word in your heart;
You never know where that will lead.
This journals the Calling of the High School Youth in Public Schools of Northern California.
It begins with the Jesus Club in a small trailer classroom and continues to explode touching the lives of a whole dynamic generation.
When Brian Barcelona heard God, believed and acted in faith, He encountered the seed of the Jesus Club, and the waves of harvest is underway.
I really like Brian's contact information at the end inviting all to share the magnificent and rich faith of our High School Generation.
"I believe this to be your call...If you are willing to obey, God will take you the rest of the way." pg.223
"If they don't pray' you pray." pg. 128
tickmenotKansas CityGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing Adventures with GodFebruary 16, 2017tickmenotKansas CityGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What if God called you to go back to your high school and tell everyone there about Jesus? What if He told you that would be the way all the high schools in this land would come to know the Lord? That is exactly what happened to Brian Barcelona, a former atheist, who had only been a Christian a couple of years. While attending a youth gathering in 2009, God clearly spoke to him and said:
I want to release a movement that will save the high schools of America. And I want to use your life to do it. This movement will take your city. It will take California. So goes California, so goes the nation.The movement I am about to release is going to restore prayer in the public schools again.
Brian didnt receive clear instruction about how to make that happen, so he spent a lot of time in prayer and fasting, seeking Gods direction. Still feeling unsure of how to do Gods will, he decided to step out in faith and to approach the high school he had graduated from just a year earlier, Elk Grove High.
The first day he walked into Elk Grove, he still no idea what to do. But he did remember there was a Jesus Club that met there, and decided that would be the place to start. He found he had to get approval from the teacher who sponsored the Jesus Club, along with approval from the clubs president Kendall, if he wanted to speak at it. In the end they said okay, but the teacher gave Brian a sideways look after hearing the big plans he had.
Brian made a twice a week commitment to come speak to the club. The next week full of excitement for his first meeting, he was disappointed to find the only ones who came were Kendall along with three of her unsaved friends. But he clearly heard God tell him that day, Preach! and he dideven though preaching was not something he had done much of.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin." Zechariah 4:10
Although their beginnings were small, that little number quickly turned into hundreds, and then thousands. Brian found over and over again that most students have never heard the true story of Jesus, and when they do, legions are ready to make the commitment to Him in their lives. He often makes the point that the harvest is now ready in Americas schools, and anyone willing to let God work through them can do the same thing he has done in their local schools.
I really enjoyed learning how God has worked through Brian. Thousands of students in both northern California and Los Angeles have become followers of Christ through his ministry. Inspiring stories of the different ways God brought this about fill this book. Gang members, atheists, and ordinary kids alike have turned their lives over to Christ after hearing the good news about Him. The authors enthusiasm for making this happen in all the high schools in America is exciting, and I highly recommend this easy to read, uplifting 5-star book.
Cross Focused Reviews has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Jesus Club, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
The Geeky Calvinist4 Stars Out Of 5A Easy to Read Account of God Working in His KingdomFebruary 14, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Jesus Club: Incredible True Stories of How God is Moving in Our High Schools, written by Brian Barcelona, and published by Chosen Books Publishing is a delightful autobiographical work. It illustrates how God called a man who was barely out of high school to go back into his alma mater and preach the gospel to anyone who would hear. This account of the life of Brain Barcelona is a compelling true story of a man who followed Gods call upon his life to speak the truth of the gospel in to the heart of the youth culture.
This book tells irresistible good news of Gods grace that draws people to Him. Students need to hear of His good news just as a child or an adult does and how it will transform their lives and their culture around them. As a minister of the Gospel to Children, Youth, and Families, one of the hardest places to penetrate with the Gospel is public schools. Gods usage of Brian Barcelona to minter to youth in their own context gives me renewed strength as I minister to the youth in my own area on their turf in their context.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Chosen Books Publishing though Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.