FOLLOW ME: THE INFLUENCE OF CHRIST - PART 1 (An Introduction to Influence)

Tonight I am excited to launch our new teaching series, "FOLLOW ME - The Influence of Christ."
Social influence is defined as occurring when one's emotions, opinions, or behaviors are affected by others. Social influence takes many forms and can be seen in conformity, socialization, peer pressure, obedience, leadership, persuasion, sales and marketing. Governments and political movements have used social influence. Cults use social influence to entice and integrate outsiders into their communities. Companies have used product placement in movies and celebrity endorsements to affect social trends in selling products and services.
So who (or what) are the biggest influencers in our lives?

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Our time tonight will be wrapping up, recapping, and discussing our Spiritual Disciplines series. I'll have a few talking points to go over with the large group, but we'll be giving students the bulk of the time to ask questions, share their experiences with this series, spiritual disciplines at home, and the concept of what it means to know God and grow closer with Him. The Youth Coaches and I appreciate these "big circle talks" with students because it often unveils common thoughts, struggles, and questions they are having about their walks with Christ - wherever they are in that journey. We'll still have small group time afterward, but this large group time will hopefully give students a chance to hear voices they don't normally hear in each other and from other leaders.

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