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July 14, 1999






Youth celebrate in Alamodome
___By Ken Camp
___Texas Baptist Communications
___SAN ANTONIO--While the streets of San Antonio filled with revelers celebrating the Spurs' NBA victory, thousands of Texas Baptist teenagers took the home team's court to celebrate Christ's victory over sin.
___"A Cross to Bridge the Great Divide" was the theme of the 1999 Texas Youth
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TEENAGERS RESPOND to an invitation to commit their lives to Christ during the Youth Evangelism Conference.
Evangelism Conference, held June 25-26 in the Alamodome. More than 15,000 young people filled the dome for the high-energy, high-volume event, which featured the commissioning of seven student-led Shine Out Revival teams.
___"The only way we can cross the great divide is by the blood of Jesus Christ," said Christian recording artist Geoff Moore. "No matter what you've done, no matter what's been done to you, God loves you."
___Other professional Christian musicians featured at the conference were Rebecca St. James, Nikki Leonti, Avalon and FFH. A dozen student bands of varied musical styles also performed before their peers.
___Michael Armstrong, Chris Tomlin and Praise Team led in worship, and Missions Live, a drama troupe sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board, provided theme interpretations.
___Youth evangelist Dave Edwards of Oklahoma City urged the teenagers to let God do what only God can do--cleanse, change and complete a dirty, broken and incomplete person.
___"Sin is the condition inside you that makes you do stupid things on the weekend," he said. "But whatever you've done, God can make it right."
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Youth evangelism consultant Chuck Flowers and evangelism director Bailey Stone participate in a commissioning service for the student-led Shine Out Revival teams. (Photos by Ken Camp)
n Edwards invited the teenagers to make public commitments to God, young people responded in overwhelming numbers. More than 1,400 decisions for Christ were recorded, including 136 professions of faith and 141 who committed their lives to vocational Christian service.
___Later, Edwards asked the young people, "What happens when the goosebumps are gone?"
___He encouraged the teens to move away from being "event-centered Christians" and to grow into mature believers. He challenged them to "step into the ring" of a Christian lifestyle characterized by God's presence and biblical principles.
___Bill Pinson, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, led a prayer of dedication during a commissioning service for Shine Out Revival teams.
___The student-led teams, each made up of a preacher, worship leader and children's leader, are serving nine weeks this summer in Amarillo Baptist Association, Bi-Fork Area, El Paso Baptist Association, Blanco Baptist Association, Coastal Plains Baptist Area, North Central Baptist Area and San Antonio Baptist Association.
___The team members are Justin Childers and Denbigh Cherry of Sam Houston State University; Shelly Witherspoon and Stephanie Hoyle of West Texas A&M University; Amanda Nolen and Keith Ferguson of Baylor University; Richard Nash, Amanda Marmaduke and Trudy Christopher from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; Joey Quinones, Craig Curry, Kent Slack and Nick Shock of Hardin-Simmons University; Earl Toler of Criswell College; Jennifer Yawn from the University of Houston; JoAnna Hoyt and Stephen Hathcoat of Howard Payne University; Kyle Clayton of Odessa College; Troy Poole from the University of Texas at Arlington; Jami Jordan of Oklahoma Baptist University; and Justin Westmoreland from Southern Methodist University.
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