YS Themes 2017 | 2018

September 2017 God Speaks. As Christians, we have the beautiful privilege of being in a relationship with our living God. As with any relationship, communication is key. Have you ever experienced what seems to be one-ended communication with God? You do the talking, but you’re not sure how to hear God speak back? God may not often speak audibly to His people today as He did in Scripture, but His voice can still be heard. This issue will explore how to hear God speak when His children desire to hear Him. Submission Deadline:
July 1, 2017
October 2017 Depression And Anxiety. It’s more than feeling occasionally sad or nervous for an upcoming test. Depression and anxiety can result in low self-esteem, suicide attempts, poor school performance, substance abuse and so much more. Christians face depression and anxiety. This struggle is real, and we want to help inform people of markers to be aware of, resources for help, inspirational stories of young people who have experienced deliverance, and advice for those who may not experience this first hand yet. Submission Deadline: August 1, 2017
November 2017 Refugees. You may choose to close your eyes to the shocking imagery sprawled across today’s media, or block your ears to the incessant talk of our country’s response to the refugee crisis—but what would the response of Jesus be? How do we as young Salvationists fall in line with what God’s ideal is? What does His Word say about a holy response, and what is The Salvation Army’s position? Submission Deadline: September 1, 2017
December 2017 A Salvationist Christmas. Compared to other denominations, the month of December looks very different in The Salvation Army. What is the history of Christmas traditions in our church? How did bell ringing, angel tree, food distributions and our brass band first begin? Why do we participate in these activities? What do they have to do with the real Christmas story? Submission Deadline: October 1, 2017
January 2018 Sorry Not Sorry. Christian apologetics is not about being sorry—it’s about defending your faith. If confronted about what you believe, how would you defend it? Submission Deadline:
November 1, 2017
February 2018 There’s An App For That!Generation X are said to be more addicted to social media than Millennials are. Learn the facts and challenges of social media consumption, while discovering social media tools that could potentially enhance your walk with God.Ever purchased an app just because everyone has it, without thinking of the potential dangers? How can we use social media to deepen our walk with God? Can it be an evangelical tool? What are some positive effects of using social media? What are some of the dangers of social media and how can we be on the look out for them (harmful trends, trafficking, etc)? Submission Deadline:
December 1, 2017
March 2018 Worship Beyond Music. We tend to loosely define worship as a set time when the “worship band” leads us in song. What is worship? Is it only possible to worship through music, and is the band the only worship leaders? This issue addresses the true meaning of Biblical worship and provides “alternative” ways for young Salvationists to express their worship. Submission Deadline:
January 1, 2018
April 2018 When Life Is Tough… Although Jesus told us we would experience trouble (John 16:33), it’s still not easy when it comes. Why does God allow suffering? And how do we remain faithful when we face unexpected trouble in this world? This month we recognize Jesus’ death and resurrection. How did He remain faithful to His Father despite trial and suffering? Submission Deadline:
February 1, 2018
May 2018 Sacraments. Be informed on both the Biblical and Salvationist perspectives of the sacraments. What is the definition of a sacrament and what sacraments are listed in Scripture? Did The Salvation Army ever practice the sacraments and what motivates the Army’s positional statement on the sacraments today? Submission Deadline:
March 1, 2018
Summer 2018 Activism. “Do Something” has echoed from the lips of William Booth to the heart of every Salvationist. Yet when bombarded with the horrors of sexual trafficking, racism, sexism and every other injustice in the world today, it’s tempting to respond with a verbal disagreement—“That’s terrible!” But how do we move from being sympathetic couch potatoes to prayerful warriors moved to action? Submission Deadline:
April 1, 2018