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I am Second: Putting Jesus First
The "I am Second" ministry helps people discover their purpose in life. Have you discovered your purpose?
The White Chair
Symbols are everywhere: businesses, schools, cultures, religions. They are more than mere images; symbols usually have deeper meanings. They are tangible representations of abstract ideas.
When you think of the Christian lifestyle, what symbols come to mind? The cross? The ichthus? A dove, anchor, or purity ring? What about a chair?
Since 2009, a nondescript white chair has been the symbol of a growing multimedia campaign called I am Second. This evangelistic outreach ministry aims to help you discover your purpose: to live for God and serve others.
When you live for God, your focus shifts from your problems to Jesus. Making Him your focus moves you to second place. This is the heart of the I am Second movement.
I am Second ministers to hurting, lonely people from all walks of life: actors, athletes, musicians, business leaders, drug addicts, sex addicts, homemakers, children, and next door neighbors.
Through films, support groups, and social media events, I am Second connects people with similar life stories -- those with struggles like addiction, disability, divorce, purpose, racism, pride, selfishness, and war.
The ministry is based in Plano, Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Volunteers are available 24/7 to discuss how you can make Jesus first in your life. For more information, call 1-800-633-3446 or visit www (dot) iamsecond (dot) com. Or join the movement on Facebook or Twitter.
Drawing People to Jesus
Norm Miller, chairman of Dallas-based Interstate Batteries, founded the I am Second campaign in December 2008.
Directed by John 12:32, Miller sought ways to "lift up Christ so that He might draw the people of his city to Jesus."
In collaboration with e3 Partners, a world missions organization, Miller coordinated the creation, production, and distribution of multimedia tools used for I am Second. The ministry serves several states in the United States as well as 35 countries.
I am Second: The Films
I am Second is powered by several video testimonies of people from all walks of life. The website features more than 80 films, and new ones are added all the time.
Calling themselves "Seconds," the film subjects discuss salvation and the dramatic effects of their faith in Christ. You'll hear from celebrities as well as "everyday" believers.
The testimonies of Brian Welch, Lecrae, Bethany Hamilton, Jason Castro, Josh Hamilton, Shannon Culpepper, and Michael W. Smith are among the popular videos.
I am Second also inspired a song by the Newsboys, a contemporary Christian band. The song appears on their God's Not Dead worship album.
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- Riley, Jennifer. (September 18, 2009) "I am Second Movement Puts Christ First." The Christian Post. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
- Wikipedia contributors. (May 9, 2012) "I am Second." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
© 2012 Annette R. Smith