Category: youth

White as Snow

My family and I just finished a vacation in the mountains of Colorado, where the beauty of the Creator God is on display.  From the white-capped mountains, to the white-flocked trees, and the layers and layers of perfectly white snow covering everything, the refrain of Jesus Paid It All was on repeat in my heart and mind.

“Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe.  Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow…”

Outside of the beauty of white, there was frequently brown snow, mostly where the dirt and grim of the road was pushed aside from snow plows.  The white snow was stained with the dirt, rocks and debris now marred, unclean, and of no value. Apart from the brown, we occasional saw a little yellow snow too. 

But one of the most interesting thoughts I had on this trip, happened while driving into the mountains.  As we begin our ascent up the mountain, we begin to see cars coming in our direction covered with snow.  I looked at my wife, Sarah, and said “You can tell these cars have been in the mountain.”  And almost instantly Acts 4:13 popped into my head.

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. – Acts 4:13

You see Peter and John were so bold about speaking about Christ, that it was evident to those around them that they had been with Jesus. As simple, uneducated men, they sounded, looked, talked, acted, dressed, and smelled like Jesus.  The leaders who persecuted Jesus, recognized it right away.

And then think back to Moses.  Moses spent so much time with God, that his face literally glowed.

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. – Exodus 34:29

For Moses, the more time he spent with God, the longer and brighter his face shined.  And as Moses spent less time with God, and more time with the people, the glory (or brightness) began to fade.  In the same way, some cars we saw had a lot of snow, some very little, and some none at all.  You can tell from their appearance if they were in the mountains, and for how long.

Our relationship with Christ is the same way and should be evident the same way.  Others around us should recognize that we have been with God.  Our face (or attitude) should be so evident of Christ, that when others see us they have to hide their face because it is so over powering.  For Moses, God’s glory faded because it was just temporary, but today we have the unending, never-fading, everlasting glory of God manifested in the Holy Spirit that actually lives within us.  The same power and glory of God, shining on the face of Moses, and evident in thoughts and actions of Peter and John, is the very same God who takes resident in our hearts.

As I reflect on this idea, this magnificent blessing God has given me, I can’t help but be reminded that:

  • The power and glory must come from God – it’s not my own
  • My life should be centered on spending time with God in prayer, communication, and daily living
  • My actions and lifestyle should reflect Christ, not my own agenda

Finally, I’m reminded of the red-lettered words of Christ:

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. – John 15:35

As we start out another new year, my prayer for you and I is that we pursue Christ with everything in us.  We must spend time with God in prayer, listening, and daily reading scripture.  And our lives must be evident of Christ, that people will know we have been with Him.  Our faces will shine.  “ALL people will KNOW you are MY DISCIPLES, because of your LOVE  for another.”

Jesus – The Real Life

Our current series takes a look at the amazing life of Jesus when He was here on Earth.  We’ll be looking at exactly who He is, the reality of the things He did while on Earth, and the things that He really said.

  • Week 1: Jesus, the Man/GodJesus was 100% God and 100% man, at the same time!
  • Week 2: Jesus, the early years – Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.
  • Week 3: Jesus, the teacher – Jesus used great stories and parables to teach about God’s truth!
  • Week 4: Jesus, the Miracle Man – Jesus proved that He was God by performing miracles and healing people!
  • Week 5: Jesus, the defeater of Satan – Jesus never sinned, even when Satan himself tempted Him.
  • Week 6: Jesus, the Savior – Jesus took the punishment for our sins and someday He will return!

Each week, 7th – 12th graders can join us in the Refuge from 5-7pm on Wednesday nights.  Hope to see you there.

Don’t Miss Christmas

Through the month of December, students will be diving into the biblical story of the first Christmas. We will be taking a little different look, with the intention to no miss the main point of Christmas, Christ.

As our gift from God, Jesus would leave His throne in Heaven, be wrapped in flesh, and become the perfect, sinless sacrifice to reconcile humanity to God. Because of this, we are counted righteous, holy, redeemed, and adopted by our heavenly Father.

Week 1 – Dec 5th: Small Things: A Christmas Story – Luke 1:26-38
Week 2 – Dec 12th: The Gift That Changed Everything – Luke 2:1-20
Week 3 – Dec 19th: The (Giving) Spirit of Christmas – Matthew 2:7-11

Each week, students 7th – 12th grade can join in from 5-7pm in the Refuge.

YEC 2018

The Youth Evangelism Celebration (YEC) is an evangelistic and equipping event designed to lead young people to Christ and challenge believers to greater accomplishments in Christ.

The Youth Evangelism Celebration is almost here!  We are pumped up about getting to go again this year.  YEC is a fun packed 2 days with awesome worship and teaching from nationally recognized speakers and bands. Drew Worsham, Rush of Fools, Colton Dixon, and Bonray will be leading in worship and the Word.

November 18-19th
Rapides Coliseum
Alexandria, LA

What is YEC:  YEC is a celebration hosted at the Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria on November 18th-19th.  Put on by the Louisiana Baptist Convention, nationally recognized speakers and bands perform and deliver a message to students the empowers, equips and encourages students to reach the world for Christ.

Where is YEC:  YEC will be in Alexandria at the Rapides Coliseum.  We will spend the one night in Alexandria at a local hotel.

When is YEC:  YEC is November 18th-19th.  We will leave church at a 3:30pm on Sunday afternoon and return Monday evening (midnight).

What do you need for YEC:

  • 1 changes of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • $55 ticket price plus Extra spending money (for t-shirt, CDs, snacks)
  • Bible
  • A Good attitude

How can I help:  If you are interested in helping, please contact Derrick Laughlin (337-356-6334).  We need help with supplying and cooking meals, transportation, and financial support.

*To attend off-site events, each student needs a Medical Release form signed and on file with the Student Ministry.  The form can be downloaded here.

 

Drew Worsham

Rush of Fools

Colton Dixon

Bonray

YEC Schedule

YEC Schedule

Date/Time Event
Sunday
2:00 pm Registration Opens
6:00 pm Doors Opens
7:00 – 10:00 pm Session 1
Monday
8:30 am Doors Open
9:00 – 11:30 am Session 2
11:30 am – 2:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Doors Opens
2:00 – 4:00 pm Session 3
4:00 – 6:00 pm Supper
6:00 pm Doors Open
7:00 – 9:30 pm Session 4/Concert

New Year’s Eve Party

Our students are joining together to ring in the new year on December 31, 2018.  We will meet at Eric and Cindy Sonnier’s home.  We will meet at 6pm – 12:30am.  Boys should bring drinks and girls should bring desserts.  We will have a night of fun, games, and fireworks as we ring in the new year.  Join us and invite a friend!

Where: Sonnier’s House (11285 Hwy 26, Jennings, LA 70546 – just before the “S” Curve)
When: December 31st, 2018 6pm – 12:30am (just after midnight)
Who: 7-12th grade students
Cost: None!!
What to Bring: Guys – Drinks; Girls – Desserts

See You At The Pole

For the over 25 years, See You at the Pole has been about one simple act—prayer. SYATP is still about students uniting themselves in prayer before God interceding for their generation.

There are two opportunities to unite in prayer with your friends:

  • DAY: SEE YOU AT THE POLE day is on Wednesday, September 27, at 7:00 a.m. local time. All around the globe, in every time zone, students will be gathering at their flagpoles, praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. SEE YOU AT THE POLE is a day committed to global unity in Christ and prayer for your generation.
  • WEEK: The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER (Sunday, September 24 through Saturday, September 30) encourages students to find new and unique ways, places, and times to pray throughout the week. Whether you attend PUBLIC SCHOOL, PRIVATE SCHOOL, or HOME SCHOOL, gather your friends wherever and whenever and pray! The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER is dedicated to prayer and launching your on-campus Bible clubs, prayer strategies, and student ministries.

For more information or to purchase SYATP merchandise, visit syatp.org.

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Youth Lock-In

Back to School Youth Lock – In:

Join us on Friday, August 25th for our back to school Lock- In.  This is an all night event from August 25th until Saturday, August 26th.  Students will have food, games, worship, a time in God’s Word, and time with lots of friends.  The cost is $5 per person. All students must check in upon arrival, and have an emergency contact form completed. We will have the forms when you drop off your student or you can visit the website and download the form. (students.fbcjennings.com)

 

Youth Fundraiser – Parents’ Night Out

Parents need a break too.  Our students want to help parents, while parents help us with raising money for our summer mission camp.  Our students and helpers want to help parents by planning an evening of events for kids (ages 4 – 10 yrs), including meals and games while parents are able to get a few hours off.  Kids can be dropped off at 5:30pm and children need to be picked up at 9pm. The cost is $10 per child and includes the cost of food.

All events will be held in the Family Life Center, and kids will be supervised by students and adults through the night. To come, please be sure to sign up so we can make plans for you to attend.

Sign Up Here!