Category Archives: Teenagers and Families

Introducing a New Bible Study for Families

Is your family constantly in a whirlwind of activity? Is it controlled-chaos at your house? Unsure about how to parent in this day and age? Want to see how your family fits into the gospel?

Next week, FBC will be kicking off a brand new Bible study group built particularly for parents. After some thought, we ended up calling the new group the Busy Family Bible Study. Why Busy Family? I like how Pastor Oren put it when talking to parents…

“I know that you have so many responsibilities and commitments, whether it is with your job, caring for your children or perhaps your aging parents, as well as maintaining friendships and trying to keep the grass no taller than knee high. You’re busy, we all are,” wrote Pastor Oren.

“Our families are busier than ever, so much so that it becomes increasingly more difficult to maintain consistent spiritual growth in our personal lives. This means that our families struggle to grow spiritually as well. We all like to think that Jesus is at the center of everything we do, but if we’re being honest, that isn’t always the reality in which we live. We feel stretched, pulled in many directions. But there’s no reason why we cannot make a concerted effort as Christian believers to take time to pray, study, and grow together. As a pastor and a parent, I want to help as much as I can.”

This is something that we’ve wanted to do for a long time. And I am excited that we are kicking it off with a study called Gospel Centered Parenting by Tim Chester and Ed Moll. There are a lot of books dedicated to helping parents develop well-trained children, but this one focuses on the family as a whole, and will help us grow as God-knowing, Christ-confessing, grace-receiving, servant-hearted, mission-minded believers.

I love how this book goes beyond good advice for parents. It shows how the gospel influences family life and the craziness therein. “Good parenting is not about adopting certain techniques,” says the authors. “It’s about living as part of God’s story and letting God’s good news shape your values, attitudes and behavior.”

That’s something all families can get behind…big, small, single-parent, step-families…everyone needs the good news of Jesus.

The Busy Family Bible Study group will meet on Sunday nights beginning February 12th at 4:30 PM at FBC. The first series will run through April 9th. For those of you with children, we’ve got special activities planned at the church for the kids and youth during this time.

If you are interested, please fill out the form below, so we know how many to prepare for. We would love to see your family join us for this study!

5 Things Your Preteen Can Understand About the Bible

bible-983104_960_720Last month, the Barna Group reviled the results of their 2016 Teen State of the Bible research. If you have a few extra moments, I’d recommend reading over the full results. There are many positive responses that can encourage us, but here are a few that may renew our resolve to help kids understand the Bible.

  • Half of teens say the Bible contains factual/historical errors.
  • About 1 in 3 teens say the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life.
  • Only 47 percent of teens say the Bible is a source of hope.

That’s a simplified look at the minds of teens when it comes to the Bible. Now, let’s look at what a preteen mind can comprehend about the Bible. (These come from Lifeway’s Levels of Biblical Learning, something that our leaders are being equipped with as they reach our kids.)

  • The truths in the Bible are without error and will last forever.
  • The Bible is God’s message about Himself and God’s plan for salvation.
  • The Bible is the only inspired, written Word of God.
  • The Bible teaches that salvation through Jesus is God’s gift of forgiveness.
  • The Bible teaches how to live a Christian life by following Jesus.

Parents, help your preteens understand these concepts. Make Bible reading a special time in your home!

Disciple Now

Disciple Now. If you’ve been in a Baptist church for any length of time in the past twenty years or so, you’ve almost certainly heard the name. But what exactly is Disciple Now? Why is it such a big deal? Why is that crazy youth pastor asking for your help with it or for your prayers in support of it? I wanted to take some time here and hopefully shed some light on the subject.

Disciple Now, or just DNow for short, is simply a good old fashioned retreat weekend for students. It has 4 main components that all come together to make for a great time: small group Bible studies, large group worship times, some type of service activity, and a whole bunch of just hanging out and having fun. Below we’ll look at how each of these four things is so important.

Bible Study

Small group Bible study is great for a number of reasons. First, what is more edifying than diving headfirst into God’s word and seeing how exactly it can and should impact our lives? DNow Bible studies and free times are broken up into groups based on age and gender, with each group spending the weekend nights at a separate host home. Each group is led by two college students from our ministry, who both teach the Bible studies and corral students around for the weekend. By providing strong spiritual role modeling, these group leaders help our students see what exactly it means to be a Christian in today’s world.

Corporate Worship

Worshipping together as the Body of Christ is central to all that the Church is. Our times in worship together provide the opportunity to reflect back what we have learned about God in praise to Him. Additionally, worship times provide a chance for our speaker to share some messages from God’s word and help synthesize all the lessons from the weekend.

Service Project

Doing acts of service provides the avenue to put our faith into practice. These have been all over the place from year to year, but the important thing is to remind students that while it’s great to have fun, their spiritual life is not just about themselves. We as the Body of Christ are called to be lights shining like stars in the world as we reflect the love of Christ.

Fun Time

Finally, what good DNow weekend would be called good without a ton of fun activities. We usually try to do something special as a fun activity, whether that be going on a scavenger hunt around town, going ice skating, or something as simple as a game of capture the flag. Between all the officially scheduled events are plenty of times where fellowship happens naturally—there’s no better way to become good friends with someone than by spending a few nights together in someone’s house. By having that “sleepover” feel of fun, we help build camaraderie and grow as a group.

Disciple Now is meant to be a fun weekend that conveys to students the simple truths of God’s love for us in Christ. It’s all packaged up with a number of fun activities, but ultimately it serves a greater purpose: DNow weekends (for me personally, and for others I’m sure) stand as monuments along the paths of our personal faith journeys. As an annual event, each year’s DNow provides another chance to briefly pause the craziness of life and stop to look at what’s truly important—our relationship with God. It can easily be a defining moment. And that’s why it’s such a big deal.

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5 Faith Tools for Your Family

toolsWe believe that God has placed children under the authority of their parents, and it is the parents’ responsibility to teach their children how to live a life that is pleasing to God. We seek to affirm what children are being taught at home, according to the truth of God’s Word. There are many ways we try to partner with parents and I wanted to highlight some of the tools at your disposal.

  1. Parenting Christian Kids Newsletter. The goal of Parenting Christian Kids is to inform parents, provide tools and training for parents for being the spiritual leaders in their kids’ lives, and to open faith conversations at home. New editions are being released each month at fbcbr.com/kidnewsletter.
  2. HomeLife and ParentLife Magazine. These two magazines from LifeWay contain great content that you will find useful and encouraging. You can find issues of HomeLife around the church (on tables around the entrance and by the office) and issues of ParentLife can be found in the preschool department.
  3. The FBCBR App. Listen to sermons, view a daily Bible reading plan, find out about upcoming events, get directions to FBC, connect with us through social media, and much more! It’s easy to use, and free to download.
  4. Children’s Library. We have an amazing church library, and right next door is a second library filled with books and media picked just for kids. We have a great team working on making the library even better, and we will be adding new items to the collection as we continue to grow. Make sure to check it out!
  5. Prayer Room. If you haven’t visited our prayer room, take some time just to get acquainted with it. Inside you’ll find a quiet place for prayer along with guides for prayer and cards to leave your own prayer requests on.

We hope we can be a blessing to you and your family as you help your kids grow in their faith!