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Grace in Practice Youth Conference


Last weekend we took our youth to a one-day youth conference in Elizabethtown, Ky. at Elizabethtown Baptist Church.

At the conference our youth attended four breakout sessions in which they were taught about grace and God’s unconditional love for us. These breakout sessions covered Grace in Dating, Grace in Suffering, Grace in Family Life, Grace in School/Work, and the Theology of Grace. There our youth were able to fellowship with other youth from churches from Kentucky and Alabama. We ended the day with a group prayer time in which we prayed for all the churches that attended the event, missions that our churches are connected to, and the sick and lost people in each of our lives. It was a great experience for our youth and we are hoping to have another event like this in the near future.



Who is this Jesus?


When I was brought on as youth pastor I had one objective- be clear about the gospel! This is the most vital thing I could do for the life of our church. Zealous for the the clarity of the gospel I spent several weeks unpacking the truth that is the power of God unto salvation.

As I concluded that series I wanted the students to have a clear and informed understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ. So, I began a series entitled: Who is this Jesus? This series is a verse by verse teaching of the Gospel According to Mark. The author leaves no room for curiosity as to whom the book will be about. Verse one states clearly, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” How about that! Already, in verse one the reader has a phenomenal understanding of who Jesus is. He is the Christ, the Son of God. Furthermore, the book will be the gospel or “good news” of this man named Jesus. My prayer is that I will be faithful to the text in giving the students a correct picture of Jesus.

Up to Date

Tonight we continued our study of the Gospel of Mark as we looked at Mark 1:21-28. The author recounts an event in the life of  Jesus that would be any horror movie to shame. Jesus is confronted in the synagogue by a man with an unclean spirit. A clearer contrast could not be found: Jesus the Son of God, who had just had the Spirit of God descend like a dove upon Him in verse 10 was confronted by a man with a “unclean” spirit. Nothing could be considered more ungodly than something “unclean” (just read the Old Testament). So, this is the setting: Jesus astonishing the congregation huddled in the synagogue with his authoritative teaching when an unclean spirit cries out. “What have you to do with  us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God.” (Mark 1:24) The spirit knew Jesus to the extent that the spirit declares what Jesus will do: destroy demons. The spirit knew that the Kingdom had come and that Jesus would ultimately wipe them out.

Jesus responds with one powerful sentence, ” Be silent, and come out of him!” (Mark 1:25) Then something remarkable follows- the unclean spirit leaves the man. What did Jesus do to remove the unclean spirit? Did he use a special potion? Did he use a particular prop? No, Jesus only spoke a command and the spirit obeyed. Jesus’ word was his action. We see this same concept when He called Simon, Andrew, James,  and John. Jesus says, “Follow me,” then the immediate response of the disciples was the drop their nets and follow Jesus. This shows us the utterly unique authority of Jesus! He speaks as to act and everything must obey! What an amazing Lord!

If Jesus is authoritative it means that we must do what he says. Furthermore, it is good for us to do what he says. What an amazing concept: it is what we must do and it is the best thing for us! Amen! So, trust in the Jesus who has authority above all! What is sin, pain, family problems, and addictions to the one who speaks and even the unclean spirits obey! Go to Jesus, it is what we must do and it is the best thing we could ever do.



teach the Bible


We have built our Youth Ministry on teaching the Word of God. Over the last 7 plus years, it has been our top priority to get the many Youth of Fairdale a Bible and then begin teaching it to them verse by verse and book by book. We thank God that its not really “our” ministry but instead “His work”. We are thankful that He has brought many young people to us, and we hope He will continue using us to see their lives changed for the good.

Please click this link to read a good article on teaching the Bible to youth verse by verse. It is called “Your Students Can Handle Expository Preaching.”



Fairdale High School FCA


Many of our students attend Fairdale High School.

This picture was taken at the High School’s FCA meeting on Thursday afternoon.  Our Pastor Josh Greene volunteers to help lead the FCA group.



Letter from Seth


Church in Fairdale,

For the last month I have had the privelege of serving WITH you. When I say privelege, I mean it. I come away from this time being truly blessed, and I thank God for using you in that. We have become friends within the family. I thank you.

Over the last month, Christ encouraged me and convicted me. It was encouraging to see youth with a desire to grow. It was encouraging to be in worship services where God and His word were the main focus. And it was encouraging to see men serving FBCF in any way they could, specifically with the new kitchen. As I said, I was also convicted. I saw how much I have to grow. Christ revealed to me that I must spend more time in His word. And Christ showed me, that to be more like Jesus, I must fall in love with serving His church.

Thank you for the time you sacrificed to help me grow, and to grow with me. I loved it! FBCF, I love you. I will miss you. I hope to see you all again.

In Christ,

Seth Springs



summer intern – Seth Springs


Hey guys, I am Seth Springs. I am a 17 year old from Charlotte, North Carolina. I am about to enter my Senior year of high school. I am a former athlete and I love to compete. So what?

Christ has given me the awesome opportunity of serving FBCF for the next month. I was saved by Christ a little over 2 years ago, and I pray that God would continue to work in and through me.

I am excited to be  serving the church in various ways, but I am very excited about getting to know the people! Also, I will be teaching youth bible study for the next few Wednesday nights. Together we will, “Believe Jesus. Love Jesus. Live Jesus.”

Thank you in advance for the friendships that we will build!

In Christ,

Seth Springs

Contact Info:

Email- Tsethsprings@aol.com

Website- www.doyouhavetheurge.blogspot.com

You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.



Thank You Krutzas!


This past Wednesday evening was Drew, Amanda & Calvin Krutzas final day serving at our church.

We will truly miss them. For the last 2 and a half years they have shown us what it means to truly love and follow Jesus. We thank God for bringing them into our lives. We are so thankful for how God used them with our Youth group. We pray that their new ministry opportunity would be filled with God’s leading.

Thank you Drew & Amanda! We will miss you!



Youth Summer Interns 2010


This summer is our 3rd summer of having Youth work at the church. This is a great working/ministry/discipleship opportunity for these youth, and it is also a great blessing to our church. Nate Martin (a faithful member of our church and a ministerial student at Boyce College) is leading the interns this summer. They work Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm. The interns do a little bit of everything from studying the Bible to planning Youth events to serving the church in any capacity. All to become more like our King Jesus!

Chassity!

My name is Chassity Arnold. Or you can call me Chuck. I am seventeen. I will be a senior at Butler High School. This year will be my second year doing interns. I hope and pray that all of the youth and interns will grow to love Jesus more.

Michaela!

I’m Michaela. People call me Mike. I am 15, a sophomore at Male High School. I talk a lot. I am hoping that this year I will grow and love Jesus more. I laugh like a pig. At least that’s what JGreene says.

Josh!

Hey everyone! My name is Joshua Vincent and I am an intern for the first time at FBCF. I just graduated from Fairdale High, and I am now a freshman in college at JCTC. I am 19 years old. I would love to use this internship to become a stronger follower in Christ. I enjoy reading, playing drums, and just helping people. I am looking forward to seeing how God uses me this summer to help people.



Busy Summer for FBCF Youth


Summer 2010 is a little different from the previous summers for the Youth Group of FBC Fairdale.

This is the first summer in 6 years that we are not going to Youth Camp. We think that will prove to be a really good thing because we are finding many ways to impact our youth in various ways.

1)     SUPER TUESDAYS – Six different Tuesdays this summer all Youth are invited to church for Bible, Fun, & Service.

2)     BATS GAME – On July 6, all of the youth are going to a Louisville Bats Game. Free Tickets are provided.

3)     HOLIDAY WORLD – On July 13, all youth are invited to Holiday World. Cost is $30 each.

4)     SUMMER INTERNS – We are having 3 youth work at church for 7 weeks this summer as interns. They will helping the Pastor and Nate Martin. This begins July 6. More to come later in regards to this.

5)     ECUADOR MISSION TRIP – We had 3 youth go on our summer mission trip to Ecuador. It was mighty trip that God is still impacting us from. More to come later in regards to this.

6)     FCA LEADERSHIP CAMP- We also sent 3 youth to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Camp.

7)     YOUTH INTERNSHIP – We also have a High School Senior from North Carolina coming for four weeks to serve in our church. He is in the ministry and will be working along with our Pastor and Youth Group. He will be here from mid July to mid August.

That is a busy summer. We are praying for God to work mightily in our young people.



2010 – Legendary Lock-In: THIS FRIDAY NIGHT @ 6pm!


That’s right. The time has finally come! This year’s Legendary Lock-In starts this Friday night at 6pm and runs until Saturday morning at 10am. There’s a reason we’re calling this thing ‘legendary’, so make plans now to be there with every friend you can fit in your car (or on your bike). All the specs are below, pay close attention, and don’t forget to print off or pick up a MEDICAL RELEASE FORM to turn in to us on Friday when you arrive. If the legendary fun is too much for you to handle, we want to know what kind of doctor you prefer — Dr. Phil or a real one who actually knows what he’s doing. Anyways, here’s the info you’ve all been waiting for:

TIME: 6:00pm Friday – 10:00am Saturday

PLACE: First Baptist Church Fairdale

WHO: Any youth, middle school to high school. Bring your friends, family, and complete and total strangers.

WHAT TO BRING: **Medical release form (you can print them off of this website on the left menu)**, friends, sleeping bags and pillows, change of clothes (for various reasons), old pair of tennis shoes (for running around in), black clothes or camo (for one of the games — don’t worry if you don’t have any, because it’s not imperative), flashlight (if you have one), and any board games or video games you want to play later in the night.

QUESTIONS: Email or call Hank or Drew.

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