PREPARING A YOUTH BIBLE STUDY THAT IMPACTS LIVES

By Bruce Edwards
Youth Ministry Specialist, TBMB

bible-study-young-peoplePreparing to teach youth Bible study is a great responsibility and privilege! I think the time we spend in preparation to teach teenagers is the most important part of any Bible study lesson. We must teach out of the overflow of what God teaches us in the preparation.

Here are five steps that will help you in preparing for your next lesson:

(1) Prepare yourself through prayer. A prepared youth Bible study leader will spend time early in the week praying for next Sunday’s lesson, praying for students, and praying for God to show you exactly how to start your lesson and end your lesson with application the next Sunday! There are no shortcuts to prayer! [Read more…]

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DISCIPLE-MAKING TASK FORCE CONTINUES

By Diana Chandler
Baptist Press

Robby Gallaty

Robby Gallaty

NASHVILLE — A group tasked with encouraging and teaching disciple-making among Southern Baptist churches will extend its work an additional year, task force chairman Robby Gallaty told Baptist Press.

Gallaty, hosting a task force meeting here March 9, said the group will not issue a report at the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix. The task force will instead seek an additional year to evaluate discipleship and strategize. They plan to give their report at the 2018 SBC annual meeting in Dallas. [Read more…]

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DEAR ABSENT CHURCH MEMBER

By Daryl Cornett
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Hazard, Ky.

bible-open-empty-churchToday I saw your empty seat as I stood to welcome the people to worship. I wondered to myself what it was this week that had kept you away once again from gathering with other believers on the Lord’s Day.

I love being your pastor, but I must admit that I experience sadness every time I see your empty seat. I visit the older members of our church in their homes because age and sickness has taken from them their independence and mobility. They long to be able to do what you so easily seem to give up most Sundays. [Read more…]

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OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO LEARN GOD’S WORD

No building and a bathroom practice site doesn’t deter Bible drillers

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

It’s not the perfect practice site for a Bible drill, but this bathroom at Camp Smoky is the only place these Bible drillers from Roaring Fork Baptist Church, Gatlinburg, have to practice after their church was destroyed by fire last November. From left are Kylie Brower, Chloe Devine, Sierra Devine, James Cooper, Jordan Deaver, Keegan Ward, Morgan Wallace, Brantley Cooper, Cinnamon Grey, Barret Crawley, and Alex Willis.

It’s not the perfect practice site for a Bible drill, but this bathroom at Camp Smoky is the only place these Bible drillers from Roaring Fork Baptist Church, Gatlinburg, have to practice after their church was destroyed by fire last November. From left are Kylie Brower, Chloe Devine, Sierra Devine, James Cooper, Jordan Deaver, Keegan Ward, Morgan Wallace, Brantley Cooper, Cinnamon Grey, Barret Crawley, and Alex Willis.

GATLINBURG — The youth of Roaring Fork Baptist Church here are not unlike countless other teenagers across Tennessee who are participating in Youth Bible Drill, preparing for associational and state competitions later this spring.

What sets the Roaring Fork youth apart from other groups is where they practice — a bathroom at Camp Smoky, owned and operated by the Sevier County Association of Baptists.

Roaring Fork Baptist Church was destroyed in November by the fires that swept through Gatlinburg and Sevier County. The church has been meeting since the fire at Camp Smoky where space is limited. [Read more…]

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‘DISCIPLESHIP CULTURE’ NEEDED IN SBC

By Josie Rabbitt
Baptist Press

161104task-forceALPHARETTA, Ga. — LifeWay Christian Resources’ and the North American Mission Board’s recently-appointed task force on disciple-making met Oct. 17 at NAMB’s building here. The group of 11 Southern Baptist pastors gathered to discuss their task of communicating that “any church of any background can be disciple-making,” according to chairman Robby Gallaty, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville.

Gallaty began the meeting by asking what the “win” for the discipleship task force would be. Members unanimously agreed that success would be helping churches create a process to celebrate making disciples. [Read more…]

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STUDY REVEALS NEED FOR DISCIPLESHIP

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Lonnie Wilkey

Lonnie Wilkey

Long gone are the days of “Training Union” and “Church Training.” As a child I remember those as programs in the church that were used to teach Christian doctrines and Baptist beliefs. They truly discipled new believers and reminded long-time believers of what Jesus expects of His followers once they accept Him as Lord and Savior.

Now, the term “discipleship” can refer to almost anything including the latest, greatest Christian book. [Read more…]

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LACK OF EVANGELISM A DISCIPLESHIP ISSUE

By Harper McKay
Baptist Press

Robby Gallaty

Robby Gallaty

ST. LOUIS — The lack of evangelism among Southern Baptists is at its heart a discipleship issue according to panelists at the Replicate Ministries breakfast.

“I think the challenge we have in our convention and our churches is that we have seen discipleship and evangelism as pitted against each other,” said Robby Gallaty, president of Replicate Ministries, during the June 14 gathering at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in St. Louis.

Gallaty, who also is pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville, moderated the panel that included David Platt, president of the International Mission Board; Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova; J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga.

Gallaty’s questions centered on the decline of baptisms and church attendance in the SBC and how evangelism and discipleship factor into those numbers. [Read more…]

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ATTENTION … PRESENT BIBLES … START

Start now preparing for 2017 Youth & High School Bible Drills — Edwards

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

State Youth Bible Drillers were, front row: Andrea Horst, First Baptist Church, Clarkrange; Jason Se­pulveda, Tulip Grove Baptist Church, Old Hickory; Anna Thompson, First Baptist Church, Morristown; Ellis Kim, Korean Baptist Church of Memphis; back row: Caitlin Kreuziger, First Baptist Church, Huntingdon; Elijah Parris, Hopewell Baptist Church, Savannah; Jun Lee, Korean Baptist Church of Memphis; Joel Irwin, Thompson Station Church, Thompson’s Station. Not pictured is Jaclyn Taylor, Brookhill Baptist Church, Etowah. The winner was Ellis Kim and the runner-up was Elijah Parris.

State Youth Bible Drillers were, front row: Andrea Horst, First Baptist Church, Clarkrange; Jason Se­pulveda, Tulip Grove Baptist Church, Old Hickory; Anna Thompson, First Baptist Church, Morristown; Ellis Kim, Korean Baptist Church of Memphis; back row: Caitlin Kreuziger, First Baptist Church, Huntingdon; Elijah Parris, Hopewell Baptist Church, Savannah; Jun Lee, Korean Baptist Church of Memphis; Joel Irwin, Thompson Station Church, Thompson’s Station. Not pictured is Jaclyn Taylor, Brookhill Baptist Church, Etowah. The winner was Ellis Kim and the runner-up was Elijah Parris.

OLD HICKORY — Recently some youth enjoyed the culmination of months of work — by competing in the 2016 State Youth and High School Bible Drills of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The competitions were held at Tulip Grove Baptist Church.

A few days prior many more students competed in Regional Youth and High School Bible Drills.

State Bible drill time is one of Bruce Edwards’ favorite times of year.  It also is “a significant youth discipleship ministry experience for youth,” said the youth specialist, TBC.

Youth Bible Drill is for youth in grades 7-9 and youth who are in 6th grade and already in their church youth group. [Read more…]

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