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    CHURCH STAFFC H I P S T E V E N S S E N I O R PA S TO R | [email protected]

    C L I F TO N C U R T I SA S S O C . PA S TO R O F PA S TO R A L C A R E & FAC I L I T Y A D M I N .

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    D R . TO M J E N K I N S A S S O C . PA S TO R O F M U S I C & M E D I A | [email protected]

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    4 First Word from Chip Stevens

    FEATURES5 Worship Redefined

    8 GROW: D-Group Testimony

    16 GO: Retirement on Mission

    OUR CHURCH FAMILY18 Senior Adult Spotlight

    19 Our Church Family Updates

    20 Parents Page/Upcoming Events

    21 Calendar

    On the cover Meaghan, Wes, Max, Mary Reeves, and Murphy Gordon.

  • 4 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 5 | I s s u e 1

    remember, as a business student at Mississippi College, learning that the three rules of real estate are: Location, Location, Location! Now, having served as a pastor for many years, Ive learned that the three rules of church leadership are: Communication, Communication, Communication! In a growing church filled with people whose lives are getting busier every

    day, it is always a challenge to communicate effectively. In fact, in staff meeting, we often talk about how effective communication is not measured by how many times you communicate, but by whether or not people have grasped the message youre communicating.

    At FBC Starkville, we want to be effective at communicating three things: 1) how God is working in and through the church, 2) the mission of the church, and 3) opportunities for people to be involved in fulfilling the mission and seeing God at work for themselves. This is almost

    impossible to do in a two-minute announcement time at the conclusion of a service or in a one-page weekly newsletter. For this reason, we have made the decision to communicate through this new, monthly magazine, Redefined.In this edition of Redefined, you will read some incredible stories of how God is at work among His people. These are individuals and families that you can see walking the hallways or sitting

    in the sanctuary, but they have a story that needs to be told. Youll hear about how, just like the rest of us, theyve wrestled with Gods call, how theyve experienced ups-and-downs, but also how theyve seen the faithfulness of God for themselves. Youll also read about how the church is seeking to fulfill our mission of:

    Glorifying God by GATHERING together for worship and Sunday school,

    GROWING through discipleship, GIVING ourselves in ministry,

    and GOING out into our community and world with

    the gospel of Jesus Christ. Finally, youll read about opportunities this month and in the near future to help you grow in your relationship with Christ. So grab a cup of coffee, find a quiet place, and enjoy!

    Thank you for allowing us to GATHERGROWGIVEand GO with you!


    Twitter: @fbcstarkchip

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    e live in what some might describe as the most prolific worship music

    time of human history. Artists, songwriters, composers and lyricists

    are busy churning out songs, hymns and spiritual songs around the world in every conceivable style and genre. This phenomenal

    growth began with the hymns of Martin Luther and the music of J.S. Bach over 400 hundred years ago. To date, there are thousands of

    possibilities for music to be sung on a Sunday.So what do we sing THIS Sunday!!??

    THE NUMBER ONE GOAL of the music ministry is to provide for the congregational expression of worship.

    It seems that should be an easy task. Simply find the music you like to sing and call

    the piano player. It is easy, when you ask one person, but when you ask 900 people, you get 900 different answers! So how do we choose among thousands of songs?

    WE LOOK TO GOD AND NOT PEOPLE. Everyone has a favorite style of song, but

    the music ministry is not in place to please people with entertaining performances but to please God with our service of worship. How should we use music? To Gather, Grow,

    Give and Go! Entertainment isnt one of the

    4Gs. We GATHER for worship and use music as a vehicle for our praise and prayers. We

    GROW together and edify one another as we Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual

    songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16) We GIVE of our time, talents, and gifts to rehearse together and lead in worship and events. And finally, we GO to share the song of Jesus with our church, our community and the world.

    FOUR WAYS YOU CAN REDEFINE WORSHIP GATHER: Sing from the pew. Remember that you are SERVING in worship, not that you

    are to be served. Worship is not a spectator sport! You may not have confidence in your voice,

    but have confidence that God is listening for the song of your heart. Jesus quotes Isaiah when

    he said, These people draw near to Me

    with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me, and in vain they worship Me...

    GROW: Look for the message in the music. Our music ministry carefully selects

    songs each week and places them within the service as God would lead. There is a

    message in the music for you! GIVE: Join the music ministry and become

    a worship leader. There is a place for you

    in our Celebration choir, band, orchestra or tech team. You might also be interested in assisting with our childrens or preschool music activities.

    GO: Leading worship on Sunday, participate in local mission events, or go on a mission trip. Music can always be a part of any mission work. Check the church calendar for monthly mission activities.

    Psalm 40:3 tells us that He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. May 2015 be the year you find your

    place of praise!

    HOW TO GET INVOLVEDIf you would like to get involved in the Music Ministry, please contact Tom Jenkins at [email protected]

    DR. TOM JENKINS has served as our Minister of Music since 2005. You can connect with him on Twitter @DrTJenkins or on The City.


    B Y D R . TO M J E N K I N S

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    urrently in his ninth year as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Chip Stevens has cast a new vision for the church. After prayerfully seeking the Lord about the direction God desires to take FBC Starkville, God has led him to redefine our

    mission and function as a church. I sat down with Pastor Chip first to talk about the process of discovering Gods vision

    for the church, secondly the January Study, and lastly to hear his heart for the future of FBC.MARK: Specifically, how did God lead you to create a new vision for FBC? What does it mean to Gather. Grow. Give. Go?

    CHIP: In leadership, our vision always needs to be reevaluated. The vision does not change as much as it evolves. As the church grows, it changes. We needed to look at where weve been, where we are, and

    where the Lord is leading us to go.Our new vision for FBC came about from our deacons' retreat

    in January of 2014. It was there that we discussed the five functions

    of every Southern Baptist Church. These functions are taken from

    the book of Acts in the New Testament. These functions are the

    following: worship, Sunday school, discipleship, ministry and missions. I understand not every member in the church knows these five

    functions. A mistake that is easy for us as a staff to make is assuming that people know things like this without our teaching them about it. Therefore, I shouldnt assume that every member knows what they

    are. The main thing the deacons and I decided about our new vision

    was that it needed to emphasize these five functions of the church. We

    have taken the five functions and made them into four easy terms to

    remember: Gather, Grow, Give, and Go. This way every member will

    begin to understand the goal and function of being apart of FBC.


    B Y M A R K YO U N G

    A CONVERSATION WITH CHIP STEVENSMARK: Where did the term redefined come from? What does that mean for our church?

    CHIP: After eight years I felt like

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