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  • R E D E F I N E DF B C S TA R KV I L L E S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5

    G AT H E RI n t e n t i o n a l Ta i l g a t i n g

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    G OI n t e r n a t i o n a l F r i e n d s

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    G R OWD - G ro u p C o n n e c t

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  • CONTENTS

    W H O A M I ?F i n d i n g O u r Tr u e I d e n t i t y I n C h r i s t

    G R OWD - G ro u p C o n n e c t

    8MINISTRY 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 .

    [email protected]

    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]

    J A S O N D U R A N A S S O C . PA S TO R O F FA M I LY M I N I S T R Y & D I S C I P L E S H I P

    [email protected]

    N AT H A N TAY LO R U N I V E R S I T Y & M I S S I O N S M I N I S T E R | [email protected]

    N E I L T U L LO S YO U T H M I N I S T E R | [email protected]

    L E A H F R A N C E S E ATO N DIRECTOR OF CHILDRENS MINISTRY | [email protected]

    C H A R I T Y G WA LT N E Y DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL MINISTRY | [email protected]

    B O B BY D A L E S S A N D R O DIRECTOR OF MEDIA & TECHNICAL ARTS MINISTRY

    [email protected]

    4 First Word from Chip Stevens

    FEATURES5 MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT: Advance

    6 GATHER: Intentional Tailgating

    14 GIVE: Bereavement Ministry

    18 Spotlight: David Peebles

    OUR CHURCH FAMILY20 Parents Page/Upcoming Events

    21 Calendar

    G OI n t e r n a t i o n a l F r i e n d s G ro u p

    16

  • 4 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 | I s s u e 9

    ho Am I? Ever asked that question? I think most of us have.

    Many are on a continual search for identity. The problem

    iswe often look for identity in the wrong placesmoney,

    relationships, careers, and even in the accomplishments of

    our children. Its really important that, as Christians, we

    know who we are. The good news is we can know who we really areGods

    Word tells us.

    Im really excited about our Fall study entitled, Who Am I? On Sunday

    evenings, beginning Sunday, September 13, from 5:00-6:00 pm, well look at

    Pauls letter of Ephesians to find out who God says we are. Understanding our

    identity in Christ can save us a whole lot of heartache and help us really live out

    Gods purpose for our lives. Eric Geiger, in his book, Identity, writes: The end

    result of understanding your identity is not looking in the mirror and telling

    yourself how awesome you are. Nor is the end result of understanding your

    identity merely a happier you. Your new identity is ultimately not about you.

    Your identity is from God and results in God being glorified. The end result

    of understanding your identity is that Christ is praised. The end result of

    understanding who you are in Christ is that you will honor and glorify God (p.

    16). Want to learn who you really are? Join us for this 7-week study beginning

    Sept. 13, at 5:00 pm in the Warehouse Outreach Center. There will be activities

    for preschoolers and children while we meet. Hope to see you there!

    I hope you enjoy this months edition of Redefined. There are some great

    articles highlighting some ministries and opportunities for you to grow in

    your faith. Theres also a great article to help you think outside the box when

    tailgating. Hope you enjoy!

    Thank you for allowing us to GATHER, GROW, GIVE, and GO with you!

    FIRST WORDFROM CHIP STEVENS

  • F B C S TA R K V I L L E . C O M 5

    Imagine yourself in a room with a dozen or more 7th graders. Sound like a nightmare? Breaking into a cold sweat? Thankfully, we have youth leaders who can not wait to meet with their 7th graders each week. Seventh graders are still childlike in many ways. They still have a sense of wonderment. They still hold on to a sense of innocence. In the same room you also have another dozen or more high school seniors. They can feel the transition into adulthood that is coming. They are ready to move on to what is next. They have been driving for years, have later curfews and will be living away from mom and dad in just a few months.

    Now imagine speaking to both groups and every age in between on the same topic at the same time. Sure, some principles are true whether you are twelve or eighteen, but talking about dating, resisting temptations, decision making, etc. is vastly different for someone who is just entering adolescence than it is for someone who is old enough to drive, vote and serve in the military. Thats the dilemma that we often face in youth ministry.

    Theres great value in having this variety of ages together on Wednesday nights. It teaches teens how to care for others, gives leadership opportunities for high school students and provides our jr. high with some folks who are just a few years older than them to see how to live out their faith. On Sunday mornings our groups are divided by grade and gender, but we still feel the need to spend extended time with each grade to speak to issues that are unique to each stage of development.

    We have created a new event called Advance to address specific topics for each grade. We are calling them Advances rather than a retreat because we want these events to help teens move forward in their relational and spiritual development. At each Advance we will spend most of a Sunday diving deep into topics that teens face at that particular stage of development. Our schedule for this school year is as follows:

    Each Advance is scheduled from noon until 6:00 pm except for the 12th grade which is from 4:00 - 8:30 pm.

    If you are a parent of a teen and want more information about Advances or to stay up to date with youth events along with helpful parenting information please join our Youth Parents group on The City.

    B Y N E I L T U L LO S

    NEIL TULLOS serves as our Youth Minster. You can connect with him on Twitter @neiltullos or on The City.

    7th Grade - February 21 Topic: purity

    8th Grade - November 15 Topic: identity

    9th Grade - March 20 Topic: making wise decisions

    10th Grade - September 20 Topic: freedom & responsibility

    11th Grade - April 10 Topic: servant leadership

    12th Grade - October 18 College preparation

  • 6 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 | I s s u e 9

    INTENTIONAL TAILGATING

    GATHERF B C S TA R KV I L L E

    B Y M A R K YO U N G

    "God never wastes

    anything he does in our l ives ,

    but purposes everyth ing for h is

    much bigger, g lor ious purpose

    in the wor ldto br ing Glory to

    h is Name through Jesus Chr ist .

    Therefore, even in our ta i lgat ing

    on Saturdays , we should be

    mindful of what God is doing

    and seek to jo in h im in h is

    eternal work ."

    ootball season is finally upon us. It is the time of year when Saturday morning feels like Christmas morning every single week. Saturdays during the Fall are unique and special days spent with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and complete strangers;

    all rallying together to watch, cheer on, and celebrate the bulldogs or whoever your team might be.

    So, load up the grill. Grab the football. Pack the lawn chairs. Dont forget the TV and the Satellite dish. And do not leave the house without your cowbell. Its time to tailgate!

    Since tailgating is such a large and important part of our weekends here in Starkville, we shouldnt waste the event. As believers in Christ, we should never waste anything that we do. God has given us purpose in everything that we do, whether we recognize it or not. God never wastes anything He does in our lives, but purposes everything for His much bigger and more glorious plan in the worldto bring Glory to His Name through Jesus Christ. Therefore, even in our tailgating on Saturdays, we should be mindful of what God is doing and seek to join Him in His eternal work.

  • F B C S TA R K V I L L E . C O M 7

    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

    -Colossians 3:1-3

    Tailgating is not an end in itself. For God, it is a means to a much bigger purpose, an eternal purposeto bring glory to the Name of Jesus Christ.

    Therefore, we need to be intentional in our tailgating. We need to be intentional to shine brightly for Christ in order to bring glory to His Name.

    So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

    -1 Corinthians 10:31

    This supreme command to glorify God in all we do should cause us to ask, What are some practical ways we can be intentional to glorify Christ in our tailgating this season? Two ways: Serve intentionally and seek intentional conversations.

    SERVE INTENTIONALLY

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

    You are never more like Christ than when you are serving others. He is the greatest model of service. King Jesus humbled himself, served us, and laid down His life for us. We must now joyfully serve in order to exemplify Christ.

    There are lots of ways we can serve others while tailgating. Ask how you can help those who are hosting the tailgate. Call them a couple of days in advance and ask, What can I bring to eat or drink? Do you need me t

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