LIFT Weekly Update

All about the Student Ministry at First Baptist Covington.

Hey, everybody!

What a fantastic week to be a part of FBC! After a great LIFT (with new ID bracelets), and a wonderful Sunday of worship, it is easy to see that God is at work here!

Be sure to be at LIFT on Wednesday! In our new series called I.D., we're challenging all of our students each week to wear an I.D. bracelet with a statement written on it about how Jesus has identified with us, and how that changes our identity. So, check with your student, and encourage them as they draw attention to their faith! We'll continue with that series this week at LIFT, and also enjoy FREE DINNER! Plus, sign-ups will be available for this year's Ski Trip! It's coming up Feb. 18-22, and it will cost $200. You can register and pay in $50 payments HERE.

Prayer Breakfast is on for this week, as well as Youth Choir at 5pm on Sunday. LifeLine is off for this Sunday Night, but next Sunday our Christmas season begins with the Hanging of the Greens Service!

Be sure to check out our SNACK SUPPER SCHEDULE below! We've added a parent-provided meal once a month, and the students LOVE it! Click on the picture below to see when you're up!

Also, keep these upcoming dates on your radar:

  • NO Prayer Breakfast Nov. 26
  • LIFT Christmas Party Dec. 11
  • Ski Trip Feb. 18-21, 2014
  • Student Life Mission Camp @ Myrtle Beach, June 16-20, 2014

Last Week's Message from LIFT!

Our camera malfunctioned again. So, here is a synopsis and follow-up questions!

I.D. session 2 Synopsis

Last week we talked about the difficult concept having our Identity in Christ. We identify with Jesus because He first identified with us. In other words, to identify with Jesus means to know Him and be like Him, because He has fully known us and became like us. Specifically, last week we talked about how Jesus fully identifies with our feelings of being rejected. Because of that, we can face rejection like He did.

This week we talked about how Jesus identifies with our temptations. Sometimes it is hard to believe that Jesus really understands all of our modern temptations. And yet, Hebrews 4:15-16 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin." So, how can that be?

After looking at the story of Jesus' temptation in Matthew 4, we determined that we can be confident that Jesus was tempted in every way because the root of temptation is always the same. From the time that Satan tempted Eve in the garden, the lie has been consistent: You don't need God. You can make better choices on your own. So, even though Jesus may not have faced some of the very specific temptations that you face (online pornography, marijuana, etc.), it is safe to say that He was tempted in every way because the root of all temptation is the same.

And we see in that story of Jesus being tempted that He never gave in to temptation because He always fought the lie of temptation with the truth of God's Word. And because He lives in us, we can face temptation the same way: with the truth of God embedded in our hearts and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Follow-Up Questions

· Have you ever felt like Jesus doesn’t understand a lot of the stuff that people are tempted by?

· Why does it matter whether or not Jesus understands all kinds of temptations?

· Why is it important that He never gave in to temptation?

· Realistically, how can you respond to temptation the way that Jesus did?