LIFT Weekly Update

All about the Student Ministries at First Baptist Covington

Hey, everybody!

We are almost to Spring Break! I know many of you are more than ready for that little breather before all the rush at the end of the school year leading into summer. We don't want to add to the busyness, but we do want to always offer consistent, reliable content and fellowship!

So, we have a great LIFT lined up for this week with some outdoor fun, some more free music giveaways, and we'll start talking about technology and how to use it with wisdom and integrity! Plus, I'll show you some technology that will probably scare you to death.

Tuesday, of course, we have Prayer Breakfast as usual. This Sunday Night for LifeLine, we get to do something special. The whole church is getting together to go out into the community and promote our awesome Easter on the Square service! So, we'll load up the bus and go door to door in a neighborhood and let people know that our church cares and that Jesus loves them!

Remember, next week there is no LIFT or Prayer Breakfast because of Spring Break. Also, if you missed our Technology Discipleship Class, you can watch all the videos HERE. There's also a follow-up Bible Study below!

Registration for Student Life Missions Camp @ Myrtle Beach is almost full! There is only 1 student spot left! Claim your spot HERE. It will be an amazing week with great missions projects, beach time, and incredible worship services with Kristian Stanfill and David Platt! The total cost for this amazing week-long camp is only $215!

Important Dates:

  • Graduate Sunday May 18th
  • Student Life Mission Camp @ Myrtle Beach, June 16-20, 2014
  • LIFToff! August 2-3

Last Week's Message from LIFT

Focus Galatians 5

Follow-Up Questions for Parents

· When you are trying to be a good Christian and stay “in step with the Spirit,” how is it easy to slip into being prideful?

· How is it easy to slip into being self-criticizing or depressed?

· When you slip into those feelings, who is your focus on?

· What is the difference between being bold and being prideful?

· What is the difference between being humble and being self-criticizing?

· Who is the focus on when you are bold and humble?

Follow-Up Technology Bible Study

· Many of the things that have been discussed in our discipleship class about technology have been a little difficult to hear, even scary! On the one hand, it is scary to think of all of your successes as well as your failures, your moments of triumph and weakness, your personal information and feelings, and even your eating habits as being public information forever on the internet. But, on the other hand the ways that social media and the internet affect you and your personal life are also a little scary. Your life is now tied up in technology, and Satan can often use that opportunity to trap you into sin without you even noticing. In fact, even if there weren’t social media, Satan would always be looking for ways to make you stumble, prowling around like a lion waiting to devour you. This is called Spiritual Warfare, and it is something we have to protect ourselves from. You certainly don’t want to go out onto a battlefield without any armor or weapons! You want to be prepared.

· For that reason, I think it is important for us to understand the famous set of verses about the Armor of God and how we can equip ourselves, particularly in the area of technology and the way it is used in spiritual warfare.

· Look at Ephesians 6:10-18, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”

o Looking at verse 10, do you feel like you are strong in the Lord? How is that strength reflected in your online life?

o Notice that it doesn’t say put on part of the armor, we need all of it!

o How would the “belt of truth” relate to your life with technology? Are you truthful? Do you use technology to lead others to the truth?

o With the breastplate of righteousness, is your online history a reflection of your righteousness? What do people see when they see you? Do you own your mistakes and work toward right choices?

o The shoes represent being ready to share the gospel. Are you ready to give an answer? Are you looking for ways to use technology to spread the gospel? How?

o How can the shield of faith come into play? What does faith shield you from? What kinds of “flaming darts” have you experienced online? How can faith help you extinguish them?

o Is your salvation something that you wear like a helmet? Do people know that your saved? Can they see it? How?

o The sword of the Spirit is how you go on the offensive for the glory of God? How can you use your sword in your online life?

o Praying at all times seems really hard. How can you incorporate prayer into every moment, especially when you are online or texting?

§ Pray together as a family as you continue to seek wisdom together.