We talked about SEX.

Tonight the High School student ministry talked about sex, lust, and dating. Below you will find the 4 main points of our discussion. Please use these main points to start or continue discussion about these important topics with your teenager.

So what does the Bible say about sex?

  1. God created it
  2. God designed it to be in the context of biblical marriage.

Main Point 1: God created sex to be experienced inside the context of a biblical marriage.

Main Point 2: Lust is a perversion of love and is our human attempt to get what God designed and desires to give us through a relationship with Him and in marriage.  Therefore it is sin.

Main Point 3: Dating is the mechanism used for determining who we should marry. Only those who know the Gospel, are pursuing the Gospel, have adult Christian accountability within a relationship, and are dating with that end in mind should date. That excludes most high school students.

Main Point 4: Girls should guard their hearts, so should guys. Guys should guard their minds, so should girls.

College Scholarships!

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Lone Oak First Baptist Church administers numerous college scholarships available to graduating Seniors. Descriptions and requirements are listed below. An application must be completed and submitted to the church office by April 30th for high school graduation or June 15th for continuing college applications. Awards are granted based upon the requirements for each scholarship

Choices – parents please read

Dear Parents,

You are invited and ENCOURAGED to join us for Resonate the next few Wednesday night’s!

6pm – 7:30pm
Youth Worship Room

Over the next 5 weeks we are going to walk through some pretty sensitive and difficult topics; the least of these this Wednesday night.  Here are our topics for the rest of the series:

  • April 17 – Culture
  • April 24 – Vices (alcohol, marijuana, drugs)
  • May 1 – Sex, Lust, Dating
  • May 8 – Homosexuality
  • May 15 – Pornography (Guest Speaker from Hope Unlimited)

I wanted to let you know this in advance because I wanted to give you the option for your teen to “opt out” or “opt in” to these discussions.  I hope you will “opt in.” There is no one who is immune from these issues and no one that hasn’t been impacted by them in some way. 

To say these topics are difficult is an understatement. To say they are important is also an understatement.  Our teens are being bombarded daily by culture on what to believe, how to feel, and what’s acceptable as it relates to these topics.  And parents it’s your job, not cultures, to help shape and direct your teenagers beliefs on these and many other important topics. Sound like a tough job? It is. But we want to help.

Your involvement over the next few weeks will help communicate to your students that you care what they think about these important topics. Encouraging your teens to come, or even forcing them, will also help communicate that you care what the Bible has to say about these topics. And that matters, because believe it or not, you are still the greatest influence in your teenager’s life when it comes to their beliefs on sexuality.

Let me say that again, what you believe and encourage is the #1 influencer in your teenager’s life about what they believe and actually do.

Navigating these issues is a tough job.  We want to give you a place to start a conversation. Each week I will also provide some follow-up discussion questions so you will know what was said and a few questions to ask. You can get those from this website.

We hope you will take this opportunity to continue or start these important conversations with your students. 

God Bless,

Patrick Greer

Hey Parents! I’m taking the youth to see a rated “R” movie and you should too!

This Wednesday night (April 3) the High School Youth (Resonate) are headed to Cinemark Theaters to watch the new movie “Unplanned.”

Resonate High School Students
Meet at Los Amigos by the mall @ 5:00pm for dinner
Carpool to the movies after dinner
Movie starts @ 6:55pm

“Unplanned” is the story of Abby Johnson. She was one of the youngest Planned Parenthood directors in the US. After she is asked to assist in an abortion at thirteen weeks gestation she instead resigns, becoming a pro-life activist.  

Check out the trailer below.

One thing the creators of Unplanned, who also created other Christian hits such as
God’s Not Dead” and “I Can Only Imagine” didn’t expect was that the movie would receive a rated  “R” rating. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) informed the filmmakers last month that they would give the movie an “R” for “some disturbing/bloody images,” unless it removed its scenes depicting abortion. The creators say they will not alter the film’s pro-life message to get a PG-13 rating.

This week, Abby Johnson released an open letter addressed to parents making clear the film contained no profanity, nudity, or sex, assuring them that the film’s tone runs the full range between laughter and tears, and detailing the specific scenes so they can decide for themselves whether to let their children see them.

A copy of the letter can be found at the bottom of this post. 

Johnson believes the rating isn’t going to slow the movie down.

“We are pushing the boundaries of what has never been before on such a wide scale by showing America exactly what abortion is — and abortion is disturbing. It’s violent,” Johnson said.

“In my opinion, one of the most impactful films of our time is ‘The Passion of the Christ.’ It was rated R. So I feel like ‘Unplanned’ is in good company. An R rating from the MPAA isn’t going to slow this movie down. I believe people are ready for the truth.”

As we have said numerous times before, the abortion issue is too important to remain silent about and growing too rapidly to not support pro-life movements like this movie. This is why the High School youth will be watching and supporting the movie “Unplanned.”

Yes it is rated “R,” which should give pause when deciding whether or not to watch this movie. (Below is a link to trusted movie review) But as a parent and youth pastor, I feel that the message and story that this movie tells is too important to let a hypocritical movie rating determine if you will let your kids watch it. 

Movie Review – https://www.pluggedin.com/movie-reviews/unplanned-2019

The sad irony in all of this is that in at least 13 U.S. states, a teen under 17 can get an abortion without their parents’ permission. They can’t watch this movie without their parents’ permission but they can get an abortion. 

When faced with such an absurd contradiction in culture there is only one answer – Jesus!

Abby Johnson’s full letter to parents

Dear Parents,

I wanted to take a few minutes before my movie, Unplanned, comes out in theaters to talk to you. Mom-to-mom. Parent-to-parent. As you know, the movie received an R rating from the MPAA, and I imagine that may make you nervous about allowing your children to see it. Setting aside that, it feels a little weird to have a movie made about my life, and even weirder to be told that my life is “rated R.” I want to tell you, as a mother, what you can expect from the film: The movie does not have profanity. The Lord’s Name is not taken in vain or disrespected. There is no nudity, no immodesty, and certainly no sex or “suggestive” moments. None. 

So why the R rating? For two scenes. Two scenes that the movie team was determined to re-create accurately, at my insistence, because they are important for people to see. The first is a CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) recreation of what I saw on the ultrasound screen when I assisted in the abortion procedure that convinced me of the humanity of the unborn. You will see what I saw: a baby on an ultrasound screen in black and white 2D. You will see the abortion instrument, which looks like a big straw in real life and like a dark line on the ultrasound, introduced onto the screen. You will see the baby struggle against it. You will see the baby first slowly, then quickly disappear into the instrument as it does what it is designed to do. It is important for you to know that this was a CGI recreation and NOT footage from a real abortion. But it sure looks like what I saw. I think this scene is so important for teenagers and older children to see because it tells the truth about what our culture keeps trying to insist is a “right” and a “freedom.” No one will be able to see this scene and then say they “don’t know” the truth about abortion.

The second scene that was cited as a reason for the R rating is a scene that re-creates my awful experience with the abortion pill. Ashley, the actress who plays me, did a fantastic job capturing both my physical pain and my fear. I won’t lie to you; that scene shows some blood. In real life I hemorrhaged so badly I thought I was going to die. The movie captures that without being gratuitous or gory. I think the producers walked that line well.

The rest of the film is not as intense as those two scenes. It will make you laugh, make you cringe, gasp, cry, and cheer- all the things a good movie should. The difference with Unplanned is that it has the potential to change and save lives in the process.

So, should you take your kids to see this movie? I can’t decide for you, but I will tell you that my twelve-year-old daughter will see it. I can tell you my friends who have pre-screened the film plan on bringing their 10, 11, and 12-year olds along with their teenagers to see it, and I hope you will do the same. Our children are of the generation who is being lost to abortion. This is personal for them, too. They are likely to hear and see more graphic content in most school health classes! I guess what I’m trying to say is, this movie is authentic. Yes, it’s a movie about abortion, but even more so, it’s a movie about the truth of forgiveness, repentance, and redemption, because that is what the story of my life is really about.

See you at the movies.

Sincerely,

Abby Johnson

Look Who’s Going to Dnow!!

Addi Dover
Ali Richard
Audrey Meals
Austin Dennison
Autumn Wicinski
Bailey Anderson
Bailey Newman
Ben Schofield
Brady Ware
Cade Turner
Cade Estes
Camryn Crass
Caroline Hurley
Caroline Smith
Carson Bradford
Clay Sykes
Clay Turner
Connor Dietz
Cooper Lynch
Dalton Gilliam
Evan Weatherholtz
Evelyn Dukes
Gage Lawrence
Haden Scruggs
Hunter Vick
Isabel Wilkins
Izzy Scheer
Izzy Harris
Jake Brotherson
Kailey Poat
Katie Phillips
Layne True
Lexi Samsil
Lindi True
Lynniah Vandry
Madilyn Wyatt
Mary Kate Jordan
Mikaela McChristian
Natalee Harris
Nicholas Dennison
Noelle Meals
Peyton Arnett
Rachel Lowe
Riley Massey
Sutton Griffin
Trevor Hayden
Victoria Sims
Waverly Watson
William Vick

If you name is not on this list and you want it to be, it’s not too late. We have a few spots left. Register by calling the church office, paying $137, and getting your forms turned in!

Forms can be found here:
https://loneoakfbc.org/docs/forms/Medical_Release_Form.pdf
https://loneoakfbc.org/docs/forms/CrossingsMedicalReleaseForm.pdf

Space and time are limited so don’t wait!

Dnow Tribe Wars

Tribe Wars are coming to Dnow!  Find out which Tribe you’re on for Dnow next Wednesday night (March 13).

You don’t want to miss this.

MOST. EPIC. DNOW. YET.

Still haven’t registered? There’s still time.  Follow the link below to register now!

Sanctity of Human Life

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Dear Parents,

Occasionally on Wednesday night’s we tackle difficult issues that you need to know about in advance. Tomorrow night is one of those nights.

As you may know, today is National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. (January 22, 1973, was the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states.)

Tomorrow night we will use this day to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and challenge students to commit themselves to protecting human life at every stage.

The main points of our discussion will be:

  • Main Point 1: Human life is sacred because we are made in God’s image.
  • Main Point 2: The soul’s presence is there in the womb.
  • Main Point 3: Life begins at conception.

Along with talking through and teaching these points we will show a video that communicates and illustrates the truth about abortion.

I will not lie. The video is disturbing.  It is a brutal snapshot of the horrors of abortion.  I feel that it is important that our students understand that when we talk about abortion we are talking about an actual human person, who is loved by God and created in His image, not just a statistic.

We want to begin now teaching our students to care about the things that God cares about.  Throughout scripture, God commands His followers to care for the “least of these;” those who have been marginalized, those who are defenseless, and those who are without hope and a future.  There is no one more defenseless than the unborn child.

Please join me in praying about this issue. I encourage you to pray for these three things:

  1. The Unborn – Pray that God would protect them and keep them.
  2. Changes in Legislation – That the legalization of abortion would be overturned.
  3. Students – That they would learn the truth about abortion and strive to protect the unborn for the glory of God.

For a copy of my notes and a link to the video, feel free to email me @ pgreer@loneoakfbc.org. If your students do not regularly attend our services on Wednesday, I want to encourage you to make a special effort to be there tomorrow night.

In Him,

Patrick Greer
Minister of High School Students

Resonate Summer Camp – REDEFINED

“Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
– Isaiah 42:9

Who: High School students

When: June 24 – 28, 2019

Where: Wheaton, IL (West Suburbs Chicagoland)

Cost: $365
($65 Deposit due February 1. Final Balance Due May 27)

Parent Meeting: Sunday, January 27 @ 5pm in the Youth Worship Room. Please make every effort to attend the parent meeting for all students who are interested in attending camp. You can drop off your deposits and pick up any necessary forms.

Forms:
Generate Camp Waiver and Release Form
Lone Oak FBC Medical_Release_Form 2019

God is the great redefiner. At the heart of what it means to know and experience God is the process of redefinition. God defines what it means to be new. God spoke a new creation into existence out of nothing, redefining our existence.  Through the person and work of Christ, God made complete renewal possible for all who would come to faith in Him, redefining our reality. In the salvation offered by God, we discover a new identity, redefining who we are. And in discovering who God meant for us to always be, our purpose is redefined.

Eat, Sleep & Meet – @ Wheaton College

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Wheaton College is an explicitly Christian, academically rigorous, fully residential liberal arts college and graduate school located in Wheaton, Illinois. Established in 1860, Wheaton is guided by its original mission to provide excellence in Christian higher education and offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and 14 graduate degrees. Wheaton boasts in having wonderful meeting spaces, meal options and lodging arrangements that your group is sure to love! You are sure to love the rich heritage that Wheaton College holds. Be sure to check out the Billy Graham Center Museum and the Wade Center which hosts a collection of belongings from Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.

Sleeping and Eating: Most housing is dorm-style with two or four people per room, and either a suite-style bath, private bath or community-style bath. (Remember we assign housing based on the date deposits are received.) Wheaton’s award-winning Cafe Bon Appétit food service, which is consistently ranked as among the best in the nation, offers delicious food. The spacious cafeteria has the ability to serve many people without long lines. Food quality is excellent; with plenty of options.

Recreation Options

Campus Activities:
• basketball courts
• sand volleyball courts
• soccer fields
• staffed options by GENERATE staff & daily tournaments

Worship and Teaching

Camp Pastor – Jason Cook

Jason Cook is deeply committed to faithful biblical preaching and that becomes obvious from anyone who sits under his leadership. He is a dynamic communicator obviously gifted by God to be able to minister to a wide range of people. Jason gives leadership to a church called Fellowship Memphis and travels the country sharing the incredible message of reconciliation that Jesus offers those who repent and believe.

He was born and raised in Birmingham, AL in a home that feared God. At the age of 8, he walked down an aisle, as he wanted to avoid hell. After a successful high school football career, he graduated from high school in Northeast Atlanta and accepted a football scholarship to Ole Miss. It was at Ole Miss that he came into a true knowledge of Jesus and began the wonderfully arduous adventure of following Him. He was a standout at The University of Mississippi and was a member of the Baltimore Ravens Football Club during the pre-season of 2009. He ultimately walked away from the game of football to pursue the call to evangelism. He and his wife Courtney live in Memphis, TN with their growing family.

Worship Band – ISSAC

Although Isaac Pittman has a voice that makes music sound easy on the ears, his life hasn’t always been a lullaby. At the tender age of six years old, he lost his biggest fan when his mother passed away. Shortly after, the music he loved as a child suddenly came to an end. It was then he realized music was God’s calling for his life and he believed in sharing the legacy of his family with this newly ignited passion he held inside. From that point on he dedicated his life to sharing his voice with the world.

ISAAC has had the privilege of sharing the stage with other artists like Brandon Heath, Jars of Clay, Bethany Dillon and Shane and Shane. Currently, ISAAC travels the nation leading worship at a variety of gatherings.

FAQ’s

How much does it cost?

$365

$65 Deposite due February 1st.

Includes a t-shirt, material, lodging, transportation, and all meals while at camp.

When is it?

June 24 – 28, 2019 (Mon-Fri)

Is there competition?

Yes! Ever since the inception of GENERATE, two sides have been locked in epic battle: The Pack vs. The Pride. This video outlines how you can lead your tribe to victory (and be the ones holding Festus in triumph).

Is there a theme?

Yes! The theme is REDEFINED.

  • Day 1 – Redefining Our Existence (God as Creator and Life-Giver)
  • Day 2 – Redefining Our Reality (The Cross and Salvation)
  • Day 3 – Redefining Our Identity (Adoption into God’s Family)
  • Day 4 – Redefining Our Purpose (Knowing the Gospel and Making It Known)

What should we pack?

See the Redefined Camp Packing List

Redefined Camp Packing List

What is the daily schedule?

FIRST DAY (6/24/2019)
1:00 – 3:00 PM Registration & Check-In
4:45 – 6:00 PM Dinner
6:00 PM Village Meeting
6:30 PM Youth Minister’s Meeting
7:30 PM Pre-Worship Gathering (auditorium)
7:45 PM Worship (auditorium)
9:30 PM Church Group Time
11:30 PM Lights Out
(11:30 PM – 8:00 AM Quiet Hours)

OTHER DAYS (6/25-27)
(Day 3 Only: 6:45 AM First Light – at announced location – OPTIONAL)
(Day 4 Only: 6:30 – 7:15 AM GENERATE 5K – at announced location – OPTIONAL)
6:45 – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:15 – 8:45 AM Encounters in Church Group (assigned location)
8:15 AM Village Leadership Meeting (all Bible Study Leaders)
9:00 – 10:00 AM Kickstart
10:00 AM-3:00 PM Serve with Church Planting partner
3:00 PM Open/Free Time (Options announced at Kick Start)
4:45 – 6:00 PM Dinner
6:00 PM Youth Minister’s Meeting
6:00-6:45 PM Prayer Gathering
6:45 PM Pre-Worship Gathering (auditorium)
7:00 PM Worship (Night 4 Only – Final Worship Celebration – 7:00PM-9:30PM)
9:00 PM Church Group Time
10:30 PM One More Thing (Nights 2 & 3 Only)
11:30 PM Lights out
(11:30 PM – 8:00 AM Quiet Hours)

CLOSING DAY (6/28)
6:45 – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Check-out
8:15 AM Encounters in Church Group Location
9:00 AM Dismiss

Where will we serve?

Students will serve with our North American Mission Board church planting partners in neighborhoods within driving distance from Wheaton. Students will serve in a variety of ways; from backyard bible clubs, to light construction, to neighborhood mapping. Everything they do will serve to see the Gospel proclaimed and the mission of the church strengthened.  Lunch will be served on site.

Is there a dress code?

Of course. We ask for there to only be one piece bathing suits at camp, or a dark colored t-shirt over a two piece. Avoid short shorts (including guys showing off the bro thighs), spaghetti strap shirts, or really anything that will be a distraction to those around you. We honor God with how we dress. Be cool, but don’t be a fool! If needed, help a brother or sister out.