Over the past 3 weeks, we have been participating in a movement of students to UNITE for the Gospel in Paducah, KY. Starting at Paducah FBC, churches in McCracken County UNITED together to encourage one another to take the Gospel into our community. Last night was the third and last UNITE service hosted here at Lone Oak FBC. Over 200 students and adults joined together to play games, worship, and be encouraged from God’s Word.
What was started 3 weeks ago will culminate Saturday as we meet together again to share the Gospel at KY Oak Mall. Unlike anything that has ever been done before in McCracken Country, students will UNITE to be trained and commissioned to go into KY Oaks Mall and share the Gospel with the people they meet.
We (Lone Oak FBC Student Ministry) will meet at Lone Oak FBC at 9:30am to load buses and head to 12 Oaks Baptist Church for the evangelism training. There we will join students from other churches before going to KY Oaks Mall. Lunch will follow. For details see the schedule below.
UNITE IN ACTION
9:30am – Meet at LOFBC
10:00am – Evangelism Training @ 12 Oaks Baptist church
11:00am – Go to the mall to share the Gospel
12:00pm – Lunch at 12 Oaks Baptist church (Bring $5 for lunch)
1:30pm – Return to LOFBC
It is our prayer that this movement will go beyond a few services and see our community changed for the Gospel.
Unite for the Gospel with churches across Paducah over 3 Wednesday nights to see God use students to have an impact for the Gospel in our community and around the world.
This Fall will will join other churches across Paducah three Wednesday nights in a row to Unite for the Gospel. Hosting these events will be 12 Oaks Baptist Church, Paducah First Baptist Church, and Lone Oak First Baptist Church. Unite is more than a t-shirt and it’s more than a logo. It’s a movement of students in Paducah to share the Gospel with their community and around the world.
Wednesday, October 21
Theme – Unite in Community
Location – Paducah First Baptist Church
Speaker – Patrick Greer
Wednesday, October 28
Theme – Unite in Prayer
Location – 12 Oaks Baptist Church
Speaker – Steve Moore
Wednesday, November 4
Theme – Unite in Service
Location – Lone Oak FBC
Speaker – Jason Burnett
Services will start at 6:30pm at each location. Buses will leave Lone Oak FBC at 6:10pm on October 21 & 28.
Saturday, November 7
Theme – Unite in Action
Location – Kentucky Oaks Mall
After 3 weeks of praying, worshiping, and proclaiming the Gospel together we will go together to share the Gospel at Kentucky Oaks Mall.
Meet at LOFBC at 9:30am to go to 12 Oaks Baptist church. There we will go through some evangelism training before heading to the mall. After receiving training students will head to the mall with the sole intent of sharing the Gospel with someone there. Afterwards we’ll meet back at 12 Oaks for lunch. Please bring $5 to off-set lunch costs.
Resonate kicked off this semester by diving in the book of Acts. Each week we have been looking at the early church and the explosion of the Gospel that occurred.
Week 1 we looked at the mission that Jesus gave His disciples found in Acts 1:8, “Be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all of Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Jesus not only gives us that mission but He gives us the power to do it through the Holy Spirit.
Week 2 was an investigation of Peter’s 1st sermon. Peter gets straight to the point. Our sin crucified Jesus. A greater awareness of the Gospel starts with a greater awareness of our sin. We can’t fully understand the magnitude of God’s grace until we understand the magnitude of our own sin and the fact that it killed the Son of God. We killed the one who came to rescue us. Peter closes his sermon with a call to repentance and over 3,000 were add to the church that day.
Last night we looked at how our life parallels the life of the lame beggar in chapter 3. He was physically broken. We are spiritually broken. We both look to the world to meet our needs, but they never do and never will satisfy. He was healed in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene. Jesus offers us spiritual healing through a relationship with Him by grace through faith. (Eph. 2:8-9) His life pointed people to Jesus. Our lives are to point people to Jesus.
Pray for our students and leaders as we walk through the book of Acts. It is our prayer that we would see an explosion of the Gospel in our community and around the world.
Often in the student ministry we talk about the need for the Gospel to be more than just the starting point in our relationship with Christ. As J.D. Greear points out in his book, Gospel – Recovering the Power that made Christianity Revolutionary, the Gospel is not just the diving board into Christianity, it is also the pool itself. We do not move beyond the Gospel, but deeper into it.
Below is an article written by Tullian Tchividjian about this exact same point. It is my prayer that the students of Lone Oak FBC would learn this and grow in this understanding of the what the Gospel truly means for believers.
Ionce assumed the gospel was simply what non-Christians must believe in order to be saved, while afterward we advance to deeper theological waters. But I’ve come to realize that ” the gospel isn’t the first step in a stairway of truths, but more like the hub in a wheel of truth.” In other words, once God rescues sinners, his plan isn’t to steer them beyond the gospel, but to move them more deeply into it. All good theology, in fact, is an exposition of the gospel.
In his letter to the Christians of Colossae, the apostle Paul portrays the gospel as the instrument of all continued growth and spiritual progress, even after a believer’s conversion.
“All over the world,” he writes, “this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth” (Col. 1:6). He means that the gospel is not only growing wider in the world but it’s also growing deeper in Christians.