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Equipping the Saints

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For the past few years, our youth group theme has been, "equip the saints." This is taken from Ephesians 4:12, which says, "And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds, and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." Everything we do in youth ministry has the aim of equipping our students to know what the bible says and how to live according to it. We do this through events, teaching, and intentional discipleship.

Each of our events (whether it's a regular Sunday night or a special event) gives a space for students to get to know each other, have fun, and learn about God. Holding specific events gives students the opportunity to make God and his church a part of their busy schedules and we want to make each moment count. So, whether we are playing a game or having discussion groups, it is all building towards students building their relationship with God and being equipped for ministry.

Most of our youth nights have a time of teaching and discussion, but we also make this a major part of our retreats throughout the year. To equip anyone for ministry, there must be dedicated times where they are under the ministry of the word of God. We make this a priority because we believe that we need to be students of the bible to effectively share our faith and grow in holiness.

Events and teaching are incredible ways to grow and be equipped, but we also need people in our lives to encourage us and guide us. This is why our youth leadership team is focussed on being intentional in the discipleship of our students. It begins at our youth events but it continues as leaders talk and go out with students throughout the week. We want our leaders to not just be a part of student's lives on Sunday night, but all throughout the week. It has been encouraging to see our leaders make this a priority as they text students, read the bible with them, and take an interest in their hobbies, like sports or theatre.

We want to see every student that comes to our program, come to a point where they know God, want to serve him, and are equipped to do so.

If you want to know more about our youth programs, click here, or email Kyle McDonald, our Director of Youth and Young

Posted by Kyle McDonald

Experience the Gospel in Community

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As we learn to become gospel fluent through our sermon series in the Gospel of Mark, we are finding that the gospel was never meant to be viewed just as an intellectual practice. In addition to learning the gospel intellectually, we ought to experience the gospel in our daily lives.

The first disciples of Jesus—dubbed, "The Twelve"—did this in community with one another. In fact, the early church's regular expression of worship on the Lord's Day had an emphasis on communion service. When we think of worship today, we think of preaching and music as major components of worship. The first and second century churches, however, centred their worship experience around communion, which was a celebration of the Lord's Supper. This communion service on Sundays was a literal meal where Christians joined together in community to worship God and celebrate the work of Jesus Christ. The early church exemplified gospel fluency in that it emphasized both the intellectual learning and the experiencing of the gospel in community with fellow Christians. This is how we grow and mature as disciples of Jesus.

At South Delta Baptist Church, one of the primary ways in which we experience the gospel together is in community groups. These groups meet regularly (either weekly or bi-weekly) and study the bible, pray, and share life with one another. There's mutual support, encouragement, and accountability in these groups.

If you're not a part of a group yet, please consider joining a group today. Furthermore, we always need more community group leaders. If you sense God is calling you to serve as a leader in a community group, please sign up to lead a group. We will help train you as leaders and support you in your journey of leading a group at SDBC.

For more information, click here.

Posted by Paul Park

True Girl Pajama Party

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Confusion arises much earlier for today's girls in the area of gender, marriage, and family. On one hand, our culture won't stop talking about these things. On the other, Christian parents are afraid to bring them up. 

Anxiety is the leading mental health issue among youth today, with clinicians and researchers both observing a significant rise. What are the root causes, and how can we help our tweens?

Insecurity strikes at the hearts of girls at younger and younger ages, especially in the area of beauty and body image because culture preys upon women in this area. Within just the last ten years, we've seen beauty icons as young as thirteen rise to celebrity power. Their images are used to tell your daughter that she needs everything from lip gloss to padded bikinis.

Does your daughter struggle with the world's lies, and does your heart ache for her to know truth? Come share the truth she needs to know in a night she'll always remember. The True Girl Tour is the largest mother and tween daughter connecting event, and is a strategic tool for moms to spend an evening planting truth into their daughters' hearts through live worship, a fashion show, interactive games, practical bible teaching, and more!

One mom who attend the True Girl event said, "True Girl is a game changer! Because of this event, we made it through the tween years. Now she opens up to us!"

The True Girl Pajama Party tour is coming to SDBC on October 11th, and we are excited to host this event! You can purchase your tickets online here. We will need help from both men and women during the day for set up, as well as during the evening event. If you are able to serve, please email Sue Gibson, our Director of Family Life.

Posted by Sue Gibson

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