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A Publication of Blackshear Place Baptist Church


winter 2011

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH WOODSTOCK T H U R S D AY, M A R C H 1 0 – F R I D AY, M A R C H 1 1 Are you tired of doing Bible Fellowship the same old way? Do you want to take your class to the Next Level? Join Pastor Jeff and the church staff for a two-day conference designed to inform, equip, and motivate our Bible Fellowship leaders to effectively carry out ministry for all ages. We’ll hear from transformational leaders Johnny Hunt, Allan Taylor, and Ed Stetzer as well as speakers specializing in each age division. Registration fee is $70, which includes Thursday dinner and Friday lunch, and the deadline to register is Feb. 1. For more information or to register for the conference, contact the Bible Fellowship Office or your director or division pastor. Scholarships may also be available through your division on a first come, first served basis.




Ways for you to Connect, Grow & Serve at Blackshear Place are highlighted in this issue of the Impact Magazine.




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Pastor Jeff & Becky Crook

2011 THEME :: COMMITTED God is clear on the subject of commitment — He expects it, and He blesses it. Are you committed? Will you make a new commitment in the New Year to join your church family in embracing and living out our theme? I am specifically challenging us to express our commitment in the following ways:

You will see in this issue of the Impact and hear in our weekend services how you can personally express your commitment to Jesus and His church at Blackshear Place. Get ready to be blessed!

2011 TEACHING :: DANIEL We begin an exciting study from the Book of Daniel in 2011. I am looking forward to teaching our church family this captivating Old Testament book in each of our three Sunday morning services beginning on Sunday, February 20. Will you commit to be present each week and bring a friend to hear God’s Word? When we hear God’s Word and obey God’s Word, our lives will never be the same.

2011 TRAVEL :: ISRAEL It’s been a few years since I have led a trip to the Holy Land to walk where Jesus walked. We have a tentative Israel trip scheduled for August 29 – September 7. If you are interested in going with me and Becky, call the Office of the Pastor for specific details and pricing. It will be such a personal joy for us to travel with you to such a special place — a trip of a lifetime! Committed Now More Than Ever, Pastor Jeff


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Let’s face it; most of us live busy, congested lives. We’re constantly running to and fro in an undisciplined frenzy. We keep doing and doing and doing and doing more; and rarely get a lot done. This is true in our Christian life as much as in our secular activities. We keep doing so much that we neglect the relationship with the Lord Jesus that is the essence of the Spirit-filled life. Living in a relationship with Jesus often requires as much use of a “stop doing” list as a


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“to do” list. It means unplugging all sorts of junk to focus with a steadfast commitment to the simple Christian practices that stoke the fire of our love relationship with our Lord and King. That is what 2011 at Blackshear Place is all about. It’s a clarion call to stop doing some things in order to focus on some other all-important things. It’s a call to a new level of commitment to connect, grow, and serve. When I say, “COMMITTED,” I think of words such as: devotion, faithfulness, endurance, perseverance, and the list goes on. For 2011, when we say “COMMITTED,” we want to think of passages like Proverbs 16:3, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do.” We want 2011 to be a year COMMITTED to the Lord Jesus. A commitment such as this is a rare and wonderful thing, and we hunger for this to be evident throughout our Blackshear Place family. A commitment centered in Christ; a life that “…stands strong, always giving yourself fully to the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

GROW DEEPER Now, commitment to the Lord Jesus needs focus and direction. And we have come up with four simple statements to fuel this passion. First, we are calling for all of us to be committed to grow deeper by spending time with God each day. A daily time to talk to the Lord in prayer and to allow Him to speak to us through his Word is essential to building a passionate relationship. To help facilitate this, we are offering Word of Life family devotionals. These materials can be ordered through the church and will provide a central Bible study for every age level in our homes. Imagine how our relationship will grow with the Lord and with one another as we all study God’s Word together each day. Below is a listing of the materials being offered and how they break down for each age level. Early Learners Quiet Time Ë (Ages 4-6) $18 Each vibrant, full-color page contains a daily Scripture passage, an exciting and educational application activity, and an age-appropriate prayer request. It includes a how-to-section for parents.

Grades 1-2 Quiet Time $18 Ë

percent for His glory and in His will. To help, we are offering Financial Peace University in the winter, spring, and fall to assist us in managing our money

Grades 3-4 Á Quiet Time $18 Grades 5-6 Quiet Time $18 Ë These tools will help your child develop a healthy discipline of daily Bible study and prayer. Children can join the rest of the family in learning biblical truths while enjoying ageappropriate puzzles, mazes, and other activities created just for them. Students Quiet Time $18 Ë Students can start the day off right with this simple, yet understandable format of Scripture reading and personal application, with the Daily Supplement to help explain each day’s passage. It features a prayer journal and a Bible-reading schedule to challenge young people to greater spiritual growth. Adults Quiet Time with Commentary $20 Ë This expanded version integrates the daily Scripture passage with practical biblical insights. In addition to the commentary, the book features a Bible-reading schedule and a prayer guide.

A six-session course developed by Andy Stanley that explores the motivation behind sharing our faith. Discover God’s heart for those who don’t know Him and the role that we can play in introducing others to Him.

GO FURTHER more effectively for His purposes. Complete details on page 15.

GET LOUDER The third call of commitment is in the area of personal evangelism. When is the last time you shared your faith? When was the last time you invited a neighbor, coworker, or friend to church? In 2011, we are calling for all of us to get louder by sharing our faith and bringing others to Christ. This is a challenge for each of us to reach one person for Christ this year, bring them to church, and assist in their baptism. The goal is to see people each week in the baptistery with those they have led to Christ. We are committed as a church family to help you do this by offering multiple opportunities for you to learn how to share your faith effectively. Make a commitment today to be a part of at least one opportunity to sharpen your skills in personal evangelism. Some of the classes for the winter and spring are listed below. Living Louder: Sharing Your Faith in Everyday Life (beginning February 2) A six-session course taught by Pastor Jeff W. Crook and Bro. Scott Crook on how to live an infectious Christian life that consistently brings others to Christ. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear how you can GET LOUDER in everyday life.

Finally, we are calling for all of us to be committed to go further by becoming more missional in our service. We were not saved to sit; we were all saved to serve. This call to serve is a call to ramp up our service within the body at Blackshear Place and around the world through short-term mission opportunities. Each week, hundreds of members serve in hundreds of ways, but are you doing all that God wants you to do? If you already serve once a month, is God leading you to serve twice a month? Could He be calling you to do more? He is worth it. Have you ever been on a mission trip? Could He be calling you to take your service “on the road” and serve the King on one of the many short-term mission trips Blackshear Place offers each year (see mission opportunities on page 10). Commitment to serve the Lord Jesus demands our life, our soul, our all.

In 2011, I’m committed to… by spending time with God each day. by tithing and being boldly committed to RGN.

GIVE BOLDER Second, we are calling for a renewed commitment to faithful stewardship with the financial resources God has entrusted to our care. It’s a passionate resolve to faithfully give 10 percent of what God has given us back to Him through regular tithes. This is a call to get the students in the new Student Building by faithfully giving to Reaching Generation Now. And finally, it’s a desire to do all you can to use the 90

Becoming a Contagious Christian (beginning March 23) A six-session witness training course that is designed to help Christians confidently and effectively share their faith. This proven action plan will show you how to impact the spiritual lives of friends, family members, co-workers, and others. Go Fish (beginning March 23)

by sharing my faith and bringing others to Christ. by becoming more missional in my service.



in 2009, Blackshear place made a brave statement, that in the midst of tough economic times, we as a church are Boldly committed to the students in our region.the goal is to provide the facility to reach this generation for christ. as a result, reaching Generation now launched a building campaign that will allow for the construction of a state-ofthe-art, 500-seat auditorium with supporting classrooms, lobby, and student café.the church faithfully committed $1.5 million of the $1.6 million needed to finish seeing this vision become a reality.

as we look toward this goal, we are committed to “get the students in the building.” the process to accomplish this is as follows. $900,000 is needed to complete phase 1 of construction, finishing the building exterior and providing everything necessary for a functioning 500-seat worship auditorium. another $700,000 is needed to continue construction of nine Bible fellowship rooms, to renovate current facilities, and to build the student café. By God’s grace through your faithful giving, strong financial gifts will help us complete construction.

as the student ministry at Blackshear place continues to grow, the need to complete phase 1 becomes more urgent.thank you to everyone who has invested in this project. people have given sacrificially from their monthly income. Others have found creative ways to get involved by donating large-item gifts such as automobiles, coin collections, and even a mountain cabin. if you have yet to join this incredible movement, there is only one thing to say:What are you waiting for? join us in our bold mission to reach this generation now!

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This mountain cabin valued at $250,000 was given to Reaching Generation Now.

In the Book of Acts, Barnabas shines as one of the most mature, reliable, loveable leaders of the early church. And Luke shows us how Barnabas’ trusted ministry began. He sold his field and gave all the proceeds to the apostles. In this story, he stands for the way true faith in Christ creates a bond of love for people and cuts a bond of love for things. Blackshear Place has recently experienced this kind of love for Reaching Generation Now. Bo and Debbie Griffiths have only been members of Blackshear Place since August 8, 2010, moving to North Georgia after retirement. They fell in love with Blackshear Place and with the need to reach teenagers for Christ. “Though we’ve been in several churches, we have never been to a church that has as many committed youth, as does Blackshear Place. It touched our hearts to see the number of youth on any given Sunday or Wednesday,” the Griffiths commented. This love was expressed in an amazing way in November 2010, as the Griffiths gave their mountain cabin in Blue Ridge to Reaching Generation Now. Currently for sale, this cabin is valued at $250,000 and represents the largest donation to RGN. “We don’t need praise — we don’t want praise,” they said. “We want God to receive ALL the glory! We realize firsthand we can never out-give God! Our simple prayer is that this will encourage others to follow God’s call and be boldly committed.”

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Reaching The World JASON NAVE , Pastoral/Missions Ministry

Atlanta :: Feed the Homeless February 7, October 3 Approximate cost: $25

Anchorage, Alaska :: Student Ministry July 16 – 23 Approximate cost: $1,400

Uganda, Africa :: Orphan and Evangelism Ministry July 19 – July 29 Approximate cost: $2,900

Atlanta :: Women’s and Children’s Home March 4, April 14, June 6, August 18 Approximate cost: $25

Martinsburg, West Virginia Servant Evangelism July 30 – August 6 Approximate cost: $950

Republic of Georgia :: Student & Children Summer Camp July 22 – 29 Approximate cost: $1,800


Ghana, Africa :: Evangelism/Church Planting and Medical Ministry July 22 – 30 Approximate cost: $3,200


Eagle Ranch Workdays February 26, September 24 No cost My Sisters Place Workdays February 19, September 24 No cost

NORTH AMERICAN Loranger, Louisiana :: Construction February 26 – March 5 Approximate cost: $125 Red Lodge, Montana Sports Evangelism June 24 – July 2 Approximate cost: $1,300


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Neuquén, Argentina :: Evangelism and Youth Ministry March 31-April 8 Approximate cost: $1,500 Camp Shelly, Nicaragua :: Orphan and Evangelism Ministry June 25 – July 2 Germany :: English Language Ministry July 10 – 24 Approximate Cost: $1,900 Madrid, Spain :: Sports Evangelism June 17 — June 25 Approximate cost: $1,500

Karnataka, India :: Orphan and Evangelism Ministry August 21 – 29 Approximate cost: $2,600

Awana Clubs meet on Wednesday nights during the school year from 6:30–8:00 pm. We offer programs for every age group from 2 years – 5th grade (childcare is available for children 6 weeks – 2 years). Please call the Preschool or Children’s Office for more information, or to register your child. Call 770-534-7058 (Preschool ext. 222, Children ext. 2 YEARS -YOUNGER THAN 3 YEARS

Puggles learn that they are a unique creation of God and that He loves them very much. 3 YEARS - PRE-K

Cubbies have age-appropriate scripture memory, story time, music, and games KINDERGARTEN – 2ND GRADE

Sparks meetings combine learning with fun to create an atmosphere of irresistible excitement. 3RD – 5TH GRADE

T&T meetings are divided into three segments of exciting, team-oriented fun through games, story time, and handbook work.

June 13–17 A wild celebration of God's unconditional love During this high-energy week, children will learn that God not only made us, but He has a purpose and a plan for all of our lives. Each day includes Bible learning, music, black light performances, crafts, and snacks. Our goal is to guide children toward a solid understanding of who Jesus is so their hearts are ready to put their faith in Him. Don’t just sign up your children, sign up yourself as well! Volunteer to help with VBS by calling the

First Grade Bible Presentation

2011 Soccer

For boys and girls ages 4 years-5th grade Upward Sports at Blackshear Place Baptist Church is a first-class sports experience that emphasizes healthy competition, sportsmanship, skills building, and fun versus the “win-at-all-costs” mentality found in many children’s sports leagues. Practice Information: Pre-K and Kindergarten will practice and play games on Saturdays; 30-minute practice with a 30-minute game. 1st-5th grade will have a 1-hour practice 1 day a week. All games are played on Saturdays. Registration begins January 9. Every player must attend one evaluation. Evaluation dates: Monday, January 24 between 6-8 pm or Thursday, January 27 between 6-8 pm. First practice: the week of February 28. Last game: May 14.

Sunday, January 23, 6:00 pm First grade is when we as a church begin teaching basic Bible skills, such as the books of the Bible, chapter location, and how to find specific verses. To assist children with the development of their Bible skills, we present each first grader with a full Bible. Each Bible will contain the child's name and will be signed by Pastor Jeff. This event is for all first graders and their families. Beginning at 4:30 pm, the children and their families will be treated to snacks and picture time with Pastor Jeff in the Kidz Theater. Sign up by calling the Children’s Ministry Office at 770-534-7058, ext. 226 by Wednesday, January 19. Impact | Winter 2011


2011 Ladies Night Out Sunday, February 27 /// Cost $15 Simplicity: It seems the modern woman’s life contains everything but this. We are challenged to be it all, do it all, and of course, all with a smile. Join us for Ladies Night Out as we learn to break free from life’s pressures and find freedom in the simplicity of following Christ. Drawing from her experiences as a wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher, our guest speaker, Lisa Reavis, will show us how to live life unhindered through God’s Word.

“since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” HEBREWS 12:1

Ladies Spring Bible Studies Beginning Monday & Tuesday, February 28 & March 1

Monday evening study, led by Sarah Rigdon, will begin Monday, Feb. 28 Tuesday morning study, led by Earlene Richardson, will begin Tuesday, March 1. Registration is $20 for the spring semester.


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Support & Recovery Ministry Blackshear Place Baptist Church offers a ministry for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Chance2 is a support and recovery network for people dealing with life’s challenges, such as struggling with character flaws, past feelings from abuse, relationship issues, or addictions of any kind. Mondays 5:30 pm Meal ($4 for Adults, $1 for Kids)

6:30 pm Worship 7:00 pm Group Meetings 8:30 pm 2nd Chance Café

College Students and Singles Worship 7-9 pm Tuesday Kidz Theater SeventoNine is a worship experience customized for college students and young single adults. Join us on Tuesday nights for free coffee, dynamic music, and messages on issues you’re facing. Meet at the Bridge at 7 pm for fellowship and then worship in the theater at 7:30 pm. For more information, visit Impact | Winter 2011


Senior Graduation Banquet Thursday, May 5, Cost: $10 Legacy Lodge at Lake Lanier Islands

Senior Graduation Recognition Service Sunday, May 15 Pastor Jeff and Blackshear Place Baptist Church will honor our graduating high school seniors in both the 9:30 am and 11 am services. To have your senior included in the services, please turn in a picture with the student’s name on the back to the church office no later than May 1.

Pastor Jeff and the Student Ministry of Blackshear Place would like to invite all graduating high school seniors to a special banquet to celebrate their achievements. Along with a spectacular meal, we’ll share memories that are sure to make you laugh or shed a tear, and we’ll hear a word of encouragement from Pastor Jeff.

Chicks in the Morning

Student Summer Camp

Begins February 2

May 30 – June 3 Cohutta Springs Conference Center, Crandall, GA Cost: $350 Discounts are available We are passionate about student camp! Students in grades 6-12 will enjoy a week of adventurous thrills, new friendships, and deeper insights into God’s Word. Our prayer is that this will be a life-changing experience that will leave each student passionate about his or her relationship with Jesus Christ! Get an early bird discount by paying your $50 nonrefundable deposit before the end of January. Other discounts are available.

Rise and shine! Join Ms. Sarah as we share breakfast and Bible study on Wednesday mornings at Chick-fil-A at Spout Springs. For more information, check out our Facebook group, BPBC High School Girls.

Inside Out Weekend April 15 – 16, Cost: $20 Join us at our second annual Inside Out Weekend, designed to discuss real issues faced by real girls and learn to live from the inside out. Our theme this year is Devoted. We can become devoted to many things, and we need to learn to be devoted to the right things. This high-energy weekend has something for everyone. We will begin the weekend on Friday night with an exciting kickoff filled with great music, a challenging message, and door prizes. We will meet back on Saturday morning for some incredible breakout sessions. This is a weekend you don’t want to miss. Sign up by the end of January to get the early bird discount!


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For more information, or to sign up for any of these events, contact the Student Ministry Office at 770-534-7058.


Personal Connection with Jesus Christ In 2 Corinthians 6:2, the Bible says, “Today is the day of salvation!” Are you certain that you have a personal relationship with Jesus? If not, we encourage you to take a few minutes and read below. Jesus wants to connect with you today.

How to Receive the Free Gift of Eternal Life


Admit that your sin separates you from a Holy God. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)


Believe that Jesus Christ died and rose again to pay for your sins. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ” (Romans 5:8)


Confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, repenting (turning away) from your sin. “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9) The free gift of eternal life (Heaven) is yours only through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). Receive it by trusting Him today and praying the prayer of salvation.

Prayer Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and ask you to come into my heart, save me, and be the Lord of my life. Amen. If you just prayed this prayer, we are so very excited for you. Please call our Evangelism Office at 770.534.7058 (218) and let us help you in your newfound faith in Christ. Impact | Winter 2011


Blackshear Place Baptist Church 3428 Atlanta Hwy Flowery Branch, GA 30542 770.534.7058 770.534.0199 fax Office Hours Mon. – Thurs. 8 am – 5 pm, Fri. 8 am – 12 pm

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