Volunteers needed for Saturday

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Volunteers are needed to help with FM419 this Saturday

We are in need of volunteers to help with FM419 this Saturday, April 18, at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church, 5080 Cahaba Valley Trace, Birmingham, AL 35242. Volunteers are needed on Friday from 2-5 p.m. to help with load-in, and on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. to help with registration, lunch, merchandise and security. If you are interested in volunteering for FM419, please send your name and contact info to info@gofirstpriority.com. It’s going to be raining outside anyway, so join us and be blessed as you bless others!
We greatly appreciate your service. We look forward to hearing from you!

Half-priced tickets still available for Saturday!

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We still have half-priced tickets available for FM419 this Saturday! When making your online purchase, enter promo code: FP2015. CLICK HERE to get your $5 tickets now! You don’t want to miss this day filled with worship by Rush of Fools and life-changing training by Chad Miller with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Hurry, purchase your tickets by this Thursday, April 16, to receive the discount. Also, volunteers are needed – see below.

 

We hope you’ll join youth from across the Greater-Birmingham Area for a Saturday of high-energy music and life-changing training. Get down to the basics of what you believe, find power to live what you say and learn how to share your faith with others. Join us for FM419 this Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church, 5080 Cahaba Valley Trace, Birmingham, AL 35242.

This is an event for you and your students to be the light in the darkness, reaching other young people for Christ. FM419 is designed to help you and your students: live a life that pleases God, equip you to share your faith in Jesus Christ, and qualify you to serve as a counselor at events held by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. It is a day filled with worship and training. You don’t want to miss it!

Admission is $10, BUT, we have a special offer for you! When purchasing your tickets online, use the promo code: FP2015, and get your tickets for $5 each. The cost includes admission, lunch and training materials. You can’t beat that! Purchase your tickets by this Thursday, April 16, to receive the discount. You and your students don’t want to miss this high-octane youth event! Register today HERE! Share the promo video with your students. Plan now to join us!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are in need of volunteers to help with this event. Volunteers are needed on Friday from 2-5 p.m. to help with load-in, and on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to help with lunch, merchandise and security. If you are interested in volunteering for FM419, please send an e-mail to info@gofirstpriority.com. We greatly appreciate your service.

CLICK HERE for more info and to register

Do you know the answers?

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On March 20, 2015, the teacher sponsors for Springville Middle School’s First Priority club gave students the opportunity to ask them and their campus coaches any question they have. They made a game out of it. Students were given a piece of paper and pencil when they walked in to write down their question. They were told to wad up their piece of paper. The teacher sponsors and campus coaches sat at the front of the room, and they counted to three and the students threw their paper at them! This was just a fun game to break the ice before answering students’ toughest questions.

Question #1:

How do you know God is real?

Answers:

  1. Faith – trust and believe; when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.
  2. One of the teacher sponsors mentioned Doubting Thomas. “Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’ John 20:29.
  3. Faith in God is like the wind – We can’t see it but we can feel it and we know it’s there.

 

Question #2:

What is the shortest verse in the Bible?

Answer:

  1. “Jesus wept.” John 11:35

 

Question #3:

Do babies and children go to Heaven?

Answer:

  1. One of the campus coaches talked about the “Age of Accountability.” He believes that under the “age of accountability,” children are protected until they reach a certain age of knowing right from wrong. Pastor John MacArthur said the following during a Q&A session at Grace Church: There is no specific “age of accountability” identified in scripture. Some believe it is around the age 12 since this is when Jesus was taken by His parents to Jerusalem for the Passover and the Feast, and there He was in the temple questioning the doctors. You have a good illustration there, and Jesus was asking profound questions at that point. This then seems to be the age when those kinds of questions begin to be personal in the heart of a child. This may be the age when childhood transitions to adulthood. But, no specific age is identified in the Bible.

 

Question #4:

How do you feel about other denominations?

Answer:

  1. As long as we all believe the Gospel, that’s all that matters. First Priority is a Christian campus club. There are only a few minor differences between Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, etc. but we’re all Christians.

 

Question #5:

Have you ever struggled with peer pressure?

Answers:

  1. Yes, you will deal with it for the rest of your lives. Students were encouraged to grow in their faith and build strength while they’re young because their beliefs will be challenged as they get older. “You will be debated one day about your faith.”
  2. Sin is progressive; it will get worse. There will be a time you want to get out and you can’t. One of the teacher sponsors talked about a couple of ladies who had turned their lives around but one day turned back to drugs, overdosed on Heroin and died.

 

These are the types of questions our students have. Do you know the answers to their toughest questions? Many more questions were asked but there was only enough time to answer these five questions. Take time with your students. Find out what questions they have. Encourage them and walk alongside them. They need mentors, examples and people in their lives they can count on.

 

Media Highlights from Day of Prayer Over Students

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On Friday, March 27, thousands of Alabamians took time to pray for students, teachers, school administrators and support staff, and schools across the state in observance of Governor Dr. Robert Bentley’s proclamation: “Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama.” Students face an enormous amount of peer pressure to become part of what is considered normal by the world’s standards. Adults were asked to pray continuously for students throughout the day as they are faced with challenges such as peer pressure to abuse drugs and alcohol, negative influences in the media, school violence and gang activities, fear and low self-esteem. Many people held prayer gatherings throughout the week. Some participated in prayer walks around schools, and some held prayer vigils at their church praying continuously for students.

We would like to thank all those who took time to pray for our students. We would also like to thank the T.V. and radio stations, local newspapers, churches, and concerned parents and adults who helped us create awareness for this special and important day. Please find below media highlights from Day of Prayer.

ABC 33/40 Talk of Alabama Interview

TV24 News Coverage

Alabama News Coverage

The Alabama Baptist News Article

Students still need our prayers every day. Don’t stop now! Praying for the students in our area is not just a privilege…it’s a necessity. Students live in a tough world! Please do your part and pray over students and encourage them to be bold in sharing the message of Jesus Christ with other students. Below is a link to 24 Biblical virtues. Please pray these virtues over students when you remember them in prayer.

Click here for 24 Biblical Virtues to pray over students

 

Half priced tickets to FM419 HERE!

01016-2015 Birmingham FM419 Ad-HiRes (2)We would like to invite you to join youth from across the Greater-Birmingham Area for a Saturday of high-energy music and life-changing training. Get down to the basics of what you believe, find power to live what you say and learn how to share your faith with others. Join us for FM419 on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church, 5080 Cahaba Valley Trace, Birmingham, AL 35242.

This is an event for you and your students to be the light in the darkness, reaching other young people for Christ. FM419 is designed to help you and your students: live a life that pleases God, equip you to share your faith in Jesus Christ, and qualify you to serve as a counselor at events held by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. It is a day filled with worship and training. You don’t want to miss it!

Enter promo code: FP2015 for $5 tickets

Admission is $10, BUT, we have a special offer for you! Use the promo code: FP2015, and get your tickets for $5 each. You can’t beat that! The cost includes lunch and training materials. You and your students don’t want to miss this high-octane youth event! Register today HERE! Share the promo video with your students. Plan now to join us!

CLICK HERE for more info and to register

First Priority’s SCORE Benefit Lunch is less than TWO weeks away!

score lunch square 2015We would like to invite you to First Priority’s SCORE (Students Count On Real Examples) Benefit Lunch on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at The Club, One Robert S. Smith Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209. Our special guest speaker is America’s Historian David Barton. If you would like to help reach students with the Hope of Christ on more than 250 campuses by supporting First Priority’s campus ministry efforts across Central Alabama, then please consider sponsoring a table at our Benefit Lunch. For more information and to reserve and pay for tables online, please visit firstpriorityal.com/score, send an e-mail to info@gofirstpriority.com or call 205.871.8886. With your help, we can reach this generation. We invite you to take part and encourage your support of this vital outreach.

CLICK HERE for table sponsorship information and more details

 

Will you pray for students this Friday?

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Please pray for students THIS FRIDAY for Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama

Students spend more than 35 hours a week at school. Much of their future is shaped there. So, the question is: Do you pray for our students and schools? Gov. Dr. Robert Bentley has proclaimed this Friday, March 27, Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama. We would like to invite you to join us in praying for students continuously throughout the day.

Praying for the students in our area is not just a privilege…it’s a necessity. Students live in a tough world! Each day, students are subjected to literally thousands of offensive images and words. They also face an enormous amount of peer pressure to become part of what is considered normal by the world’s standards. Without prayer, these students will not be able to stand against the insurmountable odds they will face from childhood until they leave this world. Will you join us in praying for our students?

We would like to invite you to get involved!

– Become a Prayer Zone Partner and encourage others in your church and community to do the same. Every time you pass a school, pray over the school and turn the School Zone into a Prayer Zone. We have static-cling prayer zone stickers available for purchase. These will remind you to make a school zone a prayer zone.

– Plan a 24-hour prayer vigil at your church.

– Plan a “Prayer Walk” around your local schools. You must receive permission from the school principal to do this.

– Contact the principals of your local schools to let them know that your church is praying for their schools. Ask for a list of faculty members so that your church can pray for each of them by name.

CLICK HERE for specific prayer gatherings across Greater Birmingham. You’re invited to join!

Commit now to join with other parents and concerned adults to pray over students, teachers, school administrators and support staff, and schools on Friday. Please click on the link below for numerous resources to help you, your church and community get involved. Tune in to Priority Talk from 2-4 p.m. on 850 AM and 92.5 FM as well as 93.7 WDJC Radio on March 27, for continuous Day of Prayer coverage.

CLICK HERE for ALL Day of Prayer Resources and More Info

Join other parents and adults in prayer over students

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The following are locations where specific prayer events will be taking place on Friday, March 27, 2015, for Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama. Prayer Gatherings in St. Clair County and Leeds will be held throughout the week. We invite you to join-in and participate in any of the following prayer gatherings:

Prayer Gatherings to be held Friday, March 27, 2015:

*Trace Crossings Elementary School – Hoover

5454 Learning Lane, Hoover, AL 35244

Location and Time: In the school media center at 7:15 a.m.

Details: Students will participate in FPKids and then parents, First Priority leaders, teachers and other adults from the community will pray over students.

Contact Person: Debi DeBoer, 205-936-0288, E-mail: debi@gofirstpriority.com

*Highway 78 Area Schools – We will kick-off prayer at Bottenfield Middle School at 7:30 a.m. We will spend about 30 minutes there and then drive to different schools in the Highway 78 Area and spend about 30 minutes in prayer at each school:

Bottenfield Middle School – Jefferson County/Highway 78 Area

400 Hillcrest Road, Adamsville, AL 35005

Location and Time: Outside the main entrance of the school at 7:30 a.m.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students. They will then travel to different schools in the Highway 78 Area to pray for each school. For a schedule, please contact Debbie Marshall below.

Contact Person: Debbie Marshall, 205-213-7386, E-mail: debbie.marshall3@yahoo.com

*Gardendale Area Schools – Gardendale

Gardendale Civic Center

857 Main Street, Gardendale, AL 35071

Location and Time: At the fountain in front of the Gardendale Civic Center at 8:30 a.m.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Chad Hill, 317-702-7097, E-mail: Chadheathhill122973@yahoo.com, OR James Dolinger, E-mail: Jdolinger@gdalenaz.org

 

Prayer Gatherings to be held Tuesday, March 24 – Friday, March 27, 2015:

*St. Clair County and Leeds Network – Odenville, Moody and Leeds

Leeds Middle School

1771 Whitmire St., Leeds, AL  35094

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Leeds High School

1500 Greenwave Drive, Leeds, AL 35094

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole immediately following prayer at Leeds Middle School on Tuesday, March 24.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Moody Elementary School

1006 H.L. Blocker Circle, Moody, AL 35004

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Margaret Elementary School

200 Mustang Drive, Odenville, AL 35120

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole immediately following prayer at Moody Elementary School on Wednesday, March 25.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

St. Clair County High School

16700 US Hwy 411, Odenville, AL 35120

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 26.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Odenville Middle School

100 First Avenue, Odenville, AL 35120

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole immediately following prayer at St. Clair County High School on Thursday, March 26.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Odenville Intermediate School

300 Burgess Drive, Odenville, AL 35120

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole immediately following prayer at Odenville Middle School on Thursday, March 26.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Moody Middle School

696 High School Drive, Moody, AL 35004

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 27.

Details: Teachers, parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students. Everyone will then join the students for the First Priority club meeting and reception for parents in the Gym.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Moody Jr. High School

600 High School Drive, Moody, AL 35004

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole immediately following prayer and reception at Moody Middle School on Friday, March 27.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

Moody High School

714 High School Drive, Moody, AL 35004

Location and Time: Outside around the school flagpole immediately following prayer at Moody Jr. High School on Friday, March 27.

Details: Parents, pastors, youth pastors and other adults from the community will be joining together to pray for students.

Contact Person: Ashlee Lambert, 205-871-8886, E-mail: ashlee@gofirstpriority.com

24 Virtues to Pray Over Students in 24 Hours

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Praying for the students in our area is not just a privilege…it’s a necessity. Students live in a tough world! Each day, students are subjected to literally thousands of offensive images and words. They also face an enormous amount of peer pressure to become part of what is considered normal by the world’s standards. Without prayer, these students will not be able to stand against the insurmountable odds they will face from childhood until they leave this world. Below are 24 biblical virtues to pray over students for 24 hours on the State Day of Prayer Friday, March 27, 2015. Will you join us in praying these virtues over the students in our area on the Alabama State Day of Prayer Over Students?

Please pray these 24 virtues in the 24 hours on Friday, March 27, 2015:

  1. Salvation—”Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” (Isa. 45:8; 2 Tim. 2:10)

 

  1. Growth in Grace—”I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 3:18)

 

  1. Love—”Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them.” (Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5:2)

 

  1. Honesty and Integrity—”May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection.” (Ps. 25:21)

 

  1. Self-Control—”Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.” (1 Thess. 5:6)

 

  1. Love for God’s Word—”May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.” (Ps. 19:10)

 

  1. Mercy—”May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

 

  1. Respect (for self, others, and authority)—”Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as Your Word commands.” (1 Pet. 2:17)

 

  1. Biblical Self-Esteem—”Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:10)

 

  1. Faithfulness—”Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts.” (Prov. 3:3)

 

  1. Courage—”May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions.” (Deut. 31:6)

 

  1. Purity—”Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions.” (Ps. 51:10)

 

  1. Kindness—”Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thess. 5:15)

 

  1. Generosity—”Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” (1 Tim. 6:18-19)

 

  1. Peace-Loving—”Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace.” (Rom. 14:19)

 

  1. Joy—”May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Thess. 1:6)

 

  1. Perseverance—”Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.” (Heb. 12:1)

 

  1. Humility—”God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all.” (Titus 3:2)

 

  1. Compassion—”Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion.” (Col. 3:12)

 

  1. Faith—”I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.” (Luke 17:5-6; Heb. 11:1-40)

 

  1. A Servant’s Heart—”God, please help my children develop servant’s hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.” (Eph. 6:7)

 

  1. Self-Discipline—”Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.” (Prov. 1:3)

 

  1. Gratitude—”Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:20; Col. 2:7)

 

  1. A Heart for Missions—”Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see Your glory declared among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among the peoples.” (Ps. 96:3)

 

For more information about Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama, visit firstpriorityal.com/dayofprayer2015.

 

The DNA of Discipleship

First Priority held its second City-Wide Campus Ministry Network Luncheon of the year on Friday, March 13, 2015, at Valleydale Church in Birmingham. Nearly 50 youth leaders and children’s ministers across the Greater-Birmingham area attended for a time of equipping, encouragement and fellowship. Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch from Shane’s Rib Shack.

Our special guest speaker Dr. Allen Jackson, Professor of Youth Education and Collegiate Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, brought an inspirational message about the DNA of Discipleship. “Adults have to be discipled and taught first before they can teach others,” said Dr. Jackson.

Understanding Discipleship

1) Disciple or Disciple Makingteach someone how to follow Jesus. Replication – we’re not asking someone to do something we’re not doing.

2) Discipleship – a long obedience in the same direction. A lifelong journey of obedience to Christ, which transforms a person’s values and behavior and results in ministry in one’s home, church and the world.

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The Golden Triangle of Spiritual Transformation – Discipleship

1) We’re living in the everyday world – we live in a fallen world, and need to walk through this world with peace and faith.

2) Work of the Holy Spirit – only the Holy Spirit allows us to walk each day with joy. It is because of the Holy Spirit that we’re able to have joy in suffering.

3) Spiritual Disciplines – spiritual gifts. God will amplify what we’re good at.

Instruction Code for Disciples

1) Scripture Memory – important, pays spiritual dividend.

2) Hermeneutics – The Grand Narrative. Read and interpret text in consideration of the type of literature. Don’t try to make scripture say what it doesn’t say.

3) Testimony – make it personal and keep it Christ-centered. Use the Word of God; scripture adds power.

4) Evangelistic Presentation – share in a way that someone could begin to follow Jesus in an authentic and Biblical way.

5) Gospel-Centered Social Justice – The Care Effect. Experience the power of caring. Minister to those who don’t know God. Speak life into the incarcerated.

“Discipleship is not complete until the disciple becomes the disciple maker,” said Dr. Jackson. “Discipleship is hours of casual conversations and intentional moments with a few moments of drama. It has to involve relationships. A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than 10 years mere study of books. Discipleship has to involve process and content.”

We would like to thank Dr. Jackson again for his encouragement and knowledge he shared that will help youth pastors make disciples. We would also like to give a special thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event a huge success: YM360, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and YMCA Hargis Retreat. Representatives from these organizations provided youth leaders with educational material about their programs and upcoming events. Please take time to visit their Web sites. We would like to thank all those again who attended and joined us for a great time of growth and fellowship.