Skip to main content

ENGAGE Retreat Update

God blessed our church and youth ministry greatly on the ENGAGE Retreat. Thank you to everyone who made this weekend a joyous occasion for us. Your prayers, support, and financial sacrifice went a long way in providing a great opportunity for our students to spend a weekend in fellowship with other students as they sought to grow closer to God.

The ENGAGE Retreat was a partnership of Homeland Park Baptist Church, Varennes Heights Baptist Church, Southside Baptist Church, and Andersonville Baptist Church. The intent of the retreat weekend was to teach and challenge our students how to engage with God, other believers, and non-believers. This was done through worship rally gatherings, personal Bible studies, specialized small groups, and fun activities while hanging out.

The worship rallies were the highlight of the retreat. Chris Comstock, the weekend speaker, and Justin Putnam, the weekend worship leader, provided a fun and challenging environment for our students to learn and grow. Chris’s messages were centered on the Gospel of Jesus, showing the students that the first and most important encounter with God is repenting of sin and trusting alone in Jesus and His work for them for salvation. Then, using that foundation, he taught the students what following Jesus as His disciples really means in a lost and dying world. His instruction gave clear examples of how students can engage with their friends, believers and non-believers, in a way that points each person to Jesus in the appropriate way. Our students were also really challenged about what living as a Christian looks and areas of sin they need to address.

Our students really loved the time to have a personal Bible study and prayer time with God. On Saturday and Sunday morning, every person at the camp spent time alone reading the Bible and praying to God. They were given devotionals to help guide them through different passages. The first devotion centered on putting away distractions which take away from following God more faithfully. The other devotion focused on Jesus’s continual and unceasing love for us in the midst of trial and failure.

Another fun aspect of the weekend was the “Huddle Sessions” the students attended. On Saturday and Sunday, students went to small groups for special discussion topics. Some of these included seeing your identity in God, guy/girl topics, friendship, and missions. This helped students see what being a Christian looks like in different, practical areas of life.

The final major activity of the weekend was the recreation time. This included sports and non-physical activities as students were able to relax and have fun with one another.

The retreat was a great success. We’ve heard testimonies of how God used this weekend to challenge and encourage them. Our students not only had fun, but they have seen the beginning of real life change as they seek to follow Jesus more faithfully. Please pray for our students as they adjust back to normal life and seek to live as faithful Christians, please pray for them as they seek to reach others in their schools with the Gospel of Jesus, and please pray for me as I continue to teach and lead them.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support!


Popular posts from this blog

Confession, Reflection and The Lord's Supper

Yesterday, our church observed the ordinance of the Lord''s Supper or Communion as some call it.  Our church is blessed to have a committee that prepares this for us on every fifth Sunday.  This practice is designed to take us back in our hearts and minds to that dreadful night where Jesus sat at a table with His disciples to prepare them for His pending crucifixion .   The purpose of the Lord's Supper is not for us to go through the motions, but to remember all that Christ did for us.  His body was broken and blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins.  Communion is a time to reflect, appreciate and give honor to Jesus for what He endured for us. This ordinance is not for everyone.  This is only to be taken by those who are believers and accepted Jesus as their ultimate forgiver and leader.  To partake in this service in an unworthy state is sin. 1 Corinthians 11:27 (NLT) 27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of s

Mother's Day at HPBC

Mother's Day Schedule Sunday, May 12 8:45 AM  Prayer Meeting 9:30 AM  Bible Study 10:30 AM  Morning Worship Service There will not be any evening activities or evening worship service.

Joseph Habedank in Concert on March 19th, 2022

Homeland Park Baptist Church Welcomes Joseph Habedank In Concert Saturday, March 19th, 2022 @ 6:00pm Doors Open @ 5:00pm A love offering will be taken to insure our church can continue to host events like this in the future and support Joseph’s ministry. ----------------------- Joseph Habedank is a two-time GRAMMY® nominated, Dove Award winning Southern Gospel Artist of the Year (2020) and has been named Gospel Music’s Favorite Soloist for four consecutive years (2017-2020). Joseph has a unique and equally powerful testimony that has been featured on's Spirited Debate, TBN’s Praise the Lord, and in such publications as Billboard Magazine, CCM Magazine, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. He has shared his songs in some of America's greatest churches and venues, including the Brooklyn Tabernacle, Charles Stanley’s First Baptist Atlanta, The Grand Ole Opry, and the historic Ryman Auditorium. On the heels of his critically-acclaimed debut solo release, Welcome Home, he was awa