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  • Pray for Students (& Leaders)

    This weekend over 110 students and leaders are headed to Cedarmore Camp for Fall Retreat. Fall Retreat is always a fun, high-energy weekend. Students typically stay up really late, eat lots of junk food, and get to know many new friends. More importantly, each year during this important weekend students get to hear a word from God through studying the Bible together.

    Would you pray for us this weekend? Please pray that our primary focus this weekend is just that, to hear from God. Many students (and leaders) come into these weekends with lots of hurt and chaos in their lives. Pray that we would be free from distractions. Pray that teenagers would have eyes that are able to see for the first time the glorious riches of Christ, and that he is worth far more than anything this world can offer. Pray that he would become greater, and we would become less.

    Thank you in advance for your commitment to pray for us. I can’t wait to see all that God does this weekend. I look forward to bragging on King Jesus when we see most of you on Sunday morning!

  • παραβολές: Finding the Story Within the Story

    Have you ever gotten lost in a good book? I mean a really good book. It’s almost as if you can’t put it down. Any free moment you have, you are reaching for that book in order to find out what’s next. Perhaps you are somewhat like me, and you like to try to figure it all out before it actually happens. You like to guess what the author is doing in the story and how it’s all going to end. And again, if you’re like me, you’re often wrong.

    Maybe you don’t read regularly, but you can get this same type of experience watching a movie or listening to a new song. There is likely something that the author/director/musician says early in the story that hooks you. At that point, you must know how it ends.

    This is precisely what we see Jesus doing when he speaks in parables. Whether speaking to a small group of disciples or a large crowd gathered around, Jesus seeks to draw them (and us) in with something they know in order to point them to a much more grand and fulfilling storyline: The Gospel.

    For instance, one day a man was walking through a field and stumbled upon a treasure of seemingly infinite value. Now he’s at a crossroads: Does he take it? Does he talk with some friends to get their advice? If so, would they want a portion? Does he leave it uncovered and pretend that he never saw it? Of course not! This is a treasure that he simply must have. The only thing he knows is that this treasure is worth more than everything he owns. “In his joy,” Jesus says, “he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matt. 13:44). This is what the kingdom of heaven is like. It is worth infinitely more than anything we could possibly possess. Those who realize its value will sell all they have in this earthly kingdom (possessions, status, image) in order to gain everything Christ offers them in his heavenly kingdom.

    This year’s student ministry Fall Retreat is titled, “παραβολές: Finding the story within the story.” παραβολές is the Greek word for parables. We are inviting all students to join us October 24-25 as we study three key parables of Jesus. Now, to be sure, we will have all the same activities that we normally do. We’ll make a bonfire, s’mores, play capture the flag, and probably eat more sugar than our parents would like. But more importantly, we’ll explore how Jesus uses stories to call us into his own story and, hopefully, we will all realize that the message of the Gospel is indeed worth abundantly more than our very lives. May we sell all that we have in order that we might live for him.

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    Back to School Bash

    Attention all middle and high school students: join SV_Students on August 10th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for our annual Back to School Bash! There will be a DJ, free Kona Ice, giveaways and prizes, inflatables, and a whole bunch of fun!! Invite your friends -- it's going to be awesome!

    Garrett Cone
    Student Pastor

  • End of School Bash


    Schools. out. for. the. SUMMER!

    SV Student Ministry invites every student in Hardin County and surrounding counties to join us as we kick off the summer.

    We'll be grilling FREE hamburgers and hot dogs. Outside we'll have a DJ next to our 100-foot long Slip-N-Slide. During this event we'll also be unveiling our BRAND NEW Gaga Ball Pit. You don't know what a Gaga Ball Pit is? ... Come to this party to find out!

    Bring a swim suit, towel and get ready to party! 

    Wednesday, May 25th
    5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Student Area


    Josh Ehlers
    Interim Student Minister


  • Senior Recognition


    Milestones are moments in life to stop, slow down, and look back on how faithful God has been.

    A huge milestone in the life of a teenager is their high school graduation. After a teenager graduates high school he is catapulted into the real world and life doesn’t slow down. It is very common for teenagers to graduate high school and stop going to church. The teenagers in our church need the grace of God and the prayers of the church to come alongside them as they go off to college. As a church we need to covenant to pray for our graduating seniors. They are the next generation and we need to pray for them as they contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).

    At Severns Valley we want to celebrate God’s faithfulness to each of the high school seniors in our congregation.

    On May 22nd, we will have Senior Recognition Sunday. We are going to take time and recognize each senior as they walk across the stage.

    If you are a high school senior and would like to be recognized (or you are reading this and have a high school senior in your home and would like him or her to be recognized), please email Alexis McDowell ( no later than May 15th:

    • your full name
    • parents names
    • high school you attend
    • future plans
    • and a senior pic

    I look forward to recognizing all of the graduates on May 22nd!


    Josh Ehlers
    Interim Student Minister


  • Pray for DNow Weekend


    This weekend, over 150 students and leaders will participate in Disciple Now (DNow) weekend through SVBC. DNow is always a high energy and fun weekend. Students typically stay up really late, eat lots of junk food, and get to know lots of new friends. More importantly, each year during DNow students are challenged to have a greater faith in Christ through worship services, small groups, and Bible studies.

    Would you pray for us this weekend? Please pray that our primary focus this weekend is to hear from God. Many students (and leaders) come into these weekends with lots of hurt and chaos in their lives. Pray that we would be free from distractions. Pray that teenagers would have eyes that are able to see for the first time the glorious riches of Christ, and that he is worth far more than anything this world can offer. Pray that he would become greater, and we would become less.

    Thank you in advance for your commitment to pray for us. Your prayers have a direct impact on students’ lives being changed by the gospel of Christ. I look forward to all that God is going to do among us this weekend as we challenge students to have a Living Faith in Jesus Christ.


  • DNow Weekend ’15 _ Living Faith

     by Josh Ehlers, Student Ministry Associate

                 It is commonly said that 86% of teenage students leave the church once they graduate high school. Recently, Lifeway Research has reported that that percentage is not correct. They have reported that only 70% of teenage students leave the church after high school. 70% instead of 86%? Really? I don’t know about you, but Lifeway’s new research doesn’t encourage me about the status of our teenage dropouts.

                Why do teenage students leave the church when they graduate high school? Could it be that they have been leaching off of the faith of their parents for the past 18 years? Could it be that they don’t really have saving faith, but rather a simple cognitive belief that Jesus is real? James, the brother of Jesus, speaks of a faith that is dead and consequently doesn’t save:

                “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled, without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

    James 2:14-17 

                James had the same problem in his church as we have today. People are claiming to have faith in Jesus, but their faith is dead. Some teenagers in James’ church had a cognitive belief in God (Ja. 2:19), but were not following the basic command of Jesus to love your neighbor. Who knows? Maybe the teenagers in James’ church stopped gathering with other Christians once they hit adulthood too.

                At Disciple Now this year, we are partnering with almost 15 local churches, to proclaim the glorious gospel to students in the Hardin County area. Students will be apart of three worship services and will be staying in the homes of church members all weekend. I believe God is going to wake up many students from their dormant non-saving faith. God the Father is most glorified when his Son is adored and exalted. Five hundred students will be exalting the name of Jesus on the weekend of Feb. 27th-Mar. 1st.  Make sure your teen does not miss out on this opportunity! Early bird registration ends February 15th.  Click this link to register now.


  • Disciple Now Volunteers


    At this year’s Disciple Now, we are challenging students to pursue a living faith - a faith that is their own, not what their parents’ desire for them, one that stands out from the world, and one that isn’t ashamed of the gospel of Christ.

    In order for DNow weekend to take place, we need a myriad of volunteers. We’re trusting that God will provide exactly what we need and that He will accomplish what He desires to accomplish in this weekend. But my question for you is this… Is he leading you to serve in a big way in order to make this weekend happen?

    We have several places to serve, but the most pressing need is host homes. Host homes:

    • Provide lodging for a group of 6-12 students, along with an adult or college-aged small group leader, on Friday and Saturday night. 
    • We provide all the food for the weekend; we just ask that host homes set it out for students during meals.
    • They also provide transportation so that their group of students arrives at their scheduled events throughout the weekend (worship services, amazing race, etc.) 

    There are certainly some challenges that could arise by inviting a group of teenagers into your home, I will concede this much. But would you first consider with me the reward? This weekend is one that many students look forward to because of the time spent with friends, the fun they are able to have and, most importantly, the way in which they expect their faith to be challenged.

    Would you consider opening up your home to some of our SV Students? If you have a preference on age/gender, we certainly will work with you. We would love to partner with you in igniting a living faith in our SV Students and seeing how God will use them to reach the nations!

    If this interests you, contact me by email ( or phone (270.765.7822). The dates are February 27-March 1.


    Online registration: DNow Weekend 2015

  • Why Math Tests And Suffering Are Evidence Of God's Grace In Your Life

    Most days you are excited to be done with school and go home, but today is different. You are dreading going home tonight. Today you received your math test back from your teacher and it is as bad as you thought it would be. Getting a C- is acceptable for some parents, but not yours.

    You run through all the possible excuses in your mind. “Dad, you should see everyone else’s grade!” Or, “I studied as much as I possibly could.” (Even though you know you could’ve put forth much more effort.)

    Why do you take tests? Do you think they are good for you? After receiving a C- you probably don’t think tests are good for anyone.

    But what if they are?

    Tests are designed to measure where you stand, not force you to fail. When you step on a scale, are you mad at the scale when it gives you a number much higher than you expected? No, because the scale is only there to inform you of where you are. So it is with the tests you take. Are you learning math? Take a test and you’ll find out. Are you progressing well in science? Your next test will show you.

    Consider the alternative. What would happen if you never took a test? Do you think you would study as hard as you do? Would you continue to prepare to be ready for the test that you know is around the corner? Most likely, no. You would slack off and pursue the easy way out. That’s the way you and I like it. We like our comfort and we hate anything that opposes our comfort. Even though tests show us where we are and encourage growth in us.

    This is exactly what we experience as Christians. We don’t like tests. We don’t like to suffer. So most often, we avoid challenges and conflict as often as possible. We seek to avoid struggle in order to pursue that which we (usually) desire most: comfort.

    Romans 8 shows us that not only should we embrace suffering, but that the very suffering we experience in our lives (and loathe with everything in us) actually serves as evidence that the Spirit of Christ is working in us. On the other hand, a life full of roses and comfort may serve as proof that our pursuit of Christlikeness isn’t actually Christ-like at all.

    So when life gets hard and you have no clue how to even pray, remember that the Spirit of Christ is interceding for you. He knows what you’re going through and he cares for you. All things, especially moments of suffering, work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. His desire for you isn’t first comfort, but rather that you would be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ.


    “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18

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