Category Archives: Students

December Events for Students

Upcoming events to help students worship, connect, serve, and go!

December 8 (Sunday): Serve the Empty Stocking Fund at Kannapolis YMCA from 12-3:30pm lunch is provided. Contact Tammy Campbell if you’d like to be a driver:

December 8 (Sunday): experience the Light of Christmas worship experience presented by the adult and youth choir at 6pm!

December 11 (Wednesday): No ignite– come to Hope Haven (3815 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28206) at 7pm as the choirs serve the Gospel in song to those gathered!

December 13 (Friday): Christmas parties! Get in touch with your Bible Study leader for details. Contact info here!

December 18 (Wednesday): Ignite of Worship. We’re going to spend the time together lifting our voices in worship to Jesus!

December 24 (Tuesday): a family Christmas Eve service at 6:00pm


  • DiscipleNOW Weekend! March 14-16, 2014
  • FUGE: July 7-12, 2014 (note: it is a different week than last year). Cost is $300. The first $50 is due in January as a deposit and must be turned in to be signed up. If the cost is an issue please let me know, scholarship money is available.

FUGE 2014 Save-the-date!

FUGE @ North Greenville University

July 7-12, 2014 ***note that this is a different week than last year***

Cost is $300, first $50 is due in January as a deposit.  Turn money into Cindy Behling.  Please let me know if you’d like to go but need assistance.   Scholarship money is available. 

Get Pumped: Squat Time!

The first spiritual discipline we covered in Ignite was the personal Bible study and prayer time commonly referred to as a “quiet time”.  For a number of reasons I have recently chosen to call this time “Squat Time”.  So as you prepare to do some squats to grow in godliness here’s some things to keep in mind:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for… training in righteousness.”  The Bible, which is more accessible now than ever, can start to feel quite common place.  However, this book is anything but common.  It is the very words of God which are useful in growing us in Christ-likeness!  Approach your squat time with anticipation and awe!

What should you do during your squat time?  Here’s a sample squat time that I have found very beneficial:

  • Pray: ask the Lord to speak to you and use His word in your life
  • Write: make a list of who/what you’d like to pray for (but don’t pray through the list yet)
  • Read: work your way through the passage for the day (Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan is a helpful tool… there’s an app too)
  • Circle Key Words: highlight connecting words like “therefore”, thoughts about God, various commands and promises, etc…
  • Write: slow down and write out a verse(s) that stand(s) out in your reading, think through what this means in context and how it applies
  • Pray: go back to your list and pray for the people/things with the application of the passage in mind

I’m trusting the Lord to use His word in our lives to make us like Christ!  Get started, don’t give up, keep your eyes on the goal, and have your hope securely anchored in Jesus alone as your Savior and the One who gives you power to have a squat time and grow in godliness through it!

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.  For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”  2 Corinthians 3:18


Students: Get Pumped!


1 Timothy 4:7 says that we are to train (or discipline) ourselves for godliness.  Like an athlete works out, like a musician practices, and like a student studies we are to train ourselves for godliness!  In the most important way possible: Get Pumped!

Donald Whitney’s book “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christians Life” has thirteen chapters filled with numerous disciplines we may employ in order to train ourselves for godliness.  In ignite on Wednesday nights at 6:15 from July 24 through the end of summer we will be examining, modeling, and applying these five: personal Bible study/prayer, fasting, evangelism, stewardship, and community.

Let’s allow 1 Timothy 4:7-10 to serve as our orientation to this gym.

Training is Tough:
1 Timothy 4:7-8 compares disciplining ourselves for physical strength with disciplining ourselves for godliness.  Anyone who has played a sport or an instrument knows that the amount of commitment, difficulty, and even pain at times to persevere through training can be quite high.  Let’s expect nothing less as we press on to train ourselves for that which is more valuable. 

Goal is Godliness:
“Train yourself for godliness.”  We must keep our eyes on the prize!  The goal for enduring in this training is to love what Jesus loves, hate what Jesus hates; to think like Him, act like Him, and speak like Him.  Our goal is Christ-likeness.  In order to practically grow in godliness we must persevere in the disciplines.

Hope in Him:
1 Timothy 4:10 says that “to this end we labor and strive because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially to those who believe.”  Doing the disciplines cannot earn a lick of righteousness for you.  Isaiah 64:6 says that all of our righteous deeds are like filthy rags.  Our hope must be in Jesus alone to be our Savior.  And then even as we train for practical godliness through the disciplines, our hope must be in Jesus as the one who enables, sustains, and helps us every step of the way.  The weaker you realize you are and the stronger you realize Jesus is, the better off you will be in this gym as you fix your eyes and hope on Him!

Can’t wait to see you in the gym this summer.  GET PUMPED!


Worship Summit and Worship Leadership Bootcamp

Worship renewal seems to be on the forefront of many minds these days. I know I am encountering and being challenged by this in my classes at the Institute for Worship Studies on a regular basis. “What is worship renewal?” is a fair question. In our society I think we are slowly emerging from the long-held, wellworn term “worship wars.” The enemy has kept us divided far too long over the very thing that delights the heart of God—worship. We shouldn’t be surprised. After all, he is cunning and deceptive and will use any means possible to keep us from getting to the heart of God and entering fully into the dialogue of worship.

Coming to the UHBC campus on Saturday, August 24 are two wonderful, state-wide, training opportunities facilitated through the Music and Worship Team of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention. I will post the link below where you can find additional information, but here’s the gist of what will be taking place.Please consider one of these two track options and use the link to reserve your place:

Worship Summit
Who should attend?

We recommended that you bring many people from your church, especially church leaders. During this time they will wrestle with critical issues and discuss implications on their local church’s worship.

Saturday, August 24, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
University Hills Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC

Cost: $5 without lunch, or $12 with lunch. On-site registration is $8 (lunch not available with on-site registration)
The cost includes the Worship Summit handout, dinner. and a $10 LifeWayWorship download card.

Worship Leader Boot Camp
Who should attend? 

Your worship leaders – band, singers, technicians, pastor – should attend the Worship Leader Boot Camp to further gain a grounding in musical issues that will provide tools for worship renewal, particularly focused on moving a church from a group of spectators to a body of active participants in worship.

Saturday, August 24, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
University Hills Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC

Cost: $25 until August 11; $30 after August 11
$30 on-site registration (no lunch guarantee)

Either conference would be great for you to consider attending, including students.  I hope you will avail yourself of a reasonably priced, local training event such as this.  Take a closer look via the link.  Of course, feel free to call me @ 704.517.5227 or Kenny Lamm, Worship Consultant, Baptist State Convention of NC @ 800.395.5102 if you have additional questions.  Here’s the link for additional information:


Students: FUGE details

FUGE is a lifeway camp that UHBC Students have been participating in for a long time. This year we are leaving for North Greenville University on Monday July 1 at 9:30am and returning on Saturday July 6 at 1:15pm.

26 Students are going to participate in Centrifuge. This is where they engage in several different track times during the afternoon.

11 Students are participating in MFUGE. This is where they engage in a ministry each day.

Everyone will be engaged in Bible study and worship each day as well.

9 Adults are going as chaperones: Blair Austin, Jeremy Davis, Rebekah Gardner, David Kopti, Anna Lee, Michael Lee, Bo Riley, Caitlin Vaverek, and Bethany Wakefield.

If you are going to FUGE, please make sure you turn in your notarized form, we have a copy of your insurance card, and pay any balance to Cindy Behling. You can get your form notarized this Sunday (June 30) after worship in the gathering place.

Please see the form to notarize and the information packet below.

FUGE FORM 2013.pdf
UHBC FUGE ’13.pdf

Students: Glorify God in Your Body

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We live in a culture confused about sexual purity.  Thankfully, Scripture is not silent on this subject.  1 Corinthians 6:12-20 is one place where the truth clears up the confusion.  Here are some resources to help you think through this topic with your students:

  1. What You Do With Your Body Matters: in a number of ways 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 is emphasizing the truth that our bodies and what we do with them are important to the Lord.  This is a crucial truth in a culture that promotes sexual immorality because of its low view on the human body.  We can worship God with our minds and bodies.  Discussion Guide 1- What You Do With Your Body Matters                                                    
  2. Understanding the Covenant of Marriage: Paul points out that the “one flesh” union being demonstrated in sexual immorality perverts this covenant sign for marriage.  By God’s grace we should preserve this covenant sign for ourselves and others to be shared only between a husband and a wife.  We can worship God by keeping the marriage bed pure.  Discussion Guide 2- Understanding the Covenant of Marriage (1)                                         
  3. Flee Sexual Immorality and Run to Jesus: Jesus cleanses all kinds of sexual sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-11), Jesus has purchased believers by His precious blood, and the Holy Spirit dwells within believers to make us holy.  We need to see past the deceptive allure of all kinds of sexual immorality, that only Jesus satisfies.  We can worship God by running to Jesus as the only truly satisfying One.  Discussion Guide 3- Flee From Sexual Immorality and Run to Jesus