Youth Week 2013 Sermon Video and Audio

Last week was Youth Week 2013: The Search for Truth.  It was a great week in which churches from around the city of Wilson gathered to worship Jesus Christ and seek out the truthfulness of Christianity.  My good friend Daniel Ritchie already wrote a fantastic blog reflecting on the week called Churches Loving Other Churches. Each night we had a different speaker answering a different question during worship.  If you would like to relive youth week 2013 or see it for the first time, these sermons are for you to use and share with others.

Night 1: "Is There a God?" - Brad Perry


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Night 2: "Can We Trust the Bible?" - Daniel Ritchie


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Night 3: "Who is Jesus?" - Justin Deeter


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Night 4: "Is Jesus the Only Way to God?" - Joe Strange


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Night 5: "What Does it Mean to Be a Christian?" - Jeff Smith


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End of the Week Video


Youth Week 2013: The Search for Truth

CardFront_YW2013 I'm am excited to officially announce Youth Week 2013.  Youth Week 2013 will be at Forest Hills Baptist Church July 29-August 2 from 6-9 PM.  Youth week is a time for students in Wilson, NC to come together for a week of worship. Churches from all across our city will bring their students together to worship king Jesus.  It is an exciting week that you will not want to miss!

The theme for youth week 2013 is "The Search for Truth".  As the youth pastors in Wilson, NC have been meeting and praying about our theme for this year. We felt led that we need to ground our students deeply in their faith.  We live in a culture that has largely discredited Christianity as reasonable or plausible.  In fact, some even falsely characterize Christianity as anti-intellectual.  Students today are being bombarded with a variety of ideas that are in direct contradiction with the Christian faith. More than ever, our young people need to know what they believe and know why they believe it.

1 Peter 3:15 helps us understand why knowing what we believe is so important.  Peter writes, "always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you".  Students need to be trained and equipped to defend the hope that they have in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  That is our heart and that is our goal with youth week 2013: The Search for Truth.

We have some great speakers lined up featuring:

  • Daniel Ritchie from First Free Will Baptist Church
  • Brad Perry from Peace Church
  • Joe Strange from Raleigh Road Baptist Church
  • Jeff Smith from Shiloh Pentecostal Church

In addition, we will have Stephen Combs from Wilson Community Church lead us in worship throughout the week.

To give you a sneak peak of what we will be talking about at youth week here are our themes for each night.  Each night we are going to try to answer a major question people have of Christianity.

  • Night 1 - Monday July 29 - Is there a God? 
  • Night 2 - Tuesday July 30 - Can the Bible be Trusted?
  • Night 3 - Wednesday July 31 - Who is Jesus of Nazareth?
  • Night 4 - Thursday August 1 - Is Jesus the only way to God?
  • Night 5 - Friday August 2 - What does it mean to be a Christian?


This is just a small sample of each night that will also include games, music, break out sessions, and more! So get excited about Youth Week 2013: The Search for Truth which will be at Forest Hills Baptist Church July 29-August 2 from 6-9 PM.  Pre-Registration will be opening very soon.  Hope to see you there!

What I Loved About Youth Week


This past week, churches from around Wilson County came together with their youth groups to worship Jesus.  It was an amazing week and God moved powerfully in the life of the Youth of Wilson.  As a sit here the day after and reflect on the week, there are a couple things that I just loved about it.

The Whole Week Was Gospel-Centered

Every night was focused on Jesus.  It was crystal clear to everyone the reason why we were meeting.  It wasn't for fun, it wasn't for entertainment, it was solely for Jesus.  The whole tone for the week was focused on the good news of the Gospel and equipping students to share it effectively.  I loved getting to hear my brothers, other youth pastors in Wilson, preach the Gospel.  I loved listening to Stephen Combs and his band lead us in Christ-Centered Worship. You can go watch the sermons from Youth Week here and see what I'm talking about.  Jesus was the hero, not any one church or youth pastor!

The Week provided a sample of the Unity of the Universal Church

How rare is it to see youth groups come together in the same city to worship Jesus? In my years of life and ministry I have never seen something quite like what happened this week in Wilson, NC.  Youth Pastors can be extremely territorial and often the attitude, particularly in small towns is Our church vs Your church.  The attitude of the churches and youth pastors in Wilson are far from that.  Each and every youth group that showed up this week proved that the Kingdom of God is not about any one church or one youth group, but that we are all a part of the Universal Church.  We all have our local congregations, but it was amazing to come together for a week and get to see in just a small sample of what heaven will be like when we worship together.

The Week Created Authentic Community

Relationships were built with students.  Relationships were built with the adults.  We got the privilege of getting to know other Christians from other churches seeking to advance the Gospel in our community just like us.  As a result, we made new friends and built a community that can better work together to advance the Gospel in the city of Wilson.  Students met other students in their schools who love Jesus just like they do.  It was awesome to see students hanging out and sitting with students from a different church.  It wasn't cliquish, my church vs your church mentality, but humble and authentic Christian community.

The Week was Multi-Ethnic

I hate that churches on Sunday morning are the most segregated time in America.  There are white churches; there are black churches.  Even in my own city of Wilson, racism and segregation runs deep in the psyche of people, even Christians.  I was so overwhelmed with joy with seeing white students worship with black students, eastern students worshiping with hispanic students.  It was a multi-ethnic blend, and it represented far better the multi-ethnic worship in heaven than our severely segregated churches on earth.  It demonstrates the unity and power of the Gospel to unite those who are different.  We are all saved by the blood of Jesus and we can worship him together regardless of our ethnicity.  Youth Week proved that.

The Week was Missions Minded

Whether giving food to the Hope Station, giving to the Wilson Pregnancy Center, or sharing the Gospel, Youth Week was missions minded.  The whole focus of the week is that we must put our faith into action, and our students did that.  It was amazing to see over 100 students go out into the city of Wilson to share the Gospel.  Their passion and enthusiasm were intoxicating and these students proved to their city that they are not content just sitting on the sidelines of the Christian faith.  These students demonstrated that the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus is something that they take seriously.

Youth Week was an amazing week, and I'm already getting questions about whether we will do it again next year.  In my experience nothing has quite brought a community of students together quite like God did with youth week.  For that I am thankful, and until next year may we continue to partner together to reach our city with the Gospel of Jesus!

Youth Week: Faith in Action


I am super excited about an event coming up in the city of Wilson, NC.  It is an event called Youth Week and it is sponsored by WAYNET.  Youth Week is a time for teenagers from across our city to come together to worship the Lord Jesus together.  Churches form around the city a pulling together resources and energy to make this week happen, and I am incredibly excited to see what God will do through this week.  The theme for the week is "Faith in Action", and that is exactly what we are praying for.  We pray that these teenagers would realize the beauty of the Gospel, place their faith in Christ, and put their faith into action.  We are incredibly excited to have Dr. Alvin Reid join us on Friday to train us in sharing the Gospel and  to help us take the Gospel into the city of Wilson on Friday August, 17th.

Youth Week will be at Forest Hills Baptist Church August 13-17 from 6:00-9:00 PM every night.  On Friday, we are having a day in which we are sending out these students into the city and share the Gospel with the people of Wilson.  Here is a promo video me and some of the other youth pastors in the city, who will be preaching on the different nights put together.

If you are a student in the city of Wilson you are invited to join us!  If you have a youth group and you'd like to come be apart of youth week, you are welcome to come!  The event is free, and open to any and all teenagers.  All we ask is if you could pre-register.  You won't want to miss it!  If you have any questions, feel free to sent me a message. Be in prayer that God would work powerfully during this week and that He would get all the glory as we learn to put our faith in action!

The New WAYNET Coordinator

So as of yesterday, I became the new WAYNET coordinator.  WAYNET is an organization in Wilson, NC of Youth Pastors and Youth Leaders which exist to equip and encourage youth pastors and to spread the good news of Christ to the Youth of Wilson. It is a position that has been filled faithfully for the past 7 years by Jeff Smith.  I am extremely humbled by the opportunity to be a servant of the servants of God.  Please pray for me as I seek to be an encouragement to the youth leaders of Wilson and that God would use WAYNET for the advancement of the Gospel in the city of Wilson. I have been in Wilson, NC for a relatively short time.  I have had the privilege and honor of being the Student Pastor at Forest Hills Baptist Church and as I have gotten to know the city of Wilson, my love for these people continue to increase.  I yearn to see the city of Wilson be transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I long to see the teenagers of Wilson find their joy and delight in Jesus instead of the momentary happiness this world has to offer.  Some say this is a fools dream, but I know that there is nothing that can't be done when the Spirit of God moves.  So I am praying that God would awaken this city to the incredible and life changing grace of God.  I hope that you will join with me in that prayer, and that God might in some way use WAYNET for the Glory of God and the exaltation of His name in the city of Wilson.