Parent Update January 21, 2016


The encouragement is a little longer this week, so the updates are coming first. A lot of important things coming up: 

  • Mandatory Winter Retreat info meeting this Sunday at 6:00pm.
    • All money is due. I will have all permission forms, etc. Ready to give you. 
    • Here is the formula for figuring up what your student owes:
      • Start with a base price of $90 (covers food and lodging)
      • Add $38 if student wants to ski (only $26 if student 12 or younger)
      • Subtract $38 if student paid for skiing last year (only $26 if student 12 or younger)
      • Subtract $72.30 if student worked the chili supper
      • Subtract amount student has paid for deposit 
      • Amount is what your student owes. 
    • I have prices calculated for each student, but do the math yourself to check my work. 
  • Mexico Mission Trip info meeting next Sunday (1/31) at 5:30pm
    • Mandatory for all going. If you are on the fence, this is where you can get your answers. 
      • We will discuss all major details for the mission trip. 
      • Roy Seals, the missionary coordinating our trip, will connect via FaceTime at 6:00 to answer your questions. 


Overflow Parents!

I hope you are enjoying the "snow" days with the kids out of school. If your kids get too bored, send them our way. We'll put them to work playing with Jack to help wear him out. He started walking in December, and has only stopped to eat or sleep. Seriously though, I LOVE being a dad. 

Here's something I've learned about God over the past 14 months: He loves us because we are his. His love for us is never-changing and never-ending because it does not depend on our successes or failures. My love for Jack is not contingent upon what he does. I love him because he is mine! 1 John 3:1 says: 

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

By his grace, God has called you his son or his daughter. You are his. It was not because of your success or goodness that God chose you as his own. He chose you by grace. Now that you are his child, it's not like he changes his method of operation. He still deals with you on the basis of grace. 

However, now that we are saved, most of us live day-to-day as if God's love and acceptance is contingent upon our works. We end up living in fear, as if God is waiting to jump down our throats or come down on us hard whenever we mess up. But that's not the case. All the punishment we will ever deserve from God was paid for at the cross of Christ. 1 John 4:18 says: 

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 

But what about Proverbs 1:7? Isn't the "fear of the Lord the beginning of knowledge"? Yes. Fear of God is still a good thing. We are supposed to both fear and not fear God at the same time. But there is a difference between the right fear and the wrong fear. Here is the difference: 

  • The right kind of fear drives you into God's presence. 
  • The wrong kind of fear drives you to hide from God's presence. 

Take a look into your heart. What kind of fear do you see? Do you run to God when you fail, confessing your weakness and letting him make you strong? Or do you run away from God, ashamed and defeated? 

Now, take a look at your kids. Your relationship with them should mirror the gospel relationship we have with our heavenly Father. What kind of fear do you see controlling the way they relate you you?  

Take heart! Remind yourself of the gospel today and every day. God's love for you is unconditional. Live without that wrong kind of fear, because you know that no matter what, your God's love will never fail. 

In Christ's love, 

Quentin Self

P.S. More Jack pictures. Man, we have a great time. 

Parent Update January 7, 2015


I hope you've all had an awesome time of celebration and rest over the holidays. And even if your holidays weren't too restful, we know that Jesus is really the only source of true rest for the restlessness in our hearts. We have rest in him that is constant, no matter the season, no matter the circumstance. He says in Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. 

Rest for your souls. That's rest at the deepest level of who you are as a person. Jesus promises us true rest, yet we too often look to people or things to find the rest our hearts desire. And when those people or things let us down, we become angry with those people or things. 

So, if you find yourself weary and burdened, don't expect your job, or house, or paycheck, or car, or spouse, or kids to give you the fulfillment and joy you want. Come to Jesus and find the fulness of joy that only he can provide. 

Love you all dearly. Blessed to be a partner with you in the discipleship of your children. 

In Christ, 

Quentin Self


  • Chili Supper - Sunday January 17th 6:00pm
    • Every student attending Winter Retreat is required to be there. 
    • Each student attending Winter Retreat needs to bring a chili 'fixin' (sour cream, cheese, corn chips, etc.). I'll have a sign-up sheet for students on Sunday. 
  • Winter Retreat Info Meeting  - Sunday January 24th 6:00pm
    • All money will be due at this time. We will know the final amount after the results of the chili-supper fundraiser. 
    • All students attending and their parents need to be present at this meeting. 
  • Mexico Mission Trip Info Meeting - Sunday January 31st 5:30pm
    • All people attending this trip need to be present. Also, parents of students attending need to be present. 
    • We will discuss the final cost of the trip, all details, etc. Most likely, we will have a facetime connection with Roy Seals, the missionary coordinating the trip. 
    • So, if you are on the fence about going, this trip would be a great time to have your questions answered. 


We are still in "The Best Story Ever" series and will be for a while. We have made it to "Chapter 14" this week and will look at Samuel and Israel's rejection of God as King. 1 Samuel 8:7 will be our main text for Sunday:

And the LORD said to Samuel, "Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them." 

Wow. Talk about a powerful verse. 

My desire in this series is to help your students see the big story of the Bible. The whole Bible is really the gospel uncut and unabridged. The Bible tells the story of God redeeming his creation

All his work in Old Testament prepared the way for Christ to come. In Christ, God came as a man to take back his rightful place as King. So, this Sunday we will let Samuel's story show us our need for God to rule over our hearts.  


And here's a bonus just to make you smile, check out Jack's face... Ha! I wish I knew what he was thinking. Or do I? 

Parent Update - December 10, 2015

Hello Parents, 

Thank you for the privilege of being involved in the lives of your children. I am blessed to have a part in raising up the next generation of disciples at BBC. 

My goal is to partner with you as parents. You are the primary disciple-makers for your students. The goal of a student ministry is not to replace the influence God gave to you as parents.

As a result, I want to do a better job of keeping you in updated on what is happening in Overflow. I will publish one of these posts every two weeks in an effort to do a better job of communicating with you. 

Know that you can contact me with any question or concern. I am here for you! 

In Christ's Love, 

Quentin Self // 706-867-5359 //


  1. Redneck Christmas Party
    • This Sunday night from 6-8pm. Students dress up and bring a dessert or side. We will have pizza and drinks. 
    • Remind your students to bring $5 to make Christmas happen for a needy family. We as a youth group will go and buy gifts and deliver them sometime on the week of Christmas.
  2. Winter Retreat:
    • $25 Deposits are due ASAP. Here's a .pdf file of all sign-ups. Please check the list and make sure it's right. 
    • Total cost is $90 (without fundraising), if they paid for skiing last year. 
    • Chili-Supper is January 17th. Results could reduce the cost. 
  3. Mexico Mission Trip:
    • Originally scheduled for June 14-21st. However, we are looking to transfer the trip to July 5-12th, it seems that works better for the group.  
    • I need to know who is planning to go as soon as possible. Thank you so much. 


We are in Chapter 10 of the series "The Best Story Ever." We are looking at the big picture of the Bible, how all the stories really work together to tell one big story: The story of God redeeming his creation

This week

  • Main Text - Exodus 7:1-17 Looking at the Passover
  • Main Point - What God does shows who God is
    • In the Passover we see God's Love and God's Justice. This foreshadows the work Jesus would do, when he was crucified during the passover celebration. The Last Supper (Luke 22) was a celebration of the Passover Meal. 
    • The cross of Christ is the clearest revelation of God's Glory. Love and Justice are put fully on display. 
  • Ask your kids this week during a family dinner: 
    • What did you learn during student worship? 
    • How does the Passover in Exodus relate to Jesus' death on the cross? 
    • How does that affect your life?