Check out this video for our new series "THE WAR INSIDE" that begins next week at REVERB! I can't wait!
Series: "The Truth About God" - Week 2 - The Sweet Old Man
Series Big Idea: Too many times we try to create God in our own image. We allow our own misconceptions about God to separate us from Him. In this series we will expose and shread common false images that students often have of God, giving them the true picture of who God really is through Jesus Christ.
This Week's Key Scripture: Revelation 1:8
Understandable Message: This week we shreaded the misconception that God was nothing more than a sweet old man. Michangelo may have painted him as old, however, God is not old but eternal. This subtle misconception packs a dangerous punch. The danger is that we would see God as real but not relevant. That we would see God as present but not powerful. God is not old and distant from the delimas of our day. Rather, God is eternal and ever-aware of the problems that we face in our everyday lives. We looked at the truth about who God really is:
1. God Knows (Jeremiah 1, Psalm 139:2, Matthew 10:29-31, Acts 17:26)
2. God Cares (1 Peter 5:7)
3. God Can (Jeremiah 32:17)
4. God Will (Mark 1:40)
Creative Elements: This week we used excerpts from a hillarous viral video featuring an elderly couple trying to set up their webcam to introduce the message. We also continued to use video to promote our upcoming See You At The Pole After Event next week.
Songs: Amazed (Kutless), For Who You Are, Your Great Name
Next Week: See You At the Pole - The After Event
Series: "The Truth About God" - Week 1 - The Cop Around the Corner
Series Big Idea: Too many times we try to create God in our own image. We allow our own misconceptions about God to separate us from Him. In this series we will expose common false images that students often have of God, and give them the true picture of who God really is through Jesus Christ.
This Week's Key Scriptures: John 8:2-11
This Week's Key Thought: God is not a cop around the corner.
Understandable Message: This week we kicked off our new series by shreding the misconcepton that God is just a cop around the corner. Sometimes students believe that God is just lurking in the shadows of their lives looking to catch them. We looked at the account in John 8 when the woman who was caught in adultry was brought to Jesus. In this passage, the men took it upon themselves to have a "steak-out" at this woman's house so they would catch her in her sin. They assumed this is the way God was. They illustrate the reality that we will become like what we percieve God to be. They thought God was a cop around the corner, so they took it upon themselves to catch this woman in her sin.
We see the truth about God and his grace through the response of Jesus to this woman who had been caught in her sin. He did not agree with their undercover operation. Did he say that she did nothing wrong? Absolutely not! He acknowledged her sin and admonished her to stop. However, he was not riding shotgun with the self-appointed holiness five-o looking to stone her in her sin. God is not hiding out in the shadows around the corner looking to catch us in our sin. Rather, God is standing in the open where we can see him. He is standing between us and the full weight and consequence of our sins and destructive choices. He is fully able to uphold the law in every way, however, hehe still seeks to make a way for us to be fully free and forgiven of all charges. He has a rap sheet on us that could condemn us for life, and he has every right to do so. However, he chooses to offer us new life through His forgiveness. What is there not to love about a God like this?
Creative Elements: We had a fun video that we used to introduce this series. We also themed our student chapel to match our series video & graphic title. We had shreadded pictures that represented our different misconceptions about God covering the back of the platform. Also, to go with our subject in the classes, we played the theme to COPS "Bad Boys" when students were coming in and leaving the student chapel to go to their classes. Our classes also used this funny video to introduce the topic of the night (http://sermonspice.com/product/20855/obeying-the-law)
Songs: Glory, Everything I Need (Kutless), There is Nothing Like
Next Week: "The Truth About God" Part 2
Here are the notes/resources that were given out during my session at NAYC this year. I know everyone was not able to get a physical copy of the handout that attended the session so I wanted to provide it for those who were interested. It was such an honor to be able to meet and to speak with so many amazing youth workers this year at NAYC. I am so thankfkul for the GYD, and the great job they did this year with Youth Congress.
Series: "We Are..."
Key Thought: God defines who we are.
Understandable Message: The "We are..." theme is from what happened at NAYC this year on Thursday night. We wanted to take the opportunity to carry-over the message that affected the students who attended NAYC this year. This week we looked at how the King of Babylon had the plan to define Daniel through removing him from Jerusalem and teaching him the ways of the Babylonians (Daniel 1:3-4). However, Daniel decided that he was going to allow God to define who he was going to be in his generation. Therefore, he chose to take some things off his plate that others were enjoying. Students were challenged to take compromise and silence off their plates as they step on their school campuses this year. Daniel was not changed by his culture, but rather, he changed his culture! Students do not have to back up or back down. They are filled with the Spirit of God and are called to be giants in their generation!
Creative Elements: We used the website www.yearbookyourself.com to make some hillarous photos of our youth staff and teachers. It was a great way to talk about school starting back and leaving a legacy beyond the yearbook.
Songs: We are the free, Desert Song, You hold me now
Next week: "We Are..." part 2
Key Thought: Deep faith is developed through the daily decision to pray.
Understandable Message: This week we focused on the importance and power of daily prayer. We focused on the example of Jesus and the reality that it is impossible to have a healthy Christian life without the discipline of prayer. Each week in the series we are looking at a passage from Luke. It has been great because many students are following the "3D" Luke/Acts Challenge and reading their Bibles each day. The passage we focused on was Luke 11:1-4 when Jesus taught his disciples to pray. Our teachers shared the elements of this prayer in our different Middle School, High School, and College-Age environments: 1.Praise 2.Purpose 3.Provision 4.Purity 5.Power 6.Priorities.
Creative Elements: We kicked off the night in a fun way by playing a quick game of "Who Wants to be a Fraction of a Millionaire?" Donny did a great job hosting! Our grand prize was $10. Two lucky students walked out last night 1/100,000 of a Millionaire! It was fun! After this, the student band did a great job leading us in worship!
Songs: What the World will Never Take, Hosanna, There is Nothing Like.
Next Week: No Service due to FL District Family Camp.
Last Wednesday night, with our kickoff of 3D, we issued a challenge to students and staff to read their Bibles everyday. We simply called it the "3D Challenge." This summer we are focusing on developing deep faith through daily decisions. One of the daily decisions we are making is the decision to read the Bible.
Everything changed when king Josiah found "The Book" in 2 Kings 22. The Word of God was there all along, however, Josiah was not aware of it. Our prayer is that this summer many students will discover "The Book" and be forever changed.
As a way to remember the challenge, we gave each student a bookmark to remember what we are reading each day. We also are posting the scriptures on a blog each day here and on facebook.
Key Thought: God desires for us to have deep faith. Deep faith is developed through making Daily Decisions to be Devoted to God.
Understandable Message: This week we introduced the "3D" through our different environments (Middle School, High School, College) after being together for worship in the Student Chapel. The key text for our teachers was taken from Exodus 16. God chose to feed Israel in the wilderness through daily manna. God chooses to feed us spiritually through our daily disciplines of prayer and reading the Bible. We also focused on the reality that today matters. If we are going to develop deep faith then we must begin with today. We too often over-exaggerate yesterday, over-estimate tomorrow, and under-estimate today. We challenged students to commit to read their Bible everyday during the summer through committing to our "3D Luke/Acts Challenge." We had bookmarks for everyone that listed the scriptures we are reading together this summer. My life changed completely when I started reading the Bible daily. I am excited to see what is going to happen through this challenge!
Creative Elements: Since this was the kickoff of "3D" we went all out with the theme. We had 3D glasses for all the students when they came in. All of our handouts were in 3D. All of our pre-service announcements were in 3D. Also, we opened up service with a highlight video from last week's youth service that was in 3D. We also built a large replica of our "3D" logo that was on the platform.
Songs: Take it All, From the Inside Out, Tear Down the Walls
Next Week: Week 2 of "3D"