Know-It-All

Posted: November 17, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Incomparable
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Introduction:

  • Part of being human is that we are learners.
  • Each day we learn something new about our world and the people we share it with.
  • Learning something new at school, at a job, at home, about our best friend… those things should excite and exhilarate us.
  • God created and designed us to be learners. We pursue truth because all truth comes from God.
  • But this is also part of the way that we are different then God. God never learns anything new. In fact, God has never learned anything.
    • Isaiah 40:13-14

Big Idea: God has unlimited knowledge.

 Main Points

  • God knows all things.
  • God never forgets.
  • We must learn to be content with a limited knowledge.

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To Infinity and Beyond

Posted: November 17, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Incomparable
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Series Introduction:

  • If you are a human, then you think thousands of thoughts throughout a day. And if you’re like me… those thoughts might be a little scattered.
    • At one moment thinking about what I need to do for my homework assignment, and the next moment wondering what Carson Wentz’s QB rating is.
  • It would probably be both fascinating and embarrassing if you could catalog all your thoughts for 24 hours and then go back through them all.
  • It would be interesting to see all the random thoughts, but also to see what I spent the most time thinking about throughout my day…
  • W. Tozer has said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
  • Over the next couple weeks, I want to spend time thinking about God and who he is by looking at some of the ways that God is different than us… what people refer to as his incommunicable attributes.
  • Tonight, we start by looking at God’s infinite nature.

 Attention Funnel: Videos/Stories of Pushing the Limits

Introduction:

  • We love to push the limits of what is possible.
  • Whether that is going to Mars, performing a quadruple backflip, trying to stay up all night with friends, or seeing how far your car can go after the gas light comes on signally that your tank is empty.
    • Story of you coasting into a gas station.
  • But ultimately, we are all limited.
    • If we make it to Mars, we will be reminded that we have not made it to Jupiter, Saturn, and the other planets in our solar system.
    • No one will ever land a decuple backflip (10).
    • If you stay up all night, the next day is miserable.
    • The day we run out of gas… we are shamefully reminded that a gas tank on “E” is not unlimited.
  • However, one of the things we learn about God when we read the Bible is that he is not limited.
    • Which is another way of saying that He is infinite.

Passage: Isaiah 40:12-31

 Big Idea: The unlimited God created us to be limited humans.

 Main Points:

  • God has no limits.
  • We try to limit God.
  • God created the entire world AND us with limits.
  • We try to throw off the limits God places on us.

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Friendship In the Trenches

Posted: November 17, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Friends
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Attention Funnel: Friendship Battles (With Dental Mouth Openers)

Introduction:

  • Over the past two years… two horror stories have captivated audiences. Do you know what they are? You probably have heard of or seen both of them… Stranger Things and IT.
  • What do they have in common? The stories, while about fighting against evil forces, are really about friendship.
  • They either involve a group of friends growing closer as the fight together. Or a group that becomes friends as they fight together.
  • I bet if we would step back and think about the movies and stories that we love… many of them would involve this same concept.
    • Friends who are willing to stand side by side and fight together.
  • Luckily for us… we don’t have some alien running around our town.
  • Thank goodness for us… we don’t have some deranged clown living in our sewer system.
  • But it still remains true that friendships grow when we fight together.

Big Idea: Friendships grow deeper when you’re willing to fight for one another.

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BFF’s

Posted: November 17, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Friends
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Attention Funnel:

  • Best Friends Challenge

 Weekend Introduction:

  • I’m guessing most of you had one question before you signed up for the retreat… a question you either asked yourself or asked other people… “Who else is going?” OR “Are you going?”
  • It’s a question we almost always ask before going somewhere or committing to something.
  • Why? Because we want to know if our friends are going to be there or not. We realize that something is only as fun as the people who we get to share it with.
  • You go on a retreat… because your friends will be there. You go to someone else’s house because that’s where your friends are hanging out… you go to the movies because your friends are also going, you go out to eat because your friends are going out to eat.
    • When I was in high school there was a diner called Jenny’s that was a popular hangout. Which is very odd looking back…Because Jenny’s really wasn’t special at all. The service was usually grumpy, the food wasn’t very good, and there were almost always at least two truckers in the vicinity who look like they may have killed someone in the previous 24 hours.  But going to Jenny’s was great!  Why? Because that’s where my friends were.
    • Every great sitcom has a place like this…. Friends had the Central Perk, Seinfeld had Tom’s Restaurant, Parks and Rec has JJ’s Diner.
  • Friendship is the part of our lives that can make good things better (like a wonderful movie) and bad things really enjoyable (like a crappy diner).
  • We are designed to live life in friendships.
    • We were not made to be alone.
    • Into the Wild tells the story of a guy who separates himself from all human companionship and it ends up destroying him… he realizes how much he needs the companionship of other people.
    • The God who made us is a relational God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
    • And he created us to be relational beings… both with him and with one another.
    • Friendship runs in our DNA.
  • This weekend I want us to get a better picture of what our friendships should look like, who we should be as friends, who we should be friends with, and how we can make an effort to grow closer in the friendships we have.

Attention Funnel: Historical Best Friend Pictures/ Celebrity BFF’s

  • All throughout history the BFF has existed – a friend who is by your side forever.
  • It’s the type of friendship we all really want (whether we call it a BFF or not)
  • But are the components that make for a friendship like this. How can we find, make, and keep this type of friends? To answer some of these questions I want to look at a pair of Best Friends in the Bible… Jonathan and David.

Big Idea: The best friendships are biblical friendships.

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FOMO

Posted: November 17, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Digital Detox Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Commercials that use FOMO to motivate us to buy their product.

 Big Idea: We fear missing out on important things in this life.

Main Points:

  • We compare ourselves to others to see what we are missing out on.
  • We can have the best life in the world and miss out on what really matters.
  • Three ways the gospel speaks to our FOMO.

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Will You Like Me?

Posted: November 17, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Digital Detox Lessons
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Attention Funnel:

  • Instagram vs. Real Life

Introduction:

  • I had a skinny jeans phase once… and I don’t mean like slim fit jeans… I mean like jeans that were tighter then leggings. Like jeans that you had to jump up and down to actually get on.
  • It started as all bad fashion phases do… in YWAM.
  • My skinny jean phase ultimately met its worst enemy the end of my first year in college, BRI.
  • From the point I met Bri, the skinny jeans started to slowly disappear from my wardrobe.
  • See if there is one thing Bri doesn’t like, it’s skinny jeans…
  • And whereas I started wearing skinny jeans… at least in part because it was approved and accepted by the people I was around in YWAM, it turns out that skinny jeans didn’t get me any approval points with Bri (My rock-solid abs were all that mattered to her).
  • And because I was more concerned about her approval and what she thought of me then some people I’m never going to see again … I began to change.
  • We all in some sense live for approval. We want to know that we are valued and loved.
  • Some of us perhaps spend all of our lives chasing approval… the approval of parents, of friends, of the opposite sex, of a boss, of our children, of others.
  • But ultimately the approval of other people is often shallow, hallow, and can never fully satisfy us.

Big Idea: We were designed to find our approval in God.

Main Points:

  • Social Media can expose our desire for approval.
  • We perform in order to gain the approval of other people.
  • God’s approval is not based on our approval.
  • We must choose… who’s approval matters more?
  • We will live for whoever’s approval we value most.

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Attention Funnel:

  • When was it invented? (Boys vs. Girls)
  • Technology often has the ability to either connect us as humans… or to isolate us from one another.
    • TV – I can find out what is happening around the world, but I can use it to avoid spending time with other people.
    • Video Games – I can play a game with people who are on the other side of the world – while also sitting in my room and ignoring my family.
    • Our phones can connect us with people all over the place, while ignoring the people right in front of us.

Big Idea: We can use technology to ignore one another.

 Main Points:

  • We can use technology to avoid one another.
  • We can ignore the humanity of other people.
  • Face-to-face is better then a screen.

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