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Father Time

Posted: December 20, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Incomparable
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Attention Funnel: What Decade Did that Take Place??

 Introduction:

  • The final way that God is different than us that we are going to look at is that God is eternal.
  • God is not bound by time. He has no beginning and end.
  • This is obviously different then us. We are dominated by time. We have 24 hours, 7 days, 12 months, and perhaps 70-90 years. That’s it.
  • It is impossible to escape time.
    • One year, I decided I was going to try to do it. My goal was to never look at a clock for the entire year. I would just set alarms on my phone telling me when the next thing was there for me to do. I quickly realized how foolish this was, not only because I would have to look at a clock to set my alarms, but also because I would spend so much time trying not to look at what time it was that I would end up wasting a lot of my time.
  • One of the most well-known passages on time is found in Ecclesiastes chapter 3. It’s a passage quoted at funerals, in well-known songs, and by famous movie characters.
  • And it’s a passage that teaches us to learn to live not only under the rule of time, but under the rule of the one who controls all time.

 Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

 Big Idea: The timeless God orders all of our times.

 Main Points:

  • Our lives are full of good and bad times.
  • Because God is outside time, He orders all our times.
  • We can live as ones who know the ending.
  • We can know the ending because the incomparable God became one of us.

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Attention Funnel: Youth Workers Then and Now; Video of Girl Every First Year of School

 Introduction:

  • We love both change and consistency…
  • We love change.
    • We love that we are potty-trained
    • We love that we aren’t stuck in Junior High for the rest of our lives.
    • We love that we don’t have to eat the same food every single meal.
    • We love fresh starts – a new year, new relationship, new school or new job.
  • We also love consistency.
    • I love not waking up in different house every day.
    • I love that I can have coffee every morning.
    • I love that my keyboard doesn’t change every time I open my laptop.
    • I love that my paycheck is the same every two weeks.
  • One of the ways that God is different than us (and the entire world) is that he is unchanging (God is immutable).
    • Malachi 3:6; James 1:17

Big Idea: The unchanging God wants to use changing circumstances to change us.

 Main Points:

  • God alone is our rock and refuge.
  • God remains the same even as our circumstances change.
  • God wants to use our circumstances to change us.

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Independence Day

Posted: December 20, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Incomparable
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Introduction:

  • When I was in middle school, several friends and I had the best fort that any middle schooler could ask for.
    • It was a fort that could only be accessed by fourwheelers…
    • It had a recliner chair, bunk beds, a creek out back that we put our mountain dew in to cool, and a fireplace to have all our great late night discussions around.
    • We loved to go spend the night at this fort. We would make fires, cook hot dogs, drink Mountain Dew until our teeth hurt, and talk about what we would do if a murder on the run from the cops broke into our fort while we were sleeping. The answer of course was a roundhouse kick to the face and then threaten him with our swiss army pocket knives.
  • Why did we love this fort so much? Because it represented independence.  It represented that we could survive on our own apart from our parents.
  • In many ways, this is the same thing that drives people to live off the grid. They want independence. They want to be free of needing other people to help them survive. They want to be self-sufficient.
  • The past couple weeks we have been exploring ways that God is different than us…
  • Tonight we want to continue that journey by looking at the fact that God is self-sufficient. He doesn’t need anything or anyone. He is utterly perfect on his own.
  • We see this in several places throughout the Bible, starting with the Isaiah 40 passage that we have been in.
  • Isaiah 40:28-31

 Big Idea: The God who needs nothing created us to need him.

 Main Points:

  • God doesn’t need anything.
  • We don’t want to need God.
  • Weakness is the new strength. 

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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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