Greed

Posted: February 22, 2019 by keystoneyouth in Death Row Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Superbowl Commercials

  • What are they advertising? What are they promising?
  • Pepsi Commercial, Audi Commercial, Dorito Commercial
  • Commercials are for the most part all about getting you to want something you don’t already have.
  • Commercials play on our desire to want more. And this desire is at the center of greed.

Big Idea: Greed says I want more. Contentment says I have enough.

Introduction:

  • Greed is a tough topic to teach on… because everyone, myself included, immediately jumps to the conclusion that they aren’t greedy.
  • It’s like talking to a group of kids about the importance of sharing. Everyone’s mind immediately kicks in to say, “I don’t have a problem with not sharing. Timmy on the other hand, he’s a real tightwad when it comes to toys. He’s the one you need to talk to.”
  • We are so good at justifying ourselves that before we even here the message we are already throwing up defenses as to why the message does not apply to us.
  • And perhaps nowhere is that truer than with greed

 Main Points:

  • Money and Possession are dangerous.
  • Greed believes more will be enough.
  • Greed chokes out love.
  • Contentment believes God is enough.

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Sloth

Posted: February 22, 2019 by keystoneyouth in Death Row Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Something with growing up or becoming an adult. “Growing up is hard.”

  • Learning to do household chores, learning to drive, learning to exercise, learning to make small talk, learning to shovel, learning a good golf swing

Introduction:

  • Tonight we turn to a sin that is less common in our vocabulary: Sloth
  • Perhaps the first thing you think when you hear the word sloth is (so picture of a sloth, Sloth from the Goonies, Patrick) or maybe you just think of someone who sits on the couch all day.

Big Idea: Sloth is refusing to do what is difficult.

Main Points:

  • Sloth lives for comfort.
  • Sloth resists obeying God.
  • Put your faith to work.

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Costa Rica Missions Exposure Trip

Posted: January 23, 2019 by keystoneyouth in Uncategorized

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Students currently in grades 10-12 are welcome to sign up to go along on the 2019 Senior High Missions Exposure Trip July 6-13. Applications to sign-up can be found in the Cellar of the Youth Center or by emailing Kyle at kkauffman@keystonechurch.org.

Envy

Posted: January 23, 2019 by keystoneyouth in Death Row Lessons
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Refresh:

  • Big Idea: Either we kill sin or it kills us (Romans 8:13)
  • Fighting a grizzly bear. Removing the Blindfold.
  • Last week we talked about Pride – with the big idea that “We should spend our lives making much of God rather than making a name for ourselves.”
  • This week we move on to Envy.

Attention Funnel: Rivalries

  • In a rivalry, it’s not just that you hate losing, but you also hate your rival winning. You hate when they succeed.
  • “Envy is the feeling of unhappiness at the blessing and fortune of others.” –Joe Rigney
  • “Envy is the consuming desire to have everybody else as unsuccessful as you are” – Frederick Buechner

Big Idea: Envy hates when other people are a big deal.

  • To look at Envy, we are going to look at the story of Saul and David.
  • Saul is the first King of Israel. He makes some really big mistakes along in disobeying God and as a result God says he is going to make someone else king.
  • David is a young man who we find out that God plans to make king. David is perhaps most famous for killing a giant named Goliath… we pick up the story of Saul and David soon after this happened.

Main Points:

  • Envy Compares.
  • Envy Cuts Down.
  • Envy Complains
  • Grace Crushes Envy.

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Pride

Posted: January 23, 2019 by keystoneyouth in Death Row Lessons
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Introduction:

  • Refresh:
    • Kill Sin or It Will Kill You.
  • Sin is not like the creatures in BirdBox… that if you don’t see them they can’t harm you. It’s the exact opposite, until the blindfold is removed and you see sin for what it is, it will do the most harm to you.
  • That’s exactly what we want to do in this series… take off the blindfold and expose sin in our lives and then fight back against sin with the power Jesus gives us in the Holy Spirit.
  • Tonight, we start with pride.

Attention Funnel: Dumbest Guinness Book of World Record Records

  • Why do people spend time trying to achieve a Guinness World Record? To make a name for themselves.

Big Idea: We should spend our lives making much of God rather than making a name for ourselves. 

  • To look at pride, we are going to look at the story of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel.
  • Nebuchadnezzar is the absolute ruler of the world at this point in time (586 B.C.) He can pretty much command anything and it gets done (POWER). He can get pretty much anything he wants (WEALTH). Everyone in the world knows who he is and pays him respect (FAME).
    • Warning: With wealth, knowledge, power, and fame often comes pride.
  • The book of Daniel tells us about King Nebuchadnezzar because Daniel was one of the people from Israel that that he took captive when he raided and destroyed Jerusalem.

Main Points:

  • Pride is making a big deal of ourselves
  • Pride tries to steal what belongs to God.
  • Get your eyes off yourself and onto something better.

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Anatomy of Sin

Posted: January 23, 2019 by keystoneyouth in Death Row Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Who Wins in A Fight?

Introduction:

  • How many of you go hunting? How many of you go bear hunting? How many of you would go grizzly bear hunting?
  • If you have watched the Movie the Revenant you have a picture of how crazy a Grizzly Bear encounter can be. The bear attacks quickly and keeps coming back in an effort to kill Hugh Glass. It won’t give up, won’t run away, won’t back down, until Hugh has finally managed to kill it. (Perhaps show video for Senior High).
  • Imagine yourself in that scenario. There is no going into the fetal position, no convincing the bear to run away. Either the bear dies or you die.
  • This is what happens when you encounter something from the outside that threatens your very life. But what about the thing that resides within all of us that threatens our very life… sin.
  • Over the next seven weeks we are going to be going through a series called Death Row where we look at some of the common sins that still tempt, enslave, and kill us. Why?

Big Idea: Either we kill sin or it kills us.

  • The Christian life involves becoming more like Christ. This is what we refer to as sanctification. And a big part of that process is to fight against the sin that is still present in our lives. (John Owen – “Be Killing Sin or It Will Be Killing You”)
  • This is based on Romans 8:13 – “For if you live according to the flesh (which is the word Paul uses for sinful nature here), you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
  • Kill sin… or it will kill you.
  • Goals for this series:
    • 1) I want sin to be exposed in this series. And so, if you listen to this series and are never once convicted of sin in your life… then this series has failed.
    • 2) The other and ultimate goal of this series is also that we would fight against sin in our lives and that we would replace it with something better. And so if you only feel convicted by this series and never respond with action and feel hopeful in the fight against sin, then this series has also failed.
  • My goal tonight is to show you the importance of identifying and fighting against sin by giving you a small anatomy of sin.
  • To do that I want to look into Jeremiah 2
  • But before we do… let’s get a definition of sin so we are all on the same page: Sinning is any feeling or thought or speech or action that disobeys God.
    • Sinning is any time I think, feel, speak, or act in a way that disregards God or thinks that we know better than Him.

Main Points: 

  • Sin kills our happiness.
  • Sin robs us of our freedom.
  • Sin hides from our sight.
  • Jesus gives us the power to kill sin.

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Calendar Spring 2019

Image  —  Posted: December 14, 2018 by keystoneyouth in Uncategorized