Posts Tagged ‘Christianity’



  • Refresh from last week.
    • Two Things to Emphasize – References are not endorsements, and Parents know best.
    • Culture is a form of worship
      • When we create culture, we worship – God or something or someone else.
    • Culture is full of God’s footprints
      • There are often good things in pop culture that can point us toward God.
    • It’s not enough to reject culture, or to blindly consume it, but rather we should be critical consumers of pop culture.

Attention Funnel: Optical Illusions

 Big Idea: Critical consumers of pop culture look for the worldview.

Main Points

  • A worldview is the beliefs and understanding through which we make sense of the world.
  • Everyone has a worldview, but not all worldviews are equal.
  • Weigh the worldviews of pop culture against a biblical worldview.


Rest for the Weary

Posted: October 25, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Peace In The Storm Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Top 10 Odd Places to Sleep


  • I’m convinced that many of us have lost the art of resting.
  • We tend to devalue sleep… as if it’s better to sleep less.
  • And we don’t know how to take a break from all the work and distractions in life.
  • We can’t stop and just be… we always need to be doing something. And technology opens the door for us to always be doing something.
  • I think our inability to rest is often something that adds to our anxiety, fear, and stress. We feel that life is a constant storm of busyness, because we fail to take advantage of the good gift of rest that God has given to us.
  • I want to look at a passage tonight where Jesus and the Pharisees clash over what it means to rest.

 Big Idea: Rest is a good gift from God.

Passage: Mark 2:23-3:6

 Main Points:

  • God’s commands are rooted in relationship.
  • Rest is an act of trust and dependence in God.
  • True rest takes work.
  • Jesus provides rest for our souls.


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Attention Funnel: Disney Movie Quotes

 Tell me something you know about the book of Philippians…

Series Introduction:

  • Philippians is home to many famous and well-known sayings…
    • “To Live is Christ, to Die is gain.”
    • “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.”
    • And perhaps the most famous…“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
  • Philippians is a unique book, not just because it is filled with famous quotes… but also because of the occasion and reason Paul wrote the book.
  • Philippians is a letter that Paul writes… not so much to correct a problem or problems… but to check in on friends.
    • He’s FaceTiming a friend that he hasn’t seen in a while
  • And this “catching up” is prompted by Paul’s love for this church and their sending of someone to care for him.
  • See when Paul writes this letter… he is sitting in a Jail cell in Rome. He is awaiting a trial that will determine his future.
  • The Philippians send a guy… named Ephaphroditus, along with a gift, to encourage Paul and show their concern and support for him.
  • Paul responds by writing the letter that we know as Philippians.
  • The Philippians are people that have already grown much in their faith… and Paul wants to encourage them in this and also motivate them to continue pursuing maturity in their faith.
  • And Paul is also encouraging them throughout the book to follow his example. He gives them a model that they can imitate.
    • This is why I’ve titled this series Model Christians… I want to show you some characteristics of what it means to be a Model Christian… so that you might pursue maturity as a Christian and be an example of it to those who are around you.
  • The first thing that I want to draw out from Philippians… and a main aspect of Model Christians… is what they are centered on.
  • Video


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Attention Funnel: “Agree or Disagree”


  • Christianity makes a big exclusive claim.
  • Christianity claims that the only way to be saved is through Jesus Christ.
  • This claim is exclusive because no other religions believe this.
  • And by this basis Christianity says that all other religions are wrong. They may contain some truths in them, but as a whole they are wrong and offer a false path to salvation.
  • Because of this claim many people believe that Christianity is by nature intolerant.
  • I want to demonstrate to you tonight that claiming Jesus is the only way to be saved is not intolerant, and that Christianity should actually create people who are tolerant.

 Scripture: John 4:1-29

 Big Idea: The claim that Jesus is the only way to be saved actually promotes tolerance.


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Q.W.A – Questions Worth Asking?

  • Attention Funnel: Questions You Should ask on a First Date Video; Hobbit Office Video
  • Introduction:
  • It’s Okay to Have Doubts – Whether we would say we are a Christian or not, we all wrestle with doubts about Christianity. Sometime those doubts can be very strong and seem overwhelming. The good news is that it’s okay to have doubts! Jesus own disciples had doubts!
  • Wrestle With Your Doubts
  • Christians live by faith, but not by blind faith
  • Doubt your Doubts – Everybody lives by faith in some way.
  • In this series, we are going to look at several doubts that we all tend to wrestle with at some point or another.
  • NOTE – We are just going to touch the surface on some of these issues – believing and overcoming doubt is often a lifelong journey.

How can we know the Bible is true?

  • Introduction: Tonight we are going to at a question that comes up almost immediately when we begin to think about whether or not Christianity is true – and that is How can we know the bible is true?
    • What Christians know about God, themselves, and what God has done in this world primarily comes from the Bible. We can know certain things about God and ourselves apart from the Bible, but the main claims of Christianity are only found in the Bible.


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 Attention Funnel: Where’s Waldo.

  • What is the goal of where’s Waldo? It’s to find Waldo. This morning we are going to look at a Story Jesus told about two brothers that were ultimately lost and outside the kingdom of God.

 Introduction: The Parable of the Prodigal Son is up there with the Parable of the Good Samaritan as one of Jesus’s greatest stories. It shows us the love and Grace of God, but it also shows us the ways that we try to live apart from God and outside of his kingdom. There are two ways to be lost.

Big Idea: There are two main ways to live outside of God’s kingdom.


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Big Idea: Being a part of God’s kingdom is a gift, not paycheck.

  • What is the difference between a gift and a paycheck?
  • A gift is freely given, a paycheck is earned.
  • Most kingdoms work based on the paycheck mentality.
  • If you do something for the king you are given something in return.
  • Example: You show your devotion to the king by giving him a gift, revealing a plot to kill him, or fighting for him in battle and in return you receive something – a position, a land, a new sword etc.
  • The kingdom of God does not work this way.


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Attention Funnel:

  • Sense of Hearing – Maybe show some videos of deaf people hearing for the first time.
  • Have a hearing contest – two people come up and sit in chairs – you begin to play a sound very quietly and slowly bring up the volume. The goal is to be the first one to guess the sound correctly.

Introduction: Our Sense of Hearing is incredible. Think about all the things we hear, and how hearing often produced certain feelings in us. We hear music that inspires us, we hear the sizzling sound of bacon or the sound of coffee dripping through a filter in the morning that excites us, we hear the voice of a friend that gives us happiness. Our sense of hearing is incredible. Jesus tells a parable that is all about hearing. It’s about hearing a message. It’s about hearing a message that invites us to be part of the kingdom of God. This parable is called the Parable of the Sower

Big Idea: Hearing the gospel demands a response.


A New Age of Christianity in America, Part 2

Posted: February 23, 2014 by Brandon Fisher in Special Events
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This is the second installment of a series I taught to our Early Bird Sunday School class…

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A New Age of Christianity in America, Part 2


A New Age of Christianity in America

Posted: February 16, 2014 by Brandon Fisher in Special Events
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This Part 1 of a two-part Sunday School series:

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A New Age of Christianity in America

Purpose:  Raise awareness of changes in America and point a way forward for the church.