Posts Tagged ‘Evening Sessions’

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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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Series Attention Funnel: Videos

Series Introduction:

  • Do you see what each of those videos are saying? They’re saying technology and specifically the smartphone is having an effect on our lives.
  • And they are saying that we would be foolish to not step back and at least ask what effects they are having.
  • This year the current pinnacle of technology, the iPhone turned 10.
  • 50 years before the first iPhone, a man by the name of John Culkin coined the quote “First we shape our tools and then our tools shape us.”
  • First we create our tools, and then they turn around and recreate us.
  • Goal/Purpose of This Series:
  • The Goal of this series is to take a step back and ask, what are the ways that technology, and specifically our phones, are affecting us. And how does the Bible call us to respond in order to live wisely.
  • As Denzel said in the second video, we need to ask “Are you using your device, or is your device using you?”
  • And with Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:12 we want to be able to say, “I will not be dominated by anything” including my phone.

In this first lesson of this series I want to talk about the ways that technology and our phones are distracting us and what that is doing to us.

Lesson Introduction:

  • On the day after I got my license, I was driving with a friend in the car. We stopped at a stop sign as I cranked up the radio and talked about how much Bri had been checking me out that dayJ. I looked one way, pulled out, and HOOOONNNK! Just as I looked the other way a car swerved to miss my driver’s side and swing around the front.
  • The distractions in that car almost led to physical injury or death.
  • While the distractions of our phone can also produce physical harm or death, I am more concerned about how the distractions of our phones can lead to spiritual harm or death. One of the main ways they can do that is…

Big Idea: Our phones are capable of distracting us from what really matters.

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 Attention Funnel: J.P. Sears Video

 Series Introduction:

  • Why do a series on where we explore other religions (Hinduism, Islam, Atheism)?
    • Sidenote: I include Atheism as a “religion” despite the fact that many atheists would not like being called religious.
  • I want you to be knowledgeable about what other religions believe.
    • I don’t want you to believe the lie that says, “All religions really believe the same things.”
    • But I also don’t want you to make blanket statements about other religions that may actually be false and harmful.
  • Ultimately, I want you to be humble and bold as you engage with those of different faiths.
  • I want you to be humble in respecting and understanding other people’s beliefs, but I also want you to be bold in sharing the gospel and knowing how to go about that with someone who believes something different then you.

Lesson Introduction:

  • It’s actually quite hard to explain or understand Hinduism… so I’m going to explain it in the next 30-35 minutes and you all are going to be experts at the end of that timeJ
  • Honestly, this is a lesson that will probably leave you with more questions than answers.
    • But that’s a good thing, because the best way to better understand Hinduism would be to befriend a Hindu and ask questions.
  • Why is Hinduism hard to explain and understand?
    • Because it is so diverse!
    • There is no specific founder… no Buddha, no Jesus, No Mohammed, No Joseph Smith.
    • There is not a single holy book, rather there are multitudes of scriptures, some of which are 4 times the size of the Bible (The Bhagavad Gita is the most influential Hindu Scripture today which is a little over 200 pages long, but is just one part of a much longer Hindu Holy Book).
    • There is one God and yet millions of gods.
    • There are thousands of creation stories… and none of them contradict one another.
    • There are different paths to salvation, but one may combine and mix these paths, or use different paths at different times in their life.
    • What “salvation” means may be different form one person to another.
  • You feel overwhelmed yet?
    • If you meet someone who is a Hindu, they may be deeply religious or they may be an atheist who simply identifies culturally and socially with the customs of Hinduism.
    • Perhaps the only guarantee there is, is that each Hind you may meet will tell you their way is the right way, but all other ways are not wrong.

 Big Idea: Hinduism is a diverse religion that claims there are many ways to God.

 Main Points

  • There are 3 questions that I want to ask and answer tonight to help us both better understand Hinduism and make some comparisons to Christianity. The answers that Hinduism gives to these three questions will be our 3 main points.
  • The 3 questions are, Who is God? What is salvation? And How do you achieve salvation?
  • We’ll close with some advice for how to engage with Hindus.

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Champions or Chumps?

 Attention Funnel: Getting a Bad Gift/ Famous People who have Died

 Introduction:

  • People rise and fall… and then they are forgotten.
  • Even some of the most popular people are often soon forgotten after their death.
  • If Jesus was exactly like these people then we should feel and even act like those kids on Christmas morning.
  • We have been duped… given a false hope… told that we were getting a great gift, only to open it up and find… pickles.
  • But if Jesus is not exactly like these people… if he really is risen from the dead… then this truth should lead to changed lives and an incredible hope and confidence.

 Big Idea: Jesus’ resurrection gives us great confidence both now and in the future.

I want to cover two main things tonight:

  • First of all, how can we know the resurrection happened.
  • Second of all, why does it matter for our lives.

Main Points:

  • Jesus’ death is a comma, not a period.
  • Jesus’ resurrection is the hinge on which Christianity hangs.
  • The resurrection means we are winners in Jesus.

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The Great Exchange

Posted: April 28, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Three Days Lessons
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The Great Exchange

Attention Funnel: Videos of Instant Karma

Introduction:

  • We love justice.
    • And yet our sense of justice is almost always skewed.
  • We love to see other people receive bad when we feel like they deserve it.
    • If someone cuts someone else off on the road… it feels good to see them get cut off.
    • If someone cuts in front of the line, it feels good to have someone intervene and send them to the back of the line.
    • If someone makes fun of you, it feels good to see them get torn down.
  • And on the flip side, we balk when we feel like we don’t get something good that we deserve.
    • If an older brother or sister received a phone when they were 12 years old, but you were told you would have to wait until you were 16, you would flip out.
    • If your friends are all invited to a party, but you aren’t invited, you sulk, get angry, and plot how to get back at the person who did the inviting.
    • If I gave half of you candy, the other half of you would balk at the fact that you did not also receive any candy.
  • We have this intrinsic sense that is quick to be happy when bad things happen to people that “deserve” them, while also feeling that we only deserve good things and get upset when we don’t get them.
  • The cross teaches us that we actually deserve that bad that we so often reserve for “other” people and yet we receive good that we don’t deserve because Jesus took on the bad that we deserve.

Big Idea: Jesus got what we deserved so we get what we don’t deserve.

 Main Points:

  • On the cross, Jesus gets what he doesn’t deserve.
  • On the cross, Jesus gets what we do deserve.
  • Because of the cross, we get what we don’t deserve.

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Alone in the Garden

Posted: April 28, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Three Days Lessons
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 Attention Funnel: Superhero Bracket

Introduction:

  • Superheroes tend to walk confidently towards their greatest challenge. They are the picture of boldness, courage, and strength as the defeat the villain.
  • We would expect the same from the man we call our savior: Jesus.
    • Here is a man who told a paralyzed person to get up and walk and HE DID.
    • Here is a man who told demons to flee and they ran like little boys.
    • Here is a man who told a storm to stop and it obeyed like a pet dog.
    • Here is a man who healed lepers, walked on water, and gave sight to the blind.
    • Here is the man who told a dead man to get up out of his grave and the dead man LISTENENED.
  • And we do see this man walking boldly towards his greatest moment, the cross…
    • Mark 10:32-34
  • He is walking confidently to his death…until the Garden, the Night before his death.

Big Idea: Jesus willingly goes to the cross out of love.

Passage: Mark 14:32-42

  • Sorrow, distress, troubled, weak??? How can this be??
  • We see Jesus as strong, full of power, bold, courageous… and here is his on his knees on the verge of tears and sweating drops of blood.
  • Why include this picture of sorrow, despair, weakness, and stress of a man who the very authors claimed to be our Savior, King, and Lord.

Main Points:

  • Jesus suffered alone so that we would never to suffer alone.
  • Jesus understood the cross as a place of God’s wrath.
  • Jesus submitted to God’s will out of love.

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Seeing Culture in 3-D

Posted: March 9, 2017 by keystoneyouth in PopCulture Pundits
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Big Idea: We should critique culture by discovering, discerning, and deciding.

Passage: Paul in Athens (Acts 17:22-34)

  • Paul goes to Athens after being run out of another town.
  • Athens is the intellectual and cultural center of the world.
  • If you want to find the best philosophers debating the current trends and worldviews of the day… you go to Athens.
  • Where do you go to find some of the most well-known philosophers in our days… They are in Hollywood, New York, Nashville, etc. They are the ones creating movies, writing songs, designing video games.
  • Paul engages with these men by understanding their worldview (using their idols, their poets, etc), using it to build a bridge to the Christian worldview, and ultimately directing them towards the gospel.
  • Paul understand that to be a faithful witness to the outside world, we must also be cultural critics who understand the culture and are able to engage with it.
  • The approach I’m about to give you for critiquing culture is by no means the only “biblical approach.”
  • I doubt that Paul was thinking in the terms that we are about to use, but I do think we can see that this approach lines up with what he did.
  • I have not developed this approach (It was developed by Walt Mueller and CPYU), but I think it is a great approach.

Main Points:

  • DISCOVER by observing and asking questions.
  • DISCERN by celebrating the good and exposing the bad.
  • DECIDE what to do with it. 

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