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Upside Down Kingdom

Introduction:

  • Last week, we started looking at a portion of the sermon on the mount where Jesus talks about what it means to obey his commands. Our big idea was that following Jesus means obeying Jesus.
  • We mainly focused on the “why” behind our obedience.
  • In other words, since Christians are saved because of Jesus’ obedience, not our own efforts, why should we now obey? And the answer was, out of love for God.
    • We don’t obey in order to be accepted by God. We obey because we’ve already been accepted by God.
  • You could think of it in this way. Last month I bought Bri flowers. I did not buy those flowers because I’m hoping that my Bri would one day marry me in return because she sees what a great guy I am. If that was my reason for buying those flowers, I completely miss the fact that Bri already married me when she made her vowels to me. I bought her flowers as a way to express and demonstrate my love for her.
  • This week we’re going to continue the conversation on obedience by looking at the rest of Matthew 5. And our goal is to see what kind of obedience calls us to.

Big Idea: Following Jesus is anything but easy.

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Upside Down Kingdom

 

Attention Funnel: State Law or Old Testament Law

Introduction:

  • The Bible is full of laws and commandments.
  • One of the struggles for a Christian is to know how to make sense of and respond to all these laws.
  • Should we just get rid of the Old Testament and all its commands since we have Jesus now?
  • Another way to put this is what’s the role of obedience? Should we try to obey God? If being a Christian depends on Jesus work, not our obedience, then why?
  • I’m not going to answer all these questions perfectly tonight, but as we look at the next part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, my goal is to help us see how Jesus would have us think about the Old Testament and whether we should obey the commandments in the Old Testament.

Big Idea: Following Jesus means obeying Jesus.

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Influence

Posted: February 25, 2020 by keystoneyouth in Upside Down Kingdom Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Pet Influencers

  • Instagram influencers hold a certain power over people.
  • What they wear, the products they recommend, where they travel, advice they give, and much more impacts the people follow them.
  • Tonight, I want to show you from the sermon on the mount that the world needs you to be an influencer.
    • Obviously, I’m using that term in a little bit different way. But what I mean by that is that your Christianity is not meant to be hidden away somewhere in a closet, but rather what you believe is meant to be put on display and to impact the lives of people around you.

Big Idea: The world needs you to be an influencer.

Introduction:

  • Last week we started a series on the Sermon on the Mount called Upside Down Kingdom.
  • I told you the title of the series points to a couple things… namely that as Christians we are called to follow Jesus as our King, obeying his commands and submitting our entire life to his rule.
  • And I said that what he calls us to may at times feel or look upside down compared to this world because of how different it is.
  • Last week we looked at Matthew 5:3-10. Tonight, we’ll look at Matthew 5:13-16

Passage: Matthew 5:13-16 (more…)

Upside Down Kingdom

Attention Funnel: Weird Things Only Lancaster County People Know/Say.

  • There are things that are true only of people who live in Lancaster County. They set us apart. They mark us off as a unique (or weird) people.
  • Just as there are things that mark off those who live in Lancaster county as different, the same is true of those who are Christians.
    • We don’t have weird towns, but sometimes we have weird churches.
    • We have words that no one else uses.
    • And most importantly our lives look different than those who are not Christians.
    • Sadly, all too often this is lost, and we end up looking exactly like everyone else.
    • Rather than being lights that stick out in the night, we become chameleons that blend in in order to be safe and comfortable.
  • Enter Jesus’ Sermon the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7.
  • In this Sermon, Jesus tells us what it means to follow him as a disciple, or what it looks like to live in his kingdom.
  • I want to say three things up front as way of introduction to the Sermon on the Mount and specifically what it teaches us about the Kingdom of God.
  • 1) The Kingdom of God refers to God’s rule and reign. Specifically in relationship to Jesus, it refers to people who have submitted to Jesus as their King and Lord. They take their instructions from him and give their lives in obedience to him.
  • This is a very important distinction to get from the start… you cannot look to Jesus as a Savior without also submitting to him as your King/Lord.
    • In other words you cannot say, “I like that Jesus offers me forgiveness, but I don’t like that he demands me to submit my entire life to him. So I’ll take his forgiveness, but I’ll keep living my life however I please.”
    • Jesus is not like building a burrito at Qdoba, where I say yes to the things I like and no to the things I don’t like.
    • Jesus is a king (the King of the Entire Universe), who gives up his life to forgive us, and then calls us to give up our lives to follow him.
    • Jesus is not like a politician who hopes that we will vote for him so that he can gain power. He is a ruling king who generously invites us into his family to enjoy an entirely new way of life.
    • In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is showing us how our lives should look different now that we are a part of his kingdom.
  • 2) And I’ve titled this series upside down kingdom, because life in Jesus’ kingdom often looks and feels so different that it disorients us at times.
    • When I traveled to Ireland 5 years ago, I had to learn how to drive on the opposite side of the road from what I was used to. It felt very weird at first. Every time I pulled onto a new road I had to remind myself, this is different. In the mornings I would wake up and often walk out into the car and first open up the passenger’s door because I was so used to that being the driver’s side.
    • When we become Christian’s the life Jesus calls us to seems unnatural at first.
    • But what at first feels backwards, and what looks backwards to everyone else, will soon be found to be the way things were meant to be all along. The way God created us to be.
  • 3) We need to realize before we start, that the Sermon on the Mount is difficult. It will convict us and challenge us if we truly listen to it.
    • “As to ‘caring for’ the Sermon on the Mount, if ‘caring for’ here means ‘liking’ or enjoying, I suppose no one ‘cares for’ it. Who can like being knocked flat on his face by a sledgehammer? I can hardly imagine a more deadly spiritual condition than that of a man who can read that passage with tranquil pleasure. -C.S. Lewis
    • The Sermon on the Mount can and should feel like a sledgehammer at times. But God’s goal is not to use it to bruise us, but to transform us. He is like the home renovator who uses a sledgehammer to tear out the old so that he can replace it with new.
    • The Sermon will expose our need for Jesus, because we will see how far short we fall of his commands.
    • But the Sermon will also show us that by Jesus’ grace and the Holy Spirit living in us, we can really begin to live a life that embodies what Jesus teaches in here. 

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Fasting

Posted: January 30, 2020 by keystoneyouth in Tate and See Lessons
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 Attention Funnel: Which is Better?

  • Give students several options to choose between two things.
    • Big Mac or Chicken Sandwich from Chick-Fil-A
    • Mountain Dew vs. Cherry Pepsi
    • Large Hershey’s Chocolate Bar vs. Reeses
    • 5 Dollars Cash vs. $10 Itunes Gift Card
    • Olaf Coffee Mug vs. Candy
    • Swedish Fish vs. Sour Patch Kids
    • Fruit Snacks vs. Honeybuns

Introduction:

  • You were leaving something good on the table, because you were getting something better.
  • Tonight, we are going to talk about fasting, and essentially that’s what fasting is.

Pathway: Fasting is giving up a good thing for a period of time in pursuit of something better.

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Prayer

Posted: January 30, 2020 by keystoneyouth in Tate and See Lessons
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Attention Funnel:

  • What are some videos you’ve watched on youtube to help you know how to do something?
  • There are all sorts of instructional videos on YouTube.
    • How-to Tie a Tie, How to change your oil, How to Find a Veterinarian for your pet rabbit, How to make Bread, How to look hot at the beach, How to use email, How to get a date, How to take a Bath, How to eat wings, and many more.
    • Here are two of my favorite… Show: How to Adopt a Pet Pig and How to Grow a Mustache
  • There are all sorts of instructional videos on the internet… not just on youtube, but also classes from experts.
    • We have all sorts of Master Classes available online today. Samuel L. Jackson teaches an Acting Class. Gordon Ramsay teaches a Masterclass on Cooking. Steph Curry teaches a master class on Ball-Handling and Shooting.
  • Tonight we want to look at a passage where Jesus gives us a masterclass on prayer.
  • Last week we talked about the importance of reading the Bible to hear God’s voice.
    • I compared opening the Bible to meeting someone in a coffee shop. We are sitting down to get to know them and hear them talk.
    • This week we are talking about the flip side of that conversation… prayer.
    • At its most basic form, prayer is us talking to God.

Pathway: Talk to God because you have his ear.

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Bible

Posted: January 30, 2020 by keystoneyouth in Tate and See Lessons
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Attention Funnel:

  • Kahoot – Bible Trivia
  • My goal is to that you would be hungry to hear God’s voice, and desire to open up the Bible to hear from him.
  • Now, I can’t do that for myself or for you… and so we need to pray to God who can do that for everyone, as we start tonight.

Passage: 2 Timothy 3:14-17

  • The Bible is made up of 66 books by 40 different authors recorded over 1,500 years.
  • But what we just read is telling us that God is ultimately the author.
  • That’s what it means when it says, “All scripture… every last word… is inspired by God.”
  • Geoff Robson Quote
  • God is the one who spoke to and through the human authors of the Bible, and he continues to do that today.
    • Now, you may be thinking to that, “Well how can I trust that the Bible is really God’s words?” And my response to you is, that’s a great question. Unfortunately, we don’t have time to answer it tonight. And I would encourage you to come to Keystone two Sundays from now where that exact question is going to be talked about.
  • Tonight, I’m simply working under the assumption that the Bible is true, we can trust it, and God is ultimately the author.

Pathway: Read the Bible to hear God’s voice.

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Sabbath

Posted: January 30, 2020 by keystoneyouth in Tate and See Lessons
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Attention Funnel: 10 Best Foods

Series Introduction:

  • Why do you eat a Donut? You eat a donut because it tastes good. The combination of dough, sugar, icing, and other ingredients hits your tongue and activates thousands of taste buds that send signals to your brain saying, “This is fantastic!” I’m guessing you’ve never ate a donut because someone told you that you have to. You eat a donut because you believe it’s going to taste good.
  • Over the next four weeks we’re going to be talking about what is commonly referred to as spiritual disciplines. I’m guessing a lot of you have heard that term before…. and I’m curious what it brings to mind. Perhaps you immediately think of reading your bible and praying. And then maybe you feel guilty because you think, “I don’t do those things enough. I know that I should, but I don’t.” Or maybe you just think of a spiritual checklist that you are supposed to accomplish.
  • Here’s the idea that I want to pop into your head over the next week… I want you to think of spiritual disciplines like eating a donut.
    • In Psalm 34:8 David calls us to “Taste and see that God is good.” That’s where the title of this series comes from.
    • I want you to practice the habits we talk about over the next 4 weeks because I think they are some of the ways God gives us to taste and see that he is good.
    • Christianity is not a checklist to maintain, it’s a relationship to enjoy. And God gives us specific ways that we can pursue enjoyment of Jesus. He gives us means to activate our taste buds and bite into his goodness.
  • Now, the donut metaphor breaks down a little bit, because you might think… “Kyle it’s not hard at all to eat a donut.” But it can be very hard to practice the spiritual disciplines. That’s where the “See” part comes in. I want to give you one more way to think of them.
  • Think of them as a pathway, like a hiking trail.
    • During my time in college, my friends and I would go hiking to a place called the Pinnacle in Hamburg, often to camp out at the top of the mountain. The hike was not an easy one. It was about 3.5 miles of uphill hiking carrying all of our supplies. There were moments where I thought, “Why am I doing this?” Why didn’t I just stay at home on my couch?” But then we would get to the top of the hike, and I would remember why: Because the views were incredible! You can see for miles and miles. And there was nothing like being up there as the sun went down or rose the next morning.
    • We went through the discipline of hiking so that we could take in the amazing views.
  • The same idea is true of the disciplines we’ll talk about. They are not always easy or convenient. Sometimes they are difficult and even frustrating in the moment. But they lead to incredible views. They help us to see God more clearly and enjoy Jesus more fully.
  • I’m going to give you what I’ll label as four pathways. This is not by any means an extensive list. There are all sorts of ways to taste and see that God is good. But these are 4 pathways that I think are really good ways for us to taste and see that God is good.
    • DISCLAIMER: Please know that I am not putting these before you as an expert in these areas, but as someone who is continuing to try to find my way.
  • The framework for this series will be each week we’ll ask “What’s the pathway?” And we’ll answer that by laying out a specific spiritual discipline. Then we’ll ask “What’s the point?” And I’ll try to show from scripture what the purpose of the discipline is. And finally, we’ll ask, “What’s the practice?” Where I’ll try to give you some specific ways to put this discipline into practice.
  • And all while, I want you to keep these two images in mind… tasting a donut, and taking a hike to see some incredible view.

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Why Do I Need the Church?

Posted: December 11, 2019 by keystoneyouth in Church Matters
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Attention Funnel: Church Signs

 Introduction:

  • There are things people tell me I need, that I don’t really think I need.
    • People tell me I need to get the Flu shot. But I hate needles and my Immune System is an absolute monster.
    • People tell me I need to try essential oils. But I don’t see the point.
    • Dentists tell me I need to floss more, but who really has time for that?
  • There are lots of things people might say that we need, that we don’t really need.
  • Isn’t church just another one of those things that some people say I need… but in reality, I don’t need it?
    • Why can’t church just be optional?
    • Like why can’t I just read my Bible, pray each night before bed, listen to Hillsong every morning, occasionally throw on a Steven Furtick Sermon, and get on with my life?
    • Wouldn’t it have been a better use of your time to stay home this morning or tonight and listen to a Matt Chandler or John Piper sermon?
  • Obviously, you know what my answer is going to be to these questions. But I want to make the case from the Bible tonight of why you need a local church and why it shouldn’t be viewed as an optional add-on to your Christianity.

 Big Idea: You can’t have Jesus without the church. (more…)

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Why is Church Often Messy and Awkward?

Refresh:

  • Why should we care about the church?
  • What’s the point of church?
  • What makes a good church?
    • Did you find out why you go to the church you currently go too?

 Attention Funnel: Kid’s Making Messes

  • Church can be a little bit like those videos.
  • It can be messy.
  • And what I mean by that is it can be awkward, uncomfortable, difficult, and sometimes make us want to run for the doors.
  • My goal tonight is see how Ephesians explains why church is messy, and what God is doing in the midst of the mess.

Big Idea: God is at work in the mess.

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