Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

For Such A Time As This

Posted: November 29, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Esther Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Opposites Game

Introduction:

  • Two things that often seem to be opposite are God’s sovereignty and our action.
  • God’s sovereignty means that he is in control of everything that happens. He has directed history to the exact place that we are ate right now. Nothing has happened that he did not plan and purpose to happen.
  • Currently he is directing every detail according to his will, nothing happens that is outside of his control.
  • And he knows all that will happen in the future because he has planned for it to happen already and he has the power to make it happen.
  • Verses: Ephesians 1:11; Proverbs 19:21; Isaiah 44:7; 64:8.
  • It’s easy to respond to this by saying, “Well then it doesn’t matter what I do. If God is entirely in control, if he has worked out history, is guiding the present, and already planned out the future… then why does it matter what I do?”
  • Like going to a restaurant where they give you a menu and there’s only one choice – “Do you want the roast beef or the roast beef?” You don’t have any choice. This is how we can often paint God’s sovereignty and our action… it’s one or the other, but they can’t go together.
  • But Esther Chapter 4 and 5 show us something different

Big Idea: Faith in God’s sovereignty leads to action.

  • Set the Stage for where we are.
    • Persia – Most powerful empire in the World.
    • Xerxes – The current King who is self-centered and over-indulgent.
    • Esther – Has risen to become queen through an immoral situation.
    • Mordecai – Esther’s cousin and adoptive father who is also in a position of power.
    • Haman – The second most powerful man in the Empire – Mordecai disrespects and refuses to show him honor and Haman responds by coming up with a plan to kill all the Jews in Persia.

 Passage: Esther 4-5:8

Main Points

  • Theology is more than just head knowledge.
  • You are where you are because God wants you there.
  • Faith translates to risky obedience.
  • Jesus took the ultimate step of risky obedience for us.

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Where is God?

Posted: November 15, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Esther Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Where’s Waldo?

Series Introduction: Esther: When God is Silent

  • What do you know about the story of Esther?
    • God is never mentioned.
    • It takes place in Persia during the reign of Xerxes
    • There are 4 main Characters (King Xerxes(Ahasuerus), Esther, Mordecai, and Haman)
    • It’s a bit like Where’s Waldo? God seems to be absent, and yet God is hidden in the story and once we see him we can’t believe that we missed him all along.
    • The author uses things like coincidences, sudden reversals, and irony to help us see how God’s hand is at work even as his name is not mentioned.

Big Idea: God NEVER abandons His people.

Passage: Esther 1 and 3

Main Points:

  • God often seems distant or absent.
  • Your life will not go as planned and expected.
  • God is in control of every circumstance.
  • The cross is God’s exclamation point of faithfulness!

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EXILE Lesson #1: Homelessness

Posted: November 12, 2015 by keystoneyouth in EXILE Lessons
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Attention Funnel:

  • Old Pictures of Senior High Leaders

 Introduction:

  • Sometimes people seem strange in old pictures… whether it’s because they are acting strange… or because they have changed so much that they seem strange… or because the fashions have changed so much that what they are wearing seems strange. They seem so strange that sometimes they belong to a different time and world.
  • Tonight I want to show you how Christians may sometimes live and appear as strangers in this world because they are ultimately living for another world… another home

 Big Idea: Christians live as strangers in this world because they are looking forward to a future home.

Passage: Hebrews 11:8-22

Main Points:

  • God’s promises are mainly for the future.
  • Christians long for a future home.
  • Christians live like strangers in this world.

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Extreme Makeover: Gospel Edition

Lesson 2: The Walking Dead (Ephesians 2:1-10)

– In order to hear and believe the good news of the gospel, we have to first hear and believe the bad news

-Christianity is not about becoming a better you. It’s not about trying harder to be a better person. It’s about God doing all that is necessary to save us and to bring us back to him.

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Main Point: God does all the work in saving us.

Read: Ephesians 2:1-10.

  • Before: We were separated from God and had no hope for change

    • What is death?
      • Death is separation from life.
    • What is spiritual death?
      • Spiritual death is separation from spiritual life
      • Spiritual life is to know God (John 17:3).
      • So spiritual death is to not know God.
    • If I separate a branch from a tree it will lose all life.
    • If a person is separated from God he or she is spiritually dead.
      • This is the sense in us that there is something more, something better out there.
      • The grass is greener on the other side
    • The dead person seeks to find that thing through self-salvation. (more…)

Apologetics Lesson #5

Posted: March 12, 2012 by Brandon Fisher in Apologetics Lessons
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Apologetics

Lesson #5

3.11.12

 

Main Points:

  • Christianity explains what evil is and provides a basis for why it is wrong.
  • The Christian God is the only one to suffer, and he does it because he loves us.
  • Perspective allows us to see the reason for the suffering.

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Apologetics Lesson #4

Posted: March 5, 2012 by Brandon Fisher in Apologetics Lessons
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Apologetics

Lesson #4

3.4.12

 

Main Points:

  • The Bible is not a science textbook that explains the process of how everything happens.
  • Truths correctly discovered through science and truths correctly interpreted from the Bible are not in conflict.
  • Science cannot answer certain questions because it based on a premise that everything can be explained through natural causes.

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Apologetics Lesson #3

Posted: February 27, 2012 by Brandon Fisher in Apologetics Lessons
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Apologetics

Lesson #3

2.26.12

Main Points:

  • What are evidences of the resurrection?
  • Why is the resurrection important for Christians?
  • Do you demand the same evidence for the beliefs behind your doubts?

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