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Fear Fight

Posted: October 6, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Peace In The Storm Lessons
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  • One of my favorite stories of Jesus’ miracles is his calming of the storm.
  • Let’s read it and then I’ll tell you why it’s one of favorites.
  • Read Mark: 4:35-41
  • This story shows the disciples being afraid for their lives. Jesus is asleep in the boat and seems to care less about what is going on.
  • Isn’t this a good picture of how we feel sometimes in life…
    • “Jesus, I’m facing _____________ and you seem to not care at all. You seem to be asleep in the boat.”
  • The disciples desperately wake Jesus up and inform them that they are about to die. They are terrified, in over their heads, about to drink a stomach fool of the Sea of Galilee.
  • And Jesus stands up and speaks to the storm.
  • And then something wild happens… THE STORM LISTENS TO HIM!
  • Like a little child who has just been rebuked by his Dad for being out of control, the storm slumps in stillness as it obeys the Creator.
  • And then something interesting happens with the disciples. They don’t wipe their brows in relief. They don’t high five and fist pound each other in celebration.
  • No longer afraid of the storm… they are now fearful of the one who stands before them: the one who commands the wind, rain, and sea as if it were his servant.
  • In this story we see the disciples start with one fear and end with another. They no longer fear the wind, waves, and sea because they fear the one who has power over them.
  • Tonight I want to talk a little bit about fear… specifically the fear of other people (fear of man, people-pleasing, peer pressure, etc).
  • And I want us to walk away with this big idea:

 Big Idea: We fight fear with fear.

Main Points:

  • Everybody fears somebody.
  • The fear of man is a trap.
  • The more we fear God… the less we will fear people.
  • The bigger the fear, the better the gospel.


The Porn Distortion

Posted: March 13, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Fusion Lessons
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 Big Idea: We do battle against pornography by replacing it with something better.

 Passage: 1 John 2:5-10; Psalm 16:11; 46:1; Ephesians 1:3-5; 2 Corinthians 5:21

 Main Points:

Pornography is addictive and destructive.

Pornography offers promises it can never deliver on.

God offers promises that He can fully delivery on.

Hope: We get set free by grace as we battle to believe the gospel.


Mixed Messages #1: Freedom

Posted: January 21, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Mixed Messages
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Series Introduction:

  • There are certain ideas that we seem to naturally believe.
  • They are messages that we have been submerged in whether we realize it or not.
  • They are things that we have heard over and over again and have come to accept as true.
  • But often these things are not true. Often these messages turn out to be false, and maybe even destructive.
  • Over the next three couple weeks I want to look at several of these ideas that I think we tend to believe and live according to that aren’t true. We are going to look at freedom, purpose, and beauty.

Lesson Introduction:

  • We’ll talk about the first one tonight: Freedom.
  • Mixed Message: Freedom means doing whatever you want to. Throw off anything that holds you back and do whatever feels right.
  • The idea is that freedom means you are your own master. You are only free when you are able to do whatever you want, whenever you want to.
  • And don’t let anyone look down on you who tell you that you should be different.
  • The only person you should really listen too is YOU!
  • The more that you let other people tell you what to do, who to be, or how to live, the less free you will be, and therefore the more unhappy you will be.
  • Picture Elsa in Frozen. When she is forced to hold in who she is and has to wear gloves around everywhere she is miserable, but when she is able to let it all out, “Let it Go,” then she thinks she is finally free.
  • Pitbull – “Freedom” ; Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
    • Feel free, do whatever you want, whenever you want, with whoever you want. Feel free, who cares what they say?”
    • We run things, things don’t run we. Don’t take nothing from nobody.” It’s our party we can do what we want. It’s our party we can say what we want. It’s our party we can love who we want. We can kiss who we want.”
  • But this idea of freedom is false and can be very destructive and painful. Paul shows us this in Romans 6:15-23.

 Big Idea: Freedom is living as God designed you to live.


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  • Last week we talked about Jesus coming to serve us.
  • We talked about the fact that Jesus went all out to serve us and that we need to be served by him.
  • I said that this is our ultimate motivation for serving.
  • If you remember I used the illustration of a fire used to cook burgers to give to others. Last week I talked about the fire – what is the fuel, the drive, the motivation that leads us to serve? Jesus serving us! This week I want to talk about the burgers – what is it that we have to offer other people. What is it that we have to serve with?

 Passage: 1 Peter 4:7-11

 Big Idea: God uniquely gifts us to serve other people.

 Main Points:

  • Everyone has a gift
  • God gives us gifts to serve other people.
  • We are called to serve in a way that glorifies God.



Social Creatures

 Attention Funnel:

  • Social Media Timeline Competition


  • Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you are living?
  • Have you ever wondered why you have life and are breathing, eating, moving, and functioning today?
  • Have you ever stopped to ask what the purpose of life is? Why did God create Adam, Eve, me, you, and everyone else?
  • New City Catechism
    • How and why did God create us?”
    • God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.”
  • Romans 11:36 “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
  • 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
  • There are many ways that we glorify God- but I want highlight two… we reflect his image and we obey him.
  • If I told you to draw a picture of yourself and then post it on the wall so that everyone can look at it… your picture, if it was done well would bring glory to you. People would look at it and be impressed, they would be impressed by your drawing skills, by the detail you can put on it, etc.
    • People would look at my picture of myself and think that I was trying to draw Frankenstein… I’m a terrible artist.
    • The better that image reflects you, the more people would be impressed by you and praise you.
  • The better we reflect God, the more he is honored and praised. God has given us commandments in part so that we would know how to reflect his image well – what he is like… his character… his personality.
  • God commands us to love other people because he loves humans.
  • God commands us to tell the truth because he always tells the truth and never lies.
  • This evening I want to look at how God has created us to be in relationships with other people. And I want to connect how Social Media can fit into this larger picture

 Big Idea: God designed us to be in relationships with other people.

Passage: Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:18-20; 2 John 12

Main Points:

  • God is a relational being.
  • We reflect God’s image as relational people.
  • God has designed relationships.
  • Relationships require more than a screen.


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 Attention Funnel: Best Sports Rants Videos


  • Refresh from two weeks ago
  • This chapter is like an explosion going off… You think you have Jonah all figured out and then this happens… Jonah goes off on this incredible rant.

Passage: Jonah 4:1-11

 Big Idea: We all need God’s grace again, and again, and again, and again…

  • Talk about how God’s grace not only saves us from the penalty of sin (i.e. Jonah not facing the penalty for his sin), but also saves us from the power and presence of sin.
  • Penalty: God’s anger poured out against sin – past for Christian
  • Power: Sin’s power over our lives – Present – This is what I want to focus on tonight.
  • Presence: Sin’s presence in our lives – Future

Main Points:

  • Mission reveals things we like to keep hidden.
  • We are all drawn to worship things other than God.
  • We all are drawn towards self-righteousness


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  • Tonight we finally meet the whale…
  • The whale is almost as famous as Jonah.
  • We think of Jonah and the Whale like we think of David and Goliath, Zacheus and the Sycamore Tree, peanut butter and jelly, cereal and milk…you don’t have one without the other.
  • This is why the story of Jonah is soo famous… because everyone always talks about Jonah and the whale.
  • But as we’ll see tonight the whale only takes up 2 verses.
  • Instead of focusing on the Whale, I want to focus on Jonah inside the whale and then his trip to Ninevah… in both of these we will see people who are responding to God’s grace.

 Passage: Jonah 1:17-3:10

Big Idea: God’s grace demands a response.

Main Points:

  • God’s grace motivates us to seek him.
  • God’s grace draws us to repentance.
  • God’s grace leads us to be gracious towards other people.