Posts Tagged ‘grace’

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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Judges

Posted: February 3, 2017 by keystoneyouth in SnapShot Lessons
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 Attention Funnel: Name that Judge (Gameshow in which Contestants compete to name the Judge)

Introduction:

  • Locate the Story
    • There are many movies that have capitalized on reliving the same moment over and over again.
    • Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray, was one of the first to follow this design.
    • In this movie, Bill Murray plays a character who finds that he is forced to live the same day over and over again as a weatherman covering the festivities at Groundhog Day.
    • More recently, Source Code starred Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier who wakes up in someone else’s body on a train and has 8 minutes to locate a bomb and the bomber.
    • The idea in these movies is that the same cycle plays over and over again with small changes happening each time.
  • The book of Judges follows a similar concept… it is made up of a double prologue, main section, and double epilogue. The main section is basically a cycle that repeats itself 6 times.
    • The people disobey God by worshipping idols, they are oppressed and enslaved by surrounding nations, they cry out to God, God sends a deliver (a judge), the people have rest and peace, and the cycle starts all over again.
    • The book shows us how the people of Israel sink further and further into moral depravity and chaos as each cycle gets a little worse.
    • The Judges start with Othniel – a godly man and gifted leader and end with Samson – who is basically your drunk uncle with superhuman strength.
  • The book of Judges is mainly a book about God, his unfaithful people, and how he responds to their unfaithfulness.

Big Question: How will God respond to the idolatry of his people?

 Passage: Judges 2:11-19; Jeremiah 2:11-13; Psalm 115:4-8; Romans 12:1-2

Main Points:

  • Idolatry is to worship what does not deserve to be worshiped.
  • What we worship will control us.
  • God’s grace can be severe.
  • God delivers us so that we will worship him. 

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Leviticus

Posted: January 18, 2017 by keystoneyouth in SnapShot Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Is it in the Bible?

 Introduction:

  • Locate the Story
  • The movie Room tells the story of a Mother and a little boy who are held in the captivity. The mother is held captive for 7 years, and the boy, who is 5 years old, has been born into captivity and lived that way his entire life.
    • The movie chronicles their daring escape from captivity and then goes on to show and tell the story of life outside of captivity.
    • How is Joy (the mother) supposed to respond to normal life after being captive for 7 years?
    • How is the Jack (the young boy) supposed to live in a world outside of the shed that is so unfamiliar?
    • While the escape from captivity is a high point in the movie… the story doesn’t end there. In many ways it is just beginning.
  • Leviticus is often seen as a boring book because it contains many laws and rituals that seem odd to us.
  • But Leviticus is part of the larger story… in some ways just the beginning of the Story.
  • For hundreds of years, the Israelites lived in Egypt as slaves.
  • The book of Exodus tells of their dramatic escape from captivity because of God’s intervention.
  • And then we turn the page and it is Leviticus… which seems more boring then solving equations in Algebra.
  • But, Leviticus is part of the bigger story. The people have been freed from captivity, they are now in the wilderness, God is living among them, and Leviticus is exploring how this relationship can be possible.
  • In some ways, Leviticus is like a DTR (Define-The-Relationship Talk). But instead of you and your boo trying to awkwardly figure out where you stand… in Leviticus, the Israelites are learning and understanding what it means to live in relationship with God.

Big Question: How can a holy God live with sinful people?

Passages: Leviticus 16:1-20; Mark 7:14-16; Hebrews 9:11-14; 2 Corinthians 5:21

Main Points:

  • God is dangerously good.
  • We all sense that we are unclean.
  • The only remedy for our sin is atonement.
  • God’s grace motivates holy living.

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Let’s Be Clear

Posted: February 27, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Fusion Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Top 15 Odd Warning Signs

 Introduction:

  • Last week we talked about marriage. And we just shortly mentioned sex in that lesson. I said that marriage is the only safe place for sex because it the only relationship that is protected by a covenant.
  • This week we’re going talk more about sex. I want to be clear about the dangers and the foolishness of sex outside of marriage while at the same time celebrating sex within marriage and putting it in it’s proper place.
  • We are going to look first at a passage from Proverbs tonight that actually does this exact thing.
  • Much of Proverbs is a book written from the perspective of a father to a son (but we could also include daughter in there). It is not just meant to be for men but also for women.
  • The son seems to be just on the verge of adulthood. Some commentators think the son is in his mid to late teens.
  • The father is talking to this teenage son (and daughter) and he is encouraging him to pursue wisdom and turn away from foolishness.
  • He’s offering two paths of life – wisdom or foolishness, good or false good.
  • In Proverbs 5, the father is addressing the issue of sex..
  • The Father warns us about the foolishness of sex outside of marriage while highlighting the wisdom that confines sex to within marriage and celebrates the gift that it is.

Big Idea: Sex is a good gift from God.

Passage: Proverbs 5; John 4:10-18; Isaiah 1:18

Main Points:

  • Sex outside of marriage is dressed in lies and followed by consequences.
  • Sex within marriage should be celebrated and enjoyed.
  • Sex is good, but sex is not God.
  • Hope: In Christ, there are NO damaged goods.

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 Attention Funnel: Best Sports Rants Videos

Introduction:

  • 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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Attention Funnel: Game: Quickest response time… I give you relatively easy question and you respond by texting the answer along with your first name to 717-371-1885. Soda’s on the line.

 Introduction:

  • 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.

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  • Best Boat Videos/ Magic Video

 Introduction:

  • We left Jonah last week on a boat, and that’s where we pick him up this week.
  • He has rejected God’s call to go preach to Ninevah and instead has made his way to a boat to head for Tarshish.

Big Idea: There’s more to sin and grace then meets the eye.

  • Like an illusion

Passage: Jonah 1:1-16

Main Points

  • Sin has a downward drag.
  • God’s anger links arms with his grace.
  • Storms can be idol crushers.
  • Hope: Jesus is the true and better Jonah

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