Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

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Champions or Chumps?

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


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


For Such A Time As This

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


  • 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.


Christ is All

Posted: May 11, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Model Christian
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Attention Funnel: What is worth more?


  • Whatever we value most will shape the rest of our lives.
  • It will shape our decisions. It will shape how we spend our time. It will shape how we spend our money. It will shape what we think about. I may perhaps even shape how we dream at night.
  • If you value fitting in with a group of friends at school most, then you are going to make decisions based off what you think will help you to fit in. If they all wear skinny jeans and Patagonia vests… guess who’s going to go get some skinny jeans and a vest?
  • If you value being the best athlete on a sports team, it will shape how you use your time. You will practice and play that sport whenever you get the chance to because you value being best at it.
  • If you value having the coolest car or truck… then you money is going to be spent primarily on upgrading that car or truck.
  • If you value dating a certain girl or guy… then you will spend a lot of time thinking about her or him.
  • See, what we value shapes the rest of our lives.
  • But too often we don’t really think about what we value… we just kind of choose what to value based on what other people around us value. If my friends like soccer… I like soccer. If my friends start dating… I start to look for a date. If my friends play video games… I play video games.
  • Or we value certain things based off of what stage of life we are in.
  • In 2nd grade… the greatest thing I could open up on Christmas morning or my birthday was a box of Legos. Now if my wife were to get me Legos for my birthday or Christmas… well I would still be pretty excited.
  • But things I valued in middle school… getting a fourwheeler, having a sweet BMX bike… I no longer value, because my life has changed.
  • I want to challenge you tonight to not just value what the people around you value or the things that are common to value in your stage of life, but to value Jesus above everything else.
  • And I want to point out three ways in Philippians 3 that Paul valued Jesus above everything else and three ways that we can value Jesus above everything else as well.

Big Idea: Christians value Jesus above everything else.

Main Points:

  • Put your full confidence in Jesus and not in yourself.
  • Make knowing Jesus your life’s greatest goal.
  • Set your mind on the prize of heaven.


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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Attention Funnel: “Agree or Disagree”


  • Christianity makes a big exclusive claim.
  • Christianity claims that the only way to be saved is through Jesus Christ.
  • This claim is exclusive because no other religions believe this.
  • And by this basis Christianity says that all other religions are wrong. They may contain some truths in them, but as a whole they are wrong and offer a false path to salvation.
  • Because of this claim many people believe that Christianity is by nature intolerant.
  • I want to demonstrate to you tonight that claiming Jesus is the only way to be saved is not intolerant, and that Christianity should actually create people who are tolerant.

 Scripture: John 4:1-29

 Big Idea: The claim that Jesus is the only way to be saved actually promotes tolerance.