Posts Tagged ‘Joy’

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Attention Funnel: Food-Eating Contests

 Introduction:

  • Often in this life we take good things and we end up misusing them.
  • We hope to get more out of them then what they really offer.
  • Rather than accepting the good things for what they are, we take them and try to make them what gives us life, purpose, meaning, and satisfaction.
    • Rather than accepting Hot Dogs as a thing to be enjoyed, people take them and try to eat as many as they can in order to win a prize,
  • One of the ways we do this as humans is that we take pleasure and make it the end all of life.
  • Solomon is going to test this way of life out for us… he’s going to put pleasure to the test, to see if it can give him the meaning and satisfaction in life that he craves for.
  • And spoiler alert, He is going to find that it comes up empty.

Big Idea: Pleasure is a good gift from God.

 Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11; 2:24-26

 Main Points:

  • Pleasure is not the problem
  • Pleasure unhinged from God is the problem.
  • Enjoy pleasure as a gift from God.

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Life 2.0

Posted: January 13, 2018 by keystoneyouth in Ecclesiastes Lessons
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Series Attention Funnel: Name That Famous Historical Figure

 Series Introduction:

  • Prepare to Die and Learn to Live… seems like a weird title for a series right.
  • We live by avoiding death at all costs. We don’t want to think about it. We push it out of our minds.
  • But Ecclesiastes is a bit of a weird book, so perhaps a weird title fits.
  • One person compares this book to a crazed man downtown. “He smells like he hasn’t bathed and looks like it too and as we pass by he won’t stop glaring at us and beckoning to us that our lives are built on illusions, and that we are all going to die. So, most of us choose to get our lunch at a different shop on a less dreary corner of town.”
  • I’ve already compared him to the friend that ruins everything.
    • “You look really beautiful today. But someday you’re going to grow old, saggy, and eventually be planted in the ground. So, have a nice day.”
  • But Ecclesiastes is not an eternal pessimist who only points out the bad in life to draw us down to his level.
  • Rather he simply wants to keep us from rooting our hope, meaning, and satisfaction in something in this world, when death will in fact take it all away from us.
  • He wants to prepare us for the day that we die… and in so doing, teach us to live well here and now.

 Lesson Attention Funnel: Name a Movie Sequel That Came Out in this Past Year

  • What do we know to be the case about sequels? They are almost always worse than the original.
  • So why do we go in flocks and droves to see sequels?
  • Because we secretly hope that they will be better. We hope that the second, third, fourth, or twentieth movie in a series is going to deliver better entertainment then the first one.
  • You thought SpiderMan 1 was good, just wait until SpiderMan 6! You liked Star Wars 7, just wait until Star Wars 8! You liked the Avengers… Well then you are definitely going to like Avengers vs. Smurphs! Can’t wait!
  • Life in this world is a little bit like this. We spend our whole lives chasing after something more, chasing after a better life.
  • I’m going to call that concept Life 2.0. We are convinced that this better, more improved, more fulfilling life is right around the corner… when I get to high school, when I get to college, when I get a job, when I get my license, when I find true love, when I have a family, when I have lots of money.
  • And yet just like the sequel to a movie, the future life we are chasing never quite delivers. We’re convinced there has to be more, but everywhere we look in this life that more eludes us.

 Passage: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

 Big Idea: Life in this world leaves us longing for something more.

 Main Points:

  • We long for a life that is permanent.
  • We long for a life of complete satisfaction.
  • We long for a life of lasting significance.
  • Hope: Jesus broke into the world to give us life.

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Attention Funnel: Social Media Anxiety/ Anxious Cat Memes 

Introduction:

  • All of us experience anxiety in this life.
  • Perhaps it is overthinking something we said.
  • Perhaps it is being afraid of being left out or made fun of.
  • Perhaps it is a worry about the future… either tomorrow or 5 years from now.
  • Anxiety can come and go… or it can stay.
  • Anxiety can be a mild disturbance, or it can be a debilitating pain.
  • I have experienced anxiety in being unable to fall asleep at night because my mind is so consumed by the future.
  • I have experienced anxiety in putting together a lesson and wondering whether it will completely miss the mark.
  • In wondering whether a mild pain in my lower body is the beginning of a kidney stone (MY WORST FEAR apart from snakesJ)
  • I have experienced anxiety for very dumb reasons and for more serious reasons.
  • As has everyone else in this room I’m sure.
  • I want to look at some things that Paul has to say about anxiety and how to combat it as a Christian.
  • But before we do I also simply want to recognize that sometimes anxiety is a much deeper issue. It may be caused by chemicals in our body that we don’t understand. It may be caused by past experiences that have scarred us and return again and again to haunt us.
  • I want to say two things to you if you find yourself in that type of anxiety now or in the future…
    • First of all, it’s okay. Don’t feel like you are damaged goods. Don’t feel like you have to hide and act as if everything is fine on the outside. It is okay to go through deep anxiety and or depression. We see some of the greatest characters in the Bible go through deep anxiety and depression – Elijah, David, and even Jesus himself as he prepared to take on the cross and God’s anger in our place.
    • Second of all, I want to encourage you to open up and look for help. No one is going to help you if they don’t know that anything is wrong. And there is nothing wrong or shameful about struggling with anxiety or pursuing counseling in this area. Your first and perhaps greatest step in battling against these things is to share what’s going on and begin to seek help.
  • Tonight, I want to look at some of the things that Paul has to say about anxiety and worry… and about it’s opposite contentment and joy… as we cover the final chapter in Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

Setting the Stage:

  • Let’s remember the circumstances that Paul and the Philippians are in.
  • Paul is not all inclusive beach resort with free drinks and food at the snap of his fingers, reading the newest bestseller, while the sun darkens his six-pack of abs.
    • Paul is in prison, awaiting the trial that will determine whether he lives or dies.
  • The Philippians are not a church sitting alongside the ocean where everyone has beautiful beach house and six-figure salary jobs.
    • They are starting to be harassed and persecuted for their faith… and the future doesn’t look much better. Things are only getting worse for Christians in the Roman Empire
    • They are also not very well off. We read in 2 Corinthians that many of the churches in Macedonia (of which the Philippians belonged too) were in extreme poverty and yet remained generous.
  • Paul and the Philippians are not in anyone’s ideal circumstances… and yet this is where we find Paul’s words originated and directed too as he writes on anxiety and contentment.

Big Idea: We do battle against anxiety by looking to a loving God who is in control.

Main Points:

  • Fight anxiety with joy.
  • Fight anxiety with prayer.
  • Learn to be content in any and every circumstance.

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EXILE Lesson #4: Happiness

Posted: November 12, 2015 by keystoneyouth in EXILE Lessons
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Introduction:

  • Everyone wants to be happy
  • One of the greatest feelings on this earth is the feeling of happiness.
  • There’s not much better than happiness?
  • Think about the best day you had in the past couple weeks… I would guess it was a good day because you were happy most of the day.
    • Your hair was done just right.
    • Everybody was laughing at your jokes.
    • You got back that Math Test that you thought you did terrible on only to find out that you got a 97 on it!
    • That girl who you secretly have a crush on smiled at you… TWICE!
    • You hit a buzzer beater in overtime at your basketball game… and guess who was watching… that girl you have a crush on… guess who just got a 3rd smile… you did.
    • Your parents tell you your allowed to stay out an hour past curfew because you killed it on your math test.
    • Then your driving home and your song comes on… your belting out Bad Blood as you pull into the driveway.
    • You walk inside and open the Freezer only to find DOUBLE DUNKER Ice Cream
    • #Blessed #Bestdayever #nofilter #3smilesinoneday
  • Maybe you’ve had a day like that recently.
  • But here’s the problem… usually for every great day we have like that… there’s also the reverse… a terrible, horrible, no good day. Where everything that can go wrong does go wrong… #shedidntevennoticemetoday
  • See in this world happiness often revolves around our circumstances… when things go well we’re happy and when things go bad we’re unhappy.
  • Which presents a problem for exiles… if happiness is rooted in circumstances… then exiles better prepare for a life of a lot of unhappiness.
  • Why?? Because circumstances for exiles are rarely ideal.
  • This morning, I want to show you that happiness, or joy as I’ll refer to it from here on out, does not need to be rooted in circumstances.
  • And I’ll argue that exiles actually have a joy that can’t be broken.

 Big Idea: Exiles have a joy that cannot be broken.

 Passage: 1 Peter 1:1-12: 4:12-16

 Main Points:

  • Christian joy is rooted in a future reward.
  • Christian joy is Christ-centered.
  • Christian joy is confounding.

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Time, Talents, and 20’s: Lesson #1 Time: Forever Young

  • Transition activities:
    • “Race the Tube” Video
    • “Minute to Win-it”
  • Introduction to series: In this series we are going to take a look at three of the common gifts that God gives to all of us. He gives these gifts in different forms and measures, but we have all been given these gifts. We are going to look at how these gifts point us to God and how they only find their proper place as we understand that knowing God is the supreme gift. To do this, we must see the greatness of Jesus Christ in relation to these three gifts. Each weak we will look at a gift – how we enjoy that gift without letting it replace God – and how Jesus is great in relation to this gift.
  • First of all, we are going to look at time. There are many directions we could’ve went with this message but I want to specifically look at the time we have been given as Youth. I still consider myself in this category (although after waking up in soreness for two days following the Dodgeball Tournament, perhaps I should remove myself from this category). I want to look specifically at a passage that talks about our years as youth and gives us some wisdom as to how they are best spent and why they are a gift.

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Greatest Hits—The Best of Keystone Youth Ministry

Week # 3

4.614 & 4.16.14

 

Purpose:  Replay the essentials of Keystone Youth Ministry.

 

Week 2:  Satisfying Glory–

  • Purpose:  Restore the Gospel to the Center of our Lives.
  • Main Points:

o   Sin is subtle and complex.

o   Everyone worships something.

o   Christians treasure Jesus above all things.

  • Hope:  God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

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