Posts Tagged ‘Retreat’

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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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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Here is the “completed” workbook from the retreat:  Who Do You Think You Are Workbook Completed

Uncovered Reflection

Posted: April 13, 2013 by keystoneyouth in Uncovered Lessons
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Some thoughts after our Senior High Retreat, Uncovered–Every Scar has a Story:Uncovered Poster

Dave Brandt is the most intentional guy I know. While I played for him at Messiah, there wasn’t a second of practice that wasn’t planned with a strategic purpose. We didn’t do things simply do things for the sake of doing them; there was a goal that we were working toward. And Dave got results. A lot of results. Perhaps one he didn’t consider would be how his players would end up replicating his kind of intentionality within their own spheres of influence long after their Messiah Soccer days. (more…)

Uncovered Session #4

Posted: April 8, 2013 by Brandon Fisher in Uncovered Lessons
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Keystone Youth MinistryUncovered Poster

Senior High Retreat Sessions 2013

Session #4

Main Text:

  • John 4:1-30

 

Additional Texts:

  • Jeremiah 2:11-13
  • Revelation 22:17

 

Main Points:

  • Nothing in the world is ever as good as we want it to be—it always disappoints.
  • It is foolish to continue to put our hope in things that constantly disappoint.
  • When we’ve tasted and seen that Jesus is faithful to never disappoint, we freely share our stories so others can find their joy in Jesus.

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Uncovered Session #3

Posted: April 8, 2013 by Brandon Fisher in Uncovered Lessons
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Keystone Youth MinistryUncovered Poster

Senior High Retreat Sessions 2013

Session #3

Main Text:

  • John 9:1-11

Supportive Texts:

  • John 11:1-6
  • Psalm 119:97-105

Main Points:

  • Good stories have a before, an after, and a turning point where someone makes a decision.
  • Part of living in this world means living under the weight of pressures that you didn’t create.
  • There is hope for us if we take shelter under Jesus’ arms.

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Uncovered Session #2

Posted: April 8, 2013 by Brandon Fisher in Uncovered Lessons
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Keystone Youth MinistryUncovered Poster

Senior High Retreat Sessions 2013

Session #2

Main Text:

  • Mark 5:1-20

 

Supportive Texts:

  • Romans 6:15-23
  • 1 John 4:1-6

 

Main Points:

  • You can be unashamed of your past when your identity comes from Jesus and not your circumstances.
  • There are forces at work in the world that can control your life.
  • Your life will be controlled by SOMETHING—Only if you are controlled by Jesus will you be truly free.

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