Posts Tagged ‘Sin’

Independence Day

Posted: December 20, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Incomparable
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  • When I was in middle school, several friends and I had the best fort that any middle schooler could ask for.
    • It was a fort that could only be accessed by fourwheelers…
    • It had a recliner chair, bunk beds, a creek out back that we put our mountain dew in to cool, and a fireplace to have all our great late night discussions around.
    • We loved to go spend the night at this fort. We would make fires, cook hot dogs, drink Mountain Dew until our teeth hurt, and talk about what we would do if a murder on the run from the cops broke into our fort while we were sleeping. The answer of course was a roundhouse kick to the face and then threaten him with our swiss army pocket knives.
  • Why did we love this fort so much? Because it represented independence.  It represented that we could survive on our own apart from our parents.
  • In many ways, this is the same thing that drives people to live off the grid. They want independence. They want to be free of needing other people to help them survive. They want to be self-sufficient.
  • The past couple weeks we have been exploring ways that God is different than us…
  • Tonight we want to continue that journey by looking at the fact that God is self-sufficient. He doesn’t need anything or anyone. He is utterly perfect on his own.
  • We see this in several places throughout the Bible, starting with the Isaiah 40 passage that we have been in.
  • Isaiah 40:28-31

 Big Idea: The God who needs nothing created us to need him.

 Main Points:

  • God doesn’t need anything.
  • We don’t want to need God.
  • Weakness is the new strength. 


Alone in the Garden

Posted: April 28, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Three Days Lessons
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 Attention Funnel: Superhero Bracket


  • Superheroes tend to walk confidently towards their greatest challenge. They are the picture of boldness, courage, and strength as the defeat the villain.
  • We would expect the same from the man we call our savior: Jesus.
    • Here is a man who told a paralyzed person to get up and walk and HE DID.
    • Here is a man who told demons to flee and they ran like little boys.
    • Here is a man who told a storm to stop and it obeyed like a pet dog.
    • Here is a man who healed lepers, walked on water, and gave sight to the blind.
    • Here is the man who told a dead man to get up out of his grave and the dead man LISTENENED.
  • And we do see this man walking boldly towards his greatest moment, the cross…
    • Mark 10:32-34
  • He is walking confidently to his death…until the Garden, the Night before his death.

Big Idea: Jesus willingly goes to the cross out of love.

Passage: Mark 14:32-42

  • Sorrow, distress, troubled, weak??? How can this be??
  • We see Jesus as strong, full of power, bold, courageous… and here is his on his knees on the verge of tears and sweating drops of blood.
  • Why include this picture of sorrow, despair, weakness, and stress of a man who the very authors claimed to be our Savior, King, and Lord.

Main Points:

  • Jesus suffered alone so that we would never to suffer alone.
  • Jesus understood the cross as a place of God’s wrath.
  • Jesus submitted to God’s will out of love.



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


  • 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.


Look At the Mess I’ve Made

Posted: November 23, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Esther Lessons
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  • Refresh from last week – Esther Chapter 1 and 3
    • Last week we talked about the fact that God never abandons his people.
    • We looked at how in Esther chapter 1 and 3 powerful people and random chance seems to be what control the circumstances we face.
    • But as we looked behind the surface we saw God’s hand at work directing things according to his plan.
    • We also talked about how God can often seem distant or even absent (remember God is never mentioned in the book of Esther).
    • And we talked about how life will not go how we planned or expected it too… there will be things that we face that we really don’t want to, but in the midst of these we hang onto the faith that God is good, wise, and powerful, despite what our circumstances may want us to believe.
    • The Cross is the ultimate exclamation point of God’s faithfulness… it’s where we need to fix our eyes especially when life is not going how we want it too.
  • Tonight, I want us to look at chapter 2. It’s here that we see Esther’s rise to power.
  • Her rise to power is marked by compromise and sin.

Attention Funnel: People More Famous their Mistakes then their successes.

  • We all don’t want to be known or remembered for our mistakes.
  • We have many things in our lives that we regret, that we wish we could just forget, and that we hope no one remembers us for.
  • I want to show tonight how God takes imperfect people and the messes they’ve made and redeems them for his purposes.

Big Idea: God uses imperfect people for his perfect purposes.

Passage: Esther 2:1-3:1

Main Points:

  • Esther is far from perfect.
  • God uses Esther for his purposes.
  • Redemption is all about God saving and using broken people.


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.


Social Creatures

Attention Funnel: Two Videos


  • In a way this is a two-part lesson. Part one is tonight and part two is next week.
  • Tonight may seem very negative… pointing out all the ways social media and relationships in general can be harmful and hurtful.
  • I want to close with a glimpse of hope and encourage you to come back next week for the full picture of hope.
  • Last week we looked at how God designed us for relationships, this week we are going to look at how sin makes a mess of human relationships.
  • We’re going to do this by taking a look at several passages in Genesis 3-4.

Big Idea: Human relationships are deeply affected by sin.

Passages: Genesis 3:8-12; Genesis 4:2-8; Genesis 4:23-24: Genesis 4:25

Main Points:

  • Sin leads to division. (Genesis 3:8-13)
  • Sin leads us to see other people as objects. (Genesis 4:1-8)
  • Sin opens to door to unchecked revenge. (Genesis 4:23-24)
  • Hope: Jesus came to free us from the penalty and effects of sin. (Genesis 4:25)


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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