Easter Not Enough? 6 Top Resources on Resurrection


Did you feel like Easter wasn’t enough? I don’t mean that Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection wasn’t enough. I mean, do you feel like your students need to really understand Jesus’ RESURRECTION even more? Here are my 6 favorite resources on RESURRECTION:

“The Jesus Series: Jesus’ Resurrection” https://youthgrouptruth.com/2014/10/22/the-jesus-series-jesus-resurrection/

“Following Jesus: Into His Resurrection” https://youthgrouptruth.com/2012/05/31/following-jesus-into-his-resurrection-luke-24/  Continue reading

You Asked For It: Cuss Words vs. Christ’s Words

Free resources for youth pastors, small group leaders, parents, teens, etc:
8 – YAFI – Cuss Words (netma).pdf
8 – YAFI – Cuss Words (handout).pdf
8 – YAFI – Cuss Words (notes).pdf
8 – YAFI – Cuss Words (service flow).pdf
8 – YAFI – Cuss Words (small groups).pdf
This was the most requested sermon of our “You Asked For It” series. About once a month I hear the question “What’s so wrong with saying certain words? What makes those words so wrong and not others?” I’ve never heard a sermon on cuss words, so here you go world. Cuss Words vs. Christ’s Words. Let me know your thoughts.

You Asked For it: Dating Relationships (Ephesians 5:22-33)

Free resources for youth pastors, small group leaders, parents, teens, etc:
7 – YAFI – Dating Relationships (netma).pdf
7 – YAFI – Dating Relationships (handout).pdf
7 – YAFI – Dating Relationships (notes).pdf
7 – YAFI – Dating Relationships (service flow).pdf
7 – YAFI – Dating Relationships (small groups).pdf
There are two relationships teenagers have to master in life, their relationship with Jesus and their relationship with their spouse. Their relationship with Jesus must be mastered now and for all of life, and of course their relationship with their spouse will be later. This study is all about how a relationship with Jesus through the gospel will get them ready for a godly marriage down the road. Their focus should not be a dating, but on marriage. Check out these resources and let us know your thoughts.

You Asked For It: Witnessing Without Jesus Juking

Free downloads for youth pastors, small group leaders, parents, teens, etc:
4 – YAFI – JesusJuke (audio).mp3
4 – YAFI – Jesus Juke (netma).pdf
4 – YAFI – Jesus Juke (handout).pdf
4 – YAFI – Jesus Juke (ppt).ppt
4 – YAFI – Jesus Juke (notes).pdf
4 – YAFI – Jesus Juke (service flow).pdf
4 – YAFI – Jesus Juke (small groups).pdf
This is a continuation from the week before (“How to talk to your friends about Jesus”). We want our students to constantly think through personal evangelism, witnessing, and sharing the gospel as a normal part of their life. In this post we go through the 10 Most Unanswered Questions when it comes to witnessing.

VBX: How To Make It The Best Week Ever

VBX is one of the weeks that I look forward to the most every year. I’m a youth pastor, but I absolutely love VBX with the upcoming 5th & 6th graders. I’ve even flown home from a high school mission trip and left it to my leaders so that I could do VBX. So I’m telling you…I love it! Why do I love it so much? Let me just try to explain to you the awesomeness of the week: the competition, the excitement, the attendance, the Scripture memorization, the friends brought, the decisions, the salvations, and the spiritual growth! (More downloads for VBX are at the bottom of this post)

When is VBX?
VBX is run during the same time as your VBS.

What is VBX?
VBX is VBS for the two oldest grades who would normally go to VBX. For us, VBX is for those kids going into 5th and 6th grades. VBX is a high energy week that is filled with competition, fun, and deep Bible study. As you play your VBX, you want to prepare for about 7-8 students per team. We normally have 6 teams with 2 teenage team leaders and about 7-8 kids per team. We pick great teen leaders from our youth ministry, prep, train, and equip them to be the best team leaders possible for their VBX team through the week. We like to have all-boy and all-girl teams. The way the competition works out, its anybody’s game and chance to win. Our teams compete through the week by saying Bible verses, bringing Bibles, bringing first-timer-friends, playing games, and getting loud. The winning team of the week is given a gift card to a local restaurant, iTunes, or something like that. This year for us it was a $10 gift card each to Sonic Drive-In.

Why VBX?
We have seen across the country that the older kids get, the less they want to go to VBS. Usually the oldest two grades in VBS are the least attended. We’ve also seen that if you do your VBX right, it can be the highest attended portion of your VBX!

Who is VBX for?
VBX can be for whoever you want it to be. I’ve seen youth pastors do VBX for their youth ministry during VBS week, I’ve seen VBX for middle school, but again we do our VBX for our oldest two grades in VBS: going into 5th and 6th grades.

Where do you do VBX?
I would highly suggest you run your VBX ministry in the best venue your church has. For us, it is our student ministry building. The children’s ministry rarely gets to be in there for anything, so we love to amp up the excitement with the best environment we can possibly offer them that week.

How do you do VBX?
The best way to explain how to do VBX is by showing you the schedule: Continue reading

You Asked For It: How To Talk To Your Friends About Jesus (The Romans Road, Q&A)

Free downloads for youth pastors, small group leaders, parents, teens, etc:
3 – YAFI – Evangelism (audio).mp3
3 – YAFI – Evangelism (netma).pdf
3 – YAFI – Evangelism (handout).pdf
3 – YAFI – Evangelism (ppt).ppt
3 – YAFI – Evangelism (service flow).pdf
3 – YAFI – Evangelism (small groups).pdf
Here is our latest “You Asked For It” sermon series study. This particular night was spent on the question “How do I talk to my friends about Jesus?” You asked for it, so here you go. The first part of the message I tried to prove how everyone is wanting the gospel, then I walked our students through our CBSM version of the Romans Road, and then we took some Q&A.

You Asked For It: Anything Goes Q&A

Free downloads for youth pastors, small group leaders, parents, teens, etc:
Press the PLAY BUTTON above to hear sermon mp3.
1 – YAFI – Movies (netma).pdf
2 – YAFI – Anything Goes (handout).pdf
2 – YAFI – Anything Goes (ppt).ppt
2 – YAFI – Anything Goes (service flow).pdf
2 – YAFI – Anything Goes (small groups).pdf
To spark some curiosity for our summer series called “You Asked For it”, we held an Anything Goes Q&A. We had questions come up from tattoos, to making out, to homosexuality, to suicide, to atheism, etc. We did our absolute best to answer them biblically. Feel free to let us know your thoughts!

You Asked For It: Wisdom for Watching Movies (by David Munoz)

1 – YAFI – Movies (netma).pdf
1 – YAFI – Movies (handout).pdf
1 – YAFI – Movies (ppt).ppt
1 – YAFI – Movies (notes).pdf
1 – YAFI – Movies (service flow).pdf
In my absence to Beach Camp with our middle schoolers, I asked 2012 CBSM Grad, David Munoz, to come speak to our remaining middle schoolers, high schoolers, and college students. David did a phenomenal job of practically talking about movies, wisdom in watching movies, and biblical truth when it comes to content. David has been an avid movie buff for years including winning a free pass for an entire year to a local theater. Because of David’s wisdom and heart to follow Jesus, this was the perfect topic for him to address.

You Asked For It: CBSM Summer Series

CBSM, since we’re finishing up our 5+ year long series through the Bible, this summer we want you to come up with the sermon topics. What would you like to hear about? What questions do you have? What have you always wondered about? What do you want to hear discussed? We’ll pick up the 9 most requested topics. Have all your answers in by Wednesday, May 22. I want you to email, tweet, text, or Facebook me your suggestions. Here are a few topics to help you brainstorm (pick one of these or email in your own):

– How can I best study the Bible daily?
– What is the best way to pray?
– What does a Christian need to know about homosexuality?
– What kind of music should I be listening to?
– What is the best way to witness to my friends?
– How do I know God’s will for my life?
– How do I know for sure if I’m saved?
– Should I forgive someone who really hurt me?
– What does God think about me after I’ve really messed up?
– How am I supposed to know who God wants me to date and marry?
– How am I supposed to know what I need to do with my life?
– How do I keep my friends but witness to them at the same time?
Those are just some sample questions. Feel free to request those or absolutely anything else. Again, we’ll pick up to the 9 most popular questions. You can text, tweet, facebook message, email, or walk up and tell me your suggestions!

CBSM Stuff on Sex

Sex Talk Title

Here is some CBSM stuff on sex for youth pastors, small group leaders, parents, and teens for Valentines Day or the month of February.

Numbers 25 “Israelites Gone Wild: Sex, Cheaters, and The Purity of Christ” http://wp.me/peHJa-fw

10 Steps for Students from Godly Attraction, to a Godly Relationship, to a Godly Marriage http://wp.me/peHJa-TV

Song of Solomon “Sex Talk: What Ever Teenager Wants To Hear” http://wp.me/peHJa-1ko

Real Talk on Sexual Purity: From a CBSM Teen’s Video Blog http://wp.me/peHJa-1V4

CBSM Q&A Clip: Is Homosexuality Really Wrong? http://wp.me/peHJa-1h9

Bringing THE CHURCH Back 2 Life: The Church at Corinth http://wp.me/peHJa-1N9

One Hit Wonders: What Is Love? (Book of Hosea) http://wp.me/peHJa-1sF

Storyline #60: 1 Kings 17-22 “gods vs. God: time to put up or shut up” http://wp.me/peHJa-FB