Rise Up: Leading the Next Generation [by Quin Shipp]

In this sermon series “Rise Up” we take a look at the book of Joshua as God teaches us how to lead the next generation. We desires our students to both follow Jesus and lead their own generation. “Leadership is following Jesus and brining others with you.”  Continue reading

Storyline #38: Joshua 23-24 “Rock the Choice: What we’ll be doing in the eternal promise land”

joshuaintroFree files for youth pastors:

4 – Joshua 23-24 – Choice (mp3)

4 – Joshua 23-24 – Choice (fillout sheet)

4 – Joshua 23-24 – Choice (sermon notes)

4 – Joshua 23-24 – Choice (ppt)

4 – Joshua 23-24 – Choice (order of service)

(look for service intro video on youtube.  search for “cbsmmedia chill intro to worship”)

Worshipping Jesus is awesome! On this Wednesday night we took away most of our big band and just boiled it down to about four on stage leading us to worship Christ. Those that truly worshipped Christ loved every second of it…I guarantee! Those that didn’t worship Him were frustrated and empty…I promise! But worship doesn’t leave us with good feelings all the time. I remember our Wednesday night worship last week just felt flat and dead. I think sometimes God allows us to feel that way to make sure that we’re not worshipping emotion…like a drug, but that we’re worshipping Christ no matter what! There is honestly nothing better though than worshipping Jesus with your life. When I’m not truly worshipping Him, I’m miserable. When I am truly worshipping Him, I have such an inner peace and joy. I remember being on a mission trip with one other friend to Africa. It was the most amazing week of my life! I got to preach about 5 times in different places, and I got to disciple some teens. If God would have let me, I so would have stayed there to be their youth pastor at the orphanage I was at. And isn’t that everyone’s greatest fear? “I can’t follow God, He might send me to Africa!” Continue reading

Joshua: Intro Video

I love watching pastors like Mark Driscoll (marshillchurch.org) and Craig Groeschell (lifechurch.tv).  Driscoll’s preaching is crazy theological solid steel, and Craig’s creativity in his sermons are phenomenal.  Driscoll is also very creative and Craig is also decently theological.  One thing I’m noticing that they are both doing is sermon intro videos.  So we decided to give it a shot this series as we’re going through Joshua.  We were thinking of a background video and song that would wet the teen’s whistle (in other words – make them salivate and drool) when thinking about this eternal promised land – the new earth.  So here’s what we came up with.

Storyline #37: Joshua 12-22 “The Land of the Living”

3-joshuaintro1Free files for youth pastors:

3 – Joshua 12-22 – Land of the Living (ppt)

3 – Joshua 12-22 – Land of the Living (mp3)

3 – Joshua 12-22 – Land of the Living (fillout sheet)

3 – Joshua 12-22 – Land of the Living (order of service)

3 – Joshua 12-22 – Land of the Living (outline)

3 – Joshua 12-22 – Land of the Living (powerpoint game)

If you want to be wowed and blown away, watch the video called “Did You Know” on you tube. That freaking awesome video is all about how life, culture, and technology is changing our lives…and our world. It has even changed a ton in my life. I can remember having to walk to the TV to change the channel and getting our first VCR. I can remember when computers weren’t showing images in color, just the font and background could be in color. I can remember watching my first video on the computer and being amazed by this spinning can of jolt! I can remember playing pong on our first video game system – Texas Instruments, and not being able to sleep several nights before getting the Sega Genesis because it had 16 bits! I can remember having a “bag cell phone”, getting my first text message, and how my friends thought I was weird because I carried my cell phone to class. The times have changed, are changing, and will more!

In Joshua 12 – 22, the times are definitely changing for the Israelites. Their quality of life, technology, and culture is about to skyrocket as they are entering their land of living and rest. Continue reading

Storyline #36: Joshua 5-11 “How to Fight Like a Christian”

2-joshuaintroFree files for youth pastors:

2 – Joshua 5-11 – Fight Like a Christian (outline)

2 – Joshua 5-11 – Fight Like a Christian (fillout sheet)

2 – Joshua 5-11 – Fight Like a Christian (mp3)

2 – Joshua 5-11 – Fight Like a Christian (ppt)

(intro video – go to youtube and type in “cbsmmedia joshua intro”)

We about got our butts kicked! I remember walking the beaches of Pensacola as an 18 year old college freshman with about 5 other buddies. We walked up to a huge pack of about 80 college kids who went to the University of West Florida. One of the smallest guys came out of the crowd asking if we wanted to play football. “Let’s do it,” we said. About then, 5 honking-huge dudes stood up, and walked out to play against us. At this point, we just wanted to play hard enough not to look stupid. After many cheap shots, the crowd cussing at us, and a bloody nose…we decided to forfeit to avoid a fight.

I wonder how many times we as Christians do that spiritually. We feel that the enemy is too huge, the persecution is too great, and the fight is too hard…so we forfeit and let the enemy win. We have got to remember that we’re in a spiritual battle vs. sin. Continue reading

Storyline #35: Joshua 1-4 “Passing Over to the Promise Land”

joshuaintroFree files for youth pastors:

1 – Joshua 1-4 – Passing Over (Sermon Notes)

1 – Joshua 1-4 – Passing Over (order of service)

1 – Joshua 1-4 – Passing Over (ppt)

1 – Joshua 1-4 – Passing Over (mp3)

1 – Joshua 1-4 – Passing Over (fillout sheet)

Many, many moons ago, when I was about 19 years old, a good friend of mine (Joey) got a boat. We used to love taking it out on the river, fishing, pulling each other on the tube, and…picking up rednecks?! Actually, that only happened once. One day while boating around, we passed some rednecks just floating in the water. One of them kept saying that he wanted us to pull him in our tube. I can remember Joey whipping the redneck across the river, and watching the tube catch air…and slam against one of the concrete pillars of the bridge. Scared out of our minds, we quickly turned the boat around to go back and check on the Billy Bob. We found him in the middle of the river laughing, “Boys, it sho is a good thang I fell awf back thur…that prolly woulda hurt!” Continue reading