Seminary and Student Ministry (part 3): The importance of teaching on GENDER in student ministry

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Homosexuality, feminism, and men who want to just sit on the couch and eat potato chips when they get home from work – these are all signs of one of Satan’s strongest attacks against Christ. We are seeing this in student ministry more and more.  Students who are struggling with homosexuality or are tolerant to friends who are, students who are in relationships and the female is the leader, and Christian schools who allows the girls to be class presidents are just a few examples of how we are retreating the truth from Satan’s attack. Continue reading

24: A Sunday in the Life of a Youth Pastor

We had an extrordinary day of worship yesterday.  My plan was to get to the church a little early in order to put the finishing touches unto Sunday school at 8am here at the church.  When I was rolling in, I noticed way more cars than normal (since I’m normally about the only one here at that time).  Then I remembered…prayer breakfast!  That was a great thing since I was hungry.  So I skipped into the gym, got me some biscuits, gravy, chocolate gravy even, and and about a gallon of coffee…to start my day off right!  There our worship Pastor, Brandon, did a fantastic job of addressing our men on being the leaders of worship in the church.

Right after that I went over to the student building (which was freezing cold because of the temperature change and no one got to the thermostat yet).  Sunday school went very well.  I was pleased.  Continue reading

Part 3 – “Know Your Role: Gender Roles, Relationships, and the Gospel”

People are reading these gender roles articles like they have tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers on them!  Wait, can I say that as a Christian?  You bet!  For the third and final article, I asked one of my best friends who is a youth pastor to write about his experience of trying to minister to a student in his youth ministry who wanted to be a homosexual.  Youth pastors, and everyone else, listen in to what he has to say.  This guy is the real deal who just wants to pastor and live life biblially.  He’s a solid preacher of the gospel and teacher of the Word.  If you haven’t already, you will go through an experience like this with one of your students.  Chances are, they are already sitting in your youth room weekly…dreaming about the same-sex.

“My name is Matt, I’m 29, and a youth pastor in a small town of 4000.  

Last November, one of my students, who’d been at my church since the day I arrive asked me what I thought of homosexuality.  I gave him a bible and we studied the scriptures together.  We looked over Genesis 1-3, Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:18-32, I Corinthians 6:8-11, and I John 1:9.  I emphasized a few things from these passages: 1) Men and women each are created in the image of God (this is where we find our value as humans); 2) Men are created to be men, and women to be women; 3) The twisting of this design is the effect of sin and goes against God’s intention; 4) Forgiveness and freedom from sin are always available through Jesus Christ; 5) The church has not always done the best job of dealing with this issue.  Continue reading

Framework #14 – MACRO Theology – Doctrine of Humanity

Free files for my fellow youth pastor friends…

07-humanity (ppt)

07-humanity (handout)

07-humanity (mp3)



To start off our discussion on the doctrine of humanity right, try answering this quiz:

1. In order to humanly live as God intended for us, our best example is Adam (before sin). T or F

2. It would be unbiblical to say that humanity is the most precious part of creation to God because His Son is most important to Him.  T or F

3. Pick A or B:

A. Before the creation of the world, God’s ultimate desire was that He would have people to love.  So He created them and sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for them after they fell into sin so that now those who believe in Jesus can live with God forever and rule over His creation for all eternity.

    B. Before the creation of the world, God’s ultimate desire was to glorify His Son, Jesus Christ.  Therefore, He created humanity so that Jesus could ultimately be their Savior and King Who would rule over all creation for all eternity.

Let’s see how you did.  (Answers: 1. F (Jesus is best human)  2. F (Jesus is not a creation)  3. B Continue reading

Framework #03 – Doctrine of Jesus Christ – His Humanity

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03 – Doctrine of Christ – Humanity (mp3)

03 – Doctrine of Christ – Humanity (fillout sheet)

03 – Doctrine of Christ – Humanity (ppt)

“The little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes.” Did Jesus cry when He was a baby? Or when laying in the manger was He thinking to Himself, “Okay, this hay feels a little rough, but soon the shepherds will be here. Later on, the wise-men will arrive, and we’ll be headin’ over to Egypt. Then, I have to get my game on for the temple when they’ll leave me”?

There are several of these false ideas about Jesus being human. First, “Docetism” says that because all matter is evil and God is holy, Jesus only really appeared to be human…like a ghost. “Apollinarianism” says that Jesus has a real human body but with a Divine mind. Therefore, He is really just “God in a bod.” Eutychianism says that Jesus’ deity is so vast that it swallows up the human side of Jesus like a drop of coke in the Pacific Ocean. Jesus didn’t just appear to be human; He was fully human! He had both a human mind and body! Jesus was both fully human and fully God! We must believe those facts to understand His humanity.

It’s not just that Jesus was fully man, but Jesus IS fully man. Continue reading

Storyline #2 – Genesis 1-2 – Being Human Rules!

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Humanity rules! Napoleon Dynamite is a fictional movie character that is known for his jeans tucked into his ski boots, teased and curly red hair, and hilarious movie lines that were adored and quoted by teenagers across our entertainment riddled country. When Napoleon took a liking to something, he brought back one of the ever popular retro sayings by exclaiming something like, “Tater tots rule!” The same can be said for humanity by looking at Genesis.
Is humanity something far more than we’ve thought if we’ve used phrases like: “I can’t help that I’m forgetful, or sinful, or full of mistakes. I’m only human. Gosh!” What does it really mean to be human? How did God originally intend humanity to be and live? If we want to live for God in our skin, bones, eye balls, etc, then we must know what God has commanded from us from the beginning! Please read Genesis 1:26-2:25. Continue reading