The End: What will Heaven be like? (Revelation 21-22)

Free downloads for youth pastors, small group leaders, parents, teens, etc: 9 – The End – Heaven (netma).pdf
9 – The End – Heaven (handout).pdf
9 – The End – Heaven (ppt).ppt
9 – The End – Heaven (notes).pdf
9 – The End – Heaven (service flow).pdf
9 – The End – Heaven (small groups).pdf
In this final CBSM study through the Bible, not only do we describe what eternity will be like for the Christian, but we also define what the whole Bible is ultimately about. Both the description and the definition may be very different than what you’re thinking. Feel free to check out all of our resources for this, and let us know what you think.

Sin <<< Salvation: What do we have to look forward to forever? (Glorification)

Free resoureces for youth pastors, small group leaders, etc:
9 – Sin<<<Salvation – Glorification (mp3).mp3
9 – Sin <<< Salvation – Glorification (handout).pdf
9 – Sin<<<Salvation – Glorification (notes).doc
9 – Sin <<< Salvation – Glorification (ppt).ppt
9 – Sin <<< Salvation – Glorification (service order).doc
9 – Sin <<< Salvation – Glorification (small groups).doc
This is the finale to our series on Sin <<< Salvation. Not only is it the grand finale, but it was also our message for our Back 2 School Bash event! What better way to end a series and invite people to give their lives to Jesus than with a message on eternity? What does the Christian have to look forward to forever? We talked about the point, place, people, and the life of eternity. All of these are much different than you may think and probably way different than you've been taught. The Bible is very plain and clear about them! So check it out, see what all we have to look forward to, and get excited!

Imago Dei: Humanity Forever (1 Corinthians 15)

Free resources for youth pastors, small group leaders, etc:
5 – Image Dei – Forever.mp3
5 – Imago Dei – Forever.ppt
5 – Imago Dei – Forever (notes).doc
We had severe storm warnings on this Wednesday night, so we actually had to cancel services for that night. I had thought through and studied up on this sermon so much, that I couldn’t just not preach it! We have got to get back to “Following Jesus” next week. So I decided just to preach this passage to CBSM from my recliner. I think this passage gives so much meaning to our very lives. It answers so many questions like: Was Jesus really resurrected from the dead? Is Jesus remaining human forever? What does Jesus’ resurrection mean for our lives today? How can we live more and more for eternity? What will our eternal bodies be like? What will we do for all of eternity? Will we be human beings forever? And what does all of this have to do with our lives in the hear and now? Feel free to check it all out!

A Church-Changing View Of Eternity (Revelation 7)

Free MP3 Download:
A Church Changing Vision of Eternity – Revelation 7.mp3
A Church Changing View of Eternity – Revelation 7 (notes).doc
Here is a sermon I recently preached for The Brook Church. They were going through the book of Revelation. Their pastor went out of town and asked me to continue in the series. THANK GOD the next segment was on Revelation 7…one of my favorites. I’m absolutely fascinated with this passage. What might John have seen? How many people are we for real talking here? Multitudes and crowds that no one could even count? Whoa! This passage ultimately brings out four huge points for the church today: witnessing, worship, serving, and suffering. The clearer the vision God gives us through His Word of eternity, the more we will be willing to completely engaged in each of those four themes in our churches!

Sweet Dreams: A Vision of Eternity (Ezekiel 47)

Free downloads for youth pastors and small group leaders:
3 – Ezekiel 47 – Vision of Eternity (mp3)
3 – Ezekiel 47 – Vision of Eternity (handout).pdf
3 – Ezekiel 47 – Vision of Eternity (ppt).ppt
3 – Ezekiel 47 – Vision of Eternity (outline).doc
3 – Ezekiel 47 – Vision of Eternity (service order).doc
3 – Ezekiel 47 – Vision of Eternity (small groups).doc

What will eternity really be like? Everyone wants to know! Country music sings about it constantly! “Prop me up beside the jukebox if I die. Lord, I want to go to heaven, but I don’t want to go tonight.” “If heaven ain’t a lot like Dixie, I don’t want to go.” “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to go now.” “When I get to where I’m going…” One of the latest movies on eternity was called the “Hereafter” produced by Clint Eastwood and starred by Matt Damon. Have our Christian views of eternity been tainted by entertainment’s attempts to describe it? Absolutely!

What if I told you that absolutely no one will end up in heaven forever? We have called eternity “heaven” for so long that our view of eternity has become unbiblical. NT Wright rightly said, “Don’t worry, heaven won’t be the end of the world.” I agree with him fully on that because Revelation 21 and 22 says that Christians will live ON the New Earth which will be in the New Heavens. “Heaven” and the dwelling place of God will come down to Earth rather than us going up to Heaven for all eternity. Eternity will be spent in a very physical world, and not some immaterial, spiritual heavenly realm.

For more truths, thoughts, and contemplations on a biblical eternity…make sure to check out this sermon and study on Ezekiel 47 “Sweet Dreams: A Vision Of Eternity”. By the way, for you youth pastors, the powerpoint in this post has all the videos, mp3, and pics of the country music introduction. You’ll love it!

storyline #78: job 42 “afflicted: totally restored″

Free files for youth pastors and small group leaders:

4 – Job 42 – Totally Restored (mp3)

4 – Job 42 – Totally Restored (ppt)

4 – Job 42 – Totally Restored (handout)

4 – Job 42 – Totally Restored (small groups)

4 – Job 42 – Totally Restored (service)

Sermon Intro Video:

Blake Hall (CBSM and BJHS Junior) preached a solid sermon last night on this text.  This is when Job has been seen as the Bill Gates and Billy Graham of his day.  He loses everything from Satan challenging God to a worship war.  Job blesses and worship God even in his devastation.  Job has terrible counselors trying to assess his situation.  Job then has a godly counselor tell him what’s up.  Then God lays the smack down and rebukes Job to never question why He does what He does because all of His ways are perfect and right.  And in Job 42, now that Job is found to be a faithful worshipper…God restores to Job twice as much of everything he lost in the first place.  In this sermon Blake shows us why, how, and when God restores to us everything we have faithfully sacrificed for Christ.  Its a matter of inheritance.  Its a matter of Jesus.  Its a matter of eternity.  Check it out!   Continue reading

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 #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

Seminary and Student Ministry (part 1): The importance of teaching on ETERNITY in student ministry


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There are 4 themes that I constantly come back to when teaching teenagers.  1. The glory of Christ.  2. The gospel of Christ.  3. The church of Christ.  and 4. The eternal kingdom of Christ.  This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about communicating the eternal ceoncept and importance of eternity to teens.  Since I’ve driven home to Florida (where my family lives) for Thanksgiving, I’m able to listen to about 10 hours of eschatology (doctrine of the end times) from different speakers, preachings, theologians, and teachers on my iPod.  Some of my favorites are Dr. Russell D. Moore of Southern Seminary, Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, and others.

Here are the 3 top reasons why I think teaching on the eternal kingdom of Christ to teens is important: Continue reading

Framework #18 – MACRO Theology – Doctrine of the End Times

Free files for fellow youth pastors…

End Times (ppt)

End Times (fillout sheet)

End Times (mp3)


Right now our church is working on a revival in November.  We as a church staff have gotten together and made plans, we’ve called the evangelist who’s coming, we’re talking to schools in the area to get him in, etc.  Notice how we first wanted to have a revival here, then next we put plans in place to have it.  From before the beginning of creation, God’s first thought was how He wanted all eternity to look, and then He put His plans in place to make it happen.  Eternity isn’t just the last thing on God’s list, but it was the very first thing on His mind.  Continue reading