The best way to resist sin is to know Satan’s strategy for sin. Genesis 3 is the best chapter in the entire Bible to let us in on Satan’s secret strategy for sin. The sermon will show your students how sin is far more serious than they even realize. Feel free to download these resources and make them your own.
Free resources for youth pastors, small group leaders, etc: 3 – Imago Dei – Cursed.mp3 3 – Imago Dei – Sin (handout).pdf 3 – Imago Dei – Cursed.ppt 3 – Imago Dei – Sin (notes).doc 3 – Imago Dei – Cursed (service order).doc 3 – Imago Dei – Cursed (small groups).doc
Do you believe in curses? I sure do. What does it mean that humanity is cursed? How did humanity become cursed? Why would God allow humanity created in His image to be cursed? We studied two weeks ago that God created humanity in His image. Then we studied how Jesus is the perfect image of God. And now how humanity is cursed with sin. When Satan tempted Adam and Eve in the garden, they decided to believe Satan rather than God and then became Satan worshipers. Sin is simply Satan worship. Through Adam’s sin, all humanity and creation are cursed with sin. God didn’t just retaliate with the curse, but God simply announced what the natural consequences are when you separate yourself from Him. Now all humanity is born separated from God and must be brought back to Him by the blood of Christ. The most interesting part of this passage though are the curses that God announced. They specifically deal with how Adam and Eve (men and women) are supposed to live out their gender. Gender is such a huge part of being created in God’s image that its nearly impossible to miss its importance in Scripture. So this study is all about how all humanity has been cursed with sin and how the curse directly affects our gender. Check it out!
Free downloads for youth pastors and small group leaders: 3 – Satan Identity (mp3).mp3 3 – Satan Identity (handout).pdf 3 – Satan Identity (ppt).ppt 3 – Satan Identity (outline).doc 3 – Satan Identity (small groups).doc 3 – Satan Identity (service order).doc
I literally hate teaching on Satan. I don’t like to focus on him. I don’t like to joke around about him. I don’t like to give him any air time, any fame, and definitely no glory. But there are just times that we absolutely must study Satan to understand who he is, what he’s all about, what makes him tick, and how he attacks. This specific study is all about 5 main things that describe who Satan is. Its a look at his identity. Do you know who Satan REALLY is? We know he’s not the pointy-bearded guy in the red suit with the horns and pitchfork. But do you truly understand how dangerous he is? Do you overemphasize his power in your life and therefore minimize Jesus’ power? Check out this study to make sure you have a biblical understanding of our mortal enemy.
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 →
“Simon says, ‘Read this blog.’”Yeah, I love playing Simon Says with students.I don’t do it often because it gets old and the students learn all my tricks very quickly.“Simon says, ‘Raise your arms in the air.Now put your arms down.’”Those who raised their arms in the air stay in the game, those who put their arms down are out of the game.My personal favorite is “Simon says, ‘Jump up.”That’s a sure fire way to put everyone out of the game…because Simon never said to come back down!When thinking through the doctrine of sin, we must understand that an unsaved person is a slave to sin and will do whatever sin tells them to do.Continue reading →
Something I’ve always wanted is a talking pet. Have you seen those cats and dogs that can talk by mimicking their owners by saying something like “I love you.” That is really cool to me…but it also freaks me out! Their voices sound so different than their normal pet noises.
When thinking about the scene in Genesis 3, we can’t imagine this speaking serpent as simply some “copy cat” (pun intended!). Continue reading →
He was one of the coolest guys I ever knew. This dude totally had it all together. He was a great athlete, all of the girls swarmed him, his intelligence was stellar, and he just had that laid back attitude that everyone enjoyed. During the prime of his life, this close friend of mine was in a tragic car accident. From the accident, he no longer had the physical agility to play sports, he no longer had the attractive look, his intelligence was severely altered, and his personality had changed drastically. He was still the same person God had created him to be but very distorted. Continue reading →