White Flag: The Ultimate Motivation for Witnessing [by Quin Shipp]

Quin Shipp finished up our series on Sharing Your Faith with a sermon Deuteronomy 8. His bottom line: “When we remember what the Lord has done for us, it motivates us to share Him with others.” In other words, the Gospel is our ultimate motivation for sharing the Gospel with others.  Continue reading

Law and Order: FeastFEST (Leviticus 23-27)

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Law and Order – 5 – FeastFest – Leviticus 23-27 (notes)

Law and Order – 5 – FeastFest – Leviticus 23 (slides)

Law and Order – 5 – FeastFest – Leviticus 23 (curriculum)

The God of the Old Testament is a God who commanded His people to PARTY! In fact, the parties that God designed were ones that called His people to feast and to remember what He’s done and who He is. Each of the Old Testament feasts are fulfilled in the Gospel of Jesus in fascinatingly specific ways.  Continue reading

Law & Order: Priests (Leviticus 8-10)

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Law and Order – 2 – Priests – Leviticus 8-10 (notes)

Law and Order – 2 – Priests – Leviticus 8-10 (slides)

Law and Order – 1 – Animal Sacrifices – Leviticus 1-7 (curriculum)

Leviticus doesn’t have to be the book where devotions go to die. It wasn’t written to bog us down or bore us to death. The purpose of Leviticus to point us to Jesus and grow us in the Gospel. Follow along and listen to Liberty Students’ latest message from Leviticus called “Law And Order: The Priests” from Leviticus 8-10.

God commanded priests in the Old Testament.

Jesus came as our Final High Priest.

We are called to be His priests today.

All Out: Worship Through Singing (Exodus 15)

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All Out – 1 – Singing – Exodus 15 (notes)

All Out – 1 – Singing – Exodus 15 (slides)

All Out – 1 – Singing – Exodus 15 (curriculum)

This sermon kicks off our brand spanking new serious called ALL OUT which is all about worship through the last half of the book of Exodus. This story is incredible as it tells how the Israelites broke out into an immediate, natural, and spontaneous worship service right after they passed through the Red Sea. They couldn’t help but sing and worship God for what He had just done in their lives! In the same way, believers are natural singers. For those who have experienced the saving grace of God, we naturally sing His praises. We can’t help it! This message helped our student ministry worship Jesus more emotionally, passionately, and loudly in incredible ways!

Straight Outta Egypt: Power On Display (Exodus 7-12)

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3 – Straight Outta Egypt – Plagues – Exodus 7-12 (notes)

Straight Outta Egypt – 3 – Plagues – Exodus 3 (slides)

Straight Outta Egypt – 3 – Plagues – Exodus 7-12 (curriculum)

This week’s Liberty Students message was on the 10 Plagues and the Passover from Exodus 7-12. What do the 10 Plagues that God poured out on Egypt have to do with us today? What do they and the Passover have to do with the Gospel? How can we learn from them and live for Jesus more? All of that will be answered in this important message from our series Straight Outta Egypt.

GOSPEL: Step 1

GOSPEL is the first step in our CENTRIC Student Ministry Strategy.

The Gospel isn’t just something we preach in Student Ministry, but it must be the power of God that is unleashed to start His unstoppable movement through your student ministry.

I believe the Gospel is the central theme of all Scripture. Every passage, event, story, character, etc of Scripture is ultimately pointing us to the Gospel. But also, every passage, event, story, character, etc of Scripture is deepening our different perspectives of the Gospel. I believe this so strongly, that I’ve committed my life to preach through the whole Bible and all major Christian doctrines to my students so that they see the Gospel from all Scripture, all doctrine, and every perspective. Here is our 6-7 year plan through the Bible and all doctrine: All Bible and Doctrine Series Flow Plan Liberty Students

Not only should the Gospel permeate everything we say and do in student ministry, but also the Gospel should be simplified and clarified for our students. (1 Cor .15:3-4)

The Gospel is the POWER of God (Romans 1:16). 

P – Person of Jesus (Jesus is both fully God and man)

W – Work of Jesus (Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection)

R – Response to Jesus (We must repent of sin, believe on Him, and follow Him as Lord)

This has been the best tool to see students understand the Gospel in a simple, memorable, and reproducible way.

The Gospel is not only God’s plan of salvation, but the Gospel is also God’s plan of sanctification. We know that if we are believing the Gospel, then we will be living the Gospel.

Here are my personal sermons through a whole series on the GOSPEL called GamePlan:

Gameplan – 1 – GRDM Overview – Luke 24 (sermon)

GamePlan – 1 – GRDM Overview (curriculum)

Gameplan – 2 – GRDM Person of Jesus – Luke 24 (sermon)

GamePlan – 3 – The Work of Jesus (curriculum)

Gameplan – 4 – Response to Jesus – Luke 24 (sermon)

Straight Outta Egypt: The Movement (Exodus 1)

Straight Outta Egypt is our brand-spanking new series through the first half of the book of Exodus. In Exodus 1, we see that God has started and will always be faithful to His MOVEMENT. Ministries are where students come, sing, sit, listen, learn, and leave. MOVEMENTS are when students leave they also share the Gospel, make disciples, and live on mission. We are not called to simply raise up students, but also send them out equipped to make disciples just as Jesus commissioned us to do.

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Straight Outta Egypt – 1 – Multiply – Exodus 1 (notes)

Straight Outta Egypt – 1 – Multiply – Exodus 1 (keynote)

Throwback: Why God Created You (Genesis 1)

Throwback – Creation – Genesis 1 (sermon)

Throwback – 1 – Creation – Genesis 1 (curriculum)

I believe we always find ourselves teaching and talking about the what of creation (everything, not evolution), the when of creation (young earth, not old earth), but we aren’t talking enough about the Who of creation (Creator God) or the why of creation. This sermon talks about the Creator of all creation and WHY He created us.

Simple Gospel: The PWR of Jesus

In today’s complicated culture, we appreciate simple things. We love websites like Google, books like Simple Church, and menus like the one at Chick-Fil-A.

It’s easy for us to make simple concepts difficult, complex, and wordy. Do your people understand the gospel in its simplest form? Can they boil it down to its essential elements? Challenge them to complete a simple exercise: In your small groups, at the beginning of a sermon, or even through email, ask them to write down their simplest definition of “the gospel.” Then, by whatever method you choose, simply teach them the gospel’s essential elements. Lastly, have them write down their newly learned understanding of the gospel in their own words.

Chances are, what your people thought the gospel included or excluded will shock you. They will marvel at the differences between their learned definitions of the gospel and its simplicity. In fact, I challenge you right now to the same exercise. After you finish this article, see if your simple explanation of the gospel has changed. You may surprise yourself!

The power of Jesus
You can remember the simple form of the gospel as the “Power of Jesus” (Rom 1:1-4). God’s sovereign work saves us, sanctifies us, and glorifies us through Christ’s power (Rom 8:29-30). Highlight the P, W, and R from “power”, and we have the gospel in its simplest form: The Person of Jesus, the Work of Jesus, and man’s Response to Jesus. Since stumbling onto this easy memory tool, I have used it sharing, teaching, and deepening my own understanding of the gospel.

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FYPO: Why I Preach The Gospel Weekly

Why I Preach The Gospel Weekly

“Gospel-Centered” is one of our buzz words of today. When it comes to preaching, what does it mean to be gospel-centered? Does it mean every sermon simply presents the gospel for salvation? Does it mean using every sermon from every text to preach the gospel only? Could it include self-help and felt-need sermons that tact the gospel on at the end? Gospel-centered preaching ultimately is communicating the gospel as the core of every sermon for both the non-believer and believer. It sees the gospel itself as motivation for salvation, Christlike living, repentance of sin, faith, spiritual growth, and understanding of biblical truth. There has been much written on a proper understanding of gospel-centered preaching. Many have said that keeping every sermon centered on the gospel becomes to repetitive for people today. Here are five reasons why I preach the gospel every single week.

1. Preaching the gospel every week ensures you nailed the point of the passage.
Walking in stealth-mode with two of His disciples, Jesus makes a shocking statement. He told them that they were slow and foolish to not see His death and resurrection as the center of every Scripture written (Luke 24:24-27). From two thousand years ago, Jesus is calling-out every gospel-less self-help, felt-need, systematic theological, and expositional sermon and lesson for all time. He says that every single passage in the Old Testament is all about His person and His work. Its easy to see gospel centrality in the New Testament, but Jesus says the Old Testament is centered on Him even though it never specifically mentions His name! When we preach the gospel weekly, we are using Jesus’ own hermeneutic to get across the main point of every passage. This doesn’t mean preaching the gospel only every week, but it means centering, grounding, and connecting everything you teach with the gospel.

2. Preaching the gospel every week sanctifies your people. Continue reading