Here’s the skinny on Ryan and Austin…senior and seventh grader who are already both awesome preacher’s of God’s Word! Continue reading
I remember being at a weekend conference for student ministries and hearing the dynamic speakers chosen to preach. I was amazed that both speakers preached two different sermons, but their sermons were both so much alike. They both introduced their sermon with the topic they thought the text hit on. One preached on frustration and the other on gratitude. The way they introduced their sermon was by going into a comedy monologue by telling a life story that had to do with their topic. Then they talked about the importance and life impact of their topic. Then they went to a passage of Scripture that addressed the biblical issues that go along with that topic. Then they closed their sermon with a challenge on how to live that topic for Christ.
To be honest with you, I think they both were good sermons. I think they both honored God and the Word of God very well. But I came home with many questions and even some confusion. Is this how God intends His Word to be preached? Is the Bible merely a spiritual self-help book that is written in the form of addressing many different topics and issues of our day? Is it just a book on morality? Do our sermons and lessons to students need to be heavy on application to their lives?
Personally, I think the primary thought we should have when preparing to preach/teach to teenagers is…JESUS CHRIST! Continue reading
The dude stepped up to the mic, opened his mouth, and the Spirit of God took over from there. A couple months ago, one of our KTL teenagers came up to me and requested another opportunity to preach in our Wednesday night worship service. The guy has obviously been called to pastoral ministry, is seen as a leader everywhere he goes and in everything he does, and can flat out preach (or “shuck some corn” as they say in Bama). I wanted to finish our series on Leviticus first, so I found the perfect spot for him just a little over the month after he asked for it. I told me he had been studying the book of Job by himself, and wanted to share it with the students. Two days before he preached, I gave him an opportunity to run through it with some other guys on our KTL ministry. After a few tune-ups in his message here and there, he was ready to rock. Continue reading