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!

Imago Dei: Humanity Saved (Hebrews 2 & 10)

Free resources for youth pastors, small group leaders, etc:
4 – Imago Dei – Saved.mp3
4 – Imago Dei – Salvation (handout).pdf
4 – Imago Dei – Saved.ppt
4 – Image Dei – Saved (notes).doc
4 – Imago Dei – Saved (Hebrews 10 notes).doc
4 – Imago Dei – Saved (service order).doc
4 – Imago Dei – Saved (small groups).doc
Because humanity has been created and cursed, humanity must now be saved. God has had a phenomenal plan since eternity past to send Jesus to fully become a man while remaining fully God. Jesus had to become a man in order to be the Savior of the world. He could not come as only God. He could not come like Aslan the Lion in Naria. He had to share in flesh and blood with human beings in order to die in their place. This CBSM study is all about why we should feel both insignificant and significant, why we should see Jesus as the reason to why God created us, and why Jesus had to become human in order to be our death and resurrection. This study should answer so many questions for students today who are struggling with insignificance, sin, and a need for salvation.

Imago Dei: Humanity Cursed (Genesis 3:1-24)

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!

Following Jesus: In His Childhood

Free downloads for youth pastors, small group leaders, etc:
2 – Following Jesus – Childhood (mp3).mp3
2 – Following Jesus – Childhood (handout)
2 – Following Jesus – Childhood (ppt)
2 – Following Jesus – Childhood (outline)
2 – Following Jesus – Childhood (notes)
2 – Following Jesus – Childhood (service order)
This whole passage absolutely blew my mind! Jesus as a 12 year old is fascinating. He somehow let his parents leave him, still never sinned, amazed the top temple professors and theologians for 3 days, still submitted to His parents, and continued to get smarter, grow in favor of God, and everyone liked him more and more every year. This is the ONLY passage about Jesus’ years from 3 – 29. In fact, Luke 2:52 is the only verse from His ages of 13 – 29! So check this out as we study Jesus’ childhood and understand how it should change our entire year!

storyline #80: psalm 8 “apps for iworship: humanity″

Free files for youth pastors and small group leaders:
2 – Psalm 8 – iWorship as Humanity (mp3)
2 – Psalm 8 – iWorship as Humanity (handout)
2 – Psalm 8 – iWorship as Humanity (ppt)
2 – Psalm 8 – iWorship as Humanity (commentary)
2 – Psalm 8 – iWorship as Humanity (sermon)
2 – Psalm 8 – iWorship Humanity (service)
2 – Psalm 8 – iWorship as Humanity (small groups)

sermon intro video:

Our new series rolls on with message #2 “iWorship: as Humanity”.  In this message we studied the different Psalms that talk about who we are as humanity, how we’re supposed to worship as humanity, and who we are supposed to worship as humanity.  Psalm 8 and 139 are amazing Psalms that give us deep insight into these themes.  I pray you will be blessed and challenged!

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