Free downloads for students, youth pastors, and small group leaders: 3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (mp3) 3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (handout).pdf 3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (ppt).ppt 3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (outline).doc 3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (small groups).doc 3 – Isaiah 53 – Christ (service).doc
The big question is: Are you a LEGIT Christian? The answer is: only if you truly are IN Christ. But why? What makes Jesus so special that He is the only way of salvation? Is that arrogant, narrow-minded, and intolerant for Christians to even say? When you take a look at Isaiah 52 – 53, it really all comes together. We see the person of Christ, the death of Christ, and the resurrection of Christ…which is the ONLY means possible that God could save sinners. Jesus death is not for our pity…but it is for His own glory, His Lordship, our faith, our sin, our punishment, and our salvation. Our reponse to Jesus’ bloody, gruesome, excruciating, and brutal death is not for us to feel so sorry for Him that we just follow Him out of obligation. Rather, we see the loving grace of God, the wrath of God against sin, the person of Jesus, our need for repentance, our call to faith, and our command to confess Jesus’ Lordship. Is your faith in Jesus so LEGIT that you would follow Him not matter might be thought toward you, said about you, or done to you? This entire message, I believe, is the single most defining and monumental challenge I’ve ever given our student ministry…to be LEGIT!
So I’m trying a little sumpin-sumpin different this week for yall. I’m putting the usual blog (sermon) in an uploaded file called “(sermon)” just above. I want to use this space just to tell you about the awesome night we had.
The night started off with a crazy-rockin song and our 5 minute countdown timer. As soon as our countdown hit 0:00, a video immediately started up. The video was the new iPod touch video with our own song behind it, and the end of the video was our “iGrab” announcement slide (pic in previous blog). iGrab is our brand-spakin new contest for our students to bring as many people to our church’s revival called Harvestfest. Everyone who comes on our “student night” during Harvestfest will get to enter their name into the drawing. And for every friend they bring, they can enter their name into the drawing that many more times. The winner of student night will receive an 8GB iPod touch. I don’t usually like prizes and contests like this, but I want to build as much excitement as possible into our students to bring their friends to hear the gospel of Christ. We then went through some other announcements on our upcoming annual ski trip, etc. Continue reading →