Following Jesus: From His Parables (Matthew 13)


Free downloads for youth pastors and small group leaders:
9 – Following Jesus – Parables (mp3).mp3
9 – Following Jesus – Parables (handout).pdf
9 – Following Jesus – Parables (ppt).ppt
9 – Following Jesus – Parables (notes).doc
9 – Following Jesus – Parables (service order).doc
9 – Following Jesus – Parables (small groups).doc
Everyone loves a good story. Some stories have absolutely taken our culture by storm such as: Harry Potter, the Avengers, the Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, etc. God designed us to be fascinated with story because all of our lives are caught up in the overarching story of the gospel, glory, and kingdom of Christ. Jesus was the master-storyteller. His stories were intriguing, gripping, and fascinating. Jesus told His disciples that He told His stories (the parables) so that some people would understand and that some wouldn’t. Did you know that Jesus told somewhere around 50 different parables? Did you know that Jesus’ stories made up of about a third of all His teachings combined? What are His parables all about, why did He go that route, and what do they mean for our lives? You can find all that out here in this CBSM study “Following Jesus: From His Parables.”

Following Jesus: As The King (Luke 11:14-23)


Free resources for youth pastors, small group leaders, etc:
No mp3 or video until Saturday night. Sorry!
8 – Following Jesus – King (handout).pdf
8 – Following Jesus – King (ppt).ppt
8 – Following Jesus – King (notes).doc
8 – Following Jesus – King (service order).doc
8 – Following Jesus – King (small groups).doc
Elvis may be the King of Rock. Michael Jackson may have been the King of Pop. Lebron may be known as King James. But Jesus is the King of Kings! Jesus has absolute rule, power, and authority over absolutely everything. We even see in Scripture how He has power over things that humanity could only dream to have power over: creation, demons, disease, and death. This study has been so powerful for CBSM as we’ve taken a look at Jesus as Prophet, Priest, and King…and how we are gifted to be like Him in our lives in each of those areas. In fact, we are all most like Him in one of those areas than another. If you’re a youth pastor, Christian school teacher, small group leader, etc…I would highly encourage you to go through this study of Prophet, Priest, and King like those who have taught us to think: Mark Driscoll, John Frame, The Resurgence, Etc.

Following Jesus: As The High Priest


Free resources for youth pastors and small group leaders:
7 – Following Jesus – Priest.mp3
7 – Following Jesus – Priest (handout).pdf
7 – Following Jesus – Priest (ppt).ppt
7 – Following Jesus – Priest (notes).doc
7 – Following Jesus – Priest (service order).doc
7 – Following Jesus – Priest (small groups).doc
This whole study on Jesus being The Prophet, Priest, and King is absolutely blowing my mind! Is incredible to see how it took three different offices/positions with hundreds of men and thousands of years to give us just a glimpse of Jesus’ three main roles on earth. You may need to read that a couple of times to let it sink in! In this sermon, we finished up real quick up how Jesus is The Great Prophet and how we can be prophets like Him and for Him. Then we got into the priesthood. What were the main roles of the OT priests? How does Jesus complete and fulfill their office as the final High Priest? And finally, how can we be more priestly like Jesus?

Following Jesus: As The Prophet (Matthew 4 – 7)


Free resources for youth pastors and small group leaders:
6 – Following Jesus – Prophet (handout).pdf
6 – Following Jesus – Prophet (ppt).ppt
6 – Following Jesus – Prophet (notes).doc
6 – Following Jesus – Prophet (service order).doc
6 – Following Jesus – Prophet (small groups).doc
In this message we talked all about Kony 2012, the Old Testament Prophets, and Jesus as the Great Prophet. What do they all have in common? Well, not much…except we hammered all 3 of them in this message. Personally, I’m willing to support the Kony 2012 cause. I think its the perfect opportunity for Christians to partner with the world in this important terrorist strike. But at the same time, Christians must remember that the gospel is the cause and not 2012, and Christ is to be made famous even more so than Joseph Kony.

Following Jesus: Through His Temptation (Luke 4:1-13)


Free files for youth pastors, small group leaders, etc:
4 – Following Jesus – Temptation (mp3)
4 – Following Jesus – Temptation (handout).pdf
4 – Following Jesus – Temptation (ppt).ppt
4 – Following Jesus – Temptation (outline).doc
4 – Following Jesus – Temptation (small groups).doc

My guess is that Christians normally think Jesus was a cheater when it came to temptation. Most Christians seem to believe that Jesus never gave into temptation because He is God. While its true that He was and is fully God, Jesus resisted temptation totally out of His humanity as He was filled with the Spirit. Jesus could not have sinned because He’s God, but Jesus did not sin because He was the perfectly obedient man. Jesus gave us incredible insight on how to resist and fight against temptation. Warning…this is a deep sermon, but I promise it will give you life-long and life-changing principles to battle against temptation for victory like Christ, through Christ, and for Christ.

Following Jesus: In His Baptism (Matthew 3:13-17)


Free files for youth pastors, small group leaders, etc:
3 – Following Jesus – Baptism (mp3).mp3
3 – Following Jesus – Baptism (handout)
3 – Following Jesus – Baptism (ppt)3 – Following Jesus – Baptism (outline).doc
3 – Following Jesus – Baptism (small groups).doc
3 – Following Jesus – Baptism (service order).doc
Do we really understand why Jesus HAD to be baptized? Jesus did not need to be baptized to identity with us, but we need to be baptized to identify with Him. Jesus was baptized to fulfill the faults of the nation of Israel, and to identify with His coming death and resurrection. The way we are baptized communicates our belief in God’s judgment for sin, Jesus’ death for forgiveness, and Jesus’ resurrection for eternal life. We don’t get baptized to be saved, but we get baptized because we are saved. But for those who refuse to be baptized, they may be showing that they aren’t truly saved. To find out more about Jesus’ baptism and a fuller understanding of baptism itself, check out this CBSM message.

One Hit Wonders: (Don’t Just) Jump Around (Book of Haggai)


Free resources for youth pastors, small group leaders, etc:
Haggai (mp3).mp3
Haggai (handout).pdf
Haggai (ppt)
Haggai (commentary).doc
Haggai (notes).doc
Haggai small group discussion questions coming soon…
You’ll be shocked by the message of Haggai. God literally tells His people through Haggai that His temple in the Old Testament is more important than their homes, their jobs and careers, their food and drink, their finances, etc. How does that apply today since the OT temple no longer exists? We find in the NT that the OT is fulfilled first in Jesus, then the church, and third the body of the Christian. So what do we gather from that? Worshiping Jesus with His church as a Christian is not a priority in our lives…but it is THE priority! Check out this study.

CBSM Small Groups: The Apostle #12: Paul’s Epitaph – Discussion Questions


CBSM Small Group Leaders:
Here are your discussion questions for a successful small group session with your students for this Sunday!
The Apostle Small Group Outline 12 – Paul’s Epitaph.pdf
The Apostle Small Group Questions 12 – Paul Epitaph.doc
You can listen to the sermon again at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/maximum-life-pastor-zach-terry/id111108397

One Hit Wonders: Tainted Love (Book of Jonah)


Free resources for youth pastors and small group leaders:
Jonah (mp3).mp3
Jonah (ppt).ppt
Jonah (handout).pdf
Jonah (sermon notes).doc
Jonah (service order).doc
I won’t do any small group questions with this lesson on Jonah. Our small groups this Sunday we be a promotion. All the students are promoting up to their next grade for the new school year. They will be getting new small group leaders and a new small group room. So this Sunday, I want all our small group leaders to focus on getting to know their small group students. I want all our small group students to focus on getting to know each other and their small group leaders.

The book of Jonah rocked my world! Talk about having a tainted love. Jonah had a very skewed view of love for God and for people. Jonah did not want to go and tell Nineveh about God’s forgiving love because Jonah didn’t want God to forgive them. Jonah knew that Nineveh was the capital city of Assyria…who was about to attack the northern kingdom of Israel and send them into exile. How could God forgive His enemies?! Jonah seemed to love God but hate Nineveh. I think our problem is the opposite. It seems to me that we don’t witness because we love people and hate God. Could that be your problem? Check out this study on the book of Jonah, listen to the podcast, and let God rock your world as well. He will use you as a great witness!

One Hit Wonders: Who Let The Dogs Out (Book of Amos by Jacob Fowler)


Free resources for student pastors and small group leaders:
Amos (mp3).mp3
Amos (handout).pdf
Amos (notes).doc
Amos (outline).doc
Amos (small groups).doc
Myself and several of our CBSM high schoolers were out of town, so I asked Jacob Fowler to guest teach CBSM for me. Jacob graduated out of CBSM in 2008. He is a student at the University of Mobile where he is studying theology to become a full-time youth pastor. You will love Jacob’s humor, stories, and understanding of the Bible as he preaches on the whole book of Amos in a Christ-centered and applicational kind of way.