The best way to resist sin is to know Satan’s strategy for sin. Genesis 3 is the best chapter in the entire Bible to let us in on Satan’s secret strategy for sin. The sermon will show your students how sin is far more serious than they even realize. Feel free to download these resources and make them your own.
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!
Free downloads for youth pastors and small group leaders: Zechariah (mp3).mp3 Zechariah (HS handout).pdf Zechariah (ppt).ppt Zechariah (outline).doc
Zechariah is all about making sure that you are putting points up on the board for Team Jesus. Through Zechariah, God instructs Judah to not follow the sinful footsteps of their fathers and families by practicing a lifestyle of repentance. He describes repentance as returning to Him and turning from sin. Check more out about it in these resources.
A class of 10th graders all had to write the same paper in their school on slavery. So, I got to meet with about 10 of them to discuss why slavery happens and what to think about it biblically. Here’s a quick look at what I told them:
“First of all…we are all slaves no matter what. We naturally don’t like the sound of that at all. We cringe at hearing we’re a slave to something or someone because of our pride. We desperately want to be independent, we want to be self-autonomous, but the truth is…we are not. We are created to always be serving a master. This is why Jesus says that no man can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). He knows that we’re always serving someone through something. Paul says in Romans 6:6 that we are born into slavery. We are slaves of Satan and his evil kingdom of sinfulness. Later in that chapter, Paul calls Satan our master. But Paul also says that we can transfer kingdoms, and become slaves to Jesus…slaves of His righteousness (Rom 6:18-23).
I believe the reason that this country and world has had and still has such a HUGE problem with slavery is because Continue reading →