Part 5: How to Preach/Teach to Teenagers

You probably will think I’m crazy, but the greatest preaching and teaching I’ve ever heard…  I’m talking about the most passionate, most engaging, most clear and understandable, most personal, most theological, most applicable, and even most humorous…  I didn’t hear these greatest sermons and lessons at the coolest, hippest conference around, nor did I hear them from the new, innovative church.  However, the best preaching and teaching I’ve ever heard in my life were from the 4 years that I spend in seminary.  See, I told you that you’d think I’m crazy!

Seminary was amazing.  Honestly, I miss it like crazy.  Being around a bunch of people who desired to go as deep as you do, soaking in the biblical knowledge from professors who were also pastors over the weekend, getting to study the best of books, being forced to study all of the notes, and constantly being pointed to Christ…  Agh, I miss those grueling days.  But to be even more honest, I would never trade it for the church.  There is nothing more rewarding than using what I’ve learned in seminary here in the church.  I’m so thankful for my seminary because my professors weren’t weird, crusty, old, decrepid, boring, antiseptic, snoozers.  Rather, they were pretty cool guys who could put the deepest of theology in the clearest and understandable way. Continue reading

Storyline #18: Exodus 25-40. "Touring the OT Tabernacle"

Free files for youth pastors:

18-tabernacle (handout)

18-exodus-25-40-tabernacle (audio)

18-exodus-25-40 (ppt)

18 – exodus 25-40 (sermon notes and prop list)

(This has become my most visited blog…which is very interesting to me.  I guess there is just so much interest out there in the OT tabernacle and temple that this gets a lot of hits.  Let me encourage you, teach the tabernacle biblically-accurate, teach it in a way that puts your people right into it, and teach it in a way that leaves them with CHRIST!  Here’s how I did it…  I made 3 door ways out of 1″ pvc pipe and shower curtains, and put the three door ways right up in front of our stage.  I taught in front of the first door way to explain the courtyard, then I went through the doorway to enter the tent.  There I taught on the bronze altar and the sacrifices, then I went through the second doorway into the Holy Place.  There I taught on the lampstand, altar of incense, and bread of presence, and then I went through the third doorway into the Most Holy Place.  There I taught on the ark of the covanant and mercy seat.  The students loved it.  I had people come in before hand to make the tabernacle furniture…some were just boxes spray painted gold…but the students will never forget that night!  Here’s the message I preached…)

            When Saddam Hussein rose to power in Iraq, he purposed to build himself a palace that would symbolize his absolute power and rule.  He idolized the ancient king Nebuchadnezzar and his rule.  So he not only built a palace like his, but he also built it with the ruins of the ancient palace.  Six hundred rooms, 60 million sand-colored bricks each inscribed with a tribute to his rule, overlooking the Euphrates river, architected like a ziggurat (ancient temple), as high as four stories, as long as five football fields, hundreds of thousands of feet of marble, and gold bathroom fixtures are just some of the intimidating tactics that Saddam wanted to play a part in his palace.  The funny thing is, Saddam rarely even lived in it. 

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