10 Ways Student Pastors Can Kick-Start Disciple Making in Their Student Ministry (Part 4)

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I’m not sure how it happened, but I’m certain we all almost died. I remember driving one morning with three of my friends in my Extended Cab Chevy Silverado. One minute, we were all singing to the radio, the next minute one of my friends was screaming my name to wake me up. Somehow I had drifted off to sleep which caused the truck to drift off the road. When my friend’s screams woke me up, I jerked my truck back on the road. In the same way, when we are making disciples, we’ve got to keep our eyes on the road (pathway) or we will drift.

#4 Keep Your Eyes on the Pathway of Disciple Making

The Mistake Disciple Makers Make

The major mistake I see disciple makers make is when they put all their eggs into the basket of the D-Group. While Jesus called us to make disciples, His Word also calls us to worship together, meet together in groups, live our life on mission, etc. Student Ministry is never to be disciple making only, but it should be disciple making always!

The Pathway of Disciple Making

There’s no doubt that D-Groups are left out of Student Ministry today, but I believe that the Scriptures give us a very clear disciple making pathway that both puts the D-Group where it should be and keeps us focused so that we do not drift. The way we describe our Disciple Making Pathway is:  Continue reading

All Out: Worship with Emotion (Exodus 19)

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All Out – 3 – Emotion – Exodus 19 (notes)

All Out – 3 – Emotion – Exodus 19 (slides)

All Out – 3 – Emotion – Exodus 19 (curriculum)

Exodus 19 helps us worship God with deep emotion. Because of their sin, Israel was not allowed to even approach God. Because of our Savior, God invites us to approach Him! Exodus 19 coupled with Hebrews 12 is one of the most powerful teachings on worship throughout all Scripture!

How to Maximize Your Student’s Memory

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I believe our student ministry has experienced a breakthrough in maximizing our students’ ability to remember what we preach and teach.

Let’s be honest. We can spend hours upon hours on studying for sermons and lessons. Then we all have the same haunting questions, “Was it worth it? Will my students remember this stuff? Am I making a difference? Am I wasting my time?”

On one hand, we have to remember that God’s Word is never returned void (Isaiah 55:11). On the other hand, we have to be honest with ourselves by asking, “What are my students actually retaining?”  Continue reading

All Out: Worship Through Singing (Exodus 15)

Free Downloadable Resources

All Out – 1 – Singing – Exodus 15 (notes)

All Out – 1 – Singing – Exodus 15 (slides)

All Out – 1 – Singing – Exodus 15 (curriculum)

This sermon kicks off our brand spanking new serious called ALL OUT which is all about worship through the last half of the book of Exodus. This story is incredible as it tells how the Israelites broke out into an immediate, natural, and spontaneous worship service right after they passed through the Red Sea. They couldn’t help but sing and worship God for what He had just done in their lives! In the same way, believers are natural singers. For those who have experienced the saving grace of God, we naturally sing His praises. We can’t help it! This message helped our student ministry worship Jesus more emotionally, passionately, and loudly in incredible ways!

LSM Summer Camp EARLY BIRD PARTY: Wednesday, May 11th

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ITS OFFICIAL! The best camp company in the country (FUGE Camps by Lifeway) is going to throw our own summer camp for Liberty Students!

Parents, you will be able to sign up your students THIS WEDNESDAY (May 11th) at the LIBERTY STUDENT AREA for our EARLY BIRD PARTY. 

This camp week will be:

For 6th – 12th Graders

August 1 – 5, 2016 Continue reading

Straight Outta Egypt: The Red Sea (by Mike Kiley)

Our new Middle School Pastor, Mike Kiley, brought the message this past Wednesday night on The Red Sea. His famous line was “Fearing the Lord releases us from fear.” “Fearing the Lord” is the reocurring phrase in The Red Sea passage of Exodus 14. Check out exactly what that means, how we often think of it wrong, and how that fear can release us from worldly fear!

Free Downloadable Resources for this Message:

Straight Outta Egypt – 4 – The Red Sea – Exodus 14 (notes by Mike Kiley)

Straight Outta Egypt – 4 – Red Sea – Exodus 13-14 (slides)

Straight Outta Egypt: Power On Display (Exodus 7-12)

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3 – Straight Outta Egypt – Plagues – Exodus 7-12 (notes)

Straight Outta Egypt – 3 – Plagues – Exodus 3 (slides)

Straight Outta Egypt – 3 – Plagues – Exodus 7-12 (curriculum)

This week’s Liberty Students message was on the 10 Plagues and the Passover from Exodus 7-12. What do the 10 Plagues that God poured out on Egypt have to do with us today? What do they and the Passover have to do with the Gospel? How can we learn from them and live for Jesus more? All of that will be answered in this important message from our series Straight Outta Egypt.

Straight Outta Egypt: Leadership (Exodus 2-6)

Straight Outta Egypt is our series moving through the first part of Exodus. This message was on learning about leadership through the book of Moses. Although Moses was not a model leader in the beginning, we do learn about our call to lead through His call to lead from God. Here are some quotes from our sermon that are very important for students to live.

Everyone is looking for a leader.

Leadership is simply following Jesus and bringing others with you.

Jesus is our Better Moses.

Jesus is not your Savior if you don’t follow Him as your Leader.

Free downloads from this sermon:

Straight Outta Egypt – 2 – Leadership – Exodus 2 (slides)

Straight Outta Egypt – Leadership – Exodus 2-6 (notes)

GOSPEL: Step 1

GOSPEL is the first step in our CENTRIC Student Ministry Strategy.

The Gospel isn’t just something we preach in Student Ministry, but it must be the power of God that is unleashed to start His unstoppable movement through your student ministry.

I believe the Gospel is the central theme of all Scripture. Every passage, event, story, character, etc of Scripture is ultimately pointing us to the Gospel. But also, every passage, event, story, character, etc of Scripture is deepening our different perspectives of the Gospel. I believe this so strongly, that I’ve committed my life to preach through the whole Bible and all major Christian doctrines to my students so that they see the Gospel from all Scripture, all doctrine, and every perspective. Here is our 6-7 year plan through the Bible and all doctrine: All Bible and Doctrine Series Flow Plan Liberty Students

Not only should the Gospel permeate everything we say and do in student ministry, but also the Gospel should be simplified and clarified for our students. (1 Cor .15:3-4)

The Gospel is the POWER of God (Romans 1:16). 

P – Person of Jesus (Jesus is both fully God and man)

W – Work of Jesus (Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection)

R – Response to Jesus (We must repent of sin, believe on Him, and follow Him as Lord)

This has been the best tool to see students understand the Gospel in a simple, memorable, and reproducible way.

The Gospel is not only God’s plan of salvation, but the Gospel is also God’s plan of sanctification. We know that if we are believing the Gospel, then we will be living the Gospel.

Here are my personal sermons through a whole series on the GOSPEL called GamePlan:

Gameplan – 1 – GRDM Overview – Luke 24 (sermon)

GamePlan – 1 – GRDM Overview (curriculum)

Gameplan – 2 – GRDM Person of Jesus – Luke 24 (sermon)

GamePlan – 3 – The Work of Jesus (curriculum)

Gameplan – 4 – Response to Jesus – Luke 24 (sermon)

RELATIONAL: Step 2

Relational is the second step in our CENTRIC Student Strategy.

The Gospel isn’t just something we believe in student ministry, but it is what drives us to love others because we understand God’s love.

The essence of the Gospel is that even in our sinfulness, Jesus came to earth to save us. He did the most loving act imaginable by leaving the comforts of heaven, becoming a human being like us (while remaining fully God), resisting sin and obeying God every single second, becoming our sin on the cross, and raising from the dead. All of this was so that God could have a relationship with us. God did not create us because He was lonely, but because He wanted to love us and give us as a love gift to His Son, Jesus.

In Luke 24: 13-17 right after His resurrection, we see Jesus joining two of His disciples on a walk. “Their eyes were kept from recognizing Him” because Jesus was in ninja-mode. These disciples were already discussing His death because the miracle to His death and resurrection are so powerful that they naturally dominate our conversations. Jesus played dumb and asked them what they were talking about. They did everything but unknowingly call Jesus stupid and told His stranger-self about all that had just happened.

The point is, without them knowing it, Jesus stepped into their conversation and came in on their level. In verses 25-27, Ninja Jesus strongly taught them what really had happened by reminding them of ALL the Scriptures have spoken. He went on to tell them how all the Bible is about Jesus and the Gospel.

Because of this passage, the 2nd step in our CENTRIC Student Ministry Strategy is RELATIONAL:

  1. Our RELATIONSHIP with Christ.
  2. Our RELATIONSHIP with Christians.
  3. Our RELATIONSHIP with Not-Yet Christians.

We know that the Gospel has entered our LIFE when it has affected our LOVE.

Students Ministries should strategize to train students RELATIONALLY by:

  • Encourage their students to enter into daily devotions from the Word.
  • Train their students to have powerful times of personal prayer with God.
  • Design their Small Group experience as discussion and application.
  • Equip their students to have conversations with the lost about Jesus.

Here are my personal sermon on RELATIONAL:

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