Christians struggle with sin. When someone becomes a Christians they don’t stop struggling with sin. In fact, before someone is a Christian there isn’t really a struggle at all. They are dead in their sins and live in rebellion against God. However, when someone becomes a Christian their sins are forgiven and they receive a new nature (Ephesians 1:7; 2 Corinthians 5:17). This new nature in Christ is what starts the struggle with sin. The old nature remains. Until Christians get to heaven that old nature will still be with them. This old nature is at war with the new nature (Paul shares this struggle in Romans 7). The good news is God has revealed in His Word how Christians can deal with sin. We are not to continue in our sin but strive to put off our old man and put on the new man (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Below you will find a link to a three week teaching series I wrote and taugh on the topic of dealing with sin. In this series, I cover three ways the Bible tells Christians to deal with sin – confession, repentance, and war. Each week focuses on one of these things. This series includes three teaching manuscripts, small group questions, and the series graphic.
The link below will take you to Download Youth Ministry where you can purchase the entire series or individual messages from this series. While you’re there check out some of the other resources DYM offers.
Note: Please keep in mind this series was originally written for and taught to students. However, it’s a great series for other audiences as well so feel free to tweak it and use it how it best fits your context. I hope this series is a blessing to you and your ministry.
This week in our high school ministry we had what we call a Coffee House. Basically we meet in a smaller room than normal and create a coffee house atmosphere. We offer free coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. Our band also goes acoustic for the night and leads in worship. It’s always a great time and our students love it! I’d encourage you and try this with your high school students. There is something about the coffee house style that attracts high school students.
We also did a coffee trivia game that I want to share with you. We simply called it “Coffee Trivia” and it went over pretty well. I searched the web for facts about coffee and put together ten questions for this game. Below is the PowerPoint presentation for this game as well has a folder with just the image files. Download and use this game sometime with your students. If you do, let me know how it goes.
I love seeing students coming to Christ! It’s why I do what I do. I love it! But when a student comes to Christ, that is only the beginning. Yes, it’s awesome and should be celebrated, but we must then start the process of making sure that student get discipled and they learn the basics of walking with Jesus.
There are tons of great resources out there to help youth pastors and youth workers do this important task. However, I have yet to find one I am 100% sold on. Not that they are not good and helpful, but I just haven’t been able to stick to with one resource. So I figured I would make my own. I sat down and asked myself, “What are the basic topics (or conversations) I would have with a student who has just come to Christ?” What I came up with was eight conversation topics that I believe are vital for a student who has just come to Christ to have with another believer.
I don’t claim to have the best resource for discipling students who have just come to Christ, but I have been seeing it work in my context. It’s simple and easy to use. I also don’t claim to be that good at graphics so don’t expect anything to flashy with the look of this resource. Just a simple, easy to use resource to help youth workers disciple students. Click the link below, download it, and use it if you’d like. If you do use it, I’d love to hear what you thought so feel free to leave a comment below.
It has been awhile since I have done a freebie so today I wanted to make sure I highlighted a freebie that my friends over at LeaderTreks have put together for you to use this Easter season with your students. It’s a two-part lesson called “The Why Behind Jesus Death and Resurrection,” which includes a facilitator’s guide, student handouts, and parent resources. Below is what LeaderTreks has to say about this great resource.
This Easter season as you celebrate Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, have you stopped to ask why? Why did Jesus have to die for humanity? Why did he have to rise again? This free two-part lesson will help your students answer these weighty questions. They’ll learn about sacrifice in ancient Israel and how it relates to Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. Then they’ll discover some of the most important promises Jesus made during his life and how his resurrection proves his trustworthiness.
All you need to do is click the link below to go to LeaderTrek’s website and download this free resource. Be sure to look around at their website for other great resources as well.
Throughout the month of January our church has been in a series called 10 Degrees Hotter. This is the vision four our church in 2014 that God has placed on our lead pastors heart. Throughout the series we have been talking about how we can grow 10 degrees hotter in our affection for God. The first and greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Gary Chapmen is probably best known for his book The 5 Love Languages. In that book Chapmen says every human being gives and receives love in different “languages.” They love languages are words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. In this series, 10 Degrees Hotter, our lead pastor has been walking us through how these love languages can also help us grow in our love for God. Just as we work on these languages in a married towards our spouse, we can use them to grow in our affection for God. You can click here to watch the sermons from this series.
To go along with this vision and series, our lead pastor wrote a book about growing 10 degrees hotter. In this book he walks through the love languages and how we can use them to grow in our affection towards God as well as other practical ways to grow in this area. Also, the book is totally FREE! Click the link below to get the 10 Degrees Hotter ebook and see how you can grow 10 degrees hotter in your affection for God.