Weekend Teaching Series: #REALTALK (series premiere, week 1 of 2)
Service Length:
82 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend we were excited to welcome Sean McDowell to HSM and he taught an incredible lesson, “If God Exists, Why Is there Evil in the World”? It was super powerful and clear – students were incredibly attentive – I think every year when we start the apologetics series that discipleship can be evangelistic! All students need a strong foundation for their faith, and hearing someone like Sean go after the teachings of popular atheists and tackle big questions is really incredible. I learned a ton this weekend! A ton of his content us available in the GodQuest series that is a creative way to “bring” Sean to your church, too. You can check it out here.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This week we had a fun “blooper reel” from the HSM Sports Minutes from this fall and did a fun “Awkward Hug” camera during the greeting time. Always like to have a little bit of fun at youth group, right?

Music Playlist: Divine and Holy, Here For You, Cannons, Ancient Skies

Favorite Moment: During the second service Saturday night I did a little “ad-lib” at the end of the message and asked students who had experienced the “evil” or broken world that Sean talked about to stand during the closing and we would lay hands on them and pray for them. Not something I would usually do in the middle of our entry-level program and not part of the plan, but a powerful moment to ask God to be present as students walk through their pain.

Up next: #REALTALK (week 2 of 2)

Weekend Teaching Series: [re]THINK: Why Am I a Christian? (series premiere, week 1 of 2)
Sermon in a Sentence: Why are you a Christian? Because you were raised that way? It is just right? Because of your experience? There has to be more to it than that.

Service Length: 80 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend we brought in Brett Kunkle from Stand to Reason to help teach about the foundation for faith asking the most basic of question: why am I a Christian? His goal was to deconstruct some of the typical answers and build a foundation for genuine faith that will stand the tests of college and adulthood. It was a great talk and Brett did a great job relating and connecting students in this part 1 of his 2-part series.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend we programmed light to give our special speaker the most time, but still had a fun video “We Like Tesoro,” baptisms and we announced the You Own the Weekend weeks coming up in March. And the first weekend of the year we always ask everyone to fill out an information card as well, so we have the latest info and get everyone on the HSM text lists, etc.

Music Playlist: Paradise (Coldplay cover), Your Love Never Fails, All I Am, We Shine

Favorite Moment: Without a doubt my favorite moment was at the end of the message, when he left them in a bit of a cliffhanger and didn’t resolve all of the questions and tension in the room. He ended with a fictional story about people gathering every week to worship Peter Pan and challenged to think of Christianity beyond the fairy tale and to know the objective truth of our faith. Really great!

Up next: [re]THINK: Why Am I a Christian? (week 2 of 2)