Weekend Teaching Series: Before and After: a study through Ephesians (series finale, week 3 of 3)
Sermon in a Sentence: A celebration of summer camp decisions framed around the whole armor of God.
Service Length:
89 minutes

Understandable Message: The week after camp might be my favorite youth group of the year. Everyone is there and everyone is on fire! All 4 high school services this weekend were a total joy to be at – hearing all that God did in the hearts of our students was absolutely incredible. Made me so thankful to be in youth ministry and honored to serve with an incredible team. I opened up the message by reading through Ephesians 6 and the whole armor of God. Then I asked them for testimonies on each of the parts of the armor of God:

  • Helmet of Salvation: testimonies or trusting Christ, baptism, etc.
  • Shield of Faith: stories of spiritual growth, etc
  • Shoes of Peace: testimonies of forgiveness, restoration, reconciliation
  • Body Armor of Righteousness: stories of turning away from sin
  • Belt of Truth: share a truth or confess a lie you’ve been living or believing
  • Sword of the Spirit: share a verse that has been meaningful to you this summer

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend we played the HSM Summer Camp highlight video and made a couple of callbacks to awesome videos from camp. The Amp Up Song, Krispy Kreme (Haters Wanna Be Me) and The Other Direction all made appearances. Such a fun, overpowering weekend!

Music Playlist: Here for you, What Would I Have Done, All I Am Christ in Me, We Are The Free

Favorite Moment: For sure hearing students stories. So, so strong.

Up next: Worship Together Weekend #2

Weekend Teaching Series: Before and After: a study through Ephesians (week 2 of 3)
Sermon in a Sentence: Orphan to being a child of God, from a fan to follower and being a true disciple.
Service Length:
66 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend Jessica Torres (HSM’s Life Group coordinator) taught our weekend service and Justin Knowles (weekend coordinator) jumped in to teach a point as well. We are continuing our look through Ephesians – this week they concentrated on who we were before Christ and the continuing transformation that must happen as we mature in our faith. They both did an awesome job of helping the Bible come alive with personal stories, admissions and illustrations. Good stuff!

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This week we went to the Orange County Fair and shot some short videos that a contestant on stage would have to guess the outcome. How fast could someone eat a Krispy Kreme friend chicken sandwich, how many shots would we make in the basketball challenge and who would shoot out the star in the BB gun game. The games were simple and fun and the person on stage got prizes that stacked as they got correct answers. Fun, easy and felt very summery!

Music Playlist: Break Free, Your Love is Strong, Revelation Song, Love Came Down

Favorite Moment: Jessica is one of my favorite youth workers on the planet. She is such a great teacher, so warm and invites you to really listen and engage with what God has taught her. So good! And loved Justin getting his first taste of teaching in HSM, too. Great people!

Up next: Before and After (series finale, week 3 of 3)

Weekend Teaching Series: Before and After: a study through Ephesians (series premiere, week 1 of 3)
Sermon in a Sentence: The person that I used to be and the person I am in Christ.
Service Length:
66 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend AC taught for the first time in HSM – he walked students through Ephesians 2 and how we were before Christ and the life-change that happens at salvation. He did a great job explaining sin, the traps of Satan and salvation by God’s grace. The highlight of the weekend was when he had a student come up and share the story of her life, including a recent departure from God’s path that cost her things she could never get back. Her story clearly illustrated the amazing grace of God and how

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend was really straightforward with lots of welcoming students, a fun recap of our recent Rwanda mission trip and our 80′s skate night from this past Friday.

Music Playlist: Somebody That I Used to Know (A capella cover), Here For You, Majesty, What Would I Have Done, Savior of the World

Favorite Moment: Cayla sharing her story was incredible – made the whole message come to life. Incredible testimony to God’s grace!

Up next: Before and After (week 2 of 3)

We’re doing a new series in July called Before and After – a 3-week study from the book of Ephesians. For each series I like to do what I call an “arc”- a simple description of where we want to take students and what the messages will be about. Here’s where we’re headed in July!

3-week study through the book of Ephesians

Week 1: The Person I Used to Be (AC)
BEFORE we were broken, sinful and trapped in darkness by Satan. AFTER we have been freed by the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ. This message proclaims the truth that our past is past and our future is with Christ – a celebration of salvation and an invitation to those who have never followed Christ to step across the line today.
Central text: Ephesians 2
Keyword: Savior

Week 2: Above Nothing (Jess)
BEFORE we would live for ourselves and focus everything on us. AFTER we realize that God made us for a mission and we are to love and serve others. Our salvation is not of works, but the saved serve.
Central text: Ephesians 3
Keyword: Servant

Week 3: All Out War (Josh/Parker)
BEFORE we were unaware of the spiritual battle that rages on behind the scenes against us. Christ is our savior and we are His servants – but AFTER we still fight temptation, struggles and problems. Time to do battle by putting on the armor of God!
Central text: Ephesians 6
Keyword: Soldier