Weekend Teaching Series: You Are Here (What on Earth Am I Here For? church-wide campaign, series premiere, week 2 of 6)
Service Length:
72 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend our student ministries worship pastor Taffy took on the topics of being created for worship and community. He talked about the passion and energy of the Florida State Seminoles football crowd and how passionate and full of worship they are for their team. Then he took that in the direction of what would it look like if we were that passionate about Christ, moving together for the cause of Christ. A great talk, lots of energy,

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This week we had a pretty straightforward service – a couple fun videos, a volunteer introduction and songs mixed in throughout the message.

Music Playlist: Avalanche, How He Loves, Revelation Song, Forever Reign, The Earth is Yours

Favorite Moment: I love having a volunteer on stage every week – we want to help students get to know our incredible volunteers and we brought up a different one at each of the 4 services. Love them so much – they are making such a huge difference in the lives of our students!

Up next: Worship Together Weekend: You Are Here (week 3 of 6)

Here’s the final and full version of The Book series video that Parker made for our student-version of the 40 Days in the Word campaign. So, so good!


Weekend Teaching Series: The Book [40 Days in the Word church-wide campaign] (series finale, week 6 of 6)
Sermon in a Sentence: How to Study Your Bible

Service Length: 82 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend was the conclusion to The Book, our student version of the 40 Days in the Word church-wide campaign. In the finale I wanted to help students learn how to read the Bible, but took it from the opposite angle with the message being titled, “Don’t Read The Bible” which got some great reactions. The idea was that if you read the Bible, it will change you completely. I also asked 3 students to share how they read the Bible as well, so it wasn’t just a pastor telling them they should but they could hear from students who were doing their best to read and live out the book in real high school life.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend we played a get to know you-type game where we put 2 contestants on stage (in this case Travis and Justin – two new guys on the team) and put up a random fact about them where students could text in who they thought the fact was about. We used polleverywhere.com, with a custom background so it looked much slicker than their default results template. The winners got a Twinkie shower which was hilarious and over the top, too. We also had a fun video or two to round out the night. So fun!

Music Playlist: We Shine, God Above All, Love to Learn, Amazing Love, Divine and Holy

Favorite Moment: I always love students sharing on stage – gives such credibility to the talk. The whole place got so focused when students took the stage. Way to go Sofie, Brad and Paula!

Up next: You Own the Weekend: Trabuco Hills HS (series premiere, week 1 of 6)

Here’s the latest series bumper video from the 40 Days in the Word series (student version called The Book). Each week of the series the idea was to add another 20-30 seconds of content to introduce what would be talked about that weekend. This is the best so far! Final version coming next week!


Weekend Teaching Series: The Book [40 Days in the Word church-wide campaign] (week 5 of 6)
Sermon in a Sentence: New Testament survey.

Service Length: 79 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend I wanted to take students on an overview of the entire New Testament – helping them see the big picture of the second half of the Bible. We discovered each of the major divisions, focused on the big picture view and zoomed in just a little bit to help understand communion, etc. During each point I had a couple guys on stage drawing/painting an image of that part of the Bible so we had a full timeline of the Bible hanging on stage when the talk was done.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend we introduced Justin and Travis – the 2 new staff members on the HSM team. We had a fun video and did a quick interview with them on stage. We also played a few funny videos – during the recap of last week I played the David & Goliath voiceover video and then for an illustration we played the video of the dad shooting his daughter’s laptop (because she had posted some bad comments and him and his wife).

Music Playlist: Go, Savior of the World, Thank You, Hosanna, How He Loves

Favorite Moment: I loved having communion at the end of the service this weekend – it just felt right as we worked through the New Testament in the Life of Christ and the early church. It was a great finale to the service – we had our team around the room at stations for prayer as well. Love it!

Up next: The Book (series finale, week 6 of 6)

(abbreviated weekend in review this week – I was out of town!)

Weekend Teaching Series: The Book (church-wide 40 Days in the Word campaign kickoff)
Sermon in a Sentence: Getting a basic understanding of 15 difficult words from the Bible.

Understandable Message: This weekend Taffy took over the message as I was away for the weekend with my family (before heading to Rwanda). This week in the series arc [see an overview of all 6 weeks here] we were to take on 15 difficult words from the Bible. Here’s the list of words that leaders/students came up with that he explained during the talk:

  • Hallelujah
  • Amen
  • Fear
  • Devil/Lucifer/Satan
  • Sexual Immorality/Fornication
  • Sin
  • Atonement
  • Ask Jesus into your heart
  • Born again
  • Redeemed
  • Blessings
  • Holy
  • Grace
  • Mercy
  • Eternal Life

Up next: The Book: 40 Days in the Word (week 4 of 6)

This might be a case of funnier to “us” than to “you” but played strong this weekend in HSM. It was week 3 of The Book, focusing on difficult words of the Bible.


Weekend Teaching Series: The Book (church-wide campaign, week 2 of 6)
Sermon in a Sentence: Why the Bible was written.

Service Length: 75 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend my goal was to share about why the Bible was written – we talked about how it was written to equip and transform us as an instruction manual, love letter and to show us God’s love. It was once again a different style message – more about the Bible than anything else. Hannah Rich shared her testimony about how God changed her life through the Scripture as well.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend we played a hilarious new game we called App Showdown: the app this week was Temple Run and we had 2 iPhones go head to head on the big screen. It was super fun – one student managed to have a run of close to 10K right out the gate. It was epic – super fun and easy – it will become a regular game we play in the future – just change to whatever the hot app is at that time (Fruit Ninja, Tiny Wings, etc). We also played the classic Jesus Pwn3d you video near the opening of the service, too!

Music Playlist: Rise and Sing, Words That You Say, Learn to Love, Your Love is Enough, Burning One

Up next: The Book: 40 Days in the Word (week 3 of 6)