(this report was written by Justin Knowles – check out his blog here - I was in Dallas speaking at the YS Convention)

Weekend Teaching Series: #REALTALK (Week 2 of 2)
Service Length: 78 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend we were so excited to have Sean McDowell back at HSM for a second week. We got to ask the question “How can a loving God send a good person to Hell?”. I know right? A tough one. But Sean tackled it with power and with grace. Our students ate it up as they listened to him explain how God does not want to send anyone to hell, but they willingly choose to reject Him and His Word. That there is no such thing as “good people” because we all are sinners and are messed up, but God sent His Son to save us. It is awesome how he went about such a tough topic, yet really popular topic as well. Sean killed it.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: We had a fun video to promote our Winter Retreat for our students in small groups that was a huge hit. Also, a few weeks ago we had a competition to see which class could bring in the most canned goods for our PEACE Center. Our freshmen class one and as a prize they got to record an anthem song and shoot a video with AC (HSM staff member) and we played it for all to this this weekend. It was amazing.

Music Playlist: Yours Forever, Overcome, Tear Down The Walls

Favorite Moment: After all of the services, Sean was bombarded with students asking more questions about hell, the idea of hell, and why God would even make hell. It was awesome just to sit back and listen to Sean answer these really tough and honest questions with the love and tenderness as he did with our students. It made me realize how smart he is about these tough questions and was a great reminder why we got him to come and speak. LEGIT!

Up Next: Special Guest Speaker: Mark Munoz (Professional UFC MMA Fighter)