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)