Weekend Teaching Series: 5 Ways to Be Awesome: A study through the book of James
Sermon in a Sentence: Faith and good works – that a life of service, ministry and good deeds flows from the heart of a follower of Jesus. James 2:14-20
Service Length: 66 minutes
Understandable Message: This weekend the talk was built around the section of James 2 where he talks about good works flowing from a life of faith. How that faith is dead without evidence of a changed life in our actions and outlook. We looked at the roadblocks of why we choose not to serve (outright selfishness was my admission) and offered students several practical ways to get involved in serving in HSM and outside the church walls in the community.
Element of Fun/Positive Environment: We played a simple game where we hit inflatable balls into the audience and whoever caught them won a small prize. LeJon James (our intern Jon Varner) came out and signed and autographed poster of LeBron James for one of the winners. We also played a quick round of Total Recall, where we ask them tough questions about a movie clip we play on the screen, featuring a funny clip from Toy Story 3.
Music Playlist: Yours Forever, Savior of the World, Overcome, The Stand
Favorite Moment: This weekend my favorite moment was talking to a few students after the service. In the talk I said that I would dedicate and theme an entire wall in The Refinery to the students who took the biggest leap and succeeded in serving others. There were some great ideas – I’m excited to see what students come up with in the coming months to serve others!
Up Next: 5 Ways to be Awesome [week 3 of 5, Kurt Johnston speaking since I'm on vacation]