Weekend Teaching Series: Love in Action, week 1 of 3
Sermon in a Sentence: We didn’t have a typical message this week, we wanted a 7-minute devotional then plenty of time to actually put love into action.
Key Verse: James 1:22. But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says.
Weekend Scale of Difficulty: 8 out of 10.
Attendance: Down 14% from last weekend, up 22% from same weekend last year
Service Length: 30 minutes, then 30 minutes to do the 3 experiences
Understandable Message: This week we moved away from a direct message and went after a short challenge, some music and 3 experiences. Our goal with the new series, Love in Action, is to move away from talking about love and doing it. The experiences were next steps to the 40 Days of Love series from a few weeks ago. The 3 experience rooms: Love is Truth, Love isn’t Selfish and Love is Forgiving. The Love is Truth experience had Post-Its to write down the name of your friends you want to reach this year, and a friendship evagelism card to fill out and put into your wallet. It also had a secrets box where you could write down anything and we would pray for you this week. The Love isn’t Selfish room had all sorts of ministry opportunities to sign up for – working in the children’s ministry, AIDS ministry, weekend team and student leadership. Finally, the Love is Forgiving room had people who would pray for you right there for any request you might have, and pieces of paper for confession that could be nailed to a cross in the room.
Volunteer/Student Involvement: Students ran the lights, sound, cameras and media, which were all at a minimum this weekend.
Element of Fun/Positive Environment: Jake jumped up at the stage and did some fun hosting stuff on stage, and the overall atmosphere was good since we were changing things up and not sitting and observing like normal.
Music Playlist: O Praise Him; Take it All; God of Justice
Favorite Moment: I was actually gone this past weekend (!!), so can that count as my favorite part? If I had to chose one, it would be the cross with all of the students’ confessions nailed to it. A powerful image and reminder that God is love and we need to lean on his love.