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Weekend Teaching Series: The End: what happens when its over? (week 2 of 2)
Sermon in a Sentence: Exploring what the Bible says happens after we die.
Service Length: 69 minutes
Understandable Message: Last week was all about death and Hell – but we ended with the hope of Jesus Christ. This week we went after Heaven – what it is like, how to get there and what our response to this series should be. Honestly I liked the structure and pacing of last week’s message a bit more – but this was a fun talk to create. We had a “man on the street” interview video about what students thought Heaven was like, and talked through the process of what happens after death and some of the Bible’s strongest passages on Heaven/New Earth. I was amazed by what I wasn’t able to cover in the weekend – it was a great exercise in not trying to teach everything we know about Heaven in 35 minutes.
Volunteer/Student Involvement: The band and choir doubled this week as greeters, and students controlled the cameras, lights, sound and control room. Volunteers jumped in to encourage and greet students who attended the service – I made a specific point in my message that if a student had questions about Heaven/Hell/afterlife to seek out anyone wearing an HSM shirt.
Element of Fun/Positive Environment: Once again we opened up with a couple of www.polleverywhere.com questions — 1) specifically asking students if and when they had trusted in Jesus. An amazing 25% of the results each service said they first accepted Christ in High School. And 2) asking them a funny question about what they wanted to do for eternity in Heaven. We also continued the idea of playing off “The End” theme by playing a fun game called Spoiler Alert where we asked questions about the ending/pivotal scenes of some of their favorite movies to win candy bars.
Music Playlist: Kings and Queens (30 Seconds to Mars cover), Til I See You, Lead Me to the Cross, Only Hope, Hold Me Now
Favorite Moment: Tough moment this weekend – this week we celebrated the goodbye of a couple that has been on our team for years. Jared and Alanna Moine are heading to Virgina to take a junior high youth ministry position there. Always tough to say goodbye to great friends and coworkers.
Up Next: Camp Promo Wkd (1-off, Doug Fields speaking)