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Josh Griffin

Did a bit of brainstorming today thinking about sermon series in the new school year – and ran across some old sermon series ideas. Here are 25 or so for you to check out, if there’s a useful one in there, use it!

  • Loss For Words: When You Don’t Know What to Say to Someone
  • Shine Bright
  • Cheat, Steal, Lie
  • HERO
  • Call of Duty: What God Wants Us to Do
  • Read it and Weep
  • GodTwitter: 140 character verses
  • Instant Makeover: 3 Weeks to Look Way Different
  • How to Stand Out in a Crowd
  • The Sex
  • Accelerate
  • The Next Step
  • Worst to First: Big Turnaround Bible Stories
  • The World Will End in 2012 – a series on Revelation
  • It’s the End of the World As We Know It – a series on Revelation
  • Going Up? – a series about Heaven
  • Jesus in the Real World: Living Out Now What He Said Then
  • Top 2: Love God, Love Others
  • Talk to Me – a series on prayer
  • PostSecret – a series on secrets and exposing the real you
  • Say You’re Sorry – a series on forgiveness
  • STORIES – a series made up entirely of testimonies, baptisms and stories of life change
  • My Friend is Struggling with _____________.
  • Life After High School

This past year or so we’ve had fun with Backward$, Dear God and Save the Planet. Have you got a great sermon series title to share? Give us another one in the comments!


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  • Kate says:

    No more, but Talk to Me answers a need I have for a title for prayer ‘sections’ on handouts (for Junior Highers who struggle with prayer) – tx

  • davedandconfused says:

    7 deadly sins of a youth group
    Fightin Words – handling conflict, controlling the tongue
    Scary Jesus – a series around halloween covering the side of Jesus we dont always see or want to think about

  • Travis Williams says:

    The Thruth Series- Looking at the book Evidence That Demands a Verdict and apologetics
    Take Me To Your Leader
    OMG! -Our Mighty God!

  • Travis Williams says:

    *Truth not thruth,lol

  • kirk says:

    kinks- what stops God from flowing through you

  • Mike Brake says:

    “Where Should I Go to College?” – a series on seeking God’s Will and trusting Him through all of life’s BIG and small questions.

  • Chris Jackson says:

    YoU aSkEd It: our current series answring questions they turned in!

  • lance says:

    “Lost” Is Over, Now What?

    A series on “Habits”. This series would coincide with the last episode of the ABC show lost.

  • Brad Daniel says:

    Here are a couple we are doing this fall:
    Jukebox: we will take a Top 40 hit’s lyrics and compare with scripture
    That’s What He Said: A look at the red letters of Jesus
    Leftovers: Giving God our time, talents, and treasures

  • Jim Perry says:

    Thanks for the ideas.

  • Josh Herndon says:

    I just did a series called, “Cinderella and Coldplay are Killing your Love Life: Love in Real Life”.

    A practical approach to love and dating. It was really well received. Email me if you’re interested in it! josh@restoringhope.com

  • Josh Herndon says:

    I also did a series called, “Why We Do What We Do”. Exploring the “taboos” of the church, and why we say “abstain”.

  • Jarrod Newton says:

    We’re doing two series this school term… ‘Profile of a life-giver’ and ‘My faith, my responsibility.’

  • Jeff says:

    I don’t want to dampen the creativity but is this working backwards? Coming up with a cool name for a series and then figuring out what it should be on? Why not start with Scripture then get the fancy name? Maybe I’m just wierd or totally out of touch with what students really want.

  • Josh Griffin Josh says:

    Jeff … dude, EVERYTHING revolves around Scripture. Just fun naming the series you teach from Scripture. JG

  • Jon says:

    great ideas…i’m interested in the GodTwitter one. what’s the subject matter? verses with 140 characters? is there a way to find those?

  • Jeff says:

    JG- I know that and I know that’s where you come from but I know too many leaders who look for a cool theme or build an entire series on an illustration and then attach some verses. I’m not one of those grumpy frumpy anti-everything kinds of guys, I just feel like one reason youth leaders are not seen as “real pastors” is because their speaking/preaching/teaching is weak. Often we are seen as needing a fancy title or catchy name or crazxy media to make up for that weakness. There was a Collide article which talked about this type of thing where John Piper mentioned he wasn’t so big on media illustrations mostly because he felt they were used to cover up weak teaching.

    So we’re on the same page I think. And my students loved the PDYM Student Leadership Conference.

  • zac says:

    We just did an identity in Christ series called “RPG: Real Personal God” it was fun to use elements of role-playing games and rocket propelled grenades (we’re situated next to a marine base, so many of our students were more familiar with that than the roleplaying games) to illustrate who God is, who we are in response, and what it looks like when that relationship with our real God is restored.

  • Tony says:

    We just finished a series on the armor of God called six round knockout. We made our stage into a boxing ring with a punching bag hanging from the ceiling. We used the rocky videos to be our openers. We even made a count
    down to go along with the theme using eye of the tiger music. Here is a link to that countdown feel free to use it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWpPU3NYjO0

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  • kelly lange says:

    thank you so much for the ideas.I’m a sophomore in high school in Arkansas. Last Wednesday at youth i proposed the idea that each week a different student do a small lesson. next week is my week and you just gave some amazing ideas. thank you

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  • Asena says:

    Thanks for the ideas. We just did GAME PLAN. What’s your game plan? Everyone wore team shirts. I taught in a referee jersey. What’s God’s game plan for your life? What happens when you aren’t firm in the game plan (hypocrisy, lukewarm). What’s Satan’s game plan for you?

    In response to the previous thought that the title should come after reading scripture. I do agree but it’s possible to get a title like CALL OF DUTY, since its already used in homes everywhere, and pray into it, and that message unfold. THAT title alone gets my attention and will that of every teen who sees, or hears it advertised, because they are familiar with it. I’m loving these ideas.

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