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Weekend Teaching Series: Facebook Official (series finale, week 5 of 5)
Sermon in a Sentence: Where to go from here after learning the last 4 weeks about friendship, dating, marriage and sex.
Service Length: 69 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend I spoke on how to find forgiveness and restoration for a fresh start in the areas we had covered during this series. The message this weekend was more of an “outroduction” since we kinda jumped right in up front. Doing a concluding talk like this was new for us – but it was challenging to try it since it felt like it might end the series with a fizzle rather than a bang. But it was great! Hope also spoke this weekend, bringing a great side to these topics from her experience personally in failures and successes. It was her first time to teach on the weekend and she did a great job walking students through a Biblical plan for guarding your heart and helping you find your identity in Christ first.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: We had a really creative acoustic opener of a Rihanna song, as well as a new HSM Talks video about relationships that was laugh out loud funny and a little over the top. Lots of students involved, and thankfully that last homecoming weekend of the year so we’ll finally be all together once again next week!

Music Playlist: We Found Love, Healer, One Thing Remains, Forever Reign

Favorite Moment: This series has been SO great! So excited to think how students can/will/are changing their lives in these key areas with the power of God’s Spirit.

Up next: Do Something (series premiere, week 1 of 2)

2 COMMENTS

  • Kevin Klas says:

    Hey Josh, thanks for sharing these. The other night I was listening to the NYWC SD Grande Series where you built this series. I made it to your other sessions but was unable to make it to this one so I bought the mp3 (which was twice as much even though it was not 2.5 hours ;)) I was surprised on how quickly you executed the series since the convention. Looks great, thanks again for sharing.

    Also, for a while I have been calling my High School stuff HSM and my Middle School stuff MSM. Do you use that for both High School and Middle School or does Kurt have some cool name? I chose these just because I can’t ever come up with cool names for stuff. I found out for the first time at one of your sessions that you use the same name. Please don’t take me to court 😉

    Anyways, thanks for all you do and for sharing so much of your stuff on the blog!

    -Kevin

  • Josh says:

    We call our Junior High Ministry Wildside. It is a super clever/descriptive name – even if is has to be explained a bit. I do love the simplicity of HSM – high school ministry at Saddleback Church. I inherited it, but have never wanted to change it. I think some of the “name it cool” movement may be over at least in our culture – we’re naming most everything straightforward right now. Summer Camp, Midweek Bible Sutudy, etc. Simple = clear!

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