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Weekend Teaching Series: The End: what happens when its over? (series premiere, week 1 of 2)

Sermon in a Sentence: Exploring what the Bible says happens after we die.
Service Length: 65 minutes

Understandable Message: This week was a challenging talk to create – I wanted to follow-up the You Own the Weekend series with a plain message series about Heaven, Hell and what happens in the afterlife. Students seemed to show a genuine interest in the topic, I wanted to speak plainly about Hell this first week – focusing at the end on God’s love and the hope we have in Heaven. Lots of good comments afterward and excited to see students digging in to this challenging topic.

Volunteer/Student Involvement: The band doubled this week as greeters, and students controlled the cameras, lights, sound and control room. We were a little light on volunteers this week but those that were there jumped in to encourage and greet students who attended the service.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: We opened up with a few www.polleverywhere.com questions – 1) specifically asking students if they considered themselves a Christian, and 2) asking them to respond with what they believe happens after you die. Interesting results – somewhere between 60-80% of our audience considers themselves Christian, depending on the service. We had a simple The End series video and also played a round of Total Recall where we played the end of Monsters, Inc then asked a few trivia questions about the clip. Fun, well-themed, clear program.

Music Playlist: Gives You Hell (All-American Rejects cover), Yours Forever, You Never Let Go, Lead Me to the Cross, Hosanna

Favorite Moment: Without a doubt the coolest moment was the object lesson on stage. One of our volunteers created a couple of platforms with a gulf between that symbolized the end of life on earth and Heaven. At the bottom of the chasm was Hell, and at the end of the talk I spoke about God’s love through the cross, carried a cross on stage then used it as a bridge to Heaven. Cool way to illustrate victory over sin, Hell and Satan – ended with the song Lead Me to the Cross. Good stuff!

Up Next: The End (week 2 of 2)

10 COMMENTS

  • Josh says:

    LOST’s series finale title: “The End”

    Coincidence?

  • robert poliszuk says:

    hey josh…any chance i could get your transcript? love to see where u went with the talk…we’re doing a similar talk this weekend…thx

  • JG says:

    Total coincidence! But worked out perfectly for my opening illustration! JG

  • JG says:

    I’m sure I can toss it your way – I think eventually this will become a resource on Simply, too! JG

  • robert says:

    thank you so much…promise to buy it when it gets on simply…the timing would be great :)

  • Josh says:

    Since you promised … hahaha … OK! JG

  • aaron says:

    hey josh, i’d love to get a copy too! We are currently doing Kurt’s “What’s Next” series, but need to add a bit more for our Sr. High students. Let me know. I also promise to copy robert’s purchased copy when he purchases it.

  • […] The End. You can read more of the details about each of the weekend services here on my blog (week 1 and week 2) and if the actual sermon outlines and graphics would be helpful to you, go ahead and […]

  • Rick Wadsworth says:

    Josh I came across your blog and absolutely love it! I would love to get a transcript of your the end teaching series as well as the gentalmen above if possible. We are doing our disciple now weekend next week and this theme applies. Thanks in advance!

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