Contributed on Sep 13, 2006
God wants all of us to jump into Him! He wants us full throttle, diving into Him despite the fear and trusting that he is there to catch us and that it will be amazing. And He wants to use us to make a difference and be an example.
Tonight I would like to start with a movie clip from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Indy and his father have been forced to help the Nazis find the Holy Grail, the cup which Jesus used at the Last Supper with His disciples. Towards the end of their adventure, Indy’s father is shot, leaving him ...read more
Contributed on Sep 19, 2006
As we consider following Christ, we need to realize that there may be things that hold us back from jumping all in. Until we wrestle with them, we won’t go anywhere!
***Open with skit*** Skit: Guy #1: Going on a hike was a great idea man! I love being outside. Guy #2: Me too, it is a gorgeous day. Bear: Grrrr…… Guy #2: What was that?? (Both guys turn and look around, Guy# 1 spots the bear) Guy #1: It’s a bear!! Quick, run!!!! (the two guys run ...read more
Contributed on Oct 10, 2006
Jesus wants us to cry out to him our deepest thoughts and feelings about what is going on in the world. He will always answer because He is in control.
There are a lot of people in this world who wake up everyday with thoughts of fear in their minds because of the storms that surround us. The more and more news that floods our lives just builds this constant anxiety and stress; another school shooting, another terrorist attack, another threat. ...read more
Contributed on Oct 23, 2006
Our world creates a never ending cycle of always needing that one more thing to be accepted. Our church tells us we just need to do that one more thing to be good enough. Jesus just says come!
Tonight I want to start our time together by taking a look at a couple of TV commercials. They are both Coke commercials from their new slogan, “The Coke side of life.” As we watch each one, I want you guys to really watch close and think about what each add is really communicating. ***Watch the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 6, 2006
Jesus offers us a new life through a relationship with Him. How are you responding to that newness?
Tonight, I would like to start off by talking about a simple word – “new.” What comes to your minds and what do you think about when you see or hear this word? • Births • CD/Movie releases • Car • Fad • Wedding • Second chances What emotions are usually associated with these ...read more
Contributed on Nov 13, 2006
Think about the question, is there a right way to apporach Jesus? For many, the answer is yes and we all have a different opinion. If that is the case, who is right and which does Jesus prefer?
***Open with skit – Adaptation of “A Day in Court” from The Idea’s Library: Drama, Skits, and Sketches pg. 32-33*** (The prosecutor and the defendant are seated at the front on opposite sides.) Narrator: The following are the closing statements from a very important case that has been ...read more
Contributed on Nov 27, 2006
What is God showing you in your life today? What is He doing? How are you growing? Every small step and every small glimpse of God in your life is a miracle that deserves to be proclaimed to all.
I would like to start with a little activity tonight and to begin I need everyone to stand up. I would like everyone to close their eyes and listen carefully to the description I am going to read and imagine living life that is being described. Your alarm goes off at 6:00 AM as it is time to ...read more
Contributed on Jan 8, 2007
Why does God call us to live differently than the world around us? It doesn’t seem fair!
Way back in September, when we started Breakaway for the new school year we introduced our theme for the year as Jump! The whole idea was looking at the importance of jumping into a relationship with Christ. We picked this word for three main reasons. First, we said that jump communicates no ...read more
Contributed on Jan 17, 2007
We talk about having faith in one another, in God, in sport teams - but what is auntic faith really? On top of that, is this guy named Jesus even worthy of our faith?
I want to start off tonight by throwing a few scenarios at you guys where I want you to think about how you would feel about God and what you would say to Him, if anything, if you were in that situation. As I read each one, take a moment just to place yourself in the story and write your thoughts ...read more
Contributed on Jan 22, 2007
What is real love? We throw the word around all the time in connection to family and hamburgers. But what is love and what does it look like?
Love is a word that we throw around all over the place nowadays. In any given day you hear love used in a number of different contexts and in connection with a number of different things. In the morning before you head out the door for school one of your family members might shout out, “I love ...read more
Contributed on Mar 1, 2007
Why bother with spiritual disciplines? What’s the point? Paul says that he considers all the "things" he did worthless so doesn’t that get us off the hook?? Well...
For those of you who were on the winter retreat, you will remember that on Saturday night Greg talked about what it means to have a real walk with God and how to continue to grow in our relationships with Him. He expressed that we all needed to be taking in “Daily Nutrition” if we really wanted to ...read more
Contributed on Mar 5, 2007
It is so important to hang out with God so that we know Him more and more. What does that look like and how do we do that.
In our culture today, the importance of nutrition is such a big issue that seems to be everywhere we turn. Almost every magazine that covers culture, like People, Cosmo Girl, or Entertainment Weekly, usually has some story inside about some celebrity who is too skinny. Images like these (on wall) ...read more
Contributed on Mar 19, 2007
So many people talk about prayer and reading the Bible and serving and all the other great and wonderful things; but not a lot of people talk about listening to God. How do we do it?
Tonight I want to start off with a little brain teaser. If you have heard this before, please don’t ruin it for everyone else and just keep your thoughts to yourself. I’ll read the question and then you guys can have a minute or two to think. Once you have gotten the answer right, again, please ...read more
Contributed on Apr 5, 2007
Continuing our conversation about taking in daily nutrition we turn our attention towards giving. How should that play a part in our every day lives?
Tonight we are going to continue our conversation about taking in Daily Nutrients as we jump deeper and deeper into a relationship with God. Since coming back for the Winter Retreat we have been talking about the importance of hanging out at the feet of Jesus and what that looks like. A few weeks ...read more
Contributed on Jun 14, 2007
What is heaven going to be like in eternity? Three things that will be just perfect...
Tonight, I want to build off of our conversation from last week as we talked about eternity. The main point last week was that eternity is not only a future matter but that it also a present matter. Not only are we physical creations of God but we are also spiritual creations as well. Likewise, the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 3, 2007
Too often, young people are told that they aren’t good enough, experienced enough, or educated enough. Meanwhile, talent and gifts are going unused.
Tonight, I want to start right off by jumping into the Word and looking at a passage about a young boy being used by God in a big way. Let’s open our Bibles to 1 Samuel 16:1-13. ***Have a youth read 1 Samuel 16:1-13*** As we pick up our text, a man named Saul has been King of Israel. In fact, ...read more