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Good message? & Never Too Early…


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How do you think of a good message or series for students? There’s the argument of “topical” or “expositional”. Or maybe you just get a good idea, find some bible verses and your ready to preach. Maybe you think your students need to hear about a particular topic so you craft some messages to fit. Maybe you preach the lectionary or some other version of predetermined passages.

How do you think of a good message or series messages for students?

I probably do a mix of all the above. Some methods are better than others but none is right or wrong, in my opinion.

The current series we are doing, Never Too Early was a mix. I really wanted to dive into some scripture with my students and 1 Timothy kept coming to mind. My initial thought was to walk verse by verse through it. But then i started reading through the Old Testament as a new years resolutions and some of those stories really began to pop. So instead of just looking at Timothy as a young leaders i thought, let’s look at the life of a handful of young people in the bible who God used to accomplish his purposes. Almost immediately after this was the route i decided to go i ran across this video at church, PERFECT!

That’s was how this one came together and so far so good. 
We focused the first message on the disciples in general and how most of them were probably teenagers and the very core of Jesus’ movement to change the world.
The second week we took a look at David. He’s a no brainer. The older brothers overlooked because, as the scripture says, “humans look at the outward appearance (things like age and experience) but God looks at the heart.” And then we talked about David taking off the armor given him to face the giant because he realized the only way he would win the battle was by faith in his God, not by trying to be someone else and living in someone else’s armor or shadow.

Next week we will look at Timothy and focuses on the verse “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example…” This will be followed by Samuel and then a wrap up message to the series.

Doing this gig has it’s challenges. One of them is coming up stellar content that really connects with students… EVERY WEEK! The advantage i had in my previous gig was that i spend a couple months crafting messages and was then able to deliver them multiple times over a few months. And if a message was REALLY good i could keep in the rotation for up to a year. 

Things are a bit different now but i’m excited about how it’s stretching me and i look forward to working with other youth pastors like myself to collaborate in providing high quality biblical content to students and their families.

If you up for some collaboration let me know!

Grace and peace
erik

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I’m a pastor to students & families (a.k.a. youth pastor)


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It’s true I pastor students, middle school students to be specific. It’s a new gig for me and one i enter into with excitement and some biblical fear and trembling.

I read student ministry blogs here and there. I want to do that more; there are so many great ideas and encouraging people out there.
What student ministry blogs should I be reading?

And i’m looking forward to sharing some of the things we are doing here in the student ministry at Christ Church Plano.

Christ Church is a really great place! It’s also a really interesting mix of a liturgical church, rooted in tradition, history and beauty, and an evangelical bible church kinda feel with a high value on scripture and a personal relationship with Jesus. Most of the things you typically think of from a liturgical church and a bible church both find themselves being gracefully lived out right here in one place. Geographically we are in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas, a place called Plano that has its own kind of charm and plenty of suburban challenges.

I’m pretty new around here, just into my 3rd month, but I think this mix of things is going to make for some great but unique ministry in the student ministry world. I still know a lot of folks who are doing event-based attractional ministry, i know folks who are doing strong small group ministry, and i know folks who are trying to do missional youth ministry. I even know some folks who are doing a mix of all the above. The journey i’m on is to figure out how to do youth ministry in a liturgically sensible, biblically formative, socially conscious, and above all disciple-making kind of way.
Maybe there are some folks out there trying to do similar kinds of things. WHO ARE YOU? We need to talk!

Basically i’m excited to talk about student ministry, middle school ministry, failures, successes, and all the crazy stories in between. Student ministry is a wild ride but i’m excited to be a part of this community of people in a new kind of way. I’m excited to dive deeper into the conversation.

Grace and peace
erik

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Daily office // Weekly Bible Reading


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MONDAY JANUARY 23RD
Psalm 41, 52 | Gen. 14:1-24 | Psalm 44 | Heb. 8:1-13 | John 4:43-54

TUESDAY JANUARY 24TH
Psalm 45 | Gen. 15:1-11,17-21 | Psalm 47, 48 | Heb. 9:1-14 | John 5:1-18

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 25TH
Psalm 119:49-72 | Gen. 16:1-14 | Psalm 49, [53] | Heb. 9:15-28 | John 5:19-29

THURSDAY JANUARY 26TH
Psalm 50 | Gen. 16:15-17:14 | Psalm 59, 60 or 119 | Heb. 10:1-10 | John 5:30-47

FRIDAY JANUARY 27TH
Psalm 40, 54 | Gen. 17:15-27 | Psalm 51 | Heb. 10:11-25 | John 6:1-15

SATURDAY JANUARY 28TH
Psalm 55 | Gen. 18:1-16 | Psalm 138, 139 | Heb. 10:26-39 | John 6:16-27

SUNDAY: JANUARY 29TH
Psalm 111 | Deuteronomy 18:15-20 | 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 | Mark 1:21-28

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Welcome…


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Welcome to my new website and blog. I would love to hear what you think so leave me a comment or send me a message from the contact page.

Don’t forget to sign up for my news letter, twitter feed, and be my friend on facebook.

I think that covers all the bases!

Thanks for stopping by.

Grace and peace
erik

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MLK :: remembering…


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I’ve had a handful of meaningful conversation and interaction surrounds Martin Luther King Jr. that have made a impact on me. I remember talking with a friend of mine about not just his legacy but talking about how he lived as a young man, how focused and driven he was to pursue the things of God. I lived in Montgomery AL where he pastored. I’ve visited his church. I’ve read some of his writings and watched LOTS of video of his speeches / sermons. I’m floored every time i think of his amazing journey of non-violence, the courage and faith he must have had. I pray that i will be able to non-violently and self-sacrifically live in a way that brings the kingdom of God to come as i believe Dr. King did.

Here is a short video, be inspired!

 

 

Here are a couple links that are worth checking out…
http://www.TheKingCenter.org
Martin Luther King Jr. wikipedia page
Nobel Prize bio

and don’t foret to check out youtube, tons of great stuff.

 

 

 

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Resolutions & Bible Reading…


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I shared last Wednesday with my students about making resolutions that reflect our desire for the freedom God wants to give us and that lead us into the life God created for us to live.

One of my resolutions is to read the bible more this year!
I’m reading the whole thing in the first 90 days of the year and then at least one chapter ever day of this year.

My pastor, Fr. David Roseberry’s preached a sermon yesterday (check it out at Christ Church Plano) that was awesome and a great reminder and challenge for us to get into the Word of God this year!

Want to join me?!?!
You know you do!

I’m going to post on Facebook (and maybe on this blog) every monday, what is called The Daily Office. A collection of readings for everyday of the week that people all around the world read together.

Read all of the readings or just pick one of the readings for the day and take a few moments to get into God’s Word.

God will meet with you and speak to you!
Can’t wait to see what God does in our lives because we are getting into His life through reading His Word, the bible!!!

Here is The Daily Office for this week…
And if you have an iPhone or iPad there is a great app; iPhonelectionary.com that can give you these readings as well. Or just pick up the free YouVersion Bible app and start your own bible reading plan.

But here is The Daily Office for this week…

MONDAY JANUARY 16TH
Psalm 25 | Gen. 8:6-22 | Psalm 9, 15 | Heb. 4:14-5:6 | John 2:23-3:15

TUESDAY JANUARY 17TH
Psalm 26, 28 | Gen. 9:1-17 | Psalm 36, 39 | Heb. 5:7-14 | John 3:16-21

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18TH
Psalm 38 | Gen. 9:18-29 | Psalm 119:25-48 | Heb. 6:1-12 | John 3:22-36

THURSDAY JANUARY 19TH
Psalm 37:1-18 | Gen. 11:1-9 | Psalm 37:19-42 | Heb. 6:13-20 | John 4:1-15

FRIDAY JANUARY 20TH
Psalm 31 | Gen. 11:27-12:8 | Psalm 35 | Heb. 7:1-17 | John 4:16-26

SATURDAY JANUARY 21ST
Psalm 30, 32 | Gen. 12:9-13:1 | Psalm 42, 43 | Heb. 7:18-28 | John 4:27-42

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Resolutions & Bible reading in 2012…


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Well it has begun… and it’s already uber challenging!

My 1st news resolution of 2012 is to read through the entire bible in the first 90 days. I’m doing pretty good but now i’m already at the point of “do i really want to do this?” YES! Yes i do… and i would encourage you with the same. DO IT! PUSH THROUGH!

I propose that our new years resolution, most of the time, reflect ways we hope to be better humans and better followers of Jesus. If this is true then lean into the Spirit and let God help you to become all you were created to be…

I post this and think about it every year about this time, it’s part of my years rhythm and ritual. So check this out and think about it today.

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From January 2011,

God has given me a fresh perspective on the new year. A perspective that has really challenged me and grown me. I preached a message last year about resolutions. The new perspective is that maybe resolutions are a list of things we are wanting freedom from. God’s people have a reputation for needing to be freed, for needing to be saved from our captivity. I think most of a resolution we make reflect the things or issues we want to be freed from.

When we want to stop smoking we are hoping to be freed from addiction. When we want to lose wait or get fit we are wanting to be freed from our laziness and our lack of discipline. When we are wanting to get out of debt we are trying to be freed from the chains of money, greed and possessions. I can’t think of a resolution that is made that doesn’t reflect a type of freedom being desired!

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”
:: Galatians 5:1

Freedom is a pretty huge theme for the Christian. And the New Year is a perfect time to reflect on the ways Jesus wishes you to be freed, to live in his freedom, and to be the person he has created you to be.

Think on that!

Grace and peace
Erik

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