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Synopsis: This was one of my all-time favorite series I have done with my students. After all, what are you preparing your teens to do? Face life after high school with a Biblical worldview, a heart for the lost, and a desire to live a life as a servant to the King. This series got down to business of what life will be like after high school. We discussed money, relationships, careers, temptations…we talked about REAL LIFE.
Special Features: We brought in special speakers from programs like “5 Minutes for Life”. Other special speakers included missionaries that spoke on their high school experience and a panel of youth leaders that answered questions about life after high school. At the end, we brought in parents to help us with the “Real Life Experience”, where the students went through a graduation ceremony and went out into the real world. It was all pretend, but we put them through college admission and job interviews, budget training, and even gave them jobs to complete.
This was the exact topic that I wanted to be the foundation of my talks. At the heart of everything we discussed, we kept coming back to the idea of God’s will. What is God’s will in your career? Your relationships? Your future? This book is a basic framework that will help you find footing in this foundation and provide solid Biblical support for your discussion. You will need to supplement and add to the material, but this less-known resource acted as a great resource through this series.
Set up as a devotional for seniors transitioning into adulthood, the table of contents became my best friend with to use this as a curriculum resource. Once I outlined my messages, I was able to take valuable nuggets of information with each small devotional. This book was especially helpful in the conclusion and takeaway of the messages. It provided dynamite discussion questions that added to the final moments of each series topic.
Our ministry context comprises of junior high and high school on Sunday nights. That being said, I needed a resource that would add an element for the younger student. They are not thinking too far ahead, but they should be. This topical resource allows the teacher to engage the student from the youngest age to the oldest. These authors were spot on with the topics that needed discussed with students regarding their future. This was another valuable resource for this series.
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Do you know God’s Will? In some things…yes, but not everything. Romans 2:15 says we know God’s will for morality, whether we agree w/ it all – it is still His law, God’s standard. We cannot change that…but we KNOW it. It is written on our hearts.
Working with teens – there are often questions to know God’s will for college, career, dating…how do you know? I tell them – if you stare at the clouds long enough, God will spell it out. Kidding! NO, it’s not written in the clouds. And don’t look for a piece of burnt toast that looks like Jesus…God doesn’t work that way. Although that piece of toast is pretty amazing.
For real though, this is what I usually share with them Do you really think – if you are following God’s moral will for your life…you strive after Him, you pray and are into His Word daily…you think He won’t make His will clear to you in those big things in life? I believe He will.
But what about non-moral decisions? What about the purpose of our suffering? What about those things that you just don’t understand? Are we without hope? NO! Will we ever know why or how? Maybe not. What do we do? We PRAY. And that which is missing, according to Romans 8:26-27, the information we do not know – the HS will fill that in – He will write the rest of our story to God! Wow!
Let me break it down this way:
You know what the foundation of all this is – trust. You are trusting that God will hear and has the power to answer your prayer. You are trusting the Holy Spirit knows your heart and can take your cries to the Father with the right information. You trust that no matter what happens – God is in control and what He says, allows, does…it is GOOD.
The rest of this sermon can be found and listened to here