It's been so much fun taking this journey with our students through the Bible over the past few weeks. The story of the Exodus is in our face today...heartbreaking, breathtaking, and inspir-ating (ok, had to follow the form there!). Below is my sermon outline for tonight.
Chapter 4 - Deliverance - Teen Curriculum from Zondervan on Vimeo.
Sometimes I doubt God can help me in my real life.
*When I'm not praying, reading the Bible, at church.
*When I'm faced with something unexpected, especially something I'm unprepared for.
*Bar Example, Mya's Allergic Reaction, Texas House
I imagine you've found yourself in situations where you needed an "out" like me. You needed rescued quick but it didn't seem like God or anyone else could do it.
*Wouldn't it be nice to have an app for God (Escape Free)
*During a fight, pressure, a hard choice, abuse, difficulties with school, etc.
The story of Moses and the people of Israel is helpful to us as we struggle with believing that God can and will rescue us and save us. [Watch Zondervan Video]
*You see the many ways God provided for Moses--delivered him from the situations.
(Pharaoh's daughter, Aaron speaking for him, pillar of cloud and fire, manna)
*God withhold any act of power to rescue his people. And he can overcome ANY power.
Turn in your Bibles to Exodus 14:13-14. Memorize this. Bookmark this. Believe this.
"Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians [problems] you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."
Remember that other familiar verse? "Be still and know....know what.....THAT I AM GOD."
Belief leads to knowledge. Knowledge leads to trust. And we can start with believing today.
Next time you're not sure if you can stand firm in your belief in God because of what you are going through.
*Remember this promise. The LORD will save you. Just like God gave me an "out" and rescued me from some situations. He will rescue you. Just like God delivered Moses. He will rescue you. He knows us and our needs.
Imagine what would happen if we all believed that God's power could deliver us and we truly started to TRUST?
Watch this video--as you're watching think about what miracle you need right now.
Moses listened to God and had his people, those who believed, put blood above their doorposts to show that they were followers of God. It was a symbol of promise. That they would be rescued from death. Put something red over your doorpost at home as a reminder that God can and will deliver us.
(Our leaders will have red lipstick at the back of the service to mark students heads as they leave--the purpose is to open discussion with parents and friends about what it means.)
Prayer: Thank you for revealing more of you Story to us tonight. We pray that you will help us see the areas where you want to set us free. We believe that you can do anything and you have power to save us. Amen.
Labels: Bible Teaching, Brooklyn Lindsey, Message Outline, The Story