// September 22nd, 2011 // No Comments » // SHIFT
• First off, this series was amazing. Students responded each and every week to three very difficult topics. In this series we discussed abuse, sexuality, and hell. Three topics churches don’t typically discuss. We decided to share with the students on what scripture teaches about them and it turned out to be a very powerful series. You can read more below and even watch the messages if you would like. Enjoy!
• Abuse. The angle we went discussing abuse was to discuss all forms of abuse. It didn’t matter if you were the abusee and the abuser, either way, we discussed all forms of abuse. In any form of abuse, it occurs in the spiritual darkness. The challenge was to shine light where there was darkness. God desires for light to expose darkness, thus forms of abuse are discovered, and then God can begin to heal brokenness.
• Sexuality. We took a VERY different approach this time talking to 7th-12th grade students. This was a three-part message. My wife Julie was up first with the “girl talk” while the guys got to sit in and listen, then I spoke to the guys having the “guy talk while the girls go to sit in and listen, then collectively we discussed the story of David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11. It was a powerful night for students to hear different perspectives and the sexuality God desires and where the sin begins.
• Then to close the series out, we discussed the reality of Hell. Hell is a major conversation amongst academic, theological, and Christian circles right now. So rather than shying away from this topic, we took the approach to teach on what Jesus taught on. This was a powerful night to help students out because eschatology shapes our ethics. So if the understanding that Heaven and Hell are a real place, then the lives we live would be much different.