A lot has happened since I wrote this post. There were some fantastic comments on the post that were very thought provoking for me. I also went to Woodleaf, where my friend Dave did an excellent job proclaiming the gospel. In fact, he did something very similar to what I was planning. He moved up the traditional talk sequence one day also. Honestly, I don’t think many leaders even noticed. It worked flawlessly. So that was good confirmation.
I also had been hitting a wall in the overall flow and analogy of my talks, so after a lot of through and prayer I pretty much stopped the 20+ pages of outlines and notes I had prepared and took a different approach, but I didn’t change the sequence.
I am now prepared and excited to speak in about a week. I have everything written and outlined. But I am working to fine-tune some details. In case you are interested, here is the general plan…
|1||Person of Christ||Water into Wine (Jn 2:1-11)
What are you expecting?
|2||Person of Christ||Crazy Man Meets Jesus (Mk 5:1-20)
No one is outside of Jesus’ love
|3||Sin||Prodigal son Part 1 (Lk 15:11-16 and others)
A broken family
|4||Cross||The Cross (Mt 27 and others)
The response: Prodigal son Part 2 (Lk 15:17-24)
|5||Resurrection||The Resurrection (Mt 28:1-8)
The Why (1 Cor 15, Eph 1:18-20 and others)
A God who is Alive!
|6||Reunited||Following Jesus (Lk 9:18-27)
Never Alone (Gal 2:20)
I have a drama, a cardboard testimony part (saw this at my church and at Woodleaf, which was awesome), and one main analogy. I am using a ring as an analogy that will carry over through several talks. I can go into that more later if anyone is interested, but I think it is a good one that is theologically sound and is easy to understand.
Also for the real life / role play type thing, I am going with the Best/Worst day thing from City Slickers (similar to this clip), I’ve done it before at summer camp and it was utilized really well by the Woodleaf team this year. I can tell you more if you are interested.
I’m not quite settled on doing a relationships/sex seminar. Does anyone have any good outlines, resources, details or comments about this? I have some, but I’d love to hear what you have to say.
If you have been following this, or enjoy ylhelp, I’d really appreciate your prayers as I begin speaking on July 11th.