After a decade in parish youth ministry, and another decade travelling the country speaking to various age groups, it is really hard narrow down topics that I can speak on. If you’ve got a message you’d like me to talk about, I’m happy to craft the right talk for the occasion. Here are four of the more popular ones—though I never exactly say the same thing twice! The ideal length is 20-30 minutes (more if you’d like music involved).
Main Scripture: John 8:3-11
When you think of Jesus, what do you imagine? Some people think of Him as a peace-loving hippie. Others think of Him as a stern judge. Neither are accurate. Jesus Christ was the most exciting, dynamic, amazing, incredible person who ever walked the face of the Earth. (They even re-named time after Him!) Even the people in His own time couldn’t predict what He would do next. He is not who we often think He is… He is so much more.
You Are VERY Good
Main Scripture: Genesis 1
When God made the sun and moon, stars and sky, mountains and oceans, He said, “It is good.” But when he made you and me, he said, “It is very good.” This is a hard concept for us to grasp. Most of us would never think we are more beautiful than a sunset or more majestic than a mountain, yet in God’s eyes, we are more than that. We are not just His creation, but his children.
Called by God?
Main Scripture: Luke 5:1-11
What does it mean to be called by God? And what is God calling us to do? Often we are afraid that God wants us to be something that we are not, or do something we don’t want to. But God is inviting us to discover who we truly are—the way He created us to be. We all have a purpose and a plan for our lives, and through Jesus we can discover what that is.
Love, Suffering, and God
Main Scripture: John 11:35
If an all-loving God is all-powerful, then why do we suffer? On the surface, there are two answers to this question. The first is that if God is all-loving, then He can’t be all-powerful. The second is that He is all-powerful, but can’t be all-loving. There is, however, a third answer that is given to us in the Gospels, one that unites love, suffering, and God: Jesus Christ.