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Ok, had this idea tonight while playing Guitar Hero 3. It’s a teaching series that would cover the identity of the church, or the original purpose of the church, or your own church’s vision/mission. I’m thinking each week, we’d play some Wii game as an intro to the message – somehow tying it into the theme of the day – up on the big screens, it would be a blast!

I’d also think about giving away a Wii every week or having some kind of Wii competition that people could participate in week to week.

So that’s my idea – got any other suggestions? Is it a good idea? What do you think?

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This goes into the “brainstorm” category – something to keep developing. It’s more for me to not forget, but if anyone has any ideas, chime it!

Dirty Laundry – a teaching Series on Gossip, Secrets, Encouragement, Forgiveness, etc. The idea is that everyone has dirty laundry, some people are good at staying clean, never showing anything, others share their dirty laundry with everyone – out on a line in their front yard. But we all struggle with these things in our lives, and we are all in need of Grace, and we can all be open in honest about it – in ways that is not annoying or overly offensive.

This post brings up a good point to discuss. Where do ideas come from for teaching? I have friends who say that it must be inspired by scripture and that coming up with an idea and then going to scripture for support is wrong, and could be heretical. This is just the way my brain and heart works. I believe God puts things in there to cause me to go to his word and search and see if the idea works or not. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t.

What do you think?

So the other night at our Creative Team Meeting, we came up with this crazy idea in the midst of planning our current series. We began talking about a series that would speak on other religions, and answer questions like, “Why is Christianity the only way?”, and “Why can’t all the religions just be right”. This got me thinking of the John Lennon song “Imagine”. Here’s the lyric in case you’ve been living under a cardboard box in the jungle (or maybe you were born after 1985).

Imagine there’s no Heaven , It’s easy if you try
No hell below us, Above us only sky
Imagine all the people, Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too
Imagine all the people, Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us, And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people, Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us, And the world will live as one

If that song isn’t chock full of teaching illustrations on today’s culture and what the Bible has to say, I don’t know what is.

So, anyway, I don’t know if we’ll actually do this series, but I was inspired to at least put my vision down graphically:

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In my mind this is a mailer that would go out and kick off an Easter series – wow! That opening message could be on what would Easter be without the redemption story, and where would we find ourselves with no hope for anything beyond this existence…

Feedback, thoughts?

We’re Doing a new series here called Why? Dealing with these questions:

  • Why do we build? (we’re going hit the purpose behind our move)
  • Why do we do small groups?
  • Why pray?
  • Why go to church?
  • Why decide? (salvation)
  • Why now? (serving, obedience, baptism)
  • Why give? (stewardship)

Here’s the graphic I came up with:
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The bulletin cover looks better I think, here’s a link to it.

I always love new series’ – a great time to get creative and recreate feels, get fresh. We’re going to use this series to answer some basic, some deep, and some moving questions. We’re also going to be praying for a really moving invitation on the “Why Decide” weekend. Then the next weekend, we are going to introduce our new “deacons” (yup we’re gettin’ all churchy), and challenge people to step up today and serve, get baptized, and hang out after church for our “Why-Fest”, which will just be a fun hang out time. We’re also working on putting giant question marks on stage, and “Ask Me Why” on our name-tags. Of course we are going to try and get some good MOTS videos.

I love feedback, so leave it if you want to!

I had this idea a couple weeks ago for a teaching series – “Spaghetti Western” Dirty Rotten Bible Characters.

I don’t really like the “Bible Characters”, but I can’t think of anything better right now. This series would look at the lives of some of the worst of the worst guys/gals in the Bible; stories like (in no particular order):

  • Cain, Herod, Pilate, Judas, Nebuchadnezzar, etc, etc.

OR we could go in a completely different direction and do something like – “Spaghetti Western” The Roughest, Toughest…

This would cover mainly rediculous OT Bible stories of amazing things happening, such as:

  • David & Goliath, Moses, Abraham, Joshua, Isaiah, etc.

Either way, this series would be more of a Bible information series, catching new believers up on stories that we all learned in Sunday School, and giving more mature Christians some new perspective on old familiar stories.

I was thinking that we could really do some fun audio/video stuff for the intro – the old rattlesnake, coyote, chain jingling, and then the wha-wha-whaaaaaa. And the stage decor would be really cool, old western props, barrels, bottles, guns, fences, hay bales, etc.

Also, we have a local “saloon” that we’ve rented out before. We could end the series with a good old hoe-down to country music (the Ranch Rockers), the mechanical bull, BBQ, and country line dancing. Now please I am not a dancer or a huge country fan, but this would be a real fun and exciting time – easy to invite unchurched people to!

Maybe we could have one of those old time photo’s companies there to take free pictures of families…?

So, as always, I’d love feedback, additional ideas, opinions, etc. Below is some art that I found that I really like the style of for this series.

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