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Awaken Teaching Series Overview

We have taken our students on a journey over the past 2 months introducing them to what our church calls the 6 dynamics or marks of a growing follower of Jesus Christ. A few years back Pastor Tom and Pastor Tim taught a similar series to the church body so we thought it was time to introduce these principles to our students. We approached it by doing what some people call a, "God in the movies," style sermon series in which we paired a Hollywood blockbuster movie with a Bible passage(s) that communicated one of the six dynamics. Each week we would show anywhere from 1 to 6 different scenes from the movie for a total of 9 minutes to 22 minutes of footage. We used this media driven concept to help communicate what our church calls the 6 dynamics or marks of a growing believer:

  • spiritually vital (Toy Story 3 / John 15:1-8)
  • biblically grounded (National Treasure / various passages)
  • relationally healthy (Superman Returns / John 15:9-17)
  • personally generous (The Blind Side / Matthew 25:34-40)
  • socially responsible (MegaMind / Luke 19:1-10)
  • evangelistically bold (How to Save a Life / Acts 8:26-40)

  • I am confident that if you ask one of our students about the series they could recall the movie that was featured and which of the 6 dynamics was correlated to that movie. It was a fun, creative way to teach them to our students. Join us in praying for our students that they won't just remember what they learned, but that they will strive to live out these 6 dynamics as they grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ!

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