Captain’s Log: Miracles at WNL

Date: Wednesday May 4, 2011

Set List: Your Grace is Enough (Matt Maher), I Will Follow (Chris Tomlin).

Prepwork For the Evening: Prayed over the evening, prepared lesson, created lesson media, prepared music, assembled EasyWorship schedule, advertised with students.

Lesson Topic: Storyline: Miracles.

What We Did: We looked at a few miracles that Jesus performed during His ministry to show His control over nature, demons and even death.

Scripture Used: Matthew 8, Mark 4-5

How Did the Evening Go: Tonight I got a little surprise that of the 14 or so students that were in the room, only 3 or 4 were familiar with these particular stories. While around half of the students here are coming from unchurched backgrounds, the other half should have explored these in our church’s Sunday School. Anyway.

The lesson time was solid. Teens interacted and had good questions (especially with why the demons went into the pigs and killed themselves). I even got to see a couple of interesting theories about what demons are. Their application of why these miracles still impact us today was thin, and I found myself pointing out that the miracles prove that Jesus is who He said He was, and that carries through for us still today. They did have some good thoughts, they just weren’t getting all the way to the landing zone.

Oh. And one girl informed me that she stole her brother’s Bible. Fun stuff.

On the negative side, there really is not too much to report. I only had to break up one attempt at note-passing (from across the room in fact) that was distracting and only had to hunt down teens one time once the evening got under way. During dinner is another story. Three who I informed that they needed to stay in the gym with us during dinner did not seem to understand that my inability to trust them by themselves stems directly from issues involving each of them over the past 2 months.

All in all, this was a good evening for us. It felt rushed (since I needed to end on time and head home), but it was good.

Coming Up Next Week: The New Covenant