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Teach Upended at your next event and learn how God dramatically upends our expectations.

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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” - Isaiah 55:8–9 

Left to ourselves, we develop our own rules for navigating our lives. We may not write them down or even be aware that we have them. But it’s human nature. As we go through life, interacting with the world around us, we craft pathways for getting ahead. 

We are constantly reinventing ourselves to maintain our image. We have expectations about how we see others and how they see us. The places we go. The people we’re friends with. The people we’re NOT friends with . . . If we’re honest, we have certain expectations for how the world works. But what if we’re wrong?

The simple truth of how God’s Kingdom works is that God dramatically upends our expectations. He turns the wisdom of the world on its head. We see this over and over again in Scripture. We learn that only in our weakness are we truly strong. We learn that real freedom comes from embracing God’s rules. We learn that death can mean life. And we learn that living a life of influence can be achieved through a quiet life and not a loud one. 

Teach Upended at your next event and learn how God dramatically upends our expectations.

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A Complete Event Solution:

4 Small Group Bible Study Lessons

Streamlined, complete, and easy-to-teach Bible study lessons for your volunteer leaders with teacher prep videos

4 Large Group Sermon Outlines

Sermon outlines ensure God's Word is the focus of your event. Choose from simple or detailed options for your speaker to follow.

A Complete Media Package

Session videos to kick off and wrap up your weekend, background loops, presentation images, a countdown clock, artwork and more

Student Bible Study Guide

An essential component for your students to experience maximum impact as it is their small group Bible study material.

4 Devotions for Your Students

Perfect for creating quiet time moments throughout your weekend and are included as part of our Student Bible Study Guides

4-Week, Follow-Up Devotional Journal

Keep your students in God’s Word following your event with our 4-week daily devotional journals as they study God’s Word on their own

Event-Themed T-Shirts

Our classic theme-designed shirts are ready to ship and help you round out a complete event experience for your students

Option for Custom-Designed T-Shirts

For a custom fee, our designers can create something unique to your group

Session Overview

Session 1

What We Want Students to Learn: Students will learn that when they begin to see as God sees, they will do what God says; it's a paradox of perspective.

Main Scripture: Romans 12:1-2

Session Snapshot: In this first session, your students will be introduced to the overall theme of the Upended study, the idea of how God upends our expectations. You're going to save the most complete fleshing out of this concept for Small Group Session 1. In this first large group session, you'll begin to present this concept of Biblical paradoxes found in Scripture but will focus more on students beginning to see things from God’s perspective.

Session 2

What We Want Students to Learn: Students will learn that the desire of God’s heart is for His people to hunger and thirst to be filled with His righteousness.

Main Scripture: Luke 18:18-30, Ephesians 4:17-24, Matthew 5:6, Galatians 5:22-23, James 1:22

Session Snapshot: God’s desire is for us to hunger and thirst to be filled with His righteousness. Jesus promises to fill that hunger and thirst (Matthew 5:6). However, many of us have already stuffed ourselves full of so many things that there is little hunger left or room to be filled. This session will look at the Biblical paradox of full is empty and how your students can empty themselves and in doing so create a hunger and thirst that can only be filled by Jesus.

Session 3

What We Want Students to Learn: Students will learn that true life comes only through Jesus Christ and that for us to be fully alive in Christ, we must put to death our old self.

Main Scripture: John 14:6, Galatians 2:20 

Supporting Scripture: John 10:10, Luke 9:23, John 14:16-17, Ephesians 4:22-24

Session Snapshot: There is a battle that's raging right now in the hearts and minds of many of your students. On this battlefield, the rules of engagement are often difficult to navigate. The stakes couldn't be any higher. Tripwires and snares are all around. This isn't a conventional war that can be won with greater strength or a better strategy. In fact, the key to victory on this battlefield is an act of daily surrender. Who are these warring factions causing so much chaos and causality? They are the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of self. In this session, we will look these two rival kingdoms that are locked in a power struggle as old as the fall of man, and wage into the battle of the Biblical paradox that real life requires death of the old self.

Session 4

What We Want Students to Learn: Students will learn that experiencing the most incredible life possible in Christ and the greatest blessings of God as His children comes from living a lifestyle of humility and servanthood out of a love for meeting the needs of others.

Main Scripture: John 13:1-17, Matthew 20:25-28

Supporting Scripture: Luke 22:24, Colossians 3:12, James 4:6, Proverbs 11:2, Luke 9:23-25, James 4:10

Session Snapshot: This session will challenge your students’ view of serving by looking into the Biblical paradox of greatest is least. Most of us see servanthood as a burden or something we “have to” do or are “ordered to do,” but the part we often miss is that the best, most rewarding, most challenging, most life to the full we can imagine comes from a life in service to Jesus. Through Christ, we are not burdened to serve but are instead free to serve.

Student Resource Bundles

  • Essential Bundle

    $13.95 per student Retail Price: $14.90 (Save 6%!)

    Interactive Student Book

    Follow-Up Devotional Journal

    Themed T-shirt

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    Super Bundle

    $17.95 per student Retail Price: $20.90 (Save 14%!)

    Interactive Student Book

    Follow-Up Devotional Journal

    Themed T-shirt

  • Book Bundle

    $9.95 per student Retail Price: $10.90 (Save 9%!)

    Interactive Student Book

    Follow-Up Devotional Journal

    Themed T-shirt

Or Buy Student Resources Individually:

The Upended Student Book is an essential component of your youth ministry event. It serves as the guide for how your students will grow and progress through the weekend. It goes hand-in-hand with your small group lesson plans.

Your youth ministry event is a transformative experience for your students. Equip them to go much deeper in their spiritual journey with the Upended Follow Up Journal. Four weeks of interactive, Bible-centered, and application-oriented content.

These authentic, themed shirts are the hardest part of your event made easier. No more stressing out over all the details. Just give us your sizes and these will show up at your door in no time.


Study and Lesson Overviews

Study and Lesson Overviews

Download a printable overview of Upended and the four lessons included.

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Sample Lesson and Features

Sample Lesson and Features

Download the first lesson's small group leader guide, Student Book preview, and a lesson overview.

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Media Previews

  • Opening Session Video

    Motion Loop

    Teacher Prep Videos
    Four total teacher prep videos are included (one for each lesson).

  • Closing Session Video

    Countdown Clock