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All Aboard The YM360 Plus Bus | A 52-week Youth Ministry Strategy
All Aboard The YM360 Plus Bus | A 52-week Youth Ministry Strategy

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Awaken: Experiencing Easter in a Whole New Way


Awaken is a four-session sermon series that will help your students see the Easter story from a new, and perhaps an uncomfortable, perspective. Easter is a time when we celebrate the culmination of God’s redemptive plan, but what Jesus had to endure in the days leading up to His death, burial, and resurrection is something we tend to leave out so, wake up and Easter afresh!

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Do you know that feeling you get when something just “clicks?” When a school lesson hasn’t made sense but then one little point clears everything up? Or when you’re reading a book and one detail connects all of the dots from the previous chapters? Sometimes, when we look into the difficult parts of a story, we become more appreciative of the outcome. While Easter is a time to dress up in pastel colors, search for candy-filled eggs, and rejoice in Christ’s resurrection, we need to wake up and remember that there is a side to the Easter season that is dark, brutal, and filled with sadness. When we wake up to see Easter from a new perspective, we can rejoice more fully in what He has done for us.

  • Session Overview
  • What's Included

    • Session 1 – From a Different Angle (Luke 19:28-48) | Everyone has a specific perspective in which they view the world around them. At times, that perspective is so focused on one thing that everything else becomes blurry and we miss out on the fullness around us. It’s time to wake up, view everything around us without spiritual blindness, and see what God is revealing to us. 
    • Session 2 – Broken Bread, Broken Heart (Matthew 26:6-29) | Things in life do not always work out the way we want. It is easy to become so fixated on how we want things to turn out, but we have to remember that there is a purpose behind every good and bad thing. When we awaken our souls, we awaken the ability to learn from every experience in life. 
    • Session 3 – The Veil Is Torn (John 19) | Nobody likes getting bad news. Unfortunately, bad news is inevitable because bad news stems from bad behavior. The bad news for all of humanity is that we are born into sin and deserve punishment, but the good news is that God created a plan to save us from that punishment and it came at a hefty cost. 
    • Session 4 – The Best News of All! (Matthew 28) | When something amazing happens in life, what is the first thing people tend to do? They share it! They share it with as many people in the shortest amount of time. What would it look like if we took the best news of all and made it go “viral?” We’ve got the best news, but what do we do with it now?
  • Detailed Sermon Outlines 

    Every Sermon Series comes with detailed sermon outlines. Teach them "as is" or adapt them to suit your specific ministry context. 

    Discussion questions 

    Questions are designed to foster conversations, help students think critically about the teaching, and wrestle with how these Biblical truths impact their complicated and ever-changing lives. You can use these discussion questions to facilitate small groups after your large group teaching or even create handouts for students to work through the message as you go.

    Title and Background slides 

    These are designed to be dropped into your favorite presentation software to help you build a creative environment around your sermon. Use them as a backdrop for song lyrics, Scripture passages, teaching points, and any illustrations you choose to display.

    Artwork for promo and social media 

    Social media images, web banners, and a printable poster file are included. Perfect for newsletters, websites, social media platforms, or print them off for posters and bulletin inserts.

    Logo (including native logo design files) 

    We include a logo file and the native design files to allow you to use the logo in ways you see fit. 

    100% downloadable and adaptable

    You can download everything as soon as you finish your purchase. Nothing is shipped to you.


Overview and Sample Sermon

Overview and Sample Sermon

Download a full overview of Awaken and sample the first sermon in the series.

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