What should we teach about?

OK, I need your help.

We are in the process of planning out what themes will be taught on the weekends at Suncrest in the next 8-12 months.  At the same, I’ve been asked by a the NewThing Network to help brainstorm “Big Ideas” for our network over the next year.

If you are a pastor that reads this, give me the best 2 or 3 series ideas you have used or seen lately.

If you are a Suncrest attender…I would love to hear Life Issues and/or Biblical Issues that you would love to have us tackle on a Sunday morning.  What are you curious about?  What do you struggle with?  What would resonate with your friend who doesn’t go to church?

If you can make it work, leave your ideas below by clicking below next to “Comments” and putting them there.  If you can’t figure that out, you can email them to my assistant:  cindy.barker@suncrest.org

Give me your best ideas…

~ by Greg Lee on April 23, 2008.

16 Responses to “What should we teach about?”

  1. A few thoughts…
    Religion is all about rules.

    Will my life change if I believe in Jesus?

    How do I know God is who He says He is?

    How can I trust the bible is God’s Word? Why are there so many versions?
    Was He kidding when he included Leviticus and Numbers?

    How do I know if I’m going to heaven? Am I good enough?

    Why am I here? How can I find out God’s plan for me?

  2. When I was on my internship, I know my students were VERY curious about witchcraft, wicca, evil spirits, demons and angels stuff like that.

    I think it would be interesting to do a series on the spiritual realm during like October Halloween.


  3. Greg,
    I recently finished a bible study (through Morning Grace) entitled: Discerning the Voice of God, by Priscilla ? (Dr. Tony Evans Daughter). Sorry the last name escapes me. I shared information about this study with Bob, my kids, parents and sisters. It was truly an eye opening experience. I would hear people talk about how God told them to do something, but never knew how God speaks to his people….until now. I’m sure I have probably been told over the years but it did not click until now. I kept thinking, I need to share this with everyone! I even suggested this study be open to all groups. It just made me want to dig deeper!! Just thought I would share this.

  4. Greg, Some recent questions I heard from a non Christian…..

    “There are so many religions. Many of them are very different, so I understand that people may choose to follow one or the other. What I don’t understand is why there are so many that say they are based on Jesus. If Jesus is so basic and key, then why are there Methodists, Baptists, etc. ? Shouldn’t they all agree?”

    “If Christians have this special relationship with Jesus and Jesus is God, then why do the ones I know seem to approach problems, concerns, money, and life just like I do? If this thing they talk about is real, shouldn’t there be a difference?”

    “Christians talk about God being love but when are they gonna start showing it? They just seem to fight with each other and with people that don’t agree with them. Something is wrong with this picture”.

    I don’t know if this is what you are looking for but it is a view from the real world……


  5. I’d love to open up the discussion of how the Bible describes the beginning of Earth and how it correlates to the scientific theories on this. Involved in this, of course, would be dinosaurs, life elsewhere, and the creation of other stars.

  6. Heaven is a Party!

    Eschatology (study of the end times) exists to help produce change and growth in our lives.

    (Series anchor text: 2 Peter 3:10-11).

    Revelation21:1-8. Matthew 24?

    Imagine what will heaven be like? We don’t completely know. Heaven will be better than we can imagine. Hell will also be worse than we can imagine. There will be judgment; God is a God of justice. Eschatology serves to help us grow-for change (2 Peter 3:10-11).

    DT (Dominant Thought): Heaven is better than we can imagine.

    Mark 13:32-37 and 1 Thessalonians

    Why hasn’t Jesus come back yet? When will he come back? We are very concerned and pre-occupied with the chronological order of events, but the Bible only teaches that it will happen, soon, suddenly, and completely. We must be ready, because his judgment is for all of us.

    DT: Expect the un-expected.

    Philippians 1:21, Philippians 3:12-21, 2 Corinthians 5

    Our citizenship is in heaven. The world we live in is temporary, but God’s kingdom is eternal. We should have an eternal mindset. Death is really a gain with an eternal mindset.

    DT: Heaven is our home.

    Habakkuk 1, Revelation 21

    This world is pretty messed up. There is so much wrong with the world, what is God doing to fix this mess?

    DT: God is making all things new.

    Revelation 22, 1 Corinthians 15:55-58

    How do we live in the in-between? Why does Satan and evil have so much power in this world? We can have confidence that God will be victorious.

    DT: God will win. God has won.

    Revelation 1, 4, Romans 12:1-2

    Our worship should be celebration. Celebrate the past, the present, and the future. Worship is also costly—we are to be living sacrifices.

    DT: Only God deserves our worship.

  7. Pastor Greg,

    Thanks for asking for input, I appreciate the opportunity. I’d like to hear a series on the “Fruit of the Spirit.” You’ve done one on the deadly sins, this would be a nice counter balance.

    A series on the armor of God would be great…very timely and useful.

    Many people seem to have questions about end time events and Bible prophecy in light of what is going on in our world currently. What role should this play in the everyday lives of Christians?

    I agree with the person who suggested a series on the topic of cultivating spiritual discernment. I would also include the cultivation of wisdom, holiness, and true love for others. For example, many Christians verbalize the idea of “love the sinner, hate the sin,” but I don’t think they have any idea how to accomplish this in practice.

    I’d also like to think and learn more about heaven and hell. People are very comfortable with Heaven and a God who would send them there. In terms of Hell…not so comfortable.

    Finally, I agree that teaching on the spirit realm (angels, demons, etc.) and the philosophies surrounding these that are prevelant in our culture right now (i.e. peganism and Wicca) would be useful to a lot of people.

  8. Hi Greg,
    I agree with Enthroned 98. We need to teach on Christ’s return. We have discussed this subject in our community group and I was surprised that several of our group were not familiar with God’s teaching in the scriptures on eschatology. Basically of Christ coming back for his people. (When, How, What the Bible says, Books to read that will help prepare our people. For newer Christians this is a must. It gives hope. This is not our home. Eternity is.

    God Bless you,

  9. Greg,
    I love the idea of doing an indepth series of Revelations. This is a subject that I have studied in the past with a group of ladies and I would like to get the Suncrest take on “The End”. I love the way that the chapter ends but it is very hard getting to the conclusion keeping the Lords word true and intact as they are written. I love the questions submitted by enthroned98 above and think this would make a great series!!!!

  10. Greg,
    I read the other comments and they all sound like great ideas.
    I would love to hear indepth or Expository teaching on Revelations. I know that might be kind of “Heavy” for some and it seems to be a book with alot of different interpretations ,how does the Christian church believe ? It would also be interesting to hear indepth/expository teaching on the book of Colossians.
    It’s great having a pastor who is connected to us , wanting to know our thoughts or input on different things pertaining to our church. Makes me feel like a piece of the puzzle that makes up Suncrest.
    Thanks for asking!!

  11. I also like the idea of the different religions and the spiritual realm. I think it is a good idea to know the different religions and be able to discuss this with facts, not fiction. Apologetics are great and with all of the “new” religions (ie. Kabballah, Scientology, etc.) floating around we may need a refresher constantly. Hollywood influences our kids with everything and now they are trying to influence with religion too. Oprah is doing a radio “class” on religion. She is using the book, A New Earth and teachings of Eckhart Tolle. She is very influential with adults. Tom Cruise is spouting scientology, Madonna and Britney Spears- Kabballah. We need to teach the Truth.

  12. I would like to hear what the Bible/God has to say about the following issues…

    -Conservation/Care for the earth (and the recent focus on global warming)
    -Prayer…how to be effective…why can it be so hard?…does/should/can it change God or me or both?
    -War and terrorism
    -Separation of church and state
    -Contrasting the various Christian denominations..contrasting Christianity with other religious beliefs, i.e., Judaism, Islam, Mormon, etc.
    -The spiritual realm…angels, demons, spirits, etc.

    I always enjoy the “What would God say to…” series. Here are a few names I thought would be interesting.

    -Rev. Jeremiah Wright
    -Simon Cowell/American Idol
    -Roger Clemens
    -Drew Peterson
    -Joel Osteen
    -Dhalai Lama
    -Pope Benedict XVI
    -Donald Trump/Rosie O’Donnell
    -Hugh Hefner/Nora Roberts
    -Hollywood, in general

  13. I also would like to hear your thoughts about when God “talks to us”. I know it’s different now than during Bible times. I have felt His leading by circumstances and other people but I wonder sometimes if I’m missing His voice.

  14. Hi Greg:

    I would also be interested in hearing you teach about end times, revelations. It’s really an interesting topic and definitely one that is important to know and understand. I also support the idea about learning how Satan operates in this world day-to -day. I know people that do not even believe that Satan exists. They believe that it is all a fantasy, make-believe, and nothing more than a fictitious story. I think it would be very informative for you to help people understand the truth about these topics.

  15. I think it is awesome that you are asking the church’s input! That is yet another reason Suncrest is so unique!!

    There are many great ideas posted already, particularly regarding teaching on the spiritual realm specifically dreams, and angels.
    I would really appreciate some teaching on prayer, and what prayer is and isn’t.
    Coming from a very legalistic church rearing I have never gotten a handle on exactly what constitues a prayer. Is it that ongoing dialogue I have in my head with God, or a more formal process? How do you “hear” God’s answers? Is it through feelings, voices?? Sorry if this is elementary.


  16. The Pentateuch – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

    End Times – Antichrist, Armageddon, Millennium, Rapture, Tribulation

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