From the creators of I Can Only Imagine comes the faith-movie event of 2020, I Still Believe. A love story for the ages, I Still Believe is the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp. I Still Believe is a powerful reminder that in the midst of life’s storms, true hope is only found in Christ.
Youth Sermon Introduction/Connection
How do you respond when you don’t get what you want?
Actually, I’d like to take it a step further, I want you to think about a specific situation when you didn’t get what you wanted.
(Ask volunteers to share the situation they’re thinking about or share a personal story)
It doesn’t feel very good when you don’t get what you want, does it?
Sometimes it’s not so bad, like when your family doesn’t go to the restaurant you want or you aren’t able to watch the movie you want. However, there are other times when it’s really bad. It’s like, lock yourself in the bedroom bring me all the ice cream and tissues and pizza and NO I’m not coming out of my room for dinner or breakfast or friends or Uncle Charlie or… I think you get the point.
Let me ask you another question:
Is God still good if He doesn’t give you what you want?
As that question sinks in I want to remind you that later tonight (or tomorrow, this weekend, etc…), we will be heading to the movie theater together to see the movie I STILL BELIEVE. (An inspiring love story, I STILL BELIEVE shares the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp. I STILL BELIEVE is a powerful reminder that in the midst of life’s storms, true hope can be found in Christ).
But before we go, I’d like us to take a look at a passage from the Gospel of John that will help us deal with our question, Is God still good if He doesn’t give you what you want?
To begin, please open up your Bible to John 11 where we’re going to look at the story of Lazarus together…
Youth Sermon Main Teaching/Body
“Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days. Then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
When Jesus receives word from Mary and Martha that Lazarus is sick he is about a day’s journey away. If you look back at John 10:40 you’ll see that he was, “across the Jordan at the place where John had been baptizing in the early days.” Jesus wasn’t just out there taking selfies and sampling the finest organic olive oils, he was ministering to people. John 10:42 says, “And in that place many believed in Jesus.” And, it’s in the middle of this powerful time of ministry when the news comes to him – his friend Lazarus is sick.
It’s also important to note that Lazarus wasn’t just someone that Jesus kind-of knew or had met here or there. Actually, the note that Mary and Martha sent to Jesus said, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” In fact, our passage goes on to say, “Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.” This was a family that Jesus not only knew very well but had a special and intimate relationship with. Think of someone in your life that’s not necessarily a family member but who is close to you like a family member. You LOVE them. Now, imagine that you’ve just received news that they are very sick.