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This resource includes 2 quick message outlines that Josh Griffin taught the to kickoff the school year in the High School Ministry at Saddleback Church.

MESSAGE 1 – Six Ways to Launch the School Year Right

This weekend for the message I had students write 6 words on their outline – 6 keywords to help them think about making the most out of the school year. I wanted to challenge students who just attended HSM to follow Christ, and challenging the believing to live out their faith, grow deeper in their faith, serve to prove their faith and lead others into the faith. The message was shorter than normal, and two powerful student testimonies really illustrated the process of discipleship I was teaching. The main passage was Paul in Athens, and people’s response to it – laughter, delay or belief – and how students can have this same reaction to church/Jesus. We wrapped up the “ready for re-entry” theme with the challenge to pray that God will help you this school year.

MESSAGE 2 – Walking with Jesus This School Year

This weekend we want to send students back to school armed and prepared for each day ahead. The best way to live life is to walk with Jesus – so we challenged them to spend time with God everyday in His Word and in prayer. I challenged students to live out Proverbs 4: 20-27 and to pay attention to God’s Words so that they stay on the right path. I asked a couple students to help teach this weekend and they did a super job helping make spending time with God seem possible. It was important this week to make sure we went from ideological to practical, so we created 14 days of text devotionals (I’ll post them later this week) and gave away a TON of 1-Minute Bibles by Doug Fields.

What's Included...

  • Word Doc Word Doc x2 | Teaching Notes
  • JPG JPG x1 | Title Graphic


  1. justinbrownlee

    (verified owner):

    only spent six bucks… still not sure it was worth it. i would say that a majority of what was written was very specific to hsm and what they did. spent more time trying to mold and shape this than it would have just to write my own…. first time buyer, but it wont prevent me from buying again

  2. Josh


    Thanks for the feedback, Justin! All of our resources come straight from our youth ministries, so from time to time they may take some time to adapt to your setting. LAUNCH has been one of our best-selling resources of 2012, but I wish it had been more like what you were looking for. Let me take a look at it and see if I can make adjustments to make it more effective for everyone. So appreciate your feedback!

  3. kayotte84

    (verified owner):

    I bought this just for the graphic alone. We just relaunched our new youth ministry and it was a perfect fit for the occasion.

  4. Titus Smith

    (verified owner):

    I usually like the stuff I get from you guys, but this one really wasn’t much help. I can usually take the material and form it specifically for my group but this material was not really like that. I guess the $6 was for the graphics and not so much the message.

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