High School FL 2 Electives

SPECIAL MORNING SPEAKER:
Duffy Robbins

We are excited to have Duffy join us at both High School Florida conferences this summer.  Everyone will attend these sessions as part of the morning elective schedule.

Straight Choices in a Crooked World

It’s a crazy world out there, and it just seems to get more and more confusing. What does it means to be a disciple of Jesus when the world has morphed from true-false to multiple choice?  “Do I say ‘Yes’, do I say ‘No’, Do I say, ‘What would Elsa do’?” Our morning sessions together will focus on some practical strategies for making straight choices in a very crooked world.  


Elective Classes

Read through the descriptions and select which THREE electives you are interested in at the bottom of the page. 

The Power of Story - Joe Deegan

People say you are what you eat, and we consume stories all day long. Movies, music, shows, sports, books, gossip, social media, even our own personal dialogue inside our heads—these are the stories we munch on day in and day out. The question is, what are they doing to our souls? Are they molding us more and more into the image of God, or are they driving us further away from the light of his presence? This week we’re going to consider the power of storytelling and how we can use wisdom to seek out the stories that our Creator wants us to hear.

 

Washed Away: Exploring the Difficulty, Beauty, and Necessity of Real Forgiveness - Matthew Icard

This just in — relationships are hard. Just think about it: we’ve all been hurt by people, even the people we love and trust the most! We’re forgotten, used, betrayed, lied about, or even worse. We also hurt the people around us. We struggle with anger, jealousy, gossip, lust, and more. So what do we do with all of the hurt? How should we deal with the difficult and confusing people in our lives? How can we move toward others at home, at school, and at church when we’re all so broken? In this elective, we’re going to be honest about the realities of living life alongside other people in a messy, fallen world. We’re going to discuss confession, repentance, and humility. We’re going to talk a lot about us and a lot more about Jesus. We’re going to look at the difficulty, beauty, and necessity of real forgiveness.

 

Double Vision: When Worldviews Collide - Kurt Cooper

You have won a prize. The prize has two options, and you can choose either (but not both). The first option is a year in Europe with a monthly stipend of $2,000. The second option is thirty minutes on the moon. Which option do you select? Why? There’s no wrong answer here, just an opportunity to see how you (and your friends) view the world. How you answer this question– and many others –depends on your worldview. What do you value? What is important to you? In this elective we’ll try to figure out how God views the world and how He wants us to view it as well.

 

True Rest - Olivia Shields

It's really hard to rest. Why is that? What does rest really look like and is it even possible in our busy lives? Come hear good news and how we can find true rest in the person of Jesus. 

 

Anxiety and the Eternal Certainty of God’s Promises - Drew Turberville

In a day where anxiety surrounds our every thought, it can be difficult to be reminded of all that is promised to us in God. Thankfully, God directs our attention to thankfulness, hopefulness, and peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4)

 

Am I Really Saved?: Struggling Faith, Nagging Fear, and Gospel Assurance - Jeremy Britt

“I am sure I have eternal life because ______.” At some point every Christian will struggle with how to finish that sentence, and the way someone fills the blank will have a huge impact on both their sense of God’s love and their convictions about the Christian life.  How do YOU finish the sentence?  This class will explore what God says in the Bible about the assurance of our salvation and how filling the blank with God’s answers can set us free from fear, so that we can glorify and enjoy him more fully.

 

So Many Choices, So Little Time - Shane Whelan

We live in a world with so many options and so many opportunities. We have family, school, sports, clubs, theater, work, dance, and band just to name some of the great things that are part of our lives. So how do we possibly fit church in? Most of us feel like we are doing well just to make it to church on Sunday morning. Yet the thing that so often gets pushed to the side and out the back door is the ONE thing that we need the most. In His grace and goodness, God has given us a precious gift: the church. He has given us to each other. No other group, team, or organization is as important as the church, and there is no other place that brings the satisfaction and purpose that we all desire in life. So if you long for true relationships, want to find out how we should act toward one another, or just want to learn how to better prioritize church, this elective is for you!

 

Why can’t we be friends? - Cathy Clark

Making friends can be weird and awkward. But we were made for relationships. We were made to love one another, and to be loved. So how exactly do we do that? How do we form meaningful friendships? Let’s chat about the Bible’s answers to these questions!

 

Two Truths & A Lie (or The Moon Landing was a Hoax...only if you're feeling edgy) - John Spencer    

This world has many things to offer us. It is full of opinions and conspiracy theories. It offers partial-truths and twisted words. It can sometimes be hard to tell when someone is telling the truth or for us to tell the truth. How do we know what is true and why is it worth pursuing?

 

For The Doubters (Like Me): Clear talk on your hard questions about God, Christianity, and the Bible - Willis Weatherford

Too many answers to your hard questions are simplistic and unsatisfying. Join me to discover something better! We’ll dig into questions of the trustworthiness of the Bible, the violence in the Old Testament, and the tension between God’s sovereignty and our free will - and see how Jesus meets us in our doubts and leads us into confidence.

 

When The World Turns Upside Down - Suffering, Sadness, and the Sovereignty of God - Ben Griffith

Why did God allow this to happen? How do I hope in the midst of the hurt? How can God be good when life feels so bad? It's impossible to live in this broken world for very long without being forced to ask these questions. And if you haven't asked them yet, you will. One day, "all sad things will come untrue," but until then, how do we hold on to hope in the midst of suffering? Come join us as we bring these questions to God's Word and discover how the Gospel equips us to live with honesty, joy, and hope, even when our world turns upside down.