An 8 Week Summer Curriculum:
This summer I am spending our student ministry gathering studying the book of Ephesians. This study is an outgrowth of my recent book, "From the Pen to the Palace," and is an attempt to help our increasingly post-Christian students come to know, love and serve Jesus. (Even as their starting point is pretty far from the Judeo-Christian worldview of their parents.)
Every week I will
- Share a talk outline.
- A powerpoint presentation.
- 5 Days of Devotions
This 5 day devotional is an attempt to try out a new discipleship model for our post-Christian students. This model has 4 parts. First students are encouraged to "Encounter" God through His word. Then after that, they are given questions to "Be Reflective," and then prodded to consider how to, "Be a Blessing," and finally encouraged to "Be Together," to work this all out.
This is rough draft. It is the curriculum and devos that are specific to my students in my context. I am simply sharing it as a discipline for myself to actually do a decent job this summer with my kids. It is where I am choosing to spend my writing efforts this summer. And I hope that it might be a help or resource or encouragement for you.
If you would, I would love to know your thoughts, perspective, and push back so I can make this better, and hopefully make some easier onramps for my students to know, love, and follow Jesus!
Here is week 2:
Week two is a look at the heart of Paul's Prayer for the Ephesians. The reputation of the church in Ephesus causes Paul's heart to soar and to get on his knees and pray for them. In this prayer Paul prays for two main things: 1) That they would KNOW GOD and 2) That they would KNOW GOD'S POWER!
In this study we will ask our students to wrestle with the reality that many of them may simply know about God, but few of them actually Know God like you would know your parents or a good friend. For it when we come to actually know God that we will grow in wisdom, hope, and security.
It is when we know God that we will come to depend on his power to transform us and empower us for service.
My prayer is that between the study and the next five days of devotions that our students would grow in their relational bandwidth with God and in turn come to love Him more and more.
May our students come to actually KNOW GOD and not simply rely on knowing facts about God and religious practices that make us all feel better about ourselves. Rather may our students, and ourselves, come to KNOW GOD deeply, know His heart, rely on his power, and have our entire life shaped in repossess to our growing love for our savior!