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 3:
Week three is the the bad, bad, news before we can get to the good news. And here it is: All of the freedom we have, simply following all of our selfish desires, doing what seems right in the moment, only leads to death and destruction.
This week we will wrestle with this awful truth. It is awful because most of our students only know the goodness of their selfish decisions. But our prayer is that they come to terms with at least the potential death and destruction.
Then we will walk through the gospel as we share the good news of God's rescue effort through Jesus to reclaim us and repurpose us for his good will!
Communicating this reality is rough since it is totally counter cultural. But if we start with how others have wrecked us with their selfish desires, then we can begin to see how that might work with us as well.
May our students come realize that freedom to do whatever they want will only lead to death and destruction. May they find grace and healing for the people who have crushed them and may they extend forgiveness in the same way they were extended forgiveness. Then may they come to fully realize their incredible value and live into that purpose!