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 5:
Chapter 3 of Ephesians is really the turning point of this incredibly book. So far we have learned all about who God is and what He has done for us. Out of His incredible heart and unending love, he has invited us to be adopted into His family as co-heirs with Christ!
If we truly can get our head around God's goodness and grace, his unending love, and his power to make all things right, the natural response would be worship.
This week we are going to turn the corner from soaking up all the love God has towards us and being to wrestle with the correct response to that love. And the beginning and end should be a heart of gratitude and worship towards God.
So let us help our students worship and be thankful for who God is and all that He has done for us.
May our students have a moment where they can see outside of their selfish worldview and turn their graze towards Jesus. May they become less like spoiled brats and more like thankful children who love and adore their Heavenly Father and long to have there life reflect the goodness, grace, and love Jesus.