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 4:
With a hard study of the consequences of sin and selfishness behind us, we now turn our attention to the amazing invitation that God has for humanity. For those who recognize that they are trapped in the distant land, living in Lord of the Flies community, and unseen as an orphan, God is extending an invitation to be adopted into his family.
And like people who are adopted here, this adoption changes everything. Their old life is gone and done for. There is a new hope, a new future, and a new call.
As newly adopted children of God, we not only not have access to all the riches and blessings of God, but now you also have responsibility to be part of the continued work of the household of God. Just like all true children have chores and ways to contribute to their household, God has the same expectations of us.
This is my favorite section of Ephesians and I hope you enjoy sharing it with your students.
May our students come to see that the shadow life they are living in the distant land, in the orphanage, is so much less the the magnificent life that God has for his children. May they embrace the invitation for adoption and come to know, love, and ultimately serve their new Father in the family business!