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 8:
We did it, the end of our study through Ephesians. This has been really fun and challenging for me and for our students. I hope that you have found that to be true for your students as well.
As we wrap this study up, we come full circle and realize that at the end of the day, this process of evangelism, discipleship, and sanctification is a spiritual endeavor. It is not about being clever, wise, cool, or even relevant. Our battle is not of flesh and bones, but of the spirit. And if our students are going to thrive spiritually, then they must prepare spiritually for a life of faith.
Put on the whole armor of God! The breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, the shoes fitted for sharing the gospel of peace, the shield of faith and the sword of the spirit!
Thank you for walking along with me and our students in this study and thank your for your feedback. Enjoy the end of your summer!
With out this get up, we are toast. And for our lost and alienated students who have no sense of self, identity, or all that they could or should be, there is good news about being adopted into the family of God, but that is just a piece. Living into this reality takes work, takes discipline, breaking habits, and avoiding sin. But even more, it take a real spiritual connection with our Father one that brings fuel and heat to the fire of faith so it will continue to grow!