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March 22, 2018

 

We continued our study of the book of Ephesians last night, focusing mainly on Ephesians 3:14-19, in which Paul prays that the Ephesians would be strengthened, rooted in the love of Christ, and filled with the fullness of God. In an attempt to briefly summarize, here’s the main thing we talked about that would be good to follow up with your students on:

In large part, we talked about how in Christ, we now seek the things above, striving to be a holy people. This means that our life doesn’t get easier, in fact, the Christian life is harder because we have a new ability to make choices that go against our sinful flesh. We need strength from God to help make these choices. Practically speaking, we talked about what these choices are sometimes small: the content we watch on Netflix, the way we respond either in anger or love towards friends, the language we use at school vs. church, the use of our cell phones, etc. The strength to overcome sin isn’t natural, but supernatural, given by God through His spirit and by His Word.

There was more that we talked about, but I would really aim at probing into what’s above. In small groups, one of the questions was: In what areas of your life do you feel a lack of strength? Either to fight sin, to fight thoughts of doubt or depression, or anything else. It might create some really good discussion if you asked your student this tonight or over the weekend.

I’m with you, and for you all, and I’m praying that you would have the strength to shepherd your kids, even in the moments between extra curriculars and sports.

Categories: Pastor Ryan's Youth Update, Youth Ephesians