Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Big Picture- Part 1

Last night at WNW we began a 3-week after camp study continuing the MFUGE theme "The Big Picture".  For the summer our Wednesday nights will look quite different than normal.  For one we are not doing any music with the worship band.  The night will be more discussion based than teaching from me.  We sat the chairs in a circle and began the night playing several rounds of "Never Have I Ever".  Afterward we discussed how it felt to be the one in the middle.  Students shared that it was awkward, they felt different, and didn't like being the center of attention.  We discussed how this applies to our Christian walk in life.  We are called to be differently and sometimes that means standing out different than the crowd.  We read 2 Corinthians 5:17 and discussed how we are a new creation once we have been saved and so our life should reflect that.

We then broke up into 2 groups to read Scripture and discuss some questions.  After about 15 minutes we gathered back together and went through these verses and questions as a whole group.

Group 1- Ephesians 4:17-19
-Who are the Gentiles?
-What does it mean "futility of their mind" (verse 17)?
-What does it mean "darkened in their understanding" (verse 18)?
-What comes to mind when you hear the phrase "worldly living"?  List several examples.
At this point we had 3 volunteers.  One was blindfolded, the other acted as a guide, and the other was calling the voice of the blindfolded person.  Everyone else rearranged chairs and made an "obstacle course" for the blindfolded person to navigate.  This was a visual example of what it talks about in verse 18 "darkened in their understanding" and then I tied it in at the end of our discussion.
Group 2- Ephesians 4:20-24
-What does it mean to "lay aside the old self" (verse 22)?
-What does it mean to "be renewed in the spirit of your mind" (verse 23)?
-How can you "put on the new self" (verse 24)?
-What is righteousness?
-If we have been changed through salvation, why do we so often run back to our old ways.

To wrap it up we read Hebrews 3:13.  Even though the blindfolded person in our previous example could not see, there were those helping guide him to the voice that was calling them.  This is how our lives should be.  Once we have been changed by Jesus, it is our responsibility to guide others to that same truth.  Whether they need to be saved, or are someone who is saved but have fallen away from following Christ.  This is why Christian community is necessary and essential for spiritual growth.  We help guide each other to Christ.  It was a great night doing things differently than normal.  I enjoyed hearing the students answer questions and share.  There were even some that are normally quiet that spoke up and shared which was great.  I am looking forward to continuing this theme over the next weeks and how God continues to use it to grow us.

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