This week we began a 3-week series called "No Excuses" that will be done a bit different than our normal Wednesday Night Worship services. We began with a worship set that was acoustic and just a few of us to give some of the band members a week off to just be there and worship. We sang "Oh Happiness" (David Crowder Band), "Mighty To Save" (Hillsong United), and "How He Loves" (David Crowder Band).
I began by getting them to discuss the reason we make excuses for anything which of course is "because we don't want to do whatever we are supposed to." We looked at Luke 14:16-24 at the people who made excuses to not attend the dinner they had been invited to. I explained the message of the parable is that God is more willing to save sinners than sinners are to be saved. They will make excuses to why they choose to reject Jesus.
But thinking along the lines of excuses I asked them what are some excuses why we don't read the Bible like we should. They answered- laziness, not enough time, choosing other things instead, and intimidation. I shared that this series is going to be a way to see that the Bible is not as intimidating as they may thing. I then had everyone spread out and take 10 minutes to read Luke 15:11-32. After that time I split the students into three groups, and each were led by an adult to discuss the following about the "prodigal son":
-How are we like this son?
-How is God like this Father?
-How are we like this brother?
-How can we apply this to our lives?
This led to some great discussion in each group. We closed up by discussing how this is a good passage to read and see that it is not intimidating. There are definitely harder passages to understand, but we can not allow make that excuse to keep us from reading. So this is format we will use for the rest of the series and will look at different passages.